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Latest News

TrinityHaus lead Bloom's first Dementia Friendly Garden

Tom Grey, a Research Fellow in TrinityHaus Research Centre, is leading a team that is presenting a Dementia Friendly Garden in this year’s Bloom garden festival ( June 1-5, 2017, http://bloominthepark.com/ ). The festival is one of Ireland’s largest events and last year was attended by over 115,000 people and attracted huge media interest. With this level of exposure, the aim is to raise awareness of dementia; but more importantly to illustrate how design, and a supportive and therapeutic physical environment, can support people living with dementia.

Along with TrinityHaus, the Bloom Dementia Friendly Garden team is also comprised of landscape company called Newtown Saunders Ltd, and Sonas apc, a charity that provide training, resources and supports for those on the dementia journey.

The garden is sponsored by the TLC Nursing Home Group who are a community based private nursing home provider, with centres in Santry, Maynooth and Citywest.

It is supported by Understand Together, a public support, awareness and information campaign led by the HSE, working with The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Genio and supported by more than 30 partners from across our society.

Dementia can bring difficulties with short-term memory, comprehension, orientation, spatial awareness, visual perception and mobility. These difficulties are accommodated in the Bloom Dementia Friendly Garden, where layout, colour, planting and customised garden furniture create an attractive, safe and therapeutic outdoor space. It is designed to tap into a person’s retained skills, abilities, interests and memories. Plants from the person’s youth, such a here daisies, lupins, lavender or camomile– trigger memories and facilitate reminiscence. Scented flowers, flowing water and birdsong stimulate the senses. Zoning and colours provide visual cues, helping with orientation and wayfinding. The accessible raised planter, mini glasshouse & tool shed, and vertical planter give easy access to gardening activities and engagement with nature. It was designed with one couple in mind, the stone wall and wild flowers and grasses reminding Pauline of her childhood spent on a farm and the water feature reminding Andrew of the stream that ran near his childhood home.

This initiative builds on previous research carried out by TrinityHaus with colleagues from Trinity Engage (the Centre for Research in Ageing) including a collaboration with the DSIDC’s Living with Dementia Programme, which resulted in research and design guidelines for Universal Design Dementia Friendly Dwellings, and ongoing work with Prof. Des O’Neill and other TCD colleagues, involving research into Dementia Friendly Hospital Design.

The Bloom Dementia Friendly Garden, and the projects outlined above, are all underpinned by the fact that Dementia Friendly Design can create supportive and therapeutic physical environments contributing to the health and wellbeing of people with dementia, while also supporting their families, and carers.

Contact Tom (tom.grey@tcd.ie) for more information.

29/05/2017


Tom Grey presenting on Dementia Friendly Housing at Health and Housing Conference in Belfast

Tom Grey will be presenting about Dementia Friendly Housing through a Universal Design approach this Friday the 30th of September at the Health and Housing Conference in Belfast.


28/09/2016


Tom Grey on Newstalk - Shared Space and Cycling

Tune in for an interesting discussion on Newstalk about cycling. Listen out near the end for TrinityHaus’s Tom Grey talking about shared space design and the research sponsored by the NDA’s CEUD.


28/09/2016


Delegation representing COST Action People Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World meets with Mayor of Vilnius in preparation for Summer Training School

COST Action TU1204 delegation lead by Professor Mark Dyer meets Vilnius Mayor to discuss future collaboration for Summer School on the topic of "Culture of online data production in Vilnius and the degree it can evolve towards enabling greater citizen collaboration". Delegation members include Dick Gleeson former Dublin City Planner, Yves de Weerdt VITO, and Professor Arturas Kaklauskas GVTU.

01/07/2016

 

Clinical Researcher Position - Dementia Friendly Hospitals - DEADLINE EXTENDED: April 25, 2016

TrinityHaus are seeking a researcher to work with us on an exciting dementia friendly design project. See the full job description here. Deadline for applications is April 25, 2016.

Contact Dimitra (xidousd@tcd.ie) for more information.

14/04/2016


Sponsorship Opportunity: Dementia Friendly Garden at BLOOM 2016

 

TrinityHaus along with its partners Newtown Saunders Ltd and Sonas apc, have been selected to present a Dementia Friendly Garden at BLOOM 2016. This is a great opportunity to showcase age-friendly and dementia-friendly design to over 100,000 visitors that will attend the event, but we need sponsorship to make it happen! If you would like to be involved as a sponsor, or have any ideas, we would be delighted to talk to you.

Contact Tom (tom.grey@tcd.ie) for more information.

15/03/2016


Dementia Friendly Hospitals - Newsletter #1: Case Studies and Design Concepts for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers, in Irish Hospitals - Meath Foundation

 

Welcome to the December Newsletter regarding the research project ‘Case Studies and Design Concepts for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers in Irish Hospitals. In this newsletter you will find information regarding the project, as well as key terms, and a map of the Tallaght Hosptital, the key site of this research. To access the newsletter, click on this link.

 

Contact Tom (tom.grey@tcd.ie) or Dimitra (xidousd@tcd.ie) if you have any queries.

