Friday, 16 May 2014

"My project to improve neighbourhoods and help break the cycle of homelessness"

Paul Loughran, second from left, runs the Regenerate NI project.
The first post on our new somewhereto_ NI blog comes from Paul Loughran, a 21-year-old student at Queen's University, whose project Regenerate NI seeks to improve neighbourhoods and tackle homelessness.

somewhereto_ is a UK-wide, Big Lottery funded project that helps young people aged 16-25 to access underused or vacant spaces. PLACE is the Regional Delivery Partner for the project in Northern Ireland.

Why the new blog? We see it as a place to profile and share the things we care about across Northern Ireland, from projects that interest us to emerging entrepreneurs, artists, performers, and leaders that we want the world to know about. We will also feature journalism, short stories, and reviews authored by the brightest young talent in Northern Ireland.

If you want to write for the blog, or you know of something you think should be featured on it, let us know by emailing [email protected]

Find out more: somewhereto_ NI blog

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

Recomposing the City International Symposium 2014 - 30 May 2014 at QUB

We are delighted to be presenting at the upcoming Recomposing the City International Symposium at Queen's University Belfast on 30 May.

Poster by Helena Hamilton - click to enlarge

Full list of speakers:

  • Colin Ripley (Department of Architectural Science, Ryerson University, Toronto)
  • Christabel Stirling (Oxford University)
  • Merijn Royaards (Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London)
  • Gascia Ouzounian and Sarah Lappin (Queen's University Belfast)
  • Michael Corr and Conor McCaffery (PLACE)
  • Mark Hackett, Declan Hill and Ken Sterrett (Forum for Alternative Belfast)
  • Anamarija Batista (Akademie der Bildenden KĂĽnste Wien)
  • Sven Anderson (Manual for Acoustic Planning project, Dublin City Council)
  • Peter Cusack (CRiSAP, University of Arts London)
  • Georgia Born, Keynote Respondent (Professor of Music and Anthropology at Oxford University)

The event is sponsored by the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities, the School of Creative Arts and the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at QUB.

The event is free and open to the public. Full details at

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

El Barrio Tours is an in depth look at the phenomena of gentrification as seen through the change in the largest Puerto Rican neighbourhood in the 50 states; East Harlem. Join Congressman Charlie Rangel, Edwin Torres - writer of Carlito’s way - and a host of neighbourhood activists, residents, and small business owners, as they debate the past, present, and future of their beloved Barrio.
Dir: Andrew J Padilla
Running Time: 30mins
El Barrio Tours 
(Northern Irish Premier)
Black Box Green Room
Tuesday 6 May 7:00PM