Tuesday, 27 May 2014

UAHS Directory of Traditional Building Skills - 5th Edition / Launches Friday 27 June 2014

The UAHS's new online Directory of Traditional Building Skills will launch on Friday 27th June at the recently converted Duncairn Arts & Heritage Centre, Belfast. For further information visit:

UAHS Directory of Traditional Building Skills - 5th Edition.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

Bangor Urban Design Walk with Ken Sterrett / 25 May, 3pm / Project 24, Queen's Parade, Bangor

During May 2014 two local Bangor groups - For a Better Bangor and Bangor Shared Space - will be hosting a number of events in the Lilac Pod at Project 24, Queen's Parade, Bangor. 

The Lilac Pod at Project 24. Photo from

This Sunday 25 May, 3pm Ken Sterret will lead an Urban Design Walk around Bangor. Ken is a planner with Forum for Alternative Belfast and teaches at Queen's University Belfast.

For more information visit the event's Facebook page at this link.

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 Künste 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

Monday, 12 May 2014

Bangor Past & Present with Marcus Patton / 16 May, 7.30pm / Project 24, Queen's Parade, Bangor

During May 2014 two local Bangor groups - For a Better Bangor and Bangor Shared Space - will be hosting a number of events in the Lilac Pod at Project 24, Queen's Parade, Bangor. 

This Friday 16 May, 7.30pm Marcus Patton will present 'Bangor Past & Present'. Marcus is a conservation architect with Hearth Housing and author of the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society's historical gazetteer of Bangor.

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

Friday, 2 May 2014

Queen's students pitch design solutions for Derry City Walls (Derry Journal, Fri 25 April 2014)

During Queen's University Belfast's Street Society 2014 project a group of masters and undergraduate students worked with the Holywell Trust's City Walls Heritage Project to explore ideas for 'reclaiming' three sections of the City Walls (the Peace Wall at Bishop Gate, the area of the missing Water Bastion and Royal Bastion and the Plinth). The work was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Heritage Council of Ireland. It is hoped that the ideas presented will act as a tool to stimulate conversations with stakeholder organisations and communities about solutions which could be taken forward. Below is a review of the project from the Derry Journal (Fri 25 April 2014):

Click to enlarge. Credit: Derry Journal.

Click to enlarge. Credit: Derry Journal.

Thursday, 1 May 2014

European Heritage Open Days Short Film Competition

Every year European Heritage Open Days (EHOD) is celebrated across 50 regions within Europe, who participate in celebration of their individual region's local heritage and culture.

In Northern Ireland this popular event attracted over 68,000 visitors last year and is coordinated by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA), encouraging building owners to open their doors - last year over 400 sites and properties revealed rare and unique insights to our heritage and to our past.

This year for EHOD 2014, a new award will be piloted in association with Belfast Film Festival, especially for Northern Ireland’s raw talent in film-making, which offers a unique platform for amateur film makers to show their work.