DIT Student, Bernard Brennan Wins First Prize in UN Competition
Published: Friday, October 12, 2012
A multi-use community project for Edenderry by DIT Student Bernard Brennan has won First Prize in the “Integrated Communities: A Society for All Ages” 2012 Competition, organised in conjunction with the United Nations and the American Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA). His proposal can be viewed as a PDF with this link.
Bernard Brennan, student of Architecture at DIT, was presented with First Prize in the 2012 International Student Design Competition at the United Nations in New York last week. The competition was organised by the International Council for Caring Communities (ICCC), in conjunction with the UN programme for Human Settlements and the United Nations Programme on Ageing. It was first established in 1994 as a bridge between practice and research, “endeavouring to prepare the next generation with the tools essential to enhance the quality of life for the fast growing ‘greying society’.” Since then, over 7000 students from 50 countries have participated in the competition.
The first prize (Individual) of $10,000 was awarded to Bernard Brennan for his response to the brief, “Integrated Communities: A Society for All Ages”. Describing his proposal for a multi-use community project for a medium-size Irish town evolving as a post-industrial community, Brennan said “My proposal focused on improving public space and providing facilities currently missing in the area. The project contains a crèche, old people’s day centre, performance space, sport facilities, covered market area, ceremonial rooms and archive.” Congratulating Bernard on achieving first place in the competition, the Founding President of ICCC, Professor Dianne Davis said the project was well presented and “indicated creative solutions to a most complex challenge.”
Edenderry has historically been an industrial market town and was the site of Ireland’s first peat-fuelled power station. As the town evolves to be a post-industrial community it has experienced a surge in population and development, but little or no investment in public facilities. The intervention attempts to draw energy from the supermarkets, housing developments and workplaces on the outskirts back into the centre through improving public space and providing facilities currently missing in the area. It contains a crèche, old people’s day centre, performance space, sport facilities, covered d market area, ceremonial rooms and archive.