Urban Waste Land: re-Inhabiting Idle Space

Name
Gemma Toner
Education degree
Master
School
School of Architecture
Study programme
Urbanism & Societal Change
Year
2015

Dublin’s urban waste land phenomenon has its genesis in obsession with the myopic and individualistic pursuit of land ownership and the ignorance of the value of land for a healthy and humane society. Due to irresponsible speculation, Dublin’s inner city sites have remained underdeveloped or derelict, new land was acquired and exploited leading to limitless sub-urban sprawl, inadequate infrastructure and a fragmented, dysfunctional urban environment – a wasteland.

This project aims to identify the problems and potentials caused by vacant and derelict spaces within Dublin City’s Docklands. To consider a strategy to develop these problematic areas with regard to community intervention and appropriate functionality and to implement these findings in an adaptive reuse prototype within the Docklands area.