15/12/2015


Call for Applications now open: People-Friendly Cities in a Data Rich World - Winter Training School in Reykjavic, Iceland - March 29-April 5, 2016

 

Following a successful meeting in Reykjavik, Iceland where COST members from WG 3 and 5, among others, met to discuss the preliminary outline for the up-coming Winter Training School, COST Action TU1204, chaired by Prof. Mark Dyer, is happy to announce that the call for applications for trainees for the Training School is now OPEN! The Training School will take place March 29-April 5, 2016 in Reykjavik and will involve a mixture of lecture and case study/field study work in the Breidholt neighbourhood – a neighbourhood that has gone through a substantial transformation over the course of the last 10 years. Information on how to apply can be found in the Winter School program – including a link to the on-line application form. A note for potential applicants: As part of the training school, participants will be asked to present their findings at the MC meeting – scheduled for April 5th-7th, 2016 in Reyjkavik. The symposium is tentatively scheduled to take place on the afternoon of April 5th.

The deadline for applications is January 31, 2016.

 

Contact Dimitra (xidousd@tcd.ie) if you have any queries.

15/12/2015


Dementia Friendly Irish Hospitals: Opportunities, Barriers, Costs and Solutions - Creating Design Guidelines and Audit Tools -Health Research Board

 

Dementia Friendly Irish Hospitals - Creating Design Guidelines and Audit toolsFollowing on from a recent funding award from the Meath Foundation, TrinityHaus and Tallaght Hospital have also been awarded research funding by the Health Research Board (HRB) as part of Applied Research Projects in Dementia 2015 programme. This programme is being administered by the HRB in collaboration with The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP) and the Department of Health.

This research will examine the key issues around the design of dementia friendly hospitals in Ireland to identify key opportunities, barriers, costs and solutions. This will be conducted using mixed methods research underpinned by Universal Design and stakeholder engagement processes using three case study Irish hospitals including AMNCH, Peamount and Naas.

Building on the Meath Foundation project, this study is being carried out by a multi-disciplinary team including Prof Des O’Neill and other expert colleagues from Tallaght Hospital, members of TrinityHaus who are heavily involved in various dementia friendly design projects, and O’Connell Mahon Architects, who have extensive experience in hospital design. In addition to the research team, this project is being supported by the Health Service Executiv, the National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, O’Connell Mahon Architects, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, the National Centre for Arts and Health Tallaght Hospital, and the COO Tallaght Hospital.

This project, which will be greatly informed by the Meath Foundation funded research, will result in a set of Universal Design Dementia Friendly Hospital Design Guidelines along with a preliminary Irish based Dementia friendly Design Audit Tool.

More information on this project will be available on our website as the research develops.

In the meantime contact Tom (tom.grey@tcd.ie) or Dimitra (xidousd@tcd.ie) if you have any queries.

09/11/2015


Tom Grey's recent talk regarding Universal Design Dementia Friendly Dwellings at the Alzheimer Cafe - South County Dublin

 

Alzheimer Cafe LogoTrinityHaus would like to thank the Alzheimer Cafe - South County Dublin for the opportunity to talk about the Universal Design Guidelines: Dementia Friendly Dwellings for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers. It was great to experience the lovely atmosphere and get some excellent real-life feedback from all those present. We’d certainly encourage anybody who is experiencing dementia, whether personally or with a loved one, to attend these gatherings, if only for the delicious cakes!

The guidelines are available for download here.

 

Contact Tom (tom.grey@tcd.ie) if you have any queries.

22/10/2015


Tom Grey Speaking about Dementia Friendly Design at CARDI's International Training Program on Ageing

 

CARDI logoTom recently gave a presentation about Dementia Friendly Design at the International Training Programme on Ageing which took place in Trinity College Dublin in September 2015. This programme was organised by the Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland (CARDI), in association with The Irish Network for Research in Dementia and Neurodegeneration (INRDND), The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Alzheimer’s Society Northern Ireland, Alzheimer Society of Canada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Aging.

According to CARDI the programme focused on "building capacity amongst emerging leaders in ageing research" and offered "…participants an opportunity to enhance their understanding of ageing and dementia from interdisciplinary and international perspectives; and to network with other emerging researchers as well as leaders from the field".

For more information about this event click here for a full programme of speakers.

25/09/2015


Case Studies and Design Concepts for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers, in Irish Hospitals - Meath Foundation

 

Dementia Friendly Hospitals - Meath FoundationTallaght Hospital and TrinityHaus have recently been awarded research funding by The Meath Foundation to carry out research to examine case studies and dementia friendly design concepts for Irish hospitals to support people with dementia, their families and carers. While this will examine how the physical hospital environment can provide a better experience for people with dementia, it will focus on how hospitals can be designed to enable family members and carers to provide the continued and consistent support of a familiar and trusted figure for the person with dementia throughout their visit to the hospital.

