To fully immerse yourself in the Cork story, The Academy of Urbanism Congress will take you away from the thick pile carpet of the typical conference suite. The venues that will be hosting us are at the heart of cultural and educational life in the city and serve not only as great places to learn but also inspirational places to visit in their own right. What’s more, they are all a key component to the city’s future success. From the ethereal grounds of Nano Nagle Place to the ‘hill town’ of St Angela’s College.

Wednesday 27 June 2018 – 17:00-22:00

Nano Nagle Place
Douglas Street, Cork City, T12 X70A

If Nano Nagle were alive today she would be the kind of person to win a Nobel Prize. Before her death in 1784, Nano had opened seven schools for poor children across Cork city, founded an alms house for poor women, and most notably, founded the Presentation Order, who continue her education and social inclusion work today.

However, seven years ago the buildings of the South Presentation Convent – now Nano Nagle Place – were in a perilous position. As the area around the convent changed, the need for the school that the site housed declined and in 2006 it finally closed its doors. Most of the buildings, some over 200 years old, sat empty with just a few resident sisters to maintain them. The Presentation Sisters decided to act, just as their founder had done nearly 250 years before. They set up a company, appointed a voluntary board, and put in place plans to redevelop ‘South Pres’ as a special place for the people of Cork City.

The heritage buildings have been lovingly and beautifully regenerated. They now house educational charities and rooms are also available to let by community groups, charities and local businesses. The chapel has been turned into a heritage centre that tells the story of Nano Nagle and the city in which she worked to educate and care for the poor. It allows the visitor to explore the incredible spread of the Presentation Order, the changing lives of the sisters who have dedicated their lives to that order and the remarkable work they still carry out as educationalists and campaigners for social justice.

Good Day Deli
In the grounds of Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork City, T12 X70A

Local, seasonal, organic food in a fantastic setting. Founders of Good Day Deli Clare and Kristin share 18 years’ of experience in the food and hospitality sector. Kristin is a New Zealander with Cook Island heritage. He has many years of hospitality experience and a passion for cooking and baking, organic gardening and sustainable food production. Clare’s professional experience in environmental economics, natural resource management and food chains provides her knowledge of the interdependencies between food and the environment.

Their mission through the Good Day Deli is to inspire happy, healthy and sustainable lifestyles in Ireland by empowering people to make good food choices that will boost health and wellbeing, elevate local producers, champion animal welfare, and protect the environment now and for future generations.

Good Day Deli came runner up for best business idea in Cork City in Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur last year. Since then, Clare and Kristin have been bringing together an experienced, passionate and committed team to make their vision a reality.

Thursday 28 June 2018 – 08:00-11:15

Cork School of Music
CIT Cork School, Union Quay, Cork, T12 E9HY

Founded in 1878, the Cork School of Music was the first Municipal School of Music to be established in, what was then, the United Kingdom. What started with an initial enrolment of 161 students and a staff of 5, flourished over the years, particularly in the 1930s, when the Vocational Education Act came about.

The 1950s building on Union Quay was demolished in September 2005 and Hochtief PPP Solutions oversaw the construction of magnificent new premises for the CIT Cork School of Music as a Public Private Partnership (PPP) project on behalf of the Government’s Department of Education & Science. Located on the banks of the River Lee, theCIT Cork School of Music provides a bespoke academic facility in a unique city centre setting. The 12000sqm ‘state of the art’ School provides music studios, a 450-seat rehearsal hall, theatre space, music library, recording and dance studios, offices, classrooms and lecture theatres

That the building was delivered as a Public Private Partnership is quite important. Widely derided as the result of some high-profile flops – including the recent scandal that engulfed Carillion – PPPs are thought to be on their way out. But this building, which still stands in fantastic shape after 10 years of intensive use, offers some lessons on the importance of collaboration and getting the design quality right.

