Category Archives: Shane

That’s All Folks!

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

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Report Card – Rain Box Planters

What was the outcome of the Rain Box Planters trial?

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Report Card – Collaborative Working Room

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

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Report Card – Street Parklet (iteration 2)

What was the outcome of the Street Parklet Beta Project, iteration 2?

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Time to Hibernate

Dublin City Council beta is being put into ‘hibernation’. I’d like to explain why, and what this means.

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Beta Projects – Priorities

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

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Traffic Light Box Artworks website

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

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Beta Projects – Policy and Place

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

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LEAP points

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

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Rain Box Planters

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!

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The 1% Dublin Difference

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

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Beta Fair Time

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.

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Report Card – Street Parklet

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.

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8 reasons why Beta Projects are removed

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.

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Report Card – Curated Walls

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.

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Report Card – Traffic Light Box Artworks

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.

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Beta Project Report Cards

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

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Using Products

What approach should Dublin City Council Beta Projects adopt when a physical item is required for a trial?

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Love Actually?

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!

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Bike Hangar

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!

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Dublin City Beta Projects – Status Update

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

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Project Champions

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.

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Themed Kanban Tables

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.

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6 Themes

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

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1% Metrics

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

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0.01% Innovation Fund

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.)

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Onstreet Dumping & Waste

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

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1% Innovation Fund

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

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Beta 2.0

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

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Meeting Minutes – Traffic Light Box Artworks and Moss Wall Selection

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…         

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Walls, Walls, Walls – Iteration 2

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

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Alive Alive-O

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

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Walls, Walls, Walls – Iteration 1

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

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Parklets

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.)

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‘Equinox’ Cycle Parking

(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

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Should Street Corner Signs Also Sing and Dance?

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

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Traffic Light Box Artworks – 1 / 11 / 111

1 Identity / 11 Boxes / 111 Euro As the very first Beta Project, we are making 11 traffic light boxes (in the ‘Beta Area’) available for street artworks, and we’re looking for people to submit designs for them! UPDATE 26/04/12: Please … Continue reading

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