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Repurposing disused buildings, a revamped town square and a new cultural corridor are just three of the six projects part of a community-led architecture and design programme, ‘Reimagine…’, announced this week by the Irish Architecture Foundation. Reimagine… brings together local communities, architects, designers and planners to develop projects which will enhance the local built environment of each of the towns.
The six towns participating in Reimagine…, and their projects, are:
Nathalie Weadick, Director of the IAF, said:
“A key part of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Strategy is to enable citizens to contribute to and improve their built environment, and this lies at the very heart of Reimagine…. No one knows more about a place than the people who live there, and the overall aim of Reimagine… is to enable local residents to bring about positive change to their local areas through collaborative engagement with professionals in architecture, planning, and design.
“Earlier this year we held an open call for communities to come to us with their ideas for enhancing their civic spaces and we’re delighted to have selected six towns representing all provinces in Ireland to work with to create architecture and design-led solutions. Over the past number of months we’ve been meeting with local residents and community groups, and facilitating workshops to develop projects which will enhance the local community.
Also speaking at the launch of Reimagine …, Tania Banotti, Director of the Creative Ireland Programme said:
“The relationship between people and the built environment has a strong influence on health. The Reimagine … project is working with communities all over Ireland to empower and support them in shaping the future development of their local areas, towns and villages. Facilitating cross-sectoral collaboration in supporting and encouraging the creative involvement of local communities is central to both Reimagine… and the Creative Ireland Programme. We look forward to following the progress of these towns and villages as Reimagine … rolls out over the coming months.”
See a Reimagine workshop in action
Here’s Anne Kearns, IAF Engagement Officer, telling us a bit more about Reimagine… at a workshop in Kells Co. Meath. Kells is one of the town’s selected for the IAF’s Reimagine… programme. This project will explore how empty buildings or public spaces in the town can be repurposed for the benefit of the community. The Irish Architecture Foundation has been working with Kells Creative Placemaking – The Bigger Picture, and Meath County Council to develop the project.
A number of community engagement events will be taking place in each of the towns over the coming months. We’ll keep you posted…
The IAF will be in Mohill at the Agricultural Show 18th August 12-3pm: come have a chat!
The following week we’ll be in Loughrea at the Walled Town Day event takes place Sunday 25th August from 1pm to 5pm.
We will be launching a new temporary structure in Tallaght on the 18th September
Watch this space… Open Call for a multidisciplinary architecture/design team to work with us in Letterkenny will shortly be announced.
Call for facilitator
If you’d like to be a Reimagine community register you interest for next year’s programme by emailing Anne Kearns at firstname.lastname@example.org