This week ‘100 exciting things you didn’t know about the City Centre’ opened to the public! After a number of late nights, infinite cups of coffee and a comprehensive exploration of the value of tacks versus tape, the Designing Dublin team reached a significant milestone for both the project and the City. For the team, it galvanised the work they had been undertaking over the past two months, marked the completion of this phase of work and reinforced the value of the project. For the City and its citizens, it was an opportunity to explore, be inspired and give back to Dublin. We were astounded with the enthusiasm and interest the exhibition received, which shows a real desire amongst Dubliners to grow their relationship with the City.
The exhibition opened on Wednesday and Thursday and with the positive feedback we received, Filmbase kindly allowed us remain open for Friday and Saturday. In the main exhibition space each of the ‘100 exciting things you didn’t know about the City Centre’ was mounted on a cardboard box, with the story of who told us it and why it was important attached. In a separate space, we covered the walls with photographs of the people we talked to during the Street Conversations, these are the people who shared with us their exciting things in the City Centre, shown in the main exhibition space. Visitors were asked to give feedback on the exhibition and also to add their own exciting things in the City Centre, which we had not included. This exhibition is a platform for growing from 100 exciting things to ‘One million urban offerings’. Certainly, given how much more people had to add to the list of exciting things, there is definitely the capacity within the City to reach one million. We also invited people to write a love letter to the City, to enjoy our wonderful cardboard furniture and to find out more about the work of our part-time volunteer group – Love the City Out Loud. The exhibition received a number of reviews in The Irish Times (look under ‘Take In’), Le Cool and the Irish Architecture Foundation.
If you didn’t get a chance to come along to Filmbase, a document of the ‘100 exciting things you didn’t know about the City Centre’ will be available to download from this blog, so you too can explore the City through the eyes of your fellow Dubliners. Also, we will be turning this into a travelling exhibition. Again, stay tuned to this blog for upcoming venues. If you have a venue you would love to have the exhibition in, please email us!
With the exhibition, this growing awareness phase of the Love the City project closes and the team will now move on to defining an area to focus on in the City Centre and begin going deep in finding the challenges it faces and how they can best be addressed. In the meantime, keep sending us your exciting things and keep loving the City!