Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Belfast Healthy City Explorer Travel Bursary Launched

The 2015 Belfast Healthy City Explorer Bursary is now open for entries.

The Bursary was launched in 2013 in recognition of 25 years of Belfast as a designated WHO Healthy City. It will allow someone working in health and wellbeing or healthy urban planning in Belfast to visit another European Healthy City or National Network to study their approach to addressing a key issue relating to health inequalities.

There are almost 100 European Healthy Cities, including Udine, Italy; Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Stavropol, Russian Federation. National networks include Croatia, Denmark, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Phase VI (2014-2018) is a unique time in the life of the networks, a new WHO European health policy and strategy, Health 2020 is being implemented with the city at its heart as the place for developing and delivering new ideas.

Suggested topics for study include early life; older people; health literacy; physical activity; nutrition and obesity; alcohol; tobacco; mental well-being; health and social services; public health capacity; healthy urban planning and design; transport; the health impacts of climate change and housing and regeneration.

Other proposals, which address the four priority themes for the Phase VI (2014-2018), will also be considered.

• life course and empowering people;
• tackling public health problems;
• strengthening people centred health systems and public health capacity;
• creating resilient communities and supportive environments.

Following the visit, the bursary holder will share their learning as widely as possible, for example, within their own organisation, across relevant networks and at the Belfast Healthy Cities Annual General Meeting. The successful applicant will clearly demonstrate the added value of a study visit to their own work and raise awareness of the WHO European Healthy Cities Network Phase VI priorities.

The bursary is open to applicants from the community, voluntary, public and business sectors. It will be offered each year within WHO Healthy Cities Phase VI (2014-2018).

All applications must be submitted by Tuesday 31 March 2015. Click here for an application Form.

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing

A competition to find an inventive design for a 3D printable beehive

Calling all designers and environmentalists! With the kind support of the NGO Challenge Fund, PLACE is holding a competition to find fresh, innovative and exciting designs for 3D-printable beehives.

There are three entry categories - Primary, Secondary and Adult. You can compete as a group or individual.

The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing aims to open up dialogue surrounding the promotion of biodiversity and sustainability. We aren’t seeking professional standard entries! We anticipate that most entries will need to be modified into a printable format after submission by a 3D designer. We would like to see imaginative, thoughtful designs that will render beekeeping exciting and interesting to people who don’t already know about it.

We accept entries in the form of 2D drawings/plans, scanned/emailed or by post, or 3D models. We request that entries are annotated in order to help our designer interpret your beehive as close to your vision as possible. By becoming involved with the competition, you will be able to see first hand the possibilities of the burgeoning technology of 3D printing, framed within the context of pollinators and their essential role in our environment.

For school groups this can be incorporated into an existing unit of work, be used as a springboard for discussion and investigation, or form the basis of work for an Environment or Technology Club.

We aim to exhibit as many entries as possible. The exhibition will take place in our public gallery space in Belfast city centre and we hope to show the 3D printing process to as many people as possible. This will be a unique opportunity for the uninitiated to drop in and see it in action!

What to submit?
We are looking for a 3D-printable beehive design; the size, colour and shape are up to you!

Designs can be submitted in the form of drawings, 3D models and 3D print files (e.g. STL). A submission form can be downloaded from and must be included with your entry. Entries can be emailed to or sent to PLACE at 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast BT1 1FP.

Closing date for entries:
29th February 2015 at 5pm for both emailed and posted entries.

Click here to download a submission form. All entrants must accept the Terms & Conditions for entry.

For queries related to this project please contact Mairead Kane - email or call PLACE on 02890 232524.

Monday, 12 January 2015

On the move: Cycling & Connectivity - Thursday 30 April, 10am

CIVINET UK & Ireland and Belfast City Council are pleased to announce On the move - A conference about cycling and connectivity. The conference explores cycling strategy development and practical delivery of cycling measures. It also addresses the role of cycling and sustainable transport in urban regeneration. Case studies from Belfast, Dublin and Bath will be featured, along with a look at Northern Ireland’s new cycling strategy. European perspective comes from a Ghent case study, an introduction to CIVINET and advice on EU funding for cycling projects. There’s also a cycle tour in Belfast.

