Thursday, 29 April 2010

RTPI - Movement Matters - 27th May

The RTPI present their Movement Matters conference at Ebrington on 27th May.

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The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment publication “Sustainable Cities” 2009 identified transportation as a key hallmark of a Sustainable City and identified that:
"there is an absolute priority to integrate transport and planning in urban areas, to reduce the need to travel".

Achieving this reduction requires decisions on planning and transportation to be integrated:
“A mix of uses - residential, business and entertainment - together with sufficient, suitable densities, is vital to ensure adequate demand for public transport service. Making a car unnecessary should be a primary consideration in choosing or permitting development of any given site.”

This Conference will examine the key challenges in achieving sustainable transportation and its impact on place making. It will look at the political, cultural, strategic, physical and financial issues to be addressed and will draw on case studies and experience elsewhere.

Monday, 26 April 2010

Future of Housing Symposium

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University of Ulster will host a half day Symposium on Friday 21st May, examining the future challenges and opportunities facing the housing association sector locally.

Held at the University of Ulster’s Jordanstown campus, this event will provide an open forum discussion among all the key stakeholders involved in social housing development and management. It will cover the following themes:

· Assessment of the impact of reduced public expenditure on the Social Housing Development and Supporting People programmes

· The challenges and opportunities of enhanced partnership working for housing development and management; including procurement and mergers

· The need for an effective approach to governance and regulation, based on a framework that is effective; proportionate; outcome focused; risked based and manageable for all parties

· Consideration of new delivery mechanisms for affordable housing (e.g. developer contribution; private sector leasing; opening up competition for Housing Association Grant) and the culture change that this requires

· Exploring the potential of housing associations providing mixed tenure through ‘build for sale’ initiatives, and regeneration aimed at tacking spatial deprivation

· Discussion on the need for reform of the allocations framework and Shared Future housing

Confirmed speakers include:

Heather Cousins - DSD

Simon Hamilton - Chair of the Social Development Committee

Richard Clark - ConsultCIH

Ian Elliott - Oaklee Housing

Paddy McIntyre - NIHE

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Making Space 2010

News from Young at Art on their 2010 Making Space forum at Belfast Children's Festival:

You are warmly invited to attend the annual Making Space forum, curated and coordinated in partnership with the University of Ulster, as part of Belfast Children’s Festival 2010.

Making Space (formerly Open Space) is an annual discussion forum set up by Young at Art in 2001. Following the successes of previous years, Making Space 2010 brings together international practitioners, local artists, policy makers, arts organisations, academics and students to share and interrogate current practices, issues and concerns in the arts for children.

I would like to draw your particular attention to Making Space 3: Seminar: Space to Play. A unique confluence of organisations including Playboard, the Forum for an Alternative Belfast, Belfast Exposed and PS2 will come together to explore how children and young people are considered in our built environment and where space is left for them to play creatively.

Thursday 27th May
Seminar: Space to Play

Belfast Exposed
2.30 - 4.30pm

The sign up deadline for Making Space 2010 is 7th May, but places are extremely limited, especially for the events which include tickets to festival shows. To avoid disappointment, please book as soon as possible. For more information, please visit Young at Art’s Getting Involved webpage, where you will find full programme details in the “Downloads” section at the bottom of the page, or contact Anna McCrum.

To book for any of the events, please complete the online Booking Form BEFORE 7th MAY. If you experience any problems with the online form, please contact us and we will provide alternative methods of booking.

For more information on the wonderful events and performances featured in this year’s festival please go to Please feel free to circulate this information within your organisation or to any contacts you believe may be interested.

We look forward to seeing you at Making Space 2010!

Anna McCrum
Making Space Co-ordinator
Young at Art (organiser of the Belfast Children’s Festival)
15 Church Street, Belfast BT1 1PG
T: +44 (0) 28 9023 0660
E-mail: [email protected]

PLACE is also hosting the Cardboard Cities installation during the Festival at our new Out of PLACE venue in Belfast. More info from the PLACE website.

