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Monday, 27 April 2015

Nimble Spaces Ways To Live Together: New Cultures of Housing - Friday 1 May 2015

Nimble Spaces Ways To Live Together: New Cultures of Housing is an international conference exploring participative design, spatial justice, social housing, co-housing and new ways to imagine housing in the 21st Century.

Studio Weave, Ecology of Colour. Image by Jim Stephenson

Are you someone with particular housing needs? Are you an architect / designer, researcher, artist, student, activist? Are you a group or an association of people who are tackling a particular housing issue? Are you a policy maker? Do you work supporting people around their housing needs? Are you interested in shared living? Are you interested in rethinking our town centres and rural landscapes as supportive living places? Let’s think collectively. Join Nimble Spaces on Friday 1st May 2015.

Date: Friday 1st May 2015
Time: 9.30am - 5.30pm
Venue: VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Carlow
Tickets: €60 full price / €20 reduced price (students, seniors, unemployed, under-employed / precarious workers). Lunch by Luncheonette included in ticket cost.
Booking: visit or call 059 9172400

The conference is a co-production between Nimble Spaces, Camphill Communities of Ireland, VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art, Maynooth University Department of Geography and DIT, Dublin School of Architecture. Supported by Irish Design 2015 and the Arts Council.

The conference coincides with a presentation of film, images, and research materials from Nimble Spaces: Enabling Design, documenting long term collaborations between artists, architects and adults with a disability, considering ‘home’ and shared living. Participating artists, architects and filmmaker include Rhona Byrne, Paul Bokslag, LiD Architecture, Eamon Little, Meme Architecture, Jennie Moran, Ríonach Ní Néill and Studio Weave. Developed by Commonage in association with Camphill Communities of Ireland and funded through an Arts Council Arts Participation Project Award.

For the full conference programme and further information please visit

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Development of Brownfield Land - Wed 25 March 2015

Understand the Impact of Planning Reform & Better Assess & Manage Risks for Cost Effective Re-Development of Brownfield Land
Wednesday 25th March 2015, Belfast

Implementation of a major reform of the Planning System, and the transfer of planning functions to 11 new local councils in Northern Ireland, took pace on April 2015. The majority of contaminated land and groundwater is dealt with under the Planning regime, and so it is important that all professionals involved in brownfield development have a thorough understanding of this reform and the impact it will have.

Brownfield Briefing return to Belfast in March 2015 with a fully re-researched and updated conference, bringing together key players to discuss the implications of a new planning framework on the assessment and management of risks arising from contaminated land and groundwater on brownfield sites.

Hear first-hand practical advice on producing a risk assessment to support a planning application, how to scope your site investigation based on remedial objectives so you are only collecting - and paying for - the information you really need. Learn how to better understand and manage risks and develop appropriate verification measures to prove that any remediation undertaken is measurable and justifiable.

Packed with first-hand insights and practical case studies, this event will leave you with a better understanding of the way forward in managing and developing brownfield land in the new regime in just a few months’ time.

Click here to view the full programme

Former Sirocco works in Belfast.

Key topics include:
  • Update on the outcome of the Planning Reform and exploring the future for Planning and Development in Northern Ireland
  • Local Council Perspective: Contaminated Land Risk Assessment in the new Planning Process
  • Exploring brownfields as drivers for economic and social regeneration
  • Developer’s Perspective on planning and regulatory changes, brownfield challenges and solutions
  • Perspective & Case Studies from the DEFRA Expert Panel
  • Producing a robust, coherent and appropriate risk assessment to support a planning application
  • Strategies for achieving more accurate risk assessment of groundwater to minimise the impact of groundwater contamination on land use
  • Developing a robust, detailed and integrated risk assessment to enable appropriate remediation and increase cost-efficiencies
  • Waste Management: Assessing the impact of new Environmental & Waste regulation on the development of brownfield land
  • Asbestos: Strategies for the identification, remediation and re-use of asbestos-contaminated materials

