#CheerForPeaceEXPO – day 5; FOOD – Eco Urban talk with Irish architect Duncan Crowley

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Irish eco architect Duncan Crowley will give his talk at 5pm (9pm Irish time) in IBQP, Curitiba, Brazil on Friday 8th of August 2014. The talk will be broadcast live on the  #CheerForPeaceEXPO NET TV  channel on Bambuser. The archive video will be made available after.

He is part of the ImpacTour team after getting involved with the #CheerForPeace campaign. He is an Irish architect living in Curitiba for a half year, he leads eco urban tours of Curitiba with Architecture Weekend.

Duncan lived previously in Barcelona for 7 years, where he helped set up the Barcelona Tranistion Towns HUB group, as well as many other projects for ecological and positive social change. He was part of an eco consultancy group EIG, with whom he submitted a paper on sustainable development for the Catalan region entitled “Towards a healthier, happier, eco-effective Barcelona“, he also was a finalist in an advanced architecture competition in Barcelona and his work  “A Permaculture and Transition Vision For Barcelona City“was published by IAAC.

In his hometown of Dublin he proposed an eco corridor for the city called “The Botanic Spine“,  was involved in setting up bike rides and also helped set up a few community gardens as well as planting native trees around the city. The remainder of this post focuses on those Dublin eco architecture and urban activities:

Architectural thesis: CATALYST @ Botanic Spine, Dublin, Ireland 2005

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Greening the city. Connecting communities

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Vision: To create the botanic spine, an 18km orbital eco corridor/ greenway for dublin city. A green thread that connects up a series of pocket parks, organic food gardens, local amenities, cities waterways and a new city metro underground.

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Greening the city, connecting communities”. Botanic Spine proposal for a greenway and eco corridor for Dublin city. An 18 km long orbital linear park that threads through a series of pocket parks; Its route links together the 6 existing city waterways, the Phoenix Park and the Botanic Gardens, which serves as the brain of the network that uses the spine as a constant feedback loop to output ecological projects and thinking into the wider city. The Botanic Gardens become the Dublin node in a global ecological system, greening the city, improving plant and animal life along green corridors, raising awareness and getting citizens involved with exciting eco initiatives. The Spine is also a CPUL ( continuous productive urban landscape) with a series of organic food gardens along it. It mimics somewhat the structure and function of the human spine: a network of different systems flowing through the spine; plant and animal life, people, water, cycle route, metro line, digital info, hurling fans heading up to Croke Park.

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For the main body of architectural exploration, the thesis, I choose to focus on one such park; the green space that separates the new Dublin docklands from the existing Sheriff Street community and carried out an in depth exploration into what could fill this 330metre long strip of green. The idea of a CATALYST for the area that would lead to further interaction between different social neighborhoods was what interested me.

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Attempting to make the idea REAL was another issue of the thesis for me. So while I was busy with the theoretical exploration I was also actively involved in real world activities to support and strengthen the thesis: A tree walk around the spine in which we gave out 115 native Irish species baby trees, 6 of which were planted in Sheriff Street, creating 2 new community gardens on the spine, organizing an exhibition about one of the gardens in Dolphins Barn public library, organizing bike rides around the spine, setting up the Dublin Eco City Group. The initiative was supported by many ecological and local resident groups in the city. These projects were discussed in Irish media and the 2005 Venice art bienale, interest in community gardens continues to grow today.

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With the support of Ex Dublin City Lord Mayor Andrew Montague (who had done a bike ride with us and help weed in the one garden in his last day in office as deputy lord mayor in 2005), the city council implemented 50% of the greenway along the canal and has plans for more. Since 2005, there is an ever increasing growth of community gardens, not only in Dublin, but all throughout Ireland. My first experiments of city scale eco solutions were realised in 2003 with Eco City Banja Luka in post war Bosnia with the EASA network (European architectural student assembly), with whom I worked in 5 countries.

(other experimental videos of buildings and park at end)

Dublin inner city has historically been defined as that land which lies inside the two city canals. Recently that sense of city has been lost, this project aims to remind the city of its lost identity.

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The Spine acts as an eco corridor and greenway that threads together the 6 existing city waterways, the Phoenix Park (Europe’s largest city park) and the Botanic Gardens, which serves as the brain of the network that uses the spine as a constant feedback loop to output ecological projects and thinking into the wider city. The Botanic Gardens become the Dublin node in a global ecological system, greening the city, improving plant and animal life along green corridors, raising awareness and getting citizens involved with exciting eco initiatives.

