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Projects delivered by Alan Caldwell Associates

Festival of Architecture

Waterford Festival of Architecture: Alan has been invited to give a keynote address to this conference in April on the potential of communities to inspire architects to create a new regeneration process to support a low carbon future. Alan will be revisiting an area where he worked 10 years ago to help establish one of the first Development Trust's in Ireland at Tramore.

'Assets and architecture - a community vision'

In Scotland there is a quiet revolution taking place.  Communities are taking control of land, buildings and social enterprises to build a low carbon future.  The government has passed a world leading Climate Change bill and introduced Community Right to Buy legislation through the Land Reform Act.  They are supporting the sector with entrepreneurial finance.  They are looking at how public institutions can transfer assets to communities.  Charitable institutions are looking beyond the interest on their investment and are using their capital for imaginative loan funding to support this process.  Communities are setting up share issues to give local wealth an alternative investment process.  The value of unclaimed and dormant bank accounts is being directed to deprived areas.



The banking crisis is creating an opportunity to 'think differently', empower communities and build a low carbon future.  Regeneration as we knew it is a failed policy for a failed system.  We need a new model of regeneration and policy direction for communities.  It will place communities at its heart and a new deal between people, the economy and the planet.  A new deal that is about a smaller footprint, resilience and self sufficiency. 



Architects and architecture have a central role to play.  Architecture needs to reclaim a visionary role, shaping sustainable communities and showing developers the art of the possible.  Architects have a new client in local communities and this client demands different skills and attitude.  Can Ireland rise to the challenge of a low carbon future led by empowered communities?