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Monday, 30 November 2015

Street Space Reading Group | December 2, 12:30pm

Street Space - Redefining the analysis of streets as public spaces for their critical transformation

The Street Space reading group is holding its December meeting at 12:30 pm on Wednesday 2nd at the MAC in Belfast.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

QUB ArcSoc Presents: Mark Hackett Architects - Journeys in Architecture


LECTURE: Mark Hackett - Alternative Practice - Journeys in Architecture
17th November : 6pm : 
ASHBY/GM/001
Queen's Architecture Society and School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering


Later this evening, Tuesday 17 November, Mark Hackett will be be presenting his current new buildings and ongoing urban projects, suggesting other strategies for practice and architecture.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Mapping Belfast - A Workshop for Children

This Saturday (31st October), PLACE is holding an event in Belfast City Centre for children to explore and create maps of their city experience. 

Meeting at Belfast City Hall at 10.00am, participants will follow a guided walk through the city to PLACE- the Built Environment Centre on Lower Garfield Street (opposite Castle Court), where they will be given the opportunity to ‘draw’ their experience of the city as a map.

Children will receive a goody bag at the end of the event. 

The event will end at 12.00noon. The event is primarily aimed at children from 6-11 but others are very welcome!

Play Park Competition Budget Increased and Deadline Extended

A design competition for a new play park in Bellyfermot, Dublin is currently open for registration. 


Irish Architecture Foundation, in collaboration with The Matheson Foundation and Dublin City Council, are launching a competition to design a play and skate park for ‘The Lawns’ in Le Fanu Park, Dublin 10. The competition is now open. The Play Park Ballyfermot project is a unique opportunity for an innovative inter-disciplinary design collective, with a passion for working in community contexts to develop a world class play and skate space for young people in Ballyfermot.

The budget range for the project has been increased from €300,000 to €500,000 in light of the level of interest in the project. On the back of this IAF are extending the registration deadline for the competition until Friday, 30 October.

IAF hope for a wide range of creative practitioners to apply such as designers, architects, play therapists, skate/BMX pros, wild life experts, musicians or whatever!

The Irish Architecture Foundation spent the summer of 2015 getting to know the community to collect feedback and design ideas from local people about their aspirations for this new play space. The guys at Shoot to Kill made a film of the process where you can learn about the hopes and needs of the community and gain an insight into the cultural context of the local area. View it on IAF TV.
You can download the Design Brief and Entry Form in this link
Competition Registration Deadline extended to 30 October 2015
Any questions? Email projects@architecturefoundation.ie

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Sketching

5-week course with Michael Doherty at PLACE




Sketching
An introduction to sketching the environment around you led by architect and artist Michael Doherty
5-week course, beginning Monday 19th October (price includes entry to the Ulster Folk Museum)
£65

The aim of the course is to develop drawing skills and improve observation techniques in a creative and fun environment. Armed with his architectural quips and his 2b pencils, Michael invites you to learn how to select views, enhance your ability to sketch and increase your confidence and capability to capture the world around you by exploring mark-making, depth of field, light and shadow.

You will try a variety of basic sketching materials, making sure you are properly kitted out for your sketching trips and on the final day, we will visit the Ulster Folk Museum where you will have the opportunity to try out your new skills as well as some one on one time with Michael to iron out any personal (sketching!) issues.

Dates
Monday 19 October 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Monday 26 October 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Monday 9 November 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Monday 16 November 6pm-8pm, PLACE
Saturday 21 November 11am-3pm, Ulster Folk Museum

Please bring
- A3 hard backed sketchbook with plenty of sheets for quick sketches
- Pencils (2b,4b and 6b)
- Any other mediums that you’d like to try out (Pens, ink, charcoal etc.)

To book and pay via Paypal (incl. £4.13 booking charge), click the link below, or contact info@placeni.org/ 028 9023 2524 for other payment options. 


Thursday, 1 October 2015

Street Space - Redefining the analysis of streets as public spaces for their critical transformation

Lecturer in Architecture at QUB, Dr Agustina Martire, invites you to join a new reading group exploring streets as key elements of urban space. 

Streets are in essence public spaces and connect diverse areas of the city, weaving the urban fabric. How do we analyse street space? How do we communicate this analysis? Can we use a language that different disciplines will understand? How can we use these methods to change/improve street spaces?

This reading group will explore different approaches to the analysis of streets as public spaces. We invite students, academics and professionals of architecture, planning, anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, film, media, arts and any other discipline interested in the analysis of public space.

The reading group will take place in 15 Chlorine Gardens. The next three meetings will be on October 7, November 4 and December 2, from 12:30-4pm. 

If you are interested in participating, please send an email to A.Martire@qub.ac.uk

Cohousing Potential in Northern Ireland | Wednesday 28 October, 7-9pm

The UK’s leading expert on Cohousing, Stephen Hill (Chair UK Cohousing Network), is visiting Belfast on Wed 28th Oct and will be discussing NI’s potential for Cohousing.

