Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Are you an architect who works with colour?

PhD student Pamela Topping, studying at the Faculty of Art, Design, and the Built Environment at University of Ulster, is seeking architects to participate in her research. 

Pamela is researching colour as an experiental element in interior spaces for people with dementia.  Her research is aimed at developing ways of making information about the use of colour in the built environment more accessible to those involved in designing health environments for people with dementia. She will be looking at current practice and approach to colour selection, colour decisions and how practitioners are informed in making final colour decisions for dementia design.
Pamela is hoping to locate architects who have an interest and/or experience in the application of colour in dementia design and who are keen to contribute and advance knowledge in dementia design from a architectural and design perspective.  

If you can be available for individual interview that will last about 30-40 minutes, contact Pamela at [email protected]  

This study has full ethical approval from the University of Ulster; all interviews are confidential with the participants remaining anonymous.  

Saturday, 22 March 2014

Democracy, Community and Well-Being: Shaping a New Planning System for Northern Ireland / 26 March, 5.30pm

The Northern Ireland Planning system is currently facing its greatest institutional reform for a generation, as planning powers are transferred to local authorities in April 2015. This shift will be accompanied by major opportunities to re-orientate the planning system around the needs of local communities, as it will coincide with a new duty to promote well-being through the planning system and will sit alongside a new council responsibility for Community Planning. Dr. Hugh Ellis, Head of Policy, Town and Country Planning Association will argue that in order to make the most of these opportunities, they should be accompanied by a new vision of how the planning system can contribute to the economic, environmental and social needs of Northern Ireland. 

Proposed District Councils - Post 2015.

Dr. Hugh Ellis was previously senior planning advisor to Friends of the Earth and lecturer in the University of Sheffield planning school. Since joining TCPA Hugh has led major policy initiatives, including the Planning and Climate Change Coalition and the 2013 ‘Planning out Poverty’ report, which focused on how the planning system can be used to address social exclusion. 

Hugh Ellis talk followed by a panel discussion on the main challenges to the Northern Ireland planning system, including the draft Strategic Planning Policy Statement. The event will also include an opportunity for audience participation in these important issues.

The event will be followed by light refreshments. This event is free, but please register your place using the link here: 

Wednesday 26th March 2014, 5.30pm / Room LG 024, David Keir Building, Stranmillis Rd, Belfast BT9 5AG.

Friends of the Earth welcome your questions about planning at this event. Please submit them in advance to [email protected] As many questions as possible will be put forward for public participation and discussion with the panel. Opportunity to submit questions will close on Monday 24 March 2014 at noon.

For further information, please contact Colette Stewart ([email protected], 028 90233488 or Prof Geraint Ellis ([email protected], 02890974370).

This event is jointly organised and supported by the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, Friends of the Earth (NI), Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, the National Trust and Community Places.

Friday, 21 March 2014

[Updated] Landscape Institute NI - Invitation to Tender for Event Management

LINI Big Event 2014 and Invitation to Tender for Event Management

LINI committee and Events Team have been making preparations for a conference to be held this year. The conference seeks to celebrate 50 years of the landscape architectural profession in Ireland and Northern Ireland, whilst at the same time providing a critical outlook on future Northern Ireland prosperity by linking social wellbeing and health to economy and environment - using the opportunity to review the landscape architectural profession both past and present to inform the direction of Northern Ireland's future capabilities.

We are now seeking persons interested in carrying out Events Management for the conference on behalf of LINI. Please see the Invitation to Tender [PDF], which provides further information on the event. We invite proposals from all interested parties.

Proposals should be submitted to Peter Hutchinson, LINI Chair, by Tuesday 11th March 2014.

For further information, please contact Peter at [email protected] or Tel 028 9066 8205.


The Landscape Institute is the professional body and regulator for landscape architecture. Under its Royal Charter the Landscape Institute is charged with protecting, conserving and enhancing the natural and built environment for the benefit of the public.

Registered as a Charity in England and Wales, No. 1073396

Friday, 14 March 2014

'Traces of Peter Rice' Reception & Viewing / 19 March, 5.30 - 7pm, Lanyon Building, Belfast

Arup invite you to a reception and exclusive viewing of the 'Traces of Peter Rice' exhibition at Queen's University Belfast. The event takes place on 19th March, 5.30 - 7pm in the Canada Room & The Naughton Gallery, Lanyon Building, Belfast.

