The Green Urban Museum proposes the creation of a wider network of public spaces in the heart of Georgian Limerick, including laneways, public squares and parks. It is our aim that they will be used as open public platforms, allowing for community engagement; community interaction and exchange; community learning about history, art and culture; as well as re-connecting the community with nature.
A community-driven squat team will transform a derelict Georgian laneway into a Green Urban Museum. Hunt Museum artefacts will use 3D printing (of recycled materials) in the creation of a place of play and curiosity. The design principles of permaculture will be deployed using sustainable planting, and sensors will monitor the consequent change in air quality as the area becomes a CO2 sink, not a net contributor. Technological solutions will focus on principles of permaculture, like the use of solar power in the implementation of a sensor-activated irrigation system. Technological solutions will also focus on lighting and energy storage, using battery self-powered LED or projectors. Play will be encouraged through interaction with fun objects at child-height. By placing museum objects in the public realm, the project explores the potential of culture and cultural heritage as essential elements of urban development strategy. A programme of activities will be put in place, including events like sowing and growing workshops for families. The Green Urban Museum will deliver a greener and more beautiful living environment for Limerick’s current and future residents.