Communities in Transition – Reimagining Place, Communities and Climate Action aims to spark discourse and inspire action to support communities at the heart of climate action policies. In this panel, we are exploring innovative post-industrial projects which place sustainability, culture, heritage, and aesthetics at their heart, as a way of reimagining a new future for these places.
The Zollverein Foundation will present “the most beautiful coal mine in the world”, a major industrial complex in Germany that is now a World Heritage Site. We will also hear from Urbane Künste Ruhr about the Emscherkunstweg project, which is both creating an art trail that follows the Emscher river and restoring back to a near-natural state this industrialised channel through a coal-mine region. Finally, members of Ireland’s peatlands communities will share their journey so far and their aspirations for the future. By hearing from impressive and inspiring examples of post-industrial renewal, we wish to provide space to consider how our peatlands communities in transition can benefit and even thrive.
This Session will be facilitated by Hans Zomer, CEO of Global Action Plan, an environmental organisation which has been a key partner in the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Workers’ Villages programme.