Pilot Programme Ireland

Well designed places create value, respect and empathy between people.

The quality of our built environment affects our well-being and our community’s social and economic vitality. Problems such as dereliction, poor housing and amenities and lack of resilience to climate change undermine confidence and value in the immediate and wider area. Solutions need collective action and investment by many people and organisations. Solutions lie in connecting people to idea to action.

Framework is a systematic approach to community led regeneration of the built environment. It empowers communities to improve their built environment through an open, collaborative and systematic approach. It brings the public, policy makers, community and business leaders together to devise a vision and agree a framework for collective action. It’s delivered with the help of expert practitioners working on a voluntary basis.

Framework is inspired by a successful initiative run by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) called the Design Assistance Team (DAT) programme. Framework introduces the Design Assistance programme to Ireland on a pilot basis to test how it can work in the Irish context.

The Framework Pilot is happening in the Dublin 1 retail and residential quarter and is called ReImagine Dublin One. This is the first time the AIA has run a Design Assistance Process outside of the US.