Thursday, 20 June 2013

PLACE at the launch of the Architecture and Built Environment Centre Network (ABECN)

On June 18th Saul Golden represented PLACE at the launch of the Architecture and Built Environment Centre Network (the ABECN), a collective of fourteen centres from around the UK. The occasion was more just a celebratory launch, as representatives from ABECN were joined in a Roundtable discussion by a cross section of participants from government agencies, developers and multi-disciplinary professions. Architecture Minister Ed Vaizey officially launched the Network in the morning before the roundtable examined how to improve design quality across all areas of the built environment. Topics ranged from the influence of government policy and economic factors to the value and efficacy of design reviews on project quality and delivery, and focused in particular on how to collectively improve the quality of residential projects.

Representatives of UK Architecture and Built Environment Centres at the ABECN launch, 18 June 2013 in London. The event was launched by Ed Vaizey MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries. PLACE was represented by Board Member Saul Golden (6th from left).

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Launch of The Seeing Project learning resource from Walled City Partnership

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Congratulations to Mary Kerrigan and her colleagues at the Walled City Partnership on yesterday's launch of The Seeing Project, their new learning resource for primary-level school children. The project was launched by the Mayor of Derry Martin Reilly alongside Mary McLaughlin, Chair of the Walled City Partnership and Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Culture Company and Cliodhna Mulhern

The project encourages young children to "voice their feelings, opinions and dreams for themselves and their place". It's based on appreciative inquiry, the "purposeful search for the best in people, in situations and in places". Its initial resources have been developed around the city of Derry, but Mary Kerrigan noted at the launch that the lesson plans can be applied for learning anywhere across the world.

Tuesday, 18 June 2013

The fabric of built heritage - an urban study of Belfast City Centre | Wed 19 June, 12.30 - Black Box, Hill Street

"Through the study of streets, arcades, the high street and industrial buildings in Belfast City Centre, Erl Johnston, Sara Love, Eoin McKenna and Nicola Woods shed light on the significance of these spaces and structures for the livelihood of the city, while outlining the value of reuse and temporary use of important pieces of the urban fabric."

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Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Volunteering opportunity this Summer: Urban Design Academy 2013

PLACE is a small but busy Charity working for better places to live, work and play across Northern Ireland. Our Volunteer Programme offers people of all ages the opportunity to be a part of the PLACE team.

The Volunteer Team motivating our students at last year's Urban Design Academy. Photo by Ollie Watts.
We have a new opportunity for interested people to join the Urban Design Academy Volunteer Team. We expect the team will be made up of 5 volunteers. 

From 5-9 August this year, we're holding our 2nd Annual Urban Design Academy in Bangor. Young people aged 14-19 will be immersed in 5 days of architecture, urban design, public art, building visits, sketching, photography, history and more.

We're looking for volunteers to get involved in the planning, marketing and delivery of the 2013 Academy. Starting in early July, this volunteer post will give you skills in event management, education and learning activities, marketing, audience development and more.

This role is voluntary, for a 2-month period between July and September 2013, and can be full or part time (suggested 3 days per week). Out-of-pocket expenses (for spending like public transport, car parking and lunch) will be covered.

This volunteering role is particularly suited to students and graduates in built environment or education subjects (e.g. Architecture, Planning, Urban Design). However, no particular qualifications are necessary. We can only accept applications for this role from people aged 21 or over.

Deadline for applications: 5pm on Thursday 11 July 2013

Volunteers will be based at PLACE in Belfast City Centre, and there may be occasional travel to other parts of Northern Ireland, particularly to Bangor where the Academy will take place. Volunteers will be supported by PLACE Staff. Some training will be provided but we welcome applicants with the knowledge and initiative to work on their own.


How to apply
Please email a short CV (1 or 2 sides of A4) and a statement answering the following two questions:

1. What would you bring to the team? (Max 300 words)
2. What do you hope to achieve through the position? (Max 300 words)

Selection will be made on the basis of your ability to contribute to the organisation and your commitment to gaining a valuable and meaningful work experience.

Send your application to [email protected] no later than 5pm on Thursday 11 July 2013. No applications received after this time can be considered. Please title your email with ‘Academy Volunteer’.

We aim to reply to all applicants by email, whether successful or not. Shortlisted applicants may be invited to interview for their position.

If selected, volunteers will be asked to undertake an Access NI check.

If you have any queries regarding the volunteer roles or the application process, please contact us at PLACE: phone 028 9023 2524 or email [email protected]

Find out more about PLACE on our website:

Tuesday, 11 June 2013

QUB Architecture End of Year Show | Wed 19 June, 5.30pm

The Queen's University Architecture End of Year Show celebrating the work of the 2012-13 academic year takes place Wednesday 19th June, 5.30pm at the Old Science Library, Chlorine Gardens, Belfast, BT9 5DJ.

Professor Greg Keeffe will open the evening with a speech followed by announcements of prizes. There will be viewing of the exhibition until 10pm.

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The exhibition will continue until the 29th June (Mon - Sat, 10am - 5pm / Thursday late night to 8pm)

For more information email [email protected], phone 028 9097 4198 or visit

The End of Year Show is supported by Haldane Fisher, MB Architectural and Metal Technology Ltd.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Belfast Civic Trust - Summer Boat Trip - 20 June

Find out more about the work of the Civic Trust:
The Summer Boat Trip of the Belfast Civic Trust will be on Thursday 20 June 2013 at 7.00pm starting from Queens Quay, Belfast (opposite the Custom House).

All welcome. Price: £40 per person.

The Boat Trip will be followed by a meal at Chopin Restaurant, St Anne's Square (two-course meal included).

Places limited to 35 people.

How to book

Send £20 per person to


In addition reserve place by telephoning 02892-682483 or emailing [email protected]

Monday, 3 June 2013

Architecture in 3 Minutes - the films

On 23 May, Dublin film-maker Paddy Cahill (Liberty Hall, Cycling with...) joined us at the Ulster Hall for a day-long workshop during which participants created a short film about Belfast trade union icon Transport House.

Here are the results...

Team 1 was made up of  David Bunting, Mirko Marcato, Lise McGreevy & Andrew Molloy.

Team 2 was Emmett O'Mahony, Paul Stewart & Sean McKeown.

All edits were done "in-camera" meaning the teams had to plan their shots very carefully to make the most of the 3 minutes allocated - and no post-production software was used.

Update 17/06/13: Emmett O'Mahony and Paul Stewart got in touch last week to say they'd developed their work further. The latest version of their film now includes narration and some stunning new footage they shot of the building.

Our thanks to Jan Carson at the Ulster Hall who made this event possible, Mervyn Smyth for a guided tour of the Belfast Exposed photography archives (a great resource for community film-makers) and of course Paddy Cahill for making the journey up from Dublin to provide his expertise on the day.