Ballymun Rediscovery Centre
The Rediscovery Centre is based in the newly repurposed Boiler House in Ballymun. The building has been developed as a prototype ‘3D textbook’ a relatively new concept in experiential learning and the first of its kind in Europe.
Reimagining a more sustainable approach to living, the WISER LIFE project influence visitors to transform their lifestyles; redesigning, upcycling and reusing materials at home and at work; minimising waste and adopting smarter consumption habits to achieve a more resource efficient society. The internal layout of the Boiler House has been designed to demonstrate the various systems and features of the building so they become part of the 3-D textbook. The interactive exhibitions and displays throughout the site, known as ‘bookmarks’, illustrate the key learning opportunities of the site. These bookmarks focus on different themes such as waste management, energy efficiency, water conservation etc.
The exhibits Mirador Media created for the 'bookmarks' challenge conventional thinking about how we live, stimulates positive behavioural change and highlights how we can use our resources wisely to achieve a low carbon, sustainable society. As the saying goes it is always best to lead by example and so when Mirador Media set-out to build the exhibits all materials used were either upcycled, recycled or acquired from sustainable sources. An old school gym floor was used for the walls of the units and recycled plastic posts were used for framing. Furthermore, all paints, glues, and even printer ink pigments used in the making of the 'bookmarks' were all solvent free.
WISER LIFE is a Rediscovery Centre and Dublin City Council collaboration. The project has been co-financed by the EU LIFE+ Programme, The Department of Environment Community and Local Government, The Rediscovery Centre and Dublin City Council.