Tallaght’s Chamber Square set to be enhanced for local residents

by Padraig Conlon
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Chamber Square in Tallaght is set to be enhanced as part of a community-led architecture and design programme called ‘Reimagine…’

The programme brings together local communities, architects, designers and planners to develop projects which will enhance the local built environment of six towns around the country.

The Tallaght project, ‘Melt the Walls’, will focus on enhancing Chamber Square for the local residents with a temporary installation, connecting it with the surrounding cultural buildings.

The project is being rolled out by the Irish Architecture Foundation in partnership with South Dublin County Arts Office, Tallaght Community Arts, Rua Red, Tallaght Library, and the Civic Theatre and is being funded by the Creative Ireland South Dublin programme.

Commenting on the announcement of the towns participating in Reimagine…, Nathalie Weadick, Director of the IAF, said: “A key part of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s Strategy is to enable citizens to contribute to and improve their built environment, and this lies at the very heart of Reimagine….

“No one knows more about Tallaght than the people who live there, and the overall aim of Reimagine… is to enable local residents to bring about positive change to Tallaght through collaborative engagement with professionals in architecture, planning, and design.

“After months of community consultation culminating in an Open Call for a team to create an architectural installation in Chamber Square we are delighted to announce OBFA Architects have one the competition.

“The winning installation will be in place in Chamber Square from the 16th of September with a programme of events for two weeks including a launch on the 18th September.  Information on these events will be available on the IAF’s website in coming weeks.”

“Also speaking at the launch of Reimagine … was Orla Scannell, Arts Office South Dublin County Council, who said: “We’re delighted that Tallaght has been chosen to participate in Reimagine…

“The project is unique in that it allows Tallaght locals, architects, and designers, to work together to bring about positive changes to our civic spaces.

“Chamber Square is an important part of Tallaght, and we look forward to developing a greater connection with Tallaght locals, the Square, and the businesses and the organisations surrounding it.” 

The five other towns participating in Reimagine…, and their projects, are:

  • Kilrush, Co. Clare: the aim of this project is to develop a long-term plan and vision for the town which will have maximum benefit for the local residents and businesses;
  • Mohill, Co. Leitrim: this project involves working with the community redeveloping a disused building as low-cost accommodation for people engaged in sports in the area;
  • Loughrea, Co. Galway: this project will see the creation of an architectural installation along ‘The Walks’ in Loughrea;
  • Kells, Co. Meath: This project will explore how empty buildings in the town can be repurposed for the use of the community; and
  • Letterkenny, Co. Donegal: the aim of this project is to develop a pedestrian  ‘cultural corridor’ to better link the existing cultural buildings in Letterkenny town.

For further information on the project and on Reimagine…, visit: https://architecturefoundation.ie/news/reimagine/.

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