So what have we got in store? Check out the day-by-day rundown below...
|Inside the former Woodsides Dept Store, 69-73 Main Street, Bangor - the venue for next week's PLACE Urban Design Academy. Photo: Conor McCafferty.|
Monday 5 August: Getting to Know Bangor
09:30 Arrival and registration
On Monday, we'll be introducing lots of interesting ideas about architecture, urban design and the built environment. Plus each participant will receive their pack for the week, which includes a sketchbook, disposable camera, drawing materials and other goodies. Drawing, sketching, photographing and writing will form a key part of the whole week.
Then we're going to go on a sketching and mapping adventure of Bangor, picking out interesting buildings and streets and looking at all sorts of urban design, from decades-old to brand new...
|Mapping and sketching are two key tools to begin to understand how places work. Image courtesy Andrew Molloy.|
Tuesday 6 August: Charette Day - Designing a new project in Bangor
|A Charette is a fast-paced and collaborative way to test out urban ideas. Photo: Robin Cordiner.|
On Tuesday, Architect Ciaran Mackel will reveal a site in Bangor and lead the groups on a process of designing a new project for the site - from scratch - in just one day.
This is a charette-style day: visiting the site, generating ideas, drawing, refining concepts, agreeing, disagreeing, drawing some more... and finally, each team presents their ideas to the group. It's like a crash course in architecture & urban design, based on real sites in Bangor - and it promises to be a lot of fun.
Wednesday 7 August: Model making and building visits
On Wednesday we're getting to grips with another key skill in architecture & design: model making. Participants will learn the key skills of designing and building architectural models, and create their own scale model from scratch.
|Model-making at last year's Academy. Photo: Sarah Jones.|
Then in the afternoon, we're going on a building visit to the brand new Aurora Leisure Centre, getting an insight into how it was planned, designed and built from one of the key people involved in the project - and on the way back, we'll take a spin into the lovely Walled Garden, which was just recently redesigned.
|The Bangor Aurora Leisure Centre nearing completion a few months ago - venue for our site visit on Wednesday. Photo: swimireland.ie|
Thursday 8 August: The Past in the Present
On Thursday, we're thinking about the older buildings in Bangor: the town's rich architectural heritage, which is a key part of making it such a popular place to visit.
But what happens when an older building is no longer in use? Do you tear it down and build something new? Do you find a new use to put in it?
|Bangor seafront in times past. Historic conservation vs. modern architecture is always a hot topic of debate, which we'll be getting stuck into on Thursday.|
With the help of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society, and For a Better Bangor, we're going to look at some of Bangor's key historic buildings and imagining their future...
Friday 9 September: Designing Public Space
And finally, on Friday, we'll be taking a closer look at the stuff the streets are made of: public realm and landscape architecture. We've enlisted the help of Catherine Adams, a Landscape Architect, to delve into designing good streetscapes, landscaping and public realm.
Participants will be challenged to come up with their own improvements to Bangor's Main Street: how can we make the places we live, work and play as good as they can be?
|Bangor from above. A lot of elements have to come together to make a good place to live, work and play.|
Then in the afternoon - after some pizza - we'll be giving out prizes for photo of the week, sketchbook of the week, plus a few more special prizes.
So, are you ready? If you haven't signed up yet, there's still a few places left: click here.