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RTPI President judges space invaders event

19 November 2013

RTPI President judges space invaders event

Two former planning students from University College Dublin, Seamus Donnelly and Thomas Bradley, have won a prize for their plans to transform the Thomas Street site in Dublin in a competition that was judged by an expert panel, including RTPI President, Dr Peter Geraghty, during his visit last week to Ireland.

The winning entry included proposals for a mixed-use development with a large digital wall at the centre of an open space on the site as a showcase for companies using it.

 Dr Geraghty said:

'It was great to see the commitment from young planning professionals from across  Ireland. The Space Invaders competition was a great success and I was very impressed by the professionalism and quality of the work produced by all the entrants. They are a credit to the profession and their academic institutions. It would be great if it could become an annual event.'

It was great to see the commitment from young planning professionals from across  Ireland. The Space Invaders competition was a great success and I was very impressed by the professionalism and quality of the work produced by all the entrants.

Planning graduates, supported by Dublin City Council, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) held a 'Space Invaders' event in Dublin City Council on Friday (15th of November).

Teams from four Planning Schools in Ireland - University College Dublin, Queens University Belfast, University College Cork and Dublin Institute of Technology – all displayed their conceptual plans for a site owned by the Digital Hub on Thomas Street Dublin 8.  The teams were challenged to come up with a conceptual plan for this site adjacent to the iconic St James' Gate in Thomas Street.  Rethink the site, transform the area, was the goal set by the organisers.

The founders of Space Invaders, Sybil Berne and Caroline O’Farrell said:

“The feedback we received from the teams was incredible, and although we must admit it ate a lot of our time, we have been requested by the candidates themselves to do this again. It appeared that although there was a prize to win, many of them just wanted to be there, get to work with their friends on a project and meet other planners .

 “Our sponsors were very pleased with the event. They were very impressed with the results and are pleased they were involved”.

 The event was sponsored by Dublin City Council, RTPI, IPI, Diageo, The Digital Hub, Downey Planning, McGill Planning, Masterplan Associates, BMA Planning and MacCabe Durney Barnes.