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Chapter 14:

Learning from Castleblayney: conversation and action in a small Irish town

Miriam Delaney and Orla Murphy

The purpose of this chapter is to describe the evolution of a travelling installation by a travelling installation named Free Market and its subsequent political role as a catalyst for rural town and street regeneration in Ireland. It outlines the aims, design and outcomes of Free Market,1 a touring architectural exhibition and public engagement programme, atypical in its ambition to align political action with close listening and public engagement. The chapter focuses on the installation of Free Market in the small market town of Castleblayney, tracking the impact of the project. There were several lessons learnt in combining horizontal engagement on the street with vertical action in political advocacy and policy making. These include the importance of a physical presence in towns, around which political action can coalesce; the significance of deep listening to both grassroots and the vertical institutions of power; and the fact that socially engaged practice needs to work simultaneously at multiple levels to have significant long-term impact.

About Miriam Delaney

Miriam Delaney is an architect, lecturer and PhD candidate at the Dublin School of Architecture, TUDublin. She was part of the Free Market team which represented Ireland at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and works as a consultant for community-led rural town regeneration projects.

About Orla Murphy

Orla Murphy is an architect and Lecturer at University College Dublin. Her research focuses on towns, and engaged practice that considers their resilience and future(s). She is co-director of the UCD Centre for Irish Towns and a member of the High Level Round Table of the New European Bauhaus.

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Chapter 2: Rituals of O’Connell Street: commemoration, display and dissent

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Chapter 3: Street life in medieval London

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Chapter 4: Who owns the street? The cases of Lange Reihe and Steindamm in Hamburg

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Chapter 5: Streets after dark: the experiences of women, girls and gender-diverse people

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Chapter 6: A tourist catwalk: the pedestrianisation of Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, Lisbon

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Chapter 7: The streets that were there are gone… but Sailortown’s stories remain

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Part 2: The form and use of everyday streets

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Chapter 8: Vicoli as forms of proximity: Naples’ Spanish Quarter

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Chapter 9: Spatial-structural qualities of mixed-use main streets: two case studies from the Amsterdam metropolitan region

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Chapter 10: Kiruna, lost and found: identity and memory in the streetspace of an Arctic town

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Chapter 11: Foundational economy and polycentricity in the five squares of the pedestrian zone of Favoritenstrasse, Vienna

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Chapter 12: Reclaiming streets for people in urban India

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Chapter 13: Investing in (post-Covid) street appeal

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Part 3: Localography

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Chapter 14: Learning from Castleblayney: conversation and action in a small Irish town

Miriam Delaney and Orla Murphy

Chapter 15: Co-drawing: a design methodology for collective action

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Chapter 16: An inventory of the street: case studies from Montréal

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Chapter 17: A walk between disciplines: listening to the composition of Ormeau Road

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Chapter 18: Mapping everyday heritage practices: Tivoli Barber Shop on North Street

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Chapter 19: Urban depth and social integration on super-diverse London high streets

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