Nimble Spaces Ways to Live Together: New Cultures of Housing is an international conference exploring participative design, spatial justice, social housing, co- housing and new ways to imagine housing in the 21st Century. It takes place at VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow on Friday, 1 May from 9.30am – 5.30pm.Are you someone with particular housing needs? Are you an architect/designer, researcher, artist, student, activist? Are you a group or an association of people who are tackling a particular housing issue? Are you a policy maker? Do you work supporting people around their housing needs? Are you interested in shared living? Are you interested in rethinking our town centres and rural landscapes as supportive living places?

Let’s think collectively. Please join us for the conference.

€60 full price
€20 reduced price (students, seniors, unemployed, under-employed/precarious workers)
(Lunch by Luncheonette included in tickets)

Conference is a co-production between Nimble Spaces, Camphill Communities of Ireland, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Maynooth University Department of Geography and DIT, Dublin School of Architecture.

Supported by Irish Design 2015 and the Arts Council.

The conference coincides with a presentation of film, images, and research materials from Nimble Spaces: Enabling Design, documenting long term collaborations between artists, architects and adults with a disability, considering ‘home’ and shared living. Participating artists, architects and filmmaker include Rhona Byrne, Paul Bokslag, LiD Architecture, Eamon Little, Meme Architecture, Jennie Moran, Ríonach Ní Néill and Studio Weave. Developed by Commonage in association with Camphill Communities of Ireland and funded through an Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award.


Rory Hearne (Dept. Geography, Maynooth University, social justice and housing advocate) Teddy Cruz (via Skype) (architect and activist, San Diego); Andrea Phillips (Goldsmiths University, London)

Panel discussions

Coming Together: Economies & Ecologies
Dougal Sheridan (LiD Architecture/University of Ulster); Aaron Koffman (Director of Affordable Housing, Hudson, New York); Dermot Sellars (NABCO, National Association of Building Co-operatives); Trish Brennan (Community Worker); Imad Gemayel (architect, Beirut).
Chair: Cllr. Ciarán Cuffe (Urban Regeneration and Development Dept. DIT)

Co-production: Enabling Design
Susanne Hoffman, Die Baupiloten BDA (architect, Berlin); LiD Architecture & Shane Byrne (Equinox Theatre Company); Je Ahn, Studio Weave (architect, London); Ríonach Ní Néill (choreographer).
Chair: Emma Geoghegan (Meme Architects/Dublin School of Architecture, DIT)

Co-housing/ New Neighbourhoods
Jo Gooding (UK Cohousing Network); Davie Phillips (Cultivate); Je Ahn, Studio Weave (architect, London); Ali Grehan (Dublin City Architect); Matthew McDonald (Lancaster University)
Chair: Mark Dwan (Camphill Communities of Ireland)
Plenary Open discussion led by Ailbhe Murphy (Director, Create)

Discussion workshops

Living in our Town Centres: Discussion workshop led by Orla Murphy; Je Ahn/Studio Weave; Cllr. Malcolm Noonan; Etaoin Holahan.

Co-production – designing our futures: Discussion workshop led by Susanne Hoffmann; Robert Bourke; Emma Geoghegan; Michelle Browne.

Rural Housing: Discussion workshop led by Deirdre O’Mahony; Helena Fitzgerald

Co-housing/New Neighbourhoods: Discussion workshop led by LiD Architecture; Davie Phillips.

Co-housing/Making it Happen: Discussion workshop led by Jo Gooding; Matthew McDonald; Laurence Lord, AP&E.

Security/Play/Shelter: Discussion workshop led by Rhona Byrne; Ekaterina Tikhoniouk

Art, Place and Displacement in Urban Change: Discussion workshop led by Vagabond Reviews; Trish Brennan.

Inclusive Planning: Discussion workshop led by Rosie Webb; Dick Gleeson; Justin O’Shaughnessy; Denis Malone.

Right to Home/Self Build: Discussion workshop led by Niall Martin; Dominic Stevens; Claire McManus; Vivian Cummins.

History of alternative Housing in Ireland Discussion workshop led by Geography MA, Maynooth University.

Movement as civic dialogue: Movement workshop led by Ríonach Ní Néill.


09.00 – 09.30 Arrival and registration

09.30 – 10.00 Welcome

10.00 – 10.30 Rory Hearne: National Overview
10.30 – 11.30 Panel discussion: Coming Together: Economies & Ecologies

11.30 – 11.45 Coffee

11.45 – 12.45 Panel discussion: Co-Production: Enabling Design
12.45 – 01.15 Andrea Philips; Social Housing: Housing the Social

01.15 – 02:00 Lunch

02.00 – 03.00 Located Discussions

03.15 – 04.15 Panel Discussion: Co-Housing/New Neighbourhoods
04.15 – 04:45 Teddy Cruz (Via Skype): Where is our Collective Imagination?

04:45 – 05.30 Plenary led by Ailbhe Murphy


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