Showing posts with label Derry~Londonderry. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Derry~Londonderry. Show all posts

Monday, 1 June 2015

PLACE Urban Design Academy 2015 | Derry~Londonderry

PLACE is looking for volunteers for its 4th annual Urban Design Academy, taking place this year in Derry~Londonderry from 3-7 August.

We need 4-5 committed individuals with a strong background in the built environment disciplines and a keen interest in education and research.  You will work together as a team in the two-months leading up to the Academy, meeting approximately every two weeks, and will be present for the full week of 3-7 August.

It's full-on, but an amazing experience, especially if you plan to have a career in architecture or urban design, as previous volunteers can testify.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Marks of Time: The Building of Derry~Londondeery - Friday 9 January 2015

Marks of Time: The Building of Derry~Londondeery is a free public lecture with Manus Deery, Principal Conservation Architect NIEA on Friday 9th January 2015.

Sketch by Manus Deery.

Lecture Time: 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Venue: Monument & Buildings Record, Waterman House, 5-33 Hill Street, Belfast, BT1 2LA

Monday, 27 October 2014

Building a Temple at Burning Man festival!

Friday 15th August was a very exciting day for me. I found out that I was being kept on in PLACE after working on a summer project with them. As if I wasn’t already excited enough, I was asked to work on a project with Artichoke in Derry next year with an Artist who builds wooden Temple structures at Burning Man. To research and prepare for this I was asked to be part of the Derry team to help with the Temple build at Burning Man festival in the Nevada Desert in America!  

"Love" art installation by Laura Kimpton

As a former San Francisco resident, artist, creative person, festival reveller and random experience junkie, Burning Man has always been high on my bucket list of inspirational experiences.  Burning Man is a difficult concept to explain if you haven’t been but I’ll try. It’s a festival in the desert where a temporary city, Black Rock City is created for a week. In Black Rock City art and architectural structures are built on the desert, referred to as “the playa” and burnt by the end of the week to emphasise the temporal nature of the festival; immediacy being one of their guiding principles. Burning Man has 10 key principles, which set the tone and atmosphere of the festival, which I think is one of the reasons why it is so unique. Money doesn’t exist in Black Rock City (with the exception of coffee and ice for sale), there is no marketing, brands, band line-ups.  Instead this non-monetary environment is balanced out by a gifting culture (another principle) You no more as have to think of something you need or would like and someone will offer it to you. This ranged from food, a lend of a bike, a hug, a compliment, time, an amazing indian head massage hairwash, an air mattress, weird and wonderful entertainment, as well as countless Burning Man trinkets and mementos. As they say in Black Rock City, “The Playa provides…” which I found to be very true!

Art car & mutant vehicle line up

Myself and the three other Derry crew felt like we had won a golden ticket by being asked to take part.  We made our journey from Derry to Belfast, San Francisco via Newark and hopped on the Burner Express to the Nevada desert!

We arrived with an early pass, first timers at Burning Man were separated from the crowd, made to make dust angels and roll about in the sand and ring a bell shouting “I’m not a virgin anymore!” signifying our initiation into the wonderful mysterious experience that is Burning Man festival.

Temple of Grace at sunset

We were warmly welcomed by David Best to the Temple team of 100 people made up of architects, designers, artists, builders and general volunteers who worked on the Temple for 3 weeks. We helped the last 3 days. Everyone was fascinated by the Derry project and many of them were really keen to be a part of the chosen team going to Derry for the build. We tried to explain the context of Derry, the bonfire culture, divided communities and discussed the potential of a project like this in Derry.

Temple decor team making mosaic tiles for the floor

What struck me about the Temple team was how much of a community family atmosphere had grown between them. Many of them were coping with big losses in their lives and found the Temple project a way to work through these. It was amazing to see such a diverse group of people, of all ages and abilities, full of absolute characters work together in a non hierarchical fashion and tirelessly build a Temple that would be burnt down after a week! 

