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Place Shapers: An Architecture/ Urban Design Project for Young People

Place Shapers is an architecture/urban design project for young people initiated by the Irish Architecture Foundation in partnership with Fingal County Council.
The project teams up young people with architects and a filmmaker to investigate architecture and urban design in their own neighbourhoods. Students from Luttrellstown Community College in Dublin 15 and Skerries Community College are working with architects Robert Bourke, Maria Tarsouli, Kate Dowling and Lisa Kenney and filmmaker Peter Kelly.
Supported by this creative team, the participating students are learning about architecture, urban design and film. By meeting the people who build, design and plan their built environment, they are gaining insight into the structures and strategies involved in developing local areas.
The next step for the students is to use their new skills and insight to critically appraise their environment and present their own creative response. All stages are captured on film and a short documentary about the students’ discoveries and ideas will be screened in spring 2013. The film and supporting resources will also be distributed nationwide to schools and youth groups.
In the meantime both teams are busy blogging about their projects:
Place Shapers is an initiative of the Irish Architecture Foundation in partnership with Fingal County Council, made possible by the support of the Arts Council and the Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009 — 2015. Place Shapers is additionally funded by Fingal County Council.