Wednesday, April 4, 2012

From Project for Public Spaces
How to Turn Dún Laoghaire Around

Abandoned public baths along the waterfront / Photo: Gary Toth
Places, like many things, go through cycles—and even the grandest of public spaces can wind up looking a bit worn and forlorn. Last month, PPS’s Fred Kent, Gary Toth, and Kathy Madden traveled to the wonderfully bucolic community of Dún Laoghaire (pronounced Doon Layer-eh), Ireland, to conduct one of our How to Turn a Place Around training workshops. The area between Dún Laoghaire’s waterfront and high street is picture-perfect at first glance, but the 30 workshop participants quickly identified many underlying flaws. Led by the PPS team, these locals recognized assets that together represented a “gold mine” of Placemaking potential, and developed some wonderfully creative ideas for knitting together the area’s public spaces to create a truly extraordinary destination.

Read more: How to Turn Dún Laoghaire Around « Project for Public Spaces - Placemaking for Communities

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