Attendance is free for CIVINET UK & Ireland members (up to three delegates from your organisation). For non-members the registration fee is £50. Book your place online at

Date: Thursday 30 April 2015
Time: 10am - 4.15pm
Venue: Reception Room, Belfast City Hall

Conference Programme

10.00 - 10.25: Registration, Networking and Coffee

10.25 - 10.30: Welcome - Chris Hadfield, Project Manager, Lancashire County Council, and National Network Manager, CIVINET

10.30 - 10.50: A New Bicycle Strategy for Northern Ireland - Andrew Grieve, Head of Cycling Unit, Department for Regional Development

10.50 - 11.00: Launching a New Bike Sharing Scheme in Belfast - Anne Doherty, Belfast Public Bike Share, Belfast City Council

11.00 - 11.10: One Year On: nextbike in Bath and North East Somerset - Colin Rees, LSTF Project Manager, Bath & North East Somerset Council

11.10 - 11.20: An Established Scheme: dublinbikes - Damien O Tuama, Mobilities Consultant and BYPAD Bicycle Policy Auditor

11.20 - 11.40: Coffee Break

11.40 - 12.10: Discussion and Q&A on Morning Session - Chaired by Chris Hadfield, Lancashire County Council

12.10 - 13.00: Cycle Tour - Led by Belfast City Council

13.00 - 14.00: Lunch

14.00 - 14.30: Regeneration & Connectivity - Dr Brendan Murtagh, Reader in Urban Planning, Queen's University Belfast and Gerry Millar, Director of Property and Projects, Belfast City Council

14.30 - 14.45: An Introduction to CIVINET - Chris Hadfield, Project Manager, Lancashire County Council, and National Network Manager, CIVINET

14.45 - 15.05: EU Funding Sources for Cycling Projects - Fiona McLean, European Project Development Manager, Transport & Travel Research Ltd

15.05 - 15.20: Coffee Break

15.20 - 15.40: Ghent… Making Cycling the New Normal - Patty Delanghe, Leader of Cycling Team, City of Ghent

15.40 - 16.10: Discussion and Q&A on Afternoon Session - Chaired by Chris Hadfield, Lancashire County Council

16.10 - 16.15: Conclusion - Chris Hadfield, Lancashire County Council

Thursday, 8 January 2015

'Myths of Belfast' Film Screening & Panel Discussion - Mon 26 Jan, 7pm

The urban identity of the City of Belfast has been a point of contestation for hundreds of years, arguably most acutely throughout the 20th century. Student-architect, PhD student and film-maker Andrew Molloy’s research suggests that the social identity of any city is of such complexity that it will forever evade definition and will make fools of the fundamentalists and those who claim to have absolute knowledge. Instead, identity needs to be conceived of as a process, not a product.

‘Myths of Belfast’ brings together the urban interpretations of three practitioners who have had a defining role in defining the accepted urban identity of the City of Belfast and exposes them as mere imaginative leaps, albeit ones that helped shape Belfast’s physical fabric.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the issues raised, panel members to be confirmed.

Monday 26 January 2015, 7pm at the Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast. For more information click

Draft Event Timetable

19.00: Doors Open

19.15: Introduction

19.20: Film Screening

20.00: Short Break

20.10: Panel Discussion
Chaired by Ciaran Mackel, with Bill Morrison (former Belfast planner and former Chair of PLACE), Karen Latimer (UAHS committee member and chair of HEARTH), Declan Hill (architect and co-director of the Forum for Alternative Belfast) and Niall McBrierty (architect and tutor at University of Ulster).

21.00: End

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Belfast Transport Hub Consultation Campaign Launched

Translink, in conjunction with the Department for Regional Development, are working to explore the opportunity of creating a new integrated transport hub in Belfast on the site of the current Europa Buscentre and Great Victoria Street Rail Station. 

The Hub will be designed to cater for forecast passenger demand, alleviate constraints on the network, improve operational performance and enhance the passenger journey experience.

It is envisioned to be a modern, multi-modal, transport interchange that will enhance the environment, serve the community and better support the local economy. It will combine bus and rail termini with interfaces to private car, taxi, bus and cycle modes whilst acknowledging Metro bus and Belfast Rapid Transit.

A design team has been appointed comprising Arup and John McAslan + Partners, who have an extensive portfolio in the development and delivery of modern and highly-efficient transport infrastructure facilities including Kings Cross Station in London.

Translink and the Department for Regional Development are now inviting members of the public to have their say on proposals for ‘The Belfast Hub’.

A public consultation campaign, ‘Making History’, has been launched inviting views on The Belfast Hub, which aims to regenerate and develop a new city quarter - 'Station Quarter'.

