Your Place and Mine is a community based research project to further the awareness of architecture and the built environment across Ireland. This research project seeks to meet a need and close an explicit gap in our policy knowledge in architecture and built environment in Ireland, specifically with regard to public awareness and engagement with architecture. We do not know the value Irish society places on architecture because no one has ever really asked.
‘Your Place and Mine: A survey to explore public awareness of architecture and the built environment in Ireland’, is a University College Dublin research project initiated by Emmett Scanlon (School of Architecture) and Suzanne Guerin (School of Psychology) in collaboration with Create (national development agency for collaborative arts). This project has been part-funded, following an open-call process, under the Government Policy on Architecture 2009-2015 Implementation Programme by theDepartment of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Additional support is provided by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland.
The original ground work for this survey was developed in a module at UCD Architecture called “Architecture or Society”. As part of their module students were trained in the design of surveys and a pilot survey was developed and trialled by students in three parts of Dublin city. This both developed the students skills but also raised issues for the main survey, particularly with regard to the typically technical language associated with architectural discourse and practice.