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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

PLACE and the Street Society begin a week of collaboration on Wordscape

All this week Architecture students from Queens University are collaborating with the Wordscape Project as part of the Street Society project.

What is Wordscape
The Wordscape project aims to produce a community website in association with the Verbal Arts Centre in Derry that will explore how Ulster’s landscape and built environment have influenced its literature and language. The site will be a rich document of image and text which the public can also add to and comment on.

What is the Street Society
The Street Society is a one week design research office that provides an opportunity for March and BSc students of architecture at the school of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE) at Queen’s University Belfast to work together on a real project for a real client in real time.


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

Wordscape has gathered texts from a wide variety of sources in the past few months and is now seeking to create visual and audio material to complement the rich variety of literature on a community focused website. The task for the Street Society architecture students this week is to select texts that they feel can be interpreted through sketches, pictures, video or audio and these will be included on the Wordscape website. The audio and visual work will successfully illustrate the relationship between Ulster’s landscape and built environment and literature and language.


Wordscape is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and is a joint initiative between between PLACE and the Verbal Arts Centre.

Queens University First Year Architecture Students Blog: 
http://www.qubarc1.blogspot.com/

The World of Architecture @ Queens Blog:
http://blogs.qub.ac.uk/architecture/

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