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Reservoir Planters Exemplify Reuse

Posted on 17th October 2016

As progress continues on the development of the Rediscovery Centre’s interactive environmental education facility, focus has turned to the opportunities presented by the natural environment. Architectural landscape plans have been put to the test with Purcell Construction once again embracing the reuse challenge to create a kitchen garden with a difference. In keeping with the ethos of the WISER Life project, the newly installed planters for the garden have been constructed using old pipes and steel beams from the old Ballymun Boiler house.

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The 3D textbook revealed

Posted on 11th October 2016

With the removal of the scaffolding, the transformation of the iconic Ballymun boiler house into a fantastic new 3D textbook and the HQ for the Rediscovery Centre is revealed to the Dublin skyline.

The centre opens to the public in January 2017 and will provide a new destination where we all can share in the journey towards a greener more sustainable future.

Very exciting times ahead.

See you in January……….

For more information, see www.rediscoverycentre.ie & www.wiserlife.eu

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Windows of opportunity

Posted on 3rd October 2016

One of the most important elements of the WISER project is to highlight and showcase reuse. The WISER team have dedicated a lot of time to researching and identifying materials that may be suitable for reuse in the construction of our prototype 3D textbook and education centre.

Early in the project, the old Emerald project construction site in Ballymun was identified as a possible source of reusable materials. Construction of the Emerald Project housing scheme was temporarily suspended in April 2011 due to the contracting company going into liquidation.

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Open call for designers

Posted on 22nd September 2016

** Update – Site tour for interested designers scheduled for 16.30 on Tuesday 4th October. Please contact roger@rediscoverycentre.ie if you would like to attend. No other visits will be facilitated. **

The WISER team invite proposal submissions from designers for the creation of statement pieces for inclusion in the development of the 3D textbook and reuse education centre. The closing date for expressions of interest is 7th October 2016. More information is available here.

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Reuse in the exterior of the 3D textbook

Posted on 17th August 2016

Progress on site is on schedule and the 3D textbook is now being clad externally with a variety of finishes.

All finishes have been selected with the project criteria in mind, ensuring reuse is at the forefront of the agenda and that natural and ecologically sustainable materials are used where reuse is not possible, either due to lack of supply or cost.

The cladding will consist of a variety of materials including brick, galvanised steel and timber.

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Ballymun Creative Lab

Posted on 15th July 2016

The Ballymun Creative Lab is an innovative collaborative art project developed in partnership by the Rediscovery Centre, NCAD Access Programme and the Axis Arts Centre, Ballymun. This pilot project sets out to develop a creative model of engagement with students on the circular economy and sustainability principles through photography, media, technology, and fashion practice. Aimed at young people from DEIS schools throughout Dublin, the programme will run over two weeks and is primarily is focused on raising awareness of opportunities through further education to influence sustainable lifestyles and will encourage third level study.

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NCAD and The Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun Creative Lab Showcase

Posted on 14th July 2016

A two-week collaborative pilot project developed by the National College of Art & Design (NCAD) and The Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun, an environmental social enterprise, culminates tomorrow (15.07.16) with an exhibition of work in the Axis Arts Centre by the 15 secondary school students involved.

The project, entitled ‘Creative Lab’, has been running since 4th July with students from five schools across North Dublin: St Michael’s Holy Faith; Rosmini Community School; Newcross College; St Kevin’s College and Margaret Aylward Community School.

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WISER Life Project Spearheads Use of Hempcrete Walls

Posted on 20th June 2016

Sustainable hempcrete is a composite material of hemp and lime, which, when used around a timber frame, is not only strong, but also acts as an excellent insulator for the building. Although hempcrete has been used in structures around Europe for the past 10 years, the WISER Life Building in Ballymun will be the first public building in Ireland to adopt this exciting technology.

During a successful trial before the main building installation, the hempcrete panels were met with enthusiasm by the architect, builders and client.

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Green Retail Opportunities

Posted on 14th June 2016

Did you know that not only will the WISER 3-D textbook showcase exemplar reuse in building architecture and landscape design but that you will also be able to browse through a display of best in class eco innovations, purchase your own green products and even participate in sustainable design workshops?
If you have any suggestions as to what products or workshops you would like to see delivered please drop us a line at info@wiserlife.eu.

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