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Impact of architecture on quality of life should be celebrated – Irish Architecture Foundation

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Impact of architecture on quality of life should be celebrated – Irish Architecture Foundation

PRESS RELEASE Friday, 11th October 2019

The impact architecture has on our quality of life is not to be underestimated. That’s according to Nathalie Weadick, Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, speaking in advance of Open House Dublin.

Irish Architecture Foundation’s Open House Dublin festival kicks off today with ‘Big Debate’ on the future of Dublin

The impact architecture has on our quality of life is not to be underestimated. That’s according to Nathalie Weadick, Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation, speaking in advance of Open House Dublin, Ireland’s largest architecture festival, taking place across the city this weekend (11th to 13th October).   Commenting today (11.10.19) as the festival kicks off, Ms. Weadick said quality architecture can have a transformative impact on the quality of life of the public.   “Architecture shapes how we live, work, socialise and move, and quality design has the power to have a positive impact on the health and well-being of the public.   “In recent years there have been creative architectural innovations and carefully thought-out developments that have hugely enhanced our cityscape. An innovative new school-house at Sandford Park School, St. Audeon’s Park in the historic Liberties, the regeneration of Dolphin House, and the refurbished Stanhope Street School canteen are just some examples of excellent architecture in Dublin.   “However, Dublin’s urban landscape is rapidly changing, and questions as to whether we are risking the character and culture of the city in favor of economic growth need to be asked and must be open for public discourse. Kicking off Open House Dublin this weekend, we’ll be giving the public that very opportunity at our ‘Big Debate’ on Friday – where public representatives, architects and cultural influencers will be openly discussing this topic with input invited from the public.   “This weekend is an opportunity to celebrate all that is good in Irish architecture – from innovative new school canteens to historical buildings that shaped how we lived in the past, Open House Dublin allows us to experience and celebrate the type of quality architecture which adds hugely to our cultural landscape.”    The ‘Big Debate’ The theme for this year’s Open House Dublin Festival is ‘City in Motion’, and this will be discussed at the Festival’s ‘Big Debate’,  entitled ‘What Kind of City Do You Want?’,  taking place at Trinity Business School, 42 Pearse Street, Dublin 2 at 6.30pm today, Friday, 11th October.   Open to the public, the event will facilitate a debate about the sort of city Dublin is becoming; and the role architects, designers, public representatives and the public can play in deciding this. Chaired by Linda Doyle, Dean of Research at Trinity College Dublin, panelists will include:

  • Ciaran Cuffe MEP, who will speak about shaping a zero-carbon city;
  • Jamie Cudden, Smart City Programme Manager, Dublin City Council; 
  • Clare Lyster, an Irish-born architect based in Chicago;
  • Jennifer Jennings, co-Director of pop culture outfit THISISPOPBABY; 
  • Dominic Stevens, Director in JFOC Architects; and
  • John O’ Beirne, Director, Products at Bank of Ireland. 

Festival Programme 121 buildings across the city are throwing open their doors to the public for the Open House Dublin Festival, with 160 events – ranging from building tours to family-friendly workshops – taking place.  All Open House Dublin events are free, but places for some are allocated on a lottery basis. The full programme of events is available at www.openhousedublin.comInstructions to Media wishing to attend/cover Open House Dublin:

  • Media wishing to attend or cover Open House Dublin over the weekend are asked to contact Emily Brennan / Martina Quinn, Alice PR & Events, Email: [email protected]; Tel: 086-1658629 / 087-6522033.
  • The Open House Dublin Press Office will be located in the Irish Architecture Foundation, 15 Bachelor’s Walk, Dublin 1.
  • Photographer Barry Cronin has been commissioned to cover Open House Dublin and will be issuing photos to photo desks – for use, free of charge – on both Saturday, 12th October and Sunday, 13th October.