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Monday, 20 July 2015

Artist Talk: Todd Gilens - Thurs 23 July, 1pm

US based visual artist Todd Gilens will present his work connecting handwriting, stream morphology and landscape changes at the Golden Thread Gallery on Thursday 23 July 2015, 1pm - 2pm.




While a resident artist at Digital Arts Studios Todd Gilens has been transforming the handwriting of Northern Irish writers into digital fonts, and by keyboarding in their hand, describing his encounters with the stream systems, geology and urban development of the Lagan River Valley. His project probes relationships between writing and observation by mixing up time periods and scrambling methods, and will become a basis for a project with California water systems. The artist will outline the larger planned work, share his process, accomplishments, and the questions raised during his residency.

Todd Gilens is a visual artist based in Berkeley, California. His website is www.follywog.com
Find out more on the Golden Thread Gallery website by clicking here.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Belfast Transport Hub - Neighbourhood Engagement Studio - Wed 8 July 2015

A Neighbourhood Engagement Studio considering the proposed new Belfast Transport Hub at Great Victoria Street will take place on Wednesday 8th July 2015 at the Ulster Hall, Bedford Street, Belfast. The event is facilitated by architect Declan Hill on behalf of the Sandy Row Community Forum.

To facilitate attendance presentations take place at 1pm and 6pm. Informal presentations and workshop discussions take place between 2pm and 5.30pm.


Timetable:

1pm - Presentation 1
  • Introduction: Glenda Davies
  • Background: Declan Hill
  • The Hub: Translink, John McAslan and Partners, Arup Associates.
  • Questions / Observations

2pm - Studio Groups

3pm - Coffee / Tea

3.30pm - Studio Groups

6pm - Presentation 2
  • As Presentation 1

7pm - Studio Groups

7.45pm - Summary and Way Forward

8pm - End

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Photo Diary - Belfast Photo Festival Urban Photo Walks - 25 & 27 June 2015

As part of the 2015 Belfast Photo Festival all ages and experiences were invited to join PLACE on a walk through central Belfast. With some of Belfast’s best known buildings as the backdrop, participants were guided and encouraged to create stunning architectural images. Below is a selection of images from the two walks which took place on 25th and 27th June 2015.


Transport House - John Vaughan

The MAC - Janet Holland

Royal Mail Sorting Office & The Obel - Gareth Johnston

Saint Anne's Square & St Anne's Cathedral - Neville Leinster

The MAC - Saint Anne's Square - Allan Leonard


Victoria Street underpass - John Vaughan

The MAC - Gareth Johnston

St Anne's Cathedral - Janet Holland

The MAC - Allan Leonard

Monday, 22 June 2015

Mapping North Street - 27 - 28 August 2015

Mapping North Street is an interdisciplinary workshop, taking place in the Old Museum Building, College Square North on 27th & 28th August 2015.

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Streets are key elements of urban space; they are in essence public spaces and connect diverse areas of the city, weaving the urban fabric. Our understanding of cities has grown in complexity in the last half century. How do we analyse street space? How do we communicate this analysis? Can we use a language that different disciplines will understand? How can we use these methods to change / improve street spaces?

This workshop will explore different approaches to the analysis of streets as public spaces. We invite students, academics and professionals of architecture, planning, anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, film, media, arts and any other discipline interested in the analysis of public space.

Participants will develop a series of layers of analysis including but not limited to: mapping, drawings, diagrams, photographs, interviews, archive work, soundscapes and more.

A universal solution is not sought for the use, design and management of streets, but a culturally specific array of possibilities that our streets could potentially have. North Street is an ideal case study to consider, for it is in the core of the city, it connects very different areas, and above all it is loaded with meaning and potential.

Join two days of exploration!

The workshop is free of charge. More details will be published in August.

Please RSVP before August 20 to Dr Agustina Martire – a.martire@qub.ac.uk.

Where have all the numbers gone?

Guest post by Peter Holland...

A few weeks ago I was looking for an office on Ann Street in Belfast. It was a warm, pleasant day and I strolled to one end of the pedestrianized street. Not finding the premises I turned and walked in the other direction. Reaching the end of the street I turned again and once more retraced my steps, by now, increasingly hot and irritable. There were no numbers on any of the doors, not a single one.

Ann Street is an extreme example but in the environs of Belfast city centre perhaps only one in six business premises displays a street door number. I have asked in a couple of shops why they don’t have a number on their doors and the reply is a shrug of the shoulders and a “don’t know”.

