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Hipsters and Cork

Midsize Irish cities can accelerate regeneration by fostering creativity, arts and hipster culture, according to one of the US’s foremost experts in urbanism, Christoph Lindner.

Mr Lindner will be speaking at St Peter’s in Cork this Wednesday January 24 in the first of the city’s ‘Cork Conversations: Planning for the Future’ series of free public talks.

Comparing the hipster utopias of Amsterdam and Portland, Mr Lindner will examine their “long history of art-led regeneration” and how both cities embraced “hipsterfication” – gentrification by hipster.

Lord Mayor, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald said: “It is always enlightening to be offered fresh perspectives and that is why these Cork Conversations have been organised. We are hoping Cork people will be inspired to by the international speakers to begin a conversation on the kind of city we want; a modern city that will retain the quality of life we all love”.

Cork City Council Chief Executive Ann Doherty said: “With the planned expansion of Cork city, now is the time to look at what kind of future city we want to live in. It is a time for starting a conversation about designing a sustainable, resilient city centred around the future needs of citizens and the business community. We’re hoping that Cork Conversations will inspire new thinking in the city around how to explore the opportunities and challenges facing us”.

It has also just been announced that Cork will host the Congress of the Academy of Urbanism from June 27-30.

The annual Congress is attended by hundreds of experts on cities from around the world and presents a unique opportunity for Cork.

It is also an opportunity to use the assembled expertise to tackle live local issues through hands-on workshops, walking tours and discussions.

Past hosts include Copenhagen, Dublin, Sheffield, Manchester, Glasgow, NewcastleGateshead, Bradford and Bristol.

‘Cork Conversations: Planning for the Future’ is initiated by the National Sculpture Factory and Cork City Council and is aimed at enabling reflection and dialogue on future city design  and on Cork’s  inherent potential.


Christoph Lindner is an urban and cultural theorist whose work spans the fields of visual culture, architecture, media arts, geography, and urban planning and design. His work focuses in particular on the interrelations between globalization, cities, and creative practice. Recent book publications include Imagining New York City (Oxford University Press, 2015), as well as the edited volumes Deconstructing the High Line (Rutgers University Press, 2017), Global Garbage (Routledge, 2016), Cities Interrupted (Bloomsbury, 2016), and Paris-Amsterdam Underground (Amsterdam University Press, 2013). He is currently working on a new book about creative slow practices in global cities

This Wednesday’s  event is open to the public and free. It take place at St Peter’s at 6.30pm. The post talk discussion will be chaired by Gemma Tipton (Writer on art and culture with the Irish Times, who also writes for Frieze and Artforum)


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