Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Events. Show all posts

Monday, 24 October 2016

StreetSpace - Mapping Castle Street Workshop

 You are invited to the workshop: ‘Mapping Castle Street: an interdisciplinary workshop about the character of the street’, in PLACE on November 17-18, 2016.

Streets are scenes of conflict. They are contested public spaces where fundamentally different people can meet. Architects, planners, designers and policy makers have designed, managed and controlled the way streets are used, occupied and transited. Academics have raised awareness of the value of streets that are diverse, vibrant and inclusive, while urban policy focuses on the commercial value of city streets, and urban designers in their aesthetic and formal qualities. 

But what makes a good street? Is it the boundaries and thresholds created by buildings binding it? Is it the use of those buildings? Or is it the street’s identity, history and memory?

We will develop a series of layers of analysis including but not limited to: mapping, drawings, diagrams, photographs, interviews, archive work, soundscapes, and more.

We are not looking for a universal solution to the use, design and management of streets, but a culturally specific array of possibilities that our streets could potentially have. 

Castle Street is an ideal case study to consider, for it is in the core of the city, it connects very different areas, and above all it is loaded with meaning and potential.

We invite students, academics and professionals of architecture, planning, anthropology, sociology, history, psychology, film, media, arts and any other disciplines interested in the analysis of public space.

Join us for two days of exploration!

The workshop is free of charge.

Location: PLACE,  7-9 Lower Garfield Street. Belfast
Date: Thursday 17 and Friday 18 November 2016, 10am - 5pm

Please RSVP Agustina Martire to confirm your attendance before November 16th. [email protected]

Facebook event: Check for updates on presentations and participants.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Upcoming Exhibition | Identifying Place: An exhibition to showcase investigative works from Master of Architecture students at Ulster University and Queens University Belfast

15-18 March 2016
Opening event Tuesday 15 March 5-7pm
7-9 Lower Garfield Street
north street : smithfield + union

PLACE is delighted to host this collaborative exhibition, displaying the approaches of our two architecture schools to neighbouring areas of the city. 

Students from QUB SPACE explore North Street as one of the few remaining architecturally and socially diverse public spaces in Belfast City Centre. The Masters of Architecture project, led by urban designer Michael Corr and lecturer in architecture Agustina Martire, analyses North Street within an urban context that  is fractured, divided by motorways, car parks, empty buildings, and large retail buildings. Within this seemingly bleak urban landscape, North Street still offers a complex vibrancy and diversity. Current redevelopment plans, however, threaten the mere existence of such streets in Belfast. The project highlights the value of North Street in its complexity and diversity.

The adjacent Smithfield+Union neighbourhood - between present day Castle Court, Millfield/Carrick Hill, Royal Avenue, and the expanding Ulster University Campus - was once an area outside the city walls that developed around the historic routes of North Street and Donegall Street. It is the original home to Smithfield Market and Haymarket, and contains some of the city's oldest streets and listed Victorian and Art Deco buildings. Over the last forty years however, the area has been both neglected and subject to multiple large-scale redevelopment schemes that have left high levels of derelict or vacant properties, and surface car parks; remaining areas are under threat.  

In this context, as part of an Ulster University Master of Architecture studio coordinated by Lecturer Saul Golden, students have been documenting the physical fabric and the life of the neighbourhood through drawings, models, photography, and film. They present a snapshot of what exists and what is rapidly disappearing along the North Street artery and surrounding areas, to promote discussions about the neighbourhood’s future and its connections with the wider city.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Cinema and the City Presents: Ports & Harbours/ Places and Films

9 February - 10 May
Black Box
Hill Street

As part of their ongoing work exploring the relationship between Cinema and City, QUB research group CACity present a new film series looking at ports and harbours. 

The first screening is on 9th February at 5.30pm in the Black Box, and features four short films about Belfast by members of CACity, followed by 1966 film 'Battle of Algiers'. 

All welcome!

Places and Film Nights is a collaboration between Film and Architecture, Ulster University Belfast Schools of Architecture, Glass Eye Ciné, and CACity QUB.

Contact: [email protected]

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Upcoming events at PLACE during September 2014

September 2014 is shaping up to be a busy month at our new premises on Lower Garfield Street. We have a number of free talks and walks scheduled throughout the month. Visit for more information and to book.

PLACE, 7 - 9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast, BT1 1FP.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

summer of somewhereto_ Launch Party

55 High Street, Antrim, BT41 4AY
Tuesday 15 July, 6-8pm

For three weeks this summer, somewhereto_ will again take over a vacant retail unit, transforming it over three weeks into a free creative space for young people to use for enterprise, fashion, music, photography, art, events, and workshops. summer of somewhereto_ is a national festival, with six locations across the UK. On 15 July 2014, we will formally the launch the Northern Ireland space, located on High Street in Antrim, and shine a spotlight on homegrown talent from across the region. 

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Urban Design Academy - ready to go

As you may know, all next week we're holding the PLACE Urban Design Academy 2013 for ages 14-19 in Bangor. Thanks to support from North Down Borough Council, admission to the event is free - but you need to book online in advance: click here.