WHAT IS COHOUSING?
Cohousing is a type of intentional, collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighbourhoods. Cohousing provides the privacy we are accustomed to within the community we seek.
Source: http://www.white-design.com/consultancy/bristol-co-housing/


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

PLACE & DTNI selected to take part in 'Techies in Residence'

PLACE is delighted to have been selected, along with Development Trusts NI (DTNI), to take part in the Techies in Residence programme (TIR). We see the TIR programme as an opportunity to join the dots in terms of community planning by mapping the potential of unused space across inner city Belfast. We want to make repopulating vacant spaces easier, faster, and more creative. A key factor in that is taking away much of the mystery surrounding property ownership, rates, contracts, and other formalities that can disinsentivise smaller, independent businesses, community groups, and cultural organisations from stepping in where retail has died off. 




PLACE is keen to begin to make data that are already available fit for public use as well as gathering and exposing new data that show how people use the inner city areas. We want to establish an evidence base and accurate policy information to support a more vibrant and resilient inner city. We know that there is significant demand for short, medium, and long term reuse of vacant retail units & void sites. We want to take available data and work with our Techie to make it less unwieldy; simply, to present information to the public in an attractive and useful way.


The Techies in Residence (TIR) programme is as an initiative of the Building Change Trust, which in turn has been funded by Big Lottery Fund. CultureTech have been appointed by the Trust as Managing Agent for the ongoing development and delivery of Techies in Residence.
 
Techies in Residence: www.techinres.com
Development Trusts NI: www.dtni.org.uk

Monday, 3 August 2015

Forum for Alternative Belfast (2010 - 2015)

Forum Farewell.
Issued by Forum for Alternative Belfast - July 2015.

Forum for Alternative Belfast has been winding up since January 2015 and recently we have taken the decision to close the organisation.

Since 2010, with the collaboration of many groups and government agencies, the Forum has produced a series of urban re-stitching plans for the city that begin to deal with its longstanding problems of disconnection, particularly access for inner city communities. Over this period, we have demonstrated practical projects for the city, alongside wider analyses and a set of principles for how Belfast can be planned in the future. We have had some successes; however, other Forum projects may remain as illustrations of what could have been. All of this offers cause for reflection and learning.


The trajectory of the city’s development is something we should all be concerned about. With the City Council's new planning powers we urge all those concerned to take a professional and reflective approach that ensures, as a priority, the creation of a fair and balanced city that is connected by walkable, well designed streets. 
 We wish to thank all those who have contributed to the work of the Forum and we hope that our work will continue to influence the shaping of the city.
Our website - www.forumbelfast.org - will remain and publications will be made available at the universities; for legacy issues please contact info@forumbelfast.org.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Belfast Transport Hub - Neighbourhood Engagement Studio - Wed 8 July 2015

A Neighbourhood Engagement Studio considering the proposed new Belfast Transport Hub at Great Victoria Street will take place on Wednesday 8th July 2015 at the Ulster Hall, Bedford Street, Belfast. The event is facilitated by architect Declan Hill on behalf of the Sandy Row Community Forum.

To facilitate attendance presentations take place at 1pm and 6pm. Informal presentations and workshop discussions take place between 2pm and 5.30pm.


Timetable:

1pm - Presentation 1
  • Introduction: Glenda Davies
  • Background: Declan Hill
  • The Hub: Translink, John McAslan and Partners, Arup Associates.
  • Questions / Observations

2pm - Studio Groups

3pm - Coffee / Tea

3.30pm - Studio Groups

6pm - Presentation 2
  • As Presentation 1

7pm - Studio Groups

7.45pm - Summary and Way Forward

8pm - End

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Photo Diary - Belfast Photo Festival Urban Photo Walks - 25 & 27 June 2015

As part of the 2015 Belfast Photo Festival all ages and experiences were invited to join PLACE on a walk through central Belfast. With some of Belfast’s best known buildings as the backdrop, participants were guided and encouraged to create stunning architectural images. Below is a selection of images from the two walks which took place on 25th and 27th June 2015.


Transport House - John Vaughan

The MAC - Janet Holland

Royal Mail Sorting Office & The Obel - Gareth Johnston

Saint Anne's Square & St Anne's Cathedral - Neville Leinster

The MAC - Saint Anne's Square - Allan Leonard


Victoria Street underpass - John Vaughan

The MAC - Gareth Johnston

St Anne's Cathedral - Janet Holland

The MAC - Allan Leonard

Monday, 22 June 2015

Mapping North Street - 27 - 28 August 2015

Mapping North Street is an interdisciplinary workshop, taking place in the Old Museum Building, College Square North on 27th & 28th August 2015.

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Streets are key elements of urban space; they are in essence public spaces and connect diverse areas of the city, weaving the urban fabric. Our understanding of cities has grown in complexity in the last half century. How do we analyse street space? How do we communicate this analysis? Can we use a language that different disciplines will understand? How can we use these methods to change / improve street spaces?

This workshop will explore different approaches to the analysis of streets as public spaces. We invite students, academics and professionals of architecture, planning, anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, film, media, arts and any other discipline interested in the analysis of public space.

Participants will develop a series of layers of analysis including but not limited to: mapping, drawings, diagrams, photographs, interviews, archive work, soundscapes and more.

A universal solution is not sought for the use, design and management of streets, but a culturally specific array of possibilities that our streets could potentially have. North Street is an ideal case study to consider, for it is in the core of the city, it connects very different areas, and above all it is loaded with meaning and potential.

Join two days of exploration!

The workshop is free of charge. More details will be published in August.

