This Interim Vision Document sets out the objectives, processes and initial outcomes of the CoLab 81-7 project to develop a future vision for the site of the former Magdalene laundry at Sean McDermott Street in Dublin city.
The document presents the background to the project, including an introduction to the persons and groups involved, and the timeline of the project to date. It also summarises and illustrates collaborations undertaken with the Schools of Architecture at both University College Dublin and Queens University Belfast.
The main body of the document focuses on the Vision for the future use of the site, and details the steps undertaken to establish a framework and overall brief. The proposal draws on stakeholder and survivor feedback, including Dublin City Council’s stated priorities for the provision of third-level educational facilities, housing, community services, as well as some form of memorial to survivors. The Vision demonstrates how the site and existing buildings can be brought to life, accommodating the diverse range of uses identified and arranged around a network of new public spaces. The main focus of the Vision lies with the Centre for Truth-Telling, which is proposed as an appropriate living memorial to survivors of all of Ireland’s Institutions of Social Care and the country‘s closed, secret, coercive adoption system. It is hoped that there will also be further memorials around the island of Ireland.
The consultation process used to develop and discuss the future vision for the site is presented in detail, including the methodology for engagement and the different forms and structures of consultations undertaken to date.
The document concludes with a summary of feedback from the various forms of consultations and sets out the next steps to be addressed.