Temple of Grace team 2014 & David Best, photo by David Washer

The Temple was incredibly intricate and beautiful, made from thousands of wood cut panels which then people were invited to write on and leave their messages. It was such an emotional atmosphere in the Temple, people mourned lost loved ones, singing, praying crying, writing messages This was a stark contrast to the booming techno music and exhibitionism on the main playa. 

The altar and messages left at the Temple

The Temple burn night was the last night of the festival. As Temple crew we have front seats on the sand and thousands gathered to watch the Temple burn down along with their messages to loved ones, regrets, secrets and confessions. The atmosphere was respectful, reflective and still. We sat mesmerized by the beauty of the Temple burning, watching the flames slowly envelop the structure, the colours of the flames inverting like the negative of a photograph, the heat on our faces, the wind dance swirls of dust and ash and eventually the structure spinning and collapsing.

Burning Man and working on the Temple was an amazing, inspirational, intense and emotional experience. I’m so excited about the Temple coming to Derry, if it can even create of fraction of the positivity, emotional release and community atmosphere that comes from working together on a project like this I think it will be very powerful! 

The Man burning

If you want to help #Temple2015 come to Derry, spread the word and donate to their Kickstarter campaign:

Thursday, 12 December 2013

Forum for Alternative Derry launch | 12th December 2013

Forum for Alternative Derry launches 12th December 2013 at Sandinos, Water Street, Derry~Londonderry, 5.30pm. Everyone welcome.

The initial agenda of the Forum:

Harbour Square : Reconnect
City Gateway : Making an Entrance
Bishop Street : Broken
Waterside Water : Turning our Back
Vacant City : New Uses
Cathedral : Quartered

Click to enlarge

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

European Walled Towns Symposium | Thursday 24 October 2013, Derry~Londonderry

The Symposium takes place from 23 - 26 October 2013 and is hosted by the European Walled Towns Association, Holywell Trust and Derry City Council.

European Walled Towns Symposium

Through an engaging programme of lectures and activities 'Historic Towns - Walled Towns' aims to bring different communities in Europe together to share their expertise and local experiences in the following fields, and particularly against the backdrop of the economic crisis:
  • Balancing heritage conservation with job creation & regeneration priorities;
  • Engaging people and business in heritage;
  • Heritage management in post-conflict or contested spaces;
  • Creating a heritage legacy from Cities of Culture.
Speakers from various backgrounds and nationalities will present their best practice examples and three elaborate workshops allow delegates to engage in local challenges. Additionally, there is ample opportunity to connect with other delegates in a number of social events.

Historic Walled Towns - Walled Towns | Thursday 24 October 2013


Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Have Your Say: Ebrington Development Framework Consultation

Ilex is seeking your views on the regeneration of the Ebrington site in Derry~Londonderry.

Works completed to date include the development of Cunningham Square and Ebrington Square and the Peace Bridge and the refurbishment of building 71. Buildings 80 and 81 are currently being fitted out as temporary exhibition space for the Turner Prize 2013 and ultimately as a hub for the creative industries.

Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry

Mel Higgins, Interim Chief Executive of Ilex explained: “A development framework for the 26-acre site is currently under way to ensure sustainable development in the short, medium and long term. Ebrington will seek to attract inward investment and offer a variety of economic, social and cultural benefits,whilst being carefully integrated with the city's One Plan, which forms the basis for future development in the city. We’re therefore keen to engage with local community groups, residents, businesses and individuals, to hear their ideas, and address any concerns they may have."

The second phase of consultation will commence in November, after which an outline planning application for the entire site will be submitted in January 2014.

