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Liam Collins: 'Why can't the skyline match a vibrant city?'

Dublin's city planners seem content to sit back and give the thumbs ups to an uninspiring skyline, writes Liam Collins

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How the docklands could have looked if the three towers had gone ahead

How the docklands could have looked if the three towers had gone ahead

How the docklands could have looked if the three towers had gone ahead

It could have been so different. Without interfering with the integrity of Dublin as a Georgian city, the docklands could have been framed with Norman Foster's piercing U2 Tower on Britain Quay on the southside, Zaha Hadid's Tedcastle Tower on the north side, with Rafael Vinoly's Spencer Dock proposal soaring into the skyline over the Liffey.

Instead, we got what some modern architects are calling "stump city", a collection of uninspiring four-, five- and six-storey buildings, lining the quays like limp pieces of leftover Lego.


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