Please RSVP before August 20 to Dr Agustina Martire – a.martire@qub.ac.uk.

Friday, 19 June 2015

Queen Street & Wellington Place, Belfast - Public Engagement Event - Mon 22 June, 12 - 8pm

A public engagement event will take place on Monday 22 June 2015, 12noon - 8pm at 29 Wellington Place (former Parsons and Parsons), Belfast BT1 6GS. 

The event is an early opportunity to learn about, and share your views on, a proposal for student accommodation at lands within the site bounded by 24 - 30 College Street, 41-49 Queen Street (formerly known as the Athletic Stores) and 29 Wellington Place (former Parsons & Parsons), Belfast. The proposal includes a mix of cluster beds with shared facilities and studios; ground floor uses including support facilities associated with the student accommodation and a bar; restaurant and cafe.

Further information relating to the proposals may be obtained from: Turley, Hamilton House, 3 Joy Street, Belfast BT2 8LE on behalf of Lacuna WJ Limited (Lacuna Developments & Watkin Jones Group).

If you wish to make comments on the proposals you may do so at the above event and / or in writing to Turley, Hamilton House, 3 Joy Street, Belfast BT2 8LE and no later than Friday 21 August 2015.

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Thursday, 4 June 2015

QUB Architecture End of Year Exhibition - 18 - 26 June 2015

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, is pleased to announce the opening of its annual exhibition of student work on Thursday 18 June, 6pm. 

 The exhibition is a celebration of the talent, creativity and innovation of Architecture students. Models and drawings of their designs will be on show in the studios at the David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road. Work from Civil Engineering and Planning will also be on display.




QUB warmly invite you to join this celebration:
  • 6pm, speeches in lecture room 0G.024, David Keir Building
  • Followed by a reception and exhibition from 7pm, spread across floors 1, 2 and 3 of the David Keir Building
  • Refreshments will be served

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, will run from 19 - 26 June from 1pm - 5 pm with a late opening on Thursday 25 June until 8pm.

Please contact a.fordham@qub.ac.uk for further information.

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Created in Belfast: Annual Student Exhibition at Ulster University - 6 - 13 June 2015

Ulster University's Annual Student Exhibition takes place from 6th - 13 June 2015 on Level E (MArch) / Level F (BA Arch, Interior, Product & Furniture) at the Belfast Campus, York Street.

The exhibition will open on Friday 5th June, 6pm with Belfast School of Architecture speeches and prizes in the BA Architecture studio at 6.30pm.

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The exhibition includes MArch Level I urban housing investigations in the Smithfield+Union neighbourhood, adjacent to the future Ulster University Belfast Campus.

The students surveyed existing buildings to prepare a detailed mapping document and area model (with support from PLACE), in addition to carrying out international precedent studies of urban housing and preparing individual proposals for mixed-use living/working/playing – options that include but are not exclusive to student living.

It is hoped that this work will be continued over the coming year together with key partners, with a view to opening further conversations about the future of housing and living in the Smithfield+Union area.


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Monday, 1 June 2015

PLACE Urban Design Academy 2015 | Derry~Londonderry


PLACE is looking for volunteers for its 4th annual Urban Design Academy, taking place this year in Derry~Londonderry from 3-7 August.

We need 4-5 committed individuals with a strong background in the built environment disciplines and a keen interest in education and research.  You will work together as a team in the two-months leading up to the Academy, meeting approximately every two weeks, and will be present for the full week of 3-7 August.

It's full-on, but an amazing experience, especially if you plan to have a career in architecture or urban design, as previous volunteers can testify.

Belfast: Toward a City Without Walls - Thurs 11 June, 6pm - 9pm


Colourpoint Books invite you to the launch of Belfast: Toward a City Without Walls at The Red Barn Gallery. There will be an exhibition of photographs by Frankie Quinn and book sales and signings.




Thursday 11 June 2015, 6pm - 9pm at The Red Barn Gallery, 43b Rosemary Street, Belfast.

For more information or to RSVP please email jacky@colourpoint.co.uk.

The book can also be purchased from www.colourpointbooks.co.uk or from local bookshops.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Archaeology and the Farset River - Wed 27 May, 6pm at Cultúrlann Mcadam Ó Fiaich

Queen's University lecturer Ruairí Ó Baoill explains the complex archaeological history of the Farset River, a founding feature of Belfast. Specialist in medieval and post-medieval archaeology, he is also the author of Hidden History Below Our Feet: The Archaeological Story of Belfast.

For more information go to The Farset Project Facebook page.




Date: Wed 27 May 2015
Time: 6pm
Venue: Cultúrlann Mcadam Ó Fiaich

The Farset Project is one of seven Creative Belfast projects funded by Belfast City Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the Creative and Cultural Belfast Fund. For more information see the Creative Belfast webpage.




Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Designing for Biodiversity Workshop - Wed 17 June, 10am - 2:30pm

The RSPB are hosting a workshop to help those involved in the design and delivery of construction projects to provide for the needs of biodiversity within their work.

Designing for Biodiversity will take place on Wednesday 17th June, 10am - 2:30pm in the QUB School of Geography Room, OG/033.

The workshop will highlight working examples of how the needs of nature have been successfully incorporated into the design and delivery of projects across the UK and Ireland. Those attending will also participate in activities designed to encourage practitioners to apply what has been learned in a practical context.

