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Following a period of hibernation, and a subsequent Report on DCC Beta summarising its initial development period of 3.5 years and review by City Architects, a decision was made last Friday 16th December 2016 to not continue the DCC Beta platform. The … Continue reading
What was the outcome of the Rain Box Planters trial?
This project was seeking to begin to look at whether a shared, collaborative, working space, would also be a useful resource for Dublin City Council staff – but particularly whether one could have a dual purpose as a ‘standard’ meeting room … Continue reading
What was the outcome of the Street Parklet Beta Project, iteration 2?
What was the outcome of the Bike Hangar Beta Project? Please use the hashtag #BikeHangarBeta on social media to help everyone follow the conversation.
Dublin City Council beta is being put into ‘hibernation’. I’d like to explain why, and what this means.
What do you think of the below format for listing prioritised projects? We spotted one of those ‘manage your daily workload’ type pieces online which suggested people organise their day in a format similar to the below image. (Focus on one big item … Continue reading
Great news folks! Dublin City Council Beta Projects has now been corporately adopted!
Update 22/12/14: Slight update to the site can be seen here. Original 15/12/14: A few members of Code for Ireland offered recently to look at creating an initial prototype of a Traffic Light Box Artworks website. You can see their very first version … Continue reading
People discussing new ideas often find themselves doing two things at the same time – discussing general and wide-ranging policy, and discussing the detail of implementation at a specific location or within a specific community. Beta Projects therefore can be split into two types – Beta Project policy and … Continue reading
This Beta Project looks at whether we could further highlight the existing transport connections in Dublin by creating ‘local mobility nodes’, and whether such a concept would help us with future transport infrastructure decisions. We’re calling these ‘Leap Points’. If commenting on social media please … Continue reading
This Beta Project will look at whether we can green streets and better manage rainwater coming from people’s roofs by exploring the idea of ‘Rain Box Planters’. If commenting on social media please add #RainBoxBeta and #DCCbeta to help everyone follow the conversation!
Update: 19/07/16 This concept is being updated as “Many Hands” with the following logo… ManyHands.ie redirects to this page until we figure out how best this concept might be used. Original Post: 28/10/14 We’d like to have a conversation about … Continue reading
Trials only need to last as long as you’re learning…but sometimes they may need to be kept in place for longer. We’re calling this Beta Fair Time.Please use the hashtag #BetaFairTime on social media to help everyone follow the conversation.
What was the outcome of the Street Parklet Beta Project? (Parklet design and installation by David Andrews. The above photo by Streets Of Dublin.) Please use the hashtag #StreetParkletBeta on social media to help everyone follow the conversation.
People regularly ask as to why Beta Projects are removed, and we’d like to explain the thinking behind it, and welcome a discussion. Please use the hashtag #DCCbeta on social media to help us and everyone else follow the conversation.
What was the outcome of the Curated Walls Beta Project? (Above piece by Art By Eoin) Please use the hashtag #CuratedWallsBeta on social media to help us and everyone else follow the conversation.
What was the outcome of the Traffic Light Box Artworks Beta Project? (Above piece by Hawkie) Please use the hashtag #BoxArtworksBeta on social media to help us and everyone else follow the conversation.
At the end of a Beta Project, we’d like to let people know how the trial went, what we measured, how feedback and suggestions were taken into account, and what the outcomes of the trial are going to be. We’re calling this … Continue reading
What approach should Dublin City Council Beta Projects adopt when a physical item is required for a trial?
This Beta Project will look at the issue of love locks on the Ha’Penny Bridge (and neighbouring bridges and Boardwalk). If commenting on social media please add #LoveLocksBeta to help us follow what people think of the idea, and all feedback and suggestions!
This Beta Project will look at whether we can better support people in storing their bicycles outside their homes. If commenting on social media please add #BikeHangarBeta to help us follow what people think of the idea, and all feedback and suggestions!
In January 2012, Shane Waring of the City Architects Division of Dublin City Council proposed that an idea be explored as a “City Architects 10% Innovation Time Project”. This was approved by Ali Grehan, the City Architect and so within two months the Beta Projects went live (Beta’s ‘birthday’ is … Continue reading
A. (Awareness of the issue/opportunity for Dublin.) We’d like to explore the idea of ‘Project Champions’ – certain people leading, administering, and facilitating others to carry out certain roles in their community.
This is just to begin some of the explanation around this idea, and we don’t expect it will make 100% sense as yet. We’re going to look at creating what we’re calling (working title!) Themed Kanban Tables.
