Medium_foto_turas “Access to Space”, a Gathering of Activists and Experts on vacant space, in sight of Oscar Wilde statue on Merrion Square.

28 Sep 09:14

David Alemany

Connect the Dots bring activists and experts together again in an excellent informal atmosphere to reimagine underused space in the city.

Sharing a table at Connect the Dots 5th event. (Image credit Eugene Langan Photography. Courtesy of Connect the Dots)

Last week, on Thursday 17th, another fascinating Connect the Dots event took place in Dublin in collaboration with the Goethe Institute (‘In Transit’ Programme), TURAS and UCD students studying for the M.Arch 2015-2016 module ‘Dublin Stories’. The venue was a magnificent vacant Georgian Town house on Merrion Square. The building which was provided by the Goethe Institute for the occasion, is currently disused, prior to renovation.
All the participants had the opportunity to physically journey through the building and re-imagine about eight underused spaces in Dublin in an informal and sociable atmosphere, where people from different background and disciplines came up with ideas and shared their knowledge about how to reuse these vacant spaces.
The M.Arch students, who are using the platform Reusing Dublin as a pedagogical tool, selected five of the eight spaces, found out all available information, and volunteered: to act as facilitators for all the eight groups which were formed at the event; to make some proposals and to sketch them on a board.
Then these ideas were shared with experts from different fields, who volunteered to attend the event, as well. It was really interesting to see how the proposals improved with everyone’s active collaboration .
Finally, we were delighted to enjoy some wonderful food for dinner, specially made for the event by Luncheonette, while the Goethe Institute ‘In Transit’ Project participants shared presentations about several other European initiatives.
Thanks to Connect the Dots for organising this event and we are looking forward to the next one!

For more information see
Pivot Dublin

Connect the Dots

@ReusingDublin or www.reusingdublin.ie

Round table discussion around reusing specific sites from ReUsing Dublin at Connect the Dots 5th event. (Image credit Eugene Langan Photography. Courtesy of Connect the Dots)

Guests reimagine what could happen in a specific site taken from ReUsing Dublin at Connect the Dots 5th event. (Image credit Eugen Langan Photography. Courtesy of Connect the Dots)

UCD 4th Year Student facilitating the reimaginajining of what could happen in a specific site taken from ReUsing Dublin at Connect the Dots 5th event. (Image credit Eugene Langan Photography. Courtesy of Connect the Dots)

UCD 4th Year Student facilitating the reimagining of what could happen in a specific site taken from ReUsing Dublin at Connect the Dots 5th event. (Image credit Eugene Langan Photography. Courtesy of Connect the Dots)

Keywords: Architecture in Dublin, Vacant Space, Connect the Dots.