Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Forum for Alternative Belfast present 'Belfast / a method' at Golden Thread Gallery

Golden Thread Gallery invites you to get a bird’s eye view of the city. Belfast/ a method is an exhibition by The Forum for Alternative Belfast, a community interest company that campaigns for a more connected built environment for the city of Belfast and its people.

FAB's City Model.

Meeting the Challenges of Community Planning in the Age of Austerity | Friday 3 May, 10am - 4pm at UUJ

Students and staff of BSc Hons Community Development are holding a Community Planning Conference at the University of Ulster Jordanstown.

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The keynote speaker, Mae Shaw (University of Edinburgh), will draw on lessons learnt from the Scottish model of community planning to challenge us to reflect on the issues and challenges for the community, voluntary and statutory sector in implementing community planning in Northern Ireland.

The conference will also draw on local case-studies to highlight some of the benefits of adopting a community planning model. Gavan Rafferty (School of the Built Environment, University of Ulster) will talk about local examples of Community Planning in practice.

The Conference will include three themed workshops.

Date: Friday 3 May, 11am - 4pm
Venue: Room 8K14B, Jordanstown Campus, University of Ulster

For further details and to book a place please contact Dr Rosemary Moreland 02890 368333 or email

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Belfast / a method | 2 May - 8 June 2013, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

The Forum for Alternative Belfast presents ‘Belfast – a method’ in the main gallery at Golden Thread Belfast as part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2013. The exhibition launches Thursday 2 May, 6 - 9pm. For more information click here.

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Monday, 15 April 2013

John Tuomey at the Lyric Theatre | Sunday 21 April, 3.30pm

The architect responsible for the award winning Lyric Theatre at Ridgeway Street, Belfast will talk about his role in developing the Stirling Prize nominated design.  John Tuomey established O’Donnell + Tuomey in 1988 and the practice went on to win more than 80 national and international awards for their architecture.

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Sunday 21 April, 3.30pm, Lyric Theatre, Ridgeway Street, Belfast.

Tickets £7.50 / £5.00 concession from the Lyric Box Office. Contact (028) 9038 1081 or book online at

Friday, 12 April 2013

Wednesday's soundwalk now online

Above: Screenshot of Wednesday's soundwalk on

On Wednesday, we hosted a soundwalk with the team from - they led a group of architects, photographers and other curious souls around the city centre.

The results range from binaural recordings to descriptions using text and images. The soundwalk itself - through pedestrian streets, shopping arcades, busy roads and the river - is a great demonstration of just how much our ears tell us about our environment.

Thanks to Pedro Rebelo, Matilde Meireles, Rui Chaves and Aonghus McEvoy for leading the workshop, and thanks to Deirdre Greaney, Barry Cullen, Nicholas Stewart and David Bunting for taking part and listening to Belfast with open ears.

The Belfast Sound Map is an open resource that aims at engaging local communities in capturing everyday sound and hence characterise the soundscape of the city. We encourage not only the submission of sound recordings, but also other forms of experiencing and registering sound, such as text or image. The overall design of this platform facilitates this multiplicity of approaches, while also allowing participants to create their own projects. These are presented as separate, individual layers of recordings within the map. Visit for more info.

My Belfast 400 | Andrew Molloy, PhD Architecture student

Andrew Molloy, PLACE Volunteer and PhD Architecture student.

April 27th 2013 marked four hundred years since Sir Arthur Chichester read out Belfast’s Royal Charter received from King James I and granting Belfast’s town status, a moment immortalised by John Luke’s fantastically vibrant mural under the dome of City Hall. Belfast City Council took the opportunity of this date lying so near the long Easter weekend to throw open the doors of the City Hall and host an array of events celebrating this anniversary, all absolutely free to anyone who wanted to come along. For a self-confessed ‘Belfast geek’ (or should that be ‘enthusiast?’) such as myself this was an opportunity too good to miss. 

Photo by Andrew Molloy.

Thursday, 11 April 2013

RIAI Research Award Open for Submissions

A new Research Award has launched as part of the 2013 Irish Architecture Awards. The award will recognise the important contribution made by Irish architects to research relating to the built environment. 

To enter, practices should submit one A1 Board describing their research project including a 200-word abstract, with images, graphics and other appropriate illustrations. Research Projects must be not older than three years from commencement of research and must demonstrate an innovative response to current issues of the built environment. The research methodology must be explained and research sponsors should be identified. Applicants need to be RIAI Members.

More information available at:

Deadline for Submissions: Friday 19 April 2013, 12 noon.

[Retro]Fit for the Future? | Thurs 18th April, 6pm, PLACE

PLACE present an evening of discussion exploring lessons learnt from the recent retrofit of McMaster Street and the benefits of architectural restoration.

