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Thursday, 24 April 2014

New architecture magazine launched: EDGEcondition

EDGEcondition, a new architecture magazine available online, focuses on those "positioned on the fringe of the formal architecture sector".

EDGEcondition is a new online journal, focused on the "vocation and activity of those positioned on the fringe of the formal architecture sector, publishing thought pieces from those with or without architectural training and who work in the wider built environment sector in a variety of creative, educational and constructive roles."

From the editors:
EDGEcondition aims to stimulate debate and conversation to open up new, shared understandings of the multitude forms of practice we see now that come under an architecture and built environment banner.

The first issue, Seams, focuses on those that work between architecture and other sectors, opening with artwork from architect and associate professor of architecture at the University of Michigan Perry Kulper. Features are from Laura Mazzeo, MUDstudios, talking nonlinear careers; Jenni Barrett, lecturer at UCLan and designer and landscape architect Claire Potter, both giving their perspectives on working in a fluid architectural way; Ronan O’Boyle on the need to rethink skills for graduates; Peter Laurence on urban design and academia and a photo-essay from civil engineer Bruno Tonelli, visually exploring the links between his practice and architecture.

Gem Barton comments: “We had the idea for EDGEcondition when talking about the Architecture Journal Women in Architecture awards. We both consider ourselves to be ‘women in architecture’ but the categories on a surface reading excluded us, and the survey that ran alongside the awards was geared to those in practice.”

Cara Courage continues: “WiA is vital of course, but our question posing made us think of all those work in architecture and the wider sectors around it, those like us that have a portfolio of experience that play with the role and function of architecture - what would the sector look like without us?”

Issue One is available at http://www.edgecondition.net/issues.html. Issue two, Presenting Architecture, will be published online at the end of June, with subsequent issues focusing on teaching, art and architecture, placemaking, planning and policy.

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EDGEcondition Co-Editor Cara Courage recently appeared on the PLACE podcast: listen to the episode here.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Public Art Commission for Ballymena

Public Art Commission - Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm.

Dunclug Partnership seeks expressions of interest from experienced and suitably qualified artists or design teams in developing a new public artwork. The total budget available for the artwork is up to £45,000 (inclusive of VAT).

The deadline for expressions of interest is Friday 23rd May 2014.

Late submissions will not be accepted.

Dunclug Partnership
c/o Rosalind Lowry
The Braid Arts Centre
1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena
POST Code: BT43 5EJ

For more information see document here: Dunclug Partnership Re-Imaging Stage 2 finalDunclug Partnership Re-Imaging Stage 2 final (Word doc, via Community Arts Partnership)

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Belfast: Past, Present, Future - Public lectures on the historical development of Belfast at PRONI during May / June 2014

PRONI would like to invite you to a special series of lectures focused on the history of Belfast.

2014 marks the 180th anniversary of industrial flax-spinning into Belfast; 175 years since the city’s first railway; and 125 years after the death of Sir Charles Lanyon. Within this context, PRONI is hosting a special lecture series which will unravel the historical development of Belfast’s architecture, layout and society, as documented in PRONI collections.

Globally, we are also currently witnessing an extremely high rate of urban development: by 2050 for instance, 70% of the world’s population are expected to be living in towns or cities. During this series, we will explore what this means for Belfast, as the face of our local municipality continues to evolve.

The lectures will be held at 1pm on the following dates:

  • Tues 6th May: Dr. Fred Hammond, industrial archaeologist: Belfast's industry and infrastructure, 1750 - 1911
  • Wed 14th May: Dr. Paul Larmour, QUB, Shaping Belfast: from early beginnings to Victorian expansion
  • Tues 20th May: Dr. Peter Smyth, historian and author: Belfast post-1945: a society in transition
  • Tues 27th May: Andrew Molloy, University of Ulster, Modernism vs. Conservation: planning 20th century Belfast
  • Tues 3rd June: Gary Potter, PLACE, The Contemporary City: Current developments, visions for the future

All lectures will be held at PRONI from 1pm to 2pm. Admission is free but booking is essential. Please contact PRONI at [email protected] or telephone 02890 534800 to reserve your place.

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Thursday, 3 April 2014

Belfast: A Study on Built Heritage / Mon 14 April, 5pm

Belfast: A study on built heritage will launch at the Black Box, Belfast on Monday 14 April, 5pm. The book is a compilation of 5th year architecture dissertations dealing with the value of the existing built fabric of Belfast city centre and potential reuse. It was funded by the NIEA Challenge Fund.