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Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Ward Wylie Atelier Presents: Landscape Anomalies

Ward Wylie Atelier invite you to the launch of new work centred on the Glens of Antrim.
The work consists of a boxed-set of writing, maps and photographs responding to notable aspects of local landscape. Anomalies which catch the eye, delight the mind and so enrich the wider experience
of hills and glens.


Venue: J. Mc Collam's Bar Mill St Cushendall
Friday 23 September 6.30 - 9.30 pm
Music and light refreshments

RSVP seamusward6@gmail.com

Thursday, 5 May 2016

UAHS Presents: Your Architecture, Your Heritage

Your Architecture, Your Heritage is a new programme by Ulster Architectural Heritage Society designed to help you get involved in the promotion, protection and regeneration of built heritage in your area.

UAHS are hosting four introductory sessions in Belfast, Newry Mourne & Down, Derry City & Strabane, and Fermanagh & Omagh council areas.  These events are an opportunity for you to showcase local historic buildings valued by you and to build heritage networks in your area.


Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Book Launch: 'Dark Days and Brighter Days for Northern Ireland Railways 1973-2013' by Edwin McMillan

New title from Newtownards-based Colourpoint Books launches tomorrow, Thursday 21 April at 12:30. To coincide with the 40th birthday of Central Station later this month, the launch will take place on the station's concourse. 

The launch will be attended by the publisher, the author, and Translink's Chief Operating Officer, Philip O’Neill, as well as other key staff. 


About the book
The railway system that makes up Northern Ireland Railways was formed in 1967 and remains open to this day despite threats of closure and the devastating effects of the ‘Troubles’. This new book records its history through the eyes of the author, an NIR employee for 40 years.

With interesting stories and much first-hand detail, this volume recounts the frequent dark days on this small network. On many occasions throughout the ‘Troubles’ there was disruption to train services; buildings and infrastructure were targeted; rolling stock destroyed; and passengers and staff were killed and injured. 

However, railway staff, including the author himself, had a determination to keep services running, many putting their lives at risk in the process.

On the brighter side, and through all adversity, Belfast Central Railway was re-opened; the Cross-Harbour Rail Link was constructed; railway routes and stations were re-opened; relaying of track continued; new stations were built; and new generations of trains were brought onto the railway.

Documented in detail, and featuring a comprehensive and unique timeline of incidents during the ‘Troubles’, this record of NIR is illustrated with many images from the author’s own personal collection.

This title is available to purchase now from www.colourpoint.co.uk, £18

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Belfast School of Architecture presents 'Harbinder Birdi: Integrating Infrastructure'

This Thursday, 14 April, Harbinder Birdi, Head of Infrastructure at Hawkins\Brown architects will be discussing the practice’s approach to integrating major infrastructure projects into our cities. Examples will include three of the central section Crossrail stations, a new station bridge in Croydon and the proposals for Heathrow City, which explores the transformation of Heathrow's existing infrastructure from an international aviation hub to being redeveloped to house the communities in outer London.

Thursday 14 April 2016 | 6:00PM
Conor Lecture Theatre
Ulster University, Belfast Campus


Harbinder Birdi is a senior Partner at Hawkins\Brown, an award-winning architectural practice that has a reputation as one of the leading design practices in the UK. He is the Principle Architect delivering the designs of Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street and Liverpool Street station, three of the central section Crossrail stations and has collaborated extensively with both engineering and contractor led multidisciplinary teams, delivering projects utilising 3D modelling software to aid both the design and construction of these projects. Harbinder is an external critic at Schools of Architecture and lectures in both professional practice and multi-disciplinary design. He is also a previous winner of ’40 under 40’, a prestigious design award recognizing the best young architects under 40.

QUB Architecture Society Presents 'OMA Talk: Chris Van Duijn'

QUB Architecture and QUB Architecture Society are delighted to invite you to a lecture by Chris van Duijn.

Chris is one of the nine partners of OMA, a leading international architectural practice founded by Rem Koolhaas in 1975 in Rotherdam, The Netherlands. 

OMA’s buildings and masterplans around the world and their theories have been influential in contemporary architecture for generations. Please read more about Chris' work at OMA here: 
http://oma.eu/partners/chris-van-duijn.

Monday 18 April | 5PM
The Ashby, room GM/001, QUB, Stranmillis Road, Belfast
The talk is open to all and free of charge. 

