International project “We Built this City” examines how the Irish left their mark on London, NYC and Chicago.IAF

An international project, being led by the Irish Architecture Foundation, plans to examine where and how the Irish left their mark on some of the world’s major cities. Following a lively discussion in London the project “We Built This City” will move on to New York and Chicago.

“We Built This City” aims to raise awareness and celebrate the contribution Irish people have made to the built and cultural fabric of cities such as London, New York and Chicago.

The discussion is scheduled for New York in October 2015 and Chicago in November 2015.

This short film, commissioned for “We Built this City,” was filmed and directed by David O'Sullivan of Dyehouse Films and was screened as an introduction to the initial discussion in London.

"We Built this City" from Irish Architecture Foundation on Vimeo.

Chaired by Angela Brady PPRIBA, Director Brady Mallalieu Architects in discussion with: Dervilla Mitchell, CBE, Engineer for Arup; Jarlath Regan, comic and creator of the Irishman Abroad Podcast; Professor Mary Hickman, research fellow at the Centre for Irish Studies; Niall McLaughlin, Niall McLaughlin Architects; Ultan Cowley, author of "The Men Who Built Britain." Introduction by Mr Jimmy Deenihan T.D. Minister for Diaspora Affairs.

"We Built this City" is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Irish Design 2015 (ID2015) and the Office of the Minister for Diaspora Affairs of Ireland. ID2015 is an initiative backed by the Irish Government celebrating and promoting Irish design in Ireland and internationally.

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