Limerick: Resilience, Revival and Regeneration

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Limerick: Resilience, Revival and Regeneration

March 6 @ 9:00 am - 5:30 pm

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The transformation of mid-level European cities is providing space for new ideas, enterprise, investment and even building types. How can cities maintain their identity whilst sustaining growth that is becoming increasingly central to the success of our national economies?
Where better to explore this than in Limerick; one of the five cities forming part of the Irish Government’s Ireland 2040 national planning policy initiative. Limerick has been an exemplar in implementing new city governance structures to advance regional growth as a counterbalance to the continuing growth of the greater Dublin Region.
This one-day conference will explore topics such as the changing role of the public sector as an affordable housing provider, community-led housing models and ways of achieving affordability through innovative design solutions.
We will hear about and discuss the applicability of the various regulatory and policy mechanisms, new financial and partnership models used around the world to secure delivery of affordable housing as a key component of great placemaking.
The event will provide a leading forum for those concerned with the creation and development of a healthier planet, lively cities and towns, and happy citizens. It will consider contemporary thinking and innovative approaches to the design, operation and management of cities and towns.
On Thursday afternoon, 5th February, in advance of the conference there will be an optional city bus tour, provided by Limerick City and County Council.
Who will be attending?
This event is devised for a broad audience of built environment decision-makers, including planners, architects and urban designers, landscape architects, traffic engineers, regeneration, health, housing, town centre managers, consultants, retailers, public art and cultural practitioners.
A special offer to join the Academy
As a special introductory deal, buy a ticket to this event and pay only €35 for 12-months individual Membership of the Academy – normally £50. Just select the ‘Ticket + 12-months AoU Individual Membership’.
€90 – single ticket
€125 – single ticket + 12-months AoU Individual Membership

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Welcome and Introduction

Tony Reddy AoU
Chair, The Academy of Urbanism

Councillor Michael Sheahan
Mayor of Limerick

Session 1: Compact Growth
Chair: Sarah Newell

Towards a Vibrant Historic Centre:
The role of citizens in shaping a liveable neighbourhood, Newtown Pery, Limerick

Ailish Drake

RIAI Tool Kit
Philip Jackson AoU

Limerick European Expo 2020
Local exemplars – Health and wellbeing

Panel Discussion


Session 2: Digital Citizenship
Chair: Philip Jackson AoU
Associate, Scott Tallon Walker

Working with Data for Sustainable Urban Outcomes
Tim Stonor AoU
Managing Director, Space Syntax

Digital Citizenship

  • Open innovation- Rosie Webb
  • Limerick Horizon 2020
Sustainable Futures
Léan Doody, Europe Digital Property and Smart Cities Leader, Arup

Panel Discussion


Session 3: Making Cities Work-Progressive Administrations- opportunities and barriers
Chair: Grainne Hassett

Limerick 2030- Public Land Activation
Conn Murray
Former CEO, Limerick City and County Council

Healthy Placemaking
Andreas Markides AoU, Managing Director, Markides Assosiciates

Cambridge-Oxford Growth Arc – Planned Urban Growth

Progressive City Governance
Pat Daly, CEO, Limerick City and County Council

Panel Discussion
Rosie Webb, Sarah Newell, Pat Daly, Grainne Hassett, David Conway, Andreas Markides, Conn Murray


Session 4: Collaboration: Community building and the co-production of affordable housing and place
Chair: Rosie Webb

Copenhagen Co-housing

New Life for Towns: Reconciling Heritage and Urban Growth
Fionnuala May – Swords Castle Masterplan

Regeneration in heritage areas – the Paisley and Limerick experience
Stuart McMillan, Renfrewshire Council

Panel Discussion

Closing address
Where next for Ireland’s Cities and Towns?

John Moran


Tony Reddy AoU
Chair, The Academy of Urbanism



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Image of Limerick by William Murphy / Flickr


March 6
9:00 am - 5:30 pm
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