The week later I was handed a flyer for a business on Botanic Avenue. It had the name of the business, the street (Botanic Avenue) and the door number. But sure enough on the actual business premises there was no door number and none on those neighbouring it.

I’m baffled. Internet shopping is so easy that anything impeding on-street retailing has an impact. When businesses advertise they use their street and door numbers. I haven’t seen anyone write the address as, “we’re somewhere on Royal Avenue – good luck finding it”. Some of the ‘no-number premises’ have recently been refitted, so someone had to say ‘don’t bother’ when asked whether they wanted the number to go on the door or the signage.

This is more than a problem for individual premises. Google Streetview can locate business premises if door numbers are visible. Tourists, visitors or just those in an unfamiliar part of the city can orientate themselves by the direction door numbers ascend or descend.

There is a law, 'The Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) (Northern Ireland) Order 1995'. Section 11 mandates the procedures for naming streets and marking door numbers. It is even a summary offence if a door isn’t marked with a number – that is, after the council has asked for it to be done, which it hasn’t.

Belfast City Council replied to my query, writing that, ‘if it caused confusion, it would investigate’. Belfast Chamber of Commerce and Belfast City Centre Management have yet to reply.

Has the Belfast on-street retailer given up trying to fight Internet shopping? Is the lack of door numbers a manifestation of the lack of direction of the wider political process? Perhaps it’s a rejection of regimentation? Or is it just local shops for local people and Belfast settling into the role of the largest village in Ireland? Answers please on a postcard to… oh never mind.

Peter Holland

Friday, 19 June 2015

Queen Street & Wellington Place, Belfast - Public Engagement Event - Mon 22 June, 12 - 8pm

A public engagement event will take place on Monday 22 June 2015, 12noon - 8pm at 29 Wellington Place (former Parsons and Parsons), Belfast BT1 6GS. 

The event is an early opportunity to learn about, and share your views on, a proposal for student accommodation at lands within the site bounded by 24 - 30 College Street, 41-49 Queen Street (formerly known as the Athletic Stores) and 29 Wellington Place (former Parsons & Parsons), Belfast. The proposal includes a mix of cluster beds with shared facilities and studios; ground floor uses including support facilities associated with the student accommodation and a bar; restaurant and cafe.

Further information relating to the proposals may be obtained from: Turley, Hamilton House, 3 Joy Street, Belfast BT2 8LE on behalf of Lacuna WJ Limited (Lacuna Developments & Watkin Jones Group).

If you wish to make comments on the proposals you may do so at the above event and / or in writing to Turley, Hamilton House, 3 Joy Street, Belfast BT2 8LE and no later than Friday 21 August 2015.

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Monday, 15 June 2015

#StrandTogether - Thursday 18 June, 5.30pm at the Strand Arts Centre

Join the Strand Arts Centre for the launch of…

#StrandTogether

A new awareness campaign to celebrate the Strand’s contribution to East Belfast and to secure its long-term future.
Strand Arts Centre
156 Holywood Road, Belfast
Screen 2
Thursday 18 June 2015
5.30 - 6.30pm 
[Tea / coffee on arrival at 5.30pm. Presentation in Screen 2 begins 5.45pm.]

RSVP by e-mailing richard@strandartscentre.com

The Strand in East Belfast has been providing entertainment, creating employment and boosting the local economy since 1935.

Due to celebrate its 80th anniversary in December, the building’s short-term survival was secured by establishing Strand Arts Centre as a not-for-profit charity in 2013 that enhances the arts and cultural offer in East Belfast.
The Strand attracts audiences of over 40,000 annually with a vibrant mix of new and classic screenings, live theatre and music events, creative workshops, performing arts classes and more.

The launch of the #StrandTogether campaign will celebrate some of the Strand’s recent achievements, share its plans for the future and let you know how to get involved.

Thursday, 4 June 2015

QUB Architecture End of Year Exhibition - 18 - 26 June 2015

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, is pleased to announce the opening of its annual exhibition of student work on Thursday 18 June, 6pm. 

 The exhibition is a celebration of the talent, creativity and innovation of Architecture students. Models and drawings of their designs will be on show in the studios at the David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road. Work from Civil Engineering and Planning will also be on display.




