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Budding planners get chance to shine

BUDDING planners are being given the opportunity to showcase their talents by transforming a derelict Dublin city centre site.

A new urban planning competition, called Space Invaders 2013, has been organised to help showcase student and graduate planners.

It will involve the rejuvenation of a site adjacent to the iconic St James's Gate on Thomas Street, Dublin 8. The site is owned by the Digital Hub.

Teams representing four planning schools will showcase their ideas for the site tomorrow at Dublin City Council's offices at Wood Quay.

University College Dublin, Queen's University Belfast, University College Cork and the Dublin Institute of Technology have all been shortlisted for the contest.


The winning team will be chosen after all the entrants have presented their plans to a high-profile jury of planners who include the RTPI and IPI presidents.

The winners will receive a cash prize of €1,000 along with a trophy for their university.

Co-founders and organisers of Space Invaders Caroline O'Farrell and Sybil Berne said that the competition was a response to the recession.

"We want to give other young planners the opportunity to gain some hands-on experience, as well as the chance to display their work and showcase their talents," they said.

All the projects will be on display at the atrium at Dublin City Council's civic offices on Wood Quay from November 18 for a week.