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Friday, 12 March 2010

Belfast architecture special on Arts Extra last night


Above: The Forum for Alternative Belfast's map of the "missing city" of Belfast - you can pick up a copy at PLACE

Last night's Arts Extra on BBC Radio Ulster featured three Belfast voices in architecture and regeneration.

One of the major problems with the current model of development is that "vast swathes of our local community...are unable to raise adequate criticism", says Doug Elliott. He objects particularly to the redevelopment of the Ulster Museum, and says the design of Victoria Square has a similarly detrimental effect on the city to that of the Castle Court shopping centre.

Mark Hackett also has his sights set on the area around CastleCourt, with the reopening of Berry Street and the redevelopment of Bank Square two of the key items on the agenda for the Forum for Alternative Belfast.

Meanwhile, Patricia Freedman discusses the work of the Cathedral Quarter Steering Group and some of the issues raised at Tuesday's panel discussion.

BBC iPlayer: Arts Extra 11/03/2010 (available for 6 more days)

Read more:
- BD Online: Final bid to halt Ulster Museum extension plan
- Belfast City of Quarters Conference - 25th & 26th March
- Forum for Alternative Belfast

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