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Week 8 – Scheduled conversations

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Running in parallel to the street conversations, the team are also working on scheduled conversations. These conversations are themed around key issues being faced by the City Centre. The aim is to draw insights from stakeholders in a specific theme so that the team can better understand the core issues faced by the City and how they can be addressed in later stages of the project. The themes that will be explored are: ‘These are the people who exchange their products in the City’, ‘These are the people who move us through the City’, ‘These are the people who live in the City Centre’, and ‘These are the people who start up new things in the City’. The team have invited curated groupings of people to attend a discussion around these themes on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. This week, they are focusing on finalising arrangements for these processes!

Week 8 – Design Week and further conversations!

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Building on the work completed last week and the learning’s the team drew from the methods of engagement, we geared up for attending Design Week events.

The team focused on two events – The Science Gallery exhibition and The National Leprechaun Museum. At the Science Gallery, Lindsay, Tara and Shane engaged Gallery aficionados in a game of UV secret gems. Using a sheet of post-its and a UV pen, people wrote secret gems, and a UV light was needed to view and read other people’s genuinely ‘secret’ gems! In the National Leprechaun Museum, Nuala and Linnea held in-depth conversations over a coffee in the Café with visitors to the museum.

In addition to Design Week, the team spoke with key City users, such as Senior Citizens outside of the Pro-Cathedral and on Meath Street, newcomers on Capel Street and Parnell Street, and people who have lived in the City all their life in Pearse House, off Pearse Street. These conversations brought further nuggets of information building towards ‘100 exciting things you didn’t know about Dublin’.

Week 8 – Visit from Me and Him and You

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

We had the pleasure of being joined by Peter and Ronan from Me and Him and You today. They were invited in to inspire the group with insights from their recent Laneway project, which featured in the Fringe Festival. The Laneway project, based in an alleyway between The George and Dublin Castle, otherwise known as ‘good looking alley’ was a prototype for creating a sense of community in an otherwise transient space. Both Peter and Ronan have a background in graphic design and similar to Designing Dublin, believe in the value of applying design methodologies and thinking to problems. In their design process, they were conscious of being sensitive to the space and it’s community, talking to the businesses and giving out surveys to passer-bys to find out what changes they would like to see. This research formed the basis for their design, which revealed to them the curiosity of Irish people, the hidden gems of the City and the comradory that exists between Dubliners. Thank you, Peter and Ronan!
Me and Him and You: www.meandhimandyou.com