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The Empowered City:
Design Action Teams
Design Assistance Teams: Since 1967, the
DAT program, a public service of the AIA,
represents over 1000 professionals from...
What distinguishes a DAT?
• We are NOT:
– Another Consultant Team
– A process to produce a
planning document
• “Please don...
Objectivity
Multi-disciplinary Expertise
Community Participation
Implementation
Port Angeles, WA 2009 Project: 2 months later, 43 buildings repainted with
volunteers and donated paint, (at least 3,500 v...
Wayfinding & Signage
Realizing Their Aspirations, in
5 years
Bringing People Back to the
Waterfront
Transforming Downtown:
Before
Transforming Downtown: After
Snowball Effect: $100 Million+
Leveraging Investment for
Placemaking
They are already in construction
for phase 2
Newport, VT R/UDAT
(2009)
Wayfinding &
Signage
Form Based Code
• 2011 – Newport receives Foreign Trade Zone status
• 2011 – Canadian manufacturing firm co-locates here
• 2011 – 2012 – V...
a six-story commercial and residential
block -$70 million
Dublin Context
21st Century Change Paradigm
• Downside: The scale of issues is larger and more
complex/interconnected than ever before. T...
Our Urban Future
• By 2030, 6 in 10 people
will live in cities.
• In the developing world, 3
out of 5 will live in cities....
The Stakes are HIGH
“Civilizations rise and fall-and
sometimes if they are lucky-
they renew themselves”
–John W. Gardner
Our land is…disappearing
Our water is…disappearing
Our democracy is…disappearing?
• Just 13% of Americans say the government
can be trusted to do what is right always or
most of the time. (10% say NEVER)
...
Citizens are pissed
Recent Urban Protests across the
world – A Sample
Global Crisis in Governance
Del Paso Heights, Sacramento
Skid Row, Los Angeles
Camden, New Jersey
Central City, New Orleans
Indianapolis
Bridgeport, CT
Detroit
Washington, DC
Baltimore
The Housing Crisis
Ireland The United States
Dublin
• Most apartments in Dublin were built in the
last 20 years (55K out of 65K) with 35K
completed between 2001 and 20...
What is the city saying to us?
What is its story?
What does your city say about its
community identity?
What does apartment living say
about community?
What does new development say
about community?
What do your public spaces say
about community?
What do your vibrant spaces say
about community?
What do derelict places say about
community?
What do your buildings say about
community?
What does it say about politics?
What does infrastructure tell us?
How does it serve community
values?
What does the city say about
resilience?
Even about love?
You have a lot to say about love
a LOT to say about
Love
a LOT to say about
Love & Equality
Not only for yourselves, but for the
entire world
Who are you, as Dubliners, today?
What is the soul of your city?
What do you want for your Future?
A good public process opens the door
to that truth.
Cities have the capability of providing something for
everybody, only because, and only when, they are
created by everybod...
Thank You Dublin!
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation
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In collaboration with the Dublin City Council, the American Institute of Architects is providing technical assistance for the development of a Design Action Team program pilot in Dublin, Ireland. This presentation, delivered on June 29, 2015 at the Dublin Science Gallery, provides an overview of the design assistance process and its potential application to the city of Dublin.

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Design Action Teams: Dublin, Ireland Pilot Presentation

