Showing posts with label Bookshop. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Bookshop. Show all posts

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

A Review of Chris Ware's 'Building Stories'

PLACE Volunteer Andrew Molloy reviews 'Building Stories' by Chris Ware ahead of our first event in the Urban Library Series. Artist and Architect Marcus Patton will explore the literature that has influenced his work and shaped the built environment on Thursday 1st November at 6.30pm. Free but booking essential at

The medium of the comic book has long been derided as a medium for children, the ‘nerd,’ or the intellectually impaired. Despite the best efforts of writers such as Neil Gaiman and Alan Moore, combined with the broadsheets rebranding of the rather untoward sounding ‘adult comic book’ with the haughty term ‘graphic novel,’ the perception of the comic as a conveyor of nothing other than empty-headed titillation still holds sway. A new epic graphic novel by Chris Ware stands in direct opposition to this.

Saturday, 21 January 2012

PLACE Bookshop: Seven Donegal Churches

Liam McCormick: Seven Donegal Churches by Carole Pollard
Back in stock in the PLACE Bookshop we have Carole Pollard's compendium Liam McCormick: Seven Donegal Churches.

The set of books comprises one book on each of the seven churches and an eighth volume which describes McCormick's career during that period and provides biographies of the artists who collaborated with him on the churches.

Each of the eight books contains an essay by contributors: Catherine Croft, Marianne O'Kane Boal, William Cumming, John Graby, Paul Larmour, Angela Rolfe, Joy McCormick and Shane O'Toole. The books are available as a set, enclosed in a specially designed slipcase.

Published by Gandon Editions. Now available at PLACE for £27.50.

Friday, 26 November 2010

New Title: Jan Gehl 'Cities for People'

New Title: Jan Gehl - Cities for People is in stock at PLACE priced at £31.00.

Featuring extensive photographs and illustrations from the author's work in Europe, Australia and America, Gehl's analysis  of  public spaces and 'toolbox' for city planning on a human scale makes this book an excellent addition to anyone's architecture/planning  library.

Plus we have received copies of the new issue of Building Material, the biannual journal from the Architectural Association of Ireland. Edited by Stephen Mulhall,  'Art and Architecture', is an exploration into the relationship between art and architectural practice. Copies are priced at £10 each.

Friday, 19 November 2010

New titles in the bookshop

AAI Awards 2010 - New Irish Architecture is back in stock for £21.50

And we also have the 2nd edition of Key Buildings of the 20th Century: Plans, Sections and Elevations by Richard Weston for £29.00

Drop in and pick up something special for Christmas!

Saturday, 7 August 2010

New titles in the PLACE bookshop

Urban Planning and the Pursuit of Happiness
The planning and subsequent use and appropriation of urban spaces is the focus of this book. Its thesis is that urban planning is more than shaping ground spaces or building complexes; implicit is the promise for better conditions for living. Both the pursuits of the planners and those of their target communities are considered in this light as well as a dozen European case studies from the Enlightenment to Modernism.

Design Like You Give a Damn
Edited by Architecture for Humanity, Design Like You Give a Damn is a compendium of innovative projects from around the world that demonstrate the power of design to improve lives. The first book to bring the best of humanitarian architecture and design to the printed page, Design Like You Give a Damn offers a history of the movement toward socially conscious design and showcases more than 80 contemporary solutions to such urgent needs as basic shelter, health care, education, and access to clean water, energy, and sanitation. Featured projects include some sponsored by Architecture for Humanity as well as many others undertaken independently, often against great odds.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

'Rural' in the bookshop

'Rural' by Dominic Stevens
Now available in our bookshop for £21.

