Urban Design for Liveable Cities – Professor Bishop

Renowned Urban Designer Professor Bishop to Share Lessons and Insights with Limerick


30 October 2018: Urban Design expert Professor Peter Bishop will travel from London to talk about the concept of liveable cities, planning and thoughtful place-making at the penultimate lecture in the Limerick Civic Trust’s Lecture Series.

Peter is a Professor of Urban Design at The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and a Director at Allies and Morrison Architects, will deliver his talk “The City as a Mirage, designing for impermanence in an era of change and flux” on Thursday 1 November at St Munchin’s Church, King’s Island, Limerick.

For 25 years he was a planning director at four different Central London Boroughs, and has worked on major projects at large and complex sites in the UK, including the Canary Wharf and King’s Cross.

Organised in conjunction with UL’s Kemmy Business School and the support of LIT and Limerick Council, the five-part series of public lectures will examine a wide variety of topical issues like the impact of Brexit, immigration, military interventions, Irish water, urban planning, Russia and lots more.

Other speakers in the series included; Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave, Emma Kennedy, Kennedy Analysis and Colonel Colm Doyle. Conor O’Clery, journalist and writer, completes the line-up. He will share his unique perspective on Russia and Putin’s influence at the last lecture on 15 November.

All speakers are known for their ability to invigorate a good debate and discussion and are expected to share their thoughts, insights and views on subjects relating to the central theme of ‘Peripherality and Centrality – The Centre Cannot Hold!’.

Speaking about the theme for the lecture series, David O’Brien, CEO Limerick Civic Trust, said, “This is the same theme we used last year but as 2018 draws to a close and dividing opinions about Brexit and Trumpism persist, alongside other global issues like migration, climate change and securing basic human rights for millions, it appears more relevant now than ever. These challenges and issues are having a direct impact on our local economy, environment, society and culture. So as a local economy, how do we become a stronger hub and mitigate against the impact of external forces?  And as a society, how do we adapt and change or ensure the decisions we make are for the betterment of our society now and in the future?”

“Over the past few decades, there seems to be a worldwide trend towards the division of public opinions about several issues such as political views, immigration, equality, global warming. The rise in extreme opinions in society is evident.  Our lecture series seeks to provide a platform for moderate speakers to inform and share their insights on their areas of expertise and to hopefully provide a middle ground where new opinions can take form and existing ones can be either strengthened or weakened,” he continued.

The lectures will run on Thursday evenings from 11 October to 15 November in St. Munchin’s Church. Lectures start at 8pm and admission is €10 or concessions €8 per lecture. Tickets are available online at www.eventbrite.ie. Tickets are also available from The Limerick Civic Trust offices in the Bishop’s Palace, Church Street, 061 313399 or on the door on each of the nights.

Proceeds from the series will be used by the Limerick Civic Trust for the conversion of St. Munchin’s Church into a military museum.