The team on Grangegorman Lower
On the morning of the 20th of June, the Reusing Dublin team held the Recycling Dublin event, which called out to as many people as possible to dust off their bikes, grab their phones, and join the group for an informative cycle through a number of areas of study. The cycle was focused mostly on Dublin 7 and adjacent zones where there were a considerable number of vacant sites to be seen.
The cycle started around 10:30 at St. Stephen’s Green and ended at 13:30 and the group covered around 10.4 km in total stopping en route at the sites to write information down and take some pictures. Some of the sites visited were already on the Reusing Dublin website, although information gathered during this cycle was important to update existing entries. New entries have also been added to the website since this event.
Boarded-up house on Grangegorman Lower
Indeed, amongst all the thirty-one underused spaces found, most of them were located within residential areas, varying from poorly treated lots whose main antagonists were vegetation growth, damage by weathering and abandonment, and vacant buildings whose doors and windows were boarded up.
Vacant sites on Longford Street Little
Given their residential location, solutions were proposed to contour their statuses – such as necessary refurbishments –, which were reinforced by the suggestions of possible uses for vacant sites. Background information was also important for raising the awareness of forgotten spaces, be they a former wood factory, a spot for squatters or simply unoccupied buildings that have been put up for sale on North Circular Road.
Vacant buildings on North Circular Road
Overall, this great experience has led people involved to get to notice more what surrounds them. By knowing the current conditions and the potential of the vacant places visited, the Reusing Dublin team hope that citizens will be more creative and proactive towards a better and interesting use of vacant spaces in their locality.