Renowned city planner to visit Leeside

Renowned city planner to visit Leeside

As the Office of Public Works (OPW) looks for Ministerial approval for a city flood defence scheme, a world-renowned city planner Tina Saaby visits Cork this week to speak about transforming Leeside into a maritime city.

WORLD-renowned city planner Tina Saaby will visit Cork for two events this week where she will speak about transforming Leeside into a maritime city.

Ms Saaby was the chief city architect of Copenhagen from 2010 until 2018 and was involved in the development Co-Create Copenhagen campaign to make the Danish city a more liveable space.

She will speak at the Cork Architecture School on Friday at 6.30pm and at Nano Nagle Place on Saturday at 3pm.

Her talks entitled ‘Copenhagen and Cork’ will be introduced by Save Cork City member and architect John Hegarty.

Ms Saaby will give her insight on how to transform a maritime city.

A spokesperson for the Save Cork City group said: “She inspires, facilitates, advises, and coaches politicians and the city administration. In her work, she has a deep interest in how to combine the development of a sustainable and liveable city with a high quality of life.

“It is important to her to help to develop communities and spaces that facilitate and prioritise everyday life and support developing a city for people by engaging in the creation of a strategic framework for future city development. This talk should not be missed by all from Cork or those who want to influence Cork. It is a must talk for public servants and politicians.”

The talk comes at a time when the Office of Public Works (OPW) is looking to get Ministerial approval for a city flood defence scheme which would dramatically change the public realm of the city.

The estimated €140 million scheme covers 15km from west Ballincollig to the eastern side of Cork’s city centre island.

It includes numerous public realm improvements and the establishment of 8km of riverside walking and cycling routes.

However, it has been the subject of intense public debate with Save Cork City campaigning for a downstream tidal barrier, rather than raising quay walls in the city.

Other issues dogging the project have been the potential loss of some of the city’s historic stone quays.

Over 900 homes and 1,200 business will be protected by the scheme, the OPW claimed.

The events featuring Ms Saaby are free and no registration is required.

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