Living Limerick: Engage City Limerick
Various* (2 Pery Square, Fab Lab Limerick, Limerick Chamber & Narrative 4.)
Share your views on the future direction of the city. How can we best take advantage of Limerick’s medieval heritage? What about Georgian Limerick? How can the city best connect to its greatest asset the River Shannon?
Limerick City and County Council in conjunction with SAUL, School of Architecture University of Limerick will be posing these questions through a new consultation process to collect people’s thoughts, hopes and opinions about living in Limerick. Living Limerick is about developing a vision for living in the historic core of Limerick City. Through the process we will explore ways to make the city more liveable in the design of new public realm projects and initiatives. Living Limerick will support volunteer groups to assist in transforming Limerick’s streets, parks and riverfront into more engaged public spaces. Through the Living Limerick process we will gather and share the hopes for Limerick’s historic city center. By coordinating, analysing and representing the views of these communities we aim to develop an inclusive vision for the city. As part of this, a series of events will take place throughout the year under the banner ‘City Engage Limerick’.
The first week builds on the ongoing council supported research on the city carried out by SAUL and includes community learning events curated and moderated by Professor Merritt Bucholz, head of SAUL and a Street Design Workshop co-ordinating by Rosie Webb, Senior Architect with Limerick City and County Council. This series is the first of its type to be undertaken in Ireland. Rosie Webb is leading the project and said: “City Engage Limerick is all about getting the views of the people and groups who call Limerick home. How can we make the city centre a more attractive place for people to live? How can we best use the River Shannon? These will be some of the topics that will be discussed as part of this process. It’s all about getting people and groups involved in the plans for Living Limerick,” added Rosie Webb.
“We hope that the range of events being held will allow people to choose a time that suits them to engage with Limerick City and County Council and to give their views about Limerick City. This first City Engage Limerick week of events will be the first of many throughout the year focusing on different themes, such as the Riverbank, Georgian Limerick and the medieval quarter and how best these places can be improved.” Professor Bucholz added “We want to help Limerick build an accessible vision of a great city. Using physical models and prototypes we will help people understand how they can help build a city they want in a way they understand. These events aim provide an open door to the design of the city and a really new way to get great ideas for its future from the people who know it best!”
The first City Engage Limerick week begins on Tuesday 28 February. All events are free and open to the public.
Tuesday 28 February 2017 – Listen and Learn – Community Learning Event- 2 Pery Square, Limerick
5.00pm Garry Miley: WIT “The Origin and Future of the Grid”
6.00pm Irénée Scalbert: AA London/SAUL “ Limerick: The Uninterrupted Monument”
7.00pm Mark Brearly: “ Industry in the City”
Wednesday 01 March 2017 – Street Design Workshop – Fab Lab Limerick, No 7 Rutland Street, Limerick
2.00 pm Tom Grey: Trinity Haus “ Sharing Streets”
2.30 pm Giulia Vallone: Cork County Council “ReInhabiting the Streets”
3 – 6.00pm Street Design Workshop
7- 8.30 pm Pecha Cucha night inviting aspirations for O’Connell Street
Thursday 02 March 2017 – Listen and Learn – Community Learning Event – Limerick Chamber, 96 O’Connell Street, Limerick
5.00pm Peter Carroll: A2 Architects /SAUL “ Limerick Founds”
6.00 pm Elizabeth Hatz: KTH Stockholm/SAUL “The City as it is”
7.00 pm Ger Carty: Grafton Architects/ SAUL “The Nature of a City”
Friday 03 March 2017 – Open Critique – Narrative 4, 58 O’Connell Street, Limerick
5.00pm Street Life- Open crit of community streets ideas