Friday, 26 November 2010

New Title: Jan Gehl 'Cities for People'

New Title: Jan Gehl - Cities for People is in stock at PLACE priced at £31.00.

Featuring extensive photographs and illustrations from the author's work in Europe, Australia and America, Gehl's analysis  of  public spaces and 'toolbox' for city planning on a human scale makes this book an excellent addition to anyone's architecture/planning  library.

Plus we have received copies of the new issue of Building Material, the biannual journal from the Architectural Association of Ireland. Edited by Stephen Mulhall,  'Art and Architecture', is an exploration into the relationship between art and architectural practice. Copies are priced at £10 each.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

BOOKING OPEN: John Tuomey Lecture - Thurs 9th December, 1pm

John Tuomey at the launch of the Gaelaras in Derry last year

AAI Awards 2010 Lecture
Having made a significant impact across Ireland and further afield, the work of Dublin-based O’Donnell and Tuomey appeared in award lists throughout the 1990s and early 2000s. They have started the new decade in a similar vein: in 2010, their Timberyard Social Housing scheme won the AAI Downes Medal, among other international awards, while their building for Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin in Derry won an AAI Special Award and was shortlisted for the Civic & Community World Building of the Year.

In this lunchtime lecture, John Tuomey discusses the firm’s work on these two projects, the differing contexts and approaches taken, and the completed works in situ.

Venue: Reception Room, City Hall, Belfast

Cost: £5.00*

How do I book?
Complete our online booking form: click here.
Don't want to book online? Call or email us: 028 9023 2524 / [email protected]
* Please note: payment in advance or by invoice is required - we cannot accept payment on the door

Updated 26/11/2010
Venue: Reception Room, City Hall, Belfast

Friday, 19 November 2010

New titles in the bookshop

AAI Awards 2010 - New Irish Architecture is back in stock for £21.50

And we also have the 2nd edition of Key Buildings of the 20th Century: Plans, Sections and Elevations by Richard Weston for £29.00

Drop in and pick up something special for Christmas!

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Andersonstown Barracks: Competition Launch

The site of the former Andersonstown Barracks site in West Belfast. Image courtesy WBPB.

The design competition for the site of the former Andersonstown Barracks was launched today by Social Development minister Alex Attwood. The competition, based on a brief put together by PLACE and the West Belfast Partnership, will be chaired by Daniel Libeskind.

Via BBC News: Libeskind to judge redesign of former PSNI site [17th Nov 2010]

Read more: Find out more about the community participation process leading up to the design brief via the website:

Update (18th Nov): The competition is now live at RIBA Competitions.


The timetable for the selection process, which may be subject to variation, is as follows:
Wednesday 17th November - Competition Launch
Friday 10th December 2010 - Deadline for any questions relating to PQQ documentation
Friday 17th December 2010 - Deadline for expression of interest
Saturday 29th January 2011 - Jury Panel meet to agree shortlist
March 2011 - Site visits for the shortlisted teams
March 2011 - Deadline for competitors to submit questions (in writing) relating to the briefing.
March 2011 - Responses to questions raised issued to competitors
May 2011 - Submission of design work for consideration
Monday 1st August 2011 - Final interviews with the team and Jury Panel
September 2011 - Result announced

Saturday, 13 November 2010

SWITCH Project in Bangor starts this weekend

North Down Borough Council and the Switch project have teamed up to bring 8 international artists into an outdoor gallery of empty shop units. Click the flyer above to enlarge.

13th-21st November. Tours Sat 13th and Thurs 18th, departing 6pm from the Marine Court Hotel.

Read more:

Creativity and innovation to provide the sustainable solutions of tomorrow

Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Nelson McCausland, with PLACE Chair Bill Morrison and PLACE Director Michael Hegarty, at the Creativity and Housing Conference at Belmont Tower, Wed 10th November. Photo by Robin Cordiner.
Creative collaborations and a focus on sustainability can tackle the economic, social and environmental challenges facing Northern Ireland.

