Playing with Space


Our new series of  3 x Lunchtime Series of Talks – entitled “Playing with Space” – to celebrate Dublin as part of the OFFSITE Festival 2018. Playing with Space is where design and play meet. How can we reimagine our city’s spaces to be inclusive, engaging, and playful?

The talks are open to all – no need to book in, just pop along on the day.

Offset, Dublin City Council and A Playful City are teaming up to bring together unexpected and cross-cutting perspectives into a conversation about what makes a city play. To look at Dublin city as a creative, cultural, playful and living space as well as one engaged with evolving.

The interactive talks will be zeroing in on the laneways of Dublin, examining and exploring challenges and possibilities for designing these spaces as intergenerational, accessible, and playful.

Key actors and influencers from across sectors – from set designers to game designers to architects to event curators and more…will come together to share their unique perspectives, while attendees will have the opportunity to contribute too.

Playing with Space will lead directly to tangible impact: the insights gathered during the series will feed into A Playful City’s work with Sean Harrington Architects to transform a selection of laneways in Dublin 1 into playful spaces.

DAY ONE – Tuesday March 20th

Sean Harrington – Sean Harrington Architects
Althaea Federlein – Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Iconic Offices
Niamh Moore – UCD Geography
Peter O’Gara – me&him&you design

MC: Manchan Magan

DAY TWO – Wednesday March 21st

Sarah Bacon – Winner of Best Set Design at the Irish Times Theatre Awards
Yvonne Farrell, Grafton Architects’ Director | Curator of the Venice Biennalle 2018
Simona Castelli, Senior architect  – Grafton Architects
Joe Coveney – Visual artist

MC: Una Mullally

DAY THREE – Thursday March 22nd

Avril Stanley – Body & Soul
Brian Swan – Dublin City Council Deputy City Architect
Kate Moylan, Production and Costume Designer
Esther Gerrard, Bloom Fringe Festival

MC: Manchan Magan

About A Playful City

A Playful City, Ireland’s first not-for-profit focused on co-creating a more playful, engaging and inclusive city – where the streets and public spaces interact with people (like this). The vision of A Playful City is to co-create a city with moments that surprise and delight. A city that reimagines the spaces between the spaces – the laneways, the streets – as purposeful, inclusive, and engaging spaces designed for and with the communities around them. A Playful City team takes an interdisciplinary approach to their work, with partners ranging from the Science Gallery to UNICEF to to University College Dublin to Leave No Trace.

About Dublin City Council Events

The Dublin City Council Events team work to ensure that events delivered in Dublin City offer variety, deliver on fun and excitement and provide opportunities for everyone to enjoy and experience the City in a family-friendly inclusive and safe environment.

We aim to promote the use of public spaces through our year-round programme of festivals and events that bring social, cultural and economic benefits to the city and help to grow tourist and local visitor numbers.
We liaise directly with event organisers and event management companies to assist them with the delivery of safe, properly planned and managed events.