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North West Area City Neighbourhood Awards 2017

Posted on 8th September 2017

Congratulations to the Rediscovery Centre who won the Business Environmental Initiative and Sustainability Initiative at the North West Area City Neighbourhood Awards 2017 last night!! They were also a runner up for the best Shop Front.

The WISER Life project is delighted to be involved with the redeveloped of the iconic Ballymun boiler house into the centre for excellence in lifelong learning in sustainable development and waste reuse.

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Green Manure: Good for us, the environment, and bees!

Posted on 22nd August 2017

One of the most striking plants in the 3D garden this summer is purple tansy, or Phacelia tanacetifolia. More important than its rich purple bloom is its function is as an eco-friendly fertiliser.

Purple tansy is a type of ‘green manure’: a plant that can help sustain agricultural systems in an environmentally friendly way. It is a fast growing plant with an extensive root system, which improves the quality of the soil structure.

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Seasca

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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ECO-UNESCO

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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