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Yellow Space

'Yellow Space Belfast: negotiations for an open City' is now available in our bookshop for £5. All proceeds in aid of: Forum for alternative Belfast.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Now in stock in the PLACE Bookshop

AAI Awards 2010: New Irish Architecture 25

This book documents the AAI Awards 2010 in book form as the 25th volume of best-selling New Irish Architecture series from Gandon Editions. This book features all 21 entries selected by the jury, it includes photographs and drawings as well as detailed descriptions of all of the entries. Projects include, The Alzheimer's Respite Centre, Dartmouth Square Dublin 6 as well as projects by DTA Architects, LID Architecture and MAC Gabhann Architects.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

New in the bookshop

Above: The new QUB Architecture studio at Chlorine Gardens. Image via QUB Architecture blog

The March/April edition of Perspective, the journal of the RSUA, is now on sale in the bookshop. Featured buildings are the revamped QUB Architecture studios on Chlorine Gardens and the All Saints Parish Centre in Ballymena, along with reports on recent events with Juhani Pallasmaa and Max Clendinning.
// £4.00
// Back issues are also available, priced at £2 each

ARD + 500 Days
ARD + 500 Days chronicles the first year-and-a-half of projects and research by Ciaran Mackel's ARD firm.
// £15.00
// Special offer: student price of £10.00 with a valid student card

Stone by Stone
Just in stock today:
"This fascinating book is an introduction to understanding how stone is used in buildings, how to identify the stone, nature of stone weathering, mapping stone decay, and the current advice on stone repair in buildings.

"Countless generations have used stone to create shelter, symbols and monuments, hewn from the ground, carefully selected, shaped and carved with an evolved understanding of geology, properties and characteristics, each stone representing a distinctive sense of place. However, over the last century we have lost much of that instinctive understanding of how best to use natural stone. As a result our rich masonry heritage has not been cared for as well as it deserves and local resources have been ignored in favour of imported stone.

"This book is based on the experience of academic research, practical testing and live restoration projects and is intended to disseminate good practice and lessons learnt over the last 15 years."


A few new titles from the UAHS are now in stock, including Paul Larmour's Belfast City Hall: An Architectural History (£15.00 p/back, £20.00 h/back) and Bendhu and its builders by Andrew Cowser (£18.00).

The current issue of Building Material is back in stock - no. 19 in the series looks at crossovers between art and architecture. £10.00

Friday, 19 February 2010

Wed 24th Feb @ PLACE: QUB ARCSOC Journal Launch

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QUB ARCSOC Journal launch
Wed 24th Feb, 7pm

Next Wednesday, PLACE will host the launch of the QUB ARCSOC Student Journal of Architecture. The new publication explores the theme of Identity expressed in the studio and written projects of students in the School of Architecture in Queens University. The Journal has been compiled, edited, written and produced by QUB Architecture students with the support of the School of Architecture.

The aim of the journal is to give students a stronger sense of identity within the University and within the wider architectural community; particularly important in providing and strengthening a forum for peer learning, for cross-cultivation and for cross-communication across all years. At present there is a void in this area, with no facility to express and develop this common identity and inter-relationship. The journal will provide a platform with the intention of filling this void and become a fantastic forum, not just through reviewing work but also through its compilation throughout the year. What makes this publication unique is the central underpinning that the journal it is a publication for students by students from the cultivation of studio and written work, to its writing and to its publication.

The new journal showcases work from both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and aims to create a platform within the school for a new dialogue amongst the students and the wider architectural community. Addressing the theme of Identity in the first issue of this journal defines, quite clearly, both it and its purpose. It is the first chapter of what will become a continuing story at Queen’s University, contributing to the architectural students’ lives a compendium of their collective work and aspirations.

Admission: Free
- Refreshments served
- Copies of the journal will be on sale on the evening for £4 (or £3 for ARCSOC members) and afterwards in the PLACE Bookshop
- All welcome!

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Saturday, 21 November 2009

New titles in the PLACE Bookshop

Big delivery of new stock this week:

The Taschen 25 series: At only £8.99 each, these accessible titles, presented with Taschen's typical style, introduce the life's work of famous architects.

We also have new books on Le Corbusier, Tadao Ando and Daniel Libeskind, and Music and Architecture by Iannis Xenakis.

