Tuesday, 27 November 2012

DSD Launch BT1 Gateway Belfast Development Proposal

The Department for Social Development is seeking public comment for a key gateway site to Belfast city centre - BT1 Gateway. The 1.2 acre site is located at the junction of Carrick Hill and North Street and entirely within public ownership.

BT1 Gateway. Credit: DSD.

Library Square, Belfast Public Realm Consultation

The Department for Social Development, Benoy, Peter Brett Associates and Drivers Jonas Deloitte have developed a public realm scheme over the past six months with key stakeholders for Library Square, Belfast. 

The space is located at the junction of Library Street and Royal Avenue near Central Library and the University of Ulster. With proximity to these civic buildings in mind the designers intends to reflect a communications and learning theme. The team intend to promote the use of media and social connectivity by providing public access to wireless internet and installing a media wall to the side of Central Library. 

Library Square Public Realm Scheme. Credit: DSD.

Thursday, 22 November 2012

NI Executive agree to proceed with £98.5m Belfast Rapid Transit system

The Northern Ireland Executive has today endorsed the Department for Regional Development’s Outline Business Case for the Belfast Rapid Transit system. The document identifies the recommended network routes, procurement strategy and business model for Belfast Rapid Transit.


Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Cities as Living Labs

PLACE Volunteer Tiago Picão explains the European Living Labs initiative...

A new concept has been gaining strength since 2006, supported by the European Commission’s plan for a European Innovation System. On that year, under the auspices of the Finnish European Presidency, ENoLL, the European Network of Living Labs (, was founded. This blog entry will introduce Living Labs and highlight how the project directly relates to the built environment and particularly cities.

A Living Lab, as defined by ENoLL, is a real-life test and experimentation environment where users and producers co-create innovations. Living Labs have been characterized by the European Commission as Public-Private-People Partnerships (PPPP) for user-driven open innovation.

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Free photography workshops | Sign up by 5pm on 15th November

Are you aged 16-25 and interested in learning about photography?

As part of our somewhereto_ pop-up in Derry~Londonderry, we're offering two great workshops that will introduce you to photographic techniques that capture the built environment in a unique way.

Attendance is free and all materials will be provided, but spaces are strictly limited.
For more information and to register, click here
The deadline for registration is 5pm on Thursday 15th November. 

Image by Denzil Browne

Pinhole camera workshop 
Session 1 
Wednesday 21st Nov, 11am-1pm
Session 2
Thursday 22nd Nov, 11am-12:30pm


Image by Phillip McCrilly


Point-and-shoot disposable camera workshop
Session 1
Saturday 17th Nov, 1-3pm
Session 2
Thursday 22nd Nov, 5:30-7:30

Friday, 9 November 2012

University of Ulster launch new Masters courses in Marine Spatial Planning & Coastal and Marine Tourism

The University of Ulster has launched two new distance learning Masters courses on Marine Spatial Planning and Coastal and Marine Tourism.

MSc Marine Spatial Planning. Click to Enlarge.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Connecting Territories Exhibition | 30 Nov - 9 Dec, Obel

Connecting Territories is an exhibition illustrating the works of ten innovative architecture practices from across the UK and Ireland exploring the essence of dwelling.

Each practice will be showcasing three projects from their portfolio of built and unbuilt works.

Connecting Territories

Saturday, 3 November 2012

Job Opportunity | Forum for Alternative Belfast

Forum for Alternative Belfast, are looking for an architect / graduate, part or full time, for a temporary contract to work on a specific project. 

Forum for Alternative Belfast's Missing City Map. 

The project will require good AutoCad 2D and Sketch-up skills. A methodical approach and a love of accuracy will be needed. Short term contract, flexibility on hours possible.

To apply send your CV to [email protected]