Reimagine matches architects with local partners, enabling communities to play an active role in the development of their neighbourhoods, streetscapes, parks, villages and towns. It is vital that local insight and tacit knowledge are integral to the final design solutions, fostering a sense of agency, ownership and pride among communities.
In 2020 the IAF launched a dedicated website, www.reimagineplace.ie as a central portal for placemaking that harnesses the agency of communities across Ireland to amplify their potential in a way that can transform their physical, social, psychological well being. We also unveiled a publication which details the history and legacy of place related projects delivered by the IAF, and how these projects became the foundation of our current Reimagine programme. You can download this publication at the end of this page.
We recognise the important role that architects can play, as a conduit between communities of interest and place and those who make the decisions that affect their lived experiences. Every person in Ireland should be able to feel safe, connected and at home in their built environment, and co-creating this sense of belonging is key to the work of Reimagine.
Through 2019 and 2020 we have worked with communities in Dundrum, Tallaght, Kilrush, Kells, Mohill, Letterkenny, Loughrea:
Tallaght, Co. Dublin: ‘Melt the Walls’ focused on enhancing Chamber Square for the local residents with a temporary installation, connecting it with the surrounding cultural buildings. Architects: OBFA
Kilrush, Co. Clare: SAUL IU worked with Kilrush Town Team to create a new vision for the town. Architectural Team: Saul Intelligence Unit.
Mohill, Co. Leitrim: this project involved working with the community to identify opportunities for low cost tourist accommodation in the area. Architect: Ciara Reynolds.
Loughrea, Co. Galway: Through Thinning Landscapes. An architectural installation along ‘The Walks’ in Loughrea invited the community to consider the future in terms of biodiversity. Architects: BothAnd.
Kells, Co. Meath: This project connected with the community to consider the future of heritage buildings in terms of broad urban design.
Letterkenny, Co. Donegal: Cultural District Letterkenny. The aim of this project was to better link the existing cultural buildings in Letterkenny town, creating a Cultural District. Architects: Pasparakis Friel.
The Reimagine project has been supported by Creative Ireland Programme’s National Creativity Fund.