Public information sessions will take place on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th January 2015, 8am - 6pm, in the Europa Buscentre where Translink representatives and The Hub’s appointed design team will share detail on options for the project and aspirations for bus and train facilities. An online submission form is also available at

As part of this consultation process, Translink is also seeking ‘station stories’ relating to individual experiences and memories of the existing bus and rail stations at the site, past and present. Since the project was announced, the project team has been on a journey of discovery uncovering a wealth of interesting ‘stories’ spanning the existence of both facilities and reflecting their rich history and impact on people’s lives. The public information sessions will feature just a few of these station stories to inspire more people to share their own nostalgic tales and help form a rich tapestry of reflection as The Hub project gains momentum.

This first phase of consultation will be open until 31st January 2015. For more information on the project click

Monday, 5 January 2015

PLACE: 2014 in Review


PLACE continues to develop its Vacant to Vibrant campaign to highlight the opportunities for our town centres.

In March, PLACE held Vacant to Vibrant: Exchange at the Strand Arts Centre. This two-day symposium explored international and local solutions to vacancy. Decision makers, academics, artists and urbanists came together to share inspiring projects and strategies that transformed places and spaces.

The symposium also marked the launch of a new PLACE publication. 'Vacant to Vibrant: Rethinking Town Centres' features case studies of projects tackling vacancy and essays examining the issue in terms of culture, urban policy, commerce, and activism.

Following the symposium PLACE launched a new public space and office at Lower Garfield Street. With support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, a long-term vacant retail unit has been transformed into a bright, modern multi-purpose space enabling PLACE to continue delivering quality built environment projects.

PLACE launched a new multi-purpose public
space at Lower Garfield Street in June 2014.

Open Source Belfast returned in April 2014 during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival to bring life to an empty space at Commercial Court.

Vacant to Vibrant Antrim took over more than 15,000sq ft within a vacant two-storey building in the centre of Antrim, which was generously donated by Karl Asset Management. During July and August, the space provided young people aged 16-25 a free space to showcase their talent and bring vibrancy to the town centre as part of PLACE’s partnership with somewhereto_ and the Enkalon Foundation.

Vacant to Vibrant Antrim reanimated more than 15,000sq ft
of empty space in partnership with Karl Asset Management,
somewhereto_ and the Enkalon Foundation.


Throughout March and April, PLACE ran a series of workshops across Northern Ireland aimed at introducing and outlining the concepts and principles of the DOE’s Living Places Urban Stewardship and Design Guide. This was followed, in September, by the Living Places symposium to coincide with the launch of the document. The event opened with Minister Mark H Durkan officially launching the design guide. James Hennessey (The Paul Hogarth Company) then provided background to the development of the guidance and Michael Corr (PLACE) highlighted the main issues to arise from the Living Places Training Workshops (delivered by PLACE in March 2014). 

Living Places Launch Symposium. L - R: Michael Corr (Director, PLACE),
Minister Mark H Durkan MLA (DoE Minister), Suzanne Wylie (Chief-
Executive, Belfast City Council, James Hennessey (Associate Director,
The Paul Hogarth Company).

Following a short break, Suzanne Wylie (Chief Executive, Belfast City Council provided an overview of how local government will benefit from the guidance and Lara Kinneir (Member, MAG) reflected on experience working with Design for London. Darran Crawford (Scottish National Parks) highlighted the Scotland's Creating Places document and the use of design charrettes to accompany the Scottish guidance.


The opening of PLACE’s new premises in June coincided with the 10th anniversary of the founding of the organisation. To mark this milestone the 10 Years of PLACE exhibition looked back on the previous 10 years of innovation and collaboration to make better places across Northern Ireland. 

10 Years of PLACE was an exhibition looking back on the
past 10 years of the organisation.

Lamps on Lower Garfield Street was a street light installation during Culture Night Belfast to highlight the important pedestrian link between the commercial area of Royal Avenue and the vibrant cultural activities of the Cathedral Quarter.

In October 2014, PLACE curated an exhibition, hosted by the Golden Thread Gallery, documenting representations of Craigavon in the 50 years since its founding. The exhibtion ‘Craigavon New Town: 50 Years of Modernity' was centred on the work of visual artist Victor Sloan, whose photography from the 1970s until the present day was displayed alongside selected archival materials that tell the story and inspiration for the town. The opposition of Sloan’s uneasy imagery of life in a new city with the idealist, utopian visual culture of 1960s town planning, tells the story of a place in which quotidian normality is layered on top of the absurdity of the project’s unrealised ambition. The exhibition was created with support from the British Council and formed part of the Absorbing Modernity mini-festival, which is the regional response to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.