The research is being undertaken by a distinguished multi-disciplinary team including Prof Des O’Neill and other expert colleagues from Tallaght Hospital, members of TrinityHaus who are heavily involved in various dementia friendly design projects, and O’Connell Mahon Architects, who have extensive experience in hospital design. The project is being supported by the National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design, the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, the National Centre for Arts and Health Tallaght Hospital, and the COO Tallaght Hospital.

More information on this project will be available on our website as the research develops.

Contact Tom (tom.grey@tcd.ie) or Dimitra (xidousd@tcd.ie) if you have any queries.

10/09/2015


Dementia Friendly Gardens: Creating Therapeutic Outdoor Spaces

 

Dementia Friendly Gardens LogoBuilding on the Universal Design Dementia Friendly Dwellings Guidelines as produced by TrinityHaus and DSIDC’s Living with Dementia Research Programme,TrinityHaus has carried out further specific research into Dementia Friendly Gardens for the Irish company Newtown Saunders Ltd . This has resulted in the creation of a dementia friendly garden toolkit and number of prototype gardens for domestic dwellings and long term residential care homes.

Following on from this TrinityHaus and Newton Saunders Ltd have teamed up with Sonas apc Ltd to work with care homes to redesign their garden spaces as part of a participatory design process involving residents, staff and care home management. Following engagement with a range of both private and public care homes, the team identified four care homes for detailed analysis and the preparation of sketch designs to make each care home garden more dementia friendly. Having completed this stage, one care home will be selected to construct the proposed garden and this will be used as pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of various dementia friendly design interventions.


Keep an eye on our website for further information and details about the pilot study.

Contact Tom (tom.grey@tcd.ie) if you have any queries.

14/08/2015


Tom Grey's Article in Housing Ireland 2015 regarding Universal Design Dementia Friendly Dwellings

 

Photo showing first page of article The Housing Ireland Spring 2015 issue featured an article by TrinityHaus Research Fellow Tom Grey regarding Universal Design and dementia friendly dwellings. The article summarised the main findings from the research work completed by TrinityHaus and DSIDC’s Living with Dementia Research Programme, and also outlined the Universal Design Guidelines: Dementia Friendly Dwellings for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers.

This issue of Housing Ireland is available for download or click here for a PDF of the article.

Contact Tom (tom.grey@tcd.ie) if you have any queries.

28/05/2015


Universal Design Guidelines: Dementia Friendly Dwellings for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers

 

TrinityHaus and the DSIDC’s Living with Dementia research programme (TCD) have recently completed the Universal Design Guidelines: Dementia Friendly Dwellings for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers.

These design guidelines, which were commissioned by the National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) have been created to guide built environment professionals such as architects, planners, landscape architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and builders, as well as health service professionals, on how to produce dementia-friendly new housing or to retro-fit people’s existing homes, using a universal design approach.

According to CEUD “If new dwellings or alterations to existing dwellings are built in line with a Universal Design dementia friendly approach, then they will help people to remain living at home and in their community independently and safely for as long as possible. This approach will also support family members and carers to sustain the caring relationship, particularly if these carers are older people or a person with a disability”

The guidelines are available for download.

Please contact Tom Grey at tom.grey@tcd.ie or 00 353 1 896 3803 for further information.

23/05/2015


TrinityHaus and the Living with Dementia (LiD) Programme present at the IAGG -ER 8th Congress - Unlocking the Demographic Dividend

Research from the Universal Design of Dementia Friendly Dwellings project undertaken by TrinityHaus and the DSIDC’s on behalf of National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) was presented over the weekend at the IAGG-ER 8th Congress - Unlocking the Demographic Dividend, 23rd - 26th April, 2015, Dublin, Ireland.

Maria Pierce presented a paper ‘Universal Design for Dementia Friendly Dwellings: Hearing the Voices of People Embroiled in the Process’ (Authors: Maria Pierce, Thomas Grey, Suzanne Cahill, Mark Dwyer), while Tom Grey presented a poster ‘Designing and Retrofitting for Dementia Friendly Dwellings through the Universal Design Approach’ (Authors: Thomas Grey, Maria Pierce, Suzanne Cahill, Mark Dwyer). Click here to download the poster.

Please contact Tom Grey at tom.grey@tcd.ie or 00 353 1 896 3803 for further information.

27/04/2015


Research and Recommendations on the Universal Design of Dwellings for People with Dementia, their Families and Carers launched by Kathleen Lynch, Minister of State at the Department of Health

TrinityHaus and the Living with Dementia research programme (TCD) have recently completed a report commissioned by the National Disability Authority’s Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) titled - Research for Dementia and Home Design in Ireland looking at New Build and Retro-Fit Homes from a Universal Design Approach: Key Findings and Recommendations 2015. The report recommends that by following the principles of universal design - combined with a collaborative approach to design - it is possible for people living with dementia, their families and carers, to live longer and happier lives in their own homes. The purpose of this research is to inform the development of design guidelines, to guide built environment professionals such as architects, planners, landscape architects, quantity surveyors, engineers and builders, as well as health service professionals, on how to produce dementia-friendly new housing or to retro-fit people’s existing homes, using a universal design approach.

