The Irish for friendship Cairdeas sets a standard for lifetime communities in the Irish Town by considering all age groups in the design of the town
Our project Cairdeas was commended in the Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge organised by Rebuilding Ireland. The project develops the good work already underway by Amicitia in Athenry Co. Galway, Ireland. Cairdeas operates around a community development platform, allowing other organisations to get involved and revenue to be redistributed towards spatial interventions that improve the public realm of the town for all age groups. This strengthens local networks and promotes micro‐enterprises to build lifetime rural communities.
We developed this concept further using the 7 principles of universal design as our guidelines and were aiming towards creating a masterplanning prototype, that can begin to address some of the many issues facing the small town in rural Ireland.