New state policy on sustainable architecture goes to public consultation

The Department of the Environment and the Irish Architecture Foundation are to hold a series of public meetings to consult on new architecture policy, which will put more emphasis on environmental sustainability.

The new policy is being spearheaded by a committee appointed by minister for the environment John Gormley and will be chaired chaired by Prof. Loughlin Kealy, who is to step down as head of the school of architecture at UCD.

Gormley said the process would address key issues in architecture that have arisen since the publication of the first policy, Action on Architecture 2002-2005, placing more emphasis on sustainable development and urban design.

Mr Gormley said the public consultation exercise, called Conversations about Architecture and the Built Environment, was essential.

Public meetings are scheduled for Galway (May 29th), Waterford (June 3rd), Cork (June 4th), Limerick (June 5th), Carrick-on-Shannon (June 9th), Athlone (June 10th), Swords (June 11th) and Dublin (June 12th).
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