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Week 14 – Christmas Break!

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

The Love the City team are going on their hard earned Christmas holidays! We are all really looking forward to taking some time away from the project to reflect on the past three hectic months, catch up with family and friends, be merry and enjoy the City! We will be back in our offices on Monday January 10th, excited to tackle the challenging final three months. We hope you have a wonderful Christmas and may 2011 be filled with Love for the City!

Week 14 – Defining our working area

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

On Tuesday morning, we pitched our potential working areas to each other. Very surprisingly, there was much common ground between us all! We had each taken two days to explore our own methodology for selecting and assessing a working area in Dublin’s City Centre, which will become our focus in the New Year. Some of the team went by intuition, others walked different areas of the City, reviewed the areas and insights people had given us previously, gathered further secondary research, talked to citizens and key City stakeholders. With all of these approaches amassed, much overlap in their conclusions appeared, although no area jumped out at us as just perfect. There are four main areas of focus:

A. Stoneybatter
B. Capel Street
C. East of O’Connell Street
D. Pearse Street

These are the areas where the team felt there were both assets and deficiencies, and the potential to address the challenges we had heard from people in our Street and Scheduled Conversations. The area that we choose will provide the project with scope for both street level and systematic change, addressing serious and challenging City-wide issues. It could be an overlooked area, which can become a role model for the rest of the City, inspiring Dublin to follow its example. With these criteria in mind, we will break for the Christmas holidays and let the areas simmer in our minds, returning in January to finalise where in the City it is that we can effect the most change. If you think we have overlooked somewhere in the City, please let us know by emailing info@designingdublin.com.