Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Education. Show all posts

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing

A competition to find an inventive design for a 3D printable beehive

Calling all designers and environmentalists! With the kind support of the NGO Challenge Fund, PLACE is holding a competition to find fresh, innovative and exciting designs for 3D-printable beehives.

There are three entry categories - Primary, Secondary and Adult. You can compete as a group or individual.

The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing aims to open up dialogue surrounding the promotion of biodiversity and sustainability. We aren’t seeking professional standard entries! We anticipate that most entries will need to be modified into a printable format after submission by a 3D designer. We would like to see imaginative, thoughtful designs that will render beekeeping exciting and interesting to people who don’t already know about it.

We accept entries in the form of 2D drawings/plans, scanned/emailed or by post, or 3D models. We request that entries are annotated in order to help our designer interpret your beehive as close to your vision as possible. By becoming involved with the competition, you will be able to see first hand the possibilities of the burgeoning technology of 3D printing, framed within the context of pollinators and their essential role in our environment.

For school groups this can be incorporated into an existing unit of work, be used as a springboard for discussion and investigation, or form the basis of work for an Environment or Technology Club.

We aim to exhibit as many entries as possible. The exhibition will take place in our public gallery space in Belfast city centre and we hope to show the 3D printing process to as many people as possible. This will be a unique opportunity for the uninitiated to drop in and see it in action!

What to submit?
We are looking for a 3D-printable beehive design; the size, colour and shape are up to you!

Designs can be submitted in the form of drawings, 3D models and 3D print files (e.g. STL). A submission form can be downloaded from and must be included with your entry. Entries can be emailed to [email protected] or sent to PLACE at 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast BT1 1FP.

Closing date for entries:
29th February 2015 at 5pm for both emailed and posted entries.

Click here to download a submission form. All entrants must accept the Terms & Conditions for entry.

For queries related to this project please contact Mairead Kane - email [email protected] or call PLACE on 02890 232524.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

What makes Kilburn Kilburn?

In Kilburn, a "tiny, experimental university" is offering free classes for people seeking to understand what makes this area of north-west London what it is.

Tom Keeley, speaking at the Space: A Social Agenda symposium in Ballymena in October. Photo: David Bunting.

Tom Keeley, a writer, researcher, educator and publisher, spoke at a symposium called Space: A Social Agenda in Ballymena in October. The symposium was jointly produced by PLACE with the Braid Arts Centre and Marianne O'Kane Boal.

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.

Friday, 9 November 2012

University of Ulster launch new Masters courses in Marine Spatial Planning & Coastal and Marine Tourism

The University of Ulster has launched two new distance learning Masters courses on Marine Spatial Planning and Coastal and Marine Tourism.

MSc Marine Spatial Planning. Click to Enlarge.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Brutalist Building Visit and Workshop

The Ulster Museum

On Saturday 16th November Aisling Shannon introduced a group of young children to one of the most controversial architectural styles of the twentieth century. She explored the basic concept and aesthetic of Brutalism through a hands-on cast- making workshop and a tour around Belfast’s most iconic Brutalist building; the Ulster Museum.

Casting in progress

Children enjoyed creating their own personalised plaster casts in the Brutalist mould and - whilst their creations were setting - they learnt more about the design of the museum with a guided tour of the building with Aisling. The event culminated in the unveiling and exhibition of the casts. Both children and parents went away with both an original piece of Brutalist art and an insight into this most challenging of styles.

The unveiled casts

Written by Rosaleen Hickey
Photography by Amberlea Neely

Thursday, 21 January 2010

PLACE Primary School Curriculum Initiative - photos from the first workshop

PLACE Primary School Curriculum Initiative 2010 - A Vision for the Built Environment as a Teaching Resource
Wed 20th Jan 2010, Linen Hall Library, Belfast

Thanks to all the teachers and built environment professionals who were so generous with their time and ideas at our pilot workshop yesterday, and of course a special word of thanks to Mark Drury (Solent Centre for Architecture + Design) and Paul Bulkeley (Snug Projects) who delivered the workshop on behalf of PLACE. We look forward to seeing the next stage getting started, when teachers will deliver their plans of work in the classroom, with the help of built environment professionals.

More info on further opportunities in this scheme will be on the PLACE website at soon. In the meantime, if you are an architect or a teacher, and you (or your practice or school) would be interested in getting involved in this scheme - get in touch! Email us at [email protected] or phone 028 9023 2524.