U2 launch a design competition for a tower in Dublin which will include a recording studio for the band.

Bono was in town to promote the competition and to show reporters where the tower will be located at the end of Sir John Rogerson Quay. 

Speaking to RTÉ News about Dublin architecture, Bono says,

It was an extraordinary city, you know, way back when. And then through corruption and cronyism, the city was defaced and vandalised, and no one so far has had a fine or gone to prison. But we're hopeful.

The announcement will allow architects from Ireland and overseas to compete for the design of a slim tower to include offices, and a bar and restaurant. The top two floors will be a studio for U2. The jury put together by the Docklands Development Authority will include one member of the band. 

Commenting on his hopes for the winning design, Bono says,

I would hope that there's a way of us getting out of some sort of terrace because if you're stuck in a studio with Larry, Edge and Adam for twenty-four hours a day for a year, things can get a little rough. Andy they'll double that if they were talking about me.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 12 November 2002. The reporter is Colm Connolly.