QUB warmly invite you to join this celebration:
  • 6pm, speeches in lecture room 0G.024, David Keir Building
  • Followed by a reception and exhibition from 7pm, spread across floors 1, 2 and 3 of the David Keir Building
  • Refreshments will be served

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will run from 19 - 26 June from 1pm - 5 pm with a late opening on Thursday 25 June until 8pm.

Please contact a.fordham@qub.ac.uk for further information.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Created in Belfast: Annual Student Exhibition at Ulster University - 6 - 13 June 2015

Ulster University's Annual Student Exhibition takes place from 6th - 13 June 2015 on Level E (MArch) / Level F (BA Arch, Interior, Product & Furniture) at the Belfast Campus, York Street.

The exhibition will open on Friday 5th June, 6pm with Belfast School of Architecture speeches and prizes in the BA Architecture studio at 6.30pm.

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The exhibition includes MArch Level I urban housing investigations in the Smithfield+Union neighbourhood, adjacent to the future Ulster University Belfast Campus.

The students surveyed existing buildings to prepare a detailed mapping document and area model (with support from PLACE), in addition to carrying out international precedent studies of urban housing and preparing individual proposals for mixed-use living/working/playing – options that include but are not exclusive to student living.

It is hoped that this work will be continued over the coming year together with key partners, with a view to opening further conversations about the future of housing and living in the Smithfield+Union area.


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Monday, 1 June 2015

PLACE Urban Design Academy 2015 | Derry~Londonderry


PLACE is looking for volunteers for its 4th annual Urban Design Academy, taking place this year in Derry~Londonderry from 3-7 August.

We need 4-5 committed individuals with a strong background in the built environment disciplines and a keen interest in education and research.  You will work together as a team in the two-months leading up to the Academy, meeting approximately every two weeks, and will be present for the full week of 3-7 August.

It's full-on, but an amazing experience, especially if you plan to have a career in architecture or urban design, as previous volunteers can testify.

Belfast: Toward a City Without Walls - Thurs 11 June, 6pm - 9pm


Colourpoint Books invite you to the launch of Belfast: Toward a City Without Walls at The Red Barn Gallery. There will be an exhibition of photographs by Frankie Quinn and book sales and signings.




Thursday 11 June 2015, 6pm - 9pm at The Red Barn Gallery, 43b Rosemary Street, Belfast.

For more information or to RSVP please email jacky@colourpoint.co.uk.

The book can also be purchased from www.colourpointbooks.co.uk or from local bookshops.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Archaeology and the Farset River - Wed 27 May, 6pm at Cultúrlann Mcadam Ó Fiaich

Queen's University lecturer Ruairí Ó Baoill explains the complex archaeological history of the Farset River, a founding feature of Belfast. Specialist in medieval and post-medieval archaeology, he is also the author of Hidden History Below Our Feet: The Archaeological Story of Belfast.

For more information go to The Farset Project Facebook page.




Date: Wed 27 May 2015
Time: 6pm
Venue: Cultúrlann Mcadam Ó Fiaich

The Farset Project is one of seven Creative Belfast projects funded by Belfast City Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the Creative and Cultural Belfast Fund. For more information see the Creative Belfast webpage.




Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Designing for Biodiversity Workshop - Wed 17 June, 10am - 2:30pm

The RSPB are hosting a workshop to help those involved in the design and delivery of construction projects to provide for the needs of biodiversity within their work.

Designing for Biodiversity will take place on Wednesday 17th June, 10am - 2:30pm in the QUB School of Geography Room, OG/033.

The workshop will highlight working examples of how the needs of nature have been successfully incorporated into the design and delivery of projects across the UK and Ireland. Those attending will also participate in activities designed to encourage practitioners to apply what has been learned in a practical context.

This workshop is open to all, but will be of particular benefit to those involved in the design and delivery of construction projects.

Booking is essential as places are limited. For more information and to book please contact susan.kula@rspb.org.uk or call 028904 91547.


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Thursday, 7 May 2015

Portavogie: Vacant to Vibrant - Saturday 9 May, 12noon - 2pm

The new Portavogie Village Plan identifies a number of projects to improve the village. The plan identifies opportunities to reuse vacant buildings and improve derelict sites.

To develop these opportunities further, PLACE (an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the making of great places) has been appointed by Ards and North Down Borough Council to identify opportunities for reuse of vacant properties and sites, in line with the needs identified in the Village Plan.



