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    Descriptive info: 3twenty10 - RIAI Research Competition.. 3twenty10.. is an RIAI (Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland) research competition to identify solutions to the challenges facing Ireland’s built environment in the aftermath of the boom years.. It explores how the profession can contribute to the wider debate about national recovery.. Twenty ideas for 2010.. Twenty shortlisted ideas have been selected for exhibition at the RIAI Conference,.. The Architecture of Recovery - A 2020 Vision for Ireland.. , in Westport, Co.. Mayo, from 3-5 October 2010.. These will be delivered “Pecha Kucha” style (two minute presentations) and will be discussed during the conference.. On 15 November, a  ...   and will be paired with an expert for guidance in their area of research.. The results of their detailed study will be presented at an exhibition in Dublin in March 2011.. TIMETABLE.. September 2010.. 10 - Submission of Projects.. 27 - Announcement of 20 Shortlisted ideas.. October 2010.. 1 - Exhibition Opening at RIAI Conference, Westport.. 5 - Presentations of 20 shortlisted ideas.. November 2010.. 15 - Announcement of three research bursary winners.. March 2011.. 16 - Submission of completed feasibility projects.. 28 -.. 3twenty10 public.. exhibition opening.. is sponsored by the Housing Sustainable Communities Agency and supported by the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015..

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  • Title: TC 8548
    Descriptive info: TC 8548.. TransColonia.. Transcolonia.. Blaithin Quinn / Paul Quinn.. Entry 1 of 2: TRANSCOLONIA.. Colonise and transform a vacant retail unit by utilising it as a workshop and dialogue space.. issue.. As a result of the current global recession, a surplus of vacant office, retail and residential space has become available in many locations worldwide, Irish cities and towns being no exception.. Such vacant and disused space, known as ‘slack space’, when left without long term commercial tenants, can result in visually depressed town centres.. There is a ‘slack space’ movement in Ireland but it lacks a central organising structure.. Architects and other creatives cannot easily access the many vacant spaces without a national policy in place.. concept.. This research project uses a vacant ground floor retail space on a busy urban street as a workshop and dialogue space.. The space will be open to the public and will act as a ‘response room’ to generate ideas and debate.. The ‘open space’ workshops, facilitated by TransColonia’s architects will also invite planners, developers and the local community in a move towards developing a ‘slack space’ policy.. The ‘open space’ workshop  ...   general public, the local community, architects, planners and developers will be held in a vacant retail unit.. 3.. The research regarding the need for a specific policy for the medium to long term use of ‘slack space’ will be available in a downloadable PDF booklet on the TransColonia website.. project status.. Transcolonia was established in March 2010 as an independent inter-disciplinary initiative.. We aim to revitalise and transform disused retail units and vacant commercial premises by colonising them for use as exhibition, workshop and innovative discussion spaces.. The re-purposing of ‘slack space’ for creative ventures is part of a growing international trend.. Projects such as Swing Space in New York and Renew Newcastle in Australia are gaining international commendation for their work in revitalising areas hit by the recession, creating vibrant zones for community and the arts.. In Ireland, the ‘slack space’ movement is alive in places including Galway, Cork, Dublin and Limerick.. In March 2010, TransColonia held an initial workshop in a vacant retail unit in Dublin 1 on the subject of ‘slack space’ entitled ‘Recycled Space’ which was attended by 20 architects, artists and designers.. next.. previous..

