Let me introduce myself, I'm Ailish Killilea, an urban designer who has been experiencing the benefits of PLACE through volunteer work for over the last year.
What has excited me most recently are the up and coming films PLACE has selected for the Belfast Film Festival over the next couple of weeks - films which I have been helping to curate.
First to take the screen will be Urbanized at the MAC theatre this Thursday 31st May at 7pm. Urbanized is a review of how urban design practice is responding to global forces driving city development. Commentary from Ricky Burdett explores the largely accelerating complexities of human circumstances that is unfolding within our lifetime. Opening introduction will be given by Mark Hackett, director of Forum for Alternative Belfast and designer of the MAC theatre.
Next to follow is The Pruitt-Igoe Myth at the the BFF Beanbag Cinema this Saturday. A story based on the decline of the city in St. Louis, Missouri after World War II. The film looks at the rapid downfall of the city, how the appeal for suburbanisation, an escape left cities idol to mischief hands. The Pruitt- Igoe Myth seeks to set the record straight, to examine the interests in Pruitt- Igoe’s creation, the rumours and the stigma, to implode the myth. Declan Hill, director of Forum for Alternative Belfast will set the scene for the film with an opening introduction.
To finish, The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces will be shown in the appropriate outdoor setting of Commercial Court, behind The Dark Horse. This film is based on the studies of William "Holly" Whyte, Urbanist and Journalist. Through time-lapse observation of how people interact with one another and with public areas, the film shows surprising revelations on how people actually use the urban landscape - like people watching, but on a whole new level. A great film to experience in these settings, perhaps completing your evening of Late Night Art in Belfast on the 7th.
These films are an urban feast and a wonderful contribution to the diverse programme of the Belfast Film Festival.
See you at the popcorn stand.
Urbanized Film Trailer
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth Film Trailer
The Pruitt-Igoe Myth, Saturday 2nd June 2012, 5pm, BFF Beanbag Cinema.
Film Clip from The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces
The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces, Thursday 7th June 2012, 9:30 pm, Commercial Court.
Tickets available online and at The Belfast Film Festival box office.