Thursday, 26 April 2012

somewhereto_ shoot a short film

Young film-maker Ian Templeton needed somewhere to shoot his first short film, entitled The Chair.

He got in touch with us and working with a local estate agent, we were able to find him an empty house which was perfect for the film he wanted to make. See the results above, or watch it on YouTube.


Ian's project was enabled by somewhereto_, a movement to liberate underused, disused and empty spaces in the UK and get everyone thinking creatively about their communities. somewhereto_ is run by PLACE in Northern Ireland, and funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Building Traditions in the Age of Uncertainty - Wed 25 April | 4pm

A reminder that today Queen's University's School of Planning, Architecture, and Civil Engineering will host the first annual seminar of The International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU); the Ireland Chapter. 

The Seminar is organized under the topic: Building Traditions in the Age of Uncertainty, in collaboration with INTBAU-Ireland, ARCSOC, and the Prince’s Foundation. 

The event takes place at Queen’s University Belfast, Lanyon BuildingRoom 01/52, today (Wednesday 25th April 2012), from 16.00-18.30pm

All welcome...
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Saturday, 21 April 2012

Sounds of the City at the MAC

Sounds of the City is a community project and exhibition commissioned by the MAC (Metropolitan Arts Centre) and led by artists from the Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC), Queen’s University Belfast.

The project explores the relationship between sound and community, uncovering the sounds of everyday life and the ever-changing Belfast soundscape.

Over four months, the SARC artists worked with two intergenerational groups in Belfast to capture the unique sonic qualities of our city’s places, events and stories.

The project has been brought to life via five sound installations that you can hear throughout the MAC. The installations explore daily life in Belfast from our industrial heritage, to the local family home through identity and memory.  The exhibition is shaped by past and present experiences of workshop participants from Dee Street Community Centre in East Belfast and Tar Isteach in North Belfast.

SOUNDS OF THE CITY was created by Pedro Rebelo, Rui Chaves, Matilde Meireles and Aonghus McEvoy.

Dates: 20th April 2012 - 19th June 2012

For more information visit

Niall McCullough lecture at QUB - Wed 25th April

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Niall McCullough gives a guest lecture for ARCSOC at Queen's University Belfast on Wednesday 25th April at 18:45.

Sandy Row: A Vision

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A group of final year Architecture students at Queen's University Belfast have assembled an exhibition showcasing their project work on Sandy Row in Belfast.

With the help of PLACE and somewhereto_, the students are exhibiting their work at the Art Tank at Gental Dental Care, Lisburn Road, for one night only on Thurs 3rd May from 6-9pm.

All are welcome to attend. See the poster above for more information.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

3 days and 3 nights to design and build: Stuttgart 2012

Kunstverein Wagenhallen and 72 Hour Urban Action International
proudly present...


10 Teams | 10 Sites | 10 Missions | 3 Days and Nights to Design and Build


Watch the Stuttgart 2012 Promo:

UAHS/Home and Dry 'Spotlight on lime' Seminar: 20th April

Click the flyer above for more details of this event. Registration through the UAHS: [email protected] / 028 9055 0213

Monday, 16 April 2012

Patchwork City / City of Limits

Alberto (Al Azar) Martinez García is a student at the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Madrid in Spain, and a reporter for Plataforma Arquitectura. He visited Belfast in February 2012 - here he gives his impressions of the city as an urbanist and a visitor.

Patchwork city - image by Alberto Al Azar.

Belfast does not appear uniform. It is broken, interrupted, inducing different urban situations, full of spatial content - marked by the routes one can make around the city. Its history impacted on its citizens. Its citizens formed its architecture which in turn created heterogeneous urban landscapes - and which eventually became an urban mosaic, a patchwork city interrupted by its boundaries.

Friday, 13 April 2012

Titanic: An Emerging Urban Quarter

Queen’s Island is a fascinating man made peninsula with a titanic history stretching back to the mid nineteenth century. The land, formed by spoil from excavating the River Lagan later became the site of one of the greatest shipyards in the world, and now in the 21st century possibly a new urban quarter for Belfast.

Queen's Island, 1964. Credit: Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

This blog post opens the story in 1613 and travels through an absorbing near 400-year voyage to 2001 and the beginnings of the modern Titanic Quarter.

From modest beginnings to Titanic success...

Article by Gary Potter.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Open Source Belfast: Call for Volunteers Extended

The application process for Open Source Belfast has been extended to Monday 16 April!

Open Source Belfast is a city centre venue which will operate for the duration of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival. OS Belfast is hosted by somewhereto_  and managed by Seedhead Arts. OS Belfast is a performance space, music venue and workshop hub bringing life back into an empty space in Belfast. Workshops will be programmed on an open source basis, with slots filled by those who want to share their skills or spread their ideas.

Olympic Legacy: Learning from London 2012 - Thursday 26 April 7pm

The Landscape Institute Northern Ireland are holding an event looking at the lessons we can take from the London 2012 Olympics. The event is part of the Landscape Institute's Learning Legacy series.

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To book online click here or phone 028 9023 2524. More information by contacting LINI at: [email protected]

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Access for All poster

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From the Australian Institute of Architects, a useful poster for architects to assess the access requirements in their projects.

Monday, 2 April 2012

Open Source Belfast: Call for Volunteers

somewhereto_ are hosting an exciting volunteering opportunity for young people, to take place during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, managed by Seedhead Arts.

Open Source Belfast is a city centre venue which will operate for the duration of the festival. Young people will be given the opportunity to gain experience in all aspects of running the space, including venue management, programming, event management, and customer service.

somewhereto_ enjoy the city: Culture Night 2011 Pocket Park.

Out of pocket expenses will be covered, including travel to and from the venue on public transport and a meal each day.

Those interested in applying will need to be available from 30th April - 2nd May for training purposes. A rota will then be drawn up for the duration of the festival, from 3rd - 13th May.

Open Source Belfast | Sinclair House, Belfast.

To apply: Please complete the volunteer registration form and return by email to [email protected] with Open Source Volunteer in the subject line, no later than 5pm on Monday 16th April.

Design for Life: A Panel Discussion and Debate | Titanic Belfast | 3 April 2012 | 4.30pm

Titanic Belfast and Titanic Foundation in association with Belfast City Council are hosting a Panel Discussion and Debate entitled 'Design for Life: Innovation in Architecture, Engineering and Interpretive Design'. The event is chaired by Lucy Bullivant, Architecture Curator, Author & Critic and speakers include Eric Kuhne, Paul Crowe, Tricia Austin and Scott Burnham.

Photo by Gary Potter.