Architecture Centre Network Update

Above: Peter Bishop, recently appointed Chair of the Architecture Centre Network


Architecture Centre Network, the development and advocacy organisation for 23 architecture and built environment centres in the UK, is delighted to announce Peter Bishop as the organisation’s new Chair.

Peter is Deputy Chief Executive of the London Development Agency. He was appointed as the first Director of Design for London in 2006, and in 2008 as Group Director of the London Development Agency, responsible for design, land development and its environmental, housing and public space programmes.

Over the past 20 years, Peter Bishop has been a Planning Director in four different Central London Boroughs and has worked in major projects including Canary Wharf, the development of the BBC’s campus at White City and the Kings Cross developments, one of the largest and most complex sites in London. Peter lectures and teaches extensively and is a visiting professor at the Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment at the Nottingham Trent University.

Peter Bishop comments: “Good design should not be considered as a luxury. Architecture centres play a pivotal role in supporting individuals and communities in shaping their local areas to form tightly knit, lasting and vibrant places. I look forward to my new role with the Architecture Centre Network to support their work and place them in the heart of the new emerging urban agenda.”

Bridget Sawyers, Chief Executive of Architecture Centre Network said: “I am delighted that Peter has accepted the role of Chair of the Board of Architecture Centre Network. His knowledge and ideas as a key player in design excellence will be invaluable in positioning the organisation in engaging people with architecture at an exciting time, as we reach out to a wider range of partners with new local, national and international projects.”

New Collaborator Members
Architecture Centre Network continues to grow as the organisation goes from strength to strength. We are pleased to announce two new collaborator members: Transform in South Yorkshire and the Irish Architecture Foundation.

Architecture Centre Network Guide
The new Architecture Centre Network Guide has just been published online here and is available in hard copy from the Architecture Centre Network. The guide highlights the collective impact, resulting from expertise in design review and enabling, placemaking, education and training, exhibitions and debate, and the research and knowledge sharing that underpins the network.

SCALE Lecture series continues Thurs 29th April

The Landscape Institute's SCALE lecture series continues next week:

The Landscape Institute Northern Ireland branch (LINI) and the University of Ulster School of Architecture and Design present the 2010 landscape architecture lecture series, SCALE, to stimulate debate regarding the achievability of durable valued environments. (Scale: surface and weight, music and temperature, climb and proportion). Throughout noticeable current changes to our public environment (place, community, energy, transit, waste) and the evolution of governance - how do we create the heritage areas of tomorrow?

“SCALE: Designing Time in Place” Lindsey Whitelaw and Ian Turkington, Whitelaw Turkington landscape architects and urban designers, London.

- Thursday 29 April 2010, University of Ulster Belfast, Conor lecture theatre.
- 7pm lecture (refreshments from 6pm).
- Open to the public, free admission.
- The evening lecture will be accompanied by a masterclass open to University students.

Whitelaw Turkington are award winning landscape architects and urban designers. They have a design philosophy that focuses on the creation of memorable places with a distinct identity, clear spatial form and sensitive integration within the local context. They believe that the planning and design of the planning of the public realm plays a critical role in the successful development of our towns and rural areas and strive to create enjoyable, high quality spaces. Their solutions are practical, robust and recognise the changing demands on the external environment. As a practice Whitelaw Turkington creates landscapes which are the synthesis of art, environment and engineering. Approaches and comprehensive work output range from edgeless public realm (Ashford, Kent), temporary urban green (Yorkshire), to civic place diversity (London 100 new spaces), gaining design awards for community value and sustainability. Directors Lindsey Whitelaw and Ian Turkington are particularly interested in the role of nature and form of space in enabling public life, and seek to attain holistic strategic planning and urban development.

Please RSVP to [email protected]

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

UPCOMING EVENTS - Film screening, Photography tour and Architecture debate

Our colleagues at the Forum for Alternative Belfast and Belfast Exposed have some interesting events happening in the next few weeks...

Change of Address
The Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road
Thursday 22 April
£4.50 & £4.00

This documentary made in 1975 by BBC Northern Ireland follows the housing problems in Belfast and the proposed development of the Belfast Urban Motorway. The Belfast Urban Motorway was the name given to an ambitious scheme to build a continuous free-flow motorway around the city centre. For various reasons the scheme never went ahead.

