Cork architecture students design age-friendly communities

Cork architecture students design age-friendly communities

Cork Centre for Architectural Education students with their entries, back row, from left: Nancy Manley, Anna Horan; Laura Hurley; Maud Manley; Cian Horan and Frank Dowling. Front, from left; joint first place entries Lucas Dobbin and Clare Creedon. Picture: Brian Lougheed

AN exhibition of work by eight second-year architecture students in Cork has been launched in recent days.

The exhibition focuses on the topic of age-friendly housing schemes and includes work by students at the Cork Centre for Architectural Education (CCAE).

The CCAE is a joint venture by UCC and CIT which recently opened its new premises adjacent to Nano Nagle Place.

The submissions were part of a competition that ran earlier this year.

Six of the entrants received commendations, and the two winning students were awarded a paid summer internship at Cork County Council.

The challenge for the competition was to design an age-friendly housing scheme for a site in the town of Bantry.

This is the second year that Cork County Council has engaged with the CCAE-UCC/CIT on this competition, building on the success of 2017 when one student placement was provided.

Cllr Danny Collins, deputising on behalf of the Mayor of County Cork, said: “Age-friendly counties create opportunities to explore and provide a broad range of housing options. We are striving to suit all needs and enable older people to stay independent for as long as possible.”

Judging was carried out by architects from Cork County Council’s Housing Directorate, the Chair of the Cork Older Persons Council, Ms Liz Maddox and the Cork County Age Friendly Co-ordinator, Ms Fiona Hayes.

Ms Maddox commended the work done by the students as part of the competition.

She said: “This exhibition will be a great opportunity for the public to see the housing designs and showcase a unique example of what can be achieved with intergenerational collaboration.”

Dr Sarah Mulrooney, Cork Centre for Architectural Education described the competition as ‘an excellent opportunity’ for the students to collaborate on real-world solutions.

She said: “Two schemes were chosen as particularly successful for satisfying the requirements of adaptable, lifetime, multi-generational and energy-efficient homes.”

The winning students — Clare Creedon and Lucas Dobbin — said they were delighted to be involved in the competition. They received an internship with the local authority, working in the housing and architects departments.

The exhibition of the students’ work will be open free to the public in the gallery, ground floor of at the Cork County Library Headquarters, Carrigrohane Road, until Friday. October 5.

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