On Saturday 9th May, 12noon - 2pm join us as we pop-up alongside Portavogie Harbour. There will be an opportunity to learn about these opportunities, and to have your say.

There'll also be seafood provided by The Quays Restaurant and free kids activities!
  • Discuss opportunities to improve or reuse vacant sites and properties in Portavogie.
  • Taste freshly prepared seafood provided by The Quays Restaurant.
  • Children are invited to join Young at Art (NI's leading children's arts not-for-profit) to make personalised boats and jellyfish puppets. There'll also be a Face Painter!

To find out more, email info@placeni.org or phone (028) 9023 2524.

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Up and Down the City Streets: What’s in a Name? - Fri 1 May, 10am

Raymond O’Regan, BA, Cert Adm PR, TTCAED will lead a half-day workshop on Friday 1 May 2015, 10am - 2pm exploring the origins of Belfast street names.



Squeeze Gut Entry, Water Street, Crooked Lane, Back of The River Mill Street, Hercules Street. This is just a small selection of the fascinating names that once adorned the streets of Belfast’s city centre. On this trip we will discover their history and their present day names. A map and a hand out highlighting all the streets will be included in the walk.

Date: Friday 1 May 2015
Time: 10am - 2pm
Start: Visit Belfast Welcome Centre front door, Donegall Square North, Belfast
Cost: £17 per person (no concession / limited to 16 people)
Booking: Click here to book with QUB

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Virtual Uprisings: Tahrir Square, Social Media and the return of Public Space - Wed 6 May 2015, 2.30pm

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE) and Spaces of Liberation Project at Queen’s University Belfast would like to invite you to a public talk by Professor Nezar AlSayyad.

Professor AlSayyad’s talk is titled: “Virtual Uprisings: Tahrir Square, Social Media and the return of Public Space”. He will share his views on the practices and dynamics of social movements in public space over the past few years including latest developments on the protests in Hong Kong and the US and the political unrest in the Middle East, the rise of Islamist ideology of insurgency and the manner with which public space is accustomed to a profound and radical change in the Twenty First century.

Tahrir Square

Professor Nezar AlSayyad is a distinguished Professor of Architecture, Planning and Urban History at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the Chair of UC-Berkeley’s Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Former Head of International and Area Studies Graduate Programme, the co-founder and president of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments.

Professor AlSayyad is the Editor of the highly acclaimed Journal of Traditional Dwellings and Settlement Review. He received several high profile awards including Guggenheim Fellowship (2014) and UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2008). He is the author and editor of over 15 books and two documentaries, including: “Traditions: The ‘Real’, the Hyper and the Virtual in the Built Environment” (2014), “Cairo: Histories of a City” (2011), “The Fundamentalist City?” (2010), “Cinematic Urbanism” (2006), “Making Cairo Medieval” (2005), “The End of Tradition” (2003), “Urban Informality” (2003)Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam” (2002), “Consuming Tradition, Manufacturing Heritage” (2001), and “Hybrid Urbanism” (2000).

The talk is hosted by “Spaces of Liberation” Project based at The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE) and Co-sponsored by Architecture and Construction Management Research Cluster (ACM), Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning (ISEP), and the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities (ICRH).

For further information visit www.spacesofliberation.org.uk, or visit the Facebook pag at  www.facebook.com/Spacesofliberation?ref=hl.


Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015
Time: 2.30pm - 4pm
Venue: Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, Belfast
Cost: Free
Booking: Email m.gamal@qub.ac.uk

Monday, 27 April 2015

The Antrim Coast in the Age of Industry, 1750 - 1890 / Lecture Series at PRONI

PRONI will be delivering a series of lunchtime lectures in April, May and June 2015 examining the arrival of Victorian technology and industrial activity in the Antrim coast and Glens. Until the 1800s much of the Antrim coast and Glens was wild and hard to access. During the nineteenth century the landscape was opened up and efforts were made to bring about an industrial revolution, like that of Belfast, in the country villages and peat-bogs.

All lectures will run from 1pm - 2pm in PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. Lectures are free but advanced booking recommended. Email proni@dcalni.gov.uk or phone 028 9053 4800.



