Irish towns are a built idea distilling the essence of how to live together around a communal space. Revitalised, they could present us with thousands of instant environments, PLACES made by a wall of buildings, a theatre of the everyday. Smaller size and scale put us directly in touch with nature, give us places for kids to play and learn, the 15 minute city translates to a town environment where there is life, fun, community and culture.
How can we move from simply thinking this is a great idea, to achieving it?
Vacancy and dereliction could be investigated for the potential they accidentally offer. If used imaginatively they could become a serious part of solving our housing problem while offering people a sustainable and interesting way of living together.
New plans for our towns need to be about small scale brilliant ideas in all kinds of places. Using what’s there, being ingenious , imagining it into something fresh for now, developing new models of habitation. In doing this we are reinforcing the unique cultural landscape in towns we have inherited, into which we should intervene with care.
Three of Ireland’s emerging practises will present their own unique approach to investing existing fabric of our towns and villages with historic and cultural value.
Moderator Valerie Mulvin (McCullough Mulvin Architects)
Architecture at the Edge (AATE) is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. Established in Galway in 2017, it invites everyone to explore and understand the value of a well-designed built environment. We aim to demonstrate how design enhances everyday life and to inspire new ways of thinking about architecture.