The PLACE Urban Walks expanded across Northern Ireland in 2014 with the support of the NGO Challenge Fund, exploring new themes and locations.

The Place-Making Podcast continued with a free 3-day training workshop for those interested in using podcasting and broadcasting to discuss architecture, urban design and built environment issues.

Know Your Place provided young people with the opportunity to capture and explore local built heritage through digital media in Belfast, Bangor and Killough.

Know Your Place Belfast explored some of the
city's most well known heritage buildings, including
Carlisle Memorial Church (pictured above).

PLACE and the Architecture Foundation brought Urban Pioneers to Derry~Londonderry to engage young people and empower them to critically explore the built environment and develop new skills through workshops led by creative professionals.

The 3rd annual PLACE Urban Design Summer Academy brought young people aged 14 – 19 together in Craigavon to explore the architectural ideas and utopian ideals that to the creation of Northern Ireland’s only ‘new town’.


Vacant to Vibrant: Rethinking Town Centres is a collection of essays and articles, reflecting a diversity of opinions, ideas and provocations - embracing everything from artistic practice to local government, examining the subject of vacancy.

Craigavon New Town documents the story of Northern Ireland's only 'new town'. It charts the settlement from the perspective of the people who live there, many who moved there nearly fifty years ago, setting up home in what was then a great social experiment. Anecdotes and memory track the process from the mid-60s displacement of local farmers, through the years of construction, excitement, and prosperity that quickly gave way to decline and dereliction, and the eventual resurgence that is driven by shared identity and belonging newly forged in a place called Brownlow.

Craigavon New Town was launched in 2014 to document the
story of Northern Ireland's only 'new town'.

How to Design a Building introduces children to the subject of architecture and the different things that an architect has to think about when they are designing a building. This book was written and illustrated by Dr Jenny Russell.

An Inventory of Space in Derry~Londonderry is a publication based on work by participants in the Derry~Londonderry Urban Pioneers programme – a programme delivered by PLACE and the Architecture Foundation.


The board and staff at PLACE said farewell to their colleague Conor McCafferty, who, after working at PLACE for four years and leading on many successful projects, has left to pursue a PhD at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at QUB, under the supervision of Drs Sarah Lappin (SPACE) and Gascia Ouzounian (SARC) as part of their Recomposing the City project.

In July, PLACE welcomed Maggie McKeever to the team as a Creative Assistant. Maggie has a degree in Fine Art, from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin and an MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management from University College Dublin. Maggie has undertaken roles such as arts manager, facilitator, curator, artist and administrator, including experience in Arts events management with UK City of Culture Derry~Londonderry 2013; the Verbal Arts Centre, Body & Soul Festival and the LAB gallery, Dublin.

In November, Bridghin Farren joined the PLACE team as Creative Producer. Bridghin has completed a BA in Sculpture and Combined Media at the Limerick School of Art and Design, and an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick. She moved to Belfast in 2007 to take up the directorship at Catalyst Arts, and afterwards co-founded the creative project Brown&Bri with Rachel Brown. As part of that work she has completed and presented research into Belfast’s empty buildings, and built and ran a cafe-bar on a barge for two years - both performative actions made in response to underused space in Belfast City centre. She has worked as Curator at Belfast Exposed Photography and Arts Co-ordinator with Belfast City Council. Her research interests include using fiction, theatre and staging to map a city’s history, geometry and space travel.

Marks of Time: The Building of Derry~Londondeery - Friday 9 January 2015

Marks of Time: The Building of Derry~Londondeery is a free public lecture with Manus Deery, Principal Conservation Architect NIEA on Friday 9th January 2015.

Sketch by Manus Deery.

Lecture Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue: Monument & Buildings Record, Waterman House, 5-33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA

Friday, 19 December 2014

UAHS 2015 Programme of Events

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS) works to promote appreciation and enjoyment of good architecture of all periods and encourages the conservation, restoration and re-use of Ulster’s built heritage to regenerate and sustain our communities. The organisation has developed a programme of public events for 2015.

