Historic Places – Living City Spaces

Northumberland Road – Laurence and Long Architects

The ‘Historic Places – Living City Spaces’ conference will examine the re-use and adaptation of the city’s built heritage. This one day conference will take place on Thursday 15h October 2015 as a collaboration by the Dept. of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, the RIAI, and the Irish Architecture Foundation with City Architects Division. The purpose of the collaboration is to raise awareness of the importance of re-using historic buildings, the delivery of high quality design and conservation led intervention as concepts central to successfully delivering residential accommodation within vacant historic places.

The ‘Living City Initiative’ announced in April of this year by the Dept of Finance – http://www.finance.gov.ie/living-city-initiative – the objective of this initiative is to provide a catalyst important to encourage developers to undertake the incremental rehabilitation of historic vacant buildings fronting Dublin’s streets, thoroughfares, squares and riverscape and as the funding essential to repairing and retaining the unique architectural character of the city.

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College Green Apartments – Donnelly Turpin Architects

The main aim of the conference is to present best practice exemplars for historic buildings and to show where high quality conservation and design intervention has affected change and stimulus for new residential use. Redundant and underused spaces within a large number of historic buildings in the city have the potential to be productively used as contemporary homes and to assist the city’s response to a current and acute housing deficit.

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South William Street, Before and After – Robin Mandal Architects

The conference is regarded as the first step towards developing a vision in line with Open House Conference theme of ‘This Place We call Home’ and as an approach for building owners to re-imagine the provision of new residential spaces within under-performing historic buildings. It explores how the city may successfully harness Dublin’s earliest mansions from the rehabilitation of the surviving C17th fabric of the city’s 1st planned suburb through to the enhancement of the C18th Georgian townhouses, investigating the diversity of the typology, surviving significance and authenticity. The conference hopes to highlight international best practice and concepts for urban regeneration and to establish the core information for facilitate access to current EU funding streams in relation to historic urban centres.

Jake Moulson

Ely Place – Jake Moulson Architects

This event represents a collaboration of many stakeholders and sincere thanks is extended to all contributors to the day and in particular to the official event partners – the Dept. AHG, the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI), the Irish Architectural Foundation (IAF), the Mansion House Staff and City Architects Division DCC.

Speakers include: Dr. Tracy Pickerill (DIT School of Surveying &Construction Management), Ruth O’Herlihy(McCullough Mulvin Architects), Richard McLouglin (Lotts Architecture), Grainne Shaffrey (Shaffrey Architects), Sunni GoodSOn (Mesh Architects), Gemma Tipton (Curator of The Irish Times DownstairsDublin), David Averil (Sheahan Barry Architects),  Robin Mandal (Robin Mandal Architects) and many more.