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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/