Open House Dublin Celebrating Architecture

Monday, September 28, 2020
dlr County
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Open House Dublin, the annual architecture festival will take place on the weekend of the 8-11 October. Architecture and our built environment are central to our society. Good quality buildings and places have a positive impact on people, their health and well-being and their ability to prosper.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council’s Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Una Power said;

the Covid-19 crisis has made us re-think about how we engage with our everyday surroundings, our green spaces, our homes, our working environments and our places of social interaction”.


Highlights of this year’s programme include ‘The Big Debate’ with dlr County Architect and other leading experts debating issues around wellbeing, climate change and people-centred cities. An Architect-led bike tour from Sandycove, through Monkstown to Blackrock village will highlight new place-making and public realm. A unique series of film shorts celebrating and showcasing Dublin’s architecture features dlr’s Rosemount Court in Dundrum, Pritzker Prize winners Grafton Architects as well as an aerial tour of Dublin with Niall McCullough.

A free webinar ‘How to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient and Help Build a Sustainable Community’ will help home owners who might be considering a renovation, to learn more about energy upgrades in their house, the expected costs and the benefits. The expert panel includes two Architects sharing case studies. It is also an opportunity to hear more about how Sustainable Energy Communities are working together and how to access expertise and financial support from the SEAI.

The Architect-led walking tour of the Marlay Park courtyard restoration will demonstrate work on Protected Structures and a walking tour of Dublin’s quarrying and stone masonry heritage led by the dlr Heritage Officer, will trace a timeline from historic quarrying in the hills and the supply chain to the city, to the contemporary granite stone masonry at Fernhill. Junior activities for Open House relate to this year’s theme ‘The Extraordinary Ordinary’ and the programme will include People’s Parkitrek and digital activities for primary school aged children.

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