Melt the Walls Launch, Library Square Tallaght Dublin 24, Wednesday, 18. September 2019

 ‘‘Reimagine’ is a national campaign that works with communities across Ireland to co-create and co-design solutions to challenges or problems they’ve identified in their locality. It is a new initiative launched by the Irish  Architecture Foundation (IAF), with funding from Creative Ireland’s National Creativity Fund, building on 14 years experience of engaging the public with their built environment.
Tallaght was selected as one of six towns to work with the IAF in ‘Reimagine’. The project ran over 11 months and during that time, hundreds of people in Tallaght spoke about what they would like to see in their locality. Library Square was identified as the ideal site. Ideas were developed about how to connect this under-utilised area to the buildings and spaces surrounding it, in a way to ‘Melt the Walls’.
Expressing the importance of Library Square, the public wanted to see more activity, and introduce greenery and places to sit. Following the public consultation, the IAF ran a nationwide competition for architects, designers and multidisciplinary teams to suggest how they might answer these needs. Local Tallaght residents were invited to adjudicate on the entries. The structure you see here is the winning result of this competition.
Designed by OBFA Architects, and constructed by AB Projects, this installation is designed to be a conversation starting point for users of the square and to initiate discussions for possible long-term plans for this area. Users are encouraged to sit and occupy the space, engage with the installation, and change their perspective of Library Square.
There will be a programme of events around this piece for two weeks beginning on 16 September 2019. You can find out more about these events or the project at
The project is run by the IAF in partnership with the Creative Ireland programme and the National Creativity Fund. Conceived through this programme, Melt the Walls is a community led architecture and design project, designed to promote public engagement. It is delivered in partnership with South Dublin County Council Landscaping Office & Arts Office, Tallaght Community Arts, the Civic Theatre, Rua Red, and Tallaght Library.

Wednesday, 18. September 2019, Library Square Tallaght Dublin 24, Melt the Walls Launch

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