Our names are Gemma Armstrong and Helen Burnett, and we are built environment students currently working with PLACE this summer as urban design summer school interns. And the preparation is now most certainly complete for our summer school which begins in exactly one week from today! Being the two interns solely responsible for the smooth running of the event, we are excited but slightly overwhelmed by the experience of preparing for the week, but can honestly say we are confident for a successful one.
One of the most exciting aspects of the week is the venue. We received the news that we have been granted the ground floor space of the Obel building. With the reputation of being Ireland’s tallest building, excellent panoramic views over the River Lagan to the docks, and at the heart of city centre re-development, it is the perfect location to host our young and creative participants.
The Obel Tower, our venue for the week
What is even more intriguing is the ‘blank canvas’ it provides us with, with a huge interior space of purely concrete and glass. This means we get the fun job of interior designing also! Not only are we designing a studio space for the summer school, but also designating space to host film nights and an exhibition area, which are certainly occupying us as the days draw ever closer to the 6th of August. And we haven’t even mentioned the fun we have been having in trying to solve the toilet issue!
Our 'blank canvas'
In terms of the week, we have packed it with a wide range of activities from boat trips, theatre visits and walking tours. The material list for the week is growing daily, including unusual items such as balloons and play-doh, so it certainly promises to be an interesting and creative week!
The collection of materials is growing each day
So as the event draws even closer, make sure to spread the word and get signed up as there are still a few places available!
If you’re aged between 14-19 and interested in taking part, the summer school is taking place on Monday 6th to Friday 10th of August at a cost of £50. For more information please do not hesitate to call us on 028 9023 2524, call in and visit us, or sign up via the website: http://www.placeni.org/place_events/2012/08/174