Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Public Art Commission for Ballymena

Public Art Commission – Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm.

Dunclug Partnership seeks expressions of interest from experienced and suitably qualified artists or design teams in developing a new public artwork. The total budget available for the artwork is up to £45,000 (inclusive of VAT).

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 23rd May 2014.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Dunclug Partnership
c/o Rosalind Lowry
The Braid Arts Centre
1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena
POST Code: BT43 5EJ

For more information see document here: Dunclug Partnership Re-Imaging Stage 2 finalDunclug Partnership Re-Imaging Stage 2 final (Word doc, via Community Arts Partnership)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Belfast: Past, Present, Future - Public lectures on the historical development of Belfast at PRONI during May / June 2014

PRONI would like to invite you to a special series of lectures focused on the history of Belfast.

2014 marks the 180th anniversary of industrial flax-spinning into Belfast; 175 years since the city’s first railway; and 125 years after the death of Sir Charles Lanyon. Within this context, PRONI is hosting a special lecture series which will unravel the historical development of Belfast’s architecture, layout and society, as documented in PRONI collections.

Globally, we are also currently witnessing an extremely high rate of urban development: by 2050 for instance, 70% of the world’s population are expected to be living in towns or cities. During this series, we will explore what this means for Belfast, as the face of our local municipality continues to evolve.

The lectures will be held at 1pm on the following dates:

  • Tues 6th May: Dr. Fred Hammond, industrial archaeologist: Belfast's industry and infrastructure, 1750 – 1911
  • Wed 14th May: Dr. Paul Larmour, QUB, Shaping Belfast: from early beginnings to Victorian expansion
  • Tues 20th May: Dr. Peter Smyth, historian and author: Belfast post-1945: a society in transition
  • Tues 27th May: Andrew Molloy, University of Ulster, Modernism vs. Conservation: planning 20th century Belfast
  • Tues 3rd June: Gary Potter, PLACE, The Contemporary City: Current developments, visions for the future

All lectures will be held at PRONI from 1pm to 2pm. Admission is free but booking is essential. Please contact PRONI at or telephone 02890 534800 to reserve your place.

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Belfast: A Study on Built Heritage / Mon 14 April, 5pm

Belfast: A study on built heritage will launch at the Black Box, Belfast on Monday 14 April, 5pm. The book is a compilation of 5th year architecture dissertations dealing with the value of the existing built fabric of Belfast city centre and potential reuse. It was funded by the NIEA Challenge Fund.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Are you an architect who works with colour?

PhD student Pamela Topping, studying at the Faculty of Art, Design, and the Built Environment at University of Ulster, is seeking architects to participate in her research. 

Pamela is researching colour as an experiental element in interior spaces for people with dementia.  Her research is aimed at developing ways of making information about the use of colour in the built environment more accessible to those involved in designing health environments for people with dementia. She will be looking at current practice and approach to colour selection, colour decisions and how practitioners are informed in making final colour decisions for dementia design.
Pamela is hoping to locate architects who have an interest and/or experience in the application of colour in dementia design and who are keen to contribute and advance knowledge in dementia design from a architectural and design perspective.  

If you can be available for individual interview that will last about 30-40 minutes, contact Pamela at  

This study has full ethical approval from the University of Ulster; all interviews are confidential with the participants remaining anonymous.  

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Democracy, Community and Well-Being: Shaping a New Planning System for Northern Ireland / 26 March, 5.30pm

The Northern Ireland Planning system is currently facing its greatest institutional reform for a generation, as planning powers are transferred to local authorities in April 2015. This shift will be accompanied by major opportunities to re-orientate the planning system around the needs of local communities, as it will coincide with a new duty to promote well-being through the planning system and will sit alongside a new council responsibility for Community Planning. Dr. Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association will argue that in order to make the most of these opportunities, they should be accompanied by a new vision of how the planning system can contribute to the economic, environmental and social needs of Northern Ireland. 

Proposed District Councils - Post 2015.

