Participate in Living Limerick – City Engage – A series of community engagement events to gather public opinion about the future the city.

 How can we best take advantage of Limerick’s medieval heritage?

What about Georgian Limerick?

How can the city best connect to its greatest asset the River Shannon?

Limerick City and County Council in conjunction with the School of Architecture at the University of Limerick (SAUL) will be posing these questions through a new consultation process to collect people’s thoughts, hopes and opinions about living in Limerick.

Living Limerick is about developing a vision for living in the historic core of Limerick city. Through the process we will explore ways to make the city more liveable in the design of new public realm projects and initiatives.

Living Limerick will support volunteer groups to assist in transforming Limerick’s streets, parks and riverfront into more engaged public spaces. Through the Living Limerick process we will gather and share the hopes for Limericks historic city centre.

By co-ordinating, analysing and representing the views of these communities we aim to develop an inclusive vision for the city. As part of this, a series of events will take place throughout the year under the banner ‘City Engage’.

Rosie Webb, Senior Architect with Limerick City and County Council is leading the project and said: “City Engage is all about getting the views of the people and groups who call Limerick home. How can we make the city centre a more attractive place for people to live? How can we best use the River Shannon? These will be some of the topics that will be discussed as part of this process” “It’s all about getting people and groups involved in the plans for Living Limerick. We hope that the range of events being held will allow people to choose a time that suits them to engage with Limerick City and County Council and to give their views about Limerick city.”This first City Engage week of events will be the first of many throughout the year focusing on different themes, such as the Riverbank, Georgian Limerick and the medieval quarter and how best these places can be improved.”

Professor Merritt Bucholz, head of the School of Architecture at the University of Limerick added: “We want to help Limerick build an accessible vision of a great city. Using physical models and prototypes we will help people understand how they can help build a city they want in a way they understand. These events aim to provide an open door to the design of the city and a really new way to get great ideas for its future from the people who know it best!”

The first week of City Engage builds on the ongoing council supported research on the city carried out by SAUL and includes community learning events curated and moderated by Professor Merritt Bucholz, and a Street Design Workshop co-ordinated by Rosie Webb. This series is the first of its type to be undertaken in Ireland.

The first City Engage week begins on Tuesday 28 February. All events are free and open to the public.

Tuesday 28 February 2017

Listen and Learn – Community Learning Event- 2 Pery Square, Limerick

5.00pm:  Garry Miley, WIT——- “The Origin and Future of the Grid”

6.00pm: Irénée Scalbert, AA London/SAUL ——-“Limerick: The Uninterrupted Monument”

7.00pm: Mark Brearly ——“Industry in the City”

Wednesday 01 March 2017

Street Design Workshop – FAB LAB Limerick, Patrick Street, Limerick

2.00 pm:Tom Grey,Trinity Haus—— “Sharing Streets”

2.30 pm: Giulia Vallone, Cork County Council—— “Re-Inhabiting the Streets”

3 – 6.00pm: Street Design Workshop

7- 8.30 pm: Pecha Cucha night inviting aspirations for O’Connell Street

Thursday 02 March 2017

Listen and Learn – Community Learning Event – Limerick Chamber, 96 O’Connell Street, Limerick

5.00pm: Peter Carroll,  A2 Architects /SAUL ——“Limerick Founds”

6.00 pm: Elizabeth Hatz,   KTH Stockholm/SAUL ——“The City as it is”

7.00 pm: Ger Carty,  Grafton Architects/ SAUL——“The Nature of a City”

Friday 03 March 2017

Open Critique – Narrative 4, 58 O’Connell Street, Limerick

5.00pm Street Life ——Open critique of community streets ideas