Architecture at the Edge Festival: The Moy Catchment Area Geodesign Project – Friday, October 6
Architecture at the Edge Festival 2023: The Moy Catchment Area Geodesign Project
Friday, 6 October 2023
7pm – 8pm
The Coach House, Mary Robinson Centre, Ballina, Co. Mayo
Admission Free, no booking required
The west of Ireland’s largest architecture festival is celebrating its return with the theme ‘Re-Mapping’ as a focal point.
From 29 September – 08 October, the Architecture at the Edge Festival returns with a critical and climate-friendly festival programme that will embrace a wide range of tours, exhibitions, talks, demonstrations, and more.
This year, the festival is set to have the perfect host for its showcase exhibitions, with a range of works to be displayed at the Printworks Gallery, Galway for the duration of the event. The RIAI President, Charlotte Sheridan will formally open the Festival. In total, the festival will extend over 10 days with over +50 events that revolve around the social, cultural and climatic contexts that characterise Galway and Mayo, and its built environment. It will explore spaces for re-mapping, with an increased focus on the relationship between built form and the landscape
About The Moy Catchment Area Geodesign Project
How can we collaboratively create climate-oriented design actions, organize them into various alternative design scenarios, assess their impacts on carbon emissions and sequestration, and negotiate the final design among the public and decision-makers?
More than 50 local groups from around the world have actively joined the Global Climate Geodesign Challenge, embarking on the creation of local designs guided by a shared framework that combines sketching methods, numerical analysis, and consensus-based decision-making. Initiated by the International Geodesign collaboration, this project brings together local authorities, researchers, and communities. They will collaboratively work to design climate action interventions with the aim of significantly reducing emissions and enhancing carbon sinks by 2050, thereby reversing atmospheric carbon accumulation.
University College Dublin is currently in the process of creating a local interest group as part of this initiative. The team includes Mayo County Council, Masters students in Architecture, and a range of stakeholders. Together, they will proactively tackle climate change, pooling their expertise to construct a strategic vision and a sustainable future for the Moy Catchment Area. Geodesign methods, geospatial modelling and map-based tools will be used to support group work and collaborative tasks.
The Mary Robinson Centre is a Centre for Change – a focal point for schools, the Irish public and for tourists to see and understand Mary’s legacy, located in Ballina, Co. Mayo in the childhood home of the former President. It will address the key themes and issues of Mary Robinson’s legacy as an influential world leader from the West of Ireland, including climate change, human rights, equality and women in leadership..
Architecture at the Edge – Mayo Programme
In Mayo eleven works from the Ballinglen Collection will feature at The Ballinglen Museum of Art in Ballycastle. Reimagine Belmullet, an initiative of the Irish Architecture Foundation’s nationwide Reimagine placemaking programme will illustrate the planned origin of the 19th century market town of Belmullet. Recipient of a New European Bauhaus Award, the Ripple Paradise Garden Tour is presented with the Greenhills community, and nature-based solutions will be explored at the Moy Catchment Area Geodesign Project and the GreenRoofCraft Workshop, supported by HeritACT.