DIT launches innovative exhibition as part of Design Week 2012

Design in collaboration: DIT students learning with communities

01 November, 2012: As part of Design Week 2012, DIT is hosting an exhibition of projects by participants in its “Students Learning with Communities” programme.

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The exhibition will showcase the collaborative projects between DIT students and community groups/ not-for-profit organizations. In 2011/12 over 1300 DIT students across disciplines and levels were involved in course-based collaborative projects and research with over 100 community partners, for mutual benefit.

Many of these were design projects and this exhibition will showcase these.  For example DIT interior design students working with older people in Dublin City Council accommodation to develop ideas to maximize space and light in their apartments; our Manufacturing and Design Engineering students designing and building an aquaponics system for the Lifeline community garden; and our Visual Communications students designing branding for Wells for Zoe and Dyspraxia Association of Ireland

Dr. Catherine Bates, programme co-ordinator, said she was delighted to celebrate the success of the programme during Design Week and to showcase the collaborative nature of the work.  “Since its inception, the SLWC programme has been building on the strong links that DIT has developed over the years with local community partners.  The programme has given a greater depth to those links by enabling students and communities to work in partnership.  These opportunities enhance the skills of our students and communities can benefit from the knowledge and ideas the students can bring, so the experience is mutually beneficial.”

The Students Learning With Communities showcase runs from 5th until 10th November (Monday – Thursday 08.00am to 21.30pm) (Friday 08.00am to 18.00pm) and is on view in DIT Bolton Street.  All are welcome and admission is free.  For more information please see http://www.communitylinks.ie/community-learning-programme

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