Planning Our Streets & Cities of the Future

A one-day conference

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Date: 6th December 2018

Our towns and cities play a significant role in driving economic development and can offer better lives across the country. Ireland is set to see a major increase in population growth over the next 10 to 20 years and with that will bring important opportunities as well as significant challenges. Now is the time to prepare and establish how our towns and cities can become more productive and efficient while improving the quality of city life. New technologies will play a big role in boosting connectivity, productivity and liveability within our urban spaces

This conference will debate and discuss ideas from researchers, policy makers and development practitioners on these topical issues to establish the challenges we need to prepare for and help plan accordingly.

See below event programme for a full list of key topics to be covered on the day

CMG events typically sell out quickly, so prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the early bird rate and save €100.00 – Early Bird Rate is €395.00 + VAT (Normal rate €495.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain amount of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised to avoid disappointment.

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6 Structured CPD Points

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4.30pm

Opening remarks by Conference Chair Person:

Getting it right from the start – Transforming Public Consultation for Meaningful Community Engagement

Speaker: Carol Tallon, Strategic Planning Director (MPRII) with Property District and author of several books on Irish housing

The future of urban development – where do we see our towns and cities by 2040

  • The strategic vision – how to achieve our plans by 2040
  • City Governance

Urban Planning Issues & how to overcome these obstacles

Speaker: Mary Hughes, MIPI Director, HRA | PLANNING, Chartered Town Planning Consultants DAC

Designing streets and neighbourhoods – to minimise crime

  • What stops vandalism and what has been proven to work?

Creating sustainable public spaces

  • The use of Nano technology (e.g. self-cleaning windows and pavements)

What is the future of Retail in cities and towns?

  • How to attract more business into cities
  • Smart Retail

Smart cities infrastructure & transport – integrating technology & AI

  • Technology forecasts for Smart Cities
  • Electric car infrastructure roll out
  • Smart metering
  • Trams, Trains & Buses – What’s the future

Street lighting innovations

Smart energy & buildings

Our Global Industry Vision – looking towards 2040

  • Disruptive Technologies in planning for Harbour Innovation campus.
  • Public Safety
  • Urban Platforms
  • Mobility
  • Smart Lighting
  • Next Generation WiFi and 5G
  • Smart Districts and Innovation Campus.

Speaker: Gerard Corcoran, Huawei

Tourism & urban development

  • How can we attract tourism to our towns and cities
  • What’s planned in terms of tourist attractions by 2040

Mary Hughes

Mary Hughes

MIPI Director, HRA | PLANNING, Chartered Town Planning Consultants DAC

With in excess of 20 years post qualification experience Mary’s initial years were spent working as a planner with local government in Ireland.

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This was before moving to the private sector and working for a multi-disciplinary consultancy specialising in transport and planning for three years. Mary then established HRA | PLANNING a town planning & environmental consultancy in 2005 with offices in Dublin and Limerick city. She has been involved and continues to be involved in many national and regional projects including the preparation of development plans on behalf of local government; provision of advice on planning and environmental matters to national government departments and semi state bodies; and provision of planning advice to large development companies, regeneration companies and community groups. Mary was elected to the national Council of the Irish Planning Institute (IPI) in 2010 and served as President of the Institute from 2014 to January 2016. She was appointed by the Minister for the Environment to the Independent Review Group of An Bord Pleanála in 2015. She was also nominated by the Irish Planning Institute as a candidate to the 25th Seanad Eireann election.

Carol Tallon

Carol Tallon

Strategic Planning Director (MPRII) with Property District and author of several books on Irish housing

Carol Tallon is the author of the Irish Property Buyers’ Handbook series from 2011 to 2015 and several business titles to date.

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With a post-graduate background in Law, Business and Strategic Innovation, most recently from University College Dublin, Carol has contributed to Irish and international media on current affairs, industry, property, innovation & technology (PropTech).  She has been involved in the construction and property industries for more than a decade and has worked as a strategic consultant – at operational and project levels – with Government departments, industry representative bodies, private developers, construction companies, auctioneering firms and media outlets.

Gerard Corcoran

Gerard Corcoran


Gerard Corcoran is an Account Director for Huawei Enterprise Business Unit in Western Europe with responsibility for Smart and Safe Cities.

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He has over 35 years experience in the ICT industry with special focus on New and Emerging Technologies applied to the development of Smart and Sustainable Cities.

He has contributed to the development of industry solutions within Huawei and the broader Smart City Ecosystem including TMForum, GSMA, ITU and WBA.

He has successfully completed Communications, Networking, Consulting, Systems Integration, Managed Services and Outsourcing engagements in Europe, Asia and the US.

Prior to joining Huawei in 2008 he had a senior solutions position in EDS (HP), A.T.Kearney and Cap Gemini.

This event will be of real interest to all businesses in Ireland, public and private sector organisations, government departments, local authorities, solicitors, barristers and regulators.

There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service

Royal Marine Hotel, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

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Please note the early bird discount can close sooner than expected once a certain number of seats fill up, therefore your prompt booking is strongly advised

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