Pages

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Share your Vision: 21st April 2012

Share Your Vision is the PLACE student platform. Graphic by Anna Skoura.
Share Your Vision is the platform for students of architecture, urban design, planning and related disciplines to share their ideas and discuss topics of interest. The next event is to be held on Saturday 21st April at 12.30pm at PLACE. An established architect will frame the debate and give their experience.

Friday, 16 March 2012

North Belfast: A Vision - Friday 16th March 4pm

Following a week of intensive work during the PLACEwinterschool the Forum for Alternative Belfast will gather and present a vision for stitching inner North Belfast back together.



Don't miss this opportunity if you have an interest in North Belfast. Issues addressed include Royal Exchange, University of Ulster Development, Girdwood, Crumlin Gaol, Crumlin Courthouse, Housing, Streets and Public Space.

Friday 16th March 4pm (Indian Community Centre, Clifton Street)

For more information and to find the Indian Community Centre visit: www.placewinterschool.org.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

New job opportunities at PLACE

PLACE is recruiting for a Manager (Maternity Cover) and a Project Assistant (somewhereto_)

PLACE is recruiting for two new roles - see below for details:

Manager - Maternity Cover
PLACE is recruiting an experienced full time Manager to cover maternity leave. You will have at least 3 years experience in managing a community or cultural organisation, be proficient with current funding requirements and have a flair for creative programming.

Deadline for applications is 11am on Monday 26th March. It is anticipated that interviews will take place on Monday 2nd April.


How do I apply? Download and complete the Application Form. Return the form to PLACE no later than 11am on Monday 26th March. Applications received after this time cannot be accepted. Unless specifically requested, please do not enclose your CV, portfolio or any other supporting material with your application form.

Where do I submit my application form? Submit your completed application form by email to info@placeni.org with Manager Job Application in the subject line; or by post to PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast BT1 5EE, Northern Ireland; or by hand delivery to the same address. Your application must arrive at PLACE no later than 11am on Monday 26th March 2012.

Do I need to sign the digital application form? No - but you will be asked to sign it if you are called for interview.

What happens after I submit my application? We will endeavour to reply to all those who apply, whether they are called for interview or not. Please note that we may receive a large number of applications, and we have a small staff team - so your patience would be appreciated.

What do I do if I have further questions? Contact us on 028 9023 2524 or email info@placeni.org with Manager Job query in the subject line.

***

Project Assistant - somewhereto_
PLACE is recruiting a temporary part time Project Assistant to help deliver somewhereto_ across Northern Ireland. You will have experience of working with young people and have excellent administrative and organisational skills and well as the passion to spread the word about somewhereto_.

Deadline for applications is 11am on Monday 26th March. It is anticipated that interviews will take place on Monday 2nd April.


How do I apply? Download and complete the Application Form. Return the form to PLACE no later than 11am on Monday 26th March. Applications received after this time cannot be accepted. Unless spcifically requested, please do not enclose your CV, portfolio or any other supporting material with your application form.

Where do I submit my application form? Submit your form by email to info@placeni.org with Project Assistant Job Application in the subject line; or by post to PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast BT1 5EE, Northern Ireland; or by hand delivery to the same address.

Do I need to sign the digital application form? No - but you will be asked to sign it if you are called for interview.

What happens after I submit my application? We will endeavour to reply to all those who apply, whether they are called for interview or not. Please note that we may receive a large number of applications, and we have a small staff team - so your patience would be appreciated.

What do I do if I have further questions? Contact us on 028 9023 2524 or email info@placeni.org with Project Assistant Job query in the subject line.

***

Equality of opportunity
It is our policy to provide equality of opportunity to all, irrespective of:
- gender, including gender reassignment
- marital or civil partnership status
- having or not having dependents
- religious belief or political opinion
- race (including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, being an Irish traveller)
- disability
- sexual orientation
- age

We are opposed to all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination. All those applying for a position at PLACE will be treated fairly and will not be discriminated against on any of the above grounds. Decisions on appointment, selection for office, training or any other benefit will be made objectively, without unlawful discrimination, and based on aptitude and ability.

Planning Landscape Architecture Community Environment Limited.
A Charity registered in Northern Ireland, with its Registered Office at 40 Fountain Street, Belfast BT1 5EE.
Company Number: NI607231 / Registered Charity Number: XT30723.

Secret Laboratory opening in Derry - Friday 16th March

The Secret Laboratory runs at the Derry Playhouse until 26th March. Click the flyer above for more details.

Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory
Exhibition Launch at The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry

Talk by the curator Paul Clarke (University of Ulster) at 12pm.
Followed by the exhibition opening and reception at 1pm.

The Exhibition continues at The Playhouse until 26th March 2012.

The Secret Laboratory reveals the hidden world of the architect's sketchbook. Shown together as a selection of local, national and international architects – based in Ireland and Northern Ireland, the exhibition reveals the ideas, observations, thoughts and reflections that are often concealed in a drawer, a coat pocket or in the individual imagination of the architect.

Exhibition: Vicinity at Catalyst Arts

Vicinity features artworks based on the 1-mile radius of Catalyst Arts in Belfast.

Catalyst Arts presents VICINITY, a group exhibition investigating temporary, adaptable and transitory methods for exploring Belfast city. Artists will work in an engaged manner using the mile radius of the gallery as a starting point to make new work in the gallery and at offsite locations.

