Cork is a unique city at a moment of great change.
You only have to look at the skyline to literally witness a city on the rise.
Population growth, an expanding boundary, a unique heritage - all point to a bright future.
But what does that future hold? In what direction is the city heading? And what do we want Cork to be?
In a new cross platform initiative which will begin later this month, the Irish Examiner will explore the opportunities and challenges facing one of the country’s fastest growing regions.
Through a series a thought-provoking essays, which will be published in a special supplement on Friday, April 26, and online throughout the next month we hope to start a public conversation on what makes a city great and the decisions and joined up thinking needed to get us there.
Contributions will include:
* Acclaimed international architect and design champion Angela Brady on the need to seize the moment.
* Developer Michael O’Flynn on the need for strong leadership.
* Writer and historian Diarmuid O’Driscoll on the case against steel and glass and the battle to maintain the city’s unique character.
* Dr Stephen Willacy on a tale of two cities and what we can learn from Denmark’s second city.
* Tanaiste Simon Coveney on the Government’s 2040 strategy vision.
* Irish Examiner journalist Eoin English on the three issues, and some would say controversies, that have dominated discourse - the Patrick Street car ban, the proposed flood defences to protect the city centre and the much delayed Events Centre.
* Municipal architect Giulia Vallone on why city centres need to be people friendly places.
* Cork City CEO Ann Doherty on reaching a city’s potential.
* Irish Examiner Property Editor Tommy Barker on the reshaping of the Cork’s skyline .
* Cork City Council’s Valerie O Sullivan on the greening of the Rebel city
* UCC’s Dr Frank Crowley on why Dublin needs to set Cork free to allow it reach its full potential.
* Ellie O’Byrne on unlocking the key to sustainable city living.
* CEO of Nano Nagle Place Shane Clarke on the reasons why we live in the Rebel city.
In the meantime we want your help to tell the story of the city's future. Join the conversation and send your submissions on this topic via our readers blog service. Details on how to submit your thoughts for consideration can be found here.