Award / Auszeichnung | 06/2023

New European Bauhaus Champions 2023

Ripple: Making Connections between Water and Climate Change in our Towns

IE-F26 A029 Ballina

Winner | Reconnecting with nature

UCD Centre for Irish Towns

Vereine / Verbände / Kammern

Ballina Green Towns



  • Gebäudetyp:

    Landschaft und Freiraum

  • Projektgröße:

    keine Angabe

  • Status:

    In Vorbereitung

  • Termine:


Public green spaces, common in housing estates throughout Ireland, represent a significant untapped resource for climate action, through their potential transformation as water resilient, productive and socially cohesive public space.

Ripple was one of fifteen projects supported by the first Creative Ireland Climate Action Call. The aim was to trial a collaborative place-based approach to climate resilient green space in towns, with a specific focus on water. We planned to work with a community in Ballina to demonstrate how inclusive co-design could support local action-based climate initiatives. A core tenet of climate resilience is to “leave no person or place behind”. The research team was keen to trial this approach with a community that had faced socio-economic challenges to see if a model of respectful support, listening and engagement could generate a positive ripple-effect.

A set of tools was developed that could be scaled up and out for application in other communities in Ireland and beyond. UCD Centre for Irish Towns was the lead applicant in collaboration with Ballina Green Towns, artist RĂ­onach NĂ©ill and Mayo County Council.

The project involved Storymapping, Co-Design, Making and Evaluation stages. During Storymapping we gathered the experiences and perspectives of residents about water, and the use and users of their neighbourhood green spaces. In the next stage, 16 prospective ideas were co-designed, and subsequently voted upon, to select one idea to implement. The preferred idea – the Paradise Garden – built in the 3rd stage of the project, is a climate friendly intergenerational amenity space and a haven for wildlife. It features a tree nursery for local oaks, heritage fruit trees, vegetable beds, pollinator friendly planting, and nature based play. Rainwater is slowed through a series of rills, wells and natural attenuation features on its way to the river. The project was evaluated through a participatory Ripple Effect Mapping process.