Saturday, 21 November 2009

New titles in the PLACE Bookshop

Big delivery of new stock this week:

The Taschen 25 series: At only £8.99 each, these accessible titles, presented with Taschen's typical style, introduce the life's work of famous architects.

We also have new books on Le Corbusier, Tadao Ando and Daniel Libeskind, and Music and Architecture by Iannis Xenakis.

The BLDG BLOG Book (£19.99) features the writings of Geoff Manaugh, author of the popular BLDGBLOG ( More than 200 pages of speculation about the future of the built environment, this book is "a road trip for the intellectually curious" - Justin McGuirk, Icon Magazine.

With the future of the University of Ulster now based firmly in Belfast city, perhaps lessons can be learned from Paris. Universities in the City: The Development of the Left Bank, Paris (£24.70) looks at new academic buildings on the Paris Rive Gauche.

Architecture, Participation and Society (£29.99) asks how architects can "best increase their engagement with building users and wider social groups, and, as a result, improve the relationship between architecture and society while providing quality buildings".

New Irish Architecture 24 - AAI Awards 2009 (£21.50) is now back in stock ahead of the AAI Awards 2009 exhibition at PLACE from December 3rd 2009 - January 30th 2010.

And the new edition of the AAI's Building Material, on the theme of "Art and Architecture" (featuring Maud Cotter, Marianne O'Kane Boal, and Sylvia Grace Borda on "20 Modernist Structures in NI I love") is now on sale for £10.00.

There's lots more to check out - pay us a visit at 40 Fountain Street! If there's anything you don't see in the bookshop and you'd like to order a copy, ask us at PLACE or get in touch - email info AT place DOT uk DOT net or call 028 9023 2524.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Belfast Civic Trust AGM 2009

The Belfast Civic Trust presents its Annual General Meeting:




Guest Speaker: MARK HACKETT - Hackett and Hall Architects and the Forum for alternative Belfast


Music and Refreshments provided.

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Regrets only.


Friday, 13 November 2009

Sustainability Now virtual conference

Sustainability Now is a virtual event covering best practice on green legislation in the built environment - you can attend it for free on the 8th & 9th December from the comfort of your office. See the full conference programme here.

Registration: Sustainability Now

Thursday, 12 November 2009

"I think they are doing their best to create bring people together"

Visit Culture Northern Ireland for Bree Hocking's in-depth look at our current exhibition - she spoke to principal investigator Ralf Brand, co-curator Wolfgang Obermair, and some visitors at the launch last Thursday.

Culture Northern Ireland: The Urban Environment

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

PLACE's Winter Wonderland

PLACE presents its Winter Wonderland Model-Making Family Workshops! Strictly limited places available on Saturday 5th, 12th or 19th December [5th and 12th December now fully booked] for primary school-age children to construct and bring home their self-designed Christmas Crib, Santa’s Grotto or Snow Palace. Materials will be provided.

Workshops start at 10.30am and will last approx. 2 hours - children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please wear old clothing or bring an apron if you have one - it might get messy!

Places very limited. £4 per child (parent/guardian goes free).
Book now! Call PLACE on 028 9023 2524 or email [email protected]

£4 per child (parents/guardians go free), materials provided

PLACE Architecture and Built Environment Centre

Workshop Location
PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast BT1 5EE

Workshop Facilitator
Jane Larmour

Booking Contact
Conor at PLACE

028 9023 2524

[email protected]

Saturday 5th December, 10.30am - 1pm [SOLD OUT]
Saturday 12th December, 10.30am - 1pm [SOLD OUT]
Saturday 19th December, 10.30am - 1pm

Morag Myerscough Talk at UU

Flyer above. Click to enlarge.

As part of the celebrations of the 160th anniversary of the School of Art & Design, Morag Myerscough will be giving an illustrated talk on Wed 18 November at 6pm in the Conor Lecture Theatre.

Morag Myerscough is a multi-award winning designer. Her work includes graphic design, signage and wayfinding, furniture, exhibition design and digital design.

Studio Myerscough website:

Monday, 2 November 2009

From the Archives: Fergus Jordan interview

Above: An example of Fergus Jordan's photography of artificial urban lighting in Belfast. Image courtesy Fergus Jordan.

Back in May, we spoke to Photography PhD student Fergus Jordan about his work and issues of lighting in our towns and cities.

"I can’t agree with a system whose main goal is surveillance, or to replace the eye of the police in the street. There needs to be more consideration about improving spaces for their communities, rather than a lighting system that is there for the removal of crime that hasn’t happened yet."

PLACE Archives: An interview with Fergus Jordan

Where the streets are to blame?

Above: Poster for November's show at PLACE. Click to enlarge.

BBC News has coverage today of the research behind the upcoming exhibition at PLACE:
Fences, parks, footbridges and even a playground can influence intense and bitter conflict between Catholics and Protestants, Dr Ralf Brand, a lecturer from the University of Manchester, has found.

But he also uncovered examples of architecture that could help heal the wounds of the Troubles.

BBC News: Where the streets are to blame?


The exhibition launches this Thursday from 6-9pm at PLACE, and continues until Saturday 28th November.