This workshop is open to all, but will be of particular benefit to those involved in the design and delivery of construction projects.

Booking is essential as places are limited. For more information and to book please contact susan.kula@rspb.org.uk or call 028904 91547.


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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Virtual Uprisings: Tahrir Square, Social Media and the return of Public Space - Wed 6 May 2015, 2.30pm

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE) and Spaces of Liberation Project at Queen’s University Belfast would like to invite you to a public talk by Professor Nezar AlSayyad.

Professor AlSayyad’s talk is titled: “Virtual Uprisings: Tahrir Square, Social Media and the return of Public Space”. He will share his views on the practices and dynamics of social movements in public space over the past few years including latest developments on the protests in Hong Kong and the US and the political unrest in the Middle East, the rise of Islamist ideology of insurgency and the manner with which public space is accustomed to a profound and radical change in the Twenty First century.

Tahrir Square

Professor Nezar AlSayyad is a distinguished Professor of Architecture, Planning and Urban History at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the Chair of UC-Berkeley’s Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Former Head of International and Area Studies Graduate Programme, the co-founder and president of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments.

Professor AlSayyad is the Editor of the highly acclaimed Journal of Traditional Dwellings and Settlement Review. He received several high profile awards including Guggenheim Fellowship (2014) and UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2008). He is the author and editor of over 15 books and two documentaries, including: “Traditions: The ‘Real’, the Hyper and the Virtual in the Built Environment” (2014), “Cairo: Histories of a City” (2011), “The Fundamentalist City?” (2010), “Cinematic Urbanism” (2006), “Making Cairo Medieval” (2005), “The End of Tradition” (2003), “Urban Informality” (2003)Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam” (2002), “Consuming Tradition, Manufacturing Heritage” (2001), and “Hybrid Urbanism” (2000).

The talk is hosted by “Spaces of Liberation” Project based at The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE) and Co-sponsored by Architecture and Construction Management Research Cluster (ACM), Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning (ISEP), and the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities (ICRH).

For further information visit www.spacesofliberation.org.uk, or visit the Facebook pag at  www.facebook.com/Spacesofliberation?ref=hl.


Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015
Time: 2.30pm - 4pm
Venue: Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, Belfast
Cost: Free
Booking: Email m.gamal@qub.ac.uk

Monday, 27 April 2015

The Antrim Coast in the Age of Industry, 1750 - 1890 / Lecture Series at PRONI

PRONI will be delivering a series of lunchtime lectures in April, May and June 2015 examining the arrival of Victorian technology and industrial activity in the Antrim coast and Glens. Until the 1800s much of the Antrim coast and Glens was wild and hard to access. During the nineteenth century the landscape was opened up and efforts were made to bring about an industrial revolution, like that of Belfast, in the country villages and peat-bogs.

All lectures will run from 1pm - 2pm in PRONI, 2 Titanic Boulevard, Belfast, BT3 9HQ. Lectures are free but advanced booking recommended. Email proni@dcalni.gov.uk or phone 028 9053 4800.



Tuesday 28 April 2015
The Industrial Heritage of the Antrim Glens 
Fred Hamond

Tuesday 5 May 2015
The Limestone Town of Glenarm: Quarries & Quarrymen
Gerard Muldoon

Thursday 21 May 2015
Ballintoy Project: How to Organise a Local History Group
Robert Corbett

Tuesday 26 May 2015
William Bald and the Making of the Antrim Coast Road, 1832 - 1840
Desmond McCabe

Tuesday 2 June 2015
Iron and Stone: The Earls of Antrim as Victorian Industrialists
Ian Montgomery






Nimble Spaces Ways To Live Together: New Cultures of Housing - Friday 1 May 2015

Nimble Spaces Ways To Live Together: New Cultures of Housing is an international conference exploring participative design, spatial justice, social housing, co-housing and new ways to imagine housing in the 21st Century.


Studio Weave, Ecology of Colour. Image by Jim Stephenson

Are you someone with particular housing needs? Are you an architect / designer, researcher, artist, student, activist? Are you a group or an association of people who are tackling a particular housing issue? Are you a policy maker? Do you work supporting people around their housing needs? Are you interested in shared living? Are you interested in rethinking our town centres and rural landscapes as supportive living places? Let’s think collectively. Join Nimble Spaces on Friday 1st May 2015.

Date: Friday 1st May 2015
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Venue: VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
Tickets: €60 full price / €20 reduced price (students, seniors, unemployed, under-employed / precarious workers). Lunch by Luncheonette included in ticket cost.
Booking: visit visualcarlow.ie or call 059 9172400

The conference is a co-production between Nimble Spaces, Camphill Communities of Ireland, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Maynooth University Department of Geography and DIT, Dublin School of Architecture. Supported by Irish Design 2015 and the Arts Council.

The conference coincides with a presentation of film, images, and research materials from Nimble Spaces: Enabling Design, documenting long term collaborations between artists, architects and adults with a disability, considering ‘home’ and shared living. Participating artists, architects and filmmaker include Rhona Byrne, Paul Bokslag, LiD Architecture, Eamon Little, Meme Architecture, Jennie Moran, Ríonach Ní Néill and Studio Weave. Developed by Commonage in association with Camphill Communities of Ireland and funded through an Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award.


