Historic Places – Living City Spaces

As part of the 10th anniversary of the annual Open House programme 2015, An tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh, will launch the conference ‘Historic Places – Living City Spaces’ in the Mansion House on Thursday 15th October at 10am. The Mansion House is celebrating its 300th Anniversary of being the official residence of the First citizen of the city. It is the perfect example of a well-considered approach to the upgrading of a historic building for contemporary working and living which is what this conference is about.

The ‘Historic Places – Living City Spaces’ conference represents the promotion of the re-use and adaptation of the city’s built heritage by the Dept. of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht, The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, and the Irish Architecture Foundation with Dublin City Council’s City Architects Division.

“The purpose of this 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. Tá foirgnimh áille sa chathair ón am atá imithe ach is féidir linn iad a úsáid san am atá le teacht” said An tArdmhéara, Críona Ní Dhálaigh.

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.


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