The British and Cork Papers

Following her presidency of the RIBA Angela Brady compiled The British Papers, a collection of essays and options from a range of architectural and urban design leaders. A few years later the The Cork Papers were brought together to create a platform for multiple voices to speak into the future of this city.

Both of these publications drew together a range of different thoughts, opinions and research. This range of voices brings a richness of approach and understanding to the many facets that influence the design, management ands of the built environment. No single voice is allowed to dominate – instead, a conversation occurs

In the British Papers luminaries, such as Richard Rogers, Sir Terry Farrell, and Judit Kimpian speak alongside voices from others, such as Historic England’s (English Heritage) Carol Pyrah, promoting regeneration via constructive conservation and the Academy of Urbanism’s Steven Bee, discussing how our history, culture and identity anchor us in place and time. The collection of voices within the British Papers was compiled in response to global issues in development. The mistakes of the western world in recent decades are continuously being repeated in many developing countries – soulless, rootless, gas-guzzling buildings have been built without reference to their cultural context or suitable to local climate conditions. The voices can contribute to a global  conversation that can offer a clear message about how we can learn together to build better cities to help prepare our world for a low-carbon future.

The Cork Papers – Sustainable City in the Making is a collection of 20 invited essays intended to act as a critical analysis of the city from the perspective of selected from individuals with advice and experience to share. The book was published by Cork City Council in time for the Academy of Urbanism Congress in June 2018. It is intended as a catalyst for change to help Cork realise its great potential as a European sustainable city. This advice applies to many cities in Ireland and around Europe.

A complete digital edition of The Cork Papers is available free online. Read it here.