The Botanic Spine : A Greenway and CPUL for Dublin (eco)city

THE BOTANIC SPINE: an 18 km long orbital linear park that threads through the city of Dublin, a series of pocket parks,  some existing, some proposed.

Vision: To create the botanic spine, an 18km orbital eco corridor/ greenway for dublin city. A green thread that connects up a series of pocket parks, organic food gardens, local amenities, cities waterways and a new city metro underground.

View A3 PDF of concept here.

View full architectural Thesis “Catalyst @ Botanic Spine“, in 2 parts here 1 | 2

Dublin inner city has historically been defined as that land which lies inside the two city canals. Recently that sense of city has been lost, this project aims to remind the city of its lost identity.

The Spine acts as an eco corridor and greenway that threads together the 6 existing city waterways, the Phoenix Park (Europe’s largest city park) and the Botanic Gardens, which serves as the brain of the network that uses the spine as a constant feedback loop to output ecological projects and thinking into the wider city. The Botanic Gardens become the Dublin node in a global ecological system, greening the city, improving plant and animal life along green corridors, raising awareness and getting citizens involved with exciting eco initiatives.

The Spine is also a CPUL (continuous productive urban landscape) with a series of organic food gardens along it. The Spine mimics somewhat the structure and function of the human spine: a network of different systems flowing through the spine; plant and animal life, people, water, cycle route, metro line, digital info, hurling fans heading up to Croker for the big game?

 

View Botanic Spine detailed plan PDF here

The Architecture, Urbanism and Art of Duncan Crowley

Read that eco city idea is starting to take off in china

Have your say in the botanic spine communication space

 

Heres what the land around Drumcondra could look like:


greening city, connecting communities update:
architecural thesis “catalyst @ botanic spine” successfully completed in june.

Vision : Creating the botanic spine an 18km orbital eco corridor/ greenway for dublin city. a green thread that connects up a sries of pocket parks, organic food gardens, local amenities, cities waterways and a new city metro underground.

Locally produced fruit and veg is a huge part of this project, we started dolphins barn community garden in April which has been a wonderful project to be part of.


The Botanic Spine mimics somewhat the structure and function of the human spine. A network of different systems flowing through the spine; plant and animal life, people, water, cycle route, metro line, digital info, hurling fans heading up to Croker for the big game?

It connects up to the botanic gardens and this acts as the brain of the scheme, as a node in a global ecological network: greening the city, improving plant and animal life along green corridors, raising awareness and getting citizens involved with exciting eco initiatives.

International velo-city conference happened may 31st- june 3rd here in Dublin.

“Dublin is delighted to welcome people from all over the world to the 15th Velo-city conference. The Velo-city series of conferences is unlike any other transportation conference worldwide“. As part of this there was 1st Docklands City Cycle. Also during this time in Dublin was the european greenways conference,

We carried out, as part of this conference dublins first greenway cycle

International greenways and velo city people come to support grassroots initiave

that eco city idea is starting to take off in china

“CATALYST @ Botanic Spine”

SITE:

BUILDING, 1 of many: Sports block

more vids…
site:
Botanic Spine : Sheriff street park part 1
Botanic Spine : Sheriff street park part 2
Botanic Spine : Sheriff street park part 3
Botanic Spine : Sheriff street park part 4
building:
Sports building 1
Sports building 2
Sports building 3

15 Responses to The Botanic Spine : A Greenway and CPUL for Dublin (eco)city

  1. Tania says:

    Es muy buena idea realizar Carabana O cotaminacion, seremos un movimiento grande de Barcelona, pero queremos crear tambien medios de transporte sin uso absoluto de combustibles fosiles ,, si alguien tiene idea mejor aparte de bici.
    Gracias familioa tierra maestra

  2. fuspey says:

    food production experiments and succcesses in Dublin, Ireland:

    Bringing Nature To Mans Domain (May 2005)
    http://www.indymedia.ie/article/69689

    Dolphin’s Barn community garden under threat (April 2006)
    http://www.indymedia.ie/article/75438

    3rd time lucky for community garden in Dublin 8? (September 18, 2007)
    http://www.indymedia.ie/article/84268

    RTE 6.00 news: Community gardening taking root
    (Jul 15, 2008)
    http://southcirculargarden.blogspot.com/2008/07/rte-news-feature-garden.html

    garden webs
    http://dublincommunitygardens.blogspot.com/
    http://southcirculargarden.blogspot.com/ (aka – dolphins barn community garden)

  3. Yielding says:

    Believe you have to consider all aspects in the current economic climate – personally do no think we have seen the full extent of the recesssion, so would be cautious in considering.

