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Publication of new Manual on Re-use and Adaptation: Shaping the Future

Published: Thursday, December 20, 2012

Shaping the Future – Case Studies in Adaptation and Re-use in Historic Urban Environments was launched by Jimmy Deenihan, T.D., Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht in the Custom House Dublin on 13 December.  Written and compiled by Paul Keogh Architects, the purpose of this reuse manual is the showing, via case studies, of a selection of examples of what has been happening in recent years in Ireland in terms of reuse, from the objectives of town and area plans to building case studies. The study is not intended to be exhaustive, nor is it intended to say that solutions which may suit a particular case are universally applicable, each case is different. Case studies are presented as contributions to the debate, describing the aims and objectives of the parties involved. The publication sets out to inform planning authorities, developers and designers that evidence-based quality principles will ensure that future planning of our historic cities, towns, villages and historic properties is focused on the creation of vibrant, quality places.

This adaptation and reuse manual has been developed in response to Action 23 of the Government Policy on Architecture. The Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 provides the framework for architectural policy nationally and is coordinated centrally by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. It places an emphasis on sustainable development and urban design and incorporates architectural heritage in an integrated manner while encouraging and supporting high quality modern architecture.

Shaping the Future can be downloaded from the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht website: Shaping the Future

Categories: Architecture | Conservation & Restoration | Practice

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