Designing Together

Dublin City Libraries

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In 2011, City Architects in association with Dublin City Libraries ran an innovative collaborative design project for branch libraries, which explored ways of improving children’s participation.

Architects and designers were teamed together to be “Designers in Residence” at three Dublin City libraries: Kevin Street, Raheny and Ballyfermot. The designers were: Architecture RepublicTAKA ArchitectsGeorge Boyle Designs and Ollas DesignZero-GDetail and Ré Dubhthaigh (Radarstation). Over the course of a school term they worked with groups of children from St. Brigid’s Boys NS, Raheny, St. Gabriel’s NS, Ballyfermot and The Presentation Convent Junior School, Dublin 8.

The designers worked with the children to develop proposals for better connecting the library with other places of learning in the local community, whether the school, the study place in the home or otherwise. During the scheme, which was funded by Dublin City Council’s Social Inclusion Unit, the different groups of children participated in workshops with the designers where they investigated their libraries and neighbourhoods, identified issues and opportunities as they saw them and prototyped their solutions. The programme ended with an exhibition in the Civic Offices designed by Detail which was showcased as part of Dublin’s World Design Capital 2014 bid.

The programme provided an enjoyable learning experience for the participants, who gained an early insight into how designers and the design process work, and for the Council, with the children’s ideas feeding into the redesign of Ballyfermot Library, which was being renovated at the time.

Extracts from the project can be seen below:


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