William Kent: An Appreciation
Thursday 29 January
Lecture by Professor James Stevens Curl
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, 7.30pm

Annual General Meeting of the Society
Wednesday 18 February
Guest speaker, Dr David Fleming, Chair of the Irish Georgian Society
Belmont Tower, Belfast, 7pm

Derry / Londonderry: Walled City Treasure Hunt & Tour of the City
Saturday 28 March

Visit to Galgorm / Gracehill
Saturday 25 April

Historic Houses of Co.Tyrone
Saturday 9 May 

Architectural Pub Tour 
Thursday 11 June 

IGS / UAHS Summer School in Counties Armagh & Monaghan
Thursday 25 June - Saturday 27 June

Visit to Counties Cavan and Monaghan
Saturday 4 July

Visit to Central Belfast featuring Riddel’s Warehouse
Saturday 18 July

Teddy Bears Picnic at Marlacoo House, Portadown
Saturday 25 July

Roller Derby, Belfast

Historic Houses of Fingal
Saturday 22 August

Architects of Ulster: Young and Mackenzie, a Transformational Provincial Practice 1850 - 1960
Thursday 27 August
Lecture by Dr Paul Harron
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast, 7.30pm

Wilhemena Geddes
Lecture by Dr Nicola Gordon Bowe
Ulster Museum, Belfast

Culture Night, Belfast 
Friday 18 September

Weekend in South Oxfordshire
Friday 25 - Monday 28 September 

Visit to the Yacht Club & Oratory, Dun Laoghaire
Saturday 3 October 

War Memorials
Thursday 5 November
Lecture by Professor Keith Jeffery
Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast 7.30pm

Open House
Saturday 5 December
66 Donegall Pass, Belfast, 10am - 2pm

For more information, please

NIEA Monuments & Building Record 2015 Programme of Public Lectures

A programme of public lectures in the Monuments and Buildings Record (MBR) has been announced for 2015. All are welcome to attend these lectures and admission is free. As space is limited, however, you are advised to come early to secure a seat.

Lecture Times: Fridays, 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue: Monument & Buildings Record, Waterman House, 5-33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA

Marks of Time - The Buildings of Derry~Londonderry
Friday 9 January
Manus Deery, Principal Conservation Architect, NIEA

The Archaeology of the Ballycastle Collieries, Ireland’s Oldest Coal Fields
Friday 6 February
Thomas McErlean, Centre for Maritime Archaeology

Lost Industrial Archaeology of the Mournes
Friday 6 March 
Stephen Russell, Historic Monuments Council

The Irish Heritage Trust, the story so far
Friday 20 March
Kevin Baird, Irish Heritage Trust

The Geoarchaeology of County Down’s High Crosses and Round Towers
Friday 3 April 
Ian Meighan, Trinity College Dublin

Rediscovering the Lost Town and Gardens of Dunluce Castle: The Dunluce Project Archaeology & Conservation
Friday 1 May 
Andrew Gault, Archaeologist, NIEA

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Campaign: Reverse Cuts to Built Heritage in Northern Ireland

Mark H. Durkan and the Department of Finance & Personnel have announced proposals to stop all Listed Building Grants and the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS) led Built Heritage at Risk NI, (BHARNI). These cuts signal a significant blow to the protection of historic buildings in Northern Ireland.

Listed Building Grant Aid
Listed building owners face a huge financial challenge raising the capital to cover the conservation deficit in maintaining and restoring our historic assets. Listed Building Grant Aid from the DoE provides funding for eligible works on listed buildings at 35 - 45%. Not only does grant aid support owners, but it can be taken as a source of match funding to encourage the support of other funders for the progression of key regeneration projects. If this financial aid is withdrawn, building owners will struggle to keep their historic properties maintained, water tight or even in use. For many it is the sole financial support that they can get to maintain their listed building. A responsibility that they are bound to respond to by law. 
Built Heritage at Risk NI (BHARNI)
The UAHS has worked for over 20 years to raise awareness of buildings at risk throughout Northern Ireland. In addition to survey, evaluation and maintaining an online register of Built Heritage At Risk Northern Ireland (BHARNI). UAHS works to identify sustainable future uses for our valuable built heritage; provides help and advice for existing owners who may wish to engage upon a suitable scheme of repair; and offers assistance to potential new restoring owners who are looking for properties for sale. Through BHARNI, buildings at risk are promoted from being challenging legacies of our past, to buildings of potential for new uses, social regeneration, tourism and skilled job creation.

For every £1 of listed building grant, £7.65 is leveraged from other sources, (DoE, 2012). 187 buildings at risk have been saved with the help of UAHS, 2006-14, (UAHS, 2014). Many buildings at risk rely on listed building grant aid to secure their future.

UAHS invite you to sign a petition to say no to cuts affecting the protection of historic buildings in Northern Ireland.