For the full conference programme and further information please visit www.nimblespaces.org.




Exhibition: 5 arterial routes & 1000 commercial signs / 30 April - 9 May 2015

'5 arterial routes & 1000 commercial signs' is an exhibition by Ruth Brolly and Forum Alternative Belfast. The exhibition runs during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival from 30 April - 9 May 2015 in PS2 Gallery, Donegall Street.

Credit: Ruth Brolly

On Belfast’s culturally rich arterial routes, pivoting around an increasingly postmodern city centre, the image of place is created through a combination of buildings, signage, green and vacant spaces. Commercial signs can be the most obvious indicator of socio-economic conditions of people living in neighbourhoods in and around these arterial routes. The level and impact of economic decline, as a result of these routes sometimes being cut off from the central business district, through the creation of major carriageways and other physical barriers in the geography of the city, may be observed in the appearance of commercial signs.

These signs surround us in our city streets, everywhere we look we can see their words, materials and colour on buildings, telling us where we can purchase goods or services. We are so used to seeing them we rarely give them much thought, yet what would our streets be like without them? On red brick Victorian terraces in Belfast, once homes and not businesses, the words on signs tell us what is sold, they speak when doorways and windows are mute. Signs interpret the built environment for us much in the same way as captions on pictures tell us what is happening within the photographic image. Wherever we go in the world signs on shops give us information about the sort of place we are in. Even when we cannot read the language on signs the letterforms, colour and materials can give us visual clues on our whereabouts. The condition of signs can even be an indicator of whether a place is safe or not.

Credit: Ruth Brolly

Only fairly recently have researchers worldwide become interested in the value of local commercial signs as cultural artefacts unique to place. With weathered, broken or faded signs being increasingly replaced, often in the interests of urban renewal and to bolster ailing economies, its worth considering how replacing ‘old’ with ‘new’ signs might affect local character, as colours letterforms and materials used on the signs may change. This exhibition examines buildings and commercial signs on five arterial routes of Belfast, the Antrim, Falls, Lisburn, Newtownards and Ormeau Roads, to show how commercial signs help to create the image of each of these places. A photographic archive captures the buildings and signs as a snapshot in time in a city that is constantly changing.

Exhibition opens with refreshments on Thursday 30 April, 6 - 8pm in PS2, Donegall Street, Belfast. The exhibition will be open to view until 9 May (Wed-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 12-3pm).

Belfast based architect Mark Hackett receives honourable mention in Helsinki Guggenheim international competition

A worldwide open architecture competition for the proposed Helsinki Guggenheim attracted a record number of entries (1,715) and the organisers have now revealed the six finalists and fifteen other schemes which narrowly missed out on the shortlist. Amongst those to receive an honourable mention is Belfast based architect Mark Hackett.

Credit: Mark Hackett Architect

Mark describes his proposal as taking "a sensitive approach to the historic city and harbour, proposing the building as a permeable urban block, forming a new public street, ferry terminal and defining a promenade along the quayside. The building can be approached and entered from all these directions. The galleries enclose a garden with its grove of trees, a cafe with an open plan kitchen and herb garden." hackettarchitects.com 


Credit: Mark Hackett Architect

Within Mark's proposal the "main galleries sit under a series of dimly lit and voluptuous vaults reflecting natural light from hidden sources. As one ascends to the roof terrace one can walk among the external expression of these vaults. Collectively they form a rarefied and abstract order at the scale of the harbour area, one that contrasts with the tacitly and intimacy of the lower building around the garden. The proposal seeks to create richly varied spaces that city residents can return to again and again." hackettarchitects.com


Credit: Mark Hackett Architect

An exhibition of the finalists' schemes, including those chosen by the jury for honourable mention, has now launched at the Kunstalle Helsinki ahead of the jury's final decision in June.

For more information on the exhibition or competition, visit www.designguggenheimhelsinki.org.


Finalists:

  • AGPS Architecture Ltd Zurich, Switzerland and Los Angeles, USA
  • Asif Khan Ltd London, UK
  • Fake Industries Architectural Agonism New York, USA, Barcelona, Spain and Sydney, Australia
  • Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Moreau Kusunoki Architectes Paris, France
  • SMAR Architecture Studio Madrid, Spain and Western Australia

Honourable Mention:
  • ACXT-IDOM Bibao, Spain
  • BUBE Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro New York, USA
  • Francisco Jorquera – Elena Campos Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Helsinki Zurich Architecture Office Helsinki, Finland and Zurich, Switzerland
  • Ja Architecture Studio Toronto, Canada
  • KUTONOTUK Virginia, USA
  • Labics Rome, Italy
  • Mark Hackett Architect Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • No.mad Arquitectos Madrid, Spain
  • Nug Architects Barcelona, Spain
  • Nuno Brandao Costa Porto, Portugal
  • Projekt Praga Warsaw, Poland
  • Studio Fountainhead + MGG Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Viar Estudio Arquitectura Getxo, Spain

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Prof. Richard Blythe: PhD by Practice - Thurs 23 April, 5pm

Date: Thursday 23 April
Time: 5.00pm
Venue: QUB, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Room LG/024


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Consultation: Draft Belfast City Council City Centre Regeneration Strategy & Investment Plan

There is just over one month left to have your say and help shape the emerging Belfast City Council City Centre Regeneration Strategy & Investment Plan.

