Oranmore Arts Festival, through Galway 2020’s Small Towns Big Ideas programme will host ‘It Takes a Village’, a series of workshops that offer 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 will provide a platform for discussion on the design of the village of Oranmore, supported by experts in the field. It will provide an opportunity to explore and learn about urban design, using a familiar local space.
Participants will be invited to attend a lecture by an urban design specialist in the morning, followed by tea, coffee and a short discussion. This will be followed by a virtual introduction to the site or local space and some further urban design theory. Following lunch, participants will learn 3D computer modelling skills and will be provided with a 3D model of an existing space in the village, allowing for their own interpretations and ideas to be applied.
The first workshop, taking place on Saturday 17 November, will include a lecture by Kevin Leyden, Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at NUI Galway. Professor Leyden’s research focuses primarily on the relationship between urban design, social capital, health, and urban liveability. His most recent paper titled Rethinking Zoning for People: Utilizing the Concept of the Village offers an insightful perspective on the types of places people want to live in and be in.
Following the workshop, participants are invited to develop their ideas using free online software and exhibit as part of the Oranmore Arts Festival in May 2019.
Tickets are free but limited, register via Eventbrite.