Conservation without Frontiers: Historic Buildings of Armagh & Monaghan in Context - June 2015

For the first time the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and the Irish Georgian Society are coming together to provide a cross border summer school. The event is for students, enthusiasts and practitioners who want to discuss and debate issues relating to Irish heritage in the context of Armagh and Monaghan. Leaders of the summer school will include well known academics, architectural historians, architects, planners, conservation and heritage officers. 

Key themes will be:

Cathedrals: ecclesiastical re-ordering and liturgical changes in St. Macartan's, Monaghan and St Patrick's, Armagh, and in the Church of Ireland.

Planning Conservation Areas: conservation areas in the Mall and Market Square, Armagh and architectural conservation areas in Market Square, Church Square, and Main Square, Monaghan.

Heritage and Housing: regeneration through the restoration of houses in Armagh and the introduction of new housing in Glaslough, Monaghan.

Community Conservation and Public Regeneration: featuring community conservation projects St Peter's, Laragh, and Dartrey Mausoleum; and public regeneration projects Palace Demesne and the Woman's Prison, Armagh.

Conservation without frontiers will take place from Thursday 25th - Saturday 27th June 2015.

For further information please visit or

Monday, 15 December 2014

Registration for AAI Awards 2015 now open

Registration for the 30th Architectural Association of Ireland (AAI) Annual Awards 2015 is now open.   The deadline is 22nd January 2015.

The intention of the AAI Awards is to encourage higher standards of architecture throughout the country, to recognise projects which make a contribution to Irish architecture, and to inform the public of emerging directions in contemporary architecture.

Full details, registration forms and instructions to entrants are available at:

30th Annual AAI Awards

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Raviv Ganchrow: Shipping Forecast - Thurs 11 Dec, 1.10pm - 2.10pm

Shipping Forecast is a free concert by Raviv Ganchrow, organised by Recomposing the City, at the Sonic Arts Research Centre on Thursday 11th December, 1.10pm - 2.10pm.

Shipping Forecast explores the complex relations between territory and transmission in BBC Radio 4’s shipping bulletin. Coordinated recordings following the long-wave journeying of a signal from inside a studio at Broadcasting House; to the transmitter at Droitwich; to a shipat sea; to a transistor radio several hundred kilometres away; reveal audible aspects of broadcasting. The piece examines attractions between language, geography, radiation and precipitation where transduced speech addresses, defines as well as physically occupies dimensions of terrestrial space.

Raviv Ganchrow: Urban Modes of Listening - Wed 10 Dec, 1pm - 2pm

Raviv Ganchrow: Urban Modes of Listening is a free seminar organised by Recomposing the City at the Sonic Arts Research Centre on Wednesday 10th December, 1pm - 2pm. 

Raviv Ganchrow’s (1972) work focuses on interdependencies between sound, location and listener, aspects of which are explored through sound installations, writing and the development of acoustic forming and vibration sensing technologies. Recent installations examine context-specific sites in contemporary modes of listening. His on-going Listening Subjects project examines the contextual circuitry of listening whereby audibility, surroundings and subjectivity are conductive of one another. He has been teaching architectural design in the graduate program at TU Delft and is currently a faculty member at the Institute of Sonology, University of the Arts, The Hague.

Monday, 8 December 2014

The 2014 Fréd Awards - Friday 12 December, 1pm - 2pm at PLACE

PLACE will host the 2014 Fréd Awards, organised by The Fréd CC and NI Greenways, on Friday 12 December, 1pm - 2pm. The awards are awarded to those who put significant effort into campaigning and working to build a better cycling culture for everyone. The awards are voted for by the cycling public in an open vote (voting has now closed).

The awards event is free to attend and open to everyone, though booking is essential due to venue capacity.To register your attendance please click here. Tea and coffee provided.

Date: Friday 12 December
Time: 1pm - 2pm
Venue: PLACE, 7 - 9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast

New Magazine Celebrates Life and Creativity in Northern Ireland

Do you ever feel you want to read more empowering stories in a time of grim predictions for the future of our planet? For positive news in a world where fear sells papers, for slow journalism, for celebrating roots and for supporting sustainable and socially responsible lives, a new magazine is on its way. Freckle magazine is dedicating itself to celebrating the people, landscapes and livelihoods of Northern Ireland and beyond. 

It is about people who are carving out their own stories; a space to tell positive stories, to ask what actually gets people out of bed, and to document and delve into the spirit of our times. The first issue will have articles that explore Northern Ireland’s landscapes, our food system, the concept of belonging, boatmaking, cycling, music, architecture and more: stories of some the most creative and courageous people in Northern Ireland.