Contributing to the discussion will be Siobhan Brown, Assistant Director, Hearth, Declan Allison, Campaigner, Friends of the Earth, and Michael Briggs, Director, East Belfast Community Development Agency.

This event follows the recent launch of the UAHS and Hearth project 'Quality Streets' - a short animation demonstrating the retrofit of traditional terraced houses.

Date: Thursday 18th April

Time: 6pm

Venue: PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast, BT1 5EE

Cost: Voluntary donation

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Monday, 8 April 2013

Forum for Alternative Belfast seek Volunteers for Model IBBelfast

Forum for Alternative Belfast are seeking people who would like to get involved in the creation of Forum for Alternative Belfast's model of Belfast. In the run up to the Golden Thread exhibition on 2nd May - Belfast/a method - FAB are opening their doors throughout April for you to help with the completion of the model.

For more information on Model IBBelfast and to volunteer visit the facebook page at this link.

Model IBBelfast. Credit: Forum for Alternative Belfast.

'Quality Streets' Launch | Templemore Baths, 12th April, 12pm

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society launch 'Quality Streets' on Friday 12th April at 12pm. The short animation, produced in partnership with Hearth Housing Association, demonstrates how traditional terraced housing can be retro-fitted using energy efficient measures, looking at McMaster Street in East Belfast as an example.

McMaster Street, Belfast. Photo by Gary Potter.

Date: 12th April 2013
Time: 12.00pm
Venue: Templemore Baths, Templemore Avenue, Belfast BT5 4FW
Tea and coffee provided.

Soundmapping workshop | Wed 10 April | 14:00 at PLACE

To attend:
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phone 02890232524

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Walls 400! History Conference | Sat 6 & Sun 7 April, Derry~Londonderry

Walls 400! is a programme of activities to mark the quatercentenary of the City Walls during 2013. 

The objective of Walls 400! is to fully explore the contested history that the City Walls represent and to celebrate Derry’s Walls as a present-day, national heritage asset, with the potential to unite rather than separate people. 

The Walls 400! History Conference is dedicated to unpacking the history of Derry~Londonderry's Walls. Exploring myths, tackling hard history and providing evidence-based facts. Over two days delegates will get the opportunity to quiz archaeologists and historians and to take part in practical workshops examining the fabric and use of Derry's Walls.

Full details are available in this brochure.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Exhibition Launch: 'Competitions in Architecture' | Thurs 4 April, 6pm at PLACE

This Thursday 4th April at 6pm PLACE will launch the 'Competitions in Architecture' exhibition. Exploring the theme of architectural competitions and their contribution to quality in architecture, this exhibition highlights a selection of winning entries from the 11th session of Europan, and built works resulting from past sessions of the competition. Europan is a biennial architecture and urbanism competition for architects under 40 held in over 17 countries in Europe. This exhibition coincides with the launch of Europan 12. See for details.

Curated by Jane Larmour and Patrick Wheeler with PLACE, and the kind co-operation of Europan Europe.

Competitions in Architecture | Thurs 4 April - Sat 27 April

Exhibition Launch Event
Thursday 4th April, 6pm at PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast. Join Jane Larmour and Patrick Wheeler as they introduce the exhibition and Europan 12.

Panel Discussion
A panel discussion will be held during the exhibition run to explore the value of the architectural competition in contemporary practice. Could the built environment in Ireland be improved by awarding more public work through competition?

Panel and date to be confirmed. If you are interested in attending this event please contact

Retrofitting - Realising the Advantages | Tues 2 May, 9.30 - 4pm

On Tuesday 2nd May, 9.30 - 4pm the Chartered Institute of Housing and CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, in partnership with PLACE, present a day event focussed on retrofitting.

The need to improve the energy performance of existing houses and buildings is generally recognised by industry and the general public and it is further driven by various Government targets. However how to retrofit effectively is less well understood. This seminar will give attendees an opportunity to examine why retrofitting is important, what regulations are in place and what are the advantages of retrofitting our housing stock.

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Speakers include Tom Wooley (Rachael Bevan Architects), Roger Hunt (Journalist), Joseph Birt (Building Control), Peter Keig (Eco-Energy (NI) Ltd), Noel Rice (NIHE). For a full agenda for the day visit

Date: Thursday 2nd May 2013, 9.30am - 4pm

Venue: CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, Nutts Corner Training Centre, 17 Dundrod Road, Crumlin, BT29 4SR

Cost: £85 plus VAT (£75 for CIH members)

Book Online: CLICK HERE

More Information: Contact Catriona Holmes at CIH on 028 9077 8222 or email

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