The strategy is being developed by Urban Strategies for Belfast City Council. The strategy considers market and economic analysis of the city centre’s office market and retail offer, as well as priorities for tourism development and job creation. The strategy also considers issues such as pedestrian access, street furniture, tree planting, parks, bridges, car parks and city events.

It is intended that the strategy will influence the future local development plan for Belfast and direct how new regeneration functions the Council will acquire in April 2016 will be utilised. 


Download: Urban Strategies’ Belfast City Centre Initial Directions Paper (PDF - 5.7MB)

Download: Belfast City Centre Regeneration Strategy and Investment Plan (PDF - 10MB)

Consultation responses can be returned to Belfast City Council via email - development@belfastcity.gov.uk. Deadline for responses is Wednesday 28 May 2015.

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Development of Brownfield Land - Wed 25 March 2015

Understand the Impact of Planning Reform & Better Assess & Manage Risks for Cost Effective Re-Development of Brownfield Land
Wednesday 25th March 2015, Belfast

Implementation of a major reform of the Planning System, and the transfer of planning functions to 11 new local councils in Northern Ireland, took pace on April 2015. The majority of contaminated land and groundwater is dealt with under the Planning regime, and so it is important that all professionals involved in brownfield development have a thorough understanding of this reform and the impact it will have.

Brownfield Briefing return to Belfast in March 2015 with a fully re-researched and updated conference, bringing together key players to discuss the implications of a new planning framework on the assessment and management of risks arising from contaminated land and groundwater on brownfield sites.

Hear first-hand practical advice on producing a risk assessment to support a planning application, how to scope your site investigation based on remedial objectives so you are only collecting – and paying for – the information you really need. Learn how to better understand and manage risks and develop appropriate verification measures to prove that any remediation undertaken is measurable and justifiable.

Packed with first-hand insights and practical case studies, this event will leave you with a better understanding of the way forward in managing and developing brownfield land in the new regime in just a few months’ time.

Click here to view the full programme


Former Sirocco works in Belfast.


Key topics include:
  • Update on the outcome of the Planning Reform and exploring the future for Planning and Development in Northern Ireland
  • Local Council Perspective: Contaminated Land Risk Assessment in the new Planning Process
  • Exploring brownfields as drivers for economic and social regeneration
  • Developer’s Perspective on planning and regulatory changes, brownfield challenges and solutions
  • Perspective & Case Studies from the DEFRA Expert Panel
  • Producing a robust, coherent and appropriate risk assessment to support a planning application
  • Strategies for achieving more accurate risk assessment of groundwater to minimise the impact of groundwater contamination on land use
  • Developing a robust, detailed and integrated risk assessment to enable appropriate remediation and increase cost-efficiencies
  • Waste Management: Assessing the impact of new Environmental & Waste regulation on the development of brownfield land
  • Asbestos: Strategies for the identification, remediation and re-use of asbestos-contaminated materials

Key speakers include:
  • Siobhan Cox, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Simon Kirk, Strategic Planning Division, Dept of the Environment
  • Kyle M Alexander OBE, Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation
  • John O’Connor, The Housing Agency, Republic of Ireland
  • Brian Kelly, Turley Associates
  • Theresa Kearney, Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • Naomi Earl, Freelance Contaminated Consultant & Member of DEFRA Expert Panel
  • Graham Webb, Geosyntec
  • Cecilia Macleod, WYG
  • Yvonne Buchanan, WYG
  • Chris Piddington, Vertase FLI
  • James Macfarlane, Hydrock
  • Richard Yarnold, Hydrock

Date: 25 March 2015
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Hilton Hotel, 4 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3LP

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Miguel Martin: Out of Site

The University Art Gallery at the Belfast School of Art presents 'Out of Site', an exhibition of intricate line drawings, recording various interior spaces within the iconic Orpheus Building, before its final stages of reconstruction. Commissioned by The University’s Arts and Culture Department, Martin has spent the last academic year visiting the University to produce these observational drawings on site. Martin encapsulates the various visual art disciplines embraced by the University through a series of 12 new drawings, creating a portrait of the building itself.  

This form of artistic practice confronts the fragility of physical space by archiving the last moments of this historic building. Its legacy remains preserved and celebrated for a new generation of students and staff who will breath new life into its transformed structure upon completion.  

Miguel Martin comments: “It was an absolute pleasure to be invited back to the University to work on this project. Having made a similar series of drawings for my Degree show back in 2008, depicting each workspace occupied by the students of my year, it gave a poetic cyclical significance to this area of my practice. I experienced some of the best years of my life in this building, and was humbled by the idea of paying tribute to its memory in such a personal way.”

Miguel Martin (b. 1985 Belfast, UK) studied BA Fine and Applied Art at the University of Ulster, Belfast (2005-2008) where he was presented the Northern Bank Toradht award for drawing in his final year. His most recent solo show All good in the Manhood was exhibited at the Abrons Arts Center, New York (2011). Selected group shows include The FarAway Nearby, FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge (2014); Presently, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown (2014); Jerwood drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London (2013); You are now entering _________ , Derry/Londonderry, CCA Derry/Londonderry (2012); London Art Fair, London (2012); He lives in Belfast and works from his studio at Platform Arts, Queen Street.