So what have we got in store? Check out the day-by-day rundown below...

Inside the former Woodsides Dept Store, 69-73 Main Street, Bangor - the venue for next week's PLACE Urban Design Academy. Photo: Conor McCafferty.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Library Square Activation - Thurs 21st Feb, 1 - 3pm

Thursday 21st February from 1 - 3pm there will be a temporary activation of Library Street.

The "activention" is jointly organised by Urban Research Belfast, MAG (the Ministerial Advisory Group) and PLACE with support from the Titanic Pub, Cafe Wah, and the Belfast Central Library along with volunteers from the University of Ulster Department of Architecture and Smithfield & Union businesses.

Monday, 17 September 2012

Belfast Bike Hire Scheme Lunch Briefing | Tues 25 Sept 1.10 - 1.35pm

The Belfast Bike Hire Scheme represents a £700k investment by 2015. Belfast City Council were awarded funding in August 2012 to take forward the project and provide 300 bikes and 30 docking stations. 

On Tuesday 25th September 2012 between 1.10pm and 1.35pm Anne Doherty from Belfast City Council will present the background to the hire scheme bid and the plans to be operational by 2015. There will also be a 10 minute Q&A session.

The Belfast Bike Hire scheme will attempt to
replicate the success of the Dublin scheme.

Date: Tuesday 25th September
Time: 1.10 - 1.35pm
Location: PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast
Book: Click Here (free but limited seating)

This event is organised by the Belfast Cycle City Campaign and Belfast Friends of the Earth in association with PLACE.

Monday, 3 September 2012

What next for Ulster Architecture? | Fri 7th Sept, 1pm

To kick off the European Heritage Open Days weekend, join us for a free lunchtime event at PLACE. Local experts will discuss the legacy of modern architecture in Ulster and consider what new architecture is on the horizon.

Photo by Gary Potter.

In the past number of years, new high-profile public buildings have opened: The Lyric (O'Donnell & Tuomey), The MAC (Hackett Hall McKnight) and the Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre (Heneghan Peng). Are they indicative of a renaissance in contemporary Ulster Architecture, or if not, what obstacles are there between us and better contemporary architecture in Ulster?

Speakers include Barrie Todd, Ciaran Mackel, Sarah Lappin, Alastair Hall and more.

Friday 7th September | 1pm | PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast, BT1 5EE.

Book online here or phone 028 9023 2524.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Share your Vision: 21st April 2012

Share Your Vision is the PLACE student platform. Graphic by Anna Skoura.
Share Your Vision is the platform for students of architecture, urban design, planning and related disciplines to share their ideas and discuss topics of interest. The next event is to be held on Saturday 21st April at 12.30pm at PLACE. An established architect will frame the debate and give their experience.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Article 25: Architects in International Development

Built Solutions to Global Problems: Click the flyer to enlarge.
We're opening our doors to a fantastic charity next Thursday 8th March from 6pm at PLACE.
Article 25 designs, builds, and manages projects to provide better shelter wherever there is disaster, poverty, or need. They bring experienced, field-appropriate professional skills and academically rigorous research findings to NGOs who want to build.
Daithi MacLaimhin and Jessica Toale from Article 25 will be speaking about their experiences creating a vocational training centre for former child soldiers in Uganda.

All welcome. To RSVP: email conor[at]placeni[dot]org

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, 1 July 2010

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

UPCOMING EVENTS - Film screening, Photography tour and Architecture debate

Our colleagues at the Forum for Alternative Belfast and Belfast Exposed have some interesting events happening in the next few weeks...

Change of Address
The Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road
Thursday 22 April
£4.50 & £4.00

This documentary made in 1975 by BBC Northern Ireland follows the housing problems in Belfast and the proposed development of the Belfast Urban Motorway. The Belfast Urban Motorway was the name given to an ambitious scheme to build a continuous free-flow motorway around the city centre. For various reasons the scheme never went ahead.

The Documentary looks at the problems of the Divis flats development on the Falls Road and the difficulty of the living environment. It also looks at the depopulation of the Shankill Road as people moved to the outskirts of the city to housing schemes such as Springmartin. People talk about the difficulty of this move because of the poor conditions and isolation from their original communities.

Following the screening Jackie Redpath alongside Declan Hill and Mark Hackett (Forum for Alternative Belfast) will talk about the issues raised in the films.

To book your tickets online click here. (Tickets also on sale on the night).

A Special Event with the
10th Belfast Film Festival and Forum for Alternative Belfast


Sunday 25th April (exhibition runs 26 April - 23 May)

A site-specific exhibition of images sourced from the Belfast Exposed archive, placed in sites around the city centre. The images and their role as historical document are given a new context by positioning them in on-street advertising panels.

Meet at Belfast Exposed at 2pm before embarking on walking tour of the exhibition sites, led by one of the original photographers, who can give a unique first-hand account of each photograph.

Tour will finish up at The Dark Horse on Commercial Court for a drinks reception.

More info via


Architecture Debate at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
The Dark Horse
Friday 30 April 6.00pm
£3.00 - Buy Tickets here

"Belfast has had nothing of any architectural merit built in the past 50 years."
BBC Northern Ireland: Good Morning Ulster: 26/02/10: 8.38am.