At the launch of the report and recommendations, which took place on February 4, 2015 at the National Disability Authority, the Minister of State for Primary and Social Care, Kathleen Lynch stated that: “This research establishes firm foundations for the national research and design guidelines that will be launched this summer. These guidelines need to be widely disseminated and used not only by the built environment design community but also by people living with dementia, their families and carers when they are building new homes or retrofitting existing ones”.

The Chair of the National Disability Authority, Helen Guinan, said: “This is groundbreaking research not only in Ireland but also internationally. It will help to build knowledge and capacity within the built environment professional community to enable them to design, build and retrofit existing homes that will have a positive impact on people living with dementia, their families and carers. It will facilitate people living with dementia to remain in their own homes in greater safety and comfort.”

The official report can be downloaded here. The full guidelines will be launched by the NDA in May 2015.

13/02/2015


The Universal Design of dwellings for people with dementia, their families and carers wins runner-up prize at 'Elevator Award for Innovation in Dementia' awards on December 11, 2014

 

The Universal Design of dwellings for people with dementia, their families and carers project featured in the Autumn 2014 TrinityHaus Newsletter recently won a runner-up 'Elevator Award for Innovation in Dementia'. Up until now, research and design guidance on dementia has only addressed care homes. The 'Research, Recommendations and Design Guidance for Home Design for Ireland' project aims to provide design professionals and relevant stakeholders with the necessary universal design guidance to design new homes or to retrofit existing housing stock in order to maintain for as long as possible, the possibility of people living with dementia to be able to live in their own homes and communities. The full list of partners involved in this project includes: Neil Murphy, Dr Ger Craddock, Prof Suzanne Cahill, Prof Mark Dyer, Tom Grey & Dr Maria Pierce.

The final report will be available in early 2015, with the full set of UD guidelines launched in May 2015.

12/12/2014


Funding News - Two Projects funded by EPA

 

'Investigation into the causes, impacts and measures to deal with algal blooms in Vartry Reservoirs' - Diatom algal blooms in water supply sources can cause many problems in the drinking water treatment process. Vartry Reservoir is an important drinking water source in Ireland. Diatom algal blooms have caused problems in the sand filters in the Roundwood water treatment plant in recent years. The project, led by Dr Xiao, will aim to investigate the cause of the diatom algal blooms in Vartry Reservoir and to identify potential measures to deal with the impact of algal blooms in Roundwood water treatment plants.

'Technologies for monitoring, detecting and treating overflows from urban wastewater networks' - A combined sewer system is a wastewater collection system designed to collect and convey sewage and storm water through a single pipe. During precipitation events, the systems are designed to overflow when collection system capacity is exceeded, resulting in a combined sewer overflow (CSO) that discharges directly to surface waters. CSO discharges have been recognised as a potential cause of receiving water impairments. In early August 2014, 12 beaches in Dublin were closed due to health concerns over water pollution by CSOs discharges. Led by Dr Xiao, the project will review and assess the technologies for monitoring, detecting and treating CSO discharges in Irish context, and develop a decision support tool for determining the level of monitoring required of a CSO.

For more information on these projects, please contact Dr. Liwen Xiao at liwen.xiao@tcd.ie  .

 

21/11/2014


The newest issue of the TrinityHaus Research Matters Newsletter is live

 

Research Matters - Autumn 2014 - People-Centred Design: People-Centred Design is about creating environments that support health, well-being and social participation. In this edition of ResearchMatters we outline a few of our projects and initiatives where people are put at the centre of the design of the built environment. All of these projects are collaborative efforts and we are delighted to be able to work with great partners who share our interest in creating people friendly buildings, neighbourhoods and cities. We hope you enjoy our newsletter and feel free to contact us if you have queries.

18/11/2014


Tom Grey speaking about Universal Design as a 'Framework for Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment' at the RCPI St. Luke's Symposium 2014

Dublin, 14 October, 2014

Tom Grey of TrinityHaus will present a paper called ‘A Framework for Health and Wellbeing in the Built Environment' at the upcoming Royal College of Physicians of Ireland annual St Lukes’ Symposium. This talk, which will take place on Tuesday the 14th of October 2014 is part of a session that looks at the interplay of architecture and medicine, and will examine the Universal Design approach in general while looking specifically at some recent research around the Universal Design of Dementia Friendly Dwellings. (See www.rcpi.ie)


For further Information please contact Tom Grey at tom.grey@tcd.ie.

08/10/2014

The Future of Flood Risk Management: FLOODRisk 2012 Conference

Rotterdam, 20-22 November 2012

Flooding: community resilience and resistance in the future

TrinityHaus attended the FLOODRisk 2012 conference in Rotterdam where the results of the ongoing eGMS research project were presented by our Czech partners of Vodni Zdroje.

