The transformation of the former docks in Dublin was one of the major
urban regeneration projects in Ireland, which was built during the
recent economic boom. Since the start of the project in the nineties,
more than six thousand apartments have been built in the area. The
construction of the apartments allowed for the diversifi cation of the
character of this district into a living quarter. Initially the
Docklands were considered as an offi ce district that would serve the
Ireland’s service-based economy. New projects also allowed for the
development of housing in a close proximity to existing city centre,
although it did not happen not without avoiding the gentrifi cation and
social polarization of this area.
The key role in the process was played by the operator – the urban
development agency (Dublin Docklands Development Authority). It acted
both as a strategic landowner and the coordinator of the development.
The agency was responsible for the delivery of the infrastructure and
the sale of the land. The actions of the operator included setting up
the of the housing standards, requirements for the development of the
infrastructure, both social and technical and public transportation
systems. In the hindsight, the agency was praised for the management of
the development of such large site. On the other hand, the lack of
procedural oversight and a few dubious fi nancial decisions, as well as
the other eff ects of the neoliberal policies, such as gentrification,
fi nally lower the assessment of DDDA efficiency in that matter.
The article summarizes the main aims and achievements of the DDDA’s
development policy and its assessment from the long-term perspective of
two decades of transformation. This includes the eff ects of the actions
in the aftermath of the fi nancial crisis. Such perspective allows to
highlight the various stages of the development of the agency and to
examine the efficiency and efficacy of these actions.