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A Tale of Two Cities.

Dowling, Kelli (2000) A Tale of Two Cities. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

The main motivation behind this dissertation was the experience I gathered on the subject whilst living and studying in Berlin in third year of the European Business and Languages degree course. On my return to Ireland I discovered that the situation in Berlin was mirrored in Dublin, albeit on a smaller scale.
How do we define the "City"? What is happening in our cities right now? The main objective of this dissertation is to provide an insight into the modem icon that is the "City", and to examine the various development projects reshaping Dublin and Berlin. It is a topic about which I researched and wrote with great enthusiasm, as will be evident in the following pages.

Chapter one examines the city, what it is, what affects it and what alters it.

Chapter two focuses on Berlin, the newly revitalised capital of Germany. It examines the major developments and changes in one of Europe’s most enticing cities, the movement of the German parliament to the city and Berlin’s major developers, Sony and Daimler Benz.

Chapter three concentrates on Ireland’s fair city, Dublin. Dublin is experiencing many important changes. This chapter examines these transformations, from the economic changes to the visible changes.

Chapter four draws conclusions and recommendations, discussing the most important components a city must possess, and suggests a possible definition for a successful city.

The topic of cities and redevelopment within cities is immense, and therefore had to be limited in scope for this dissertation. For example the issue of the environment and the serious questions which need to be addressed is beyond the scope of this dissertation. Along with rapid growth of the world’ s cities, there come problems, problems which are in need of immediate attention; environmental degradation, food scarcity, air quality, water quality, pollution and global warming. We need to look on the planet as "a closed system with finite resources. ” These problems alone could fill numerous dissertations.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > Urban Sociology > Urban Renewal
D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain > Ireland > Dublin
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races > Urban Sociology > City Planning
D History General and Old World > DD Germany > Berlin
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in European Business and Languages
Depositing User: SINEAD CORCORAN
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2010 14:09
Last Modified: 02 Sep 2014 11:57
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/282

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