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Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Archive films at Royal Victoria Hospital

Films from the NI Screen Digital Screen Archive are on show at the RVH until 19 February

CITY AS A GALLERY PROJECT AT THE COFFEE DOC RVH

A show reel including archive film footage of the Royal Victoria Hospital from the 1938 will run on a screen in the Coffee Doc, Level 2 Outpatients, RVH until 19 February. 

The show reel forms part of CITY AS A GALLERY - a Belfast City Council project, which is being programmed and delivered by local organisation PLACE, who have been working with BHSCT Arts in Health and Catering Operations.

The engaging footage is part of the NI Screen Digital Film Archive and includes:

       Royal Victoria Hospital (1938) From diagnosis to treatment, this curious film shows the daily life of the hospital.

       Land of Ulster (1950), the Governors Notebook (1955) and Charm of Ulster (1959) show the linen industry from the flax fields to the Falls Foundry and finally the shop windows in Donegall Place.

       Join the production line and watch Kennedys Bakery (1962) work their magic in Beechmount.

       Relive the magic of holidays in Portrush in Many Happy Returns (1956)

       Ride on a Tram Car through Belfast (1901)

       Enjoy the natural beauty of local landscape from the Giants Causeway to the mountains of Mourne filmed by the British Travel Association in Charm of Ulster (1959)

       Marvel at the sight of elephants parading across the bridge into Derry City in Chipperfields Circus comes to Town (c.1960) filmed by J.W. Stirling.

       Bangor Square Dancing (1957) by the Pickie Pool, filmed by the Northern Ireland Tourist Board.

CITY AS A GALLERY showcases the visual arts throughout the city, making us aware of how important the arts are to the quality of our everyday life.  Venues for project activity focus on a selected route across Belfast from West to East and through the city centre which includes the Royal site.  As part of the programme, PLACE are asking for your feedback - there will be a FEEDBACK book available in the Coffee Doc for your thoughts on the show reel, alternatively you can email feedback  via this link City as a Gallery Feedback

PLACE (Planning Landscape Architecture Community Environment) is an organisation dedicated to the making of great places across Northern Ireland.  Visit www.placeni.org for further info.

Northern Ireland Screen's Digital Film Archive is a free public access resource for anyone who has an interest in moving images. Spanning from 1897 to the present day, the films in the Digital Film Archive cover all aspects of life in Northern Ireland and includes everything from dramas to documentaries, newsreels and features, animation to amateur footage. As part of the British Film Institutes ambitious Britain on Film project, the Digital Film Archive has been working to digitise and share films from the BFI and National Museums Northern Ireland collections like the ones you can watch here in the Royal Victoria Hospital. To explore the Digital Film Archive online visit: www.digitalfilmarchive.net

For further information contact Paula McHugh, BHSCT Arts in Health Manager Tel. 9504 4075


Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Cinema and the City Presents: Ports & Harbours/ Places and Films

9 February - 10 May
Black Box
Hill Street
BT1 2LA
FREE ENTRY

As part of their ongoing work exploring the relationship between Cinema and City, QUB research group CACity present a new film series looking at ports and harbours. 

The first screening is on 9th February at 5.30pm in the Black Box, and features four short films about Belfast by members of CACity, followed by 1966 film 'Battle of Algiers'. 

All welcome!

Places and Film Nights is a collaboration between Film and Architecture, Ulster University Belfast Schools of Architecture, Glass Eye Ciné, and CACity QUB.

Contact: m.haycocks@ulster.ac.uk

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

An invitation to enter the AAI Awards 2016

Invitation to Enter 31st AAI Annual Awards 2016
Darc Space, 26 North Great Georges Street, Dublin 1
Deadline: 29th of January 12 - 6pm

Planning, Regeneration and Development Seminar Series

Commencing Thursday 11 February 2016, 17.00 – 18.00
Ulster University, York Street, Belfast
Refreshments available in the foyer from 16.30

The Planning Team at Ulster University (UPLAN*) are running a new seminar series exploring issues in planning, regeneration and development.

