Activities - Maura Shaffrey Lecture Archives



“Sustaining The Industrial Heritage”

by Sir Neil Cossons OBE FSA Hon FRIBA

Date:    Wednesday 12th October 2016      Time: 6.30 for 7.00 pm talk

Venue:  George's Hall, Dublin Castle, Dublin  2            

Presented in partnership with the Office of Public Works.

The impact of industrialisation on societies and landscapes can be overwhelming. Even countries that are not themselves industrial have seen dramatic change handed down from the industrial world. This legacy of industry is prolific, unnoticed, frequently reviled, often majestic, but invariably elemental in its impact.

In this lecture Neil Cossons addresses issues presented by the detritus of industry, how we define and recognise its importance and manage its future as part of the wider heritage. Given the magnitude of the three-hundred-year industrial experience is this a bequest from the past we wish to treasure, and if so how? Or, is it just too difficult? How does the heritage establishment equip itself to meet the challenges presented by landscapes of former industry such that they can animate the future in a compelling and meaningful way?

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On Altering Architecture

by Fred Scott

George's Hall, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Thursday 16th October 2014

Fred Scott has taught design theory in third level institutions in the UK and US for more than fifty years.  Having taught at the Architectural Association from the mid 1960's until 1981, he became course leader for Interior Architecture at Kingston University, London in 1984. He later taught at the School of Environmental Design at the Royal College of Art and is now visiting Professor in Interior Design there. More recently, he has been a Senior Lecturer in Architecture at the University of Greenwich and Visiting Professor of Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design in the United States. His book On Altering Architecture (Routledge 2008) develops a theory of design as it is practised in existing buildings and proposes that architecture can be understood as interventional design.

Scott’s book sets out to establish, for architects, the respectability of alteration of existing buildings, to challenge or replace the tendency of architects to prefer the blank sheet or cleared site. He has made alteration and conservation intellectually alluring for architects.

A conversation with Fred Scott, author of 'On Altering Architecture.'

Friday 17th October at 1.15pm
The Octagon, Assembly House, South William Street, Dublin 2.

Following on from the Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture 2014, ICOMOS Ireland in assocation with the Architectural Association of Ireland present a conversation with Fred Scott, author of 'On Altering Architecture.'


The 15th Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture on Energy Efficiency and Traditional Buildings was given by Roger Curtis, Technical Research Manager, with the Historic Scotland Conservation Group. It was hosted by ICOMOS Ireland on the 7th of November 2013 at 7 p.m. at the coach house Dublin Castle.

Roger started his career in conservation with the conservation contractors Cumming & Co, based in Perth, where he managed a range of sites in Scotland, with additional responsibility for Health & Safety. During this time he completed an MSc in Building Conservation at Heriot Watt University in Edinburgh. Work with the company ranged from castle consolidation and restoration to upgrading of domestic buildings, churches and civil structures with a focus on mass masonry structural joinery and limeworks.

He joined Historic Scotland in Feb 2006 and is presently The Technical Research Manager, looking after a diverse mix of research strands that include energy efficiency in traditional buildings, properties and behaviours of traditional materials. Focus on practical site trials and evaluation has been ongoing since 2007, with an emphasis on appropriate solutions for traditionally built structures of all sizes and type. This work has now expanded into wider participation with European wide research partners and he is the UK representative on the European Standard on Energy Efficiency in Historic Buildings. At a time when sustainability is driving change in energy performance, legislation and compliance, in increasingly economically challenged circumstances, we have much to gain by considering the experience in countries with a largely similar climate and building tradition. Roger will bring his considerable research focus and experience to this topic.
The 15th Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture is hosted in collaboration with the NSC in Energy and Sustainability and the Vernacular Heritage NSC.



Thursday 29th November 2012

Title: 'Soul of the City: Cultural Heritage, Communities and Tourism

Speaker: Dr. Sue Millar, President ICOMOS International Committee for Cultural Tourism

Abstract: Cultural heritage is central not peripheral to sustainable development agendas. The premise of interdependency is now widely accepted. Yet heritage and tourism continue to be a provocative cocktail – a mix that evokes strong emotions and polarised positions. Accusations of ‘Disneyland’ and degradation of the spirit of place, architectural fabric or archaeological remains, rightly or wrongly, are familiar cries. The phenomenal growth in cultural tourism – especially to historic cities - highlights the need for communities to consider their heritage and identity when presenting their past to people from across the world. Choices about which regeneration projects to fund, which historic buildings and areas to conserve, where new developments are allowed and what stories to tell are influenced directly or indirectly by tourism. 
A global economic downturn and European financial crisis have put heritage and tourism into sharp focus. Safeguarding and developing cultural heritage at tourist destinations and creating tourist demand at historic sites and cities is being given serious attention. There is increasing awareness of the need to protect heritage as a long term asset. Questions and debate are invited on what constitutes success. What principles, policies, public-private partnerships, incentives, conservation, interpretation and communication are needed to foster a symbiotic relationship and successful communities – culturally, socially, environmentally and economically. Reference will be made to European case studies in an international context through the work of ICOMOS and UNWTO. 