The conference set a milestone in the dissemination of flood risk management knowledge from across the globe. Institutional speakers from The Office of Public Work, Mr Mark Adamson (Ireland), The Environmental Agency, Mr David Rooke (UK), The Delta Programme, Mr Wim Kuijken (The Netherlands) described the role and strategy of their agencies in addressing flood risk management and the challenges of implementing the Floods Directive at national level. Interestingly there appears to be a significant shift in the time span covered by national strategic planning: with 100 years plans being prepared for basins such as those of the Thames and the Humber in the UK. Among the drivers of this shift is the realisation that the uncertainties introduced by factoring climate change in management strategies call for long term planning and, in turn, the development of an adaptive approach to flood risk management. Gains, losses and hence investment cannot be considered in the relative short context of 5 to 15 years, but a more far-sighted view has to be taken. The same realisation has occurred in the R&D world with new programmes, such as Flood Control 2100, being developed with a farther outlook in to the future.

Experience from the recent Queensland disasters in Australia has been reported by Mr Greame Milligan of the Queensland Reconstruction Authority. Mr Milligan has highlighted the role of urban planning in managing community recovery and resilience. Prof. Ed Link (Maryland University and former USACE staff) explained how, effective flood retention strategies were instrumental in protecting the population and economic assets during flood events on the Mississippi and Missouri rivers in the USA. Prof. Link’s presentation, together with Ambassador Joan Boer’s (Ambassador of the Netherland in Thailand) retrospective on recent Thai events, have highlighted the role of politics in flood risk and relief management.

The numerous technical presentations discussed subjects ranging from community engagement and climate change adaptation, to flood modelling and remote sensing monitoring. Interestingly flood and risk modelling are increasingly relying on a probabilistic approach rather than a deterministic approach; at least in research if not in practice. Valuable contributions have been made in the fields of IT based solutions (including artificial intelligence algorithms) and sensor arrays which suggest that innovation in these fields will be central to future research efforts. Nonetheless there appears to be agreement around the fact that increased resilience can be efficiently achieved by including community engagement strategies and enabling self-help actions through community education.

The research carried out at TrinityHaus is at the centre of the debate with ongoing projects focussing on technologies for flood defence monitoring and integrity assessment; while future research concepts are being developed in collaboration with Irish and international partners for flood resilient communities through technological innovation and stakeholder engagement innovation.

For further information contact Matteo Viganotti at viganom@tcd.ie or Ruth Jackson at ruth.jackson@tcd.ie

18/12/2012


Prof. Oliver Kinnane at Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB ’12)

Sustainability in Energy and Buildings

Prof. Oliver Kinnane recently presented a paper on the Post Occupancy Evaluation of the Wood Quay Venue at Dublin City Council Offices. He presented this at the Sustainability in Energy and Buildings (SEB’12) (http://seb12.sustainedenergy.org/) conference that took place in Stockholm in September 2012.  Oliver also presented a on the monitoring study of the Low Carbon Adaptable Home.

The papers were titled:

Kinnane, O.P., Dyer, M., and Treacy, C. 2012. Analysis of thermal comfort and space heating strategy - a case study in Irish public buildings. In: Proceedings in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings SEB12, Stockholm.

Kinnane, O.P., Grey, T., and Dyer, M. 2012. A comprehensive monitoring system to assess the performance of a prototype house. In: Proceedings in Sustainability in Energy and Buildings SEB12, Stockholm.

For further information contact Oliver Kinnane at oliver.kinnane@tcd.ie

05/09/2012


Building Information Modelling and the Revit Users Ireland Group (RUIG)

TrinityHaus recently hosted the 5th Revit Users Ireland Group (RUIG) meeting which involved practical demonstrations of the new features of Autodesk Revit 2013 and Navisworks. A large diverse crowd of building professionals gathered to discuss many aspects of this cutting edge Building Information Modelling software (BIM). BIM is rapidly becoming a world leading design, analysis and management tool for the built environment, providing unique benefits in terms of sustainability and cost effective construction.

For over a year now TrinityHaus has been helping to host the ‘Revit Users Ireland Group’ (RUIG) meetings which are organised by ArcDox (www.arcdox.com) and Autodesk (www.autodesk.ie). RUIG is a multidisciplinary “Community of Innovators”, that meets once every quarter, sharing information, ideas, tips & trick, to promote the more efficient use of Revit & related tools across the disciplines, exploring ways to improve collaboration and “push the boundaries”, establishing Revit users in Ireland as world leaders in the implementation of BIM. This promises to be a very interesting event for all disciplines in construction, with presentations, demonstrations, followed by some discussions, and the opportunity to network with other keen Revit users in Ireland.

The next meeting will take place in September so keep an eye on the TrinityHaus website, or contact us for further information.


For further information contact Tom Grey at tom.grey@tcd.ie or Oliver Kinnane at oliver.kinnane@tcd.ie

05/07/2012


TrinityHaus meets with the ClimaDesign group from the Technische Universität München in Germany

TrinityHaus recently had the pleasure of meeting the ‘ClimaDesign’ (www.climadesign.de) group from the Technische Universität München in Germany. The group, headed by Prof. Gerhard Hausladen, was in Dublin as part of a study tour looking at recent city development and low energy design in the capital. ClimaDesign is examining energy efficiency at both the building and the city scale and thus shares many interests with TrinityHaus, where integrated thinking at all scales including; the occupant, the building, the neighbourhood and the city, is central to all research.