Key speakers include:
  • Siobhan Cox, Queen's University, Belfast
  • Simon Kirk, Strategic Planning Division, Dept of the Environment
  • Kyle M Alexander OBE, Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation
  • John O’Connor, The Housing Agency, Republic of Ireland
  • Brian Kelly, Turley Associates
  • Theresa Kearney, Northern Ireland Environment Agency
  • Naomi Earl, Freelance Contaminated Consultant & Member of DEFRA Expert Panel
  • Graham Webb, Geosyntec
  • Cecilia Macleod, WYG
  • Yvonne Buchanan, WYG
  • Chris Piddington, Vertase FLI
  • James Macfarlane, Hydrock
  • Richard Yarnold, Hydrock

Date: 25 March 2015
Time: 9am - 5pm
Venue: Hilton Hotel, 4 Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3LP

Thursday, 12 March 2015

LINI Future Places and Spaces Conference - 1st June 2015

Landscape Institute Northern Ireland and Happening Events invite you to a one-day conference, 'Future Places and Spaces', on 1st June 2015.

Register online via:

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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.


Monday, 30 September 2013

Space: A Social Agenda / Friday 18 October / The Braid, Ballymena

Ballymena Borough Council, Braid Arts Centre & Mid Antrim Museum in partnership with PLACE will host 'Space: A Social Agenda' on Friday 18 October. The symposium will explore the links between art, architecture and society. 

Speakers include:
  • Arthur Acheson (Architect and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group)
  • Cara Courage (Arts and Culture Consultant and PhD researcher at University of Brighton Doctoral College - Arts, Relocalism and the City)
  • Ciaran Mackel (Architect and founder of ARD, Academic and non executive director of PLACE)
  • James Hennessy (Landscape Architect and Urban Designer at The Paul Hogarth Company)
  • Jo Anne Butler & Tara Kennedy (Artists and Architects, Culturstruction)
  • Marianne O’Kane Boal (Art and Architecture Critic)
  • Michael Corr (Creative Director of PLACE, Architect and co-founder of Pie Architects, London)
  • Tom Keeley (Writer, Educator, researcher and publisher)
  • Torange Khonsari (Architect and co founder of Public Works, London)
  • Richard Harris (Co founder of Upstart Dublin)

Date: Friday 18 October 2013
Time: 10am - 4pm
Venue: The Braid, Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ
Cost: £15 (including lunch)
Booking: Online (click here) or by phone (028 2563 5900)
Note: There is a 10% online booking charge. Bookings made by phone directly to the Braid will not incur an additional fee.

For further information contact symposium organiser Marianne O’Kane Boal: [email protected] / 0035385 7687757.

Thursday, 5 September 2013

‘Heritage Practice in Contested Spaces’ | 23 - 26 September 2013

The Causeway Museum Service and MINOM are offering engaged practitioners an opportunity to join a participatory event looking at case studies over four days in an area of post-Troubles Northern Ireland - 'Heritage Practice in Contested Spaces'.

The aim of the symposium is to identify transferable best practice, looking both at overt conflict and implicit societal tensions including place, gender, belief, to name a few. 

Saturday, 19 January 2013

The Big Bang Conference Series: Countdown to Planning Reform 2015 | Assembly Buildings, Belfast | Fri 1st Feb

RTPI Northern Ireland and the Irish Planning Institute present The Big Bang Conference Series: Countdown to Planning Reform 2015. The first in a series of conferences takes place at The Assembly Buildings Conference Centre (Spires), Fisherwick Place, Belfast on Friday 1st February at 9.15am.

"The Planning System in Northern Ireland is on course for a root and branch transformation that will see the vast majority of its statutory planning functions devolved from central government departments to eleven new Councils in 2015. The transfer of most planning functions to new district councils effectively involves the creation of a completely new planning system for Northern Ireland - a system which requires new roles, responsibilities and relationships for all participants in the planning process. The process of transformation is already underway and structures are currently being put in place to facilitate the new dispensation."

