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The Open Heart City Exhibition was recently featured on RTÉ television programme Nationwide – click below to watch:

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Open Heart City Exhibition – February 2022

As part of Brigit 2022, the Open Heart City Exhibition featured the work of over 40 Masters of Architecture students from University College Dublin and Queens University Belfast relating to the site of the former Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott St.

This exhibition showcases analysis, drawings and models undertaken by the students in 2020. The exhibition also includes research carried out by CoLab81-7 who, with the support of the Irish Arts Council and Justice for Magdalenes Research, have been investigating how the heritage of these sites of conscience should be acknowledged and explored in order to inform their future role in the lives of our cities.

Vision Document – Interim Report

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. Please find more information about the project and the Interim Vision Document here.

In this section of the website, you will find previous consultations and statements from survivors regarding memorialisation of Ireland’s 20th century institutional, church-related and gender-based abuses. You can also view the University College Dublin and Queen’s University Belfast architecture students’ work and design proposals from 2020 and any upcoming events for Open Heart City and the Sean McDermott Street site at the links provided below:

We will also keep you up to date with the latest posts from our Open Heart City Blog:

‘Facing the Future Together – Discussing Ireland’s Lifelong Responsibility to the Survivors of institutional abuse’.

‘Facing the Future Together – Discussing Ireland’s Lifelong Responsibility to the Survivors of institutional abuse’ is a report published organisations and institutions supporting survivors. It is bas…

The Sean MacDermott Street Magdalene Laundry as a Sustainable Heritage Management project

By Olga Kwasnicka, MA student in Sustainable Heritage Management, Aarhus University, 2019-2021 Every year, over the course of a semester, Sustainable Heritage Management students at Aarhus Universi…

Please contribute your views to our online consultation by 22 January 2021

During the Autumn and Winter of 2020, the CoLab architects hosted several online consultations on Zoom, inviting survivors and all those affected by institutional, adoption and other ‘care’-related ab…

Symposium with Queen’s University Belfast MArch Studio 5

On Friday the 12th of June 2020, Queens University Belfast MArch 1 students presented this semester’s architectural design proposals for the future of the Seán McDermott Street site back to several …

NUIG LLM Students Create Website to Help Industrial and Reformatory School Survivors Access their Personal Records

Photo Credit: Fiona Ward on My Data Rights Students in the Human Rights Law Clinic at the Irish Centre for Human Rights, NUI Galway have created a website to help former residents of Ireland…