Hosted by the Built Environment Research Institute (BERI) at Ulster University, the purpose of this seminar series is to bring together practitioners, researchers and students to promote good practice, exchange ideas and stimulate debate on planning, regeneration and development.

Seminars will be led by practitioners and researchers from Northern Ireland and beyond. The series aims to attract an inclusive audience and is open to anyone interested in engaging with contemporary planning issues. 

The series kicks off with a seminar entitled Creating value in planning and development – reflections on the balancing act, and will be delivered by BERI visiting Professor Diana Fitzsimons. 

The seminar is free to attend. To assist with catering, please RSVP by email to uplan@ulster.ac.uk. 

Monday, 30 November 2015

Street Space Reading Group | December 2, 12:30pm

Street Space - Redefining the analysis of streets as public spaces for their critical transformation

The Street Space reading group is holding its December meeting at 12:30 pm on Wednesday 2nd at the MAC in Belfast.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

QUB ArcSoc Presents: Mark Hackett Architects - Journeys in Architecture


LECTURE: Mark Hackett - Alternative Practice - Journeys in Architecture
17th November : 6pm : 
ASHBY/GM/001
Queen's Architecture Society and School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering


Later this evening, Tuesday 17 November, Mark Hackett will be be presenting his current new buildings and ongoing urban projects, suggesting other strategies for practice and architecture.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Mapping Belfast - A Workshop for Children

This Saturday (31st October), PLACE is holding an event in Belfast City Centre for children to explore and create maps of their city experience. 

Meeting at Belfast City Hall at 10.00am, participants will follow a guided walk through the city to PLACE- the Built Environment Centre on Lower Garfield Street (opposite Castle Court), where they will be given the opportunity to ‘draw’ their experience of the city as a map.

Children will receive a goody bag at the end of the event. 

The event will end at 12.00noon. The event is primarily aimed at children from 6-11 but others are very welcome!

Play Park Competition Budget Increased and Deadline Extended

A design competition for a new play park in Bellyfermot, Dublin is currently open for registration. 


Irish Architecture Foundation, in collaboration with The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council, are launching a competition to design a play and skate park for ‘The Lawns’ in Le Fanu Park, Dublin 10. The competition is now open. The Play Park Ballyfermot project is a unique opportunity for an innovative inter-disciplinary design collective, with a passion for working in community contexts to develop a world class play and skate space for young people in Ballyfermot.

The budget range for the project has been increased from €300,000 to €500,000 in light of the level of interest in the project. On the back of this IAF are extending the registration deadline for the competition until Friday, 30 October.

IAF hope for a wide range of creative practitioners to apply such as designers, architects, play therapists, skate/BMX pros, wild life experts, musicians or whatever!

The Irish Architecture Foundation spent the summer of 2015 getting to know the community to collect feedback and design ideas from local people about their aspirations for this new play space. The guys at Shoot to Kill made a film of the process where you can learn about the hopes and needs of the community and gain an insight into the cultural context of the local area. View it on IAF TV.
You can download the Design Brief and Entry Form in this link
Competition Registration Deadline extended to 30 October 2015
Any questions? Email projects@architecturefoundation.ie

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Sketching

5-week course with Michael Doherty at PLACE




Sketching
An introduction to sketching the environment around you led by architect and artist Michael Doherty
5-week course, beginning Monday 19th October (price includes entry to the Ulster Folk Museum)
£65

The aim of the course is to develop drawing skills and improve observation techniques in a creative and fun environment. Armed with his architectural quips and his 2b pencils, Michael invites you to learn how to select views, enhance your ability to sketch and increase your confidence and capability to capture the world around you by exploring mark-making, depth of field, light and shadow.

You will try a variety of basic sketching materials, making sure you are properly kitted out for your sketching trips and on the final day, we will visit the Ulster Folk Museum where you will have the opportunity to try out your new skills as well as some one on one time with Michael to iron out any personal (sketching!) issues.