Symposium: Belfast School of Architecture Presents 'Smart Working: Re-design of the public sector workplace environment'

For some time now, it has been well understood that the often complex variables impacting upon the design of the workplace (buildings, work patterns, technology, workforce & inter-generational expectations, etc.) can and should be managed if the public sector is to occupy 21st C. office space that is fit for purpose. Understanding this takes us beyond simplistic real estate metrics and into a procurement process that is much more holistic, analytical and responsive.

In partnership with the Strategic Investment Board, Belfast School of Architecture is offering this free, one-day symposium, hosted at Ulster University. It will look at key design, procurement and implementation issues underpinning ‘smart working’ in the UK government sector and some of the challenges they present in the design of our buildings and cities.

Friday 15 April 2016 | 9:15AM - 4PM
Ulster University, 25-51 York St, Belfast, BT15 1ED
Free but limited capacity, click here to book

Friday, 1 April 2016

Ráth: An Exhibition of Landscape as Infrastructure


Monday 4 - Saturday 23 April 2016
Special lunchtime event, 1-2pm, Tuesday 5 April
PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast, BT1 1FP


We're delighted to be hosting this beautiful exhibition of work emerging from the Masters of Architecture studio in UCD exploring Landscape and Infrastructure around Lough Foyle and the Foyle river valley.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Upcoming Exhibition | Identifying Place: An exhibition to showcase investigative works from Master of Architecture students at Ulster University and Queens University Belfast

15-18 March 2016
Opening event Tuesday 15 March 5-7pm
PLACE
7-9 Lower Garfield Street
BT6 0DJ
belfast
north street : smithfield + union

PLACE is delighted to host this collaborative exhibition, displaying the approaches of our two architecture schools to neighbouring areas of the city. 

Students from QUB SPACE explore North Street as one of the few remaining architecturally and socially diverse public spaces in Belfast City Centre. The Masters of Architecture project, led by urban designer Michael Corr and lecturer in architecture Agustina Martire, analyses North Street within an urban context that  is fractured, divided by motorways, car parks, empty buildings, and large retail buildings. Within this seemingly bleak urban landscape, North Street still offers a complex vibrancy and diversity. Current redevelopment plans, however, threaten the mere existence of such streets in Belfast. The project highlights the value of North Street in its complexity and diversity.

The adjacent Smithfield+Union neighbourhood - between present day Castle Court, Millfield/Carrick Hill, Royal Avenue, and the expanding Ulster University Campus - was once an area outside the city walls that developed around the historic routes of North Street and Donegall Street. It is the original home to Smithfield Market and Haymarket, and contains some of the city's oldest streets and listed Victorian and Art Deco buildings. Over the last forty years however, the area has been both neglected and subject to multiple large-scale redevelopment schemes that have left high levels of derelict or vacant properties, and surface car parks; remaining areas are under threat.  

In this context, as part of an Ulster University Master of Architecture studio coordinated by Lecturer Saul Golden, students have been documenting the physical fabric and the life of the neighbourhood through drawings, models, photography, and film. They present a snapshot of what exists and what is rapidly disappearing along the North Street artery and surrounding areas, to promote discussions about the neighbourhood’s future and its connections with the wider city.

Monday, 22 February 2016

Belfast talks at Civic Trust AGM - 7 March

BELFAST CIVIC TRUST

Notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Belfast Civic Trust to be held on Monday  March 7,  2016 at 5.30 p.m. in Christ Church, Inst, Belfast.

Guest Speakers:

Chris McCracken, Belfast City Council
"Belfast Regeneration  and Investment Strategy"

James Orr, Director, Friends of the Earth
"The Friends of the Earth Development Plan for Belfast"

There will be refreshments at the meeting. Visitors can park at the front of Inst and can make their way to Christchurch through the Inst front entrance. Christchurch is at the back of Inst.

All welcome. Drinks and nibbles served.

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

Open Lecture: 'Like Humans Do'

Architecture at Queen's is pleased to invite you to the lecture: 'Like Humans Do', by Riccardo Marini from world renowned Gehl Architects.

Tuesday 23 February, 1PM
Room LG111, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road


This lecture is part of the lecture series of History and Theory of Architecture at Queen's University Belfast.



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.

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