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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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Retention of concrete and steel at the 3D Textbook

Posted on 20th March 2017

During the construction of the 3D textbook the original concrete slab and flooring of the Boiler House was retained. By retaining the concrete and steel it resulted in significant carbon savings associated with the avoidance of new material production and the diversion of unnecessary waste from landfill. The retention of the main steel structure as opposed to its replacement also resulted in significant carbon savings. The reuse of these steel and concrete structures alone resulted in the avoidance of approximately 55 tonnes of embodied carbon based purely on production impacts and not considering the impact of transport or disposal.

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Bug Hotel Bookmark

Posted on 8th March 2017

Invertebrates, are important ecological species that perform a variety of ecosystem services. They are critical links within the vast food chains and webs that exist in the ecosystem, for example pollination, seed dispersal, pest control, bio-indicators and as a source of food of other important species. In recent years there have been sharp declines in invertebrates in parts of Ireland – there are many species of conservation concern.  Our biodiversity is under threat by intensification of agriculture, habitat loss, fragmentation, traffic mortality, poisoning and other human activities. 

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WISER Life project receives Green Construction project of the year award

Posted on 22nd February 2017

The WISER Life team were delighted  pick up the Green Construction Award 2017 at the Green Awards on 21/2/2017. A great acknowledgement of the hard work and dedication of the entire project team from Rediscovery Centre, Dublin City Council, ABK Architects, Purcell Construction and Tom Woolley. The Green Awards are the long-standing benchmark for excellence for those demonstrating best green practice in Ireland. Sponsored by Ecocem,  the Green construction award recognises sustainable development through innovative construction methods, sustainable use of resources and a design that prioritises the needs of the wider environment and society.

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Tour of 3D textbook to local businesses

Posted on 20th February 2017

The team was delighted to give a tour of the 3D textbook to some local businesses today. The CEO, Sarah Miller, talked them through the history of the building and to show how it has gone from a building that was once so close to demolition to a building that is now one of the most unique buildings in Europe. Every aspect of the repurposed Boiler House has been created with reuse in mind.

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