UL Architecture Students Sculpt Their Way To The Top

An architecture project designed and built by University of Limerick students has made it on to the ArchDaily ‘Best Student Design-Build Projects’ list 2016.  The website asks graduating students among the ArchDaily community to submit design-build projects which they may have completed as part of their studies. The site received over 100 submissions from around the world with the best selected representing 20 different countries. 

Built by SAUL students,  Hottmar Loch, Luiz Felipe-Ferreira, Haidê Neves ,  Aoife Barry, and teaching assistant Ger Walsh, and made in FabLab Limerick, the parklet was designed as part of the "Imaginative Neighborhood Woodquay", a community design process that has been ongoing since 2013. Led by the Adaptive Governance Lab (AGL) at the School of Architecture at UL and working together with Galway City Council and the community and residents of Wood quay, the aim of the project was to  create a new urban prototype of a temporary outdoor seating installation that would show the local community and the local authorities the importance of emphasising human lives in cities, in the hopes of inspiring more permanent change in the future.

The inspiration for the project came from the phenomenon of parklets that started in San Francisco in 2005. Parklets are designed to provide a public place for passers-by to relax and enjoy the atmosphere of the city around them, in places where either current urban parks are lacking or where the existing sidewalk width is not large enough to accommodate vibrant street life activities.