Conversations about Architecture and the Built Environment

logo_ireland-deptenvironmentThe Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the Irish Architecture Foundation have launched a series of public meetings to consult with the public on the new Policy on Architecture. The Irish Architecture Foundation and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government will host “Conversations about Architecture and the Built Environment” at eight locations nationwide between May 29 and June 12, 2008.

Commenting on this, the Minister said, “The onus is on us to respond to the changing nature of issues relating to the built environment and, it is in that context, that I approved the development of the new policy. The next stage in the process is this public consultation exercise, which I feel will be critical to the entire undertaking. This will provide the maximum level of public input into the key themes and issues which are emerging as the policy is being developed. A website will also be developed which will act as an additional forum for public engagement.”

The new policy on architecture is being developed by the Department, overseen by a Steering Committee appointed in 2007 by Minister Gormley, and chaired by Professor Loughlin Kealy. Minister Gormley noted “The Policy on Architecture will address issues which have arisen in the years since the publication of the first policy on architecture, Action on Architecture 2002-2005. It will place more emphasis on sustainable development of the environment and on urban design and will also aim at incorporating architectural heritage in a holistic, integrated manner. Finally, it will develop an action plan which will respond to, and promote awareness of, all those areas.”

Dates and Venues
Thursday May 29 Galway/Mayo Institute of Technology, Dublin Road, Galway
Tuesday June 3 Museum of Treasures, Waterford City
Wednesday June 4 Lewis Glucksman Gallery, UCC, Cork
Thursday June 5 Limerick City Gallery, Carnegie Building, Limerick
Monday June 9 The Dock, Carrick-on-Shannon, Co. Leitrim
Tuesday June 10 Athlone Civic Centre, Co. Westmeath
Wednesday June 11 Fingal County Hall, Swords, Co. Dublin
Thursday June 12 The Ark, a Cultural Centre for Children, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

All Conversations event EXCEPT JUNE 12 will run from 6.30-8.30pm. Refreshments from 6pm.
JUNE 12 event will run from 5pm-7pm. Refreshments from 4.30pm.