Wednesday, 22 December 2010

PLACE Internships: Spring 2011

The PLACE Internships Programme offers students, graduates and other interested people the opportunity to be a part of the PLACE team. Current vacancies:
Projects: Promoting public interaction within architecture and the built environment through delivery of PLACE projects such as somewhereto and Wordscape.
Marketing/Communications: Using existing PLACE marketing channels including online social media to promote PLACE activities.
The Programme is voluntary but PLACE offers a modest stipend to cover travel/lunch etc. The Programme lasts for a 3 month period and can be full or part time (minimum 3 days per week).

PLACE Internships are a unique opportunity to work in a busy but fun environment.

PLACE Internships are for minimum 2 month periods starting at the end of January 2011.

Friday, 17 December 2010

Royal Exchange plans go on display at Belfast Exposed

Proposals for a new retail led scheme for Cathedral Quarter - Royal Exchange - will be on display in Belfast Exposed in Donegall Street from 11.00 am - 3.00 pm on Monday 20th December.

Aerial view of the proposed scheme by Ewarts & Chapman Taylor. Image courtesy MCE Public Relations.

Options for extended public display of the scheme are currently being explored.

For further information please contact Rita Harkin at: [email protected] or Heather Floyd at: [email protected]

Wednesday, 15 December 2010

QUB ARCSOC Lecture: Andreas Lang 16th Dec

Andreas Lang - "Abstract" - this Thurs 16th Dec 18.30

Tuesday, 14 December 2010

PLACE appointed as regional delivery partner for somewhereto in Northern Ireland

PLACE Architecture Centre has been appointed as the Northern Ireland partner to deliver regional outreach for somewhereto, an Olympic Legacy project. PLACE is one of 6 partners around the UK appointed during the first wave of recruitment to connect 16-25 year olds and space-holders.

somewhereto is a key project of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, with a focus on the arts, culture and sport, and is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Life Between Buildings - Gorey, County Wexford

Call for Ideas and Research

Student Paul O'Brien's concept for a drive-in in Gorey, County Wexford

Life Between Gorey’s Buildings
Open Call For Innovative Ideas and Research

STUDENTS zine a new Irish Contemporary Art Zine has collaborated with a recent pedestrianisation initiative in Gorey, Co. Wexford called Pedestrianise Gorey Main Street. Pedestrianise Gorey Main Street’s core aim is to show that there is support within the local for more pedestrian friendly streets. Its page that can be found on Facebook has received an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement, because of this we at STUDENTSzine have decided to issue an open call for innovative ideas and research titled Life Between Buildings.

Life Between Buildings
Life Between Buildings believes that towns across Ireland should open up, invite and include people in their development, having different activities and possibilities and thereby ensuring multiplicity and diversity. With this open call Life Between Buildings wants to encourage, support and promote the ideas, capabilities and problem solving abilities of Artists, Architects and Urban Designers in developing innovative research projects and sustainable solutions.

What we are looking for are creative ideas that encourage pedestrian / bicycling friendly streets that could be applied within the town of Gorey, whether interesting new street design or layout to possible events that could take place there. Let your imagination and creative abilities go wild.

All ideas submitted will be uploaded to the online gallery on

If you are not familiar with the town-space of Gorey you can place yourself directly within the town by checking out google maps  and searching “main street, gorey, Ireland.”

About Gorey
Gorey is the principle town in north County Wexford situated 52 kilometres north of Wexford Town. It is linked to the towns of Wexford and Enniscorthy by the N11/M11 National Primary route, which also links the town with Dublin and other urban centres along the eastern coast. The town itself is 95 kilometres from Dublin. The Strategic Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area show the Greater Dublin Area extending as far south as Arklow, which is identified as a 'Large Growth Town II’. The completion of the Arklow by-pass has improved its accessibility to the capital and has put Gorey - only 16 kilometres south of Arklow - within commuting distance from the larger employment centres of the Dublin Region. (Local Area Plan 2010, P. 5)

The vibrant Gorey area has always had a strong history as a market town and is now one of the most popular and sought after areas in which to live. With the completion of the new bypass Gorey has become a town that can lead the way in progressive pedestrian / bicycling friendly initiatives.

We at STUDENTS zine and Pedestrianise Gorey Main Street are looking forward to your new and exciting ideas and proposals.

Any individual, collective, school, college or university eligible to apply:
To get involved
Please submit all works to [email protected]

Read more:

Friday, 10 December 2010

ARCSOC: Alastair Hall lecture 14th Dec

Alastair Hall of Hackett, Hall, McKnight speaks this Tuesday at the David Keir Building, Stranmillis.

Christine Murray (AJ) on localism

Christine Murray of the Architects' Journal on the Localism Bill:

"What might have been a bit of empty rhetoric is real. This week’s Localism Bill is proving to be the cornerstone of the mooted Big Society. As the AJ went to press, sneak previews of the bill reveal upheaval aplenty for the planning system, but more crucially, the profession.

So what does Localism mean for architects? Two things so far:

1) Less work for architects
The public will be encouraged to submit their own planning applications, and more developments will be designated as permitted development - stripping away bread-and-butter work for small practices and sole practitioners.

2) Unpaid work for architects

Under the new bill, councils will have a duty to adopt Neighbourhood Plans for their area which will be decided on by public referendum. Community groups will also have increased power in reviewing and deciding on planning applications. Should architects elect be involved in these processes, their consultation is unlikely to be paid.

In this new paradigm, architects no longer have just one client to satisfy, but a whole parish or neighbourhood. They will need to engage in community consultations at several stages to ensure their scheme has been adequately anointed.

As I spoke to developers, planning consultants and community leaders this week, their advice to architects was that Localism is here, and they had better get used to it, and fast."

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

QUB ARCSOC Lecture tonight - Gary Lysaght

Gary Lysaght speaks at the David Keir Building, Stranmillis tonight at 6pm

Friday, 3 December 2010

Lyric site visit upcoming in January

John Tuomey will conduct a site visit to the Lyric Theatre in Belfast on Wednesday 26th January at 1pm. RSUA members only. Queries to the RSUA.

A view of the new Lyric Theatre by O'Donnell + Tuomey. Image via

Don't forget, next Thursday 9th December, John presents his AAI Awards Lecture at the Reception Room, City Hall. He'll be discussing the Timberyard in Dublin, winner of the Downes Bronze Medal, and An Gaelaras in Derry, which won a Special Award at this year's Awards - as well as giving an update on the progress of the Lyric. You can book online here!

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Planning Reform

Under the reform of local government, 11 new councils will be created. 

Environment Minister Edwin Poots yesterday announced his plans for the reform of local government, which will include reform of the planning system.

"Councils will no longer be consultees," said the minister. "They will be the planning authority - responsible for drawing up their own development plans and making the vast majority of planning decisions."

The proposals will now go to public consultation, with the new powers potentially available from 2012.

Find out more and download the consultation document via the DOE website - click here.