‘Generous Architectures’ Symposium Held in City Assembly House on Friday 3rd November 2023


The ‘Generous Architectures’ Symposium was held in City Assembly House on Friday 3rd November, coinciding with the publication of ‘More Than Concrete Blocks. Volume 3 (1973 – 1999)’, the launch of which was held after the event.

The Symposium was convened by Dublin City Council and the University College Dublin School of Architecture, Environmental Policy and Urban Planning, in collaboration with ICOMOS Ireland. Aligning with the objectives of the National Policy on Architecture and the New European Bauhaus, the Symposium examined late 20th century buildings in Dublin City and how redeveloping and adapting these buildings can play a key part in achieving climate targets and meeting sustainability requirements.

The Symposium featured insightful talks and discussions from a number of speakers involved in wide-ranging projects featuring the reuse, redevelopment, and refurbishment of buildings in Dublin from the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s. There were also panel discussions with time for interesting audience questions and interactions. Reanimating existing modern architectural heritage, rather than demolishing and rebuilding, aside from retaining Dublin's character, can have significant benefits for reducing carbon emissions and waste. Scott Tallon Walker Architects’ Managing Director, Ronan Phelan, explored this when speaking at the event about our work on Miesian Plaza on Baggott Street, which Michael Tallon originally designed in the 1960’s and 70’s and for which STW was appointed to design the redevelopment scheme carried out in 2013-2018. Ronan highlighted the restoration and upgrading of the superbly crafted bronze curtain wall, which was one of the key drivers in achieving our environmental goals with the project.

Thank you to Dublin City Council, Charles Duggan, and Ellen Rowley for inviting STW to speak at this event.

To find out more about Miesian Plaza, visit https://www.stwarchitects.com/our.../working/miesi...


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