The Lord Mayor of Dublin Hazel Chu presented the winners of the primary school Dublin City Development Plan Poster Competition “My Vision for Dublin…” at an event held in the gardens of the Mansion House today.
“The creativity and vision displayed from the 232 students who submitted posters was really inspiring,” says Chu.
“It was so important that during the consultation process, that we heard from children, to learn more about what they want for their city and how they believe we can make it an even better place to live.”
The three winners received prizes of book tokens for themselves and their schools.
1st Place: Sam MacLoughlin, aged 10, North Bay Educate Together School National School, Kilbarrack, Dublin 5
Judge’s Citation: Sam’s poster impressed the panel as it incorporates key issues such as renewable energy, eco transport, green infrastructure, repurposing of existing buildings, and biodiversity. It communicates an inclusive and diverse future for Dublin City that will benefit all citizens between 2022 and 2028. Sam’s written vision to guide future development in Dublin City resonated with the panel and can potentially deliver transformational change in Dublin City. As Sam brilliantly noted – ‘even a small city like Dublin, can make a big change’.
2nd Place: Katelyn Fleming aged 11, St. Catherine’s Snr School, Cabra, Dublin 7
Judge’s Citation: The panel were drawn to Katelyn’s entry due to her unique view of the streets and parks in Dublin City as well as the great use of colours with lots of interesting details to look at. They were particularly impressed with the overall quality of the drawing and this represents Dublin City very well with houses, parks, a playground, shops, recycling, green energy, charging points and the Spire.
3rd Place: Saoirse Ní Mhaolchoille 11 bliana d’aois, Gaelscoil Lios na Nog, Raghnallach, Dublin 6
Judge’s Citation:The panel were highly impressed with the detailed vision illustrated in Saoirse’s poster. Saoirse’s vision showcases the sense of community and amenities that can be delivered through high-quality apartment design. The panel noted the proximity to green spaces and easy access to local services/ facilities, and active travel as critical elements of the built environment to improve compact-city liveability, all of which Saoirse has excellently illustrated in her poster.
The three winning posters will be featured in the Dublin City Development Plan 2022-2028, while all the entries will be part of a photomontage featured on Dublin City Council’s website.
The local authority says that “The Dublin City Development Plan sets out a vision and direction for the future of the city acting as an over-arching roadmap for the development of our city, protection of our environment, heritage, and amenities as well as in mitigating against climate change.
“Public engagement forms a key part in the drafting of this Plan to ensure that it reflects a shared vision, guiding future development for the benefit of the city and all its citizens.
“This competition has been organised in addition to the formal public consultation to give children an opportunity to show what their vision is for the city.”