We Built This City is a trilogy of lively panel discussions that aim to raise awareness, critically assess and celebrate the contribution Irish people have made to the built and social fabric of three major cities: London, Chicago and New York.
We Built this City is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) and the Office of the Minister for Diaspora Affairs of Ireland. A short film by Dyehouse Films, commissioned for We Built this City, will be screened as an introduction to the discussion.
We Built This City | New York - 27 April
We Built this City will chronicle the impact Irish people have had on the built environment in New York City, from historic to contemporary times. Venue and panel will be announced in March 2016.
We Built This City | Chicago - 10 November
Shiben Banerji (Assistant Professor of Art History, Theory and Criticism SAIC), Ellen Grimes (Associate Professor of Architecture SAIC), Billy Lawless (Restaurateur and Immigration Activist), Vincent L. Michael (PhD, Trustee, Global Heritage Fund) and John E. Sheridan (Senior Vice President, James McHugh Construction Co.) discussed the theme from their distinctive perspectives with moderator Timothy Mennel (Senior Editor at University of Chicago Press). See the Chicago film by Dyehouse here.
We Built This City | London - 30 June
Chaired by Angela Brady, PPRIBA Brady Mallalieu Architects in discussion with: Dervilla Mitchell, CBE, Engineer for Arup; Jarlath Regan, comic and creator of the Irishman Abroad Podcast; Professor Mary Hickman, research fellow at the Centre for Irish Studies; Niall McLaughlin, Niall McLaughlin Architects; Ultan Cowley, author of The Men Who Built Britain. Introduction by Mr Jimmy Deenihan T.D. Minister for Diaspora Affairs. See the London film by Dyehouse here.