The team at Freckle want to make something beautiful for people to read, a print magazine that is part of the conversation asking how we can live sustainably and peacefully in Northern Ireland. And they are not alone. In just over two weeks they have raised over 80% of their crowdfunding campaign to print the first issue, due out in January 2015. 

Check out their Kickstarter page (with a two minute introduction video) and keep an eye on their website for more news in the future.


Kickstarter video:

Thursday, 4 December 2014

Forum for Alternative Belfast present Lorry Day: Saturday 6th December, 8pm - 1am

Bring along a lorry. Forum for Alternative Belfast's mark the second anniversary of the raising of a full size lorry 18 metres in the air to show the impact of a potential £130m flyover options at the York Street Interchange. The option was not selected and an underpass option is now being developed. For more information see

The event on 6th December also marks ‘Nicklaus Tag’, a day on which children in many European countries receive gifts. All attending are asked to bring along a lorry - Corgi, Dinki, Wooden or Plastic – all will be donated to The Belfast Childrens Hospice.

Music by Clare Hall and canopies provided by The Dark Horse.

Forum will also provide an update on the York Street Interchange.

Date: Saturday 6 December
Time: 8pm - 1am
Venue: The Dark Horse, Hill Street, Belfast
Admission: £5 (lorry tax)

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

ArcSoc Lecture: Jo Van Den Berghe - Tues 9th Dec, 5.30pm

ARCSOC present at talk by Jo Van Den Berghe (The Thinker, the Poet, and I: Mnemosyne's Death and the Failure of Mourning) on Tuesday 9th December, 5.30pm at the David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast. Admission is free for ARCSOC members and £3 for non-members.

Architect Jo Van Den Berghe teaches experimental architectural design at Leuven University, Belgium and works as a researcher and part-time professor at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia and Spain, in the field of Techne and Poiesis in making architecture (the poetics of making). He is a reflective practitioner-architect with a critical architectural practice in Belgium.

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Kids Workshop: How to Design a Building - Sat 6 Dec, 11am - 12noon

Jenny Russell, writer and illustrator of How to Design a Building will lead a kids drawing workshop that explores the big questions an architect has to think of when designing a building; Why? Who? What? Where? When? How? You are encouraged to think about and design your own building.

Suitable for children aged 7-11. This workshop is free but spaces are limited so booking is essential.

Date: Saturday 6 December 2014
Time: 11am - 12noon
Venue: PLACE, 7 - 9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast, BT1 1FP

The production of this book has been made possible with the support of a grant from the NIEA NGO Challenge Fund. This workshop is part of PLACE’s City Saturdays programme, which is supported by Belfast City Council Arts & Heritage Small Grants Funding.

PLACE’s Christmas Book Sale - Thurs 4 - Sat 6 December 2014

Call into PLACE from 4th - 6th December where we’ll have a wide selection of our own publications on architecture, design and photography available, alongside similarly themed titles from other arts organisations and independent artists and designers. We’ll also be selling some special editioned posters, and postcards as ideal stocking fillers. Don't miss this opportunity to pick up some beautiful, informative, local print for your creative family and friends!

The fair will run;
  • Thursday 4 December, 6pm - 9pm
  • Friday 5 December, 10am - 6pm
  • Saturday 6 December, 1pm - 3pm

All monies raised will go towards our public programme. For more information please phone 028 9023 2524, or email

Exhibition & Book Launch: How to Design a Building - Thursday 4 December, 6 - 8pm

We’re launching our new publication, How To Design A Building, illustrated and written by architect Jenny Russell during Late Night Art on Thursday 4 December. The book is a learning tool for children to engage in the process of design and architecture. An exhibition featuring Jenny's original illustrations will accompany the launch event and will run until the end of December 2014.

How to Design a Building can be purchased for £5 from PLACE, 7 - 9 Lower Garfield Street, or online by clicking on this link.

The production of this book has been made possible with the support of a grant from the NIEA NGO Challenge Fund.

Date: Thursday 4 December 2014
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: PLACE, 7 - 9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast, BT1 1FP

Talk by Alan Dickson at Ulster University - Thursday 4 December, 5.30pm

Free talk by Alan Dickson at Ulster University, York Street, Belfast on Thursday 4th December 2014, 5.30pm.

Alan Dickson is the Practice Director of Rural Design Architects. He established the practice along with Gill Smith on the Isle of Skye in 2004. The practice has focused on the development of a progressive language for housing in the Scottish countryside and is now involved in projects and policy throughout Scotland.