'Traces of Peter Rice' celebrates the life and work of Peter Rice (1935 - 1992), Ireland's most prestigious structural engineer of his generation. The exhibition includes vintage photography, drawings, films and maquettes from three of Rice's projects: the Centre Pompidou, the Menil Collection, Houston and the Full-Moon Theatre, Gourgoubles.

Exhibition continues at The Naughton Gallery until 28th March. 'Traces of Peter Rice' is an Arup Phase 2 touring exhibition. RSVP: [email protected]

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Friday, 7 March 2014

Hand Over The City - Film Screening / Thurs 3 April, 7pm

Francesco Rosi is remembered for his films on Italian corruption. This film centres on the irresistible rise of property speculator Nottola as he makes sure that new public buildings are constructed on his own land.

Hands Over The City.

Released in 1963, ‘Hands over the City’ confirmed Rosi’s stature winning him the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. There was an added attraction, too, for the box office, and for the inveterate movie fan in Rosi: ‘Hands Over The City’ starred a Holywood actor, Rod Steiger.

Hands over the City dramatizes an inquiry, the investigators are members of the Naples City Council, who are set in motion (reluctantly, for the most part) by the collapse of an apartment building in a crowded, working-class alley. Did the building fall down, killing two people, because of unsafe work at an adjacent site? Most of the council members are content to limit their probe to this specific question (having decided in advance that the answer will be no).

Thursday 3rd April, 7pm at the BFF Micro Cinema, Donegall Street, Belfast.

Tickets £5. Part of the Belfast Film Festival 2014.

For more information or to book please visit:

Hearth's “Spring School”: Abandoned Gems Into Heritage Jewels / Ards Town Hall, Thurs 27 March, 9am - 4.30pm

Hearth Housing Association will be running a “Spring School”, a one day workshop on the issues of dereliction and regeneration. The aim of the day is to help statutory bodies, professionals, historic building owners and potential purchasers to realise the full value of our built heritage and to find practical solutions and new ideas to collectively revive neglected areas. 

Court Street, Newtownards. Credit: John McDonald on

Reuse of existing buildings is important for sustainable development. Current legislation and the economic climate can often make it difficult to use existing buildings and the temptation is to demolish. Dereliction and vacant heritage properties are blighting our streetscapes contributing to serious environmental, economic and social decline.

How can we make the most of neglected buildings, like the 19th century terrace at Court Street, Newtownards, to generate economic gains as well as environmental benefits?

Programme outline

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Ulster Festival of Art and Design begins 10 March

Don't forget the Ulster Festival of Art and Design, hosted by University of Ulster, kicks off next week.

Some of our highlights:
10 March, 10:00 - Drawing Dialogues
10 March, 19:00 - Jeremy Hunt - A Journalist's Passion for Art and Architecture
11 March, 13:15 - Peter Maybury
12 March, 13:15 - Stephanie McDonald, 6a Architects

See the full programme at

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Vacant to Vibrant: Exchange / 19 & 20 March / Strand Arts Centre, Belfast

Vacant to Vibrant: Exchange is a two-day event that will discuss international and local solutions to vacancy. Hear from decision makers, academics, artists and urbanists about inspiring projects that engage with and transform places and spaces. The conference also marks the launch of a new PLACE publication, 'Vacant to Vibrant: Rethinking Town Centres', featuring case studies of projects tackling vacancy and essays examining the issue in terms of culture, urban policy, retail and activism. 

Wed 19 March, 9.30am - 4pm / Conference & Book Launch

Xavier Boneta Lorente, Barcelona City Council / Eddie Bridgeman, Meanwhile Space / Heather Carr, Arts & Business / Michael Corr, PLACE / Donagh Horgan, Multidisciplinary Design Strategist / Michiel van Lersel, Founder, Failed Architecture / Mark Minkjan, Editor in Chief, Failed Architecture / Heather Ring, Wayward Plants / Ola Wedenbrunn, Docomomo

Thurs 20 March, 9.30am-11.30am / Talk & Panel Discussion

Dominic Cools-Lartigue, Street Feast / Wayne Hemingway MBE, Hemingway Design / Shane O’Toole, Architect, Critic & Historian

Vacant to Vibrant: Exchange is supported by the NGO Challenge Fund and the British Council.
Vacant to Vibrant: Rethinking Town Centres is supported by Arts and Business NI.