CRAWL – World Café – TU Dublin Blanchardstown Campus

01/02/2024 Posted by Linda Sankey | Comments(0)

CRAWL – World Café – TU Dublin Blanchardstown Campus
7th February 2024 11am to 4pm

Since the 1960s, development patterns changed to a more suburban car-based approach for
street and neighborhood design. As we moved to this more suburban design, our university
campuses followed suit and now we have challenges that include the physical and social health
of students, and transport poverty due to long commute times and limited public transport
options for travelling to campuses. Campuses can also be recreational amenities for surrounding
neighborhoods. Key to an individual’s decision to walk in their neighborhood is their perception
of safety, security and comfort. CRAWL (Campuses Role as Actors in Walkable and Livable
Communities), supported through the Science Foundation Ireland Sustainable Communities
Challenge fund, aims to address issues relating to the walkability and livability of campuses
through an intersectional approach co-designed by local communities and campus users to
increase the campus permeability. Finding opportunities to improve the walkability and livability
of suburban campuses can have transferability of good practice to other suburban campus
settings including employment and healthcare.

Key to delivering walkable and livable places lies with consulting transdisciplinary practitioners
and policymakers, encouraging the avoidance of siloed practices. Building upon the findings of
the World Café at the Walk 21 Ireland conference, the research team, led by Dr Lorraine D’Arcy
and Dr Eoin McGillicuddy, will host a World Café event for CRAWL on 7 February 2024 in the
Croí Building Sports Hall on the TU Dublin Blanchardstown campus to seek to understand the
challenges and needs within Ireland of this complex transdisciplinary group of stakeholders from
planning, engineering, health and environmental backgrounds. The results of the World Café will
allow for the identification of transdisciplinary challenges and needs and provide the foundations
of a collective approach to design for the delivery of walkability and livability which will
subsequently be applied, using TU Dublin’s campuses as a testbed


Below is an outline of the World Café schedule:

Time Activity Details
10:30 Registration Tea and coffee served
11:00 Welcome to the World Café Spokesperson: Dr. Lorraine D’Arcy, TU Dublin,
and Dr. Eoin McGillicuddy, TU Dublin.
Welcome to TU Dublin Spokesperson: Jennifer Boyer, TU Dublin.
Welcome from the Office of
the Planning Regulator
Spokesperson: Caren Gallagher, Office of the
Planning Regulator.
Welcome from Science
Foundation Ireland
Spokesperson: TBC
Welcome from Get Ireland
Spokesperson: Jason King, Get Ireland Walking.
11.20 Schedule of the day Spokesperson: Dr. Lorraine D’Arcy, TU Dublin,
and Dr. Eoin McGillicuddy, TU Dublin.
World Café Round 1 Needs and Barriers to delivering on
Walking/Walkability and Liveability from your
experience and discipline perspective.
12:30 Ministerial Address Spokesperson: Jack Chambers, Minister of State
at the Department of Transport and at the
Department of the Environment, Climate and
13:00 Lunch Food supplied with an opportunity to network.
Campus walk and audit.
14:00 World Café Round 2 Solutions, suggestions and ideas for
collaborative working (our campus examples,
and other places)
15:45 Closing Proceedings and Next
Spokesperson: Dr. Lorraine D’Arcy, TU Dublin,
and Dr. Eoin McGillicuddy, TU Dublin.

To find out more information regarding CRAWL, check out our webpage on the TU DublinSustainability website, our follow on Twitter/X @TUDublin_CRAWL

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Get Ireland Walking recognises that walking is an activity with a potential risk of personal injury. Participants should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.