17 November, 2011

Title: 'Sustainable Regional Strategies based on the Built Heritage'

Speaker: Dr Christer Gustafsson

Abstract: In the Swedish 'Halland Model', building construction workers and apprentices were trained in traditional building techniques, then practiced on historic buildings at risk under the supervision of skilled craftsmen and conservation officers. After completion of the conservation work, the premises have been used in a way that contributes to sustainable development and regional growth. Consequently, historic buildings at risk were saved from demolition, which implied that craftsmanship was gained by a younger generation while new jobs were created. The historic environment sector took an intermediate position and provided historic buildings at risk, which could be used as working places over a long period of time, as well as 'containers' for new functions. Such regional cross-sectoral co-operation through a multi-problem-oriented approach has demonstrated win-win situations for the heritage sector, as well as for other partners, and for regional sustainable development in general.

With a shift from focus on protection of built cultural heritage through legal systems and regulations to emphasis on use and development issues, the heritage sector needs to act as a catalyst for sustainable development in order to strengthen urban and regional competitiveness. This lecture aims to discuss the challenge linking strategies for conservation of cultural heritage to territorial innovation systems through co-operation with emerging cultural and creative industries. This can lead to true initiatives to design smart regional strategies based on built cultural heritage aimed at sustainable development.




10 June, 2010

Title: 'Drafting of the Venice Charter: historical developments in conservation'

Speaker: Prof. Andrea Pane, Faculty of Architecture, University of Naples Federico II

Abstract: In 1964, during an international congress in Venice, a group of twenty-three experts drafted one of the most important and long-lived documents in modern conservation theory: the International Charter for the Conservation and Restoration of Monuments and Sites. Also known as the 'Venice Charter', it marked a new direction in restoration in Europe and elsewhere and also led to the establishment of ICOMOS. It was particularly encouraged by the determination of Roberto Pane, an architectural historian and professor in Naples, and Piero Gazzola, a surveyor of architectural heritage in Verona. They aimed to widen the idea of 'monument', expanding from the limits of single buildings to their forming part of the urban landscape. Analysis of the works carried out by Pane and Gazzola, together with unpublished documents from their private archives contribute to an understanding of the origin of this idea.

The drafting of the Charter defined principles for a new conservation philosophy and practice. Subsequently, other developments in conservation emerged in Italy and in other European countries drawing on the legacy of the Venice Charter. Firstly, a more conservative approach to conservation, pure conservation, was adopted. This was then followed by critical restoration with new reflections and reaffirmation of the restoration philosophy of Cesare Brandi. Thirdly, a maintenance-reinstatement approach was developed which became widely adopted by heritage professions. However, the practical issues of conservation today have become more complex and sometimes even contradictory to the text of the Venice Charter.




29 October, 2009

Title: 'Preserving Heritage in View of its Evolving Perception and its New Role in Society - A Global Leadership Challenge for ICOMOS'

Speaker: Gustavo F. Araoz, IAI, President of ICOMOS

Abstract: Cultural heritage has passed from being a field for specialized professionals to the public domain. Communities worldwide are rediscovering their tangible and intangible cultural legacies, demanding greater participation in the decision-making process concerning meaning, treatment and use. Meanwhile, heritage inventories and categories have expanded in unprecedented ways. The traditional specialized heritage professions are facing new situations for which doctrinal foundations, protective mechanisms and accepted practices often prove insufficient to safeguard the integrity and authenticity of heritage places. The multi-disciplinary and multi-cultural nature of heritage puts ICOMOS in a unique situation to lead the world community in identifying new ways to protect it. To achieve this, the National and International Committees of ICOMOS must mobilize in a coordinated process with global application and local relevance.




20 November, 2008

Title: 'Edinburgh: Conservation and Development in a World Heritage City'

Speaker: Malcolm Cooper, Chief Inspector with Historic Scotland

Abstract: The presentation focuses on the history of Edinburgh World Heritage Site, outlining the reasons for its inscription, as well as the processes which are in place to ensure that its outstanding universal value is properly considered as the city evolves. It also provides an outline of the story of the conservation of the city, and will describe how Edinburgh must continue to develop to maintain its vibrant character, noting in particular the challenges and opportunities that this brings.





Title: 'Conserving the Vernacular in a Temperate Zone'

Speaker: Dr Paul Oliver

Abstract: With urban growth, suburban development and expanding road networks, vernacular traditions, which represent so much of the built heritage in many countries and cultural areas, have been destroyed or are threatened with destruction. Present and past generations are being denied in experiencing and learning from their history, the ways of life they accommodate and the architectural quality they represent. Vernacular buildings are part of the vernacular landscape which is largely the product of traditional rural culture and maintenance and which is also under threat. These issues have been confronted in different parts of the temperate zones. In his talk, Dr Oliver introduced examples of projects drawn from the Czech Republic to Central China, from lower Saxony to north west Japan. Such examples have had implications with regard to economies and way of life, to the continuity of indigenous traditions, skills and knowledge. A consideration of the success and future of these projects may be appropriate to the conservation of buildings and landscape in the Irish context.


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