Dates
Monday 19 October 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Monday 26 October 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Monday 9 November 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Monday 16 November 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Saturday 21 November 11am-3pm, Ulster Folk Museum

Please bring
- A3 hard backed sketchbook with plenty of sheets for quick sketches
- Pencils (2b,4b and 6b)
- Any other mediums that you’d like to try out (Pens, ink, charcoal etc.)

To book and pay via Paypal (incl. £4.13 booking charge), click the link below, or contact info@placeni.org/ 028 9023 2524 for other payment options. 


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Street Space - Redefining the analysis of streets as public spaces for their critical transformation

Lecturer in Architecture at QUB, Dr Agustina Martire, invites you to join a new reading group exploring streets as key elements of urban space. 

Streets are in essence public spaces and connect diverse areas of the city, weaving the urban fabric. 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 reading group 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.

The reading group will take place in 15 Chlorine Gardens. The next three meetings will be on October 7, November 4 and December 2, from 12:30-4pm. 

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to A.Martire@qub.ac.uk

Cohousing Potential in Northern Ireland | Wednesday 28 October, 7-9pm

The UK’s leading expert on Cohousing, Stephen Hill (Chair UK Cohousing Network), is visiting Belfast on Wed 28th Oct and will be discussing NI’s potential for Cohousing.

WHAT IS COHOUSING?
Cohousing is a type of intentional, collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighbourhoods. Cohousing provides the privacy we are accustomed to within the community we seek.
Source: http://www.white-design.com/consultancy/bristol-co-housing/


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

PLACE & DTNI selected to take part in 'Techies in Residence'

PLACE is delighted to have been selected, along with Development Trusts NI (DTNI), to take part in the Techies in Residence programme (TIR). We see the TIR programme as an opportunity to join the dots in terms of community planning by mapping the potential of unused space across inner city Belfast. We want to make repopulating vacant spaces easier, faster, and more creative. A key factor in that is taking away much of the mystery surrounding property ownership, rates, contracts, and other formalities that can disinsentivise smaller, independent businesses, community groups, and cultural organisations from stepping in where retail has died off. 




PLACE is keen to begin to make data that are already available fit for public use as well as gathering and exposing new data that show how people use the inner city areas. We want to establish an evidence base and accurate policy information to support a more vibrant and resilient inner city. We know that there is significant demand for short, medium, and long term reuse of vacant retail units & void sites. We want to take available data and work with our Techie to make it less unwieldy; simply, to present information to the public in an attractive and useful way.


The Techies in Residence (TIR) programme is as an initiative of the Building Change Trust, which in turn has been funded by Big Lottery Fund. CultureTech have been appointed by the Trust as Managing Agent for the ongoing development and delivery of Techies in Residence.
 
Techies in Residence: www.techinres.com
Development Trusts NI: www.dtni.org.uk

Monday, 3 August 2015

Forum for Alternative Belfast (2010 - 2015)

Forum Farewell.
Issued by Forum for Alternative Belfast - July 2015.

Forum for Alternative Belfast has been winding up since January 2015 and recently we have taken the decision to close the organisation.

Since 2010, with the collaboration of many groups and government agencies, the Forum has produced a series of urban re-stitching plans for the city that begin to deal with its longstanding problems of disconnection, particularly access for inner city communities. Over this period, we have demonstrated practical projects for the city, alongside wider analyses and a set of principles for how Belfast can be planned in the future. We have had some successes; however, other Forum projects may remain as illustrations of what could have been. All of this offers cause for reflection and learning.


The trajectory of the city’s development is something we should all be concerned about. With the City Council's new planning powers we urge all those concerned to take a professional and reflective approach that ensures, as a priority, the creation of a fair and balanced city that is connected by walkable, well designed streets. 
 We wish to thank all those who have contributed to the work of the Forum and we hope that our work will continue to influence the shaping of the city.
Our website - www.forumbelfast.org - will remain and publications will be made available at the universities; for legacy issues please contact info@forumbelfast.org.

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.