Out of Site runs from 16 April - 16 May, with an opening reception on April 16, 6-9pm. 

Living Places: An Urban Stewardship & Design Guide wins at the UK Place Making Awards 2015

DOE Planning's Living Places: An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for Northern Ireland has won a prestigious UK Planning Award.

Stewardship, the way in which our urban places are managed and maintained, has traditionally been considered separately from the planning and design process. However, Living Places for the first time treats urban stewardship and design with equal measure.

The judges described Living Places as ‘ambitious in scope and inclusive in approach, resulting in the production of an impressive design guide for Northern Ireland'.


Launch of Living Places in September 2014. L - R: Michael Corr
(Creative Director, PLACE), Minister Mark H Durkan (DoE),
Suzanne Wylie (Chief Executive, Belfast City Council) and James
Hennessey (Associate Director, The Paul Hogarth Company).

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said:
“It is very fitting that Living Places has received such a prestigious award. The guide inspires a fresh and exciting new approach to planning for our villages, town and cities.

“It identifies people and place as the two central pillars of successful and sustainable urban areas. The guide recognises the central role that planning and design has to play in the creation and maintenance of great places old and new.

“The timing of the award could not be better, achieved as we hand planning powers over to the new Councils. ‘Living Places’ will assist councils, designers, community groups, the general public and all users of the reformed planning system to shape how their areas grow and develop. 
“Through this fresh approach to planning, great potential exists for Living Places to be a significant influence in the North, now and into the future.”

Living Places was produced in collaboration with The Paul Hogarth Company with Gareth Hoskins Architects and a steering group of key stakeholders including PLACE.

James Hennessey from The Paul Hogarth Company commented:
"As authors of the guide we would like to extend our thanks and congratulations to the many people from different walks of life who contributed to shaping this document. Making and caring for great places is a collaborative process and we hope that Living Places will help inspire everyone to work together in transforming our towns and cities as better places for all."

The 2015 Place Making award ceremony was held on Tuesday 31 March 2015 at the Royal Institution, Albemarle Street, London. From over 200 entries, 14 projects across the UK were announced as winners at the event.

Living Places was published by the Environment Minister Mark H Durkan on the 18 September 2014 at a symposium organised by PLACE. The symposium took place at the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts and followed a series of training workshops delivered by PLACE across NI to outline the concepts and principles of Living Places. To find out more about the workshops and launch symposium organised by PLACE click www.placeni.org/living-places.

To find out more about Living Places: An Urban Stewardship and Design Guide for Northern Ireland, click www.planningni.gov.uk/index/policy/supplementary_guidance/guides/living_places_urban_stewardship_and_design_guide.htm

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Book Launch: The Railway Photographs of Norman Johnston - 22 April 2015


Colourpoint Books invite you to the launch of "The Railway Photographs of Norman Johnston".

The book launch will be held at the Malone House, Belfast on Wednesday 22 April 2015, 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Light refreshments will be served.



Norman is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s foremost railway historians, and has amassed a huge collection of remarkable photographs of Irish railways. This book includes some of what Norman regarded as the best or most interesting images that he took during the pivotal period between 1964 and 1973. The pictures are presented in roughly chronological order and include some CIE as well as UTA and NIR. All are accompanied by extended captions.

Norman began writing the book during the last two months of his life, completing the manuscript just seven days before his death on 31 August 2014. This book is both a fascinating record of Irish railways during this formative period, and a fitting tribute to a man who has contributed much to both the transport scene and the lives of those who knew him.

Please RSVP to Denise Martin by emailing denise.martin@colourpoint.co.uk, or phoning 028 9182 0505.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

EPLANI Film Screening: Trashed - Tues 28 April, 7pm

The Environmental & Planning Law Association of Northern Ireland (EPLANI) are hosting a screening of the award winning 2012 docu-feature “Trashed” on the Tuesday 28 April.

A Panel discussion will take place after the screening with experts and campaigners in the field of waste management and sustainable development.




In Trashed, produced and directed by British filmmaker Candida Brady (Madam and the Dyan Swan), which was selected to receive a Special Screening at the Cannes Film Festival, Jeremy Irons sets out to discover the extent and effects of the global waste problem, as he travels around the world to beautiful destination tainted by pollution. This is a meticulous, brave investigative journey that takes Irons (and us) from scepticism to sorrow and from horror to hope. It touches on issues such as our waste-culture, on sustainable living and on the incinerator process that is often touted as a panacea to our waste management problem.


Date: Tuesday 28 April
Time: 7pm - 10pm
Venue: The Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA
Cost: £3
Booking: Click Here

Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Local authority management of the Historic Environment in NI: Learning from Elsewhere - 14th May 2015

The Northern Ireland Branch of the IHBC is holding a half-day seminar on the implications for the historic environment arising from local government reform.

Speakers from Wales, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will provide valuable insights into local authority management of the historic environment in other jurisdictions, the critical importance of centre-local relations in the new planning system, and the potential interface between conservation and community planning.

Confirmed speakers include:
  • Anna Irwin, Senior Conservation and Environment Officer, Wrexham County Borough Council
  • Tom Cassidy, Conservation Officer, Limerick City and County Council
  • Gavan Rafferty, Lecturer in Spatial Planning and Development, Ulster University
  • Andrew McClelland, Chair, IHBC Northern Ireland Committee
Registration and refreshments are from 9.30am. The event begins at 10.00am. Lunch will be provided at 1.00pm.

