Urban Growth, 1800 – 2030

Throughout history, most human beings have lived in rural areas. But urbanization was rapid throughout the 20th Century. This article is part of the Inspiring Cities open source campaign Help Us Write the 2008 UNFPA Culture Paragraph. How will YOU …

CityPoem 59 – São Paulo

The famous Brazilian poet Mario de Andrade wrote a poem about the Soul of Sao Paulo.São Paulo CityPoem: Drizzle of my São Paulo, Mário de Andrade Below a poem shown in an exhibition about the city of São Paulo.…

CityPoem 58 – Dublin (8)

Some of those poems left anonymously in the urban landscape. Dublin  CityPoem: Open Your Eyes, anonymous I open my eyes and that is what I see a land of fearful people still struggling to be free they hearts are full…

Street Art in Dublin: Asbestos

“My works are all intended to entertain and provoke anyone who sees them on the streets.” As part of the Inspiring Cities 2007 Dublin Week we raise the question: how is Dublin doing in terms of integrating culture in the…

Bloomsday and James Joyce Hotspots in Dublin

Who does not know what a certain Leopold Bloom did on 16 June 1904 in Dublin? After all, for more than 1,000 pages writer James Joyce accompanies his hero on his confusing wanderings through the city and he does it…

Glass Fibre as Urban Regenerator

The Liberties: a former industrial area south of the centre. Most of the original jobs have disappeared, only the Guinness factory still remains. And then came the Digital Hub. Putting Glass Fibre at the heart of the urban regeneration strategy,…

U2 Hotspots In Dublin

U2 was formed in Dublin in 1976. U2 formed in 1976 when the members were teenagers with limited musical proficiency. By the mid-1980s, however, the band had released several successful albums and developed a devoted international following, largely from extensive…

Giant Hares In O’Connell Street

What are these rabbits doing on the streets in Dublin? Photos: Infomatique Photos: Infomatique Part of the Inspiring Cities Dublin Week we raise the question: so how is Dublin doing in terms of integrating culture in the city? Besides the…

CityPoem 57 – Dublin (7)

A CityPoem with an intriguing similarity to Dublin CityPoem 2, published on Inspiring Cities. Both are based on a poem popular among bloggers. Both are claimed by many. And both were written in chalk. Could it be the same performer?…

Investing in the City – Odran Reid and David O’Connor

This paper, prepared jointly by Odran Reid and David O’Connor, proposes that the city is something to invest in and that by so doing, Dublin can ensure efficient planning and delivery of services that will support the market and investors,…

Found: ecocabs

More and more cities are getting Ecocabs on their streets and they have recently arrived in Dublin courtesy of Ecocabs Ireland Limited. Ecocabs are free bicycle-driven cabs that will take you anywhere in the city centre at no charge.  Kind…

CityPoem 56 – Glendalough

A poem by the Irish contemporary poet Seamus Heaney, who lives in Dublin.Today, a bit of smuggling for Dublin week. Glendalough is not in Dublin, but it is 36 kms south of Dublin. Glendalough’s granite cliffs have been a…

CityPoem 54 – Dublin (5)

Commemorating the 49,400 Irishmen who were killed in the Great War.Dublin  CityPoem: War Sonnets, Rupert Brooke This memorial park was built in 1938 to commemorate the 49,400 Irishmen who were killed in the Great War. The wreaths were laid…

Five Minute City – Conor Skehan

Want to know all about the five minute city. And the agenda of urban ambition?Conor Skehan is Head of the Department of Environment and Planning at the School of Spatial Planning in DIT. At the recent Academy of Urbanism…

CityPoem 55 – Dublin (6)

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”Dublin is writer’s city. Bloom’s day, that this Dublin Week leads up to, is the day of James Joyce. But Oscar Wilde is present in the current streetscape of the city too. He…

CityPoem 53 – Dublin (4)

… “There’s Poetry In A Pint Of Guinness”Needless to say, probably, that this one can be found in the Guinness Brewery in Dublin. See more Dublin CityPoems:Dublin (1) – Cafe Zanzibar Dublin (2) – internet poetry Dublin (3)…

Art in Dublin’s Urban and Suburban Open Spaces

The Potential for Art in Urban and Suburban Open Space is often contended that there are not enough opportunities to engage with art in Dublin.Although the infrastructure for producing and exhibiting art in our city is currently expanding at…

Irish Historic Towns Atlas (IHTA)

The Irish Historic Towns Atlas project was established in 1981 and Anngret Simms is one of the Series Editors. The aim of the project is to record the topographical development of a selection of Irish towns both large and small.…

CityPoem 52 – Minneapolis

Why is a whole community painting poems on walls?The photos of this special project were sent in by Eric Gustafson of the organisation. Thanks Eric! Minneapolis CityPoem: The Sun Never Says, Hafez This CityPoem is part of Corcoran Neighborhood’s…