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WHAT IS Bí urban?

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Bí URBAN is a studio for social creativity in Dublin’s Northwest Inner City.

Located in the heart of Stoneybatter, Bí URBAN is a nature-based social enterprise designed to connect nature, people and place. Our mission is to promote health & well-being through imaginative uses of nature and our environment.

Everything we do feeds into our core project, the Lifeline, the creation of a greenway that would connect the Botanic Gardens with the Liffey, improve the quality of life for local communities and act as a catalyst for a new Green Economy in Dublin’s Northwest Inner City.


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WHERE WE STARTED

In 2005 Kaethe Burt-O’Dea founded Desireland, a home for her collaborative work with clients that developed project specific action research to support the development of innovative health care strategies.

Desireland works on two levels: The consultancy develops and manages healthcare research programmes for clients, and the principles that emerge in the process of this professional work are then further developed in not for profit community based demonstration projects. 

Bí Urban is one of the projects that emerged out of Desireland’s creative research. Other examples include the Sitric Community Garden, an urban composting demonstration site and Community Garden, and SPUDS, a proactive response to the decision to trial genetically modified (GM) blight resistant potatoes in Ireland. Both of these projects have contributed to the development of the Lifeline.


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OUR MISSION

The Lifeline Project proposes the sensitive regeneration of the disused lands adjacent to the Midland Great Western Railway (MGWR) cutting, which runs from Broadstone to Broombridge in northwest central Dublin. This will develop a productive green corridor, public amenity and inter-model transport link. Project interests include urban agriculture, biodiversity, eco-tourism, green transport and innovative models of health-care, recreation, and waste management.

In 2009 the Lifeline began working in partnership with Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) who support project objectives by providing research under the Students Learning With Communities (SLWC) Program. This relationship introduced ‘Service Learning’ and new rigor to the project. A diverse range of disciplines participate in LIFELINE research including Architecture, Spatial Planning, Sustainable Development, Nutrition, Nutiriceuticals and Chemistry.


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HOW YOU CAN HELP

Top of the list is getting the word out about the loss of biodiversity we’re experiencing, how we need to save our green areas in urban spaces and how it’s possible to shape our cities in better more sustainable ways when the community is on-board. Besides that, we’re always in need of an extra set of hands here at Bí, whether it’s through volunteering to help facilitate events, sharing a skill of some kind, or by purchasing items from the Bí Urban shop.

If you can’t make into the shop, but would like to make a donation of some kind, we also take Paypal donations here.

 

Reconnecting nature IN the urban environment

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Articles & NEWS


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The Marriage of Ethics and Aesthetics: Meet Kaethe Burt O’Dea

THE GLOSS | 2018

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A lifeline to nature in Dublin city

THE IRISH TIMES | 2018

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Should Dubliners Learn to Love Weeds on Their Streets?

THE DUBLIN ENQUIRER | 2018

 
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Growing pains: The Dublin community gardens under threat.

THE IRISH TIMES | 2018

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ROADMAP: HONEY TO THE BEE

TOTALLY DUBLIN | 2018

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A Stoneybatter Store Offers Bee Soap, Bric-a-Brac, and Community

THE DUBLIN INQUIRER | 2017

 
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THE SECRET LIFE OF URBAN BEES

IMAGE INTERIORS & LIVING | 2016

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DIT BAIT HIVE DESIGN

Bí Urban in collaboration with Students learning with communities programme | 2015

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Group wants to turn referendum posters into bee hives

THE IRISH TIMES | 2015

 
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The Woman Who Wants a Roundup-Free Dublin

DUBLIN INQUIRER | 2015

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A green Lifeline for Dublin’s northside

IRISH TIMES | 2014

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Urban gardening for city slickers - The Sitric Road Community Garden

THE INDEPENDANT | 2013