Date: 14th May 2015
Time: 9.30am - 1pm
Venue: Clifton House, Belfast
Registration: £10 per person. Click https://eventbrite.com/event/16454888013/.
Event Questions: Email Nicola Donnelly: ihbc@ihbc.org.uk.
Parking: Free within the grounds of Clifton House.



Friday, 20 March 2015

Screening of Metropolis with live orchestra at Ulster Hall - Sat 21 March

The Ulster Orchestra present a screening of the classic film Metropolis, famed for its architectural scenes, and will perform a live score to accompany the film.




The film is a spectacular work of vision and design, and deservedly one of the most famous silent films of all time. Metropolis is set in a futuristic urban dystopia and examines a common science fiction theme of the day: the social crisis between workers and owners in capitalism. A dramatic, all-sensory experience, not to be missed.

Date: Sat 21 Mar 2015
Time: 7:45pm
Venue: Ulster Hall
Tickets: £25
Book: Click here

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Photo Diary - Family Friendly Urban Photo Walk - 7, 8, 14, 15 March 2015

As part of Family Friendly Belfast 2015 all ages and experiences were invited to join PLACE on a walk through central Belfast. With some of Belfast’s best known heritage buildings as the backdrop, participants were guided and encouraged to create stunning architectural images. The images below are from the series of walks which took place on 7th, 8th, 14th and 15th March 2015.

Belfast: Streets Ahead Phase 3 Consultation Event - Wed 18 March, 6pm - 9pm

The Department for Social Development are hosting a public consultation event on Wednesday 18th March 2015 in PLACE, Lower Garfield Street, Belfast. 

The purpose of the event is to inform the local community about the Belfast Streets Ahead Phase 3 project. The overall aim of the Phase 3 project is to design and implement public realm improvements (such as new paving, lighting, landscaping, street furniture and public artwork) that will deliver high quality streetscape and open spaces that will contribute positively to the economic and social vitality of the Belfast City Centre and will complement the Ulster University’s planned development of its new campus at York Street.

Draft proposals. Credit: www.dsdni.gov.uk

The Phase 3 project area will cover:
  • Royal Avenue (from Castle Place to Donegall Street),
  • York Street (from Donegall Street to Frederick Street/Great Patrick Street junction),
  • Frederick Street,
  • Library Square (Union Street, Little Donegall Street and Library Street),
  • Cathedral Gardens (aka Buoys Park),
  • the area around St Anne’s Cathedral (Talbot Street, Exchange Street West and Academy Street, including Donegall Street in front of St Anne’s Cathedral),
  • Great Patrick Street (part),
  • Curtis Street
  • York Lane
The consultation event will take place between 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 18th March in PLACE, with a short presentation commencing at 7pm.

There will be an opportunity before and after the presentation to ask questions and get more information about the project. Further information on the Phase 3 project can be viewed on the DSD website. Comments on the proposals can be made at the event, by email to DSD at belfaststreetsahead@dsdni.gov.uk or by writing to: DSD, 4th Floor, Oxford House, 49-55 Chichester Street, Belfast, BT1 4HH by 31st March 2015.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

LINI Future Places and Spaces Conference - 1st June 2015

Landscape Institute Northern Ireland and Happening Events invite you to a one-day conference, 'Future Places and Spaces', on 1st June 2015.

Register online via: www.regonline.co.uk/landscapeinstitutenorthernireland.


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Thursday, 5 March 2015

The Work of a Small Practice: An Exhibition by McGonigle McGrath

An exhibition by McGonigle McGrath: The Work of a Small Practice. This exhibition explores the processes of design and construction of projects including private houses and residential works for the charity Clic Sargent. Representation through drawings, models, construction information and photography.

The exhibition continues daily until Friday 13 March in the David Keir Building, Queen's University, Stranmillis Road, Belfast.


 




Monday, 23 February 2015

Photo Diary Urban Photo Walk with Aidan Mc Grath

All ages and experiences were invited to join Aidan McGrath, a partner in McGonigle McGrath Architects, for an urban photo walk through central north Belfast on Saturday 14th February 2015. 
With some of Belfast’s best known heritage buildings as the backdrop, participants were guided through the various techniques required to create stunning architectural images. Participants were invited to bring camera phones, disposable cameras or digital cameras.

Photograph by Jan Hodgen

Photograph by Jan Hodgen
Degradation Porn, Photograph by Aidan McGrath
Photograph by Johanna Leech
Photograph by Johanna Leech
The acceptable face of banking, Photograph by Aidan McGrath

Photograph by Janet Holland


Underpass, Photograph by Janet Holland

Aspire, Photograph by Clive Moore

The good, bad & ugly, Photograph by Clive Moore
Old Belfast Reflection, Photograph by Karen Gray


Up the Workers, Photograph by Karen Gray
Photograph by Esther McGuickan
Old reflected in new, Photograph by Esther McGuickan


Photograph by Blayne Fulton


Photograph by Blayne Fulton
























This walk was part of PLACE’s City Saturdays programme, supported by Belfast City Council Arts & Heritage Small Grants.