The Documentary looks at the problems of the Divis flats development on the Falls Road and the difficulty of the living environment. It also looks at the depopulation of the Shankill Road as people moved to the outskirts of the city to housing schemes such as Springmartin. People talk about the difficulty of this move because of the poor conditions and isolation from their original communities.

Following the screening Jackie Redpath alongside Declan Hill and Mark Hackett (Forum for Alternative Belfast) will talk about the issues raised in the films.

To book your tickets online click here. (Tickets also on sale on the night).

A Special Event with the
10th Belfast Film Festival and Forum for Alternative Belfast


Sunday 25th April (exhibition runs 26 April - 23 May)

A site-specific exhibition of images sourced from the Belfast Exposed archive, placed in sites around the city centre. The images and their role as historical document are given a new context by positioning them in on-street advertising panels.

Meet at Belfast Exposed at 2pm before embarking on walking tour of the exhibition sites, led by one of the original photographers, who can give a unique first-hand account of each photograph.

Tour will finish up at The Dark Horse on Commercial Court for a drinks reception.

More info via


Architecture Debate at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
The Dark Horse
Friday 30 April 6.00pm
£3.00 - Buy Tickets here

"Belfast has had nothing of any architectural merit built in the past 50 years."
BBC Northern Ireland: Good Morning Ulster: 26/02/10: 8.38am.

Following comments by Environment Minister, Mr Edwin Poots that he was going to radically reform the Planning Service, BBC presenter Karen Patterson read the above anonymous text message.

Chaired by Finola Meredith, a group of leading architects, planners, community activists, academics and journalists will debate the subject. Ten well known Belfast Buildings will be presented. Both panel and audience will have the chance to vote.

More info via

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Support the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture Bid 2013

Above: The Diamond by Ronto on Flickr

Support Derry ~ Londonderry in its bid for the 2013 City of Culture!

Register on the City of Culture website.

PLACE is working in partnership with Derry City Council and Ilex and is harnessing energy and support to achieve a winning bid for UK City of Culture 2013. The bid is bringing together the creative energy of public and private sector agencies to build upon the outstanding physical, social, and cultural achievements in the city with a focus on celebrating and debating the uniqueness of Northern Ireland.

How you can help!
How to Register Your Support online & by Email

Register your support using the form on the website: and pass this on to colleagues and friends! Include a sign-off in your email signature, as part of your own e-zine campaign and forthcoming literature asking your audiences and customers to support the campaign it would be really helpful. A suggested sign off is “register your support now for Derry~Londonderry’s bid for City of Culture 2013 at

Facebook Call to Action for Businesses

Become a fan of City of Culture 2013 facebook site and make sure the world knows that Derry has the best supported bid of all the candidates. City of Culture 2013 Facebook Page: become a fan, ask all your Facebook friends to become a fan, ask them to ask all their facebook friends to become a fan. For ALL employers out there - just this once, why not encourage your staff to do the same? The ripple effect could be the thing that gets us over the line.

Information Points

Actively display leaflets, posters or provide a web link to the site. Please forward your details through to [email protected] or by telephone 02871 363558 or call into the Northern Counties Building, Waterloo Place for further info. We aim to have literature ready before Easter for distribution.


We are also keen to get endorsements from any organisations/individuals/artists. These are endorsements for the city to win the title so any suggestions please drop a quick email outlining a name and relevant contact details to [email protected]

Case studies

We really want to showcase creativity during April to the end of July and would be interested in speaking with individuals (of all abilities and ages) who you feel have really added something unique to the culture and creative achievement of the city. The core of this is answering the statement “We’re legenderry because...” If you have any suggestions again just drop a short email detailing name, contact details, a short description of what you feel the achievement/contribution is to [email protected]

Up and coming events

We are also working up ideas regarding online competitions, a showcase weekend of culture in May and the opening of the city centre culture information point which is now open in Unit 1 & 2 Northern Counties Building, Waterloo Place (t) 02871 363558. We have made a commitment to issue a weekly e-zine with updates so please feel free to circulate freely.

