Nuala Stewart of Cork City Council, Cathal O’Connell, UCC with Margaret Fraser of North Glasgow Homes and Séan Brady of PPR Poject
With a national housing shortage and Cork city set to double its population by 2050, there is a real urgency to build more homes in Cork. Cork Evolves, a partnership between Cork City Council, Tomar Trust and the HSE, is hosting a public meeting to discuss the challenges and opportunities of developing affordable and social housing in an inclusive way at St. Peter’s Visitor Centre, North Main Street on 16 October at 6pm.
The Cork Evolves public meeting will see a number of expert speakers discussing planning, inclusive housing developments and communities, place making and best practice models with attendees.
“Cork Evolves is about influencing Cork’s social housing developments through new thinking, collective consideration and reviewing best practice and international models. We have an opportunity now to look at new social and affordable housing in the city, from a civic and individual level, and maximise the opportunities that this development presents to our communities and people living in Cork city,” said Rebecca Loughry, Cork City Council.
Making Cities for People speaker, Allison Dutroit of Gehl (Denmark) will be keynote speaker at the Cork Evolves event. Her work includes spatial planning, architecture and the urban scale, and she is a dedicated collaborator of people and dialogue that illicit best planning results for people and places. Also speaking at the Cork Evolves event are developer Richard Galvin of Citidwell and Real Estate & Commercial auctioneer Frank Ryan of Cushman & Wakefield. The Cork Evolves “A City of the Future” will be chaired by UCC’s Dr. Frank Crowley.
“Now is the time to reflect on and imagine the kind of city we want to live in. With planning for the future growth of Cork coming amidst a national housing crisis, we need to step carefully. How do we accommodate immediate pressures to deliver housing while ensuring we build sustainable communities that support social well-being? The purpose of the Cork Evolves conversation, on October 16th, is to bring this summer’s workshps where residents, forward-thinking architects, planners and developers shared their experiences in other cities, into the public realm, and to discuss what is possible, with the hope of shaping the plan for our future city”, said Emma Lane-Spollen, of the Tomar Trust.
All are welcome to attend this event, and registration is essential. Please book online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cork-evolves-public-event-16-october-tickets-50847428026
Photography: Darragh Kane