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    Critical Urban Discourse Beyond Pebbledash
    (The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, 2014-10)
    A small book which is likely to have a substantial impact, not least in Irish urbanism, ‘Beyond Pebbledash’ has just been published. According to its authors, "Beyond Pebbledash is both a celebration of an overlooked icon of Irish domestic architecture and a design - driven discussion on the future of Dublin urbanism". The ‘icon’ is a typical two - storey local authority suburban house, designed and constructed, like thousands of others, in Dublin during and after the 1930’s. The publication coincides with an exhibition at Collins Barracks, where a full - size installation of the iconic house façade is temporarily housed in the finest space, Clarke Square. In the biting introduction by Mick Wilson, the motives of the authors as artists are discussed, and it is posited that the museum has offered a ‘public space’ to them for making claims and counterclaims ‘to foment a debate’ in relation to urbanism and Dublin. Wilson pointedly hopes that this discussion can ‘throw some stones into the thick slurry of contemporary Irish journalism and political commentary’.
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    Harveys assessment of the Lefebvrian concept of the Right to the City is that it is a communal right, shared by association with the community around the urban project. How might this idea translate to a small island nation, recently transformed from being a rural society, headlong into a post-urban, spatially chaotic coagulation of small cities, suburbs, and landscapes of tourism consumption, or Tourscapes? Existing and emerging Tourscapes can be mapped and analysed, at different but simultaneous scales, related to their local, city or regional importance, and the meanings of these in the visual and spatial order can be reviewed. This work will propose exploratory scenarios for addressing tourism related spatial practice, using Irish Case Study examples, and also will investigate how communal rights to Tourscapes could be claimed or exercised, for use by the broad community around the analysis, management, control and proposition of spatial form.
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    Urban Regeneration in the Twentieth Century
    (Yale University Press, 2014)
    Directed urban regeneration in Ireland only began in the later part of the twentieth century, driven by a combination of public policy, tax incentives, and pressure to respond to inner-city decay. The term urban regeneration here is taken to mean the conscious project, a publicly directed, area-based initiative to revitalize parts of the city in social, physical and economic terms. Generally this regeneration had a city-wide impact, and key sites or areas came to represent wider changes in how Irish inner cities and towns were perceived, inhabited and developed.
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    Architectural Critique
    (Gandon Editions, 2014)
    The Gardiner estate is tantilisingly close to the proposed development of a university campus at Grangegorman, which will be almost two thirds of its size, and one wonders how these lost lands might have developed in the past if the proposed Royal Circus, planned to be located just a few minutes walk away, had been realised. As it transpired, Dublin’s greatest leap forward in urban terms faded before this could happen, and the north side of the city fell into decline.
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    Energy Urbanity and Active Citizen Participation
    This paper poses the question: ‘can energy innovation initiatives in Innovation Playgrounds foster a new ‘energy urbanity’ through active citizen participation in the energy transition?’ The concept of ‘Innovation Playgrounds’ and an accompanying Framework are described and linked to implementation evidence of the EU H2020 positive energy research and innovation project +CityxChange, related to emergent active citizen participation in two cities: Limerick, Ireland and Trondheim, Norway. The purpose of the study is to demonstrate that spatially clustered energy innovation initiatives in urban areas involving active citizen participation contribute to a new ‘energy urbanity’ for the energy transition. The research methods are based on a comparative case study approach and close observation of two case sites, with a focus on the ‘Innovation Playground’ area of each city. The article’s three main conclusions are: that a Framework approach to active citizen participation in energy innovation initiatives in urban areas facilitates new models of active citizen and community participation around energy innovation; emergent active citizen participation in energy innovation initiatives in urban areas suggests a new type of engagement that is information-rich, blended, action-led, citizen-focused, and spatial; and that a new paradigm of ‘energy urbanity’ for the energy transition can be proposed.
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