Green Port Dublin
A new vision for Dublin Port

  • client presented to Dublin Port Authority and Dublin City Council
  • team Patrick Mc Cabe, David Habets, Alexandra Zając-Kusiakiewicz
  • year, status 2012, completed
  • language NLEN

Green Port Dublin, a new vision for the Port of Dublin which is based around the aims of the master plan 2040 for the port. In this vision we propose a new interactive relationship between the port and Dublin city. Strengthening its integration with the city, developing a new green network, and instigating major nodes of cultural interaction and exchange.

A recent research project by REDscape Landscape & Urbanism comparing the development of harbours in Asia and Europe lead us to develop a number of spatial initiatives to demonstrate the application of our work. Our research explored the relationship between the harbour and the city in particular to regional logistical systems, public space and potential shared investments between port authorities and their respective cities. The findings of the study lead us to focus on a subset of smaller European harbours that showed clear potential for restructuring and growth.

In this vision we propose a new interactive relationship between the port and Dublin city: strengthening its integration with the city, developing a new green network, and instigating major nodes of cultural interaction and exchange. The port receives 1.7 million visitors per year, yet where is the ‘calling card’ to Dublin city?

We also investigate the potentials of sustainable energy in the port and propose ideas for shifts to alternative energy forms and the active role the port has to play in this new economy. The real need to extend Dublin port and its ro-ro activities is also explored in the context of significant environmental improvements to Dublin bay, in particular to the Tolka estuary. The essence of our vision in these recessionary times underlines the belief that carefully orchestrated changes and focused pay-back investments will create jobs, a better city and ultimately more profit for the country.

Related articles
Magazine: Atlantic Cities, where place matters.
Article: The Ongoing Evolution of Post-Recession Dublin by Richard Conway, Nov 28, 2012
www.theatlanticcities.com…

Magazine: Irish Environment, an online magazine covering environmental matters on the island of Ireland.
Article: "Return of the sea: Designing Dublin’s new coastal defences" by Patrick Mc cabe, 30.12.2012
www.irishenvironment.com/…

Making the Bay: A prologue to designing Dublin’s Landscape. Patrick Mc Cabe. Pivot Dublin has invited landscape architect Patrick Mc Cabe to curate to a series of blogs to discuss the role of landscape and design in Dublin city.
Link:www.pivotdublin.com/index…

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