For more information:

Click here to have your say online. The deadline for responses is 5pm on Friday 25th October 2013.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Launch of The Seeing Project learning resource from Walled City Partnership

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Congratulations to Mary Kerrigan and her colleagues at the Walled City Partnership on yesterday's launch of The Seeing Project, their new learning resource for primary-level school children. The project was launched by the Mayor of Derry Martin Reilly alongside Mary McLaughlin, Chair of the Walled City Partnership and Shona McCarthy, Chief Executive of the Culture Company and Cliodhna Mulhern

The project encourages young children to "voice their feelings, opinions and dreams for themselves and their place". It's based on appreciative inquiry, the "purposeful search for the best in people, in situations and in places". Its initial resources have been developed around the city of Derry, but Mary Kerrigan noted at the launch that the lesson plans can be applied for learning anywhere across the world.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Walls 400! History Conference | Sat 6 & Sun 7 April, Derry~Londonderry

Walls 400! is a programme of activities to mark the quatercentenary of the City Walls during 2013. 

The objective of Walls 400! is to fully explore the contested history that the City Walls represent and to celebrate Derry’s Walls as a present-day, national heritage asset, with the potential to unite rather than separate people. 

The Walls 400! History Conference is dedicated to unpacking the history of Derry~Londonderry's Walls. Exploring myths, tackling hard history and providing evidence-based facts. Over two days delegates will get the opportunity to quiz archaeologists and historians and to take part in practical workshops examining the fabric and use of Derry's Walls.

Full details are available in this brochure.

Monday, 14 January 2013

This is the Place | announcement of prize winners

At the end of October last year, PLACE, somewhereto_NI, and Belfast Exposed put out a call for submissions for a competition called This is the Place | Photography from the Ground Up. We invited young people from across Northern Ireland to show us their places as they see and experience them. We had a fantastic response representing a broad interpretation of the brief and displaying a high standard of young talent.  

Just before we broke for Christmas we got together to select the winners with our panel of esteemed judges - Pauline Hadaway, director of Belfast Exposed; Damien Duffy, artist-in-residence and education programme co-ordinator at Void Derry; and Brian J Morrison, Belfast-based artist and lecturer in photography at the University of Central Lancashire.

Pauline, Damien, and Brian skillfully went through each submission, evaluating the image on a range of criteria, including interpretation of the brief, subject matter, and composition, before coming to a unanimous decision on first, second, and third places.

We are delighted to announce that the winners are...

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Secret Laboratory opening in Derry - Friday 16th March

The Secret Laboratory runs at the Derry Playhouse until 26th March. Click the flyer above for more details.

Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory
Exhibition Launch at The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry

Talk by the curator Paul Clarke (University of Ulster) at 12pm.
Followed by the exhibition opening and reception at 1pm.

The Exhibition continues at The Playhouse until 26th March 2012.

The Secret Laboratory reveals the hidden world of the architect's sketchbook. Shown together as a selection of local, national and international architects - based in Ireland and Northern Ireland, the exhibition reveals the ideas, observations, thoughts and reflections that are often concealed in a drawer, a coat pocket or in the individual imagination of the architect.

Monday, 28 November 2011

Post-2013: Sustaining the City of Culture

In this series, Post-2013, we take a critical look at the transitions that Derry~Londonderry and its people will undergo in preparation for the UK City of Culture 2013, and we speculate on the long-term cultural sustainability for the region beyond 2013.

Series curated by Aimear Lynch.

The newly constructed Peace Bridge connecting the Cityside and the Waterside. Photo by Aimear Lynch.
The tension was palpable in the Guildhall Square as the winner of the UK City of Culture was revealed in July 2010. The announcement saw Derry~Londonderry beat off stiff competition from the other nominee cities (Birmingham, Norwich and Sheffield) to secure the cultural year. The award, a first of its kind within the UK, follows the success of Liverpool as European Capital of Culture 2008, and provides the city and region with a unique opportunity to showcase the its distinctive and diverse cultures.

Friday, 18 November 2011

Academy of Urbanism 2012 Annual Congress to take place in Derry~Londonderry

Photo via Adamina on Flickr

Hot on the heels of winning the Great Town Award 2012, Derry has been confirmed as the host city for the Academy of Urbanism Annual Congress next year. More updates as we get them.