This was the message delivered by the Culture Minister Nelson McCausland and the Environment Minister Edwin Poots at the launch of a conference series on Creativity and Innovation in the Northern Ireland Construction Industry.

Speaking at the event, Minister McCausland said: “The key priority for government in Northern Ireland is to rebuild and rebalance the economy in a way that promotes sustainable economic growth.

“Creativity involves the generation of new ideas and new ways of doing things. Innovation is the successful exploitation of these new ideas. Collaborations and partnerships between business, government and academia can spark the creative ideas that lead to innovative solutions to challenges facing the construction industry and indeed those facing Northern Ireland”.

The conference series has been organised by PLACE, Northern Ireland’s Architecture and Built Environment Centre, to stimulate creative thinking and innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the region’s construction industry.

Minister Poots said: "I believe that creativity and innovation are at the heart of sustainable development. I am committed to building solutions that support sustainable development, and am eager to promote innovation and creativity, particularly in the design of new housing where this will allow individuals to reduce their carbon footprint, and collectively, assist in meeting Northern Ireland's targets for carbon reduction".

Architect and Director of PLACE, Michael Hegarty said: "We are delighted that DCAL are supporting creativity and innovation in the Northern Ireland Economy. Architects and others in the construction industry have been among the hardest hit in the recession and the commitment from Government to support innovative design and sustainability is very welcome. The growth of the private sector in Northern Ireland will require fresh thinking based on our established economic base and architects and the construction industry generally are rising to that challenge."


- "Creativity and Innovation in the Northern Ireland Construction Industry" is a series of three conferences organised by PLACE with support from DCAL

- Each conference deals with a different theme: Creativity and Housing (10th Nov), Construction Material Innovation and Creative Industry Innovation

- The series continues in the new year

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Brutalist Building Visit and Workshop

The Ulster Museum

On Saturday 16th November Aisling Shannon introduced a group of young children to one of the most controversial architectural styles of the twentieth century. She explored the basic concept and aesthetic of Brutalism through a hands-on cast- making workshop and a tour around Belfast’s most iconic Brutalist building; the Ulster Museum.

Casting in progress

Children enjoyed creating their own personalised plaster casts in the Brutalist mould and - whilst their creations were setting - they learnt more about the design of the museum with a guided tour of the building with Aisling. The event culminated in the unveiling and exhibition of the casts. Both children and parents went away with both an original piece of Brutalist art and an insight into this most challenging of styles.

The unveiled casts

Written by Rosaleen Hickey
Photography by Amberlea Neely

Saturday, 6 November 2010

We have a winner!

College Street Mews reimagined
Congratulations to Gavan Rafferty, Hugh Magee and Elaine McFerran, whose proposals for a partipatory urban art space won the favour of our judging panel at today's Student Design Charette.

Huge thanks to all the teams for their efforts, our judges and our volunteers, and most of all to Tara Florence for bringing it all together.

A full report should appear in the next week or two with some lovely photos by Robin, who has been snapping away all day. In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Why do a charette?

Over the lunch break I spoke to Tara Florence, our project coordinator, to find out the aim of today's charette - you can hear our chat on Audioboo: click here.

And click below to enlarge the site context for the charette.

College Street Mews context

The Student Design Charrette is go!

Our students have received their brief and visited the site, College Street Mews (see a map below). They're brainstorming and refining their ideas and will be drawing and modelling throughout the afternoon with pin-up at 4.45pm!

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

PLACE's Winter Wonderland 2010!

The PLACE Winter Wonderland Model-Making Family Workshops return! Strictly limited places available on Saturday 4th and 11th December 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 11am 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. £5 per child (parent/guardian goes free).
Book now! Call PLACE on 028 9023 2524 or email [email protected]

£5 per child (parents/guardians go free), materials provided

[email protected] or phone 028 9023 2524

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

Workshop Facilitator
Jane Larmour

Saturday 4th December, 11am - 1pm
Saturday 11th December, 11am - 1pm