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Reimagine Session: New Life for Old Buildings
Science Gallery, Dublin, Ireland
Free, booking required
Our first Reimagine Session of 2023 will bring people together to discuss the future of vacant buildings in our towns and villages.
The Central Statistics Office reported 166,752 vacant houses and apartments in Census 2022. While there are many reasons that homes lie empty, with the current housing and climate crisis we have a responsibility to find new ways of bringing these buildings back into use. We are excited to bring together an interesting line-up of speakers who will share ideas, case studies and initiatives, with the aim of inspiring discussion, ideas and action.
Presenting at this event will be:
This event is hosted as part of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Housing Unlocked exhibition. Audience members are invited to stay after the event for a special short tour of the Housing Unlocked exhibition, focusing specifically on projects that explore the adaptive reuse of vacant buildings.
Are you undertaking your own building reuse project? You might be interested in joining a special site visit on 11 February of the project that guest speaker Nick Taaffe is undertaking in Dún Laoghaire. For more information and to register, visit the Dún Laoghaire Site Visit page.
The New Life for Old Buildings events are supported by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday 12-5pm, Saturday 2-5pm until 17 February 2023 (but closed for the holidays 18 December-2 January).
Free, drop-in tours take place every Tuesday and Thursday, 1pm and Saturday, 3pm.
Accessibility: Entrance is at ground level. Some displays are on the first floor. Please ask the gallery attendants to guide you to the lift if needed. Audio recordings of Housing Unlocked exhibition panel text are available via QR codes on the panels and on the exhibition webpages for the displays.
Housing Unlocked is a partnership between the Irish Architecture Foundation and The Housing Agency, sponsored by The Housing Agency with additional support from The Arts Council, The Land Development Agency, the New European Bauhaus, and venue partner Trinity College Dublin. The exhibition and public programme are curated by the Irish Architecture Foundation.
Photo by Bryan Brophy.
Alison Harvey is a Planning Programmes and Policy Manager in the Heritage Council. Having founded the all-island Irish Walled Towns Network in 2005 and the Collaborative Public Realm Plan Programme for Historic Towns in 2006, she went on to found the Collaborative Town Centre Health Check (CTCHC) Programme in 2016, which is included in the Programme for Government. The Danish government is currently looking to the CTCHC as a model for regeneration. Most recently, Alison co-founded the All-Island European Landscape Convention Forum (January 2023) and has been invited to participate as a thought leader in the RDS Vision 2030.
Shaheena Din has been working with Shelter Scotland since 2009. As National Project Manager for the Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP), her role is to influence and encourage councils and other partners to bring private sector empty homes back into use. This policy issue is a part of the solution to the shortage in housing supply, and breathing life into empty homes can bring other positive benefits to the local community and economy.
Emmet Walsh studied at Queen’s University Belfast and East London University. He has over 15 years of experience in the profession and has worked in various offices in Melbourne, London and Dublin before establishing EWA in 2022. His installation The Working-Home is currently on display in the IAF’s Housing Unlocked exhibition at the Science Gallery Dublin.
Nick Taaffe is a Chartered Surveyor and the owner-renovator-resident of a converted barbershop in Dún Laoghaire. Nick’s hands-on experience of bringing a vacant property back into use provides a helpful model for how this can be done, and a starting point for building a peer network of people looking to bring vacant properties back to life.