  1. 1. The Empowered City: Design Action Teams
  2. 2. Design Assistance Teams: Since 1967, the DAT program, a public service of the AIA, represents over 1000 professionals from more than 30 disciplines providing millions of dollars in professional pro bono services to more than 200 communities across the country.
  3. 3. What distinguishes a DAT? • We are NOT: – Another Consultant Team – A process to produce a planning document • “Please don’t give us another plan. We have plenty – they all sit on the shelves. We need implementation strategies.” – Almost Every community – Government-focused – “Green”-focused – Building-focused • We ARE: – Public Service in the Public Interest • “Consultants work for somebody. Design Assistance Teams work for everybody.” – Action-Oriented – Community-focused – Holistic, Customized • “It’s about the space between the buildings, and the people that inhabit that space”
  4. 4. Objectivity
  5. 5. Multi-disciplinary Expertise
  6. 6. Community Participation
  7. 7. Implementation
  8. 8. Port Angeles, WA 2009 Project: 2 months later, 43 buildings repainted with volunteers and donated paint, (at least 3,500 volunteer hours, or roughly $66,500 worth of donated labor) led to a façade improvement program, then private $
  9. 9. Wayfinding & Signage
  10. 10. Realizing Their Aspirations, in 5 years
  11. 11. Bringing People Back to the Waterfront
  12. 12. Transforming Downtown: Before
  13. 13. Transforming Downtown: After
  14. 14. Snowball Effect: $100 Million+ Leveraging Investment for Placemaking
  15. 15. They are already in construction for phase 2
  16. 16. Newport, VT R/UDAT (2009)
  17. 17. Wayfinding & Signage
  18. 18. Form Based Code
  19. 19. • 2011 – Newport receives Foreign Trade Zone status • 2011 – Canadian manufacturing firm co-locates here • 2011 – 2012 – Vermont biotech firm re-locates here • 2012 – 2013 – South Korean biotech firm co-locates here • 2013 – Senior residential resort is built • 2014 – Waterfront resort conference center opens • 2014 – Re-development of blighted block on Newport’s Main St. Newport 2.0: $250 Million in New Investments
  20. 20. a six-story commercial and residential block -$70 million
  21. 21. Dublin Context
  22. 22. 21st Century Change Paradigm • Downside: The scale of issues is larger and more complex/interconnected than ever before. The public sector is weaker than ever. And the rules of the game are changing as we speak. • Upside: Transferability of our ideas, how we contribute to one another, now allows for widespread adaptation. And, Civil Society has never been stronger or more capable. Cities are democratic creations, and we succeed when people are empowered to collaborate. Grassroots strategies are powerful.
  23. 23. Our Urban Future • By 2030, 6 in 10 people will live in cities. • In the developing world, 3 out of 5 will live in cities. • There are currently one billion people living in slums and squatter settlements and that number is expected to double by 2030 and reach 3 billion by 2050
  24. 24. The Stakes are HIGH
  25. 25. “Civilizations rise and fall-and sometimes if they are lucky- they renew themselves” –John W. Gardner
  26. 26. Our land is…disappearing
  27. 27. Our water is…disappearing
  28. 28. Our democracy is…disappearing?
  29. 29. • Just 13% of Americans say the government can be trusted to do what is right always or most of the time. (10% say NEVER) • Only 17% of Americans believe that big business can be trusted to do what is right always or most of the time Our trust is…disappearing
  30. 30. Citizens are pissed
  31. 31. Recent Urban Protests across the world – A Sample Global Crisis in Governance
  32. 32. Del Paso Heights, Sacramento
  33. 33. Skid Row, Los Angeles
  34. 34. Camden, New Jersey
  35. 35. Central City, New Orleans
  36. 36. Indianapolis
  37. 37. Bridgeport, CT
  38. 38. Detroit
  39. 39. Washington, DC
  40. 40. Baltimore
  41. 41. The Housing Crisis Ireland The United States
  42. 42. Dublin • Most apartments in Dublin were built in the last 20 years (55K out of 65K) with 35K completed between 2001 and 2008. The rise in national population from 2002 to 2006 showed that the annual growth rate of 2% was the highest since records began. • Should we be concerned about improving quality and livability for the benefit of residents, for the reputation of apartment living generally and for the overall quality of the built environment? • Objective: motivate residents around long term regeneration, high-quality neighborhood, and durable community
  43. 43. What is the city saying to us? What is its story?
  44. 44. What does your city say about its community identity?
  45. 45. What does apartment living say about community?
  46. 46. What does new development say about community?
  47. 47. What do your public spaces say about community?
  48. 48. What do your vibrant spaces say about community?
  49. 49. What do derelict places say about community?
  50. 50. What do your buildings say about community?
  51. 51. What does it say about politics?
  52. 52. What does infrastructure tell us?
  53. 53. How does it serve community values?
  54. 54. What does the city say about resilience?
  55. 55. Even about love?
  56. 56. You have a lot to say about love
  57. 57. a LOT to say about Love
  58. 58. a LOT to say about Love & Equality
  59. 59. Not only for yourselves, but for the entire world
  60. 60. Who are you, as Dubliners, today? What is the soul of your city?
  61. 61. What do you want for your Future?
  62. 62. A good public process opens the door to that truth.
  63. 63. Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody-- Jane Jacobs
  64. 64. Thank You Dublin!

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