After a lovely, lengthy Christmas break, the team came back filled with energy and decisiveness! The first task of the week had been burning away on many of the team’s minds over the break – what part of the City Centre will our project focus on? Before the Christmas break, we had agreed to disagree! With four main focus areas defined (see week 14), and within each of them many further permutations, we began by reviewing each option, discussing their scale-ability, our potential impact and the balance of give and take. This process began to clarify the character of each area and informed our selection of the selected area. We also discussed these options with a number of key members of our Steering Group, to hear their thoughts on where the project focus should be over the next 3 months.
The Markets area between Capel Street and Church Street, north of the Liffey emerged as a place in the City that despite its many assets, such as the fruit and vegetable markets, four courts and charming grittiness, does not have a lot of people stopping by. It is a key area in the City Centre, linking Henry Street and Capel Street to Smithfield and Stoneybatter, with the Luas running directly through it. The Markets area holds many secrets, where your curiosity leads you in to explore a textured, unpredictable and scruffy expression of Dublin’s soul. We would love to get the most out of these attributes over the coming weeks, beginning by undertaking a site study, engaging the local community to understand their needs and prototyping 10 ideas to see what sticks.