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The Spine is also a CPUL (continuous productive urban landscape) with a series of organic food gardens along it. The Spine mimics somewhat the structure and function of the human spine: a network of different systems flowing through the spine; plant and animal life, people, water, cycle route, metro line, digital info, hurling fans heading up to Croker for the big game?

Aftermath: The idea of locally produced fruit and vegetables was a huge part of this project, we started dolphins barn community garden in April 2005, whcih grew and grew, eventually got evicted, but the community were given an empty lot, from which they still garden today.

dolphins barn community garden birthday party on good friday

In June 2005 there were 2 major bicycle related conferences, we set up 2 bicyle events to coincide with these that focused on the ideas of the Botanic Spine. In June there was the 15th International Velo-City conference, we organised the 1st Docklands City Cycle. A little bit later was the european greenways conference, during which we carried out Dublins first greenway cycle, International greenways and velo city people come to support these grassroots initiaves. Then it was illegal to cycle alongside the cities canals, so we had to collectively break the law to point out how unjust this was and attempt to force change…

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Dublin Greenway cyclist along banks of the Grand Canal (then an illegal act)

Botanic Spine: A3 PDF | “Catalyst @ Botanic Spine“, 2 parts: 1 | 2

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Community gardens: “THE SELF SUFFICIENT CITY – Envisioning the habitat of the future” Stories of hope from Dublin | Dolphin’s Barn community garden under threat | Sowing spuds on Saint Patrick’s Day | The Cursed Earth Garden Videos: Site #1: – Sheriff street park part 1 | Site #2: part 2part 3part 4 | Building: building 1building 2building 3 Media: Original article here

 


catalyst @ botanic spine – logo


CATALYST @ Botanic Spine


Greenway for Dublin city


18km ecological corridor for the city


Dublins green and blue spaces

Botanic Spine mimicks somewhat the structure of the human spinal system


Spine threads through and connects city parks, waterways, communities


Spine as urban regenerator


Sheriff st park, Royal Canal park and Liffey park, green bridge

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Sheriff street park : greater detail, a 330metre urban park

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Concept = Stuff to do

sheriff street park

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Architectural concept boards, bringing life to then dead and unsafe areas

June 2005: Dublin Eco City Group created, many bike rides done around the Spine

Dublins first greenway cycle, with local police asking “Are ye the critical mass fellows?”

because were north and south of the river
Because were north and south of the river

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Phibsboro community garden: The cursed earth garden

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DIY signage to garden

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Potato planting on Saint Patricks Day

diggin'
Diggin’

local young fella lends a hand
Local young fella lends a hand

restin' after a good few hours work
Restin’ after a good few hours work

mayor garden

South Circular Road Community Garden, previously “Dolhins Barn community garden”

VIDEOS OF PARK AND BUILDINGS..

 

 

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11 comments

  1. Event in IBQP: SEPT 19: Startup Foods

    https://www.facebook.com/events/284696535047666/?ref=ts&fref=ts

    O Startup Foods é um evento com duração de 54 horas ao longo de um fim de semana onde empreendedores, universitários, desenvolvedores, designers e entusiastas se unem para compartilhar idéias, formar equipes e criar startups focadas em soluções de produtos e serviços para alimentação saudável.
    Tudo começa na noite de sexta-feira, com o palco aberto para os participantes compartilharem suas ideias e inspirarem outros a se juntarem a seus times. As mais bem votadas são escolhidas. Durante o sábado e o domingo, os times se focam em encontrar um modelo de negócio e criar um produto viável mínimo, utilizando metodologias e ferramentas como Lean Startup, Business ModelGeneration e Desenvolvimento de Clientes. Durante a maior parte do tempo haverá mentores convidados à disposição dos participantes. No domingo, os times apresentam o que construíram para uma banca de jurados e investidores anjos dispostos a investirem em até R$ 1 Milhão no seu negócio.
    Os melhores são premiados!
    Participe do maior encontrode startups e empreendedores de Alimentos de Curitiba e Brasil!

    Venha fazer parte!

    Maiores informações e inscrições no site http://www.startupfoods.com.br

    related vid:

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