A sister project of The Programmable City is the All-Island Research Observatory, also hosted in NIRSA at NUI Maynooth, and for which Rob Kitchin is also PI. Over the past few years AIRO has been providing open data services and tools and fostering evidence informed analysis and policy making. Through the blog IrelandAfterNAMA it has also sought to provide an analysis of what the data reveals. In particular, AIRO and NIRSA have been key players in opening up data related to housing and planning and analysing how these are unfolding in the context of Ireland post-Celtic Tiger. Such data forms an important input into the notion of a programmable city by making the city knowable in specific ways and opening it up to modelling, prediction and simulation. This week was a busy one on the media front with respect to AIRO-based analysis being sought by the media. Here’s some links.
Semi-Detached, Prime-Time, RTE 1, 21 November.
All-island interactive census map shows north,south differences, Irish Times, 20 November,
Irish ghost estates face demolition on safety grounds, Scotsman, November 19,
Demolition will not cost big money. Irish Times, November 19,
Ireland Plans to Demolish Some of its ‘Ghost’ Housing Estates, Wall Street Journal, November 18th,
Minister will allocate money for demolition of ghost estates, Newstalk, 18 November
State set to pay for demolition of 40 ghost estates. Irish Examiner, 18 November
Ghost estate ‘monuments to skeleton of Celtic Tiger’ to be bulldozed, Breaknews.ie, 18 November