Saturday, 27 July 2013

Timetable preview: PLACE Urban Design Academy 2013

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Friday, 26 July 2013

Broadway to Belfast. A View on Creating New Public Space in the City

Saul Golden, PLACE Board Member & Lecturer in Architecture, University of Ulster

On a recent visit to New York I noted how the City continues to change and improve it’s public spaces with parks that include street markets, children’s play areas, changing art installations and more pedestrian friendly additions to the public realm - in a city where personal and service vehicles are also an integral part of daily life. These make more family, city-worker and tourist friendly places while helping accommodate different levels of economy - from the local street vendors to sidewalk café and local shops, as well as larger chains.

Public art installations and local street vendors. Credit: Saul Golden.

One example of the city’s more flexible approach to creating new public space is a ‘simple’ extension of the sidewalk (footpath) along lower Broadway at 18th Street near Union Square, which ‘gives back’ an area of a busy street for people to use rather than vehicles. 

Friday, 19 July 2013

Architects invited to be part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture

The British Council and Qatar Museums Authority (QMA), on behalf of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture, are inviting UK architects to be part of Qatar UK 2013 Year of Culture by entering the Old Doha Prize - a week long design residency and competition in Doha from 17-24 November 2013.

Credit: Tim Makower.

The Old Doha Prize is organised in association with the Royal Institute for British Architects (RIBA) and The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL in the UK, as well as the Doha Architecture Centre and Msheireb Properties in Qatar. The Prize offers UK architects the unique opportunity to collaborate with their Qatari counterparts; five teams will research and explore new ways to address the changing urban landscape of Old Doha. They will share approaches, skills and creative ideas to explore the process of regeneration and potential for incorporating the heritage and history of the area into their designs.

The winning team will be awarded the Old Doha Prize and a grant of £15,000. The grant will provide the team with the opportunity and resource to implement ideas explored as part of the design residency. This might include the implementation of the project in the form of an exhibition, research project, publication, installation, public intervention or film. 

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Walking Tour of Bangor's Built Heritage | Sun 4 Aug

On Sunday 4th August Ian McQuiston and Joe Drew, current and former Chairmen of FABB (For a Better Bangor), will lead a walking tour of Bangor's built heritage. The tour is part of the Open House Festival 2013.

Following in the footsteps of Columbanus, the tour travels from the Abbey to the Long Hole, tracing the town’s Christian beginnings through to its zenith in Victorian and Edwardian period. Experience the changing face of Bangor and enjoy the many fine buildings, including the Town Hall, churches, banks, hotels and the unique Post Office. Appreciate the restored Walled Garden and imaginative reuse of the Harbour Master’s building. Learn about Charles Lanyon's railway station, discuss the future of the vacant Courthouse, and debate the future possibilities for Queen’s Parade and the former Leisure Centre site.

Date: Sunday 4th August
Time: 7 - 9pm
Location: Car Park opposite Bangor Bus & Train Station
Tickets: £5 each. Click Here to book.

Belfast Martyrium: Collating the Relics of Human Sectarianism | Catherine Howe, Georgina Holden & Jason Stewart

The Belfast Martyrium is an MArch thesis project by Catherine Howe, Georgie Holden and Jason Stewart (University of Liverpool). The project has now been nominated to the RIBA Presidents Medal 2013 to be exhibited in September. The group explain the Belfast Martyrium below....

Although seemingly ordinary, relics from sectarian cities each hold distinct narratives and as unique physical artefacts become markers of time, charting the history of a population. How can these, contentious, potentially vexing objects, be brought together without diluting their narrative and allow their investigation through cultural and educational analysis. By collating martyred objects, how can they be preserved without creating shrines at their archived location, perpetuating further violence and tension? Belfast is a city synonymous with sectarianism for which it attracts global, political and media attention, exemplified by the recent flag protests’ broadcast across the world. 

The Belfast Martyrium. Copyright: Catherine Howe, Georgie Holden &
Jason Stewart (MArch Thesis Group, University of Liverpool).

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

RIBA President's Medal Exhibition at the University of Ulster Belfast Campus

The touring exhibition of student work submitted for the RIBA President's Medal is on show in the foyer of the University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast Campus during July. 

The exhibition showcases undergraduate and postgraduate student work from Schools of Architecture across the UK and internationally. 

Credit: University of Ulster

Admission is free and the exhibition is open to the public from 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday.

The exhibition has been organised by Dr Taina Rikala of the University of Ulster in collaboration with John-Paul Nunes, Head of Education Projects, RIBA.

Local graduates gain design experience with Belfast based football club

Newtown Forest FC, a cross-community football club based in South Belfast, is currently working on a project to have the first eco-friendly football ground on the island of Ireland.

In April 2013 the club reached out to local graduates to offer real design experience through the development of floor-plans and 3D renders of a proposed new club building.

Andrew Molloy (Architecture PhD student) and Catherine McCormick (Urban Design graduate) responded to the opportunity and met Michael Kitchen (Club Rep) and Jonathan Smith (Club Secretary) in May 2013 to discuss the brief. Michael explains that the club wanted "something different, something special ... to call our home". There were few requirements from Michael and Jonathan who suggest they were "not the most difficult clients to work with!" The building design was to incorporate prominent signage, a roof terrace and plentiful glazing over-looking the pitches. Further design interpretation was left to the creative skills of Andrew and Catherine.

Proposal credit Andrew Molloy and Catherine McCormick.

Newtown Forest FC were "delighted" with the design proposals presented to them. Following detailed consideration of the proposals the club suggested a number of amendments that Andrew then implemented. Andrew is now engaging with an Architect experienced in Sustainability and Eco-Design.

Michael Kitchen (Newtown Forest FC) explains that the club have researched and are considering a number of options including "rain collection units, solar power for electricity and / or heating water and LED lighting".

Saturday, 6 July 2013

“Is architecture and the built environment industry accepting of gay, lesbian and bisexual employees?"

Today over 30,000 people are expected to gather in Belfast City Centre for Belfast Pride. Recently the Architect's Journal has begun research into the profession and pose the question: 

“Is architecture and the built environment industry accepting of gay, lesbian and bisexual employees?"

Anyone who would like to share their views can comment on this blog post or privately email [email protected] (Editorial Assistant / News Writer, Architects' Journal).

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Artists-in-residence Open Call | Writers and Photographers

22 July/ 31 August 2013 
Artists-in-Residence Open Call

somewhereto_NI are delighted to offer two artist-in-residence opportunities in the fields of writing and photography. 

The residencies are open to 18-25 year-olds, and will be based in Bangor, Co. Down as part of somewhereto_re:store, a youth-led takeover of an empty shop for a six-week period. 

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

New film by Paul G Stewart and Emmett O'Mahony on Transport House

Following our Architecture in 3 Minutes workshop back in May, participants Paul G Stewart and Emmett O'Mahony continued their film partnership to create this contemplative piece about Transport House...