Showing posts with label DCAL. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Ministerial Advisory Group for Architecture and the Built Environment seeks new members

DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín is seeking to appoint eight new Members to the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for Architecture and the Built Environment. 

The Minister said: “This is an excellent opportunity for suitably qualified individuals to use their experience and skills to become design champions and to further the good work already taken by the Ministerial Advisory Group in improving the built environment around us. I hope that there is a high level of interest from those who wish to create an attractive, healthy, safe and sustainable built environment which contributes to neighbourhood renewal and economic growth while promoting equality and tackling poverty and social exclusion.”

In June 2006 the Department published the ‘Architecture and the Built Environment for Northern Ireland’ policy. This policy made provision for the creation of a Ministerial Advisory Group to advise on policy implementation and to champion good design in the built environment.

All applications for appointment are considered strictly on merit. The final decision on appointments will rest with the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Friday 29 November 2013.

Further information, including detailed criteria for appointment, can be obtained from Personnel & Facilities Management Branch, Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Causeway Exchange, Level 10, 1- 7 Bedford Street, Belfast, BT2 7EG, by telephoning 028 9051 5149; text phone 028 9052 7668 or emailing: [email protected] Details can also be found at:

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

What I learned from the FAB Summer School 2012

Anna Skoura works with the Forum for Alternative Belfast and is a contributor to the PLACE Blog. She reports on the Forum's recent Summer School, "Re-stitching the city" held at Belfast City Hall from 13th-17th August.

The Forum for Alternative Belfast (FAB) 2012 Summer school took place two weeks ago (13-17 August) in the City Hall. The event was organised in collaboration with the East (EWPB) and West Belfast Partnership Boards (WBPB). The theme was “Re-stitching the city” and its primary goal was to address the very poor connection of the city centre with East and West Belfast. This is the fourth FAB Summer school, after 2009 which resulted to the "missing city map", 2010 which focused on North Belfast and 2011 on South Belfast. It followed the same structure: presentations for the first two days, public consultation on Tuesday and Wednesday evening and workshops during the rest of the week.
Photo by David Bunting
The organisers along with Belfast’s governmental and community bodies (Belfast City Council, East and West Belfast Partnership boards, Department for Social Development (DSD), Department of Environment (DOE), Department for regional Development (DRD)) presented their views and future projects related to the study areas.

Right from the start, it was interesting to see the distinctive approach that East and West Partnership representatives held during their opening presentations. Maurice Kinkead (CEO of EBPB) in an optimistic manner highlighted the positive impact of the Partnership’s recent activity in certain areas of East Belfast, while Geraldine McAteer (WBPB), very concerned, underlined West Belfast’s challenges and most urgent needs. Regarding the presentations given by the different Departments, the lack of a comprehensive vision for the city’s future and the lack of inter-departmental collaboration becomes evident. Sadly, clashing projects are sometimes the result.

Friday, 25 February 2011

MAG: First Three Years Report

A report published by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure looks at the first three years of the Ministerial Advisory Group (MAG) for Architecture and the Built Environment.

Download: MAG - The First Three Years (PDF, 393kb; via


Related: Read more on the work of the MAG on the DCAL website

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Creativity and innovation to provide the sustainable solutions of tomorrow

Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure Nelson McCausland, with PLACE Chair Bill Morrison and PLACE Director Michael Hegarty, at the Creativity and Housing Conference at Belmont Tower, Wed 10th November. Photo by Robin Cordiner.
Creative collaborations and a focus on sustainability can tackle the economic, social and environmental challenges facing Northern Ireland.

This was the message delivered by the Culture Minister Nelson McCausland and the Environment Minister Edwin Poots at the launch of a conference series on Creativity and Innovation in the Northern Ireland Construction Industry.

Speaking at the event, Minister McCausland said: “The key priority for government in Northern Ireland is to rebuild and rebalance the economy in a way that promotes sustainable economic growth.

“Creativity involves the generation of new ideas and new ways of doing things. Innovation is the successful exploitation of these new ideas. Collaborations and partnerships between business, government and academia can spark the creative ideas that lead to innovative solutions to challenges facing the construction industry and indeed those facing Northern Ireland”.

The conference series has been organised by PLACE, Northern Ireland’s Architecture and Built Environment Centre, to stimulate creative thinking and innovative solutions to the challenges faced by the region’s construction industry.

Minister Poots said: "I believe that creativity and innovation are at the heart of sustainable development. I am committed to building solutions that support sustainable development, and am eager to promote innovation and creativity, particularly in the design of new housing where this will allow individuals to reduce their carbon footprint, and collectively, assist in meeting Northern Ireland's targets for carbon reduction".

Architect and Director of PLACE, Michael Hegarty said: "We are delighted that DCAL are supporting creativity and innovation in the Northern Ireland Economy. Architects and others in the construction industry have been among the hardest hit in the recession and the commitment from Government to support innovative design and sustainability is very welcome. The growth of the private sector in Northern Ireland will require fresh thinking based on our established economic base and architects and the construction industry generally are rising to that challenge."


- "Creativity and Innovation in the Northern Ireland Construction Industry" is a series of three conferences organised by PLACE with support from DCAL

- Each conference deals with a different theme: Creativity and Housing (10th Nov), Construction Material Innovation and Creative Industry Innovation

- The series continues in the new year