Monday, 30 September 2013

Space: A Social Agenda / Friday 18 October / The Braid, Ballymena

Ballymena Borough Council, Braid Arts Centre & Mid Antrim Museum in partnership with PLACE will host 'Space: A Social Agenda' on Friday 18 October. The symposium will explore the links between art, architecture and society. 

Speakers include:
  • Arthur Acheson (Architect and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group)
  • Cara Courage (Arts and Culture Consultant and PhD researcher at University of Brighton Doctoral College - Arts, Relocalism and the City)
  • Ciaran Mackel (Architect and founder of ARD, Academic and non executive director of PLACE)
  • James Hennessy (Landscape Architect and Urban Designer at The Paul Hogarth Company)
  • Jo Anne Butler & Tara Kennedy (Artists and Architects, Culturstruction)
  • Marianne O’Kane Boal (Art and Architecture Critic)
  • Michael Corr (Creative Director of PLACE, Architect and co-founder of Pie Architects, London)
  • Tom Keeley (Writer, Educator, researcher and publisher)
  • Torange Khonsari (Architect and co founder of Public Works, London)
  • Richard Harris (Co founder of Upstart Dublin)

Date: Friday 18 October 2013
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: The Braid, Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ
Cost: £15 (including lunch)
Booking: Online (click here) or by phone (028 2563 5900)
Note: There is a 10% online booking charge. Bookings made by phone directly to the Braid will not incur an additional fee.

For further information contact symposium organiser Marianne O’Kane Boal: [email protected] / 0035385 7687757.

Friday, 27 September 2013

Modern Builder Magazine - October 2013 edition

The October issue of Modern Builder is available to view online at this link: The magazine includes details on Modern Builder's first CPD Trade Event being held at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast from 3rd - 5ht October 2013.

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Architects Journal Q & A with PLACE Creative Director Michael Corr

Q & A from the Architects Journal (25 September 2013).

What are the major forces shaping Northern Ireland development in the coming years?
With Northern Ireland’s planning system devolving to 11 new district councils in 2015, the whole system of planning and development is set to change. These functions are currently divided between a number of government departments and the key challenge in the coming years is to make joined-up, coherent development plans, in a politically and physically divided context. It is a key part of our role at PLACE to help make that happen.

PLACE Creative Director Michael Corr

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Can a Northern Irish building win the Stirling Prize?

The winner of the annual RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture will be revealed tomorrow evening, September 26th 2013, at a ceremony in Central St Martins, London, and for the third time in as many years we have great reason to be excited here in Northern Ireland. Undoubtedly the most prestigious award for architecture in the UK, the Stirling Prize is awarded to the building which has made the biggest contribution to the evolution of architecture, and celebrates some of the disciplines greatest achievements. This year, the Giant’s Causeway Visitors Centre, by Irish architects Heneghan Peng, is a serious contender in the final shortlist of six buildings, drawn from 52 regional award winners from all over the UK.

Heneghan Peng's Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre.

Monday, 23 September 2013

Belfast Day | Sunday 29 September, 12 - 5pm

Belfast City Council and Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Máirtin Ó Muilleoir are hosting a "celebration of Belfast's diversity, including music, culture, sports, food and family fun" at Belfast City Hall on Sunday 29 September, 12 - 5pm. 

Nearly True tours of Belfast’s City Hall will take place at 12pm, 2pm and 4pm. Tickets available from the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609. All other events free.

Thursday, 19 September 2013

Modern Builder CPD and Seminar Programme 2013

The first Modern Builder CPD Trade Event will take place at the Stormont Pavilion, Newtownards Road, Belfast over three days, from 3rd - 5th October 2013.

Sponsored by HSS Hire, the event is open to every trade associated with the building industry and is free to attend. The event has an exclusive CPD (Continuous Professional Development) and Seminar Programme rolled out over the three days. With the CPDs and Seminars having only 80 seats each, space is limited and will be allocated on a first come basis. The event is supported by seminars from RSUA, CIAT, SERC and FMB.

Modern Builder aims to showcase the latest building techniques and products available to the industry today and, in the process, give this industry a boost.

Modern Builder invite everyone associated with the construction industry and working within the built environment to connect with like minded individuals.

Free tickets for the Modern Builder CPD Trade Event available at For more information phone: 028 9182 8648.

Click for more information and to register.

Modern Builder will also host an extensive programme of events over three days around the Trade Event. 

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Community Buildings and Heritage - The Hidden Potential of Community Ownership | Clifton House, Belfast - 26 Sept, 11am - 1pm

This autumn, Co-operative Alternatives in collaboration with the Building Change Trust are organising a series of thematic workshops exploring ‘community shares’ and how crucial they have been to the development and regeneration of communities across the UK.

With more than 120 successful share offers made since 2009, Co-operative Alternatives have invited speakers with firsthand experience of community share offers who can bring a real understanding of why the use of community shares are thriving.

The first workshop in the series is entitled 'Community Buildings and Heritage - The Hidden Potential of Community Ownership' and takes place at Clifton House, Clifton Street, Belfast on 26th September 2013. 

A Pattern Language | University Gallery, York Street, Belfast - Opens Culture Night (Fri 20 Sept)

A Pattern Language is a research initiative to investigate the character, architecture and topographic identity of the ‘peer’. The research probes the territorial disposition of the ‘peer’ and seeks to cartographically reveal relations of culture and knowledge in artistic, academic and legal environments.

A Pattern Language is a multidisciplinary research initiative / visual arts installation - the inquiry is presented as a multi-disciplinary installation and includes video, photography and graphics. Two new works have been commissioned for the exhibition: Dave Loder’s Occupation/occupation, Andrew Molloy’s Tanto Quid. Also presented are selected works from Fergus Jordan’s series Garden Estate. The exhibition is presented with an essay by Mirjami Schuppert.

Curated by the Ulster Research Salon. The Ulster Research Salon is an independent initiative by current and past doctoral researchers from the Art, Design & Architecture faculty at the University of Ulster, Belfast. Our primary aim is to promote and discuss artistic and trans-disciplinary research practice within academic and extra-academic settings throughout Northern Ireland and beyond.

More information available at or by emailing: [email protected]

Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Planning & Regeneration vacancies at West Belfast Partnership Board

The West Belfast Partnership Board are currently seeking to recruit an Urban Regeneration Officer, Community Planning Officer and Economic Development Officer. For more information on these positions and to download applications please visit: The closing date is Friday 13th September at 12 noon

Thursday, 5 September 2013

‘Heritage Practice in Contested Spaces’ | 23 - 26 September 2013

The Causeway Museum Service and MINOM are offering engaged practitioners an opportunity to join a participatory event looking at case studies over four days in an area of post-Troubles Northern Ireland - 'Heritage Practice in Contested Spaces'.

The aim of the symposium is to identify transferable best practice, looking both at overt conflict and implicit societal tensions including place, gender, belief, to name a few. 

To Architect ... Making the Post- Conflict Visible | 11 - 12 September, 9am - 6pm

Queen's University PhD student Paul Bower is planning a two day micro-residency in PS² gallery to explore ways to make visible and communicate some of the prevalent conditions faced by architects and other spatial practitioners during and post violent conflict in Belfast.

Paul explains: "In one sense ‘to architect’ is the first line of a ‘Get-Well-Soon-card’ to the profession of architecture as it struggles to recover from bouts of recession, questions of relevance and its role in society. In another sense it is highlighting the lesser known act and process of architecture; how and why architecture happened and continues to happen, in addition to the more commonly understood definition as the individual professional who designs buildings (architecture as product)."

Credit: Paul Bower