Thursday, 11 October 2012

UAHS Heritage Time Conference | Tues 30 Oct 2012, ChristChurch, Belfast

The Ulster Architectural Heritage Society present a conference aimed at promoting the continued use, sustainable reuse and adaption of historic buildings at the heart of communities by the government, local groups and private individuals. Heritage Time will take place at ChristChurch, Belfast on Tuesday 30th October 2012, 9am - 3pm. The application to attend (see end of post) should be returned to the UAHS by post or email: [email protected]

Credit: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society.

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

RICS Northern Ireland 18th Annual Planning & Development Conference | 17th Oct, City Hall

The Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors Northern Ireland 18th Annual Planning and Development Conference entitled "Revitalising Town and City Centres - Practical Solutions" will take place at Belfast City Hall on 17th October 2012.

Donegall Place, Belfast. Credit:

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Peripheries Conference

A message from Professor Ruth Morrow on the Peripheries conference taking place at Queen's from 27th-29th of October.

Queen's University Belfast is proud to host Peripheries, the 8th annual Architectural Humanities Research Association Conference 27-29 October 2011. The international event will include papers and short films presented by delegates from Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Australia and New Zealand. We are delighted to announce that Professor M Christine Boyer, Princeton University will act as our Wrap-Up Chair for the conference; she joins a host of architects, poets, writers, historians and academics who will also act as keynote speakers:

- Professor Ciaran Carson, Poet, Queen's University Belfast
- Professor Kim Dovey, University of Melbourne
- Mary Arnold-Forster, Dualchas Architects, Scotland
- Professor Murray Fraser, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
- Dr. Paul Larmour, Queen's University Belfast
- Professor Ruth Morrow, Queen's University Belfast
- Dr. William Roulston, Ulster Historical Foundation
- Tarla MacGabhann, MacGabhann Architects, Donegal
- Glenn Patterson, author, Belfast
- Shih-fu Peng, heneghan.peng.architects, Dublin

We are also pleased that a parallel event, a symposium on the Irish Kevin Kieran Award for architectural design and research will be held on Saturday 29 October 2011. Also interwoven amongst the papers and keynotes is an architecturally-themed film festival as part of the Belfast Festival at Queen's.

Please see our website for details on the event and on types of registration available. We look forward to welcoming you in Belfast this month for three exciting days of debate, discussion and exchange.

Queen's University Belfast is offering a special rate for RSUA, RIAI and AAI members to Peripheries.

The special rate of £120 will include access to the Friday 28 and Saturday 29 October 2011 paper sessions, including the parallel Kevin Kieran Award Symposium.  Please note that this rate only applies to those who are not presenting papers and does not include receptions, films, or copy of the AHRA 2010 Critiques Series book.

Find out more about the conference: QUB - Peripheries 2011 Conference - 27th-29th October

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The Irish Scottish Forum for Spatial Planning Centenary Conference at Queens University - 31 May

The Conference is free but advance registration is essential as places are limited. To register email your details to [email protected] before Monday 16 May 2011.

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Monday, 18 April 2011

UCD School of Architecture Landscape and Civil Engineering and The Irish Landscape Institute Conference

UCD School of Architecture Landscape and Civil Engineering and The Irish Landscape Institute have organised a Conference for Friday 20 May in Dublin which will be of particular interest to anyone involved in the design, management and procurement of public realm. The conference is sponsored by the Goethe Institute and Diatec Digital.

Venue: The William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium, UCD, Dublin
Date: Friday 20 May
Time: 8.30 - 17.30

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Creative Industries Conference Speaker Profiles

Our free Creative Industries Innovation conference is tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd March, so we have decided to include two speaker profiles today.