  4. Pintar says:

    Hey are you a professional journalist? This article is very well written, as compared to most other blogs i saw today…. anyhow thanks for the good read!

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  10. fuspey says:

    IAAC proposal: “THE SELF SUFFICIENT CITY – Envisioning the habitat of the future” Stories of hope from Dublin

    https://itsafunnyoldworld.wordpress.com/2011/02/17/habitat-of-the-future-dublin/

  11. fuspey says:

    opening bike lanes by water ways in brazil.

    similar to what we were working at in dublin

    http://transitionconsciousness.wordpress.com/2012/12/06/sao-paulo-hid-its-rivers-so-that-cars-could-pass/

  12. fuspey says:

    A Royal Journey (radio doc)

    The Royal Canal (An Chanáil Ríoga) is a canal originally built for freight and passenger transportation from the River Liffey at Dublin to the River Shannon at Cloondara in County Longford in Ireland.

    The canal began life in 1790 and ltook 27 years to be built – before finally reaching the Shannon in 1817, at a total cost of £1,421,954.

    The canal passes through Maynooth, Kilcock, Enfield, Mullingar and Ballymahon has a spur to Longford. The total length of the main navigation is 145 kilometres (90 miles), and the system has 46 locks. There is one main feeder (from Lough Owel), which enters the canal at Mullingar. At the Dublin end, the canal reaches the Liffey through a wide sequence of dock and locks at Spencer Dock, with a final sea lock to manage access to the river and sea.

    Today Waterways Ireland is responsible for the canal.

    Presented by Richard Nairn.

    Produced by Dick Warner

    (First broadcast 1990)

    An Irish radio documentary from RTÉ Radio 1, Ireland – Documentary on One – the home of Irish radio documentaries

    http://www.rte.ie/radio1/doconone/radio-documentary-the-royal-canal.html

  13. fuspey says:

    In Curitiba, Brazil, a very similar and very big project is in place… Viva Barigui

    Curitiba: the creation of an ecological corridor crossing the city centre, as its very first “urban biodiversity” operation. Along banks of barangui river

    vid http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6HrJarz0Nk

    http://www.biocidade.curitiba.pr.gov.br/biocity/12.html

    Curitiba developing a biodiversity corridor in its city, joining green spaces, making urban greenway
    http://curitibainenglish.com.br/current-affairs/barigui-linear-park-gains-another-210-thousand-m%C2%B2/

  14. fuspey says:

    SOS Dublin Docklands – by provisionaluniversity
    http://provisionaluniversity.wordpress.com/2014/03/24/sos-dublin-docklands/

    The decline of the Dublin dock’s was a major blow to the city, leaving a legacy of unemployment and poverty, issues which fomented the addiction crisis of the ‘80s and 90s and continue to wreak havoc on inner-city communities. This context is all-too-often forgotten by those interested in urban design, who have sometimes been guilty of limiting their focus to ‘quality of life’ issues. Nevertheless, from an urban planning perspective the decline of the docks did present an opportunity to ‘reconnect the city with its maritime heritage’ (to use Dublin City Council’s terminology). The city centre could have extended east to bring the sea back into the everyday life of Dubliners.

    The city has developed, instead, into a ‘retail core’ separated from the sea by several kilometres of soulless office construction and empty developments (such as the inaptly named PointVillage). The Dockland’s area and IFSC are classic ‘mono-use office environments’, characterised by extremely limited social and public spaces, devoid of diversity and suffering from a lack of what planners call ‘animation’ (i.e. life) after office hours and during the weekend. The appearance of the Tall Ships once a year, as much as Dublin City council likes to champion these ‘sticking plaster’ initiatives, is not going to pull the wool over anyone’s eyes. From the point of view of the majority of people who live in Dublin, the dockland’s development is a case of failed, profit-driven, short-term urban planning and development. (We could also address here the enormous quantities of debt generated in the process, much of which we have ended up paying for via the bank bailout).

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