GEOG40750 Reimagining Dublin: An Interdisciplinary Exploration in Urban Regeneration

Academic Year 2023/2024

This module provides an introduction to, and overview of, the design of more people-focused liveable cities. "Play" will be considered as a catalyst for design that can lead to a more equitable inter-generational city. Throughout there will be a focus on grassroots collaboration, which will develop the students' understanding of the growing importance of giving communities a voice in the decision-making process and how both formal and informal processes can shape the public realm. There will be a strong emphasis on strengthening the students' capacity and confidence in understanding the importance of, and skill in, co-creative processes, collaboration and consultation. Consideration will be given to the role of all players in the creative and implementation processes: funders, local authorities, not-for-profit groups, professionals, facilitators and participants, and the use of social media as a tool for getting things done.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, students should have:
1. Developed and engaged in an area-based projecy in Dublin's inner city;
2. Expanded their skills-set in fieldwork, communication, and co-creation processes;
3. Gained experience in working in an inter-disciplinary team-based and real-world environment;
4. Applied key ideas in urban theory to their chosen project.

Indicative Module Content:

Through an area- based project in Dublin's inner city students will work together across disciplines on chosen creative themes such as 'consultation - the good, the bad, and the meaningful', 'low budget activations as urban acupuncture', 'putting children at the heart of design', 'using familiar objects of the city in weird and wonderful ways', 'imagining space with and for the community'.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Seminar (or Webinar)


Field Trip/External Visits


Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
This is a practice-based module where you will engage in workshops, field trips and seminars with those working as practitioners in the city including architects and social entrepreneurs. It will be heavily student-led and require consistent engagement with design thinking and processes which can often be messy, fluid and have unanticipated outcomes. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Presentation: Group presentation Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Project: Individual project c.3,500 words Coursework (End of Trimester) n/a Graded No


Group Project: Group assignment Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No


Portfolio: Individual reflection Varies over the Trimester n/a Graded No



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
Repeat (CFP) Within Three Semesters
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Peer review activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

As this is an iterative module, students will receive feedback on an ongoing basis on the development of their project ideas as well as received feedback after assessments have been graded. Students will work in teams and will have the opportunity to peer review each others work.

Name Role
Dr Alma Clavin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Niamh Moore Cherry Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Ms Neasa Ni Bhriain Lecturer / Co-Lecturer