Dr. Hugh Ellis was previously senior planning advisor to Friends of the Earth and lecturer in the University of Sheffield planning school. Since joining TCPA Hugh has led major policy initiatives, including the Planning and Climate Change Coalition and the 2013 ‘Planning out Poverty’ report, which focused on how the planning system can be used to address social exclusion. 

Hugh Ellis talk followed by a panel discussion on the main challenges to the Northern Ireland planning system, including the draft Strategic Planning Policy Statement. The event will also include an opportunity for audience participation in these important issues.

The event will be followed by light refreshments. This event is free, but please register your place using the link here: 

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 5.30pm / Room LG 024, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5AG.

Friends of the Earth welcome your questions about planning at this event. Please submit them in advance to As many questions as possible will be put forward for public participation and discussion with the panel. Opportunity to submit questions will close on Monday 24 March 2014 at noon.

For further information, please contact Colette Stewart (, 028 90233488 or Prof Geraint Ellis (, 02890974370).

This event is jointly organised and supported by the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, Friends of the Earth (NI), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the National Trust and Community Places.

Friday, 21 March 2014

[Updated] Landscape Institute NI - Invitation to Tender for Event Management

LINI Big Event 2014 and Invitation to Tender for Event Management

LINI committee and Events Team have been making preparations for a conference to be held this year. The conference seeks to celebrate 50 years of the landscape architectural profession in Ireland and Northern Ireland, whilst at the same time providing a critical outlook on future Northern Ireland prosperity by linking social wellbeing and health to economy and environment - using the opportunity to review the landscape architectural profession both past and present to inform the direction of Northern Ireland's future capabilities.

We are now seeking persons interested in carrying out Events Management for the conference on behalf of LINI. Please see the Invitation to Tender [PDF], which provides further information on the event. We invite proposals from all interested parties.

Proposals should be submitted to Peter Hutchinson, LINI Chair, by Tuesday 11th March 2014.

For further information, please contact Peter at or Tel 028 9066 8205.


The Landscape Institute is the professional body and regulator for landscape architecture. Under its Royal Charter the Landscape Institute is charged with protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public.

Registered as a Charity in England and Wales, No. 1073396

Friday, 14 March 2014

'Traces of Peter Rice' Reception & Viewing / 19 March, 5.30 - 7pm, Lanyon Building, Belfast

Arup invite you to a reception and exclusive viewing of the 'Traces of Peter Rice' exhibition at Queen's University Belfast. The event takes place on 19th March, 5.30 - 7pm in the Canada Room & The Naughton Gallery, Lanyon Building, Belfast.

'Traces of Peter Rice' celebrates the life and work of Peter Rice (1935 - 1992), Ireland's most prestigious structural engineer of his generation. The exhibition includes vintage photography, drawings, films and maquettes from three of Rice's projects: the Centre Pompidou, the Menil Collection, Houston and the Full-Moon Theatre, Gourgoubles.

Exhibition continues at The Naughton Gallery until 28th March. 'Traces of Peter Rice' is an Arup Phase 2 touring exhibition. RSVP:

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Hand Over The City - Film Screening / Thurs 3 April, 7pm

Francesco Rosi is remembered for his films on Italian corruption. This film centres on the irresistible rise of property speculator Nottola as he makes sure that new public buildings are constructed on his own land.

Hands Over The City.

Released in 1963, ‘Hands over the City’ confirmed Rosi’s stature winning him the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. There was an added attraction, too, for the box office, and for the inveterate movie fan in Rosi: ‘Hands Over The City’ starred a Holywood actor, Rod Steiger.

Hands over the City dramatizes an inquiry, the investigators are members of the Naples City Council, who are set in motion (reluctantly, for the most part) by the collapse of an apartment building in a crowded, working-class alley. Did the building fall down, killing two people, because of unsafe work at an adjacent site? Most of the council members are content to limit their probe to this specific question (having decided in advance that the answer will be no).

