National Housing Conference features high-calibre line-up of speakers

UP to 350 architects, planners, engineers, developers, builders and state and local authority representatives will attend National Housing Conference 2005.

The event takes place in City Hall, Cork on May 30 and 31 with a high calibre line-up of international and Irish speakers.

The 2005 Conference theme is ‘New Housing/Strong Communities’ and will involve a focus on how to build sustainable communities in tandem with a high volume of housing.

The biennial national housing conference is the flagship event for housing policy and planning and design in Ireland and is organised by the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. This year, the Housing Practitioners Network will be joining the National Housing Conference.

Topics which will be addressed at the Conference include:

* New developments in housing design, policy and management.

* Implementation of these policies at all levels from the local authority housing strategy.

* Developments in thinking about housing in relation to the wider issues of planning and infrastructure.

* Innovative approaches to housing design and construction.

The RIAI Housing Medal will be presented by Dick Roche TD, Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, at the Conference dinner on May 30.

Speakers at the National Housing Conference will include:

* Noel Ahern TD, Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal.

* Richard McCarthy, DG, Sustainable Communities Group, Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Britain.

* Rory O’ Donnell, Director, National Economic and Social Council (NESC).

* Des Dowling, Assistant Secretary, Housing Division, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.

* Robert Cervero, Professor of City Planning, University of California.

* Tom Dunne, Chairman, Private Residential Tenancies Board.

* Paul Murrain, Urban Design Consultant, Britain.

Aidan O’ Connor, co-chair of the Joint Housing Committee said: “We’re delighted that Cork City Council is hosting the 2005 event during the city’s tenure as European Capital of Culture. The 2005 National Housing Conference will incorporate a more comprehensive range of topics than ever. Ireland is building houses at a far faster rate than the EU average.”

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