Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Temple Bar, Dublin culture district article

Temple Bar promotional mural  Photo by Thomas Mulchi, on Flickr.

is online here, "Dublin’s Temple Bar District as a leading example of culture district revitalization initiatives" at the Europe in Baltimore website for the European Union National Instiuttes of Culture's Washington Cluster project there.

From the standpoint of urban planning, the planning framework and approach that was created to implement a renewal program in Temple Bar is quite remarkable. They specifically rejected a real estate development approach focused on large projects, maximization of property values, and the eventual displacement of artists and others.

Instead the program was to be led by improvements in the cultural offer and the creative industries– arts as production.

The plan called for improvements in the quality of the public realm, development of empty sites, improving the condition of often dilapidated buildings, strengthening existing businesses–about 70% of the businesses located in Temple Bar in 1991 moved there after 1983–and attracting new ones, and attracting and developing culture venues, without losing the architectural identity or cultural vitality of the district.

Interestingly, the district raises two issues that I didn't know about before I started the piece:

1.  Opposition by some Dublin artists to the idea of "creative industries," and monetization of the artistic impulse;

2.  Financial improprieties by the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and inadequate oversight of the corporation by the city government is leading to the dissolution of the TBCT and its de-merger into city government.

The creative industries concept is addressed in the next piece I am way behind on, about Helsinki.

And even though the pieces aren't supposed to have "gotcha" elements, I did discuss some of the implications of the TBCT issue.

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At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Christopher said...

Been meaning to share this ... in NYC we have an organization devoted to "naturally occurring cultural districts".Their website maybe of value to you:

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Richard Layman said...



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