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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing

A competition to find an inventive design for a 3D printable beehive

Calling all designers and environmentalists! With the kind support of the NGO Challenge Fund, PLACE is holding a competition to find fresh, innovative and exciting designs for 3D-printable beehives.

There are three entry categories - Primary, Secondary and Adult. You can compete as a group or individual.

The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing aims to open up dialogue surrounding the promotion of biodiversity and sustainability. We aren’t seeking professional standard entries! We anticipate that most entries will need to be modified into a printable format after submission by a 3D designer. We would like to see imaginative, thoughtful designs that will render beekeeping exciting and interesting to people who don’t already know about it.

We accept entries in the form of 2D drawings/plans, scanned/emailed or by post, or 3D models. We request that entries are annotated in order to help our designer interpret your beehive as close to your vision as possible. By becoming involved with the competition, you will be able to see first hand the possibilities of the burgeoning technology of 3D printing, framed within the context of pollinators and their essential role in our environment.

For school groups this can be incorporated into an existing unit of work, be used as a springboard for discussion and investigation, or form the basis of work for an Environment or Technology Club.

We aim to exhibit as many entries as possible. The exhibition will take place in our public gallery space in Belfast city centre and we hope to show the 3D printing process to as many people as possible. This will be a unique opportunity for the uninitiated to drop in and see it in action!




What to submit?
We are looking for a 3D-printable beehive design; the size, colour and shape are up to you!

Designs can be submitted in the form of drawings, 3D models and 3D print files (e.g. STL). A submission form can be downloaded from placeni.org and must be included with your entry. Entries can be emailed to info@placeni.org or sent to PLACE at 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast BT1 1FP.


Closing date for entries:
29th February 2015 at 5pm for both emailed and posted entries.

Click here to download a submission form. All entrants must accept the Terms & Conditions for entry.

For queries related to this project please contact Mairead Kane - email mairead@placeni.org or call PLACE on 02890 232524.

Monday, 12 January 2015

On the move: Cycling & Connectivity - Thursday 30 April, 10am

CIVINET UK & Ireland and Belfast City Council are pleased to announce On the move - A conference about cycling and connectivity. The conference explores cycling strategy development and practical delivery of cycling measures. It also addresses the role of cycling and sustainable transport in urban regeneration. Case studies from Belfast, Dublin and Bath will be featured, along with a look at Northern Ireland’s new cycling strategy. European perspective comes from a Ghent case study, an introduction to CIVINET and advice on EU funding for cycling projects. There’s also a cycle tour in Belfast.

Attendance is free for CIVINET UK & Ireland members (up to three delegates from your organisation). For non-members the registration fee is £50. Book your place online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/on_the_move.

Date: Thursday 30 April 2015
Time: 10am - 4.15pm
Venue: Reception Room, Belfast City Hall



Conference Programme

10.00 - 10.25: Registration, Networking and Coffee

10.25 - 10.30: Welcome - Chris Hadfield, Project Manager, Lancashire County Council, and National Network Manager, CIVINET

10.30 - 10.50: A New Bicycle Strategy for Northern Ireland - Andrew Grieve, Head of Cycling Unit, Department for Regional Development

10.50 - 11.00: Launching a New Bike Sharing Scheme in Belfast - Anne Doherty, Belfast Public Bike Share, Belfast City Council

11.00 - 11.10: One Year On: nextbike in Bath and North East Somerset - Colin Rees, LSTF Project Manager, Bath & North East Somerset Council

11.10 - 11.20: An Established Scheme: dublinbikes - Damien O Tuama, Mobilities Consultant and BYPAD Bicycle Policy Auditor

11.20 - 11.40: Coffee Break

11.40 - 12.10: Discussion and Q&A on Morning Session - Chaired by Chris Hadfield, Lancashire County Council

