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UCD and Rising Home

In 2017, Peter McVerry Trust has partnered with UCD’s School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy on the Rising Home series. Below is brief description of what the #risinghome initiative is all about:

#risinghome is an ongoing programme that seeks to consider the Irish home as it is and as it might be. It aims to link the authority, agency and independence of individual citizens with the provision of homes in Ireland. In an effort to provide design ideas rather than fixed solutions, the programme will strategically provide new ideas about models of home provision and specifically discuss issues of quality in home design. Directly the studio aims to produce evidence that will be enthusiastically shared, debated, discussed and developed across the semesters. This is #risinghome3.

A seminar was held with participation by students and lecturers in February, 2017, on the issue of reusing existing vacant structures to provide accommodation. Guest speakers included Francis Doherty (Head of Communications, Peter McVerry Trust), Orla Hegarty (Architect MRIAI and Lecturer, UCD APEP) and Mel Reynolds (Architect MRIAI).

You can view a short video from the panel discussion below. Find out more about Rising Home on their website here.



Peter McVerry Trust and DIT
Innovative financing, business and governance models for adaptive re-use of cultural heritage

Peter McVerry Trust has been invited to join an application to secure EU funded research project under Horizon 2020. Peter McVerry Trust would participate as member of the stakeholder board. 

Briefly, the research will analysis international governance and funding strategies to enhance socio-economic development through adaptive reuse of cultural heritage.   The strategy is to justify funding for social issues (such as homelessness and unemployment) where adaptive re-use of heritage is a beneficial by-product. 

The models developed will encourage bottom-up community partnered strategies.

The project partners include the following institutions.

  • Netherlands: Delft university of Technology (TUD) Hilda Rem√ły
  • Belgium: University of Leuven (KUL) Koen Van Balen
  • Italy: Politecnico di Milano (PDM) Stefano Della Torre
  • Sweden: Uppsala University (UUP) Christer Gustafsson
  • Ireland: Dublin Institute of Technology  (DIT) Tracy Pickerill
  • Netherlands: DEMO IT specialists, Rizal Sebastian
  • Poland: Crakow University, Monika Murzyn Kupisz