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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

PLACE Urban Design Summer School Day Three | Sketching & Model Making

The PLACE Urban Design Summer School is a week long event for 14 - 20 years olds to explore architecture, design, public art, sketching, photography, urban history and more! The week offers the 27 young people registered a chance to learn about the built environment through exciting workshops, fascinating tours and more!

The Summer School is a part of 'out of PLACE' in Ireland's tallest building, The Obel. With support from Karl Group and McConnell Property PLACE are occupying the ground floor with fantastic views over-looking the River Lagan until September. Out of PLACE will also host the 'Secret Laboratories' exhibition and the 'RSUA President's Medal: The Shortlist' exhibition.

Let's see what everyone got up to on day three with a particular focus on Sketching and Model Making...


Day Three | Sketching and Model Making


To begin day three of the Urban Design Summer School Paul Clarke led a sketching workshop to highlight the importance of the sketchbook for designers. Paul is a writer, lecturer and architect based in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Ulster.

A number of years ago Paul teamed up with PLACE to curate a joint exhibition, co-designed and built by Niall O'Hare, that revealed the hidden world of the architect's sketchbook. The exhibition displayed the quality of ideas, observations, thoughts and reflections that are often concealed in a drawer in the studio, a coat pocket or in the individual imagination of the architect.

Paul Clarke reflects on the significance of sketching in the digital age.
Photo by Gary Potter.
As part of the Summer School Paul reflected on the significance of sketching and reminded the young participants that whilst we live in a digital age the drawing and the sketch still have their value.

Michael Doherty explains the basics of sketching.
Photo by Catherine McCormick.

With Paul's inspiring presentation to begin the day the participants were now ready to showcase their sketching skills! With guidance from Michael Doherty the Summer School used Donegall Quay to create inspiring sketches of the built environment around the riverfront. 

Sketching at Donegall Quay. Photo by Catherine McCormick.

Sketching at Donegall Quay.
Photo by Catherine McCormick.

Sketching at Donegall Quay.
Photo by Catherine McCormick.

Between the Sketching and Model Making workshops of day three the Summer School provided the participants with an opportunity to explore the new MAC at Saint Anne's Square. Before setting out for a tour of the MAC's interior courtesy of Stuart Campbell, local architect Alistair Hall presented some of the work his practice are currently involved with. 


Inside the MAC. Photo by Gary Potter.

The MAC lobby. Photo by Catherine McCormick.

Alistair Hall proudly showcasing the MAC.
Photo by Catherine McCormick.

First floor in the MAC.
Photo by Catherine McCormick.

First floor in the MAC.
Photo by Catherine McCormick.

Following lunch in Cathedral Gardens on a sunny afternoon the Summer School returned to the Obel to continue day three with a model making workshop courtesy of Julian Rutzen from Queen's University.

Julian provided an excellent practical workshop. Photo by Catherine McCormick.

If PLACE thought the participants sketches were impressive we had seen nothing yet! The attention to detail and skill displayed by the participants during the model making workshop was extremely exciting to watch. Here are some of the models from our future architects and designers...


Model Making. Photo by Sarah Jones.

Model Making. Photo by Sarah Jones.

Model Making. Photo by Sarah Jones.

Model Making. Photo by Sarah Jones.

Model Making. Photo by Sarah Jones.

Model Making. Photo by Sarah Jones.

Model Making. Photo by Gary Potter.

Model Making. Photo by Gary Potter.

Model Making. Photo by Gary Potter.

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