Skyscrapers above Stephen's Green: How Dublin might look in 2050

Dublin Chamber has unveiled its vision for the capital by the middle of the century.

By Paul O'Donoghue Reporter, Fora

SKYSCRAPERS COULD BE a feature of Dublin’s skyline by 2050 – at least that is the hope of many Dubliners.

Just over two-fifths of people are in favour of building skyscapers in the capital, according to a survey carried out by Dublin Chamber as part of its ‘A Vision for Dublin 2050′ report.

The study is based on data collected from the ‘Great Dublin Survey’, an online poll completed by some 20,000 people between and April and August, as well as a representative survey of 500 Dubliners carried out by Amárach Research.

It found that just over half of people believe that taller buildings would be a positive step in helping to meet the city’s accommodation needs.

As part of the report launch, Dublin Chamber has produced a video that imagines what the capital city will be like in 2050.

The most notable feature of the clip is the change in the look of the city, with skyscrapers towering above areas such as the quays and St Stephen’s Green.

Dublin Chamber’s survey also found that two-thirds of respondents thought that cash would be a thing of the past by 2050, while just over 60% predict a paperless society.

It found that the preference of home ownership is unlikely to dissipate, with four in five people stating that they wish to own their home. In comparison, less than a third said that they would be content to rent.


The research also showed some of Dublin’s issues today, with just one in five respondents saying that they perceive Dublin to be clean, while two in five said they view the capital as dirty.

Only one in five people described Dublin as safe. Older people and those who are not originally from the capital were the most likely to view the city as unsafe.

Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke said that there has “never been a more important time to talk about Dublin’s future”.

“As the capital of Ireland, and the powerhouse of the national economy, it is vital for everyone that Dublin works,” she said.

“Our aim in establishing this initiative was to explore the need for better long-term planning in the Dublin region.”

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