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Designing Dublin introduces ‘The Compendium’

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

A gigantic, inspired book that tells you everything that you ever wanted to know about the Designing Dublin projects, ethos, team members, activities, structure, prototypes and outcomes.

It is a must read for anyone working to passionately improve Dublin!
Flip, download, read, laugh and enjoy!

We’ve completed ‘Love the City’!

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

We bid you farewell, after…

180 days work
259, 200 minutes of learning
5,000 people engaged
12,000 post-its used
10 birthdays celebrated
350 blog posts
27 inspirational speakers
16 books reviewed for book club
5 project presentations to outside groups
11 weekly hour-long radio shows recorded
100,384 visitors to the blog

As a goodbye, we would like to pass on what we learnt – 12 steps for delivering powerful projects.

Thank you to everybody who has supported the projects over the past number of years.

Signing out!
The Designing Dublin team

Love the City spectacle!

Friday, May 20th, 2011

There was a sold out crowd at the Science Gallery on Thursday as Susan, Brian and Eimear presented the Love the City project on behalf of the team. They brought the audience on a whistle-stop journey of the past 9 months, reviewing the Designing Dublin ethos, the project brief, the steps towards ‘100 exciting things you did not know about the city centre’, identifying the working area, discovering the potential of the Markets Area, developing 8 projects and creating a Prototype Extravaganza. From this work, the team condensed their learning’s into 12 steps to delivering powerful project, giving the audience pieces of advice to apply in their own projects, work and life. Members of the Love the City team also gave insights into their learning’s and what they will be bringing into their future life. It was a wonderful evening and the Love the City team were delighted to see the positivity, support and enthusiasm in the people attending

DD launch 100 exciting things book!

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

Designing Dublin launched a ’100 exciting things you didn’t know about the City Centre’ book, based on the exhibitions held in Filmbase and DCC Atrium during the Love the City project. The book was unveiled at the Love the City team graduation, where each team member was presented with a copy. There are a very limited number on sale at The Winding Stair Bookshop and Article in Powerscourt Townhouse.

‘Love the City’ Spectacle at the Science Gallery!

Friday, April 29th, 2011

How can the City become a place that magnetizes people towards it?
How can an area of the City be transformed to reach its full potential?
How do we grow peoples love for the city?

The ‘Love the City’ team spent 6 months answering these questions by engaging the City in conversation, uncovering and sharing it’s hidden gems and getting into the nitty-gritty of Dublin. In the process, they talked to 5,000 people, produced an exhibition and book of 100 exciting things you didn’t know about the City Centre, imagined 1,500 ideas, conceptualised 11 projects, used 12,000 post-its and held a Prototype Extravaganza day.
Designing Dublin will share the outcomes of the ‘Love the City’ project, explain their working process and reveal their learning’s in a spectacle of insights, wisdom and love.

18.00 Thursday 19th May at the Science Gallery.
Admission is free and to reserve places go to www.sciencegallery.com

Map of Prototype Extravaganza!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

We’ve spent the last few days furiously creating, building, printing, cleaning, planting, pasting and laughing, all for Wednesday’s ‘Prototype Extravaganza’. We want to be sure you can find everything so we’ve put all 35 locations into this Google Map to help you explore and discover.


View Prototype Extravaganza! in a larger map

* A reminder! Some of the prototypes will be in place all day, but others happen in small bursts of events so be sure to plan around what interests you the most. All the finalised times are in the Google map and poster below r to help you plan your visit.

As always, we are forever open to your questions, thoughts, ideas and opinions so please get in touch at any moment!

Prototype Extravaganza

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011

Prototype Extravaganza Invite Image

Looking for Help Angels

Monday, March 7th, 2011

We need your help…

As the Designing Dublin 2.0 – Love the City project is now in it’s final month we’re looking for people to get involved and help out in many possible ways. We’re aiming to create exciting prototypes out on the street around the Markets area of the city (which is roughly surrounded by Capel St., Church St., North King St. and Ormond Quay). We’re hoping people can joining us in building, publicising, watching, recording, photographing, installing and much more over the next 3 ½ weeks from Monday 7th – Wednesday 30th March.

If you’d like to get involved in any way just get in touch with the relevant contact and they’ll work with you to find times/situations that work for everyone. It would be wonderful if you could join!

10 Enterprises // 10 Days // 10 Tests
Using a vacant space to showcase innovative ways of how enterprise can transform an area.
Eimear needs…

  • Help building small scale models and installing an exhibition
  • Help engaging with residents
  • Help promoting, both around the Markets and the rest of the city

Contact eimear@design21c.com

Urban Furniture
Creating a place where people can pause, spend time, have a coffee, read a book, meet friends, within the Markets area.
Vincent is looking for…

  • People with the ability to work with wood (it would be great if they have tools!)
  • Anybody who’s interested – people who can help out, work with the community, mind stuff, carry stuff, paint stuff, general helping hand
  • Anyone willing to sit in the ‘urban place’ for some time and document/watch how people use the space

Contact vincent@design21c.com

City Works
Displaying how the city works through the stories of people in all levels of the system and involving them in a human library event.
Nuala needs…

  • Help putting large scale paper pasted images of people up onto walls
  • Help taking portrait pictures
  • Help linking to people who are part of servicing the Markets area – local postman, water pipe arranger, local workers / residents and who would agree to have their photo taken and be part of the human library event
  • Help co-ordinating and running the human library event
  • Help promoting the event locally to people

Contact nuala@design21c.com

Broadcasting People
Capturing the stories of people and the Markets and projecting them around the city.
Lindsay needs…

  • Help video recording & editing
  • Help getting posters up around the area

Contact lindsay@design21c.com

Are you aware?
Growing awareness of the Markets and it’s offerings.
Ciarán needs…

  • Help running and manning a bike/smoothie station around the city, talking to people, promoting the Markets as a resource for the city

Contact ciaran@design21c.com

Pimp your Pavement
Bringing people together by planting in the Markets area.
Micheál needs…

  • Help facilitating his workshop
  • Help planting and people with an overall knowledge of gardening

Contact micheal@design21c.com

If you have any general questions or want to hear a bit more about everything just get in touch through info@designingdublin.com or call us on (01) 222 6576. We’d love to hear from you!

Love the City at Innovation Dublin!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Designing Dublin wants to share, show, flash and amaze you with everything that makes Dublin an exciting city as part of Innovation Dublin!

We’re getting into the nitty-gritty of Dublin and unfolding a beta digital and physical space where you can experience a city centre that is full of stories and grit, people with projects, ideas, ambitions, deals and offerings.

We want to fuel your love affair with Dublin! Come, see, experience and add to Dublin’s one million urban offerings.

Where? Film Base, Curved Street, Temple Bar.
When? Wednesday 17th November, Thursday 18th November from 10am to 7pm daily.

Love the City at Design Week!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The Love the City team are ‘Looking for Love – Seeking one million urban offerings’, as part of Design Week 2010.

Designing Dublin is getting into the nitty-gritty of what makes Dublin an exciting City. Do you know someone secretly working on a project that will infect the city centre with positivity? Do you run that one fabulous event that more people simply need to hear about? Can you kiss and tell and share your all-time favourite Dublin story? We want to hear all about you and your love affair with Dublin.

Look for the Designing Dublin team at the Science Gallery from 12pm – 4pm and The National Leprechaun Museum  from 11am – 1pm on Wednesday, 3rd November, amongst other surprise locations, we’ll be everywhere and we’ll be easy to spot with our bright sky blue T-shirts! Talk, draw, sign and feed us your love for Dublin!