Dublin’s Data Belt


Meteorologically and fiscally conducive to the storing of data, Ireland has become the site where a large part of the internet lives. Dublin’s data belt is a series of large, anonymous sheds distributed according to the converge of infrastructural networks: motorways, fibre-optic and international submarine cabling, and electrical power. For security reasons data centres are arranged in separated clusters located, like Ludwig Hilbersheimer’s post-atomic distributed settlements, outside each others’ potential blast radii. With their information mirrored between clusters across space, many are located within suburban industrial estates along the M50 motorway, the orbital route around Dublin. Dealing with the by- production of large amounts of heat, these sheds operate as micro-weather systems.


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