Coal Quay

AILBHE CUNNINGHAM

HOW DOES THE CITY? SOUND? FEEL? LOOK?
WHAT IS IT LIKE WHEN WE STOP AND LISTEN?

 

  • WORKSHOP 01

    Plug Records, Cornmarket Street
    Wheel of Priorities

    ‘What kind of places do we need to live well as we age?
    How do my needs compare with the needs of others?

  • WORKSHOPS 02, 03 + 04

    Walking tours with music improvisations
    Jot down your thoughts while walking.

    What comes to mind as meeting your needs?
    What do you think needs further consideration?
    What does the urban realm look like?
    How could it be adapted or improved to meet the needs of musicians in
    elderhood?

  • WORKSHOP 04

    Plug Records, Cornmarket Street

    What would an ideal residential scenario look an feel like? How doe th city meet my needs? How do my needs vary depending on my point of view?

    I’m 60 years old and would like to teach my grandchild music? How doe the city meet our needs? I’m 75 and retired from gigging but I still like to busk in the city. How does the city meet my needs?

 

Due to the ongoing supply and demand issues of both living and working spaces, the cultural community continuously navigate precarious and uncertain relationships with urban environments throughout their careers. Throughout this process the lived and learnt experience of the group is valued as the position from which to re-imagine and propose regenerative urban landscapes for ageing.

The co-design and participatory process considers the potential of Cornmarket Street for future residents and businesses alike. More specifically, it takes place with the independent music community of Cork City, in particular with the music community hosted by Plugd Records on Cornmarket Street. The project group share a professional interest – the performance and promotion of independent music in Cork City. This cutural community regularly contributes to the city centre but more often than not, due to limited access to appropriate facilities or financially viable living and working spaces, have to commute to and from the city centre. Throughout the process these cultural agents became spatial agents. – considering the question set by SOA: “What kind of places do we need to live well as we age, and how can aspects of our neighbourhoods be modified to support ageing well?’