We haven’t particularly mentioned them to date, but Dublin City Beta Projects uses 6 themes when trying to prioritise which Beta Projects macro to next work on. (Also see the blog sidebar where they’re shown.) (This image was taken as … Continue reading
Update 25/09/14: We have simplified these to bring them down from 14 to 10 metrics. We’ve done this by combing some of the metrics (the 3 ‘area perception’ ones, and the 3 ‘sustainability’ ones). We’ve also changed the ‘Sustainability’ metric to be ‘Sustainability and … Continue reading
We’ve been thinking about the idea of a 0.01% Innovation Fund for Dublin, and we’d love to hear your feedback and suggestions. (Pictured here is the Street Feast we went to, and munched at, at Dublin’s Urban Farm.)
We’d like to briefly mention two new ‘digital’ developments. The Beta mechanism was included in a new ‘Dublin Digital Masterplan‘ (which was produced as a result of this group). At this stage it’s simply the inclusion of the concept, and … Continue reading
There is a problem with onstreet dumping in Dublin. This Dublin City Beta Project aims to explore this issue and begin to develop and prototype solutions. It is likely that it’s what’s often called “a wicked problem” – ie it’s … Continue reading
We’ve agreed a 3 month trial of a ‘1% Innovation Fund’ with one of our Area Offices. The thinking (the experiment) is that such a 1% Innovation Fund might be used to explore ways to better stretch the Business As … Continue reading
Here’s a suggestion sent in by Elaine: Ref:13040201 Elaine’s thoughts… Could you (briefly) explain the issue that you’re hoping to solve? There are many amenities available within the city which are not visable or known to people, even those in the locality on … Continue reading
We began a trial a year or so ago. We wanted to create a mechanism whereby Dublin was able to experiment in order to test ideas that it felt might improve the City. We weren’t quite sure what it was that … Continue reading
We arranged for a chat yesterday to discuss the next steps for the traffic light box artwork Beta Project, and also to select one of the entries for the moss wall Beta. Here’s what happened…
Update 20/08/13 We’ve received three emails in the past two weeks from people enquiring about how best to contact those who created pieces as part of the below Beta Project. Any further iterations of this Beta Project should look at … Continue reading
We’d like to arrange a short meeting to chat to you about two projects – the traffic light box artworks and the moss wall.
Update 01/03/13: Here’s the minutes of the below meeting (it also involved the traffic light boxes), and the selection process. We have some more work to do with regard to exploring how best to succeed with moss-growing, and there’s several … Continue reading
As it’s the Bram Stoker Festival this weekend, we’ve added the below ourselves to ask you for your input on this DCC Beta.
DCC Beta Projects has been running for about 7 months, and is ITSELF a Beta, and itself has considered the Beta criteria (it was responding to a ‘Need’, is a ‘strategic platform’ – an idea that can change and grow … Continue reading
As we all know, there are a large number of vacant shops in Dublin. Could they be used in some temporary way? We have received a few suggestions that vacant shop fronts could be used as a platform for emerging … Continue reading
Here’s a Street Art Checklist…
Update 28/02/13: There is to be a second iteration of this DCC Beta. Update 25/10/12: The wall has now been painted – see the below photos. Contact DCC Beta Projects as usual with queries or comments on the general Beta itself (for … Continue reading
We’re going to be running a Parklet Beta. Are you aware of the idea of Parklets? Here’s also some further information on San Francisco’s Pavement To Parks initiative (thanks to David Andrews for sending on). (Image credit to San Francisco’s Pavement to Parks programme.)
(Update 02/07/12: Now in place onstreet…cheers to Alan for the pics https://twitter.com/AlanRiain/status/219768310697426944) So we saw recently that in Helsinki they’re starting to put extra temporary cycle-parking onto the city streets for the ‘Summer’ half of the year (when more people cycle). … Continue reading
There are many corners in the city without street signs, and you’ll frequently spot tourists, map-in-hand, trying to figure out where they are. This got us thinking about street corner signs! What would we like street corner signs to do? … Continue reading
Just getting some free time to blog this now (thanks again to everyone who came along!) and let you know how the artworks were selected for the Traffic Light Box Artwork Beta. On a Friday in early May, from 10:30-12:00 a … Continue reading
Thanks to everyone who submitted a proposal for a Traffic Light Box Artwork! We discussed this and we want to ask you something… What format should the ‘selection’ process take?
What’s the importance/value in an area having a clear name? Are there areas of the city that are more difficult to name? For example ‘Rathmines’, or ‘Stoneybatter’ are clear enough, however many areas of the city are not so clearly … Continue reading