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Open Call, Public realm

Public Age

A Project that will interrogate how public space is, can be and should be designed with older people in mind through a collaborative project and public outcome in 2017.

While it met with stiff competition, the proposal by The Decorators and Joe Coveney to engage with older people through a series of communal dinners, radio broadcasts and celebratory events stood out as an innovative way to collaborate and consult with older people while increasing both their use of and visibility in public space.

An open call took place in late 2016 which was met with great interest from a range of multidisciplinary teams featuring architects, designers, artists, arts organisations, health practitioners, social scientists and community volunteers proposing exciting and creative ways of collaborating with older people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and intervening in the County’s public spaces.

Public Age was commissioned by the dlr CoCo/HSE Arts and Health Partnership with additional grant aid from the Arts Council, in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation.

Watch this space as the project evolves and unfolds in 2017…

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The Decorators

The Decorators are a multidisciplinary* design practice working with local authorities and public institutions to design, produce and deliver community building interventions in regeneration areas. Putting conversation at the heart of their design process, they seek to understand the existing assets of a place and deliver design solutions that unveil and celebrate the unique qualities of that place in order to inspire a process of change that retains local culture.

Joe Coveney

Irish visual artist Joe Coveney has worked for the past 15 years on a range of exhibitions, workshops and community projects.

Courtesy of Joe Coveney

Photo by Dosfotos

Photo by Dosfotos

Courtesy of The Decorators