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City gears up for two-day heritage conference

19 September 2018

With just three weeks to go, the Inner City Building Preservation Trust, Derry City and Strabane District Council and the Department for Communities are putting the final touches to the two-day heritage conference they are holding in Derry – Londonderry.  Entitled “Unlocking prosperity through heritage-led regeneration”, the event will take place in the Guildhall, October 11th and 12th.

The focus throughout the conference will be on the challenges facing cities in the 21st century. How can we make better use of our unique built heritage? How can we enhance city life for citizens, businesses and tourists? What is the future of the high street? How have other cities responded to operational issues such as traffic management, parking, pedestrianisation and public realm? What role can culture play?

Examples of good practice will be of particular interest to delegates. The international context will be set by keynote speaker Stephanie Meeks, CEO of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Washington DC. As co-author of “The past and future city: how historic preservation is reviving America’s communities”, Stephanie will speak of the re-use of historic buildings for contemporary use and outline economic, environmental and social outcomes from specific projects.

Matt McNulty, Managing Director, Tourism and Heritage Management Services, Dublin and former Director General of Bord Failte, will make crucial linkages between tourism, transport, urban renewal, conservation, and heritage. As an international consultant advising governments, public and private sector organisations, Matt will share his experience of problem solving in an urban context.

Conference delegates will also hear from four industry experts who will give interactive workshops on both days. Wayne Hemingway, Director of Hemingway Design is already familiar with Derry, having collaborated with Council on a number of projects. As founder of the globally-celebrated label Red or Dead, Wayne has very innovative ideas about design and the built environment. He has served as Chair of Building for Life with CABE (Chartered Association of Building Engineers) and currently supports the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, as a Design Advocate.

Giulia Vallone, Municipal Architect with Irish Local Authorities applies her native Italian public space sensibilities to shape designs that deliver inclusive places. Giulia’s work entails extensive community engagement and her focus is excellence in design of public works and townscapes to deliver people friendly places. She has particular interest in depopulation of town centres and the economic pressures resulting from out-of-town retail development.

Andrew Palmer, Director of Creative Tourist Consults, champions cultural and heritage tourism for visitors and communities. He works with UK and international destinations to hardwire culture and heritage into how places think and speak about themselves. Andrew has recently worked with Tourism NI and with the Historic Environment Division (Department for Communities) and is currently collaborating with Failte Ireland.

Kevin Murray, Town Planner and Urbanist has over 30 years experience in planning, regeneration, urban design and economic development. A founder Director and past Chairman of the Academy of Urbanism, he is also Honorary Professor of Planning at Glasgow University. Kevin is a strong believer in place making and enlightened place management and has a particular interest in helping towns, cities and communities to address change and uncertainty.

Don’t miss this opportunity to part of the discussion. Follow the link for more details and to book your place - http://innercitytrust.com/?page_id=1856

Contact Helen Quigley, Inner City Trust, tel. 028 7126 0329 and see www.innercitytrust.com