This edition of Reimagine Sessions focuses on the centre of towns, areas that currently face major challenges as we undergo a shift in how we shop, work, travel, and live. How can we reimagine a future for our town cores in the face of online retail and dereliction? Could remote working allow us to turn away from long commutes and refocus our attention on towns as places for social interaction and connection? What needs to happen for more people to return to main street living? These are all questions our three guests have been considering and acting on.
We are delighted to welcome three speakers with diverse perspectives on the future of our towns.
Charles Campion is Partner-in-Charge of Collaborative Planning at JTP Architects, London, a practice that approaches all their projects through a process of understanding, engaging, and co-creating. He leads a dedicated community planning team and employs ‘design charrettes’ to create visions for town centres, ensuring inclusive participation for all.
Jude Sherry is a designer, maker, repairer, researcher, critic, and activist, as well as a recognised international expert and thought leader on sustainable design for a circular economy. Jude co-founded Anois agency in Amsterdam, which takes a systems approach to global resources, focusing on products and urbanism. The recent Anois immersion in Cork city has led to a national movement focused on turning dereliction into co-created liveable, healthy, and productive urban centres where everyone can rest, play, and work.
Caelan Bristow is an architect and artist with a practice incorporating principles of eco-architecture into a variety of residential and public commissions located throughout Ireland. She has worked for architects and artists such as Frank Gehry & Associates, Nasrine Seraji, Jeff Koons, and Bill Viola. In 2017, she bought a 200-year-old stone house on Main St, Cloughjordan, Co. Tipperary, to renovate with a healthy building approach, using traditional materials where possible.
Reimagine is a Creative Ireland funded programme, supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. The Irish Architecture Foundation is supported by the Arts Council and the OPW.