Waterford Cultural Quarter, Waterford City and County Council, Irish Architecture Foundation
Place and Environment, Community, Art Culture and Tourism
Role of Project:
Design and Communications, Engagement and Consultation, Research & Mapping, Report and analysis
Connect the Dots, with architectural practice Atelier Rae, were commissioned by The Irish Architecture Foundation in partnership with Waterford Cultural Quarter to deliver a programme of co-design, collaborative research and prototyping as part of the Re-Imagine programme. This programme culminated in a Design Guide to advise the local authority how to establish a new crafts market for O’Connell Street in Waterford City.
Connect the Dots brought together a diverse, dedicated and knowledgeable group of market experts, locals and community members to help bring vibrancy into an area of the city with a number of vacant heritage buildings, provide economic opportunities and celebrate the Waterford Cultural Quarter’s rich multicultural identity.
Craft Market Design Guide:
Based on the WCQ Crafts Market Co-design process, additional funding was available to the project, allowing a more bespoke engagement process for the craft market. It was through this engagement that a Market Design Guide was noted as a vital and beneficial piece to the future of the craft market design. The guide demonstrates and summarises a way of guiding a group to establishing a community crafts market.
- ONLINE WORKSHOPS
- IN-PERSON WORKSHOP
- SHARED INSIGHTS
- FOCUS GROUP
- INFORMATION GATHERING
- REPORT AND FINDINGS
Outcomes of the Project
- A design guide with advice, next steps and architectural drawings to establish a crafts market
- Insights from the community on how they would like to see a crafts market going forward