12.10 - 13.00: Cycle Tour - Led by Belfast City Council

13.00 - 14.00: Lunch

14.00 - 14.30: Regeneration & Connectivity - Dr Brendan Murtagh, Reader in Urban Planning, Queen's University Belfast and Gerry Millar, Director of Property and Projects, Belfast City Council

14.30 - 14.45: An Introduction to CIVINET - Chris Hadfield, Project Manager, Lancashire County Council, and National Network Manager, CIVINET

14.45 - 15.05: EU Funding Sources for Cycling Projects - Fiona McLean, European Project Development Manager, Transport & Travel Research Ltd

15.05 - 15.20: Coffee Break

15.20 - 15.40: Ghent… Making Cycling the New Normal - Patty Delanghe, Leader of Cycling Team, City of Ghent

15.40 - 16.10: Discussion and Q&A on Afternoon Session - Chaired by Chris Hadfield, Lancashire County Council

16.10 - 16.15: Conclusion - Chris Hadfield, Lancashire County Council



Thursday, 8 January 2015

'Myths of Belfast' Film Screening & Panel Discussion - Mon 26 Jan, 7pm

The urban identity of the City of Belfast has been a point of contestation for hundreds of years, arguably most acutely throughout the 20th century. Student-architect, PhD student and film-maker Andrew Molloy’s research suggests that the social identity of any city is of such complexity that it will forever evade definition and will make fools of the fundamentalists and those who claim to have absolute knowledge. Instead, identity needs to be conceived of as a process, not a product.

‘Myths of Belfast’ brings together the urban interpretations of three practitioners who have had a defining role in defining the accepted urban identity of the City of Belfast and exposes them as mere imaginative leaps, albeit ones that helped shape Belfast’s physical fabric.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the issues raised, panel members to be confirmed.

Monday 26 January 2015, 7pm at the Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast. For more information click www.ajmolloy.co.uk.



Draft Event Timetable

19.00: Doors Open

19.15: Introduction

19.20: Film Screening

20.00: Short Break

20.10: Panel Discussion
Chaired by Ciaran Mackel, with Bill Morrison (former Belfast planner and former Chair of PLACE), Karen Latimer (UAHS committee member and chair of HEARTH), Declan Hill (architect and co-director of the Forum for Alternative Belfast) and Niall McBrierty (architect and tutor at University of Ulster).

21.00: End

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Belfast Transport Hub Consultation Campaign Launched

Translink, in conjunction with the Department for Regional Development, are working to explore the opportunity of creating a new integrated transport hub in Belfast on the site of the current Europa Buscentre and Great Victoria Street Rail Station. 

The Hub will be designed to cater for forecast passenger demand, alleviate constraints on the network, improve operational performance and enhance the passenger journey experience.


It is envisioned to be a modern, multi-modal, transport interchange that will enhance the environment, serve the community and better support the local economy. It will combine bus and rail termini with interfaces to private car, taxi, bus and cycle modes whilst acknowledging Metro bus and Belfast Rapid Transit.

A design team has been appointed comprising Arup and John McAslan + Partners, who have an extensive portfolio in the development and delivery of modern and highly-efficient transport infrastructure facilities including Kings Cross Station in London.

Translink and the Department for Regional Development are now inviting members of the public to have their say on proposals for ‘The Belfast Hub’.

A public consultation campaign, ‘Making History’, has been launched inviting views on The Belfast Hub, which aims to regenerate and develop a new city quarter - 'Station Quarter'.


Public information sessions will take place on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th January 2015, 8am - 6pm, in the Europa Buscentre where Translink representatives and The Hub’s appointed design team will share detail on options for the project and aspirations for bus and train facilities. An online submission form is also available at www.translink.co.uk/thehub.

As part of this consultation process, Translink is also seeking ‘station stories’ relating to individual experiences and memories of the existing bus and rail stations at the site, past and present. Since the project was announced, the project team has been on a journey of discovery uncovering a wealth of interesting ‘stories’ spanning the existence of both facilities and reflecting their rich history and impact on people’s lives. The public information sessions will feature just a few of these station stories to inspire more people to share their own nostalgic tales and help form a rich tapestry of reflection as The Hub project gains momentum.

