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Posted on 18th July 2017

The 3D textbook was officially launched May 2017 by Minister Denis Naughten TD. The building has been extensively refitted for its new occupation, with the defining idea of retaining as much of its original structure – and history – as possible. This ethos extends to the artwork in the building, most obviously to the enormous metal sculpture that hangs, seemingly unsupported, above visitors’ heads as soon as they enter the lobby. This is Seasca (‘Sixty’) by Shane Holland Design.

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Green Kitchen New Opening Hours

Posted on 10th July 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Green Kitchen Café is now open from Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm. Brunch is served from 9am to 4pm and lunch is served from 12pm to 4pm. You can have a sneak peak of the  menu for the Café by clicking here http://www.rediscoverycentre.ie/about-us/the-green-kitchen-cafe/

The latest branch of the Green Kitchen is located on the ground floor of the Rediscovery Centre. The Green Kitchen is a social enterprise that partners with WALK and their mission is to empowering people with disabilities to live self-determined lives in an equal and inclusive society.

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The Living Wall

Posted on 15th June 2017

One of the most popular educational features in the 3D textbook is the Living Wall.  The Living Wall sits on the upper floor of the building on the west side of the building and it is a series of vertical pipes planted with comfrey. The west-facing aspect means the plants photosynthesise (create oxygen in the presence of light) predominantly in the afternoon, at which point the building has been open for several hours and there has been a build-up of carbon dioxide from the floor below.

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Opening of new Café

Posted on 2nd June 2017

We are delighted to announce that The Green Kitchen, part of the Walk initiative , has opened a new Café in the 3D textbook.  It provides wonderful fresh food and coffee served daily. The Café has launched its summer menu and it is available here http://www.rediscoverycentre.ie/about-us/the-green-kitchen-cafe/

We are excited to welcome visitors to experience the Café and to take a look around the Centre.

The Green Kitchen is a social enterprise that partners with WALK and their mission is to empowering people with disabilities to live self-determined lives in an equal and inclusive society.

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Nomination for an RIAI Irish Architecture Award

Posted on 1st June 2017

The 3D Textbook has been nominated for the Public Choice Award at the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards. Now in their 28th year, the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards are the premier architectural awards in Ireland. The Awards recognise excellence in design and architectures contribution to society.

The 3D textbook has been shortlisted as it demonstrates best practice building design, construction and operation and defines the building and environs as an educational tool to inspire, inform and lead positive behavioral change with respect to resource management and efficiency.

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Reflections from Garreth Smith, Collaborator on the WISER LIFE+ project.

Posted on 20th May 2017

“From the initial interaction with the WISER project, meeting the wonderful team and right up to the brilliant new centre’s launch, it was a blast every step of the way.”
Garreth Smith, Designer/Maker discusses his recent experience creating the interactive art exhibition at the Rediscovery Centre.

Having come across my material exploration work, Sarah Miller reached out to me to see if I would be able to produce a unique piece of work to complement the spirit of reuse and recycling evident throughout the centre.

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Posted on 18th May 2017

It was great to welcome students from the Green Youth Employment course in ECO-UNESCO who came to visit our 3D textbook! Roberta brought them on an educational tour of the 3D textbook and hosted a talk about the centre and showcased all of its unique features. The students were fascinated by the green wall, the reed bed and our rainwater harvested made by reusing plastic bottles.


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Launch of Ireland’s first 3D textbook

Posted on 11th May 2017

Eurpoe’s first purpose built 3D Textbook was officially opened by Minister Denis Naughten TD, Minister for Communication, Climate Action and Environment at the Rediscovery Centre on Thursday the 11th of May at 3pm. RTE Presenter and Biochemist Dr. Jennifer Cleary was MC at the event.


The original boiler house, which served the residents of the old Ballymun Flats for many years, has undergone a major green revamp thanks to a successful application from Dublin City Council and The Rediscovery Centre to the EU’s LIFE+ Programme.

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The Kitchen Garden

Posted on 7th April 2017

The Education Team have been busy at work on the garden, planting herbs and vegetables. The Kitchen garden is a demonstration of sustainable food production and encourage visitors to grow their own food for healthy eating. The produce from the Kitchen Garden will be used in the café and food waste from the café will be used as compost for the garden. The Kitchen Garden includes a wide variety of food plants that will provide food year round: beans, peas, cabbages, lettuce, chives, mint, lavender, globe artichoke, potatoes and onions, among many others!

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