Tuesday 28 April 2015
The Industrial Heritage of the Antrim Glens 
Fred Hamond

Tuesday 5 May 2015
The Limestone Town of Glenarm: Quarries & Quarrymen
Gerard Muldoon

Thursday 21 May 2015
Ballintoy Project: How to Organise a Local History Group
Robert Corbett

Tuesday 26 May 2015
William Bald and the Making of the Antrim Coast Road, 1832 - 1840
Desmond McCabe

Tuesday 2 June 2015
Iron and Stone: The Earls of Antrim as Victorian Industrialists
Ian Montgomery






Nimble Spaces Ways To Live Together: New Cultures of Housing - Friday 1 May 2015

Nimble Spaces Ways To Live Together: New Cultures of Housing is an international conference exploring participative design, spatial justice, social housing, co-housing and new ways to imagine housing in the 21st Century.


Studio Weave, Ecology of Colour. Image by Jim Stephenson

Are you someone with particular housing needs? Are you an architect / designer, researcher, artist, student, activist? Are you a group or an association of people who are tackling a particular housing issue? Are you a policy maker? Do you work supporting people around their housing needs? Are you interested in shared living? Are you interested in rethinking our town centres and rural landscapes as supportive living places? Let’s think collectively. Join Nimble Spaces on Friday 1st May 2015.

Date: Friday 1st May 2015
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Venue: VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
Tickets: €60 full price / €20 reduced price (students, seniors, unemployed, under-employed / precarious workers). Lunch by Luncheonette included in ticket cost.
Booking: visit visualcarlow.ie or call 059 9172400

The conference is a co-production between Nimble Spaces, Camphill Communities of Ireland, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Maynooth University Department of Geography and DIT, Dublin School of Architecture. Supported by Irish Design 2015 and the Arts Council.

The conference coincides with a presentation of film, images, and research materials from Nimble Spaces: Enabling Design, documenting long term collaborations between artists, architects and adults with a disability, considering ‘home’ and shared living. Participating artists, architects and filmmaker include Rhona Byrne, Paul Bokslag, LiD Architecture, Eamon Little, Meme Architecture, Jennie Moran, Ríonach Ní Néill and Studio Weave. Developed by Commonage in association with Camphill Communities of Ireland and funded through an Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award.


For the full conference programme and further information please visit www.nimblespaces.org.




Changing Spaces: The first Jane's Walk in Belfast - Sat 2 May, 9.30am

On Saturday 2nd May, Jane's Walk will come to Belfast. Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.

The walk departs from the Donegall Square West gates of Belfast City Hall at 9.30am on Saturday 2nd May 2015. The walk is free to join and will finish at approximately 10.30am.

Jane's Walk Belfast is organised by Tricia Keogh-Hodgett. The theme for the walk will be 'looking back and stepping forward'. Tricia describes the walk as an alternative to an in-depth tour, it is a way of looking at Belfast through conversation.

For more information, or to get in touch with Tricia, visit www.janeswalk.org/united-kingdom/northern-ireland/belfast/


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Exhibition: 5 arterial routes & 1000 commercial signs / 30 April - 9 May 2015

'5 arterial routes & 1000 commercial signs' is an exhibition by Ruth Brolly and Forum Alternative Belfast. The exhibition runs during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival from 30 April - 9 May 2015 in PS2 Gallery, Donegall Street.

Credit: Ruth Brolly

On Belfast’s culturally rich arterial routes, pivoting around an increasingly postmodern city centre, the image of place is created through a combination of buildings, signage, green and vacant spaces. Commercial signs can be the most obvious indicator of socio-economic conditions of people living in neighbourhoods in and around these arterial routes. The level and impact of economic decline, as a result of these routes sometimes being cut off from the central business district, through the creation of major carriageways and other physical barriers in the geography of the city, may be observed in the appearance of commercial signs.

These signs surround us in our city streets, everywhere we look we can see their words, materials and colour on buildings, telling us where we can purchase goods or services. We are so used to seeing them we rarely give them much thought, yet what would our streets be like without them? On red brick Victorian terraces in Belfast, once homes and not businesses, the words on signs tell us what is sold, they speak when doorways and windows are mute. Signs interpret the built environment for us much in the same way as captions on pictures tell us what is happening within the photographic image. Wherever we go in the world signs on shops give us information about the sort of place we are in. Even when we cannot read the language on signs the letterforms, colour and materials can give us visual clues on our whereabouts. The condition of signs can even be an indicator of whether a place is safe or not.

