Tuesday, 22 December 2009

Some highlights of 2009 at PLACE

Your Space or Mine?, which showed at PLACE in February 2009, was a research project based at the University of Ulster looking at the ongoing issues around interface areas

Launch of the Girli Concrete Fabrication exhibition in mid-February

The two sets of Architecture students from UU and QUB, gathered together by the RSUA's Education Committee at PLACE in March

Joan Alexander's Home Front exhibition, which launched in March, considered the lives and home environments of older people across Ulster.

A discussion on Housing for Older People at PLACE in April. Here Una Lynch of the Changing Ageing Partnership at Queen's talks about some of the group's research

The Lives of Spaces event at the Belfast Film Festival in April looked at the representation of architecture on film. The Lives of Spaces exhibition comes to Ormeau Baths Gallery in February 2010.

Julia Atkinson's Blueprint: Architects in Transit (part of Polska week in Belfast) launched back in May, showing Polish architects in the landscape they had helped shape before leaving Northern Ireland after the downturn

Non-Iconic Mackintosh by Keppie Architects looked at the commercial work of Scotland's famous son, Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The Forum for Alternative Belfast (FAB) launched to a large audience at a PLACE-sponsored event at the Black Box in June

PLACE's Garden took advantage of the lovely July weather, with Guerrilla Gardening, live music and tango dancing on the street, craft workshops for kids and loads of other greenfingered summer activities

The FAB Summer School at QUB in August attempted to map some of the vacant, derelict and otherwise unused sites in Belfast

David Turner's Cross Section and Scale exhibition of drawings looked at bomb-damaged buildings in 1970s Belfast

The Architecture in Recession panel discussion at the Black Box in September brought together former RSUA Presidents Mervyn Black and Barrie Todd, as well as John Graby of the RIAI and Paul Hyett, PPRIBA, to discuss the outlook for the profession in bleak times

One of the most popular exhibitions of the year at PLACE, James Hughes' beautiful photographs in Spectres of Place: Three Decades of Ulster Interiors (September) captured a Northern Ireland which is fast disappearing

Audrey Gahan of Gahan & Long archaeologists giving a talk on her firm's findings at the Sirocco Works site in East Belfast, in October

The Urban Environment: Mirror and Mediator of Radicalisation? launched at PLACE in November

A young fan of of Sarah Lappin's gets his copy signed at the launch of her new book Full Irish: New Architecture in Ireland in December at PLACE

And lastly, our Winter Wonderland workshops proved a hit with young people (and their parents!), making models to take home for some extra special festive cheer

A huge thank you to everyone who visited us and took part in our events this year. See you in 2010!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Love Photography? Love Architecture? Join the PLACE Flickr Group!

PLACE is seeking your images of the best buildings, townscapes and public spaces across Northern Ireland. Our new Flickr group is a showcase for Northern Ireland's Best Places and Buildings.

Whether you're a photographer, an architect or an interested amateur, we're looking for your images from across Northern Ireland of where you see quality in our built environment.

Some of the best photographs may be selected by PLACE for its promotional materials, such as the regular seasonal brochure, one-off publications and the website*.

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Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Bendhu and Its Builders (published by UAHS)

Now available at the PLACE Bookshop, priced £18