risinghome is the title of a research and design studio established in 2016 by Emmett Scanlon and Orla Murphy as a core module for Masters of Architecture students at University College Dublin.
risinghome was set up because as practitioners engaged in education and practice we sensed a vacuum within the profession of architecture. We wanted to act, to participate and to contribute to the conversation on housing. We invited people to do this with us, to collaborate, to share their expertise and experience on housing policy, procurement, design, construction and use, so the work made might be more useful and more potent. The MArch program is unique in Ireland in attracting students from the UK, Europe, America, Australia, Asia and Ireland and the topic of housing provides fruitful common ground for collaborative design and for shared learning about how people now live and make home, globally and locally. Housing – and the lack of access to it – is also an issue facing all students and graduates and it is already clear to us that students have points of view on the topic that are salient and that come from their own experience and situation.
Across several semesters students and staff have been exploring the topic of housing, house and home in Ireland using a number of lenses and working with specific partners. The intention is not to provide complete solutions to this complex problem but as part of a pedagogic strategy to support students to discuss greater social and cultural relevance for architecture, we intend to articulate a clearer position for architecture and architects in the housing crisis.
In 2016 risinghome worked in three distinct parts of Dublin city. Emmett led a studio with Laurence Lord and Michael Hayes in Phibsborough, Dublin 7. From September to December, students work in collaboration with Phizzfest / Reimagining Phibsborough on a project called A PUBLIC HOME. This was part of a wider program of engagement with this community under the banner OUT.POST.OFFICE.
Students were encouraged to consider how notions and realities of the public realm and house and home intersect and how the public realm might be used to frame a discussion on housing and vice versa. Rather than accepting public and private life as distinct parts of everyday life that stop and start at our front doors students instead considered public and private life as mutually supportive, a view fundamental to building sustainable communities. Combining housing and public realm is intended to dissolve socio-spatial barriers, to enable more people to feel at home in their community and for individuals to participate in collective life beyond the front door.


Housing Design + Research Studio at UCD Architecture

keyword: Pedagogy | Research
Year: 2016 - onging
Location: Dublin City and Environs
risinghome Collaborator: Orla Murphy
risinghome Partner: Phizzfest / Reimagining Phibsborough
risinghome Partner: Irish Housing Network
risinghome Partner: Peter McVerry Trust
Funder: Kingscourt Bricks