Global Action Plan is delighted to be working in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation on the ‘Reimagine’ project, which is funded by the Creative Climate Action Fund.
This project works with 3 communities from Bord na Móna villages in Roscommon, Offaly and Longford over the course of the project.
In the 1950s, the Irish Government funded the construction of a number of workers’ villages in locations as planned communities for those who had come to the midlands to work for Bord na Móna. The villages were all designed by Frank Gibney, whose approach to sustainable planning is a great legacy. Workers’ Villages is a commemoration of this legacy and an exploration of what we can learn from these villages and their designs as we move towards a sustainable future.
‘Reimagine Workers’ Villages’ is one of 15 projects from all around the country that is being funded by Creative Ireland through its €2 million Creative Climate Action fund, which looks at using creative methods to build real change in communities to fight climate change.
We strongly believe that engaging with and supporting communities is an essential facet of a just transition away from fossil fuels. The co-design process, which puts community needs and ideas at its centre, is well underway in Cloontuskert and a second project with the village of Kilcormac, Co. Offaly, is now underway.
As part of the partnership with Irish Architect Foundation, we are providing the following supports to the project and community
- Support of Reimagine Clinics with communities
- Workshops for community sustainability and climate action
- Integration of impact evaluation into the programme
- Provide insights and expertise into behavioural change
The project runs from September 2021 to November 2022.