Press release: ‘What do you need?’


An exhibition of artist Corban Walker’s new art work ‘What do you need?’ will explore the impact of minimal home sizes and housing policies on the lives of communities and artists. The exhibition will will take place in Diamond Square, 7 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin 1, from 24th June to 15th July 2021. The opening of the exhibition will be marked by a panel discussion on Thursday 24th June from 6.30pm to 7:30pm.

The renowned Dublin artist Corban Walker has been commissioned by Dublin City Council’s City Architect to undertake an artwork exploring minimal home sizes. The project is funded under the Creative Ireland programme, coordinated by Dublin City Council’s Arts Office with support from Dublin City Council’s Parks Department. The piece will be located on the street side of the railings of Diamond Square, 7 Gardiner Street Lower, Dublin 1 for 3 weeks from Thursday 24th June to 15th July 2021.

The theme of the piece is ‘What do you need?’ What do you need in a home to sustain you through the many stages of your life? What do you need in a neighbourhood? Are we designing and building homes in Dublin that meet your needs? Dublin artist, Walker explores minimal home size standards over the last 100 years and the consequences of policy direction minimising sizes for affordability, density or other reasons – as exemplified by the recent policy around co-living shared accommodation.

The artwork and the topic of minimal home size impact on city liveability will be discussed at an online panel discussion on Thursday 24th June at 6.30pm with the following panellists:

PANEL UPDATE: We are pleased to welcome new panellists who will bring important perspectives. Unfortunately the Lord Mayor is no longer able to participate due to commitments in relation to the new Development Plan.

  • Corban Walker – Artist
  • Orla Hegarty – Assistant Professor at School of Architecture, UCD
  • John O’Connor – Chief Executive Housing Agency
  • Sinéad O’Carroll – Editor The Journal
  • Amy Donohoe – Journalist Dublin Live
  • Ruairí Ó Cuív – Dublin City Public Art Officer
  • Chair: Ali Grehan – Dublin City Architect

Register for the panel discussion here: