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This is Where We Live is an audio podcast and transmedia series exploring what it takes to shape great places to live and how Ireland is facing up to its future.

A story of housing and homelessness, of living and waiting, and of challenges and solutions.

This is Where We Live is an independent production made by Helen Shaw & John Howard of Athena Media Ltd.

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This is Where We Live is an audio podcast and transmedia series exploring what it takes to shape great places to live and how Ireland is facing up to its future.

A story of housing and homelessness, of living and waiting, and of challenges and solutions.

This is Where We Live is an independent production made by Helen Shaw & John Howard of Athena Media Ltd.

    TIWWL: Brendan Kenny, Dublin City Council's Housing Strategy

    TIWWL: Brendan Kenny, Dublin City Council's Housing Strategy

    This Is Where We Live: Brendan Kenny, Deputy Chief Executive, Dublin City Council, with responsibility for housing and community services.
    In this podcast in the This Is Where We Live series Brendan Kenny, who is in charge of Dublin City Council's housing policy and strategy gives his take on why housing has become such a challenge for the city and how, in his view, a regional integrated plan is needed, across Dublin City and County and the surrounding counties.


    Find out more about DCC Housing here www.dublincity.ie/housing-and-community
    and visit our website for more resources podcasts www.thisiswherewelive.ie

    • 43 min
    The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century - Dublin City fm Podcast

    The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century - Dublin City fm Podcast

    To tie in with the exhibition on show across July 2019 in Dublin City Council at Wood Quay we hosted a live radio discussion around the topics in Dublin City fm with Dr Mary Murphy, Senior Lecturer, Social Sciences Institute (MUSSI), Dr Rory O'Donnell, Director, NESC, Oona Kenny, Researcher, Dublin Housing Observatory, Dr Dáithí Downey, Head of Housing Policy, Research & Development, Dublin City Council.

    You can find out more on www.housingmodeldublin.ie and to listen to the series go to www.thisiswherewelive.ie

    In the photo : Rory O'Donnell, Oona Kenny, Dáithí Downey and Mary Murphy.
    The exhibition The Vienna Model is on display in the atrium of Dublin City Council at Wood Quay www.housingmodeldublin.ie

    • 55 min
    The Vienna Model : Housing for the 21st Century. Visions for the Future. Podcast 4

    The Vienna Model : Housing for the 21st Century. Visions for the Future. Podcast 4

    In this the last episode in our 4 part series The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century we're bringing out the stories and conversations of those most affected by housing and homelessness, in particular community voices from St Michael's Estate in Dublin. St Michael's Estate has had a long, protracted and painful experience of regeneration with over a decade lost due to the recession. 


    In this series we're showcasing the seminars that took place in April 2019 as part of a discussion around solutions for the housing crisis in Ireland, particularly in Dublin. In this podcast you hear Eilish Comerford, a community worker from St Michael's Family Resource Centre in St Michael's Estate who is also part of a grassroots activism network around housing. Eilish talks of the need for new funding sources to ensure the affordability of these new cost rental homes planned for St Michael's Estate and we hear from the European Investment Bank on its role as a potential funding source to secure affordability housing. 

    Cormac Murphy is the Head of the EIB here and he described the new Land Development Agency, the LDA as a game changer in providing affordable housing. Ireland, he says, has a profile with just 10% social housing and that's out of step with other European cities and this change in models and funding is critical to making an attractive, sustainable city that works for all. nterestingly we also hear from David Joyce, a solicitor who works with Mercy Law Resource Centre, who works in the field of housing and homelessness, and is himself from the traveller community, who responded to the discussion by drawing on the comments that Michaela Kauer from Vienna made earlier ( and in Podcast 1) that in Vienna housing is for all, and is invested in heavily because it is seen as a human right that underscores society. 'We stigmatised social housing', he said and stigmatised the people who live there. 'The provision of homes as a right should be our target', he said. 

    Rita Fagan, a community activist, who is also with the St Michael's Regeneration Team, made the case for a fairer, more equal city and for commitment and action to provide fair and equitable housing for people in the city. 'Who gets to live in the city?' she asked and pointed to places like The Liberties, where she comes from, where local and long rooted communities are being replaced by student accommodation and hotels. 'A living city needs local people', she said underscoring her support for cost rental housing but warning she, and many in the community, feared that the State did not have the will, and commitment, to implement change.

    If you want to find out more about the speakers and the topics in this series go to www.housingmodeldublin.ie and for our full channel go to www.thisiswherewelive.ie

    • 26 min
    The Vienna Model : Housing for the 21st Century. Re-imagining Ballymun. Podcast 3

    The Vienna Model : Housing for the 21st Century. Re-imagining Ballymun. Podcast 3

    In the Vienna Model: Housing for the 21 Century podcast series we're showcasing highlights from the conversations and talks in seminars held last April in Dublin. The events, and the exhibition, were co-sponsored by Dublin City Council and the Housing Agency and hosted by the Dublin Housing Observatory. Seminars took place in several venues in Dublin City including two days of discussions at the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun where people shared their sense of where Ballymun had come from and its potential development in the future. 

    In this podcast we've brought together some of the voices; Dr Sarah Miller, the scientist heading the Rediscovery Centre, Pamela Connolly, a Dublin town planner for the area, Robert Murphy, the chair of Ballymun 4 Business, and Padraig Flynn of SOA Self Organised Architecture who presented on co-housing models.
    You can find out more about the topics in the series by visiting www.housingmodeldublin.ie

    Pictured: Dr Mel Nowicki (left), Oxford Brooks University, Daithi Downey, Dublin City Housing Observatory , David Silke, Housing Agency, Pamela Connolly, Dublin City Planning Excutive and Padraig Flynn, SOA Co-Housing - image credit: Arthur Carron Photography

    Music: Ballymun Lullaby from the suite of music composed by Darragh O'Toole with the Ballymun Music Programme.

    • 39 min
    The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century: How do we create affordable housing? Podcast 2

    The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century: How do we create affordable housing? Podcast 2

    In this short podcast series we're showcasing talks that took place in April 2019 in Dublin under The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century, an event with exhibition and seminars co sponsored by Dublin City Council and The Housing Agency. In this podcast, the second in the series, you can hear Irish voices exploring how we create affordable housing in Ireland. You hear Jim Baneham, of the Housing Agency, describing what the cost rental model is and how it can work, as well as the first pilot using this model.


    In 'cost rental' homes, often apartments are provided at cost not profit in a public housing initiative with tenants paying rent which will cover the cost and maintenance of the property. Since Jim Baneham talks of the critical importance of land you then hear John Coleman from the new agency, the Land Development Agency (LDA)exploring the role of the LDA and how it is seeking to ensuring public land is used to achieved quality housing. Professor Michelle Norris, a social scientist from UCD who is an expert in housing policy and in particularly social housing, then shared her comparative research between Ireland and Austria so we have a better understanding of how both systems work and what we, in Ireland, can learn from Austria. Professor Norris is Head of School, School of Social Policy, Social Work and Social Justice at UCD. Check out a recent publication : Byrne M, Norris M. (2019) Housing market financialisation, neoliberalism and everyday retrenchment of social housing, Environment and Planning A, journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0308518X19832614

    Here's a piece from January 2019 on the affordable housing scheme that Jim Baneham is referencing on Enniskerry Road
    www.irishtimes.com/news/social-aff…yford-1.3778016

    Pictured are: Prof Michelle Norris, UCD, Dr Rory O'Donnell, Director BESC, John Coleman, CEO, Land Development Agency, Ailish Comford, Fair Rent Homes, Jim Baneham, Housing Agency and David Silke - image credit Arthur Carron Photography

    And the music you hear in the podcast is by Michael Gallen.
    For more about this short series The Vienna Model : Housing for the 21st Century go to www.housingmodeldublin.ie and for our main podcast channel visit www.thisiswherewelive.ie
    The producer/presenter of this series is Helen Shaw, the audio editor is John Howard.

    • 33 min
    The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century : What is the Vienna Model? Podcast 1

    The Vienna Model: Housing for the 21st Century : What is the Vienna Model? Podcast 1

    In this series we showcase highlights from the Vienna Model : Housing for the 21st Century exhibition and seminars held in Dublin in April 2019. The events were co sponsored by Dublin City Council and the Housing Agency and hosted by the Dublin Housing Observatory. In this first podcast we feature Michaela Kauer, Director of the Vienna House in Brussels and Rory O'Donnell Director of NESC, the National Economic and Social Council in Ireland. Michaela gives the
    background and history of the Vienna Housing Model and why Vienna sees housing as a human right and also why the city is so keen to export its ideas on public housing to other parts of Europe. In his response Rory O'Donnell explores the opportunities and challenges the Vienna Model presents to Dublin and Ireland and looks at how a massive investment in public and affordable housing could be funded.

    For more information on the topics and speakers go to www.housingmodeldublin.ie
    Pictured: Grainia Long, Commissioner for Resilience, Belfast City Council, Dr Rory O'Donnell, National Economic Social Council and Michaela Kauer, Director Vienna House, Brussels and spokesperson for the City of Vienna. credit: Arthur Carron Photography

    • 27 min

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