Turf House, Kendram, Isle of Skye won the practice a Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Award for Architecture in 2013 (and was featured on Channel 4’s Grand Designs) and the work of the practice has been published widely in Europe.

Fiskavaig house, Isle of Skye 

Monday, 24 November 2014

Titanic Foundation propose to ‘build a beach’ for Belfast

Titanic Foundation's proposal to build a beach in the heart of Titanic Quarter has been shortlisted for a potential £50,000 prize in the People’s Millions competition. 

The competition, which will be showcased on UTV evening news from Monday 24th November to Wednesday 26th November, will see community groups go head-to-head in a bid to win a Big Lottery Fund award for life-changing projects. Two groups each night will make their cases for viewers’ support to take home up to £50,000, with the public voting by phone to help decide who wins the prize. 

Titanic Foundation’s innovative ‘Build a Beach’ project is up for public vote today (Monday 24th November) and Titanic Foundation is encouraging people to pick up the phone and vote. From mobiles simply call 6228214 and from land-lines call 09015 228214.

If successful, the man made beach will be placed beside Titanic Belfast and will not only be a shared space for Belfast and the people of NI but also a fantastic venue for sporting, cultural and educational events and activities. From beach volleyball to building giant sand castles and playing life size board games, there will be something for all to enjoy. Beach huts will be erected, a must for Belfast’s climate, and it will provide the perfect location to welcome the arrival of the Tall Ships in July 2015.

Titanic Foundation Destination Manager, Maeve Curran, said; ‘This is a fantastic opportunity for Belfast and Northern Ireland. In the UK and Europe, urban beaches are fast becoming established and increasingly attractive. We want to bring a little bit of seaside to the city and have positioned the beach next to our World Class Visitor attraction, Titanic Belfast, to add to the visitor experience.'

In 2013 Paris Plage attracted 3 million people and many beaches are popping up in cities across the UK including Southbank in London, Cardiff, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham and Bristol.

Maeve added, ‘We intend to work with local primary schools across Belfast in the design process and we hope to recruit, train and work with a team of volunteers to help with regular beach maintenance and assist with the organisation of beach events and activities. Our aim is to create a place that will engage with and attract local communities, providing a space that belongs to everyone. Within easy reach anyone can walk, cycle, or hop on public transport and be on our beach within minutes. First we need to secure the funding. If you would use our beach, please pick up the phone and vote today (Monday 24th November). Anyone can vote up to ten times! We need your support.’

For full details on voting please visit

Friday, 21 November 2014

RSUA Conservation Site Visit: Sion Mills Stables - 3 December 2014

The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) Conservation Committee invite you to visit the Stables at Sion Mills. The site visit will take place on 3rd December 2014, meeting in the Classroom at the Stables at 11am.

The Stables is a B+ listed building which had deteriorated over many years and became the subject of a historic buildings Repairs Notice. When that proved ineffective and the building was at risk of complete loss the NIEA stepped in and vested the Stables. This is the first time compulsory purchase powers have been employed in Northern Ireland to rescue a historic building.

Hearth Revolving Fund, which is the longest-established building preservation trust in the province, had agreed to take the building over in a back-to-back agreement with the DoE, and it then set about raising finance for the restoration of the Stables, which took place in two phases. Despite the severe deterioration of the building it was possible to retain and restore significant elements of historic fabric, but decisions also had to be made about the extent of intervention possible, and the approach to incorporating new elements. The building opened for business in September.

The visit will start with a short history of the project and description of the works, followed by a walk round the building. Coffee will be provided on arrival, and lunch will be available in the restaurant at the Stables.

Please confirm attendance before 28th November by emailing Marcus Patton at marcus@hearth- There will be a charge of £5 payable on arrival. Lunch will be available at the Stables Restaurant afterwards, but booking is advisable as it can be very busy; a menu is available on request.

Job Opportunity: RSUA Director

The Royal Society of Ulster Architects welcomes applications for the role of RSUA Director. This strategic role will ensure the advancement of architecture and the promotion of high standards in the industry through delivery of our strategic plan, networking and liaison with key stakeholders, management of budgets, event management, development of services and managing operations and finance in close partnership with the RSUA Council and President / Honorary Officers.

The role will appeal to individuals who have a passion for design in the built environment, a desire to see standards upheld through knowledge impartation and service development, and the ability to implement plans which will extend the influence of this important work in NI and beyond.

For an application pack, please email Closing Date: 5pm, Friday 12 December 2014. For any further information pleas email