This article give a fascinating insight into how rapid urbanisation can have serious side effects. As Dublin reaches for the sky in the new Capital Docks development by Kennedy Wilson, we are seeing increased calls for high rise development in Dublin. In recent weeks our own clients have suffered planning reverses for developments with just 6 or 8 storeys. The planning authority in the city centre is not for turning on this issue it seems.
As our developer clients re-mobilise after a lost decade of non-development it is disappointing to see that planning policies have not moved on and modernised. Adding in a few bike spaces here and there and forcing developers to draw them on plans is not enough. We need a minister for planning and development with an overall brief to help encourage sustainable modern development. With a lot of undeveloped space still sitting idle (the docklands, the glass bottle site) there is a great opportunity to take advantage of international experience and make Ireland a leader in the field. Let's get international designers and consultants involved - the opportunity might not come along again for a while.
It’s hard to believe, but not quite four decades ago the Chinese settlement of Shenzhen was a modest fishing village, with a population of roughly 30,000. Today, thanks to a policy that began in 1979 that was designed to encourage foreign investment, that sleepy village is a manufacturing hub with a population of roughly 10 million. The success of Shenzhen is consistent with the broader development of China’s Pearl River Delta. Once mostly agricultural land, it has become, according to a recent World Bank report, the largest urban area in the world. The cities in the region have a combined population of about 57 million — larger than the populations of many countries, including Canada, Argentina and South Africa.