Credit: Ruth Brolly

Only fairly recently have researchers worldwide become interested in the value of local commercial signs as cultural artefacts unique to place. With weathered, broken or faded signs being increasingly replaced, often in the interests of urban renewal and to bolster ailing economies, its worth considering how replacing ‘old’ with ‘new’ signs might affect local character, as colours letterforms and materials used on the signs may change. This exhibition examines buildings and commercial signs on five arterial routes of Belfast, the Antrim, Falls, Lisburn, Newtownards and Ormeau Roads, to show how commercial signs help to create the image of each of these places. A photographic archive captures the buildings and signs as a snapshot in time in a city that is constantly changing.

Exhibition opens with refreshments on Thursday 30 April, 6 - 8pm in PS2, Donegall Street, Belfast. The exhibition will be open to view until 9 May (Wed-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 12-3pm).

Belfast based architect Mark Hackett receives honourable mention in Helsinki Guggenheim international competition

A worldwide open architecture competition for the proposed Helsinki Guggenheim attracted a record number of entries (1,715) and the organisers have now revealed the six finalists and fifteen other schemes which narrowly missed out on the shortlist. Amongst those to receive an honourable mention is Belfast based architect Mark Hackett.

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Mark describes his proposal as taking "a sensitive approach to the historic city and harbour, proposing the building as a permeable urban block, forming a new public street, ferry terminal and defining a promenade along the quayside. The building can be approached and entered from all these directions. The galleries enclose a garden with its grove of trees, a cafe with an open plan kitchen and herb garden." hackettarchitects.com 


Credit: Mark Hackett Architect

Within Mark's proposal the "main galleries sit under a series of dimly lit and voluptuous vaults reflecting natural light from hidden sources. As one ascends to the roof terrace one can walk among the external expression of these vaults. Collectively they form a rarefied and abstract order at the scale of the harbour area, one that contrasts with the tacitly and intimacy of the lower building around the garden. The proposal seeks to create richly varied spaces that city residents can return to again and again." hackettarchitects.com


Credit: Mark Hackett Architect

An exhibition of the finalists' schemes, including those chosen by the jury for honourable mention, has now launched at the Kunstalle Helsinki ahead of the jury's final decision in June.

For more information on the exhibition or competition, visit www.designguggenheimhelsinki.org.


Finalists:

  • AGPS Architecture Ltd Zurich, Switzerland and Los Angeles, USA
  • Asif Khan Ltd London, UK
  • Fake Industries Architectural Agonism New York, USA, Barcelona, Spain and Sydney, Australia
  • Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Moreau Kusunoki Architectes Paris, France
  • SMAR Architecture Studio Madrid, Spain and Western Australia

Honourable Mention:
  • ACXT-IDOM Bibao, Spain
  • BUBE Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro New York, USA
  • Francisco Jorquera – Elena Campos Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Helsinki Zurich Architecture Office Helsinki, Finland and Zurich, Switzerland
  • Ja Architecture Studio Toronto, Canada
  • KUTONOTUK Virginia, USA
  • Labics Rome, Italy
  • Mark Hackett Architect Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • No.mad Arquitectos Madrid, Spain
  • Nug Architects Barcelona, Spain
  • Nuno Brandao Costa Porto, Portugal
  • Projekt Praga Warsaw, Poland
  • Studio Fountainhead + MGG Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Viar Estudio Arquitectura Getxo, Spain

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Prof. Richard Blythe: PhD by Practice - Thurs 23 April, 5pm

Date: Thursday 23 April
Time: 5.00pm
Venue: QUB, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Room LG/024


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Consultation: Draft Belfast City Council City Centre Regeneration Strategy & Investment Plan

There is just over one month left to have your say and help shape the emerging Belfast City Council City Centre Regeneration Strategy & Investment Plan.

The strategy is being developed by Urban Strategies for Belfast City Council. The strategy considers market and economic analysis of the city centre’s office market and retail offer, as well as priorities for tourism development and job creation. The strategy also considers issues such as pedestrian access, street furniture, tree planting, parks, bridges, car parks and city events.

It is intended that the strategy will influence the future local development plan for Belfast and direct how new regeneration functions the Council will acquire in April 2016 will be utilised. 


