Sir Richard MacCormac and DEGW partner John Worthington have been picked to lead a panel of international architects to advise Dublin's leaders on the city's development explosion.
The duo will be joined by a third expert, probably from the Netherlands or the UK, later this month and will test proposed schemes in Dublin against best practice from across Europe. The panel was inspired by the Barcelona authority, which is advised by a panel of international architects featuring names such as Lord Rogers, said Dublin city architect Jim Barrett. London mayor Ken Livingstone is also considering the appointment of a similar panel (AJ 17.8.00).
'Development is going at such a pace that there are huge schemes coming at us at a ferocious rate, ' said Barrett. 'We feel it is necessary to have an independent group to tell us how we are getting on.'
Barrett said the city needs higher-density development to tackle growing traffic problems.
Last year, the number of new cars taking to the roads in the city passed 100,000 for the first time.
In September, Worthington's practice produced a report for the Dublin Corporation including calls for tall buildings of up to 50m to be used to signpost significant places and take advantage of major transport nodes, such as Houston Station. It also called for better development planning from city leaders.