Tuesday, 26 February 2013

The Passive House Association of Ireland at University of Ulster | Thurs 21 March, 5pm

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Cobbles discovered at College Square East by Belfast on the Move works

Gary Potter

Walking past the old Belfast Technical College at College Square East yesterday evening something caught my eye. I took a second glance and realised it was as I suspected... cobbles just inches under the surface. I had to get closer to confirm.

Photo by Gary Potter. 25 Feb 2013.

It seems that the Department for Regional Development's Belfast on the Move works has uncovered a small part of our built heritage that was buried beneath parked motorbikes for many years. One would hope that government will take this opportunity to incorporate this find into the current work at College Square East. Perhaps utilising the cobbles on the pavement or around the existing trees?

Photo by Gary Potter. 25 Feb 2013.

The cobbles are in perfect condition and offer a fantastic opportunity for re-use.

Photo by Gary Potter. 25 Feb 2013.

Friday, 22 February 2013

Belfast Service Jam: Fri 1 - Sun 3 March

PLACE Volunteer Tiago Pic√£o


Belfast is hosting a leg from the Global Service Jam for the first time! And its free!

What happens at a Jam?

People interested in creative problem solving get together and jam on their ideas over a weekend and then share them with the world.

Once the top secret theme for the jam is revealed, ideas will be pitched and teams formed around those ideas. We will have lots of great mentors on hand to help shape your ideas and suggest areas for exploration or prototyping.

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Thursday, 21 February 2013

Plan2Build Trade Show - Fri 12 - Sun 14 April, Ballymena

The annual Plan2Build Trade Show, hosted by FmK Architecture, will take place from Friday 12th April - Sunday 14th April at the Leighinmohr House Hotel, Ballymena.

The show is now in its second year and aims to showcase the various materials, technologies and design methods available.

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BBC NI Series: Written in Stone - Starts Sun 24 Feb

A new BBC Northern Ireland series by Dan Cruickshank 'Written in Stone' will explore local architectural heritage. The four-part series, produced by DoubleBand Films will air on BBC One Northern Ireland on Sunday, February 24 at 6.05pm. 


Written in Stone explores what buildings can tell us about community history and diversity. It captures the stories of buildings big and small and describes the many influences which have shaped Ulster architecture.

The series ranges across time and different locations, providing a fresh view of many familiar buildings and uncovering some hidden delights.

Programme one explores how invasion and conflict shaped the landscape of Ulster up until the end of the 17th Century; programme two looks at the rise of the country house in 18th Century Ulster; programme three features local churches and the final programme is about 19th century industrial heritage. 

Exhibition: The Fortified Coastline - Thurs 21 Feb, 6pm - 8pm

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Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Library Square Activation - Thurs 21st Feb, 1 - 3pm

Thursday 21st February from 1 - 3pm there will be a temporary activation of Library Street.

The "activention" is jointly organised by Urban Research Belfast, MAG (the Ministerial Advisory Group) and PLACE with support from the Titanic Pub, Cafe Wah, and the Belfast Central Library along with volunteers from the University of Ulster Department of Architecture and Smithfield & Union businesses.

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Internal Public Spaces in Belfast | Emma Campbell

PLACE Volunteer Emma Campbell

Belfast has been marketed as a wholly commercial city, since its emergence from the troubles. Shopping seems to be the only activity independent of this unpredictable climate, leading to a lack of internalised spaces in Belfast for the public; owned by the inhabitants and welcome to all.

I can always remember the excitement of visiting Belfast for the day; but only ever to shop in Castlecourt. We would come up the M1, take a few swift turns and arrive safely in the Castlecourt car park.

Lock the car. Double check the car is locked. Find the lift. Start Shopping.

CastleCourt, Belfast. Image via

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Giles Worsley Architecture Travel Fellowship 2013-14

The Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship is open to architects and architectural historians to study an architectural topic of their choice. It is a three-month residency at the BSR, tenable October to December 2013.

Applicants must be of British nationality, or have been living and studying for at least the last three years in the UK. Normally applicants should have recently completed a postgraduate qualification.

For further details including how to apply, please visit

or contact The Registrar, The British School at Rome, at The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH; E [email protected]

Closing date for applications: Friday 15 February 2013