Tuesday, 25 August 2009


Image from the EChO-Mansion project on Re-Burbia

Reburbia, a project looking at reimagining the American suburbs, has announced its finalists.

Project website: Reburbia

Friday, 14 August 2009

"The living room was so small there was only room for three people to sit down"

From the Guardian earlier in the week, a report on space standards in newly-built private homes:

The survey of 2,249 householders who bought homes built between 2003 and 2006 in London and the surrounding counties found that 47% did not have enough room for all the furniture they had or would like to have and 57% did not have enough storage.

The space standards which were recently adopted in London and mentioned in the article have not been taken up in Northern Ireland or anywhere else throughout the UK, as was noted at the discussion on social housing and participation at the Golden Thread Gallery last month, as part of their Unbuilt exhibition.

Guardian: No room to cook dinner or seat guests? Welcome to 'rabbit hutch Britain'
Guardian: Obsessed with house prices, we ignore the cost of lives spent in shoddy homes - Lynsey Hanley

Friday, 7 August 2009

UAHS objection to redevelopment on Queen Street

Image: EdCo and Athletic Stores, Queen Street, Belfast by Gerry Ward on flickr

From the BBC news site:
Heritage campaigners may launch a legal bid to stop a developer from demolishing an Edwardian building in Belfast city centre and replacing it with a nine storey apartment block.

The former warehouse was constructed in 1911 and stands at the corner of Queen Street and College Street.

It is located within Belfast City Centre Conservation Area, but a planning application to tear it down was passed in June this year with only one objection lodged.

The developer, Carlisle Property Developments Ltd, wants to transform the site into a tower block which will include 69 new apartments, street level shops and an underground car park.

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society (UAHS) wants a judicial review of the decision and hopes to hear back from the Department of Environment on the issue within days.

BBC News: Belfast building to be demolished (August 7th 2009)

Thursday, 6 August 2009

Forum for Alternative Belfast Summer School

The Forum for Alternative Belfast presents its Summer School from Monday 17th - Friday 21st August.

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Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Animating Liberty Hall

Dancers from Playhouse on Vimeo.

We will turn Dublin’s tallest building into a giant public canvas—and we want you to play with it. Our simple tools allow you to animate your thoughts and broadcast them on the city skyline.

Submit your animations from 24th August!

Playhouse is presented by as part of the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival.

Website: Playhouse