Thursday, 27 October 2011

Internships in Restoration of Cultural Heritage

If you enjoyed the exhibition 'Revival' held at PLACE and are interested in conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, there are a number of international institutions providing internships to graduates in architecture, archaeology, art history, urban planning and engineering.

ICCROM is an intergovernmental organization, based in Rome, dedicated to the conservation of cultural heritage that aims at improving the quality of conservation practice as well as raising awareness about the importance of preserving cultural heritage. ICCROM hosts up to four interns per calendar year, each of the internships lasting normally for a period of two to six months and held in Italy.

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ICOMOS, the International Council of Monuments and Sites, works for the conservation and protection of cultural heritage places. It is a network of experts that benefits from the interdisciplinary exchange of its members, among which are architects, historians,archaeologists, art historians, geographers, anthropologists,engineers and town planners.
The UNESCO World heritage centre, known mainly for the compilation of the 'World Heritage List', provides very exciting internship opportunities, around the world.
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Wednesday, 26 October 2011

Impact 2012 Awards Open for Entries

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The Impact 2012 Awards celebrate the achievements of young people in helping to improve our economy, our society and our environment.

Have you, or has someone you know, made an impact that deserves to be recognised? If so, entry is free and this is your chance to showcase work that you’re proud of.

Following the success of Impact 2010, there are now several new categories with 14 awards up for grabs this year from enterprise and transport, culture and sport, to our built environment.

The awards are open to everyone under 25 years old who is involved in a relevant project that deserves recognition at a prestigious awards event.

Find out more:

Peripheries Conference - Opening Lecture - 27th Oct

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Thursday, 20 October 2011

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

University of Ulster students in Derry~Londonderry

PLACE hosted a research review today for Year 5 University of Ulster Architecture students. The students, led by lecturers Saul Golden and Emily Smyth, presented mapping investigations about the city to architects Mary Kerrigan and Michael Hegarty, and University of Ulster urban design PhD student Deirdre Greaney.

The entrance to Artillery Chambers on Artillery Street in Derry, which PLACE is temporarily programming with support from Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors.

The students from University of Ulster have been investigating various sites around Derry City in preparation for their Year 5 design project.

The students produced a complex map and model of the city as part of their initial research, on display at today's review.

Our thanks are due to Caldwell & Robinson for their kind support and use of their premises, and to the Playhouse Theatre for use of their equipment.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Call for expressions of interest: Architects-in-Practice working with Architects-in-Education

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PLACE is pleased to announce a new partnership with the University of Ulster and The Higher Education Academy, aimed at encouraging crossovers between architects in practice and those working in universities. A call for expressions of interest is ongoing - closing date 7th Nov 2011. Click the flyer above for more details.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Peripheries Conference

A message from Professor Ruth Morrow on the Peripheries conference taking place at Queen's from 27th-29th of October.

Queen's University Belfast is proud to host Peripheries, the 8th annual Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference 27-29 October 2011. The international event will include papers and short films presented by delegates from Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Australia and New Zealand. We are delighted to announce that Professor M Christine Boyer, Princeton University will act as our Wrap-Up Chair for the conference; she joins a host of architects, poets, writers, historians and academics who will also act as keynote speakers:

- Professor Ciaran Carson, Poet, Queen's University Belfast
- Professor Kim Dovey, University of Melbourne
- Mary Arnold-Forster, Dualchas Architects, Scotland
- Professor Murray Fraser, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
- Dr. Paul Larmour, Queen's University Belfast
- Professor Ruth Morrow, Queen's University Belfast
- Dr. William Roulston, Ulster Historical Foundation
- Tarla MacGabhann, MacGabhann Architects, Donegal
- Glenn Patterson, author, Belfast
- Shih-fu Peng, heneghan.peng.architects, Dublin

We are also pleased that a parallel event, a symposium on the Irish Kevin Kieran Award for architectural design and research will be held on Saturday 29 October 2011. Also interwoven amongst the papers and keynotes is an architecturally-themed film festival as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen's.

Please see our website for details on the event and on types of registration available. We look forward to welcoming you in Belfast this month for three exciting days of debate, discussion and exchange.

Queen's University Belfast is offering a special rate for RSUA, RIAI and AAI members to Peripheries.

The special rate of £120 will include access to the Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2011 paper sessions, including the parallel Kevin Kieran Award Symposium.  Please note that this rate only applies to those who are not presenting papers and does not include receptions, films, or copy of the AHRA 2010 Critiques Series book.

Find out more about the conference: QUB - Peripheries 2011 Conference - 27th-29th October

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

PLACE Pocket Park at Culture Night Belfast 2011

This year in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, as part of Culture Night, PLACE creatively adapted several on street parking spaces into a small ‘Pocket Park’ inspired by the international Park(ing) Day

'Pocket Park' - part of Culture Night Belfast 2011.

The ‘Pocket Park’ aimed to highlight the lack of quality urban open space within Belfast, green and otherwise and to raise an awareness of the spatial opportunity cost that occurs when private cars are brought into the city centre.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

"Mind the Gap" - a response to the FAB Summer School 2011 by John Graham

Architect John Graham gives his take on the Forum for Alternative Belfast Summer School 2011, which ran during August at Queen's. For background, see the series of PLACE reports on the event by Gary Potter.

3 years on from the enthusiastic beginnings the Summer School continues to face challenges those in possession of the brief seem too entangled in their own field to face into. The Summer school brought around this time sponsors in the form of the actual bodies tasked with collating and obtaining outcomes. The DOE, DRD, BCC, SBP, CRA, SMA and lobbyists,quangos were aboard for part of this 'third party' journey.

The thesis was alleged to be given by South Belfast Partnership but had many authors in essence. The failure to create consensus forming pathways, such as a functioning democracy, a city council with a proper function, urban, rural and transport integrated planning and strategies signed off on, all lead into a predicament where the good intentions of external groups have to take the lead into areas which have habitually proprietorial and aggressively static and fearful of vision and collaboration.