Designing Together in Dublin City Public Libraries

5 Jan 2011
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Dublin City Libraries in association with City Architects have announced an innovative collaborative design project for branch libraries, which will explore ways of improving children’s participation. A number of designers will be working with primary schoolchildren to develop proposals for better connecting the library with other places of learning in the local community, whether this is the school, the study place in the home or otherwise.

The scheme will build on the Library service’s relationships with local schools asking how children engage with their local libraries and assisting them in making design proposals for expanding this engagement. The wider aim is to grow a culture of continual learning and sharing of knowledge through the city’s local communities. A number of libraries have future proposals for renovations or upgrades and designs for these can be usefully informed by the outcomes of this scheme. This will benefit both the library through learning more about the needs of its clientele and benefit the children involved through seeing tangible results from their creative work. The Council has teamed three architects up with three graphic designers to be “Designers in Residence” at Kevin Street, Raheny and Ballyfermot libraries. The designers are: Architecture Republic, TAKA Architects, George Boyle Designs, Zero-G, Detail and Radarstation. Over the course of the next school term they will work with groups of children from Gaelscoil Míde, Kilbarrack, St. Gabriel’s NS, Ballyfermot Road and The Presentation Convent Junior School, Dublin 8. The scheme, which is funded by the City’s Social Inclusion Unit, will commence in January, continuing for the rest of the 2010 school year. During this time the different groups of children will be participating in workshops with the designers, with an exhibition of the results to follow at the end of the programme. Further information is available from DCC City Architects at www.dublincity.ie/cityarchitects More about the designers: Architecture Republic: Plastic house project Detail: www.detail.ie George Boyle Designs: www.georgeboyledesigns.com Radar Station: www.radarstation.co.uk Taka Architects: www.taka.ie Zero G: www.zero-g.ie