Creative Industries Innovation
Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

Picture by Anna Wotjun

Speaker Profile: Grainne Maher, Grainne Maher Millinery

Gráinne Maher, creates bespoke headwear, including couture hats, fascinators, tiaras and corsages. She also reworks and remodels vintage headpieces under the design label Pluck & Devour. Working from her home studio at Ravenhill, Belfast, Gráinne produces sophisticated pieces using classic shapes, hand-dyed feathers and antique embellishments. She also experiments with avant-garde styling and modern materials to achieve statement pieces that are not for the fainthearted.

Grainne Maher

After studying Music at Queen’s, Gráinne moved to Devon where she undertook a scholarship funded PhD at Dartington College of Arts researching the effect of corsetry and other body manipulating costume on the voice. This led to an increasing interest in fashion and ultimately to a period of study in Dublin on a range of millinery techniques. Having worked for many years as an artist in various disciplines; including performance art and installation, and with a background in fashion and consumer PR, Gráinne Maher brings together an array of interests and inspirations that feed her work.

To read more about Grainne’s background check out her interesting interview with the Belfast Telegraph here. Her website is located at

Speaker Profile: Dougal Sheridan, LiD Architects

LiD Architecture is an award winning architecture, urban design, and landscape practice engaged in practice, research and teaching, founded by Deirdre McMenamin and Dougal Sheridan. Their projects and academic publications are focussed on the application of landscape strategies in Architecture and Urbanism, and Critical Theory in relation to the appropriation of urban space.

Bird Watching Centre by LiD Architects

Dougal Sheridan is a Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast and both principles are Visiting Fellows at the University of Queensland Australia, and work with the Building Initiative Research Group. Their work as architects, researchers and curators spans locations ranging from rural Ireland and New Zealand to the urban contexts of Belfast, Manchester, and Berlin and most recently in their competition-winning proposal for Dublin Docklands New Civic Square.

For more information on LiD Architects visit

And that concludes our speaker profile series for the Creative Industries Innovation Conference. We hope you enjoyed the quick snapshot we provided of our guest speakers each day and would like to hear your thoughts on the profile series! Should we do it again? What would you like to see added to the profiles in future?

Book now for your last chance to get a free place at tomorrows conference!

Monday, 28 February 2011

Speaker Profile Five: Ciaran Mackel, Architect

Continuing our speaker profile series in the lead up to the free conference this Wednesday 2nd March ...

Creative Industries Innovation
Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

Ciaran Mackel is an architect in private practice who has been involved with, and design architect for, a number of successful award-winning projects, and has over 25 years experience in the profession.

Ciaran Mackel

Ciaran has been architect-assessor on a number of high profile architectural competitions in recent years following his role as Arts Council Lottery panel member, Architectural Policy panel member, and as creative advisor on the built environment to the Imagine Belfast 2008 project, Belfast’s bid for Capital City of Culture 2008.

Ciaran is actively involved in PLACE and also serves on the Boards of a number of community and arts organisations. Ciaran is currently an associate senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Ulster and is also an architectural advisor to the Ministerial Advisory Group to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. [Click here to view the recent report on the first three years of MAG]

Ciaran is also founder member of the think-tank / do-tank, the Forum for an Alternative Belfast. Forum for Alternative Belfast aims to facilitate the development of workable ideas about how Belfast can be developed for all its citizens as well as for visitors. It aims to encourage debate about how we can influence and affect changes to the built environment. It seeks to explore how the mistakes of the past can be addressed and it wants to look imaginatively at opportunities for the future.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Speaker Profile Four: Peter Kelly, Editor of Blueprint Magazine

Continuing our speaker profile series in the lead up to the free conference next Wednesday 2nd March ...

Creative Industries Innovation
Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

Peter Kelly

Peter Kelly is acting editor on Blueprint, the leading magazine of architecture and design. A regular public speaker and chair of architecture and design events, he has contributed to numerous art, architecture and lifestyle magazines, and has been a visiting critic and lecturer at international academic institutions including the Architectural Association and the Rural Studio.

