We Built this City chronicled the impact Irish people have had on the built environment in New York City, from historic to contemporary times.
We Built This City is curated by the Irish Architecture Foundation in collaboration with Irish Design 2015 and the Office of the Minister for Diaspora Affairs of Ireland. Irish Design 2015 was an initiative backed by the Irish Government celebrating and promoting Irish design in Ireland and internationally.
We Built this City is a Dyehouse Films production, directed by Bonnie Dempsey and edited by David O'Sullivan.
The film features Kevin Roche - Architect, Kevin O'Brien - Irish American Building Society / Concept CSI, David Favaloro - Lower East Side Tenement Museum, William Gilbane III & William DeCamp III - Gilbane Building Company, Yvonne Cassidy, writer - Holy Apostles Soup Kitchen, Barry Moreno - Librarian, Ellis Island & Liberty Island Foundation.
This film was presented for a panel discussion that took place on 19 May 2016, with speakers including Marion R. Casey (Glucksman Ireland House NYU), Daryl Kerrigan (CEO, Creative Director, Daryl K),Caroline O’Donnell (Principal, CODA), Kevin Roche (Principal, KRJDA), Brian Tolle (Artist, Irish Hunger Memorial NYC) discuss the theme from their distinctive perspectives with moderator Raymond W. Gastil, AICP (Director, Pittsburgh Dept. of City Planning).
We Built This City also took place in London June 2015 and in Chicago November 2015, watch the films here: architecturefoundation.ie/activities/watch-we-built-this-city-films/
A special thank you to the Emily Mark Fitzgerald American Irish Historical Society, Consulate General of Ireland in NYC, Enterprise Ireland, Ford Foundation, Glucksman Ireland House NYU, Irish American Building Society New York, Irish Arts Center, Irish Screen America, Lower East Side Tenement Museum, National University of Ireland Maynooth, New York Historical Society and Rachel O’Connor.