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Relational Urbanism win competition to design skate park

25 February 2016


Relational Urbanism, the design practice of Bartlett Urban Design tutors Enriqueta Llabres and Eduardo Rico, have won an international design competition to design a unique play and skate park for the community of Ballyfermot in West Dublin, Ireland.

Their design for the new play space in Ballyfermot took the top prize after an extensive two stage competitive process which saw design teams from around the world submitting their proposals for the innovative new public realm development.

Relational Urbanism inspired the judges with their "aesthetically appealing and well-considered design, which managed to balance sensitivity to the site and local context with world-class ambition for the new civic space". In the video below Enriqueta and Eduardo describe their plans for the space and their approach to co-designing it with the community.

The judging panel for the competition was chaired by Nathalie Weadick Director of the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF) and included Amica Dall of the Turner Prize winning design group Assemble, Ger O’Reilly, Instructor, Ballyfermot Youth Service, Leslie Moore, Head of Parks Services, Dublin City Council, Aimee Harding, Youth Worker and Ballyfermot Resident, Turlough Galvin, The Matheson Foundation,  Gary Mongey, Box Architects and Chairperson of IAF.

The Play Park, Ballyfermot Project is being funded by The Matheson Foundation in partnership with Dublin City Council and IAF.

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