From Copenhagen to Cork: City to listen up to Danish architecture and design expert

From Copenhagen to Cork: City to listen up to Danish architecture and design expert

“I think every city can learn to be more precise on the strategic issues and the site-specific issues and the way they navigate in the three scales: the large, medium and the small scale. On the strategic level, the development goals might be different from city to city. But they have to be precise enough to be measurable. And in Copenhagen, especially when we talk about liveability, these goals are based on the behaviour and understanding of people.”

These are the words of Tina Saaby, who was the Chief Architect of the Danish capital from 2010 to 2018.

Copenhagen to Cork

Cork will be listening up to what Tina has to say today when she presents her lecture “Copenhagen and Cork” and poses the question:

What can a developing Cork learn from Copenhagen?

The discussion, which is expected to run for two hours, takes place in the conference space at Nano Nagle Place, Douglas Street, Cork, from 3pm. There is a maximum capacity for 100 people at this free event.

Of course, Copenhagen is no slouch in the design stakes — bear in mind the city is not just famous for its iconic Little Mermaid statue but is a mecca for design mavens in every discipline. It’s even home to an entire museum dedicated to the subject alone, Designmuseum Danmark — definitely worth a day’s exploring if you find yourself in the city.

Describing herself as a “citymaker” and “placemaker” Tina is a member of the think tank “The City 2025” by the Ministry of Housing, Urban and Rural Affairs of Denmark and chairman of the Advisory Board of the employer panel at the Royal Academy of Art. Tina was previously vice-president of the Danish Architects Association and is a director of and partner at Witraz Architects in Copenhagen.

Copenhagen Canal
Copenhagen Canal

Italian inspiration

Inspiration from Venice will also be winging its way Leeside this weekend thanks to an exhibition at the same venue. Venice: Alter (i)City: Familiar Fields & Uncharted Territories is the title of the display by master’s degree students of the Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE).

Drawings, models and films will describe new architectural proposals for the city of Venice, testing the concept of “peripheries” and its multiple meanings in architecture.

Check it out between 11am and 6pm today.

Grand tour

The Open House Cork programme will include a number of tours, including “The Grand Tour of Cork” where you can experience a taste of antiquity by joining Hugh Kavanagh on a tour of some of Cork’s great classically inspired buildings, as well as some surprising little gems.

Open your eyes to the hidden tradition from Ancient Greece, Imperial Rome and Renaissance Italy right here on our doorstep.

The departure point is the forecourt of City Hall, Anglesea Street, Cork, tomorrow, Sunday, October 6, at 1.30pm. This tour will take a maximum of 30 people.

Classical conundrum

The “classical conundrum” is the theme of a talk today at the Crawford Art Gallery, Emmett Place, at 12pm, given by Hugh Kavanagh who teaches Classical Architecture at St John’s College in Cork and is chair of the Irish chapter of the International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism.

As our historic buildings and city centres age, we are faced with difficult questions in regards to modernisation and conservation of our urban fabric.

The tradition of classical architecture underpins much of this heritage but do we really value this resource? Can it play some small role in forming sustainable solutions for the future of the city?

New chapter

And from art to fiction, award-winning Cork-based authors Danielle McLaughlin and Madeleine D’Arcy Lane, who run Fiction at the Friary, will be hosting a fiction reading amongst the artworks of the Crawford Art Gallery at 2.30pm today.

Time travel

And there’ll be no need for a time machine this weekend, just sit back and let someone else transport you back through the decades, as Conor English, author of the forthcoming book Cork’s Modern Architect: The Work of Frank Murphy, will lead a series of events centred on the work of Cork’s renowned architect.

A dedicated modernist and a progressive conservation campaigner, Murphy concentrated for much of his career on ecclesiastical designs, as well as schools, offices and factories in Cork.

A guided external tour of Frank Murphy’s masterpiece, the Cork Distillers’ Bottling Plant (1964), by Conor English, takes place tomorrow, Sunday, October 6, meeting at 12pm at the gate of Distillery Fields Complex, UCC, North Mall; this tour will take a maximum of 30 people.


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