Tuesday, 25 January 2011

ILI Lecture: Children, Play and the Elements (Thurs 27th Jan)

Children, Play & the Elements - Harry Harbottle

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Date: Thursday 27th January
Venue: Conference Room, Pearse Street Library, Dublin 2
Time: Doors open 17h45pm, Lecture commences 18h15

Harry has experience of working at a high level in statutory, voluntary and private sectors so he is well placed to understand the benefits and risks of working in all three when it comes to generating quality public places. For 20 years he was appointed as an expert to the European Commission in consumer safety and child safety. He is also a co-author of a guide to the European Standard for the Safety of Playground Equipment, published DIN, the German Standards Organisation and now available in 6 languages. He is currently on a European Standards Organisation (CEN) working group looking at playground safety in relation to children with special needs.

Through working with Richter Spielgeraete, operating out of Bavaria, Harry spent much of his time helping to establish innovative and exciting playspaces across Europe. He is a frequent speaker on the international scene particularly on the subject of the balance between play value and safety and passionately believes in allowing all children the chance, through play, to reach their full potential whatever their ability or circumstances. He is currently a board member of Play Scotland.

Saturday, 22 January 2011

RTPI NI Place Matters conference - 24th Feb 2011

RTPI NI hold their Place Matters Conference on 24th February 2011 at Wellington Park Hotel.

RTPI conference booking form. Click to enlarge/print.

More info: RTPI Ireland

Building Material: Call for Submissions


Theme: mapping.

Building Material, the journal of the Architectural Association of Ireland, is seeking submissions for an image-based project to appear online, in advance of the next issue on the theme of mapping.

The project seeks to explore mapping as a means of analysing and understanding the effects of our current position in the economic cycle on architecture and the built environment.

Call for Papers: AHRA Conference 2011

Call for Papers
Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference 2011
Queen’s  University  Belfast
School  of  Planning,  Architecture  &  Civil Engineering (SPACE)

27-29 October 2011

Peripheries are increasingly considered in contemporary culture, research and practice. This shift in focus challenges the idea that the centre primarily influences the periphery, giving way to an understanding of reciprocal influences. These principles have permeated into a wide range of areas of study and practice, transforming the way we approach research and spatio-temporal relations.

The 2011 AHRA Queen's Belfast Peripheries conference will invite discussion via papers and short films on the multiple aspects  periphery represents --  temporal, spatial, intellectual, technological, cultural, pedagogical and political - with, as a foundation for development, the following themes:

Peripheral practices
Practice-based research
Urban peripheries
Non-metropolitan contexts
Peripheral positions   

Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship

Applications are invited for the Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship, open to architects and architectural historians.

The BSR Library in Rome. Image via

It is a three month residency (October to December 2011), with accommodation in a study-bedroom, meals in our communal dining room, 24-hour access to our historic library collection, a research grant of c. £700 per month, and a group show.

Further details (including eligibility criteria) are available at

For any further information, please contact Gill Clark at [email protected]

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 1 February 2011.

CROW Walk - Fountains and Fonts - Thursday 27th Jan

The CROW Walk series continues next Thursday 27th January.

The Jaffe Fountain via Flickr user peripathetic

The next CROW Walk will look at Fountains and Water Fonts around the city based on an idea by Paula Campbell. Meet Thursday 26th Jan 1pm Writers Square. Bring an empty drinking bottle and lets see if there are water fonts to fill up on free water in the city. Also if everyone can think of any fountains or fonts located in the city we can work out a route when me meet.

Find out more: c.r.o.w.

Thursday, 6 January 2011

My PLACE: Eunice Yeates

In this series, we ask practitioners, experts and enthusiasts for their take on the built environment - where are we now, how did we get here, and where are going?

We spoke to Eunice Yeates, a writer and editor, who has been involved with the Wordscape project for PLACE and the Verbal Arts Centre.

Are there places in Ulster that have had an impact on you?

Absolutely. In fact, when I was a child, long before I came to live in Ulster, I was captivated by the sense of place pervasive in Kavanagh’s writings about Monaghan, especially how place names were like invocations in his poetry (Mullahinsa, Drummeril, Black Shanco). Then the Ulster portrayed in MacNeice and Friel and, of course, Heaney. I discovered Van Morrison when I was a teenager, and loved how he mapped all these alluring-sounding places like Cyprus Avenue and Fitzroy and Sandy Row.

The Albert Clock viewed from Victoria Square in Belfast. Photo by Flickr user  Howard.

When I lived on the North Antrim coast in the early ‘90s I was reading a lot of John Hewitt’s poetry and thinking a great deal about the deeper implications of place in an Ulster context. Then I moved to Belfast in the mid ‘90s and was swept up in the surge of the local writing scene. There was an extraordinary energy in the wave of playwrights and novelists and poets sharing their work, and Belfast resonated with me in a way that no other place ever had.  I spent over 12 years living in North America and Asia and Africa but, in the end, I returned to settle in Belfast.

There are people who don’t understand what it is about Belfast that drew me back. It doesn’t pretend to be a beautiful city. It’s not Paris, but there’s something about this place that speaks to me; perhaps its resilience. 

I respond to the hills all around and Napoleon’s Nose sharply on the horizon; the Albert Clock at a tilt and City Hall like a wedding cake; the serenity of the tow path and the red brick of Queen’s University; the black taxis and pink buses and all the churches and bars; the garish yellow of City Hospital and of the hulking gantries; the bend in the Lagan when you cross the Ormeau Bridge and maybe see a team out crewing; I respond to all this because Belfast is a place that has claimed me.


Since October, we have been exploring the relationship between language, writing and the built environment with experts and practitioners from the fields of architecture and literature. Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Wordscape is a joint initiative between PLACE and the Verbal Arts Centre. It will examine the context for the creation of the written word and the design of the architecture in Ulster.

Coming soon: An interactive Wordscape website, featuring writing from many of Ulster's established and emerging writers, as well as multimedia content and topical articles by experts and enthusiasts.