Reimagine Projects Around Ireland

Reimagine Projects Around Ireland


Reimagine Cloontuskert

Reimagine Cloontuskert

In the 1950s, the Irish Government funded the construction of a number of workers’ villages in locations as planned communities for those who had come to the midlands to work for Bord na Móna

Community Partners: Cloontuskert Residents Association and Community Development CLG.

Team: Evelyn D’Arcy and David Jameson (Architects), Global Action Plan, School of Architecture UL, Pure Media.

A small community at the centre of massive national and global climate change policy is the focus of Reimagine Cloontuskert. The residents of a small Roscommon village that was created by architect Frank Gibney to house Bord na Mona workers are looking to his original vision to seek inspiration and guidance for their future. What they are aiming for is a whole-community approach to the sustainable development of their village, inclusive of the community’s many needs, which seeks to preserve the architecture of their village.

Right now, the central story of their community is an industry undergoing massive and rapid change, but Cloontuskert wants to reimagine this story and will work with a Reimagine architect to harness the visionary, ambitious, design-focused and sustainable aspects of the Bord na Mona Villages housing project to build their future on. 


    Cloontuskert residents are working with architects Evelyn D’Arcy and David Jameson to consider their village from a new perspective, looking at its past as well as its future. Global Action Plan are partnered in considering sustainability in this project. The School of Architecture in UL are providing strategic research supports, while Padraig Cunningham from Pure Media is the embedded filmmaker.

    Reimagine Cloontuskert is one of three projects as part of Workers’ Villages, a programme funded by Creative Ireland’s Climate Action Fund.

    This project will run until Summer 2022.

    Below you will find a video of the project launch, and images from the project, produced by Pure Media.


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