Planners to Blame for Lack of Green Building in Ireland

Paul Keogh, the new president of the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, says that a politically-driven planning system ran unabated during the Irish boom, emphasizing development at all costs.

Frank MacDonald interviewed Keogh, a friend of his. In the interview, Keogh stated that he "agrees that architects were under huge pressure during the boom and that much of what happened was 'unsustainable'. But he blames a lot of this on a planning system that was largely 'politically-driven and, at worst, corrupt', with councillors over-zoning land and local authorities allowing over-development in order to get revenue from levies.

'Development at any cost was too often the norm,' Keogh says. 'There was little strategic planning, developers speculated to maximise profits, and a light-touch regulation regime prevailed. The overall results of poor planning, bad design and minimal consumer protection are evident throughout the country, with many people in negative equity, some in floodplains.'

Keogh is working on an 11-point action plan to promote the idea of design-led planning and sustainability in architecture.

Full Story: Good design must be central to economic recovery

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $245
AICP CTP Storefont Display

The first online AICP* CTP exam prep class

Are you ready to take the AICP* Certified Transportation Planner exam?
Priced at $245 for May exam!
Book cover of Insider's Guide to Careers in Urban Planning

So you want to be a planner...

Check out our behind the scenes look at 25 careers in the Urban Planning field
Starting at $14.95
Red necktie with map of Boston

Tie one on to celebrate your city

Choose from over 20 styles of neckties imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95