wasteland – 23 november to 11 december


26th November 2009

wasteland is a project, a book, a website and an exhibition undertaken by the third year architectural students in the DIT Dublin School of Architecture. wasteland is a fascinating exploration of the theme of urban wasteland, and for the project the architecture students examined the area closest to them – the area around Bolton Street. “Within our designated wasteland, there was huge architectural potential, an opportunity to make a meaningful urban context out of so many active and varied parts: the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) itself on Bolton Street and at Linen Hall, social housing blocks, the Georgian splendour of Henrietta Street, the Kings Inn, Constitution Hill and the busy multiplex cinemas on Parnell Street. The future connections with the DIT campus at Grangegorman and transport infrastructure at Broadstone station could also be explored through our re-invention.”

Naming their project univerCITY-DIT, the students ‘inhabited’ the designated area during the year and the results of their collaboration are now on display in the wasteland exhibition which is open to the public. It is on view in the new ‘Now What’ architectural Exhibition Space, Unit 14, Block C, Smithfield Plaza, from Monday 23 November to Saturday 11 December. Opening hours are from 6.30 – 8.30 pm, Monday to Friday, and from 2 – 6pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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