This two-day event aims to focus attention on the radical reform of our current planning, design and delivery systems urgently required to enable Irish Cities and Towns to survive and prosper in the coming decades.

The event will review the Urban Design principles articulated in the Freiburg Charter and to consider how they can be updated for application in an Irish context, in Galway, using the Irish Cities Galway 2070 Plan, prepared by the Irish Cities Group as a reference for the context of the review.

Recognised as one of Europe’s greenest cities, Freiburg has an important story to tell about regeneration and challenging convention with creative initiatives in neighbourhood and housing, planning, transport and energy whilst maintaining its trajectory to become an extremely liveable city which effectively combines modernity with tradition. Awarded the title European City of the Year 2010 by the Academy of Urbanism, Freiburg celebrated the recognition by hosting a study tour for Academicians, culminating in the production of a Charter which advocated best practice in sustainable urbanism. The Charter comprised twelve high-level principles, distilled from experience, for reflection and adaptation to suit different geographical circumstances and local administrative structures.

The Academy championed the Charter as a catalyst for progressive dialogue and in the twelve years since its inception it has helped to raise aspirations and improve practice among our growing network of cities, towns and people. In August 2022, as the enduring impacts of Covid on work and commuting patterns crystallise and as the challenge of climate change moves from esoteric theory to hard edged existential threat in a context exacerbated by an energy crisis which threatens global stability, the moment seems opportune to contemplate a New Charter for a New Challenge.

Galway is a city which is looking to remodel itself for the emerging new age and is starting on the long-term conversations required to facilitate a significant transformation using work carried out by the Irish Cities group as jumping off point.

6 CPD points are available for each day attended of this event.

Programme Overview

Wednesday 26 April 2023
Context: Global / National

9:00 - 10:30 Setting the Agenda: Urban Placemaking
11:00 - 12:45 Vision and Potential
14:00 - 15:30 Building Blocks of the Future
16:00 - 17:15 Urban Futures: Delivering Change

18:00 - 19:30 Rooftop Reception hosted by Edward Capital

Thursday 27 April 2023
Galway 2070: Vision and Opportunity

9:00 - 11:00 The Future Galway
11:30 - 13:00 Learning from Europe
14:00 - 15:30 Galway: A Work in Progress
16:00 - 17:00 The Galway Charter: Principles for 2070

17:30 - 19:00 Closing Reception

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A joint event between the AoU and RIAI in partnership with Galway City Council

Sponsored by

The Academy of Urbanism (Number 2) Limited is a not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales 0595604, 11c Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 IXE, United Kingdom.
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