Friday, 25 March 2011

QUB ARCSOC Lecture: Douglas Carson - 31st March 6pm

Douglas Carson (Carson and Crushell) delivers a lecture at QUB on Thurs 31st March

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Thursday, 24 March 2011

PLACE is hiring

We are seeking a part-time Finance Manager.

PLACE Finance Manager - Part Time
Hours: 16hrs per week
Wage: £8 per hour
Contract: Initially a 4 month contract with possible renewal

We are recruiting a part time Finance Manager who has demonstrable skills in bookkeeping, management of financial accounts and office administration.

Recruitment Process
Please read:
- the job description at

Please fill in both:
- the application form at and
- the monitoring form at

Recruitment Schedule
The deadline for completed applications is 10am on Friday 8th April. If you have been shortlisted, you will be notified that afternoon and interviews will be held on Monday 11th April.

My PLACE: QUB 3rd Year Architecture

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 Alex Shields, Ciara McCallion, Michael McKeown, Catherina Caffrey and Justin Hughes, 3rd Year Architecture Students at Queen's.

The students' work will be on display at the Ulster Hall, launching Mon 28th March at 7pm

What has your group learned about designing for urban communities?

"For the past six months third year architecture students have been working closely within Sandy Row, Belfast in order to fully understand what an urban community is built up of and the need to improve, develop and sustain it. Our experiences have also taken us to Berlin in early October where we studied this urban environment and contrasted it with Belfast.

Designing for urban communities must begin with an understanding of the people who live within them. The understanding and the experience within a city.

This is shown by how the residents live their everyday life by the routes and pathways regularly taken by the community. Part of our analysis was alternative mapping, which consisted of following in other peoples tracks. This allowed us to experience the city in the footsteps of those who inhabit it forcing a different pattern to our paths and discover a new perception of an urban environment. This is a less prejudiced approach, which was firstly carried out in Berlin and later applied to Sandy Row in Belfast.

After in depth research into the community we discovered a wide diversity of the people who live there and the needs of the community both economically and socially. Some research included demographics, historic mapping, and the perception of people in the wider city of a specific community.

Belfast from 265 feet up

Wednesday 23rd March 2011 was the perfect day for a birds eye view of Belfast as the sun was shining all day! So it was the perfect opportunity for PLACE to get some fantastic pictures of Belfast from the 27th floor of Ireland's tallest building, the Obel.

Photo by: Gary Potter

The evening reception in the Obel penthouse was organised by the Department for Social Development to update business people on the progress of Streets Ahead and provide details on the feature masts being installed along Donegall Place.

Photo by: Gary Potter

Photo by: Gary Potter

Visit our flickr page at to view all the pictures from the Obel looking over Belfast's skyline.

Monday, 21 March 2011

Call for proposals from London- This Is Not A Gateway FESTIVAL


Festival Dates: 23 - 25 September 2011
This Is Not A Gateway, an independent organisation that brings together critically engaged urbanists, is seeking submissions for its 4th annual festival (23-25 September 2011, London). Proposals are welcome from anybody whose point of reference is ‘the city’.
More about:

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Victorian Banks Architecture Tour - photo diary

Our placement student Victoria went on a PLACE Architecture Tour today, and took some photos along the way...

Today I went on the Victorian Banks architecture tour. I found the tour to be very interesting and informative. I took some photos of the buildings as I went along on. Below are a few of the Victorian Bank buildings that feature in the tour.

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:

The World of Architecture @ Queens Blog:


Click flyer to enlarge
Wednesday 30th March, 1pm. Book your tickets here.

A panel exploring initiatives aimed at creating green infrastructure in Belfast.
This discussion will feature speakers engaged in practice, research and green policy in the city.

To find out more about the 'Green Infrastructure' programme click an image above.

Price: £5 including lunch.
To book: click here or phone PLACE on 028 9023 2524

Friday, 4 March 2011

RIBA Smart Materials Event at UU - Wed 9th March

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Call for submissions from Building Material

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Thursday, 3 March 2011

My City, My Neighbourhood engagement events

News from Belfast City Council on their community engagement events for My City, My Neighbourhood below:
 "As a council, we’re committed to improving the quality of life of everyone in Belfast and we want to make sure that the priorities in our Corporate Plan reflect what you think are the most important things that we should be doing.

We want to talk to you about your neighbourhood and will be running a series of events across the city from 8th-24th March to give you the opportunity to tell us:
what you like about your neighbourhood,
what would make your neighbourhood a better place in which to live, and
what you think Belfast City Council's priorities for your neigbourhood and the city should be.
For a full list of all engagement events please click here

We hope you will be able to attend and let us hear your views. Your feedback will help us to get a clearer sense of the things which are important and will help us to improve our services across all of Belfast's neighbourhoods."

Read more: Belfast City Council - My City, My Neighbourhood

The Resourceful Architect - Call for Ideas

The RSA and The Architecture Foundation have an open call for ideas about the future uses of architecture. Click the flyer above to enlarge.

Talk on Stonework at Belfast Central Library - 23rd March 6.30pm

Talk on 23rd March at Belfast Central Library by Brian Knox and Dawson Stelfox. Click to enlarge the flyer.

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Creative Industries Conference Speaker Profiles

Our free Creative Industries Innovation conference is tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd March, so we have decided to include two speaker profiles today.

Creative Industries Innovation
Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

Picture by Anna Wotjun

Speaker Profile: Grainne Maher, Grainne Maher Millinery

Gráinne Maher, creates bespoke headwear, including couture hats, fascinators, tiaras and corsages. She also reworks and remodels vintage headpieces under the design label Pluck & Devour. Working from her home studio at Ravenhill, Belfast, Gráinne produces sophisticated pieces using classic shapes, hand-dyed feathers and antique embellishments. She also experiments with avant-garde styling and modern materials to achieve statement pieces that are not for the fainthearted.

Grainne Maher

After studying Music at Queen’s, Gráinne moved to Devon where she undertook a scholarship funded PhD at Dartington College of Arts researching the effect of corsetry and other body manipulating costume on the voice. This led to an increasing interest in fashion and ultimately to a period of study in Dublin on a range of millinery techniques. Having worked for many years as an artist in various disciplines; including performance art and installation, and with a background in fashion and consumer PR, Gráinne Maher brings together an array of interests and inspirations that feed her work.

To read more about Grainne’s background check out her interesting interview with the Belfast Telegraph here. Her website is located at

Speaker Profile: Dougal Sheridan, LiD Architects

LiD Architecture is an award winning architecture, urban design, and landscape practice engaged in practice, research and teaching, founded by Deirdre McMenamin and Dougal Sheridan. Their projects and academic publications are focussed on the application of landscape strategies in Architecture and Urbanism, and Critical Theory in relation to the appropriation of urban space.

Bird Watching Centre by LiD Architects

Dougal Sheridan is a Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast and both principles are Visiting Fellows at the University of Queensland Australia, and work with the Building Initiative Research Group. Their work as architects, researchers and curators spans locations ranging from rural Ireland and New Zealand to the urban contexts of Belfast, Manchester, and Berlin and most recently in their competition-winning proposal for Dublin Docklands New Civic Square.

For more information on LiD Architects visit

And that concludes our speaker profile series for the Creative Industries Innovation Conference. We hope you enjoyed the quick snapshot we provided of our guest speakers each day and would like to hear your thoughts on the profile series! Should we do it again? What would you like to see added to the profiles in future?

Book now for your last chance to get a free place at tomorrows conference!