The full list of winners from the 2012 Awards are also listed on the Academy of Urbanism's website.

Saturday, 12 November 2011

Derry City Walls Gazetteer now available free from NIEA

The new gazetteer is the third publication on the city's walls from NIEA since 2007. All three are available from the NIEA website.

A new gazetteer which describes the walls of Derry in detail is now available as a free PDF download from the NIEA website:

Friday, 11 November 2011

Derry~Londonderry wins Great Town Award at Urbanism Awards 2012

Derry has won this year's Great Town Award at the Urbanism Awards. Photo via edvvc on Flickr.

At today's Urbanism Awards ceremony in London's Grand Connaught Rooms, Derry~Londonderry was awarded the Great Town Award 2012.

Accepting the Award on behalf of the city, Derry's Deputy Mayor Councillor Kevin Campbell said that the awards were a starting point for the city to continue sharing and exchanging knowledge with Bury St Edmunds and Totnes, the two other Great Town finalists. Councillor Campbell led a strong delegation from Derry City Council to the event.

A poem by Ian McMillan based on the new Peace Bridge in the city will be featured on the Academy of Urbanism website in the next few days.

An inspiring keynote speech at the ceremony by Wally Olins CBE highlighted that people's perceptions of a place can be rooted in the past, but that it is just as important to look to the future. He felt that Derry was a great role model for this attitude.

At PLACE, we are delighted with this result for Derry and for Northern Ireland - PLACE Director Michael Hegarty has been a keen supporter of the campaign: "When added to City of Culture, the nomination of Culturlann for the Stirling Prize and our spectacular new Peace Bridge, people beyond here are now starting to recognise what Derry people have always known - Derry is a Great Town!"

We also look forward to strengthening our relationship in future with the Academy of Urbanism, whose aim to advance the understanding and practice of urbanism closely aligns with our own at PLACE.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

University of Ulster students in Derry~Londonderry

PLACE hosted a research review today for Year 5 University of Ulster Architecture students. The students, led by lecturers Saul Golden and Emily Smyth, presented mapping investigations about the city to architects Mary Kerrigan and Michael Hegarty, and University of Ulster urban design PhD student Deirdre Greaney.

The entrance to Artillery Chambers on Artillery Street in Derry, which PLACE is temporarily programming with support from Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors.

The students from University of Ulster have been investigating various sites around Derry City in preparation for their Year 5 design project.

The students produced a complex map and model of the city as part of their initial research, on display at today's review.

Our thanks are due to Caldwell & Robinson for their kind support and use of their premises, and to the Playhouse Theatre for use of their equipment.

Saturday, 27 August 2011

"Vertical. Nature. Base." invite

Some details of an exploratory/artistic/dance project being run by Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company's Artistic Director Steve Batts with artist Dan Shipsides. See below a message from Steve inviting participants to a participatory element of the project in the coming weeks:


Hi there!

I'm sending you this email because I think you might be interested in joining in with a wonderful and very unusual project that I'm doing.

If you like to be creative and enjoy the outdoors, walking, climbing, camping this project is for you.

For two weeks, from next Monday, Artist Dan Shipsides and myself are going to be climbing, moving, recording, photographing, videoing, eating and sleeping at a secluded cove in North Donegal as the first part of a project investigating the poetic possibilities in the direct physical engagement with one very particular natural location. From that engagement we will be creating movement, still and moving images, environmental art, stories and ideas.

Part of this project is open for participation.

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Crafting a new space for Electric Picnic: two Bucholz McEvoy talks next Wednesday

Above: Merritt Bucholz of Bucholz McEvoy. Image via UL.
Bucholz McEvoy - Craftitecture at Electric Picnic
- Wed 31st August
- Lunchbox Talk at PLACE, 1pm
- Evening Talk at Culturlann Doire, 6pm

We're pleased to team up with Culturlann Doire to bring Bucholz McEvoy to both Belfast and Derry next Wednesday 31st August. Merritt Bucholz and Kevin Walsh will discuss the firm's winning entry to the Electric Picnic Craftitecture competition. Their pavillion, produced with the Galway School of Boat Building, is under construction at the Electric Picnic site for use during this year's festival.