Friday 29 June 2018 – 08:30-17:30

St Angela’s College
St. Patrick’s Hill, Cork, T23 FXY8

St. Angela’s College is a long-established 500 pupil girls Secondary School, dating from the late 19th Century, situated on a steeply sloping mid-block site on St. Patrick’s Hill in Cork city centre. O’Donnell + Tuomey were first commissioned to consider the development possibilities of the site in 1999. Over the next 16 years they worked closely with the school community, making the case for its continued existence on its inner city site, resisting the prevailing pressures to relocate city centre schools to the suburbs.

The school is designed like a hill-town, with city lanes and terraced courts connecting the new and old together, like a topographical miniaturisation of Cork’s urban conditions.

The existing school acquired the neighbouring convent site, allowing it to expand on this restricted urban plot. Four 19th century buildings were refurbished and two new purpose-designed buildings were added – one for sciences and one for arts.

The biggest challenge was to incorporate a full-size sports hall on this confined hillside. A clear-span concrete structure is located on the lowest part of the site. Its roof, at the level of the entrance from the street, makes new ground on the site and provides a sunny terrace and ball-court with views out over the city below.

Refurbished to conservation standards and with its services designed to high-performance environmental and energy-saving principles, the school belongs in its place. St Angela’s College is an example of sustainable urban development and resilient community life. It is an energy efficient and compact design, equipped to survive into the future on its historically established site. It challenges the tendency towards urban sprawl. The school has been enabled, by the rigorous application of sustainable principles, to continue its educational mission as a local resource in the city of Cork.

The Architectural Review praised the design, saying: “Every once in a while a project comes along that just socks you in the jaw. A real surprise, even when you know it is from a heavyweight puncher who has been winding this one up for a decade and a half. You scramble momentarily to recover your senses, your thoughts.”

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Friday 29 June 2018 – 19:00-00:00

City Hall
Anglesea Street, Cork, Ireland

Image by KlausFoehl

City Hall is the administrative headquarters of Cork City Council. The original Cork City Hall was destroyed on 11 December 1920 by the Black and Tans during the Irish War of Independence in an event known as the “Burning of Cork”.

Following a design competition, designs by Alfred Jones and Stephen Kelly (Jones and Kelly architects, based in Dublin) were selected, and the construction contract for the replacement civic buildings awarded to John Sisk & Son. The foundation stone of the new City Hall building was laid by Éamon de Valera on the 9 July 1932. The cost of this new building was provided by the British Government in the 1930s as a gesture of reconciliation.

One of the last classical stone buildings built on a grand scale in Ireland, the City Hall is one of the city’s few monumental classical buildings. Its site on the river is very important to this part of the city, the river gateway to the east. The fact that the building remains entirely in its original use, complete with concert hall, adds to its significance.

A major extension to City Hall was opened in 2007, which houses the administrative function of the City Council.

Clayton Hotel Cork
Clayton Hotel Cork City, Lapps Quay, Cork, Ireland, T12 RD6E

Clayton Hotel Cork City is Cork’s premier 4 star hotel in Cork City Centre and is superbly located overlooking the famous River Lee and facing the inspired architecture of City Hall. The Clayton is just a five minute stroll from the city’s shopping and entertainment hot spots and many of the venues we will be experiencing during Congress.

Saturday 30 June 2018 – 10:00-11:30

Crawford Art Gallery
Emmet Place, Cork, Ireland, T12 TNE6

Crawford Art Gallery by Digital Eye

Crawford Art Gallery is a National Cultural Institution and regional art museum for Munster, dedicated to the visual arts, both historic and contemporary. The permanent collection comprises almost 4,000 works, ranging from eighteenth century Irish and European painting and sculpture, through to contemporary video installations. At the heart of the collection is a collection of Greek and Roman sculpture casts, brought to Cork in 1818 from the Vatican Museum in Rome.

Through its temporary exhibitions, publications and education programmes, the Crawford Art Gallery is committed to fostering recognition, critical assessment, and acknowledgement of historical and contemporary Irish and international art practice. Located in the heart of Cork city, the gallery is a critical part of Ireland’s cultural and tourism infrastructure, welcoming almost 200,000 visitors a year. Admission to the Gallery and to exhibitions is free.