Mulranny Geodesign Workshop


This two-day event involved 30 participants, a mix of local community members, local authority stakeholders, architecture and landscape specialists from UCD and invited experts in heritage, ecology, and environmental design. Geodesign is a methodology for planning large-scale urban and landscape settlements devised by Harvard Professor Carl Steinitz and used to design and evaluate how to plan and design future settlements. Steinitz has been developing on online Geodesign platform with Hrishi Ballal of UCL over the last two years. The Mulranny Geodesign Workshop was the first of its kind in Ireland and the first time globally in which community members played such an active role in collaboration with design professionals and academics.The workshop consisted of an intense two days of group work, facilitated by Carl Steinitz, and Hrishi Ballal, in which teams evaluated the study area under selected themes and then worked to make designs based on their earlier evaluation models.The workshop was a joint initiative of Mulranny Community Futures and the UCD School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy and was supported by the Heritage Council, Mayo County Council, Irish Design 2015.

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