This first phase of consultation will be open until 31st January 2015. For more information on the project click www.translink.co.uk/thehub.

Monday, 5 January 2015

PLACE: 2014 in Review


VACANT TO VIBRANT

PLACE continues to develop its Vacant to Vibrant campaign to highlight the opportunities for our town centres.

In March, PLACE held Vacant to Vibrant: Exchange at the Strand Arts Centre. This two-day symposium explored international and local solutions to vacancy. Decision makers, academics, artists and urbanists came together to share inspiring projects and strategies that transformed places and spaces.

The symposium also marked the launch of a new PLACE publication. 'Vacant to Vibrant: Rethinking Town Centres' features case studies of projects tackling vacancy and essays examining the issue in terms of culture, urban policy, commerce, and activism.

Following the symposium PLACE launched a new public space and office at Lower Garfield Street. With support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, a long-term vacant retail unit has been transformed into a bright, modern multi-purpose space enabling PLACE to continue delivering quality built environment projects.

PLACE launched a new multi-purpose public
space at Lower Garfield Street in June 2014.


Open Source Belfast returned in April 2014 during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival to bring life to an empty space at Commercial Court.

Vacant to Vibrant Antrim took over more than 15,000sq ft within a vacant two-storey building in the centre of Antrim, which was generously donated by Karl Asset Management. During July and August, the space provided young people aged 16-25 a free space to showcase their talent and bring vibrancy to the town centre as part of PLACE’s partnership with somewhereto_ and the Enkalon Foundation.

Vacant to Vibrant Antrim reanimated more than 15,000sq ft
of empty space in partnership with Karl Asset Management,
somewhereto_ and the Enkalon Foundation.


LIVING PLACES

Throughout March and April, PLACE ran a series of workshops across Northern Ireland aimed at introducing and outlining the concepts and principles of the DOE’s Living Places Urban Stewardship and Design Guide. This was followed, in September, by the Living Places symposium to coincide with the launch of the document. The event opened with Minister Mark H Durkan officially launching the design guide. James Hennessey (The Paul Hogarth Company) then provided background to the development of the guidance and Michael Corr (PLACE) highlighted the main issues to arise from the Living Places Training Workshops (delivered by PLACE in March 2014). 


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

Following a short break, Suzanne Wylie (Chief Executive, Belfast City Council provided an overview of how local government will benefit from the guidance and Lara Kinneir (Member, MAG) reflected on experience working with Design for London. Darran Crawford (Scottish National Parks) highlighted the Scotland's Creating Places document and the use of design charrettes to accompany the Scottish guidance.


EXHIBITIONS / INSTALLATIONS

The opening of PLACE’s new premises in June coincided with the 10th anniversary of the founding of the organisation. To mark this milestone the 10 Years of PLACE exhibition looked back on the previous 10 years of innovation and collaboration to make better places across Northern Ireland. 


10 Years of PLACE was an exhibition looking back on the
past 10 years of the organisation.

Lamps on Lower Garfield Street was a street light installation during Culture Night Belfast to highlight the important pedestrian link between the commercial area of Royal Avenue and the vibrant cultural activities of the Cathedral Quarter.

In October 2014, PLACE curated an exhibition, hosted by the Golden Thread Gallery, documenting representations of Craigavon in the 50 years since its founding. The exhibtion ‘Craigavon New Town: 50 Years of Modernity' was centred on the work of visual artist Victor Sloan, whose photography from the 1970s until the present day was displayed alongside selected archival materials that tell the story and inspiration for the town. The opposition of Sloan’s uneasy imagery of life in a new city with the idealist, utopian visual culture of 1960s town planning, tells the story of a place in which quotidian normality is layered on top of the absurdity of the project’s unrealised ambition. The exhibition was created with support from the British Council and formed part of the Absorbing Modernity mini-festival, which is the regional response to the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.