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  • Title: LJ 759
    Descriptive info: LJ 759.. Re-Mapping the Midlands.. Bolhuis / Delaney / Lord.. Jeff Bolhuis / Miriam Delaney / Laurence Lord.. Concept Outline:.. Our proposal is to study the newly bypassed midland towns of Ireland and their hinterlands to explore the potential for tourism and community development.. With the recent additions to the M6, M7 M8 and M9 motorways, towns such as Mountrath, Borris-in-Ossory, Enfield, Abbeyleix, Durrow, Moate and Kilbeggan, have all undergone radical changes.. Previously defined by their position on the main thoroughfares from Dublin to the South and West, many underwent rapid expansion as commuter towns and now face an uncertain future due to the twin forces of economic decline and their new status as peripheral towns.. This new fringe condition provides an opportunity to rebrand these areas and communities as destinations, rather than as points on a route, making these towns less dependent on the larger cities and connecting them back into their landscapes and topographical hinterlands.. Despite the positives of the bypasses for these towns, there are often negative economic impacts- petrol station forecourts are empty, hotels, restaurants and pubs suffer loss of business.. There is also a loss of identity; defined for so long by the heavy traffic that passed through them, these towns are ripe for re-examination.. Our proposal is to look at regenerative possibilities for these towns and their hinterlands, making better use of the existing towns, infrastructure and landscape and amenities.. At present these towns are working in isolation to promote their own interests, but there is a lack of regional strategy which would benefit the midlands as a whole.. We intend to map an alternative infrastructure that not only provides a social amenity but could also act as an attractor for the area.. We see this as both a generator for tourism and as a benefit to the existing communities.. This would  ...   we aim to examine closely the midlands town typologies that have emerged since the development of the Motorway network, exploiting underutilised road-side services.. We aim to create links between these towns- crossing the agricultural and bog lands, using rivers, canals and abandoned railroads- rather than along the radial main road networks, to provide a new framework for community and tourism needs.. We intend to ‘re-imagine’ the Midlands!.. Research Proposal:.. Research Methodology- (how we will start):.. 1-.. Accurately map the bypassed towns, their hinterlands, and all routes serving these areas- roads, waterways, railways (working and defunct) and walking trails.. 2-.. Map tourism amenities that exist in the midlands area at present- historical, natural, architectural, and tourism services such as accommodation and amenities.. 3-.. Examine the towns in a regional manner, rather than isolated entities, or as county-based studies.. 4-.. Work with the Local Authorities, Tourism Ireland, Bord Failte and Town Councils to develop a regional strategy for the development of ‘slow-tourism’ in these areas.. Key Research Questions- (what we will answer):.. How can the midlands towns and villages work collectively towards a new identity that will benefit local inhabitants and encourage tourism?.. How can the unique characteristics of the midlands- flat terrain, canals, bogs and rivers- be best used to promote ‘slow tourism’?.. How can the condition of the by-passed towns be positively used to generate new tourism structures and revitalise existing communities.. Proposed Outcomes- (what will result):.. We hope to provide the midlands region with a blueprint for potential tourism development- based on the notion of the small towns and villages working together to form a cohesive network.. We see this developing towards maps, signage, infrastructure and facilities for walking, cycling, and kayaking holidays, backed by hospitality and service facilities.. We see the advantages of this new regional proposal giving a new sense of purpose to presently stagnant communities..

