Field Trips

Field trips to a range of urban projects and sites of interest in Dublin city and its surroundings will be arranged for Saturday afternoon from 14.00 – 16.30 approx. You can select your preference of field trip during the registration process. Further details are as follows :

Social Housing Development and Renewal

In the context of an ongoing housing crisis in Dublin, the field trip will examine the evolution of social housing policy by visiting a number of key sites in the centre of the city. The pursuit of a Public Private Partnership approach to the renewal of social housing neighbourhoods, advocated from 2000 onwards, has left a controversial and complex legacy, with only one of twelve selected estates having been redeveloped. The economic and property crash has left the remaining estates either demolished or awaiting renewal and the prospects for these areas, and social housing provision more generally, will be examined.

An Overview of Dublin Bay Biosphere - Coastal Tour

Dublin Bay acts as a key resource for Dublin, it makes a significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourist contribution to the city. The Dublin Bay Biosphere which extends to over 300km2 is an internationally recognised UNESCO site where nature and culture connect. This coastal tour will provide an overview of the Bay and a number of the key environmental, wildlife and cultural sites around the bay. It will explore the role of the Biosphere designation, the importance of green infrastructure and the value of protecting landscapes, habitats and wildlife in a growing city. It will finish in the attractive fishing village of Howth on the north side of Dublin Bay.

Dublin Docklands Tour

Since the mid 1980s the Dublin Docklands area has undergone a unique transformation due to regeneration and redevelopment. Becoming the hub of Irish financial services in the 1980s it is now the centre of Dublin’s multinational IT sector colloquially known as Silicon Docks. This field trip will reflect on the regeneration process and will explore some of the new projects in the area including the development of the innovation economy and Smart Docklands.

The Liberties of Dublin: Decline and Renewal

For centuries Dublin’s Liberties area has been a distinctive mercantile quarter of the city; its streets and buildings telling the story of working life in Dublin. Its an area with a vibrant longstanding community whose fortunes have ebbed and flowed in recent decades, experiencing significant urban decay and neglect through the 1970s and 80s linked largely to the decline of traditional industries, and efforts to regenerate and revive the area in the 1990s and 2000s.

Today, a sense of urban renewal has firmly taken hold of The Liberties. Developments in housing, tourism, medical, commercial and retail space are being complemented by planned new parks and public spaces to realise an ambitious programme of physical and economic regeneration. Landmark projects are dramatically transforming areas such as St James’s Gate, The Digital Hub, St James’s Hospital and Newmarket. The area’s fascinating history is being rediscovered and uncovered with streetscapes under restoration and old gems brought back into use. While a reinvigorated community and a renewed sense of purpose is making The Liberties into one of the city’s most dynamic and interesting neighbourhoods.

This walk will take participants on a journey to rediscover and reappraise the historic Liberties, to explore some of the area’s challenges, and to experience some of the new contemporary uses and influences that are transforming the area at present.

Henrietta Street

Henrietta Street is a remarkable Georgian street in Dublin’s inner city, dating from the early 18th century its contrasting fortunes from its initial grandeur as one of the foremost addresses in Dublin to a street of Tenements provide a unique architectural and cultural history. The street which was laid out from the 1720s to 1750s was Dublin’s first Georgian street and was a dwelling place of Archbishops, Lords of Justice and Politicians. These grand houses were abandoned by their wealthy owners following the Act of Union in 1800, and for a time were occupied by solicitors and barristers but by the end of the 19th century nearly all of the houses were squalid tenements. This field trip will examine the architectural and cultural history of this historic street.