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Design Challenge exhibition
Location: WIT Granary Campus, Ground Floor.

WIT Creativity and Culture Research Group and our main project partners Waterford City and County Council and Garter Lane Arts Centre, invite you to join us at the opening event of the Design Challenge exhibition, WIT Granary Campus on Tuesday 2 April at 6.30pm. 


The exhibition includes a diverse range of exciting design proposals from Year 4 BA (Hons) Design (Visual Communications) and Year 5 BA (Hons) Architecture students.

The design proposals address specific challenges encountered by the groups and individuals within Waterford Cultural Quarter. These challenges were highlighted within the project's totally inclusive public consultation process. 


This exhibition stage of the competition is open to public vote and national jury, with the winning design proposal then being implemented within the Cultural Quarter.

The exhibition runs from 2 to 8 April.

Many opportunities

Fiona Dowling, lecturer in Design (Visual Communication), said "The design challenge has presented many opportunities for the design students to experiment and consider the winder implications that design has for a city space. The multi-disciplinary approach with Visual Communication and Architecture working on a brief has been a first and one, which links with the over-arching aim of the project to create a collaborative environment.” 

“The out reach for WIT Design to link with local groups and partners in the Waterford’s Cultural Quarter has been one of support and mutual growth which we will build on going forward.”

Creative city 

Katherine Collins, Waterford Cultural Quarter Project Manager said “Waterford City and County Council worked in a collaborative partnership with WIT and Garter Lane Arts Centre to examine the opportunities and challenges faced by the Cultural Quarter community, with assistance from Creative Spirits, our URBACT (EU) programme.

Through the work of the students and their mentors we can see how our creative city can be defined by citizenship, openness & tolerance, and how it can support innovation, initiative and activity. We look forward to bringing the winning design forward to fruition and commend our partners and the students on the high quality and professionalism of their approach to design led solutions”.

Diverse range

Máire Henry, Head of Department, Architecture, commented ‘ Cultural quarters serve a diverse range of people groups and activities.

The projects presented by the 2 students of architecture are enterprise based and open to all. They are embedded in the fabric of the O’Connell street area and resonate with the history of the area whilst imaging a future which provides more permeability and connection with the Quay and adjoining areas.

Both projects respond to their individual briefs but add an extra dimension by creating ‘free space’ for the general public to ‘linger’ and socialize.’

Cultural Quarter

Design Lecturer Joy Rooney noted that ‘this research project has a design led approach. It addresses real challenges shaping the Cultural Quarter today, as voiced by the community there.

Our rapidly urbanising world has brought a rich cultural diversity to this historic precinct. Looking to the future, many sustainability challenges will unfold for this maritime city.

Innovative design proposals from our students are directly informed by feedback from the community and project mentors. The designs are exhibited for consideration, with the winning proposal emerging as a tangible, creative action for the community’.


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