redrawing dublin: interdisciplinarity and interrogation
joint hii ucd/gradcam event at pearse street library, dublin 2.
some provocative challenges to academics, architects, community activists, and citizens
“The phoney urbanist can be found anywhere. They tend to prioritise or advance theories in architecture, urban design and city living – most of which are impenetrable and many of which are unworkable – as to how others should live their urban lives, whilst they shamelessly and simultaneously live out closeted suburban lifestyle” (p. 61)
“The potential of displacement of economically disadvantaged communities as a result of local rising property markets is, of course, a genuine and legitimate concern when areas undergo a period of rapid regeneration. The fear, however, of those who adhere to ‘gentrivilification’ is not one of social displacement, but rather of social dilution. ‘Genrtrivilification’ usually stems from a fear of the other of newcomers, of change. ...Some adherents of ‘gentrivilification’ also fear losing political control over the local ‘indigenous’ community, and thus a monopoly on the authenticity of the voice of that community.” (p. 56)
“One of the biggest ironies of community politics in Dublin’s disadvantaged inner city is the inexplicable misunderstanding on the part of many professional community activists of the potential importance of urban geography on effective political lobbying for significant city or state resources. ... the strongest argument for a significant shift in city priorities and economic resources for these impoverished or underdeveloped areas is not a plea for social justice to alleviate real generational deprivation...The expansion of a successful city centre into an underperforming inner city is vital. Put simply, inner-urban Dublin matters to both the image and the economy of Dublin.” (p. 183)
“‘Homeless urbanism’ is a peculiar form of Dublin urbanism that professes an understanding, a love even, of cities, yet is devoid of any interest in either the design or delivery of high-density urban homes.”
the dublin city library and archive seminar room on monday 14th march 14:00 - 16:00
Confirmed speakers include: Paul Kearns, Motti Ruimy, Prof. Hugh Campbell, Sarah Tuck, Daniel Jewesbury, and Pat Cooke.
Convenors: Dr. Marc Caball (UCD HII) and Dr. Mick Wilson (GradCAM)
UCD Humanities Institute and the Graduate School of Creative Arts and Media (DIT, NCAD, IADT, UU) will host a special public seminar in response to the issues, ideas and challenges raised by Paul Kearns and Motti Ruimy’s recent interdisciplinary cultural project, REDRAWING DUBLIN (Gandon Editions, 2010). This work appears at a time when there is a flourishing of new initiatives across the cultural, academic, business and political landscape that seek to project new visions for the city of Dublin. This seminar offers an interactive opportunity to consider Kearns and Ruimy’s book project within the broader context of debates about urbanism, city cultures and Dublin’s future potential as a vibrant and dynamic metropolitan space. The book challenges all citizens to reflect on the interaction of different disciplines, professions, cultural practices and agendas in the shaping, contesting and authoring of urban imaginaries, potential and realities.
REDRAWING DUBLIN is the fourth collaborative visual urban project by Kearns and Ruimy. Their previous works - Urban Urinal (2002), Vortex (2002), and Wall (2005) – employed a variety of means, including photography and site-specific installation, to examine different constructions and inhabitations of social and political space. The perspectives of an architect and an urban planner and their diverse educational and professional backgrounds in fine art, economics, geography and design are combined in a creative and provocative fashion in this book. REDRAWING DUBLIN provides provocative, multiple, destabilising and celebratory re-mappings, re-readings and re-visions of the city.
Full schedule posted shortly
Participation in the seminar is free, however, places are limited so booking is recommended: email: redrawing(at)gradcam.ie to reserve your place.