Register: SEP/08/2017, Submit: SEP/22/2017, Eligibility: Registered architects, landscape architects and engineers; multidisciplinary design teams, Fee: 160.06 EUR (included TAX), Awards: Winner 10,000 EUR
Registered architects, landscape architects and engineers are invited to participate in a design research competition to propose innovative and considered solutions for the renewal of Cork city’s (Ireland) quayside landscape. Participants should consider engaging with other professional disciplines, artists or art organisations, local community groups and citizens as part of their design process.The purpose of this competition is to unlock opportunity and potential, advance knowledge, and develop collaborative expertise across architecture, engineering and landscape design through integrated design solutions that are specific to Cork city. It is hoped that the outputs of this process will contribute towards the city’s future strategy for the quays. Innovative solutions cannot be generated without informed reference to the past (the working of historic space in Cork and its material quality), combined with due consideration of the needs of the future (climate change, social and economic development).
For the competition participants are asked to:
- Re-imagine and renew the public space at Fr. Mathew and Morrison’s Quay in Cork City, Ireland
- Design a new pedestrian bridge to replace the existing Trinity bridge at Morrison’s Quay
- Reveal the beauty of the Historic Quays: Fr. Mathew Quay and Morrison’s Quay
- Enhance and develop the city’s relationship with the river Lee in order promote and encourage riverine activities such as trade, tourism, sport and leisure.
Save Cork City, are a voluntary group set up in response to a proposal to build over 8km of concrete walls and 46 pump chambers around the River Lee in Cork, Ireland. Morrison’s Island is the site where the first phase of the proposed scheme is to be undertaken. The group believes that this is not an appropriate flood protection system to adopt in a historic place. The concerns of the group are focused on the increase in water levels in the river, the destruction of the historic quayside landscape, the loss of civic space, the financial loss to the region due to the disruption of the 6-10 years of works and the loss of the long term tourism potential of the city due to the proposed scheme. As part of their Three Point Plan for Flood Protection for Cork, Save Cork City are calling on the Irish Government to review proposals to construct a tidal barrier to protect the city from fluvial and tidal flooding. Point two of their plan deals with the the faithful restoration of Cork’s historic limestone quays. This design competition falls under point two of the plan. The third point of the plan deals with up-stream catchment management.
Constructing a tidal barrier at Lough Mahon on the River Lee would protect Cork from flooding and avoid the necessity for concrete walls and pump chambers. Thus, allowing the city to refurbish the quays, build civic pride, enhance tourism, increase economic potential and most importantly, avoid the city turning it’s back on the river.