Tuesday, 25 February 2014

2ha Magazine - Exploring the notion of the suburb

2ha - A recently launched independent journal plans to explore the notion of the suburb and its relationship to fields such as mapping, photography, language and typology. 

There is a value in suburbia the remains overlooked.  
It is a landscape of faded aristocratic homes surrounded by encroaching housing estates.
It is a field where farmyards sit beside shopping centres.
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2ha - Exploring the suburb.

Issue five / suburbia + language - considers the relationship between language and suburban space. Three essays respond to the fractured process of translation that has come to define the territory of suburbia. 

  • Liam Mac Mathúna (Professor UCD) outlines a history of linguistic change in the Dublin area, describing how preceding eras of colonisations and cultures have renamed, subverted and built upon a place and its people. 
  • Emma Geoghegan (architect/lecturer DIT) documents the absence of a vocabulary in both the imagination and critique of space on the urban-rural fringe, suggesting that a consideration of this landscape as an independent territory might begin a means of understanding its unique conditions. 
  • Isobel NÍ Riain (lecturer UCC) reveals how a reading of place-names, in the now suburbanised area of Little Island on the edge of Cork city, can tell of a long history of occupation; one whose built form is often subsumed by the office parks and semi-ds of the immediate present.

To view Issue 05 and all previous issues, or to make a purchase, please visit

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

ARCSOC Film Night at SARC | 17 February, 5.30pm

ArcSoc will host a Movie Night in the Sonic Arts Research Centre on 17th February, 5.30pm. Stephen Douglas (Architect, Hall Black Douglas) and Chris Corrigan (SARC Technician) will each deliver a short lecture followed by a screening of 'The Third Man'.

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QUB SPACE: Inaugural Lecture - Prof. Geraint Ellis | Wed 12 Feb, 5pm

Saturday, 8 February 2014

For A Better Bangor Public Engagement Events

For A Better Bangor (FABB) is a residents’ lobby group, formed in June 2009. The group aims to encourage positive re-development of Bangor's town centre and seafront.

Queen's Parade site. Credit:

In December 2013 the group received support from the NIEA NGO Challenge Fund to deliver a series of public engagement events. The first of these events will take place on Thursday 13 February at 7.30pm upstairs in the Red Berry, Main Street, Bangor (tea, coffee and refreshments provided). All ideas are welcome at this event and FABB encourage as many people as possible to attend. To confirm attendance or find out more please email: [email protected]

The series of events will continue with a walking tour on Sunday 2nd March, 3pm. Booking essential - more details to follow.

Two further evening engagement events will take place at the Red Berry, Main Street, Bangor on Thursday 13 March, 7.30pm and Thursday 3 April, 7.30pm. FABB hope that these events will generate constructive discussion and seek to gather as many views and ideas as possible, to then present to the agencies responsible for the regeneration of Bangor.

A community design workshop is also proposed for March. More details to follow.