 

The catering skills of TrinityHaus were truly tested when hosting the group of 25! But a productive exchange of ideas and research interests have opened the door to future collaboration.


For further information contact Tom Grey at tom.grey@tcd.ie.

05/07/2012




News Archive

Tom Grey speaking about Universal Design at the RIAI Annual Conference 2013 - Architecture Matters

Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Annual Conference 2013 – ‘Architecture Matters’, Dublin, 29-30 September, 2013

Tom Grey of TrinityHaus recently presented a Universal Design paper at the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Annual Conference 2013 – ‘Architecture Matters’ – which took place on the 29th and 30th of September in the RDS, Dublin.

The title and abstract for the paper is outlined below.


Universal Design as the creation of sensitive and responsive space

Universal Design, defined as “the design and composition of an environment so that it can be accessed, understood and used to the greatest extent possible by all people, regardless of their age, size, ability or disability” is often considered only in terms of accessibility relating to physical disability. However as the definition states Universal Design is also about usability and understanding and more importantly it is for all people. This paper focuses on usability and understanding in Universal Design and examines these criteria in the context of tactile and multi-sensory architecture which focuses on environmental qualities. If Universal Design is seen as a process that enables and empowers a diverse population by improving human performance, health and wellness and social participation, how does this connect with architecture that is concerned with the creation of sensitive and responsive space? And what potential exists for architecture to provide a more orientating and therapeutic environment which can help support human health and well-being throughout a person’s life cycle.

For further Information please contact Tom Grey at tom.grey@tcd.ie.

29/09/2013


TrinityHaus at Euroscience Open Forum 2012

Smart & Liveable Cities Workshop, Dublin, 12 July 2012

24 Hour Inclusive Design Challenge

Professor Mark Dyer has been invited to participate to the European Science Foundation Smart & Liveable Cities Workshop that will be held as part of ESOF 2012 in Dublin. This initiative aims to bring together researchers, city planners, engineers, policymakers, city officials, industry and other, practitioners, to explore and develop the relationship between people, places, policy and technology.

 


For further information contact Mark Dyer at mark.dyer@tcd.ie.

or follow the link to:
Smart & Liveable Cities Workshop

04/07/2012


Prof. Mark Dyer speaks at Delta College, Michigan, USA

GAP, Global Awareness Program

Professor Mark Dyer delivered this year’s keynote lecture at Delta College GAP Global Awareness Program as part of Earth Day. This year’s focus was on Europe. The keynote lecture entitled "Sustainability... Building for Everyone: A TrinityHaus Perspective" highlighted the pivotal role that people centered design plays in making cities, neighbourhoods and buildings more accessible, usable and sustainable.

For further information contact Mark Dyer at mark.dyer@tcd.ie.

or follow the link to:
GAP Delta Colege

12/04/2012


Prof. Dyer Team Leader at the third 24H Inclusive Design Challenge, Oslo, NORWAY

24H Inclusive Design Challenge 2012

24 Hour Inclusive Design Challenge

Professor Mark Dyer is taking part as one of four team leaders at the third 24H Inclusive Design Challenge to be held in Oslo June 7th /8th 2012. The 24 Hr Design Challenges are held at regular times across the globe since the 1990’s as part of action based design facilitated by the Julia Cassim at the Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA London. On this occasion the event is being sponsored by the Norwegian Design Council and the theme is the role of inclusive or universal design in business. The design briefs cover topics on a people-centred, inclusive design approach: a) digital solutions, b) products and environments, c) communications and marketing, d) services.


For further information contact Mark Dyer at mark.dyer@tcd.ie.

or follow the link to:
24 hour inclusive design challenge

06/06/2012


eGMS International Meeting in Lubljana, Slovenia

Flood defence asset assessment and monitoring, international meeting

TrinityHaus to Lubljana

TrinityHaus participated to the eGMS conference at the Slovenian Chamber of Engineers (IZS) in Ljubljana on the 13th October 2011. TrinityHaus presented to the audience the current status of the eGMS methodology in Ireland where the technology is being pilot tested on tidally influenced embankments in Limerick and Shannon. The presentation was followed by an open discussion concerning the eGMS project and the plans for potential implementation in Slovenia.


For further information contact Matteo Viganotti at vigano@tcd.ie or Ruth Jackson at ruth.jackson@tcd.ie.

Partners and sponsors:
Minerex Geophisics Water Resources GEOKO Siemens Ireland

28/10/2011


TrinityHaus to be awarded by SEAI

Sustainable Energy Communities Initiative

TrinityHaus to be awarded by SEAI

TrinityHaus are part of the successful consortium led by Dublin City Council with Codema and Siemens to be awarded by SEAI exemplar status for Sustainable Energy Communities initiative. Over the next 3 years the project will involve master energy planning of Dublin City along with a programme of energy saving projects including Kevin and Pearse Street Libraries, Dominick Street and Glover Court.

For further information contact Mark Dyer at mark.dyer@tcd.ie.