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  • Title: RE 478
    Descriptive info: RE 478.. rebound.. Helena McElmeel.. Energy retrofit – full steam ahead.. We are about to embark on the largest incentivised retrofit scheme ever in this country - targeting one million buildings by 2020 under the National Energy Retrofit Programme (DCENR, 2010).. We have made a commitment to reduce our energy demand by 20% by 2020, with a proposed 80% net reduction in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 2050 - based on 1990 levels.. The anticipated energy savings from the proposed Energy Retrofit scheme are estimated to be in the region of 8000GWh, which equates to one quarter of our total energy reduction target by 2020 (DCENR, 2009).. Currently, the government’s consultation document indicates that 75% of the proposed retrofit funding will be directed to the residential sector, which accounts for 25% of Ireland’s total carbon dioxide emissions with an average of 8 Tonnes per household per annum - twice the EU average (SEAI, 2008).. To achieve these savings, homeowners, businesses, energy providers and the government will be investing heavily in retrofit projects and materials - with a direct rebound that is likely to increase our CO2 emissions in the short term.. The dominant discourse is that all retrofit and refurbishment is good.. However, the rebound potential makes it imperative that the CO2 emissions cost benefit of retrofit initiatives is carefully considered.. Sometimes retrofit may not be the answer.. How can we be sure that the energy invested in retrofit projects will give real CO2 savings in the long term? Might certain types of housing not deliver net energy savings after retrofitting? - where they are difficult to treat resulting in limited effectiveness of the measures, where there is a risk of high level of comfort take-back or where the use of sustainable materials is not possible.. Is it prudent to increase our CO2 emissions in the short term by upgrading such buildings to  ...   data from the initial assessment could be compared with simulations based on new buildings of identical area / form.. A full life-cycle analysis might be beyond the scope of this study, but as a minimum – analysis of the demolition, waste and recycling phase energy could also be included in the analyses.. Subject to sufficient funding or availability of outside expertise, it would be very interesting to couple these assessments with direct cost benefit assessments also.. The outcomes would be formulation of retrofit models for some common existing housetypes including projected energy savings and embodied energy evaluations of the retrofit works.. Similar analysis and models would be developed for replacement houses as alternative to retrofitting of the hard to treat houses.. Prior to commencing the assessments, a further, more extensive literature review would be required.. Topics would include (but not be limited to) efficacy of retrofit works / schemes, rebound energy saving reductions, life cycle analysis (production / construction, operational and demolition phases), embodied energy of materials.. Sources would include academic search engines, Google search engines and other publications.. It may also be appropriate to conduct some interviews with DCENR, SEAI, CIF, other research bodies, energy efficiency and construction related bodies.. Some of the other possible areas of study relating to retrofit could include the monitoring of the performance of buildings recently upgraded buildings and post occupancy evaluation.. However, the timeframe of this project may present difficulties with data collection – given the relatively short period.. There could be scope for thermal transmittance assessment of completed retrofit measures through the use of heat flux metering in retro-fitted buildings, which would help give a much better feel for effectiveness of measure undertaken to date and to help identify improvements.. I would welcome any further suggestions that the jury might have in relation to the specifics of the research project and other areas of potential research..

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    Descriptive info: Background.. The end of the largest building boom in Ireland’s history has left the nation with the challenge of how to deal with large volumes of development of the wrong type, in the wrong locations and, in the most extreme cases with little future other than demolition.. Notwithstanding the many positive developments during the Celtic Tiger years, and significant improvements to the quality of the country’s built environment, many commentators attribute much of the crises facing us today to our mismanagement of planning, and our failure to co-ordinate private development with public infrastructure during the boom years, with consequent negative impacts on the delivery of essential infrastructure, economic competitiveness and our quality of life.. Despite major strides in Irish architecture over the last decades, and many internationally recognised projects, and successful new building types, architects frequently stand accused along with developers, bankers and politicians.. Architecture must therefore demonstrate its added value and the importance of quality and design in architecture and urbanism to the delivery of Ireland’s economic, social and environmental policy objectives; to deliver attractive and sustainable built environments, to enrich our distinctive culture and heritage, to contribute to the competitiveness of our economy, and to improve quality of life for the people of Ireland, today and in generations to come.. Last year’s RIAI strategic review examined how architects might face up to these challenges, not only in terms of survival, renewal and recovery, but also how the profession might contribute to the wider debate about national recovery and how architects might bring a unique perspective to that discussion.. The Government Policy on Architecture which was published in late 2009 sets out key issues under; Strategy For Architecture; The Need For Evidence And Research Capacity; Leading By  ...   aftermath of the boom and respond to specific issues in the area of the built environment.. Objective.. Three research projects will receive a bursary to seek solutions for existing or impending problems in the built environment.. With training based on lateral and strategic thinking, architects are in a unique position to identify and resolve these issues.. This initiative promotes architects as the first port-of-call for responsible, sustainable development by highlighting their creativity and problem-solving abilities.. It complements the RIAI Action Plan 2010-2013, which sets out policy objectives and actions to promote, regulate and support architecture in Ireland.. Objective 3 of the RIAI Action Plan is to: Champion the theory and practice of Sustainable Development; to combat climate change and to improve quality of life for the people of Ireland, today and generations to come.. Objective 10 of the RIAI Action Plan is to: Promote the need for evidence based research in architecture, conservation, construction, urban design and the built environment – including green enterprise – and identify key research objectives relevant to architectural practice and consumer protection.. Themes.. The general theme of.. is “sustainable communities”; this may incorporate specific challenges such as:.. •.. Ghost estates.. Zero carbon housing.. Consolidation of settlement patterns.. The Irish village.. Dispersed –v– compact village.. Public realm design and urban design case studies.. Unused/useless public space.. Unused ground floor retail space.. Jury.. Martin Colreavy.. - Chief Architect, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government.. John O'Connor.. - Chief Executive, Housing and Sustainable Communities Agency.. Gary Lysaght.. - Partner, FKL architects.. Shih-Fu Peng.. - Partner, Heneghan Peng Architects.. Elizabeth Francis.. - Vice President, Mario Cucinella Architects.. Links.. RIAI.. RIAI Action Plan 2010-2013.. RIAI Conference 2010.. Housing Sustainable Communities Agency.. Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015..

