Emma Lyons

Creative Destruction: Examining the cultural impact of Dublin's "urban revival"

In the past fifty years, Ireland’s capital city has experienced mass spatial, social and cultural change. At the forefront of this accelerated change is regeneration, a dramatic re-design of urban areas, which often utilises localised art and culture as a tool for economic advancement and private investment. The focus of this study is to ask the question, “is urban revival simply a clever term for creative destruction?”, analysing the impact of site-specific urban revival and cultural flagship projects on the capital’s communities, localised trade and identity.

Photo credit: Subset collective,

Photo credit: Subset collective, "Horse Boy"