The Mental Planners is a DIT course related society. The aim of this site is to highlight planning and environmental issues from across Dublin and Ireland and to encourage interest in these matters.

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Spatial Planning in DIT

I recently made this brochure for my course, spatial planning, with the purpose of highlighting what the course is and why someone would want to do it or go to DIT. It is therefore directed at leaving cert students and will be given out, or at least shown to secondary school students who attend DIT’s open days. If you know any secondary schoolers show it to them. Click here to view the brochure.

Future of Dublin Rail

Map I made of the main and most likely rail projects for Dublin along with the current rail lines. Will be looking at this in more detail with regards to alternatives.

Irish Green Building Council Calls for Tougher Building Control System

“This property will appeal to owner occupiers and investors alike” are the words you’ll read if you search for apartments for sale in Dublin’s Priory Hall. Slightly over ambitious claim I’m sure most would agree. The Donaghmede apartment complex was evacuated in October over serious fire safety concerns. Because of defects in the external walls of the buildings fire could spread through an entire block within minutes. To fix just the most serious problems the entire external walls of the 187 unit development would have to be completely removed and rebuilt with a cost of €7.3m.
Residents were accommodated in hotels and those who own apartments have been Read the rest of this page »

Dublin City Council Wants Your Opinion

tDublin City Council (DCC) have published their draft Public Realm Strategy and want your opinion. The draft can be found on DCC’s web site dublincity.ie in the planning section. In this post I will outline the main points as set out in the Strategy so you know what it’s about. As well as voicing your opinion to DCC you can also share your views with me which I more than welcome on any of my posts. Just click reply at the bottom.

This Strategy is important because of the significance of the city’s public realm. The public realm makes up Dublin’s identity and character. It affects the city’s competitiveness and Read the rest of this page »

SIPTU Submit New Plans to Replace Liberty Hall

So SIPTU have re-applied for planning permission to construct a new HQ building to replace the current “sky scraper”.

The current Liberty Hall is 16 storeys (60 meters) high. It is proposed to demolish this and replace it with a 22 storey (90 meter) building. Is even this a genuine sky scraper? Either way the new building will be much more efficient as around 40% of the current structure is made up of lifts, stairways and toilets. Read the rest of this page »