Oranmore Arts Festival, through Galway 2020’s Small Towns Big Ideas programme hosted ‘It Takes a Village’, a series of workshops that offered participants the opportunity to allow imaginations to run riot and virtually create the village of their dreams.
With the participation of the community, the project provided a platform for discussion on the design of the village of Oranmore, supported by experts in the field. It provided an opportunity to explore and learn about urban design, using a familiar local space.
Participants were invited to attend a lecture by an urban design specialist in the morning, followed by tea, coffee and a short discussion. This was followed by a virtual introduction to the site or local space and some further urban design theory. Following lunch, participants learnt 3D computer modelling skills and were provided with a 3D model of an existing space in the village, which allowed for their own interpretations and ideas to be applied.
The first workshop, took place on Saturday 17 November, and included a lecture by Kevin Leyden, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at NUI Galway. Professor Leyden’s research focused primarily on the relationship between urban design, social capital, health, and urban liveability.
Following the workshop, participants were invited to develop their ideas using free online software and exhibit as part of the Oranmore Arts Festival in May 2019.