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RTPI President to meet space invaders

11 November 2013

Planning students competition to ‘transform’ Thomas Street site in Dublin

A group of planning graduates, supported by Dublin City Council, the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) and the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) will be holding a 'Space Invaders' event at the Woodquay Venue, Civic Offices, Dublin City Council on Friday the 15th of November 2013 (13.00-17.30).  

Teams from four Planning Schools in Ireland - University College Dublin, Queens University Belfast, University College Cork and Dublin Institute of Technology - will be displaying 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 plans will be presented to a high profile jury of leading planners, including the Presidents of the RTPI and IPI,  who will be tasked with judging which is the best entry.

The winners will receive a cash prize along with a trophy for their University and their plans will be on display in Dublin City Council to help inspire the owners of the site, Digital Hub.

The founders of Space Invaders, Sybil Berne and Caroline O’Farrell said: “Space Invaders is our 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.”

Speakers at the event include:  RTPI President Dr. Peter Geraghty, IPI President Mary Crowley, and Jim Keogan Executive Manager Dublin City Council.

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

For more information visit  the Space Invaders 2013 Urban Planning competition page.