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Love the City at the AOL Creation Station!

Monday, November 1st, 2010

The Love the City team are looking forward to attending the AOL Creation Station on Tuesday, November 2nd at Powerscourt Towncentre. A really wonderful event, the AOL Creation Station is looking at the creativity of Dublin City and how people express their creativity. The team will be along in their cyan blue t-shirts, engaging people and exploring why they are motivated to attend the event, what draws them into the City and learning more about the types of creativity they see in the City. See you there!

Love the City – Team 12

Friday, September 3rd, 2010

After three days of intensive interviews, two days of decision making and countless cups of coffee, we are excited to announce that we have selected a new team for Love the City!

They were tested, challenged and probed along the way, all impressing the 13 strong interview panel. The multidisciplinary team is made up of 7 volunteers and 5 Dublin City Council staff, from a variety of backgrounds, including industrial design, digital media, engineering, community and youth work, anthropology and philosophy.

Each individual brings a unique quality to the team, creating a powerful dynamic where possibilities are endless, realities are remembered and action is constant. Love the City begins on 13th September with an inauguration week, which promises to be an exciting start to the project!

Interviewing for Love the City!

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

Interview Day

Over the past three days, 32 candidates have been put through their paces in the Designing Dublin – 2, interview process. The interview panel was made up of Designing Dublin – 1 alumni, Design 21C founders and friends, international experts, City Council staff, as well as the Designing Dublin – 2 team leaders. Each candidate was pushed to collaborate, prototype solutions, express their creativity, reflect critically and leave their comfort zone long behind!

The interview panel were energised by the enthusiasm of the candidates and heartened by each individual’s capacity to create change in Dublin. Over the course of the day we watched people transform; taking a stand, losing their inhibitions and becoming mindful of their teammates. Whether selected for the team or not, we hope each candidate will take learning’s from the day. Next, the difficult process of choosing the final team begins!

Feedback from the talks

Friday, August 13th, 2010


At both of the talks that we hosted (Trinity Science Gallery and the Designing Dublin space) we supplied each member of the audience with a post-it and a pen. We then asked them to write, or draw, something that they loved about the city. After the talk, we collected all of the post-its. There was a rich selection of ideas. Some examples include:

Variety, Vibrancy, Closeness
Vibrant and Culture
Safe, Familiar, Relaxed
Randomness, People, Ideas

Theses post-its are now back in our studio and will provide us with a valuable source of inspiration and focus. Thanks again to all those who contributed.

Love the City @ Trinity Science Gallery

Thursday, August 5th, 2010

Science Gallery Talk 002

Yesterday evening, Vannesa delivered a short presentation on the next Designing Dublin project, Love the City. The talk was well attended with heavy contributions by audience members during the Q&A.

Hear more about Love the City!

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Love the City

Do you want to be part of a team that…
Learns big
Thinks boundlessly
Works collaboratively
Gathers a range of new methodologies
Magnifies their entrepreneurial spirit
Designs multiple quick solutions
And effects real change in Dublin’s City Centre?

Join us for one of our talks on Love the City, a learning project about Dublin’s City Centre.

Trinity Science Gallery
Pearse Street
Wednesday, 4th of August
18.00 – 20.00

Designing Dublin Studio
15 to 19 Essex Street West
Tuesday, 10th of August
19.00 – 21.00

Celebrating Love the City

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Open House

We spent three months living by Thomas Edison’s wise words: “There is no substitute for hard work”. The work to scope the Love the City project was challenging, pushing us to test our assumptions, assume leadership roles, and seek perfection. We became forensic investigators of the City. No stone left unturned!

With the scoping complete, our book produced, and an exhibition in our working space, it was time to celebrate the blood, sweat, tears, cake, caffeine, late nights, early mornings, paper-cuts, in-jokes, post-it notes!

On Monday 31st May we began our celebration with a presentation to our Steering Group, which was received very positively. After this we tucked into an Italian Mamma’s style lunch in our courtyard, an opportunity for us all to share our favourite foods, drinks and stories. For the afternoon, we opened the doors of our studio and invited everyone and anyone to come in and view the exhibition. It was wonderful to receive all of the constructive feedback, to share what we had learned and to listen to new opinions and voices of the City.

By the end of the night, Edison’s words had long been forgotten, replaced with Theodore Roosevelt’s “When you play, play hard”!!

Open Studio – Love the City

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Since March, the Designing Dublin: Learning to Learn team have been focusing their efforts on imaging, ideating, understanding, mapping and analysing the city centre. As we come to the close of this discovery phase, we would like to share our work with you and invite you to our Open Studio next Monday, May 31st between 3 and 7 pm.

Sarah’s Interview

Friday, March 26th, 2010


This week, an interview with Sarah featured in First Post; a publication by Dublin City Council.

Designing Dublin at the Academy of Urbanism

Friday, March 26th, 2010


This week, Designing Dublin were invited to present at the Academy of Urbanism. The Academy was formed in 2006 with the aim of encouraging debate on urbanism in both the UK and Ireland. The task of presenting was left to Jeremy who, despite the nerves, did a great job of conveying our story. There were a number of really inspiring speakers there on the night. In particular, Designing Dublin were really impressed with Niall O’Baoill. His work focuses on a disadvantaged community situated on the periphery of the city called Fatima Mansions. Niall told the story of how this community had rebuilt itself in the aftermath of a heroin epidemic. Some of the factual information he shared with us was astounding. Fatima Mansions had gone from a community with very little involvement with national politics to having one of the highest rates of voting of any community of it’s kind. Designing Dublin has a lot to learn from people like Niall; one of the benefits of the academy.