Blueprint Magazine
Blueprint Magazine launched in 1983 as the first magazine to cross the boundaries between design and architecture. Following the magazine’s relaunch in September 2006, it was described by The Observer newspaper as the ‘design bible’. Blueprint’s award-winning design sets it apart from other magazines. Published monthly, it is produced in large format, with photography and illustration of the highest standard. The magazine takes a parallel approach to the different design disciplines, reflecting a belief that fashion, product, furniture and architectural design can share ideas. Blueprint aims to use the subject of design to reveal the workings of society. The magazine is about the important role that design and architecture can play in shaping the world.

For more information visit:

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Speaker Profile Three: Pearse Moore, Chief Executive of the Nerve Centre, Derry

Continuing our speaker profile series in the lead up to the free conference next Wednesday 2nd March ...

Creative Industries Innovation
Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

The final conference looks at the broader picture of the creative industries in Northern Ireland, and their impact on the wider stage. We explore the imaginative work of businesses and individuals active in NI, the crossovers between the different creative industries, the knock-on effects for other industries, and what can be done to foster a culture of creative work in Northern Ireland.

The Nerve Centre, Derry

Pearse Moore is Chief Executive of the Nerve Centre in Derry. The Nerve Centre is considered one of the UK's most dynamic and innovative multimedia centres. During his time at the Nerve Centre, he has overseen several large multimedia projects and most recently established Magazine Studios which houses their Moving Image Archive, Creative Learning Centre and The Hub, a creative industries support centre. Pearse has also produced several short films for BBC, British Screen and UTV including the Academy Award nominated DANCE LEXIE DANCE (Live Action Drama) and BAFTA nominated animation The Crumblegiant. Pearse has sat on numerous boards including Moving on Music, NI Skills Panel for Film and TV, ACNI Lottery Committee and was a founding director of the NI Music Industry Commission.

The Nerve Centre is a purpose built 15,000sq ft building officially opened in 1999. Housed in this state-of-the-art building are a live music venue, cinema, edit suites, rehearsal and recording studios, and an in-house film production company. The Nerve Centre currently has over 100,000 people benefiting from its various events, programmes and projects. From the outset the Centre attracted significant media attention for its innovative policy of combining art form and activity. More recently the centre has expanded to include the development of Magazine Studios, a 18,000 sq ft facility which was a former youth hostel next door. The Magazine Studios was built over four floors and includes the Northern Ireland Archive of Moving Image; a cinema and computer suite that houses the Northern Ireland digital film archive and the Centre’s own North West Film Archive - And that’s just the ground and first floor! Above this is the Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centre which provides educational support to teachers and programme provisions for pupils and resource development and a creative arts support centre - four edit suites and ten offices - which provide audio post production facilities for TV and film. It is clear to see why the Nerve Centre is considered one of the UK's most dynamic and innovative multimedia centres.

For more information visit

Book now for next weeks free conference!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Speaker Profile Two: Sara Graham, Creative and Cultural Skills NI

Continuing our speakers profile series in the run up to our free conference next Wednesday, 2nd March...

Sara Graham is the Northern Ireland Manager at Creative & Cultural Skills, the institution objected on tackling the skills needs of the UK within the creative sector, including: Craft, Cultural Heritage, Design, Literature, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.

Creative & Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council, licensed by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. SSCs receive public investment and engage with government departments across the UK. This enables organisations and employers, via SSCs, to have a far greater impact on policies affecting skills and productivity. The organisation’s key goals are:
- reducing skills gaps and shortages
- improving productivity, business and public service performance
- reforming learning supply, making courses and qualifications relevant to industry
Creative & Cultural Skills Department works directly with employers providing information, education and training, promoting work within the creative sector.

For more information visit:

Programme for the Creative Industries Innovation Conference

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Programme for the final Conference in our Creativity & Innovation series.
Free, limited spaces available - book today. 

University of Ulster Lecture by Eyal Weizman

Research Graduate School Conference, Wednesday 9th March 2011 - 1:30 pm