COLLABORATIVE PLANNING & COMMUNITY DRIVEN ACTION Granby Park, Dublin Author: Johanna Varghese

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Granby Park – Product & Process
There are two parts to Granby Park, the first was the product: the highly managed, contemporary park that opened for a month.
Events were compressed into curated spaces within the park - activities such as workshops in GAA sports, poetry, yoga, astronomy, printing, language, literature, and gardening or the public could just sit or have their lunch in a covered space or watch a performance in the amphitheatre. Twenty-nine spaces in the park were designated for art installations.

The second was Granby Park as a process: “a demo model to show it can be done. Creating a platform for this – a collaboration between Dublin City Council (DCC), national companies, artists– Granby Park was a product of this” (Bishop).
Maher from DCC says, “the Art & Culture promoted civic engagement; the ‘feelgood’ factor was very high from everyone’s engagement on the project”. Those involved mentioned this ‘intangible something’ they experienced, being part of something worthwhile and big that had a life of its own.
Granby Park was a place making project. It was a product of themed events, where many groups of people from diverse interests collided to create a new public domain in Dublin. A public domain as an experience. (Hajer, 2002)