Consortium partners:
Dublin City Council CODEMA, Sustainable Dublin Siemens Ireland

24/10/2011


Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships (TEP) - Short Term PhD Scholarships

Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships (TEP)

Canada-EU Program for Co-Operation in Higher Education, Training and Youth

Areas of interest: Integrated Waste Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Risk Analysis, Watershed Management, Climate Change Impacts and Green Energy and Sustainable Construction

Five short term (4 month) scholarships are available for Trinity College Dublin PhD students to visit one of three Canadian Universities between January and April 2011. The scholarships are funded as part of a Canada-EU Program for Co-operation in Higher Education, Training and Youth. The scholarships cover the costs of air fare with a monthly stipend of €1,000.
The exchange programme aims to foster cooperation and collaboration among 3 Canadian and 4 European universities through 60 student exchanges. The purpose is to develop, improve and integrate teaching contents and training activities in the area of Environmental Sciences and Engineering. Each student would have the opportunity to attend taught classes and participate in short term research in the fields of water management, waste management, environmental impact assessment and geo-environmental engineering at the Canadian partner intuition.

For further information contact Mark Dyer at mark.dyer@tcd.ie.

Canedian partners:
Laval University, Quebec The University of Ottawa, Ontario University of British Columbia, British Columbia

EU partners:
Dublin City University, Ireland Trinity College Dublin, Ireland Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna di Studi Universitari e di Perfezionamento, Italy Universita' di Pisa, Italy

16/09/2010


Secondary School Students Win Young Innovators Award

TrinityHaus

Secondary School transition year and 5th year students from Dublin schools participated in the ‘Entrepreneurs Don’t Grow on Trees!’  Summer Camp on June 8th-18th last at Trinity College Dublin.  The students were encouraged to come up with low carbon entrepreneurial concepts on the 10-day Summer Camp and Innovation scholarship programme which was organised by TrinityHaus i.School, with the support of the Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science at TCD.
The winning team: Rachel O'Dwyer aged 16, St. Raphaela’s Secondary School; Sarah Hughes aged 15, St Joseph’s Secondary School; Nabiihah Jandoo, aged 16, Loreto College Crumlin;  and Ciara Dunne aged 16, Tallght Community School; came up with the concept ‘Trees for Teens’, a new iPhone app dedicated to Youth Centres and Cafes. The team was awarded the ‘Entrepreneurs Don’t Grow on Trees! Most Innovative Concept 2010 Award’ by a panel of R&D experts from industry and academia: Noel Crawford, Innovation Centre, ISV & Developer Relations Manager at IBM; Barry Kennedy, Programme Manager at INTEL; George Kiely, Senior Development Advisor at Enterprise Ireland;  and Professor Mark Dyer, Director of TrinityHaus at TCD.
As part of the Summer Camp programme there was a series of lectures and hands-on workshops aimed at providing an understanding of entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainability concepts. The students benefited from the combined contribution of academics and professional innovators as well as business experts from industry. During the second week of the summer camp, the students were divided into four competing teams and asked to demonstrate their entrepreneurial skills and passion for successful ideas by developing a viable product or service for low-carbon living in Dublin.
The students found the experience both intense and rewarding and felt they had learnt valuable lessons about generating innovative ideas and working in teams.  According to Rachel O'Dwyer (aged 16) from St. Raphaelas Secondary School: “The programme was very intense, but it was great to learn about generating innovative and sustainable business ideas as well as putting them in to practice”.  Simon O'Leary  (aged 17) from Tallaght Community School said: “The lectures were great and I really enjoyed working with my team”.

For further information contact Matteo Viganotti at matteo.viganotti@tcd.ie.

23/06/2010


Masters in Development Practice, applications now open

TrinityHaus

The joint TCD-UCD Masters degree in Development Practice (MDP) is a new two-year programme that offers a world class training and education in development practice at graduate level. The first intake of students will be in September 2010, with a pre-entry intensive training programme held in August 2010.
The Masters in Development Practice will develop the core competencies required by practitioners in international development. The programme combines a range of teaching and learning approaches and mechanisms in the seminar room and in the field, and brings to bear expertise from both academics and practitioners.

For further information and applications visit http://www.naturalscience.tcd.ie/postgraduate/dev-pract/dev-pract.php.

19/04/2010


Applications are invited for Post-doctoral position in TrinityHaus

Universal Design Building Rating System

It is proposed that a detailed Universal Design Building Rating System be developed based on the existing Building Energy Rating (BER) system, with the following potential applications:

  • Identification of key or priority accessibility and usability features in the built environment;
  • Assessment and classification of existing buildings, with a view to identifying best practice in Universal Design of the built environment to inform standards revision;
  • Exploring and measuring building performance, with respect to accessibility and usability;
  • Monitoring compliance with and efficacy of accessibility standards and Universal Design guidelines;
  • Identifying priority renovations and retrofits (and cutting down on unnecessary or inadequate retrofits);
  • The development of a National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) Workshop Agreement on Universal Design of the Built Environment;
  • Merging of Sustainable Design and Universal Design as two overlapping and complementary design concepts.

