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Regeneration 2015: New Beginnings -the city and economic resilience

Using the existing urban fabric to sustain and facilitate local development, Grangegorman, Friday 20th November 2015

Speaker Biographies

Críona Ní Dhálaigh, Ardmhéara, Lord Mayor of Dublin Born and raised in Dublin, Cllr Críona Ní Dhálaigh has served on Dublin City Council since 2006. The largest party on Dublin City Council, she is the Party Whip for the Sinn Féin Group. She represents one of the most disadvantaged constituencies in the country.  She has a passion for housing and community regeneration. She serves on three major housing regeneration boards. She is chairperson of Dublin City Council’s Strategic Policy Committee on Housing and a member of the Planning and International Affairs Strategic Policy Committee. She has worked to ensure family friendly housing and was a member of the City Council sub-committee that successfully improved the planning guidelines for apartments.  She has lead the charge on ensuring social clauses become core elements of all council tendering process. Críona is a Gaelgeoir and a champion of Irish language rights. She has worked for Conradh na Gaeilge and Comhar na Muinteoirí Gaeilge.

Dr. ir. Paul Stouten is head of Urban Compositions and Urban Regeneration/Faculty of Architecture and the Built environment /Delft University of Technology. Many years of urban renewal and regeneration in the Netherlands show the results of strategies developed since the 1970s to combat decay of obsolete housing and services in urban areas. The aim of my contribution is to show that urban renewal and regeneration needs to respond to new conditions, social requirements and demands. The question considered here is what can be learnt from the past, in which issues like community building have made an important contribution to the solution of problems in an urbanized society. This presentation aims to provide a comprehensive review of those aspects of urban renewal, which relate to sustainability.

Philip Crowe is a PhD Candidate, School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy funded by EU TURAS Project University College Dublin.Philip’s professional and academic background is in architecture and urban design. On the TURAS project Philip is developing a framework for adaptive co-management and a number of innovative practices derived from research on urban resilience including ‘Reusing Dublin’ http://www.reusingdublin.ie/ . His PhD research examines the theories and output of Patrick Geddes (1854-1932), particularly in relation to Dublin, as a setting out point for considering the potential impact of social-ecological resilience thinking on the city today.

Aoife Corcoran is a PhD Candidate in the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy funded by EU TURAS project, University College Dublin. Aoife’s academic background is in geography, coastal zone management and GIS. On the TURAS project Aoife is specifically working on the development of a G-ICT infrastructure for urban resilience. Her PhD research explores how G-ICT can support urban resilience and sustainability with a specific focus on crowd-sourcing, web mapping, geotagging and data analytics http://www.reusingdublin.ie/.

Johanna Varghese is a guest of Dublin City Council (a high context culture) and is working on Collaboration Dashboard, an online portal that strengthens connectivity between groups in the city. She collated the TURAS collection of 25 case studies in 9 cities entitled ‘Case Study as Research Strategy’. Johanna is currently working on the collation of information and evaluation on 9 demo sites in 3 European cities. Her interest is in the concept of hybrid disruption as innovation.

Naomi Murphy  With a BA in Creative and Cultural Industries and soon to be MA in Design Practice: The Dublin Project from DIT, Naomi’s professional background is in events including: Upstart’s Granby Park, MURO (an arts collective and festival), Body and Soul Festival. Last year she co-founded Connect the Dots with Marisa Denker. The focus of her study has been in the reuse of urban vacant spaces by DIY initiatives in Dublin.

Marisa Denker Marisa is a Dublin-based Fulbright Scholar, with a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and anticipated MA in Design Practice: The Dublin Project from DIT. With a focus on developing experimental collaborative processes to enable urban resilience and social innovation. Marisa has acted as founder, community liaison, and project manager for projects ranging from cultural initiatives to urban regeneration programmes to social enterprises in New York, Philadelphia, Rome, and Dublin. She currently works for MCO Projects and co-runs Connect the Dots with Naomi Murphy.

Justin Doran is a College Lecturer in the School of Economics, University College Cork.  Justin’s research interests lie in the area of regional economics, resilience, macroeconomics, applied econometrics, business innovation and firm performance.  He has published over 18 peer reviewed articles in the areas of regional science and economic geography.  Justin is secretary of the Regional Studies Association – Irish Branch and serves on the committee on the Regional Science Association International – British and Irish Section.  He has a number of awards from international bodies for his research.  His website is www.justindoran.ie

Deiric Ó Bróin is Programme Chair of the MSc Local Development and Innovation. His teaching and research interests include public deliberation, urban development and regeneration, EU policy and civil society. Deiric has worked on a variety of research projects with national public agencies and government departments, local government and local development agencies, businesses and business representative associations and higher education institutions. He has written and edited several books, including ‘Politics, Participation and Power – Civil Society and Public Policy in Ireland’ (2012). and is joint editor with Peadar Kirby of ‘Adapting to Climate Change: Governance Challenges’ (2015)

Alison Harvey  MIPI AILI, an experienced planner and qualified project manager with a background in economic development and participative planning, has almost 20 years experience of setting up and managing collaborative regeneration programmes in Ireland. Alison initiated and developed the Irish Walled Towns Network (IWTN) after joining the Heritage Council from the private sector and wrote the first IWTN Action Plan 2006-2008. She initiated/developed the LCA CPD Training Course in partnership with 10 professional institutes, was Chair of the All-island Steering Group and Course Co-ordinator. Alison is author of the award-winning Community-led VDS Toolkit and she manages the Council’s National Planning Programmes.

Conor Moloney  is an urban designer and planner with a background in architecture, human geography, sustainability, urban research and design education. Based in London, he recently joined BDP’s Urbanism team working on a range of local and international projects. Previously he headed the Sustainable Places team at sustainability entrepreneurs Bioregional (2012-15), where his work included the NW Bicester Eco-Town and related projects. While at independent consultancy Urban Initiatives (2005-12) he prepared the 265-hectare planning scheme for the Clonburris Strategic Development Zone in South Dublin. Conor is a member of Design Council Cabe’s Built Environment Expert Panel, and is a past President of the Architectural Association of Ireland.

Ciarán Cuffe  is an architect and  town planner. He chairs the Masters Programme in Urban Regeneration and Development at the Dublin Institute of Technology. He is a city councillor for Dublin’s North Inner City and chairs Dublin City Council’s Transport Committee. Previously he was a Green Party Minister with responsibility for planning and sustainable transport. He lives in Dublin’s Stoneybatter.


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