Frank Gaffikin lecture at QUB - 22nd April

An open invite from the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering:

The Head of School cordially invites you to attend the Inaugural Lecture by Professor Frank Gaffikin


‘Contested Space’

on Thursday 22 April 2010 at 5:00pm in

Lecture Theatre (LG024), David Keir Building and afterwards to a reception in the Clock Tower Foyer, David Keir Building

Replies please by Monday 19 April 2010
Cheryl Murray, School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering,
Queen’s University Belfast, BELFAST, BT7 1NN (Tel: 028 90974747; Email: [email protected])

Read more: Contested Cities - Urban Universities at QUB

Friday, 9 April 2010

"Bank Square Regeneration" from NvTv

Bank Square Regeneration from Northern Visions/NvTv on Vimeo.

Northern Visions have produced this video documenting the regeneration efforts at Bank Square. The video highlights the multiple interests in the area. Raymond Holbeach of RPS outlines the RPS scheme while several others give their responses, some of which are below:

Raymond Holbeach, RPS
- Extending Streets Ahead project from nearby Royal Avenue.
- RPS scheme is a kickstart to the regeneration of the area.
- Looked at the other squares in Belfast - good and bad things

Declan Hill, Forum for Alternative Belfast
- Talked about FAB's plans for the square.
- Reducing size of Castlecourt service yard; adding small units along its exterior.

Joby Fox, King Street Arts
- Reopening Berry Street is key.
- Disenfranchised physically from Royal Avenue.

Rita Harkin, UAHS
- "When you've got a focus on this area through a masterplan, we shouldn't just be looking at the surface treatment. [Issues like reopening Berry Street] will unlock the street and enliven it."

Bob McCoubrey, Mourne Seafood Bar
- "We want people to come in and say, this feels like Belfast; this doesn't feel like Brussels or London or Milton Keynes. It feels like something unique to Belfast. And what they gave us is something very bland."

The submission to the West Side Regeneration District Draft Regeneration Plan, hosted by PLACE in September 2008 is available for download from the PLACE site: click here.

Thursday, 8 April 2010

Sustainable Home Workshop

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The Sustainable Home Workshop brings together all aspects of sustainable housing in one day. On Friday 16th April you can join with experts in sustainable planning, eco design, energy design, sustainable building materials, water and ecology, and building regulations, to understand the implications and the opportunities in the move to sustainable housing in Northern Ireland. The challenge is huge, as are the opportunities.

If you interested in self build then you can join a practical workshop in a sustainable house on Saturday 17th April, with visits to build projects.

Find out more at

Contact Michael at the details below:
Michael Donnelly
Director, RealEyes Sustainability Ltd
michael AT
+44 7739518998

More info:

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Architecture Debate @ CQAF; 30th April, 6pm

Architecture Debate
The Dark Horse
Friday 30 April 6.00pm
£3.00 (Tickets via

Part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

"Belfast has had nothing of any architectural merit built in the past 50 years."
BBC Northern Ireland: Good Morning Ulster: 26/02/10: 8.38am.

Following comments by Environment Minister, Mr Edwin Poots that he was going to radically reform the Planning Service, BBC presenter Karen Patterson read the above anonymous text message.

Chaired by Finola Meredith, a group of leading architects, planners, community activists, academics and journalists will debate the subject. Ten well known Belfast Buildings will be presented. Both panel and audience will have the chance to vote.

Read more: The 11th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2010

Thursday, 1 April 2010

"The History of the City" from In Our Time

Above: Victorian London around 1900 via mdavids2000 on Flickr

Now available on the iPlayer, two editions of Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time on "The History of the City".

The first programme takes the long view from Mesopotamia in the 8th Century BC up until the milestone of London passing 1 million inhabitants in 1801. The second episode, which aired this morning, focuses on the explosion of development from the 19th century to the present which has transformed both city centres and vast swathes of their surrounding landscapes.

Panelists include Peter Hall, Tristram Hunt and Ricky Burdett.

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time - The History of the City, Part 1 and Part 2