ILI Green Infrastructure Conference

Progressing Green Infrastructure in Ireland:
Landscapes of Resilience and Transformation

Date : Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
Time: from 9.00am
Venue: Thomas Prior Hall, Bewley’s Hotel, Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4


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9.00 Registration/ tea/coffee/exhibition of Irish Landscape Institute National Design Awards
9.30 Welcome to Dublin’s Green Capital and Opening Address from the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Naoise O Múirí
Introduction to Conference, Maryann Harris, President, Irish Landscape Institute

10.00 A Green Sponge for a Water-Resilient City: Design Transformations by Turenscape
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kongjian Yu ASLA, Doctor of Design (Harvard)
Professor and Dean, College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Peking University; Visiting Professor, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, President and Principal Designer, Turenscape.
Dr. Yu will discuss his philosophy of Green Infrastructure design for storm water management and land remediation and his firm’s award-winning projects including Qinhuangdoa Red Ribbon Park, Qunli Storm Water Park, China.

10.50 Tea/ Coffee break/ Exhibition of ILI Awards and Sponsors

11.15 Green Infrastructure – Turning Evidence into Policy in the European Union
Franca Davenport (University of West of England, Bristol) Science writer with Science for Environment Policy, a news service produced by the Science Communication Unit, University of the West of England on behalf of the European Commission’s Environment Directorate-General.
Franca Davenport, the author of “The Multifunctionality of Green Infrastructure” will discuss the European Commission’s 2012 Green Infrastructure Policy and the process of turning evidence into policy.

11.45 Green Infrastructure Policy and Planning in Ireland
Dr. Shane Colgan, STRIVE Research Programme, Environmental Protection Agency
The research agenda for the EPA under STRIVE programme includes specific targets for GI research in
Ireland in anticipation of the forthcoming national GI Strategy. What are the gaps in Ireland for
development of GI? What structures are in place and can be developed further?

12:15 “Questions and Answers” style panel discussion with selected questions from delegates

12:45 Lunch in ‘The Brasserie’ Restaurant

2:00 Recovery of Urban Green Infrastructure – New York City’s Green Infrastructure
Strategies & Case Study: Bronx River Greenway
James Mituzas RLA, Senior Landscape Architect, Queens Borough Design Director, Capital Projects Division, City of New York Parks
As both client and landscape architect (including designer of the award-winning Concrete Plant Park), James will provide an overview of how GI strategies for remediation, tackling social and economic deprivation and promotion of biodiversity have been developed in NYC projects such as Bronx River, High
Line and others.

2:45 GreenInfraNet – Strengthening the Development and Implementation of Green Infrastructure
at Local and Regional Level Across Europe

Dr. Gerry Clabby, Heritage Officer, Fingal County Council (GreenInfraNet Partner)
The Green Infrastructure Network (GreenInfraNet) is a partnership of 12 regions from across Europe working together to promote the development and implementation of green infrastructure in EU regions. This three-year project was launched in April 2012 and is co-funded by the EU programme INTERREG IVC. Gerry will look at how green infrastructure is being advanced in regions across Europe focussing on achievements to date and the challenges ahead.

3.05 Community Engagement – Participative Green Infrastructure Projects, Toolkits and Support Structures – workshop style, with tea/coffee
Alison Harvey ILI (Affiliate), Planner, Heritage Council
Alison Harvey will lead a workshop on participative approaches to Green Infrastructure development, and empowering communities to take control of local resources. She will also introduce the newly launched Heritage Council Toolkit for the preparation of Village Design Statements.

3.50 Greening the City – Strategy and Implementation in Dublin City
Michael Phillips, Chartered Engineer, BE MEngSc FIEI FICE FIAE, Director of Traffic and City Engineer, Dublin City Council and President of Engineers Ireland
Overview of strategy and implementation of multifunctional green spaces in Dublin City including case study for Tolka River Valley Greenway

4.10 Putting a Price on the Landscape – The Economics of Green Infrastructure
Nicole Collomb, CMLI and Public Space Specialist, Design Council CABE
Nicole will speak on the economic case for Green Infrastructure, tools for valuing Green Infrastructure and how to monetise the benefits. This area has recently led to some heated debate on what might be the repercussions of bringing natural processes into the capitalist system.
4.30 Questions and Answers

5.00 Summing up by ILI President and Conference Close

5.30 ILI 20th Anniversary Dinner in The Brasserie Restaurant

7.30 ILI National Design Awards 2012 Ceremony in Thomas Prior Hall

8.00 Presentation of ILI National Design Awards by Lord Mayor of Dublin and ILI President

Venue Details
Thomas Prior Hall, Bewley’s Hotel Ballsbridge
Merrion Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4
Tel.: +353-(0)1 668 1111

The hotel is located next to the RDS Arena at the junction of Merrion Road and Simmonscourt Road and is easily accessible from the City Centre.
Accommodation can be booked at a special ILI Delegates Rate through Hotel.

Car parking
Car parking is available but limited in the underground garage of the hotel.

Public Transport
City Centre to Bewley’s Hotel
Take the 4, 7, 8 or 27x Dublin Bus from bus stop 402, Lower Grafton St. to bus stop 483 Merrion Rd, or the DART to Sandymount Station