Civic space: questions of society, history and politics to make a new public space
- Publisher: School of Architecture, University of Limerick
architecture | civic space | Limierick City
The ambition of my thesis project is to design civic
space, space for civic engagement. Taking inspiration
from the various voices who have identified a
democratic crisis and who are themselves more
civilly engaged, I am designing for a society that
has revolutionised itself to be more active in its own
I propose an alternative local government whose public
face is dissolved into the street into an aggregation of
rooms rather than one institutional building.
The design is concerned with spaces that have
the characteristics of the society inhabiting them,
transparency, accessibility and inclusivity. These are
spaces for citizenship, spaces to gather and discuss,
spaces to argue and debate; but also to celebrate and
take pride in shared identity.
I propose my design for Limerick City, whose
governing structures are being re-evaluated as it
is amalgamated with Limerick County. My vision
extends further than the line between neighbours
being razed, but this move has open up a conversation
about what the new entity could be.
I propose a space that is common to all, for collective
action. A space where public concerns are addressed,
with a sense of permanence; an informal noninstitutional
space. I imagine large public spaces for
gathering but also smaller space for organised and
influential groups to meet and lobby.
Above all else, I am describing a space for active civic