Pilot Programme Ireland

Framework is inspired by the AIA Design Assistance programme managed by the Centre for Communities by Design in Washington DC.

The Design Assistance programme is managed by the AIA Centre for Communities by Design in Washington DC. Joel Mills, Director of the Centre, was an invited speaker at the PIVOT Dublin Hidden Rooms event hosted by Dublin City Council in November 2014 under the theme of ‘The Empowered City – enabling people to activate neighbourhoods’. His story encouraged DCC and participants to think about how the programme could be used to benefit communities in Dublin and Ireland.

We took the conversation further. The AIA is keen to share the programme internationally and has offered to help us through providing training on how to formulate a pilot project in Dublin and guiding an initial Design Assistance project with a Dublin community.

Joel and colleagues Erin Simmons and Todd Scott visited Dublin in June 2015 to introduce the programme to Dublin practitioners. A workshop was hosted by Dublin City Architects in The Ark and the AIA team also gave a public talk at the Science Gallery which helped reach a wider audience. A key learning from the workshop was that a project is invited by a community, not imposed. Participants also agreed that the pilot project would need a distinct identity and website.

The Framework website was launched in April 2016 and used to put out a call for a community partner. This process took a bit longer than we hoped (understandable in hindsight!) but we’re making good progress developing the Pilot in the Dublin 1 retail and residential quarter.

Called ReImagine Dublin One, the community group is co-ordinated by Dublin Town. A team from the AIA will hold a public design workshop on 10th to 13th March 2017. All welcome, see here for more information!

You can access Joel’s Dublin presentations through these links:

Workshop Part 1 – Overview Public Participation

Workshop Part 2 – The Design Assistance Model

Workshop Part 3 – Successful Implementation in Communities

Science Gallery Presentation