Even though U2 may be the darling of the humanitarian scene, they’re still not immune to criticism from other groups. Currently, the legendary band is under fire for submitting plans to create the largest skyscraper in Ireland without first conducting an environmental review of the development’s impact. U2 intends to partly demolish and redevelop a hotel they own by the River Liffey in Dublin. The new hot spot will be 32 stories high; which has some worried that it will “blight the Georgian cityscape.” From the article,
“‘Our biggest concern is that the U2 Tower will stick out of the skyline from parts of Georgian Dublin like Merrion Square. It could potentially be an incongruous blot on the skyline on the southside of the city,’ said Ian Lumley, An Taisce’s national heritage officer.
‘From the limited information we have seen about the proposed tower, there is no consideration being taken into the impact of rising sea levels,’ he said. ‘This tower is at the mouth of Dublin Bay and yet no provision has been made as to the effect of rising sea levels on an entire area earmarked for more residential living as well as businesses. For all these reasons there has to be an independent public inquiry before this project is allowed to go ahead.’
In a day and age where more attention is being made to how buildings are put together and their environmental impact, it’s rather odd that U2 has failed to follow suit. Obviously, so much of what we’re hearing is currently in the planning stages — but Bono and Co. would do well to silence critics with any green plans they have up their sleeves.