A photographic walkabout with Aidan McGrath.
Saturday 17th June, 12pm - 1pm
Meet at PLACE
We will walk around Belfast looking at and talking about the architecture and we'll encourage viewing it with a fresh perspective. We will make images, concentrating on the character of the buildings, rather than simple record making; we'll find visual interest in detail and explore the potential in pattern making with architectural features. We will seek beauty, or at least visual interest, in texture and the juxtaposition of colours and materials.
We will chat about Belfast, its architecture and we will discuss technical issues such as lenses and cameras and also technique. We'll have an entertaining chat and we will, hopefully, create some images which capture the essence of the city.
Programmed as part of the Belfast Photo Festival.
EXCLAVE - an exhibition of new work by Eamon Quinn and Caroline McCusker, commissioned by PLACE and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios.
30th May - 27th June 2017 @ PLACE
‘Iconic’, ‘landmark’ and ‘gateway’ projects dot the city but the background fabric of the city itself is anemic. Missing is organic residential development around historic cores and the inclusion of higher density homes in new development plans.
In January 2017 with support from Arts & Business, PLACE and FCBS ran an open call for artwork addressing the above themes. The successful artists were Eamon Quinn and Caroline McCusker who put forward a joint proposal to work in collaboration.
Eamon Quinn’s interest in the built environment, the physicality of a development versus the history of an area or social need, combined with Caroline McCusker’s interest in breaking down the distinction between people and their domestic objects has led to the artists developing a new collaborative sculptural work. Focusing on construction and simultaneous destruction as a conceptual theme, and using salvaged architecture and new building materials, they have produced a finished structure that is surreal and precarious.
Exhibition: 12-22 May
Symposia: Friday 12 & Monday 22 May
StreetSpace is a research and teaching project at Queen's University Belfast, that seeks to understand the significance of superdiverse streets, by analysing their physical, historical and experiential aspects. This multidisciplinary and international project aims to provide an alternative way of planning, preserving and developing streets.
The exhibition shows the work developed in the project’s summer workshops and MArch studios of the last 2 years. The exhibition
shows three specific streets in Belfast that are in process of redevelopment: North Street, Castle Street and the south corridor made up of Bedford Street, Dublin Road and Botanic Avenue using various maps and models.
An international section will have a series of projects in poster format that explore the multidimensional values of streets developed by partners of the project in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Egypt and the Netherlands.
On May 12, the Superdiverse Streets Symposium will explore a series of case studies in Belfast, Europe and beyond. Keynote: Matthew Carmona, Professor of Planning and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL.
On May 22, the Heritage at Risk Streets Symposium will address the very pressing issue of the demolition of the built environment. Issues of community heritage, heritage practice and global heritage will be discussed throughout the day.
The exhibition is public and free. If you want to participate in either of the events please contact Dr Agustina Martire at email@example.com. Tickets are free but places are limited.
ask an architect
13 - 19 May 2017
ask an architect is an annual event that takes place over a single week each year. During that week, architects across all of Northern Ireland will offer their services free of charge, giving advice to those considering a building or renovation project, all for a charitable a charitable donation of a minimum of £40 to local charity The Jill Todd Trust, in partnership with Friends of the Cancer Centre. ask an architect will give members of the public the opportunity to get expert advice from a chartered architect on building projects of all shapes and sizes.
The initiative is organised by the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA), PLACE and the Jill Todd Trust. Thanks to our sponsors who cover administrative costs and provide critical pro bono services, 100% of all funds raised by ‘ask an architect’ will be used by Friends of the Cancer Centre to support local cancer research through clinical trials at the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB) at Queen’s University, Belfast.
Visit www.askarchitect-ni.com for more information
The ‘Science’ of Cartography is Limited – Mapping Belfast’s Myths
PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast, BT1 1FP
Friday 21 April - Friday 5 May 2017
Opening event - Thursday 20 April 2017, 6PM
Over the course of his PhD, research student and architect Andrew Molloy developed a unique practice-based mixed methodology allowing the city to be considered as a process rather than a product.
In developing a non-ideological approach to urbanism highlighting the importance of tacit poetic interpretations when it comes to spatial understanding, Andrew both examined a series of maps of Belfast and attempted to map the city himself. This exhibition brings together these mappings – including planning documents, unrealised architectural proposals, GPS tracings and films – allowing their relative successes and failures to be assessed.