Thursday 3rd April, 7pm at the BFF Micro Cinema, Donegall Street, Belfast.

Tickets £5. Part of the Belfast Film Festival 2014.

For more information or to book please visit:

Hearth's “Spring School”: Abandoned Gems Into Heritage Jewels / Ards Town Hall, Thurs 27 March, 9am - 4.30pm

Hearth Housing Association will be running a “Spring School”, a one day workshop on the issues of dereliction and regeneration. The aim of the day is to help statutory bodies, professionals, historic building owners and potential purchasers to realise the full value of our built heritage and to find practical solutions and new ideas to collectively revive neglected areas. 

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Reuse of existing buildings is important for sustainable development. Current legislation and the economic climate can often make it difficult to use existing buildings and the temptation is to demolish. Dereliction and vacant heritage properties are blighting our streetscapes contributing to serious environmental, economic and social decline.

How can we make the most of neglected buildings, like the 19th century terrace at Court Street, Newtownards, to generate economic gains as well as environmental benefits?

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Thursday, 6 March 2014

Ulster Festival of Art and Design begins 10 March

Don't forget the Ulster Festival of Art and Design, hosted by University of Ulster, kicks off next week.

Some of our highlights:
10 March, 10:00 - Drawing Dialogues
10 March, 19:00 - Jeremy Hunt - A Journalist's Passion for Art and Architecture
11 March, 13:15 - Peter Maybury
12 March, 13:15 - Stephanie McDonald, 6a Architects

See the full programme at

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Vacant to Vibrant: Exchange / 19 & 20 March / Strand Arts Centre, Belfast

Vacant to Vibrant: Exchange is a two-day event that will discuss international and local solutions to vacancy. Hear from decision makers, academics, artists and urbanists about inspiring projects that engage with and transform places and spaces. The conference also marks the launch of a new PLACE publication, 'Vacant to Vibrant: Rethinking Town Centres', featuring case studies of projects tackling vacancy and essays examining the issue in terms of culture, urban policy, retail and activism. 

Wed 19 March, 9.30am - 4pm / Conference & Book Launch

Xavier Boneta Lorente, Barcelona City Council / Eddie Bridgeman, Meanwhile Space / Heather Carr, Arts & Business / Michael Corr, PLACE / Donagh Horgan, Multidisciplinary Design Strategist / Michiel van Lersel, Founder, Failed Architecture / Mark Minkjan, Editor in Chief, Failed Architecture / Heather Ring, Wayward Plants / Ola Wedenbrunn, Docomomo

Thurs 20 March, 9.30am-11.30am / Talk & Panel Discussion

Dominic Cools-Lartigue, Street Feast / Wayne Hemingway MBE, Hemingway Design / Shane O’Toole, Architect, Critic & Historian

Vacant to Vibrant: Exchange is supported by the NGO Challenge Fund and the British Council.
Vacant to Vibrant: Rethinking Town Centres is supported by Arts and Business NI.


Friday, 28 February 2014

£11,000 prize fund launched by Carnegie UK Trust to help improve Northern Ireland’s public spaces

The Carnegie UK Trust is calling on local communities across Northern Ireland to play a greater role in the development and design of their local area.

To help, an £11k pot of funding is being made available with the launch of the first ever Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing.

Successful applicants will each receive a share of the prize money as they make their plans a reality; three runners-up prizes of £2,500 will be awarded, with the overall winner receiving £3,500.

The prize has been launched in partnership with the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) and the Royal Incorporation of Architects Scotland (RIAS) and will celebrate how well designed public spaces, created with and for local people, can improve local resident’s health, provide new spaces for people to meet and promote community enterprise and regeneration. 

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Martyn Evans, Chief Executive of the Carnegie UK Trust, explains more: “The strong link between the quality of our local environment and our wellbeing means that much of the Trust’s work over the last 100 years has been about improving access to quality public spaces. The launch of this new Prize comes on the back of research we carried out which found that community-led action can really help bring about positive change to local areas. It’s been well documented that a poor quality local environment can have a detrimental effect on community wellbeing, impacting on issues such as health, safety and community spirit.”