The BLDG BLOG Book (£19.99) features the writings of Geoff Manaugh, author of the popular BLDGBLOG ( More than 200 pages of speculation about the future of the built environment, this book is "a road trip for the intellectually curious" - Justin McGuirk, Icon Magazine.

With the future of the University of Ulster now based firmly in Belfast city, perhaps lessons can be learned from Paris. Universities in the City: The Development of the Left Bank, Paris (£24.70) looks at new academic buildings on the Paris Rive Gauche.

Architecture, Participation and Society (£29.99) asks how architects can "best increase their engagement with building users and wider social groups, and, as a result, improve the relationship between architecture and society while providing quality buildings".

New Irish Architecture 24 - AAI Awards 2009 (£21.50) is now back in stock ahead of the AAI Awards 2009 exhibition at PLACE from December 3rd 2009 - January 30th 2010.

And the new edition of the AAI's Building Material, on the theme of "Art and Architecture" (featuring Maud Cotter, Marianne O'Kane Boal, and Sylvia Grace Borda on "20 Modernist Structures in NI I love") is now on sale for £10.00.

There's lots more to check out - pay us a visit at 40 Fountain Street! If there's anything you don't see in the bookshop and you'd like to order a copy, ask us at PLACE or get in touch - email info AT place DOT uk DOT net or call 028 9023 2524.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

New magazines in the PLACE Bookshop

Now in stock at the RIBA Bookshop at PLACE:

- The Architects' Journal - weekly - £4.50
- The Architectural Review - monthly - £9.00
- Architectural Record - monthly - £10.95

Don't forget we also stock Perspective, the journal of the RSUA (£4.00 bimonthly; back-issues £2.00 each) and the photography magazine Source (£6.00 quarterly).

Thursday, 4 June 2009

New titles in the PLACE Bookshop

City Supplements - an Alternative Urban Survey

Image copyright Phil Hession

City Supplements is published by PS² and accompanied by a series of events. It documents adventures in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter by artists, architects and historians, with the aim of finding new insights into the area.

Short articles are accompanied by foldout maps, diagrams and illustrations.

From the introduction by Peter Mutschler of PS²:

"Any of us could make further additions, make our own city supplement. All it needs is curiosity and time for a leisurely walk through the city. One will soon start to discover, appreciate, dislike and wishfully imagine aspects of the urban environment. From there, it is only a few steps further to be engaged, to act, to lobby."

Now available in the PLACE Bookshop.
Price: £1.50

New Irish Architecture 24: AAI Awards 2009

università Luigi Bocconi by Grafton Architects - image from UnprobableView on Flickr

The Architectural Association of Ireland announced the winners of its annual awards earlier this year. Each of these projects is now documented in the AAI's largest edition yet of its accompanying book, New Irish Architecture 24.

An exhibition of the winners is now touring Ireland and will come to PLACE in Winter 2009.

Now available in the PLACE Bookshop.
Price: £21.50

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

Perspective May/June issue out now

The newly reopened Ulster Hall - image source

The latest edition of Perspective, the journal of the RSUA, is out now.

The main feature is a profile of the recently reopened Ulster Hall (pictured), refurbished by Consarc Design Group.

There are also case studies of the Fitzwilliam Hotel on Great Victoria Street and the Grove Wellbeing Centre on the York Road.

There are also reports on Tactility Factory (who exhibited at PLACE back in February), the recent Guerrilla Lighting event in Belfast, DSD's Streets Ahead plans (currently on display in weePLACE), and the activities of the architecture students at UU and QUB.

Perspective is available now from the PLACE Bookshop at the price of £4. Back issues are also available, priced £2 each.

Thursday, 12 March 2009

Perspective March/April issue out now

The new issue of Perspective, the journal of the RSUA, is out now.

Featuring case studies on the new wing of Altnagelvin Hospital and Four Corners, a travelogue on Venice and many more features and reviews, the March/April issue is now on sale at the PLACE Bookshop for £4. Back issues also available for £2 each.