Young people in Fingal have teamed up with architects and a film maker to investigate the architecture and urban design of their own neighbourhoods. Transition year students from Luttrellstown Community College in Dublin 15 and Skerries Community College are working with architects Robert Bourke, Maria Tarsouli, Kate Dowling, Lisa Kenney and Myrto Dowling and filmmaker Peter Kelly. Supported by this creative team, the participating students are learning about architecture, urban design and film, skills which equip them to critically appraise their built and natural environment.

All stages of the project will be captured on film, resulting in a short documentary film which will be screened in Spring 2013. The film and related resources will be distributed to schools, youth centres, local authorities and other relevant groups in 2013. In the meantime both schools have created blogs which track their progress.

The project presents an exemplary model of youth engagement with the built environment which enables positive dialogue between young citizens and those with responsibility for its design. Students will encounter the people who build, design and plan their built environment, to get an insight into the structures and strategies involved in developing local areas.

Place Shapers is an initiative of the Irish Architecture Foundation and Fingal County Council, made possible by the support of the Arts Council and the Government Policy on Architecture Implementation Programme 2009 –2015. Place Shapers is additionally funded by Fingal County Council and supported by Draíocht Arts Centre, Blanchardstown.

To follow the progress of each school project please click on the links below:

Luttrellstown PlaceShapers Blog  <http://placeshaperslcc.blogspot.ie/>

Skerries PlaceShapers Blog  <http://skerriesplaceshapers.wordpress.com>