EDUCATION PROJECTS

The PLACE Urban Walks expanded across Northern Ireland in 2014 with the support of the NGO Challenge Fund, exploring new themes and locations.

The Place-Making Podcast continued with a free 3-day training workshop for those interested in using podcasting and broadcasting to discuss architecture, urban design and built environment issues.

Know Your Place provided young people with the opportunity to capture and explore local built heritage through digital media in Belfast, Bangor and Killough.

Know Your Place Belfast explored some of the
city's most well known heritage buildings, including
Carlisle Memorial Church (pictured above).

PLACE and the Architecture Foundation brought Urban Pioneers to Derry~Londonderry to engage young people and empower them to critically explore the built environment and develop new skills through workshops led by creative professionals.

The 3rd annual PLACE Urban Design Summer Academy brought young people aged 14 – 19 together in Craigavon to explore the architectural ideas and utopian ideals that to the creation of Northern Ireland’s only ‘new town’.


PUBLICATIONS

Vacant to Vibrant: Rethinking Town Centres is a collection of essays and articles, reflecting a diversity of opinions, ideas and provocations - embracing everything from artistic practice to local government, examining the subject of vacancy.

Craigavon New Town documents the story of Northern Ireland's only 'new town'. It charts the settlement from the perspective of the people who live there, many who moved there nearly fifty years ago, setting up home in what was then a great social experiment. Anecdotes and memory track the process from the mid-60s displacement of local farmers, through the years of construction, excitement, and prosperity that quickly gave way to decline and dereliction, and the eventual resurgence that is driven by shared identity and belonging newly forged in a place called Brownlow.

Craigavon New Town was launched in 2014 to document the
story of Northern Ireland's only 'new town'.

How to Design a Building introduces children to the subject of architecture and the different things that an architect has to think about when they are designing a building. This book was written and illustrated by Dr Jenny Russell.

An Inventory of Space in Derry~Londonderry is a publication based on work by participants in the Derry~Londonderry Urban Pioneers programme – a programme delivered by PLACE and the Architecture Foundation.


PEOPLE

The board and staff at PLACE said farewell to their colleague Conor McCafferty, who, after working at PLACE for four years and leading on many successful projects, has left to pursue a PhD at the Sonic Arts Research Centre at QUB, under the supervision of Drs Sarah Lappin (SPACE) and Gascia Ouzounian (SARC) as part of their Recomposing the City project.

In July, PLACE welcomed Maggie McKeever to the team as a Creative Assistant. Maggie has a degree in Fine Art, from the National College of Art & Design, Dublin and an MA in Cultural Policy & Arts Management from University College Dublin. Maggie has undertaken roles such as arts manager, facilitator, curator, artist and administrator, including experience in Arts events management with UK City of Culture Derry~Londonderry 2013; the Verbal Arts Centre, Body & Soul Festival and the LAB gallery, Dublin.

In November, Bridghin Farren joined the PLACE team as Creative Producer. Bridghin has completed a BA in Sculpture and Combined Media at the Limerick School of Art and Design, and an MA in Contemporary Dance Performance at the University of Limerick. She moved to Belfast in 2007 to take up the directorship at Catalyst Arts, and afterwards co-founded the creative project Brown&Bri with Rachel Brown. As part of that work she has completed and presented research into Belfast’s empty buildings, and built and ran a cafe-bar on a barge for two years - both performative actions made in response to underused space in Belfast City centre. She has worked as Curator at Belfast Exposed Photography and Arts Co-ordinator with Belfast City Council. Her research interests include using fiction, theatre and staging to map a city’s history, geometry and space travel.

Marks of Time: The Building of Derry~Londondeery - Friday 9 January 2015

Marks of Time: The Building of Derry~Londondeery is a free public lecture with Manus Deery, Principal Conservation Architect NIEA on Friday 9th January 2015.

Sketch by Manus Deery.

Lecture Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue: Monument & Buildings Record, Waterman House, 5-33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA