Participants at the Design Charrette held last Wednesday at the Lagan Lookout in Belfast. Photo by Robin Cordiner.
Teams were made up of architects, artists, writers, community and cultural groups and planners. Each team was asked to come up with ideas for how the Laganside area might be made into a viable, inhabited promenade. Even after the improvements of the Laganside development, the area still has a low level of footfall, minimal activity in its public spaces and it remains disconnected from the city centre.
|Participants were asked to come up with ideas to encourage use of the riverbanks in Belfast. Photo by Robin Cordiner.|
Soft green landscaping, on-street parking, and a reduction in the number of traffic lanes were also suggested by participants as ways to encourage more use of the area. One team suggested a floating pontoon connecting the Obel to the Odyssey - the space could be adapted for events throughout the year.
|Participants took in the view of the riverbanks from the vantage point of the river. Photo by Frances Haire.|
Part of the day was spent on a boat tour of the River Lagan, where participants got a view of the river banks and the types of activities that go on there. "Any other city would be using the river," said Patricia Freedman of the Cathedral Quarter Steering Group, pointing out the opportunity for use available just a few hundred yards from the city centre.
|Despite improvements to the urban environment, the Laganside area is still underused. Photo by Frances Haire.|
|The teams discuss their ideas. Photo by Robin Cordiner.|
The CQ Charrette was organised by PLACE as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. For more information about PLACE, and to sign up to our mailing list, visit www.placeni.org