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During our recent restrictions and lockdowns, many of us found ourselves connecting with our immediate surroundings in new and important ways.
Urban trees provided a much-needed oasis of calm and relief, and on a sunny day, any strip of grass could become a playground or picnic spot, or even a veg patch.
We have invited three speakers to reflect on the value of these small and valuable spaces, and consider ways that we can design our surroundings with the health of our bodies, communities and planet in mind.
Bloomin Crumlin is a community-led greening initiative focused on enhancing streets, green infrastructure, and biodiversity in the Crumlin and Kimmage area in Dublin. Using a bottom-up approach, they work with local residents to collectively develop a vision and strategy for a greener area, enhancing existing green spaces and looking for greening opportunities on streets that are accessible by all.
Esther Gerrard, designer, multidisciplinary consultant and co-director of the creative collective Green Edge, as well as Dublin Bloom Fringe. The goal of Green Edge is to celebrate biodiversity and sustainability, encouraging and inspiring people on a local level to use their city and places more.
Professor Doina Petrescu is an architect, activist and co-founder of Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée and Professor of Architecture and Design Activism at the School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, UK. Her research in the fields of architecture and urban planning, focusing on issues of co-design, civic participation, gendered practices, political ecology, co-production and urban resilience. Doina will reflect on the journey and legacy of two participatory experimental projects, ECObox (2001 to date) and Passage 56 (2006-to date), in Paris, France. Initially conceived as temporary community gardens to encourage local residents to think critically about underutilised space and pockets of potential in urban interstices, these projects evolved into collectively self-managed, resilient and sustainable spaces.
The Reimagine Session: From Mini Forests to Pocket Parks is now Fully Booked! Registration is closed for this event.
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Reimagine Clinics with Doina Petruscu – Thursday 3 June
We are delighted that Doina Pestrescu will be available to offer three clinics to those working on projects connected to the themes of our Reimagine Session – Greening Interventions in Public Space, as well as community gardens, urban space reuse, and design activism.
This is a chance to talk through your project, get some feedback and advice, and get a new perspective on your activities.
The clinics will take place on Thursday 3 June, for a fee of €5. The booking link will be shared during the Reimagine Sessions event on Wednesday, June 2nd.
Reimagine’s Community Clinics are supported by Creative Ireland and subsidised through our wider Reimagine Clinics programme. If you are a company or public body who would like to get professional feedback on a project while also supporting our Community Clinics, contact engagement@
Reimagine is a Creative Ireland funded programme, supported by the Dept of Housing, Local Government and Housing. The Irish Architecture Foundation is supported by the Arts Council and the OPW.