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Housing | Wildlife | Architecture | Urbanism | Policy. Mexican Architect & Urbanist. MRIAI. Ignorantia urbis non excusat. Axe SPPR8, end #AssetUrbanism. He/Him.
Mar 8 18 tweets 10 min read
“Some don’t work. It’s very important to find out at an early stage which ones they are.” This was particularly the case where “someone overpaid for the land & think(s) they can get that money back from the council”

Let’s see what this means:
1/ The #BuildToRent policy introduced by @MurphyEoghan & the SHD policy introduced by @simoncoveney didn’t “encourage developers to build more homes” they set up a framework where 1. more bad units could fit in any site & 2. 100+ unit schemes could skip normal planning processes.
Dec 18, 2022 26 tweets 8 min read

Under Art. 29 of the Planning and Development Regulations 2001, anyone can make a SUBMISSION or OBSERVATION on planning applications.

This is a feature of living in a democracy although some might paint it as a pesky glitch in the system.

These submissions are called “Third Party Observations” and can be submitted within 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt of the planning application stating the name & address of the person making the observation / submission + a fee of €20.

Nov 25, 2022 23 tweets 10 min read
Everything matters when we think or talk about housing.
The way homes are discussed today is in number of bedrooms but housing is so much more than that. A home is at the core of one’s identity, individuality & sense of fulfilment; they must be flexible enough to allow this.
1/ As an architect, my biggest satisfaction comes from hearing a client discuss their projects, it often starts from a very practical sense including bedroom numbers and where the sink & hob might go…
Oct 17, 2022 13 tweets 6 min read
This is the floor plan of a studio apartment, the entrance is at the bottom of the image and the only actual window is at the top. The unit is about 37sqm which is the absolute minimum that is legally permissible for this type of unit.
1/ Image Let’s go through the plan, 1st stop the entrance area: Upon opening the door there’s a bit of wall to the right & a door to access the bathroom, there’s just about enough space between the door and what seems to be the wash / dry area to leave your shoes, wet coat? Good luck. 2/ Image
Aug 11, 2022 25 tweets 11 min read
When @CSOIreland 2022 figures revealed 166,752 vacant homes in the ROI, an onslaught of folks played this down.
It’s now Aug 2022, @daftmedia report says “there were 716 homes advertised to rent nationwide” and there’s a meltdown by the media about a rental crisis.
Information by @CSOIreland highlighted an unmistakable #vacancy problem & reminds us that the CSO’s purpose is to “impartially collect, analyze and make available statistics about Ireland’s people, society and economy”.

@daftmedia purpose by contrast, is not impartiality.

Jul 28, 2022 22 tweets 10 min read
Costs of existing houses & apartments for purchase in Dublin are extortionate.

What is equally incredible is the amount of work many of these potential homes need.

Sure, many are liveable & have good locations, however most will require new owners to sink extra €€€.

1/22 Take this B3 BER rated home in Harold’s Cross advertised at €695,000 for example:

The cost per sqm for this house is over €5,000. If you were to consider renovating this house for a conservative figure of say €800/sqm, you’ll need an extra €100k.