Following comments by Environment Minister, Mr Edwin Poots that he was going to radically reform the Planning Service, BBC presenter Karen Patterson read the above anonymous text message.

Chaired by Finola Meredith, a group of leading architects, planners, community activists, academics and journalists will debate the subject. Ten well known Belfast Buildings will be presented. Both panel and audience will have the chance to vote.

More info via

Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Architecture Debate @ CQAF; 30th April, 6pm

Architecture Debate
The Dark Horse
Friday 30 April 6.00pm
£3.00 (Tickets via

Part of the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival

"Belfast has had nothing of any architectural merit built in the past 50 years."
BBC Northern Ireland: Good Morning Ulster: 26/02/10: 8.38am.

Following comments by Environment Minister, Mr Edwin Poots that he was going to radically reform the Planning Service, BBC presenter Karen Patterson read the above anonymous text message.

Chaired by Finola Meredith, a group of leading architects, planners, community activists, academics and journalists will debate the subject. Ten well known Belfast Buildings will be presented. Both panel and audience will have the chance to vote.

Read more: The 11th Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival 2010

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

PLACE Update - July 2009

PLACE's Garden - Wed 22nd - Sat 25th July

Next week sees Fountain Street in Belfast transformed with art, guerrilla gardening, film, music, tango, BBQ and more! Check out the full event listing here - also look out for the booklets in various venues across the city. Come join us at PLACE for the special launch event on Wed 22nd July from 6pm-8pm, where we'll introduce the week's activities - all welcome; refreshments will be served!

Please note there are limited places for each event - BOOK NOW by calling (028) 9023 2524 (you can leave a message while we are closed!) or email [email protected]

If you are interested in volunteering to help us out at the events next week, get in touch in the same way!

[PLACE's Garden has been developed in association with Brown & Bri, the Landscape Institute of Northern Ireland, La Boca Restaurant and with funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.]

MAG - Raising Standards

Published last week, Raising Standards is the first report on the work of MAG (the Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment).

Download it here [PDF, 419kb]

weePLACE - Eva Maher and Henrietta Williams
The weePLACE exhibition cabinet continues to display interpretations of the built environment from all walks of life.

weePLACE004 - Eva Maher
Coinciding with PLACE's Garden, Dublin-based Eva Maher presents her 2D and 3D works based on "the arduous experience that is moving house". Launching Wed 22nd July at 6pm.

weePLACE005 - Henrietta Williams
And in August, alongside David Turner in the Main Gallery, Henrietta Williams presents On the Threshold, a collection of photographs exploring the regeneration of the land that lies alongside interfaces in Belfast.

Upcoming in August - David Turner's Cross-Section and Scale
After a six-month residency at QUB School of Architecture in 2008, fine artist David Turner has developed an exhibition exclusively for PLACE.

The pencil drawings show physical cross-sections of buildings throughout Belfast City Centre which have been deconstructed by attacks during the Troubles.

Now available in the RIBA Bookshop at PLACE
AAI Awards 2009 - New Irish Architecture 24
The latest edition in this ever-popular series is now available, with profiles, illustrations, drawings, photography and in-depth analysis of the best new Irish architecture of the past year, as selected by the Architecture Association of Ireland.

The July/August issue of Perspective is now available, featuring the new Derry Playhouse, plus a special feature from the PLACE staff and a report on the UU students' intervention in Belfast's Holylands £4.00

Also now available at PLACE: Architectural Review (£9, monthly) and Architectural Record (£10.95, monthly)

Discount vouchers
Until the end of August, when you spend £30 or more you will receive a £5 discount voucher for use in RIBA Bookshops (including PLACE and the RSUA in Belfast).
Terms and conditions apply.

Keep up-to-date with the latest titles in the bookshop on the PLACE Homepage and on the blog:

PLACE Online
PLACE Homepage
News on our upcoming exhibitions and events, plus PLACE publications and archives.

Recently on the blog:
From YouTube, a film about Best Products Co stores designed by SITE in the 1970s - click here to check it out.

Stay in touch with us on the blog for up-to-date news and thoughts about the built environment in Northern Ireland and further afield. Comments welcome!

PLACE Library Blog
Our team of voluntary librarians are moving on to the classification stage of our new library at PLACE. Keep up with them on their blog!

PLACE Facebook Group
Join us on Facebook for news and invites to upcoming events!

Contact Us

PLACE will be closed from 15th - 20th July, reopening on Tuesday 21st July.

To book for any of the upcoming PLACE's Garden events, simply email us at [email protected] or call (028) 9023 2524 and leave a message.


To subscribe to the PLACE Mailing List, email [email protected] with SUBSCRIBE in the title

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Coming soon - PLACE's Garden!

From Wednesday 22nd - Saturday 25th July, PLACE’s Garden will bring life to Fountain Street in Belfast with guerrilla gardening, family workshops, tango dancing and much more!

View the press release here.

Full event list coming soon! For more information contact us at PLACE on (028) 9023 2524 or email [email protected]