Opening reception Thursday 22nd March 2012 7pm – 10pm
Exhibition continues until 13th April 2012
Open Tuesday to Saturday 11 – 5pm

More info: www.catalystarts.org.uk

Monday, 12 March 2012

Forum for Alternative Belfast chosen to take part in Venice 2012


Venice Takeaway is the project for the British Pavillion at Venice 2012.

Belfast will have a presence at the 13th Venice Biennale for Architecture, it was announced today. The Forum for Alternative Belfast will travel to Germany as part of the Venice Takeaway project at the British Pavilion.

EXPLORERS ANNOUNCED FOR BRITISH PAVILION AT VENICE ARCHITECTURE BIENNALE
Venice Takeaway: Ideas to Change British Architecture

The British Council today announced names of the teams and individuals who will undertake explorations around the world to gather material for the British Pavilion at the 13th Venice Architecture Biennale.

The Venice Takeaway brief was circulated widely during January and by 28 February the British Council had received 118 proposals.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Call for volunteers: Cardboard Cities - 9th-16th March

We are looking for volunteers to help us at Cardboard Cities during the Belfast Children's Festival.

Click the flyer above to enlarge for more info - and get in touch with Conor on conor[at]placeni[dot]org or 028 9023 2524 if you can help!

PLACEwinterschool: 12 - 16 March 2012

The Indian Community Centre, Clifton Street, Belfast 

PLACEwinterschool is an intensive week long event facilitated by Forum for Alternative Belfast focusing on the area and on current and proposed urban projects around the 'Cultural Corridor'. The Corridor extends from the Cathedral Quarter at Donegall Street, up Clifton Street and on to the Crumlin Road Courthouse and Jail and the Carnegie Library on the Oldpark Road. 

Nearly £1 billion of public and private investment will be spent in the area in the next ten years. It is vital that this spending delivers the maximum benefit to Belfast, to the local communities and to the re-making of good streets, in what is one of the most fragmented areas of Belfast. 




We are looking for 
  • Key people from the community, business, government departments, non government agencies, cultural organisations, Belfast City Council and other Councils who will join at different times during the week. 
  • Architecture, Planning, Urban Design and Landscape professionals / students to sign up for the week to develop concept ideas through model making and visualisation (registration necessary). 
  • Many events are open to the public and we encourage people to drop in and see what we are doing. Come to the free Corridor events. 
  • Key note addresses open to the public will be given on Tuesday 13th and Wednesday 14th March at 6pm. 

During the week cultural events will take place in and around landmark buildings along the Corridor.


Register your interest at this link.


For more information visit www.placewinterschool.org or search #placews on Twitter.

Monday, 5 March 2012

FAB Summer School 2011 Results - 8 March 2012

The results from the 2011 Forum for Alternative Belfast Summer School will be published 11am Thursday 8th March at the Crescent Arts Centre.

www.forumbelfast.org

The Forum for Alternative Belfast held its third summer school in August 2011 in collaboration with the South Belfast Partnership Board. The study area for the week was inner south Belfast and its connection to the city centre. The Summer School successfully demonstrated how the proposed Bankmore Link dual lane road could be re-imagined as two tree lined, active streets. To read a summary of the 2011 Summer School week on the PLACE Blog by Gary Potter click here.


Thursday 8th March, 11am, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Article 25: Architects in International Development

Built Solutions to Global Problems: Click the flyer to enlarge.
We're opening our doors to a fantastic charity next Thursday 8th March from 6pm at PLACE.
Article 25 designs, builds, and manages projects to provide better shelter wherever there is disaster, poverty, or need. They bring experienced, field-appropriate professional skills and academically rigorous research findings to NGOs who want to build.
Daithi MacLaimhin and Jessica Toale from Article 25 will be speaking about their experiences creating a vocational training centre for former child soldiers in Uganda.

All welcome. To RSVP: email conor[at]placeni[dot]org

Friday, 2 March 2012

Connecting Places Mini Series: Bicycling Belfast: Part 5: #BicyclingBelfast

Over the course of the past week there has been a somewhat surprising amount of online discussion regarding the Bicycling Belfast mini series with tweets from both Belfast and Dublin Lord Mayors as well as various bloggers and campaigners, including the man behind 'Cycle Chic', Mikeal Colville.  The final post of the series will be dedicated to the views expressed by the readers of the blog, via #bicyclingbelfast on twitter as well as Facebook and blog comments.

Many thanks to all those who have been engaging in the debate and please continue using #bicyclingbelfast.

Aaron





Thursday, 1 March 2012

Connecting Places Mini Series: Bicycling Belfast: Part 4: Beyond Commuting - Active Travel and Local Economies

In this series, Connecting Places, we explore the spaces, places and sustainable transport systems in Belfast and beyond, with an aim to generate critical debate on the design of our towns and cities.
Series curated by Aaron Coulter 

For previous posts from this series click here


Part 4: Beyond Commuting - Active Travel and Local Economies



Active Travel and Local Economies
(Credit: Aaron Coulter)
Naturally, a lot of focus throughout this week has been placed on bicycle access to Belfast City Centre. One reason for this is the fact that most of the statistical information gathered regards commuting and 19.5% of all trips taken in Northern Ireland, by all modes, are to get to work (TSNI, P23, 2008-2010).


However, a significant percentage of journeys are also made for shopping (20.1%) and Leisure (22.5%) (TSNI, P23, 2008-2010). Tackling these trips, as well as the more obvious commuting trips, could be a highly beneficial strategy for our ailing local centres in Belfast.


In this penultimate post of Bicycling Belfast, we will investigate the potential regenerative effect of improving levels of access for both the bicycle and pedestrian to our local centres.