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TrinityHaous i.School - Innovation and Universal Design


i.School has been created as a space for the research and promotion of entrepreneurship, creative innovation and stakeholder design. In perusing the goal of a sustainable society the use and understanding of appropriate tools for innovation is considered critical for the development of new concepts. These ideas are broght in to practice by running modules and workshops on Systematic Innovation and Stakeholter Design as well as organising events such as: The 24h Universal Design Challenge, Entrepreneures Don't Grow on Trees!, The 10 Eyes of Dublin and The Refugee Shelter Project.


TrinityHaous i.School - Innovation and Universal Design

Design Process as a Pedagogical Tool

A broad review of teaching practice in a number of leading universities has shown that problem based learning to promote creative engineering design is an emerging trend internationally and which Irish universities need to embrace. Since 2009 this approach has been embedded in second year engineering modules intending to develop problem solving skills using the design process as a pedagogical tool. In this module, the undergraduate students are required to design and construct shelters - each year with a different scope of application (refugees, homeless people, etc.) - in the grounds of Trinity College Dublin. In essence, the students are encouraged to undertake problem based design centred on user needs, as opposed to purely technological driven solutions. Each year, the module highlights the perennial challenge of enabling undergraduate engineering students to develop skills in problem definition and problem solving instead of rope learning of engineering theory and mathematics.

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Shelter Project

24 hour Universal Design Challenge

24 Hour Universal Design Challenge

50 designers. 24 hours. One design brief.
The teams of designers worked with a user who has been given the opportunity to inform, advise and directly contribute to the design process. Universal Design is design that meets the needs of all people, regardless of age, size, ability or disability. It places the needs of the user at the very centre of the design process. Direct user-designer interaction was therefore a key element of this challenge. TrinityHuas together with CEUD and the Royal College of Art Helen Hamlyn Centre organised Ireland’s first 24 Hour Universal Design Challenge which took place in Dublin on the 6th and 7th of November 2009.

In collaboration with:
National Disability Authority The Institute of Designers in Ireland Royal College of Arts - Helen Hamlyn Centre Design Week 2010 Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland

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Video on YouTube

Entrepreneurs Don't Grow on Trees! - Entrepreneurship, design and innovation

Entrepreneurs Don't Grow on Trees!

Entrepreneurs Don’t Grow on Trees is a two weeks full time summer programme dedicated to transition and 5th year senior cycle students. Twenty scholarships, are offered to promising students from secondary schools in Dublin. TrinityHaus,through this i.School initiative, aims to introduce young students, with a strong entrepreneurial attitude, in the research and innovation world in order to achieve a quality engagement with the local community and promote a low-carbon society through education. In their quest for excellence, it is hoped to hone Ireland’s promising talents by focussing their efforts towards innovation for a sustainable, low-carbon living in Dublin and Ireland.

Co-funded by:
TCD - Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science

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Ten Eyes of Dublin - Sustainability

Ten Eyes of Dublin

The TrinityHaus 10 Eyes of Dublin project involved 10 postgraduate researchers from the GREENprint research programme. Each researcher took on a persona and examined how these 10 different personas interacted wit the same urban environment. It analysed the environmental impacts of these personas and looked at how Dublin city determines social and environmental behaviour.


With the support of:
IRCSET IRCSET ECOCEM TCD - Faculty of Engineering, Mathematics and Science Science Gallery DCU - Clarity

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YouTube Video on YouTube

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