The growth of a city is normally equated with economic prosperity and a burgeoning population. But what happens when uncontrolled urban expansion leads to a city that stretches beyond what it should be optimally? How do cities and the population reconcile economic prosperity with environmental responsibilities? What is the role of the media in reporting? Gleaning from his observations of Dublin and other Irish cities, Frank shared his views on urbanisation and how this impacted the inhabitants of cities. Frank also shared his experiences on reporting on the environment. How do the media cope with greater emphasis and awareness of the environment? How can media practitioners make sense of the increasingly technical issues that are raised in order to report accurately?
This event was co-organized by the SIIA and Asia-Europe Foundation.
Frank McDonald is Environment Editor of The Irish Times. He has won several awards, including one for Outstanding Work in Irish Journalism. He is the author of The Destruction of Dublin (1985), Saving the City (1989) and The Construction of Dublin (2000). He is also joint author with James Nix of Chaos at the Crossroads (2005), a book documenting the environmental destruction of Ireland. In October 2006, he was awarded an honorary DPhil by Dublin Institute of Technology. He is also a founder member and Writer in Residence of the Academy of Urbanism of Great Britain and Ireland.