“This challenge is about improving the lives of people across Northern Ireland and we hope the funding helps stimulate ideas, creativity and above all encourages communities to come together to think of ways they can improve their surroundings.”

Winning projects should demonstrate how good design can create opportunities for improved health, local regeneration, skills development, community enterprise or social interaction.

The competition is open to any community group or registered charity-led project that will improve a publically accessible space, such as a pathway, or park and that will be completed before the end of September 2014.

Martyn, continued: “This is an opportunity for communities to help turn ideas into reality, or provide a welcome boost to complete an existing project. We wish applicants the very best of luck!”

The winning projects will be announced at the 2014 RIAS convention on 16 May 2014 which will take place in Glasgow.

Alan Jones, President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), said: ‘This is a tremendous recognition of the importance of quality urban spaces to people’s lives. We are very enthusiastic about the potential of this great initiative.’

The Carnegie Prize for Design and Wellbeing is open to those located in Scotland and Northern Ireland. For more information about the prize, criteria and how to enter please visit: and-wellbeing. The closing date is 12 noon on 17 March 2014.

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Know Your Place | Free digital training workshops exploring built heritage

Capture and explore local built heritage through digital media.

Tuesday 4 March / Cultúrlann, Falls Road
Wednesday 5 March / Donegall Pass Community Forum, Donegall Pass
Tuesday 11 March / Indian Community Centre, Clifton Street
Wednesday 12 March / East Belfast Network Centre, Templemore Avenue

Register free online at this link.

Lunch and refreshments provided. Project supported by Belfast City Council.

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Tuesday, 25 February 2014

2ha Magazine - Exploring the notion of the suburb

2ha - A recently launched independent journal plans to explore the notion of the suburb and its relationship to fields such as mapping, photography, language and typology. 

There is a value in suburbia the remains overlooked.  
It is a landscape of faded aristocratic homes surrounded by encroaching housing estates.
It is a field where farmyards sit beside shopping centres.
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2ha - Exploring the suburb.

Issue five / suburbia + language - considers the relationship between language and suburban space. Three essays respond to the fractured process of translation that has come to define the territory of suburbia. 

  • Liam Mac Mathúna (Professor UCD) outlines a history of linguistic change in the Dublin area, describing how preceding eras of colonisations and cultures have renamed, subverted and built upon a place and its people. 
  • Emma Geoghegan (architect/lecturer DIT) documents the absence of a vocabulary in both the imagination and critique of space on the urban-rural fringe, suggesting that a consideration of this landscape as an independent territory might begin a means of understanding its unique conditions. 
  • Isobel NÍ Riain (lecturer UCC) reveals how a reading of place-names, in the now suburbanised area of Little Island on the edge of Cork city, can tell of a long history of occupation; one whose built form is often subsumed by the office parks and semi-ds of the immediate present.

To view Issue 05 and all previous issues, or to make a purchase, please visit

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

ARCSOC Film Night at SARC | 17 February, 5.30pm

ArcSoc will host a Movie Night in the Sonic Arts Research Centre on 17th February, 5.30pm. Stephen Douglas (Architect, Hall Black Douglas) and Chris Corrigan (SARC Technician) will each deliver a short lecture followed by a screening of 'The Third Man'.

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QUB SPACE: Inaugural Lecture - Prof. Geraint Ellis | Wed 12 Feb, 5pm

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Court overturns the DoE's decision to approve demolition of Swanston's linen warehouse

The decision to allow demolition of Swanston's linen warehouse, Queen Street, Belfast has been overturned by Mr Justice Treacey at judicial review. 