Download: Urban Strategies’ Belfast City Centre Initial Directions Paper (PDF - 5.7MB)

Download: Belfast City Centre Regeneration Strategy and Investment Plan (PDF - 10MB)

Consultation responses can be returned to Belfast City Council via email - development@belfastcity.gov.uk. Deadline for responses is Wednesday 28 May 2015.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Development of Brownfield Land - Wed 25 March 2015

Understand the Impact of Planning Reform & Better Assess & Manage Risks for Cost Effective Re-Development of Brownfield Land
Wednesday 25th March 2015, Belfast

Implementation of a major reform of the Planning System, and the transfer of planning functions to 11 new local councils in Northern Ireland, took pace on April 2015. The majority of contaminated land and groundwater is dealt with under the Planning regime, and so it is important that all professionals involved in brownfield development have a thorough understanding of this reform and the impact it will have.

Brownfield Briefing return to Belfast in March 2015 with a fully re-researched and updated conference, bringing together key players to discuss the implications of a new planning framework on the assessment and management of risks arising from contaminated land and groundwater on brownfield sites.

Hear first-hand practical advice on producing a risk assessment to support a planning application, how to scope your site investigation based on remedial objectives so you are only collecting – and paying for – the information you really need. Learn how to better understand and manage risks and develop appropriate verification measures to prove that any remediation undertaken is measurable and justifiable.

Packed with first-hand insights and practical case studies, this event will leave you with a better understanding of the way forward in managing and developing brownfield land in the new regime in just a few months’ time.

Click here to view the full programme


Former Sirocco works in Belfast.


Key topics include:
  • Update on the outcome of the Planning Reform and exploring the future for Planning and Development in Northern Ireland
  • Local Council Perspective: Contaminated Land Risk Assessment in the new Planning Process
  • Exploring brownfields as drivers for economic and social regeneration
  • Developer’s Perspective on planning and regulatory changes, brownfield challenges and solutions
  • Perspective & Case Studies from the DEFRA Expert Panel
  • Producing a robust, coherent and appropriate risk assessment to support a planning application
  • Strategies for achieving more accurate risk assessment of groundwater to minimise the impact of groundwater contamination on land use
  • Developing a robust, detailed and integrated risk assessment to enable appropriate remediation and increase cost-efficiencies
  • Waste Management: Assessing the impact of new Environmental & Waste regulation on the development of brownfield land
  • Asbestos: Strategies for the identification, remediation and re-use of asbestos-contaminated materials

Key speakers include:
  • Siobhan Cox, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Simon Kirk, Strategic Planning Division, Dept of the Environment
  • Kyle M Alexander OBE, Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation
  • John O’Connor, The Housing Agency, Republic of Ireland
  • Brian Kelly, Turley Associates
  • Theresa Kearney, Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • Naomi Earl, Freelance Contaminated Consultant & Member of DEFRA Expert Panel
  • Graham Webb, Geosyntec
  • Cecilia Macleod, WYG
  • Yvonne Buchanan, WYG
  • Chris Piddington, Vertase FLI
  • James Macfarlane, Hydrock
  • Richard Yarnold, Hydrock

Date: 25 March 2015
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Hilton Hotel, 4 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3LP

Monday, 13 April 2015

UHCT Seminar on Church Care and Funding Sources - 21 April 2015

The Ulster Historic Churches Trust invites you to a seminar on church care and funding sources in the Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Magheralin, Co. Down on Tuesday 21 April 2015.

The Ulster Historic Churches Trust which was founded in 1995 and exists to promote best practice in Church maintenance has run several seminars and conferences over many years. It also organised with UTV and the NIEA the Church Maintenance award scheme of 2006. To date it has organised walking tours in Cookstown, Newtownards, Portadown,Derry~Londonderry and Enniskillen. 2012 saw a the release of a new publication titled ‘New Life for Churches in Ireland-Good Practice in Conversion and Reuse’.


Image Credit: Colin Boyle on Flickr.com

Date: Tuesday 21 April 2015
Time: 10.30am - 1pm
Venue: Church of the Holy and Undivided Trinity, Magheralin, Co. Down
Cost: £10 including lunch
Booking: Email jenniferstutt@gmail.com or phone 079 7953 0379
Information: For further information visit www.ulsterhistoricchurches.org.


Seminar Timetable

10.30am: Welcome by Rector
10.40am: Works undertaken to Magheralin Church funded by the National Churches Trust Project Architect - Des Cairns
11.00am: Representatives of the National Churches Trust
12.00noon: Government assistance with caring for Places of Worship Manus Deery, Assistant Director NI Environment Agency
12.20pm: Q&A
12.40pm: Sandwich lunch in Church hall