Across 2019 Athena Media is anchoring a new podcast sharing conversations and stories about how we shape and create great places to live. The podcast series This is Where we Live has been inspired by the continued housing and homelessness crisis in Irish cities, particularly Dublin, and began when Athena Media producer Helen Shaw visited Vienna last December for a Housing for All conference. (Read Helen’s blog essay on the visit and why Vienna is a public housing model for Europe).
The interviews she collected there seeded the new podcast series which has grown rapidly across 2019 with interviews with:
Dr Ellen Rowley, Architectural Historian on 14 Henrietta Street, the Tenement Museum.
Kieran Rose, on a Life of Activism and City Planning.
Eoin Carroll Housing Researcher on the Right to Housing
Dr Dáithí Downey – Head of Housing Policy, Research & Development. Dublin City Council
Jeanette Lowe – an artist capturing disappearing communities in the city
Philip Lawton on Why Cities Need Connected Thinking And Planning To Work
Ruth McManus on the vision behind Drumcondra and social housing in Dublin City
Eoin O’Mahony on why Dublin is a tale of two cities
Grainne Hassett, architect, on shaping great places to live
Tony Fahey on the causes of the housing crisis
Joe Brady, Urban Geographer walks us through the history of Marino
Michaela Kauer on the Vienna Housing Model
Leilani Farha – Is Housing the battle ground of the 21st Century?
Dr Orna Rosenfeld on trends in European housing policy
Sorcha Edwards of Housing Europe on why public housing matters
Karin Ramser Director of Vienna’s Community Housing
Hugh Brennan CEO, O Cualann Cohousing, Poppintree, Ballymun, Dublin
Dr Ruth McManus on Drumcondra’s history of Social Housing from the 1920-60s
Dr Joe Brady – How could we build Marino in 1920s Dublin and not today?
If you’d like to get involved or feed back to us contact us via the website www.thisiswherewelive.ie and do share and review the podcast online. We’re currently available on 11 platforms from Soundcloud to iTunes, Spotify to Anchor. We’ve also added resources including videos and documents to the website – like this lovely piece on cycling with Ellen Rowley and Ellen’s podcast with us and her conversation about the Dublin Tenement Museum can be heard here.