Swanston's linen warehouse, Belfast. Credit:

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society who brought the legal action state that:
"This is a significant ruling; it reaffirms the importance of applying planning policy thoroughly in Northern Ireland’s Conservation Areas, recognising their contribution to the built environment and defending their unique character. Without good planning policies and their proper application and enforcement the heritage streetscape that gives Northern Ireland its unique character will be diminished by design that has neither a cultural or historic relationship with its locality. Conservation Areas are special places with enormous potential to create long-term economic prosperity. In order to realise that potential, those charged with looking after them need to defend buildings of character, such as this 19th century warehouse.  We trust that this will set an example for the new councils and that they will have the vision to ensure these finite assets are not further diminished, but are retained and put to productive uses."

To find out more about Swanston's linen warehouse and the work of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society visit:

For A Better Bangor Public Engagement Events

For A Better Bangor (FABB) is a residents’ lobby group, formed in June 2009. The group aims to encourage positive re-development of Bangor's town centre and seafront.

Queen's Parade site. Credit:

In December 2013 the group received support from the NIEA NGO Challenge Fund to deliver a series of public engagement events. The first of these events will take place on Thursday 13 February at 7.30pm upstairs in the Red Berry, Main Street, Bangor (tea, coffee and refreshments provided). All ideas are welcome at this event and FABB encourage as many people as possible to attend. To confirm attendance or find out more please email:

The series of events will continue with a walking tour on Sunday 2nd March, 3pm. Booking essential - more details to follow.

Two further evening engagement events will take place at the Red Berry, Main Street, Bangor on Thursday 13 March, 7.30pm and Thursday 3 April, 7.30pm. FABB hope that these events will generate constructive discussion and seek to gather as many views and ideas as possible, to then present to the agencies responsible for the regeneration of Bangor.

A community design workshop is also proposed for March. More details to follow.

Wednesday, 5 February 2014


Conor Busuttil is a 24 year old Illustrator from County Down. He is passionate about children's picture books as he explains: "I enjoy the many twists and turns the story book can take you, seeking it out as an opportunity to express and release the imagination. I find it hard to find the boundaries of work and pleasure, as both are so closely knit.” Having been accepted for a six month placement with PLACE Conor began working closely with our somewhereto_ project to deliver somewhereto_re:store in Bangor's High Street.

re:store aimed to highlight the opportunities for creative young people to take up vacant space in our town centres - developing skills whilst also bringing activity to the high street. somewhereto_ connected creative young people with a vacant property and encouraged a creative environment in which they could showcase their talents and develop valuable skills. re:store directly addressed the high levels of youth unemployment and vacant retail units across the UK and successfully facilitated a number of youth-led enterprise projects.

Conor believes that “creative young people are a vital part of the social development of any community, from the styles of clothes we wear to the advertising on your cereal box, from the expression of both passion and human emotion to the pictures we educate our children with".

Whilst on placement Conor has developed a new hand-drawn banner for the PLACE blog. Conor's placement has also provided him with an opportunity to develop his own illustration based project. "I am Illustrator" will provide opportunities and a platform for young illustrators like Conor. Experienced illustrators will join with young talent within a vacant retail unit in Belfast city centre for a live drawing event, exhibition and series of public talks.

Conor is currently finalising plans for the project and information will be available at the somewhereto_ NI webpage shortly:

Wednesday, 22 January 2014

3rd Annual Conference of All Ireland Architectural Research Group | 23 - 25 January 2014 | University of Ulster Campus, York Street, Belfast

In its third annual conference, the All Ireland Architectural Research Group (AIARG) will build on previous year’s presentations of current architectural research in Ireland. Intending a broad and inclusive spectrum of architectural research experiences present on the island of Ireland, this symposium aims to empower those engaged in research, to further enable research exchange and collaboration, and to position more clearly and more strongly our research in architecture, through architecture and about architecture.

This year’s conference will provide opportunities to continue the now established forum for the presentation and discussion of emerging research and, to foreground, in a special session of the conference, questions about the purpose, process and impact of contemporary architectural research in Ireland. For all presentations, we invite you to address issues of relevance, method and reception. In this, we hope to reach beyond the specifics of individual research topics and to focus on issues shared by all engaged in research, be it scholarly or practice-based.

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