Friday, 29 January 2010

Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory Launch Thurs 4th Feb!

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Thurs 4th Feb 6-9pm
All welcome!

Next Thursday, PLACE launches its new exhibition, produced in association with the University of Ulster. Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory reveals the hidden world of the architect’s sketchbook. This selection of work by local, national and international architects from Ireland North and South shows the quality of ideas, observations, thoughts and reflections that are often concealed in a drawer in the studio, a coat pocket or in the individual imagination of the architect.

What ideas do we carry with us in our pocket? How do we use the ‘device’ of the personal sketchbook/notebook? How has its use changed with time and the digital age? Revealed now in The Secret Laboratory: a series of private reflections made public. The architects whose work is featured range from practitioners to writers, lecturers, critics and artists.

Grafton Architects Tom de Paor Shane O ‘Toole Peter Cody Ciaran Mackel Tarla MacGabhann Paul Clarke Nigel Murray Seamus Lennon Nigel Peake Niall O’Hare Michael Doherty Susie Carson Gerry Cahill Sheila O’Donnell & John Tuomey

The Secret Laboratory is a joint exhibition between PLACE and the University of Ulster, curated by Paul Clarke and co-designed and built by Niall O’Hare.

The exhibition continues from 5th Feb til 27th Mar 2010.

John Piekaar is a maker of fine bespoke furniture. His walnut cabinet which won 1st prize at the 2003 RDS National Crafts Competition was inspired by a piece of Japanese architecture and is on display in weePLACE.

Ciaran Mackel returns with his discussion series looking at important issues in urban design, the built environment and the practice of architecture, on the evenings of Thurs 11th and Thurs 25th February. More details coming soon!

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Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Newsnight in Salford

Jeremy Paxman returns to Salford 10 years after first visiting the community to find out what impact attempts at regeneration have made on the area.

(The piece starts at 23m30s in - available on iPlayer until 1st February.)

BBC iPlayer - Newsnight 25/01/10

Thursday, 21 January 2010

PLACE Primary School Curriculum Initiative - photos from the first workshop

PLACE Primary School Curriculum Initiative 2010 - A Vision for the Built Environment as a Teaching Resource
Wed 20th Jan 2010, Linen Hall Library, Belfast

Thanks to all the teachers and built environment professionals who were so generous with their time and ideas at our pilot workshop yesterday, and of course a special word of thanks to Mark Drury (Solent Centre for Architecture + Design) and Paul Bulkeley (Snug Projects) who delivered the workshop on behalf of PLACE. We look forward to seeing the next stage getting started, when teachers will deliver their plans of work in the classroom, with the help of built environment professionals.

More info on further opportunities in this scheme will be on the PLACE website at soon. In the meantime, if you are an architect or a teacher, and you (or your practice or school) would be interested in getting involved in this scheme - get in touch! Email us at [email protected] or phone 028 9023 2524.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory

What ideas do we carry with us in our pocket? How do we use the ‘device’ of the personal sketchbook/notebook? How has its use changed with time and the digital age?

Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory - a new exhibition launching 4th Feb at PLACE.

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

FAB vacant city map poster launch - 21st January at City Hall

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A new resource for the worldwide architecture community, taking advantage of various web 2.0 features like social networking, tagging, mapping and so on: Architizer.
Architizer is a new way for architects to interact, show their work, and find clients. It is an open community created by architects for architects. One architectural project has dozens of contributors, from the intern who made the conceptual models to the construction administrator. A project on Architizer links all members of the architectural community.


Cumberland Lodge Conference on Hope in the Built Environment

A report from the Cumberland Lodge in Windsor on its recent Hope in the Built Environment? conference.
The 2009 Cumberland Lodge conference on architecture and the built environment brought together over sixty participants. The two day programme explored how the built environment is implicated in the major social concerns of the day particularly wellbeing, sustainability and the economic downturn. A range of built environment professions and specialisms were represented amongst the participants: architects, builders, developers, academics and civil servants were present. Six students attended the conference, one an undergraduate and five postgraduates. We were also pleased to have a group of Ambassadors from the Chartered Institute of Building at the event.

Some of the themes under discussion proved highly controversial. The atmosphere was mainly convivial, but in discussion there were sometimes robust differences of opinion. We concluded on the note that we need a clearer sense of shared vision.

Download a full report of the conference via the Cumberland Lodge website here [PDF]

Max Clendinning talk at OBG - Sat 16th Jan

OBG Artist Talk: Max Clendinning in Conversation with Mike Catto

Saturday January 16th 3pm - 4pm


Seminal 60’s architect and leading Pop interior designer Max Clendinning will be in conversation with writer, critic and broadcaster Mike Catto at Ormeau Baths Gallery on January 16th.

Now in his eighties, this is an event not to be missed.

Places are limited for this event and booking is essential.

Please contact T: 02890 321 402 or E: chickey AT ormeaubaths DOT co DOT uk to register your interest.