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AIA UK + AIA Continental Europe Joint Conference: Cork, Ireland I Fall 2020

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Cork, Ireland

AIA United Kingdom + AIA Continental Europe l Joint Conference FALL 2020 l FINAL DATES TBD


Come and join us as we explore this lively city on Ireland's south coast. Cork was founded on an island in the middle of the river Lee and developed within the constraints of it's unique topography (hills and views to you and me).

The city is compact and walk-able and the successful pedestrianization of main streets and quays by the city council in the last decade have kept it so. Buildings from every era sit cheek by jowl and new buildings must be clever to slip in neatly. We will visit a few of the best.

Cork has been blessed and cursed by doughnut development, with burgeoning suburbs and stagnating city centre. No longer. Recent developments on the quays have set a high standard and the city is on the brink of a larger brownfield development on the old city port. A great city to walk, some lovely gems to visit and plenty to consider on urban renewal.

Cork is known as a festival city reflecting the arts, with events staged in the city centre literary and especially musical - choral to jazz.

We will visit University College Cork with an attractive campus west of the city centre which contains many fine buildings, including the Glucksman Gallery (O'Donnell + Tuomey).

It is not all brain food either. Cork is served by a great hinterland of rich Munster farmland and a matrix of artisan food producers. The produce is on display at the famous English Market in the city centre and available in the local restaurants.

If a longer visit is tempting, it makes a good spot to start or end a trip to Ireland's Wild Atlantic Way.