Suitable postdoctoral applicants must:

  • Currently hold or about to receive a doctoral degree, awarded by any institution worldwide;
  • Have not yet been employed in a postdoctoral research position for more than 36 months at the closing date of the call. Career breaks or periods in industry will not be included in the calculation of 36 months. Applicable career breaks include parental leave, maternity leave, caring leave, periods working in an industrial setting where the applicant was not able to publish peer-reviewed publications, or periods spent working in a purely teaching position;
  • Ensure that their research proposal subject falls into one of the subject areas described above, or is interdisciplinary within those areas;
  • There are no restrictions as to nationality or citizenship. Applicants currently resident outside of Ireland are eligible to apply, as are those currently resident in Ireland;
  • Applicants who currently hold an IRCSET postdoctoral fellowship are not eligible to apply;
  • As postdoctoral awards throughout the Enterprise Partnership Scheme are designed to enhance the careers of early-stage researchers, who have not yet achieved a tenured research position at a Higher Education Institution, those who hold such a position are not eligible to apply.

The award will be co-funded by IRCSET and the Enterprise Partner Centre for Excellence in Universal Design in the National Disability Authority through IRCSET’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme. Further details on the Enterprise Partnership Scheme can be found on IRCSET website.
Applicants must meet IRCSET’s eligibility criteria and will be assessed independently by IRCSET.

To apply, please email your CV to include the names and contact details of 3 referees (email addresses if possible) together with a cover letter as to why you are interested in the position to Karen Henry (henryka@tcd.ie) by 5pm Wednesday 31st March.

15/03/2010


Designing and building a refugee shelter

Refugee Shelters

As part of their coursework, Senior Freshman Engineering students were given the task of designing and building a refugee shelter.
They had to design a shelter for an extreme climate with the following requirements: the shelter must be light weight, portable, easy to erect and dismantle. It must be able to store food, collect 70L of clean rain water per week, 20L of which must be stored in case of emergency and it must incorporate a solar cooker for meal preparation and a solar still for water purification. The shelter must adhere to all of these requirements with a maximum cost of €100.
In addition to this, the students were scored on the level of sustainability such as the sourcing of materials, potential for recycling and re-use and the carbon footprint involved.
Having completed the design stage of the project, on Thursday December 17th last the students built the shelters onsite in the Physics Garden.  Guest judges from Focus Ireland and UNICEF were on hand to give their opinion and to help select the winning shelter.  First prize was awarded to The Arc for the best shelter overall. A special mention was given to Refshelter for excellent construction and Cardboard Cradle for their innovative construction technique.

Well done to all involved!

27/01/2010


Prof. Mark Dyer speaking at TIDI Development Research Week

The Trinity International Development Initiative presents a showcase of development research and associated activities. During Development Research Week (Monday 9th – Friday 13th November), TIDI will host sessions in collaboration with researchers and students from TCD and other education institutes, as well as NGOs, to highlight development research and its application across a range of topics.
As part of the "Seminar Series: Climate Change Research" taking place, on Friday 13th November 2009, Prof. Mark Dyer, Director of TrinityHaus, is going to present - Slim cities:Transforming Dublin into a low-carbon society - where Dublin is investigated as a living laboratory for future low carbon living.

For further information on Development Research Week: www.tcd.ie/tidi

10/11/2009


TrinityHaus Postgraduate Researchers are the ten eyes of Dublin

The ten new Postgraduate Researchers, as a part of their first semester in TrinityHaus, have been set a challenge to take on ten different persona that together are representative of the population of Dublin. They will then examine Dublin through these ten sets of eyes in order to gain a better understanding of how Dublin is sustainable and areas in which unsustainability can be tackled. Their efforts and findings will be presented to the public in an exhibition during the beginning of 2010.

10/11/2009


Welcome to the ten Postgraduate Researchers at TrinityHaus

Postgraduate - GREENprint (Low-Carbon Society)

In October 2009 ten Postgraduate Researchers were recruited to the GREENprint research theme in TrinityHaus. They form a very multidisciplinary group with background such as civil engineering, architecture and human geography. They are funded under a joint IRCSET GREP between TrinityHaus and UCD’s Urban Institute and will work on a wide variety of research projects that fall under the four GREENprint work packages, urban systems and urban ecology, buildings and the built environment, people and communities and green infrastructure. They are a bright and enthusiastic group of young researchers and the centre expects a great output from them over the next four years.

01/10/2009


Postgraduate opportunities at TrinityHaus

On the 24th April, TrinityHaus presented an information session for undergraduates who are interested in carrying out MsC or PhD research next year. Below are found the presentations given by each of the speakers:

For further information regarding postgraduate opportunites in TrinityHaus, please contact Dr. Ruth Collins ruth.collins@tcd.ie

24/04/2009


Mark Dyer's inaugural lecture Transforming Ireland into a Low Carbon Society

Professor Mark Dyer's Innovation Inaugural Lecture is now on podcast or downloadable from iTunesU. View the slides of the lecture.

05/03/2009


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