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  • Title: Winners
    Descriptive info: by.. Bolhuis / Delaney / Lord.. Jeff Bolhuis, Miriam Delaney, Laurence Lord.. Helena McElmeel.. Blaithin Quinn, Paul Quinn..

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  • Title: Contact Us
    Descriptive info: Further Information.. For further information on.. , please email.. koneill@riai.. ie.. For further information on the RIAI, please go to.. www.. riai.. To find out more about the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015, please click.. here.. To find out more about the Housing Sustainable Communities Agency, please click.. The.. public exhibition with take place in Dublin in March 2011.. Further information on the exhibition will be posted here in 2011.. Comments.. General comments can be left below.. Specific comments relating to one of the ideas presented here can by left at the end of the page of each individual idea..

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  • Title: Ideas
    Descriptive info: Doyle/Moylan,.. SA 000.. Direct Provision, Community and Civil Society.. Redscape,.. RE 101.. Walk the line!.. Ecological Urbanism Studio, QR 159.. Energy Beyond oil.. Helena McElmeel,.. NJBA Architecture Urban Design,.. AV 128.. Urban Avatars.. Alan Mee Architects, AA 123.. micro-sites.. Boyd Cody Architects, CB 018.. Urban Landscape / Rural Economy.. CAST Architecture,.. DD 365.. next: bringing dormant sites to life.. Simon J Kelly + Partners  ...   EU 373.. URBAN MOBILITY BEYOND CARS.. Finola Reilly,.. FR 789.. FINDING YOUR COMFORT ZONE.. The Fumbally Exchange, FE 023.. the exchange.. - a model for co-operative design hubs.. Solearth Ecological Architecture, KK 001.. LIVING BELOW ZERO.. Idir Architecture, PV 3332.. Play Ireland.. MosArt,.. MA 333.. Swapping Chaos for Coherence.. Idir Architecture, PV 3331.. School (e)Scape Network.. Bolhuis/Delaney/Lord,.. EDEN Architects, ZA 043.. Room to Breathe..

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  • Title: SA 000
    Descriptive info: Direct Provision, Community Civil Society.. Doyle / Moylan.. Antoin Doyle, Sarah Moylan.. A socially responsible approach to design.. Concept Outline.. Architects have a responsibility to their communities.. We influence social, cultural, environmental, economic and legal conditions in order to improve the built environment, its inhabitants and society.. A holistic approach to spatial planning country wide should include all types of development from green spaces, community gardens, accessible housing to waste management, prisons and, in this case, the complexity of.. direct provision – the system used by the State, through the Reception and Integration Agency, to provide accommodation to persons who are seeking asylum in Ireland.. The current market-driven system for dispersing and locating asylum seekers across the country is based solely in economics, underpinned by the recent ‘Value for Money’ Report by the Reception and Integration Agency, May 2010.. Little account is taken of the diverse needs and basic requirements of the people, the majority of which are families and children living in the system for extended periods of time.. As of June 2010, 57% of the 6235 residents have lived in the system for over 2 years.. Outcome.. The geographic spread of 48 Direct Provision accommodation centres  ...   assessed and humanitarian solutions need to be implemented.. Until the system of direct provision is abolished, simple changes must be realised to produce more humane and liveable environments that will promote healthy living and self-sustainability.. Whether or not the asylum seekers become part of our community in the long term is not the issue, many are here for a year or two and become part of the community, at least for a short time.. We have an opportunity to benefit from the diversity of 96 nationalities, enhancing and sharing our own important cultural heritage.. When focusing on direct provision accommodation it is clear that this is a subject that many would rather not discuss, or are simply not aware.. However to approach the crisis of direct provision with a humanitarian and informed approach would benefit us all, those of us whose communities house asylum seekers to the asylum seekers who have been placed in these communities.. In turn it is an approach that also affects a view towards other dispossessed and disadvantaged people.. The quality of life within the State depends on an approach to the built environment that respects the place of design to enhance our communities..

