What an amazing round table discussion we had last Friday on how to develop new approaches to innovative culture-led regeneration. The successful Your Move talk at WIT School of Architecture, led by Three Sisters – candidate for European Capital of Culture 2020 – was designed to seek responses to issues around sustainable culture-led development and regeneration in rural and semi-rural areas outside of a metropolitan core. The talk took place just four weeks before the European Union’s European Capital of Culture panel make their final decision on who will be the Irish winner of the 2020 title.
There were fantastic insights on the day from renowned guest speakers from across Europe such as the inspiring Suzana Menezes of the Oliva Creative Factory, São João da Madeira, Portugal on Creativity Generates Business. Other discussions included What Happened When Our Shipyards Closed by Boris Meggiorin who is head of International Development at SAMOA, the redevelopment agency of the Island of Nantes, France; and Taking Over the Streets and Our Imagination by Rosie Hervey of the award-winning London-based architecture practice Studio Weave. Diarmaid Lawlor, head of Urbanism at Architecture and Design Scotland also spoke.
Other participants in the discussion included the incredible street artist Joe Caslin, architect Helena Fitzgerald, Rosie Lynch of the Callan Workhouse Union, Ailbhe Murphy of Create Ireland, and Alison Harvey of the Heritage Council.
Chairing the discussion was Dr Richard Hayes, Miriam Fitzpatrick and Sharon O’Brien of Waterford Institute of Technology.