This was a three year programme exploring a whole range of areas where the community could engage with architecture. It ranged from school workshops to building models to mapping towns and documenting owners talking about their buildings. Download a full report of the 3 year report on Engage.pdf (size 5.3 MB)
In 2013 a key part of Engage with Architecture was the partnership between architects and local communities for the Mapping Towns and Creating Spaces project which was profiled at the open night in Áras an Chontae in October 2013. This brought out interesting information about vacancy / occupancy rates in 2013 and also the continuity of form in settlements.
Banagher Mapping Towns - Fran Moran worked with Banagher Tidy Towns and Banagher College.
Daingean Mapping Towns - Patrick Little of Axis Architecture worked with Daingean Development.
Ferbane - Denis Duggan worked with Foroige on the Creating Spaces project.
Kinnitty Mapping Towns - Peter Lyons of Kenny Lyons worked with Kinnitty Tidy Towns
Tullamore Mapping Towns - Adam Hernes of Kenny Lyons Architects with Tullamore College and Offaly History.
This year the Engage project brought out a whole range of projects from junior school to transition year projects, to talks, posters, narrated slide shows and more. Download a Engage with Architecture 2012 summary.pdf (size 5.5 MB) . Part of the project is called 'In conversation with...' and 5 youtube clips about owners and their buildings seen on www.youtube.com/offalyheritage
Engage with Architecture in 2011 focused on an exhibition and workshop area in a shop in Main Street, Tullamore during May of that year with lectures and talks. To get an overview of the project download the Engage pdf (9MB). As part of this project, quiz sheets for architectural features were designed for Birr, Tullamore and Edenderry. They are fun and free and can be downloaded here.
Birr Architectural Quiz
Edenderry Architectural Quiz
Tullamore Architectural Quiz