Public space should be designed with everyone in mind, but sometimes our public spaces let us down as we get older. Public Age is an open call out for architect-led multidisciplinary teams to explore how our public spaces can work better for older people to ensure our public spaces contribute to, rather than inhibit, our health, wellbeing and positive ageing. Public Age is commissioned by the dlrCountyCouncil/HSE Arts and Health Partnership, with additional grant-aid support from the Arts Council, and run by the Irish Architecture Foundation.
Public Age will see the winning team collaboratively engage with a group of older people from Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County in order to develop a public outcome, installation, temporary intervention or happening in the County in 2017. The project outcome will encourage and empower people and communities to engage in a creative way with the issues explored.
We wish for teams of architects, artists, designers, care workers, social scientists and others to reflect on how our public spaces serve our older communities. We want these teams to work with older communities to highlight, and perhaps even solve, some of the challenges they face in our urban and rural environments through an architectural outcome.
The winning team will begin work on this collaborative project in January 2017 and with a budget of €20,000 will create something imaginative and memorable to highlight the importance of inclusive public space.
The deadline for submissions is Friday 2 December.
Application form can be found here: Public Age Application form
More information here: Public Age Competition Brief