Showing posts with label Environment. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Environment. 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.

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.

Monday, 28 February 2011

My PLACE: Clive Mellon

In this series, we ask practitioners, experts and enthusiasts for their take on the built environment - where are we now, how did we get here, and where are going?

We spoke to Clive Mellon, environmental expert, whose career has combined environmental policy and legislation, project management, ecological survey, site management and practical conservation.

Q. How can we plan for the environment and sustainable development?

A healthy environment is fundamental to human society for the simple reason that we depend on it for food, shelter and our general well-being - the very basics of survival. Diminishing natural resources, climate change and biodiversity loss are all huge issues which will affect the way we live in the future. Planning plays a leading role in how we manage these challenges.

The principles of sustainable development are now accepted as a key driving force of governance. Yet how often do we see these principles being side-lined for other (more short-sighted) objectives?

For planning to meet these challenges, I believe that it is time for the very purpose of planning to be modernised. Land use planning is about more than simply promoting the orderly development of land. This should not be the end objective, but just one means of achieving something much more wholesome and holistic. Our planning should guide us towards a more balanced society where natural resources are protected and climate change is a key consideration in all decisions.

We are currently witnessing a major reform of our planning system. The Planning Reform Bill will introduce a duty for practitioners “to contribute to the achievement of sustainable development.”  This is a step in the right direction, but there will need to be a clear understanding of what this means if we are to see any benefits. Decision-makers often think of sustainable development as a balancing act between the economic, social and environmental goals. Yet experience shows that balance equates to trade-off and it is very often our environment which loses out. True sustainability means that all three objectives must be met equally - challenging perhaps, but certainly not impossible. It is a concept that the planning system is well-placed to deliver.

Significant reform of the planning system does not happen every day, so we must make the most of this opportunity.  What about a right of appeal for third parties?  Even a limited concession would help to rectify the rather glaring imbalance in the planning process that its absence represents.

Planning must also play a greater part in protecting and enhancing biodiversity. After all, the new EU target is to halt all biodiversity loss AND begin to restore it by 2020.  Without the planning system stepping up to the mark we will not achieve this target.  Unfortunately PPS2 (on nature conservation) is no longer fit for purpose and we eagerly await its long overdue replacement.  The draft policy statement will be issued soon for consultation, and here is yet another opportunity to move towards true sustainability.