They will deliver their talk at PLACE at 1pm and that evening they travel to the Culturlann to deliver the talk at 6pm.

For full details of the event and booking info:

Thursday, 28 July 2011

International recognition of urbanism in Belfast and Derry

PLACE Chair Bill Morrison gives a presentation on Belfast City Centre at the Belfast Urban Promo conference in Venice in October 2010. The conference was the genesis for Belfast receiving this year's Urbanistica Prize.

Belfast receives Urbanistica Prize 2011 (updated 5th August 2011)
Belfast has been awarded a prestigious Urbanistica Prize for 2011 in the category of "Balance of Interests". The award came after judges attended the Belfast Urban Promo conference and exhibition (produced by ARD Architects and supported by PLACE) in November 2010.

Mayor of Belfast Cllr Niall Ó Donnghaile commended the work of those involved in the Urban Promo event, and in the wider regeneration work of the city:
“Sometimes it takes an outside viewpoint to realise just how far Belfast has come in the last 15 years. There have been so many positive achievements made against a backdrop of change, and often at times when confidence has been low as Belfast emerged from a city of conflict.
"Being from a new generation of politicians I believe we have an excellent opportunity to build on past successes and work more effectively together to provide even more regeneration for the city as a lasting legacy for future generations.”

Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland welcomed the announcement of the award of the Urbanistica prise and commented:

“I am delighted that the significant regeneration programme that has been ongoing in Belfast for the past 15 years has been recognised by the award of the "Urbanistica" prize following the Urban Promo Conference in Venice last October. This award recognises the significant programme of regeneration undertaken in Belfast and how the balanced approach of Public Sector interventions and Private Sector investment created a transformed urban environment in the city.
"The award follows on from Victoria Square being awarded the “Urban Regeneration Initiative of the Year” title at the MAPIC awards in 2008 and is a fitting tribute to the collaborative approach taken to the regeneration of the city by my Department, Belfast City Council and our private sector partners. I would also like to commend PLACE for their outstanding work in coordinating the Belfast in Venice Exhibition at the conference and thank Urban Promo and Urbanistica for the award and for the enthusiasm they have shown towards Belfast’s Regeneration story”.

The prize will be awarded at a ceremony in Bologna this November.

Read more:
Belfast City Council - News
- Urban Promo website (in Italian)

Derry~Londonderry nominated for Great Town Award 2012
Meanwhile, Derry~Londonderry has been shortlisted for the Academy of Urbanism's Great Town Award 2012. "Derry beat off competition from very strong contenders in the ‘Great Town’ category," said Michael Hegarty, PLACE Director. "When added to City of Culture, the nomination of Culturlann for the Stirling Prize and our spectacular new Peace Bridge, people beyond here are now starting to recognise what Derry people have always known - Derry is a Great Town!" The Derry Journal has more.

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Culturlann Ui Chanain in Derry ~ Londonderry shortlisted for Stirling Prize

Well done to Culturlann Ui Chanain in Derry, which has been nominated for the Stirling Prize - a first for a Northern Ireland building. Culturlann Ui Chanain is an Irish language centre teaching traditional music, dance and language. The building is located on a landlocked site on Great James Street in the city. At a cost of £4m, the cultural space opened in September 2010 and was designed by O'Donnell and Tuomey Architects.

Culturlann. Photo by Gary Potter.

The building has already been recognised by the Royal Institute of British Architects in May and last year won an Architectural Association of Ireland award. It is now in the shortlist for the Stirling Prize with six other UK buildings: see images of all six at the Guardian. The winning finalist will be announced in October this year - PLACE will keep you updated on how Culturlann Ui Chanain gets on.