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  • Title: RE 101
    Descriptive info: Redscape.. Eibhlin O'Connor, Patrick McCabe.. Case study for the integral design of river flood defences in the public realm of Irish towns and cities.. Introduction.. Regardless of the economic downturn, changing climatic conditions are having a drastic effect on the dynamic of Irish rivers.. Due to coastal upsurges (downstream) and fluvial flows (upstream) many river edges in the towns and cities of Ireland are being radically redefined in the form of river defences.. In excess of 300 locations are known to be at risk from some degree of flooding, as noted by the Flood Policy Review Group of the OPW.. However, the estimated capital cost of the limited number of projects currently in the OPW’s Flood Relief Work Programme is in excess of €300 million*.. Flood defence design over the coming decade will have a distinct impact on our towns and cities and we as designers of the built environment, have a responsibility to ensure that the legacy left behind is one of quality.. This is a very real national project of hard and soft works with an enormous impact on the quality of the public domain and the way we choose to integrate our towns and cities with the landscape of rivers.. It is a contemporary design task in which the wider implications of the urban context, as well as the quality of the river edges require to be addressed.. Problem.. Till now the urgency of the situation has restricted proposed defences to primarily engineering solutions, an approach which is understandable, but nonetheless incomplete and requiring a wider approach.. The necessity to establish safety is paramount and takes precedent.. Most current solutions have been restricted to hard works, walling off rivers and using demountable defences.. Experience has shown that these form only part of the solution as waters will continue to rise.. These solutions have drawbacks; they are visually intrusive, disconnect important amenity edges in the public realm, and exclude urban  ...   We would engage with the OPW, The National Heritage Council, and the Local Authorities in the process to promote joined up thinking in the development of an overall design statement and series of quality design principles which could feed into the ‘Best Practice Urban Design Manual’ published by the Department of the Environment.. Aim.. The case study describing the transformation plan and built components of the water defences, must contribute to the quality of the public domain in a real way.. Walk the line is therefore expressing our ambition to realise solutions that not only offer safety, but become integral parts of the public domain, literally allowing people to walk the line between river and city, between safety and impending danger.. Product.. Our project involves an applied approach in which a definite location will be selected in deliberation with the jury.. A number of sites are possible.. Following this a number of steps will be taken to deliver a case study to establish the principles of design.. Site Appraisal- analysis of a 2km stretch of the river and town for a case study.. Suggested sites: Mallow Town centre, Cork City Centre, Clonmel Town Centre or The Tolka River –Dublin City Centre.. Research: a study of European examples of good innovative design.. Design: develop a plan for transformation using landscape and hard solutions.. 4.. Detail: Work out in detail the essential built/ architectural components of the design together with an expert.. 5.. Product: Book – Design statement, Innovative examples, Best practice guidelines.. To be used by Architects, Landscape Architects, Urban Designers, Engineers, Local Authorities.. Experience.. As an Irish office, we have considerable connections and working experience in the Netherlands.. We have developed a clear understanding of combining water engineering with integrated urban, architectural and landscape design solutions.. We hope to draw and build in this experience through our research development while specifically focusing on the water defences of towns and cities throughout Ireland..

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