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Space, Place & Nature

Conference Outline

Title: Space, Place & Nature: Connecting our Built Heritage & the Urban Environment.
Date: 5th November, 2010
Venue: Sligo
Agenda:  See Below

The Conference and workshops were supported by the Heritage Council.

The aim was to look at our public realm and how we connect important items of our built heritage by looking at the quality of the streets that bring this built heritage together. The focus was to encourage people to look at the quality of our public spaces and walking environment as a key part of protecting our built heritage – and also in building sustainable, healthy communities.

Cities are powerful generators of innovation and growth, and more than half of the world’s population is already living in cities. Given that urbanisation will continue to be a strong and unstoppable trend, how can we build cities that are enjoyable to live in, resource-effective and will support human and environmental health, rather than becoming harmful to both? These were some of the questions addressed by the speakers in their presentations on the connections between our built heritage and our urban environment

Conference Details

Minister of State Ciarán Cuffe and Senator David Norris spoke at the conference, which was moderated by Patricia Gardiner of WalkingMatters


Over 120 people attended the conference - an excellent mix of health, transport and urban planning professionals; community representatives; third level and secondary school students.

Minister Cuffe with students from IT Sligo, Dept of Interior Design

Sligo Weekender, 8th Nov. 2010

Interior Architecture Dept, IT Sligo

'Place- an investigation into the boundaries of belonging.' 

Emer Concannon 

Sr. Executive Engineer, Transportation, Sligo County Council

'Smarter Travel'

Ann Marie Cross

 Eco Health Officer, HSE Health Promotion Dept.

'Healthy Environments - Healthy Communities'