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Open House Dublin: The Big Housing Debate


Have your say on the way we build now!

Watch The Big Housing Debate HERE where we discussed the where, what, and how we build – a crucial concern in the future development of Dublin. More than an issue of quantity and type of units, the way we build now will determine the quality of our city and its living standards for generations to come.

“It is a discussion sometimes over simplified, sometimes over quantified, and rarely considered in its entirety,” says Irish Architecture Foundation Director Nathalie Weadick, “but we believe it’s a conversation worth having, and one to which Open House Dublin might possibly contribute.”

On Wednesday 14 October, 7pm, at Liberty Hall, Professor Frances Ruane chaired The Big Housing Debate to discuss The Way We Build Now. The panel included Claire McManus (Open Architects), Geraldine Kennedy (Property Developer), Ian McShane (MD of Behaviour & Attitudes), Kieran Rose (Planner and human rights campaigner), Dr Lorcan Sirr (Lecturer in urban economics and housing at DIT) and will be chaired by ESRI Director Professor Frances Ruane.

The Big Housing Debate is now available to watch HERE

The Big Housing Debate was supported by Embassy Estates

About the Panel:

Professor Frances Ruane (Chair)

Professor Frances Ruane is currently a Research Associate at the ESRI, where she previously served as its Director. She is currently a member of the Economic Advisory Group in Northern Ireland, the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC), the Council of Economic Advisers in Scotland. She is an Honorary Professor in the Department of Economics at Trinity College, where she lectures on the MSc course in Economic Policy Studies. Frances Ruane is a member of the Royal Irish Academy and was elected an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 2010.

Geraldine Kennedy, RICS / SCSI

Geraldine Kennedy is a Director of the Sheelin and Embassy Property Groups, who have developed, built and continue to manage many large scale developments in Dublin over the last 30 years, including Herbert Park Lane, Bushy Park House, Merrion Village, and Omni Park Shopping Centre.

Claire McManus, Architect

Claire McManus is a member of the RIAI Council and the RIAI BC(A)R Steering Group and director of Open Architects, founded in 2005. Together with Dominic Stevens Architects she is developing a range of small, sensitive user-driven housing projects.

Ian McShane, Behaviour & Attitudes

Ian has worked in a number of research agencies over the last twenty-five years. He is particularly interested in the areas of Media, Communications, Branding and Political and Social Research. Ian is a current Council member and past Chairman of the Association of Irish Market Research Organisations (AIMRO), past Chairman of the Research Committee of the Marketing Society Council, and current member of the Marketing Institute of Ireland and ESOMAR (European Society for Opinion and Market Research).

Professor Lorcan Sirr, Lecturer

Lorcan Sirr is a lecturer in housing at Dublin Institute of Technology and Visiting Professor of Housing at the Universitat Rovira I Virgili, Tarragona, Spain.

Kieran Rose, Planner and Human Rights Campaigner

A graduate of UCD and UCC, Kieran Rose is a Town Planner and a Commissioner of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission. He researched and drafted the current Dublin City Council standards for apartments, a quantum leap in the quality of this type of housing (2007). He co-authored the Lord Mayor’s Commission on Employment report: Dublin: Working city; Learning city; Creative city; Open city; Global city, Liveable city (2010). Kieran researched and drafted the detailed submission to Government (2013) proposing the vacant land levy, which is included in the Urban Regeneration and Housing Act 2015. He is co-chair of GLEN and was a member of the Executive Committee of the Yes Equality campaign in the recent marriage equality referendum.

The Big Housing Debate is supported by Embassy Estates

The Big Housing Debate is now available to watch HERE

Image: Liberty Hall by Rich Gilligan