Showing posts with label International. Show all posts
Showing posts with label International. Show all posts

Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Virtual Uprisings: Tahrir Square, Social Media and the return of Public Space - Wed 6 May 2015, 2.30pm

The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE) and Spaces of Liberation Project at Queen’s University Belfast would like to invite you to a public talk by Professor Nezar AlSayyad.

Professor AlSayyad’s talk is titled: “Virtual Uprisings: Tahrir Square, Social Media and the return of Public Space”. He will share his views on the practices and dynamics of social movements in public space over the past few years including latest developments on the protests in Hong Kong and the US and the political unrest in the Middle East, the rise of Islamist ideology of insurgency and the manner with which public space is accustomed to a profound and radical change in the Twenty First century.

Tahrir Square

Professor Nezar AlSayyad is a distinguished Professor of Architecture, Planning and Urban History at the University of California at Berkeley. He is the Chair of UC-Berkeley’s Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Former Head of International and Area Studies Graduate Programme, the co-founder and president of the International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments.

Professor AlSayyad is the Editor of the highly acclaimed Journal of Traditional Dwellings and Settlement Review. He received several high profile awards including Guggenheim Fellowship (2014) and UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award (2008). He is the author and editor of over 15 books and two documentaries, including: “Traditions: The ‘Real’, the Hyper and the Virtual in the Built Environment” (2014), “Cairo: Histories of a City” (2011), “The Fundamentalist City?” (2010), “Cinematic Urbanism” (2006), “Making Cairo Medieval” (2005), “The End of Tradition” (2003), “Urban Informality” (2003)Muslim Europe or Euro-Islam” (2002), “Consuming Tradition, Manufacturing Heritage” (2001), and “Hybrid Urbanism” (2000).

The talk is hosted by “Spaces of Liberation” Project based at The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering (SPACE) and Co-sponsored by Architecture and Construction Management Research Cluster (ACM), Institute of Spatial and Environmental Planning (ISEP), and the Institute for Collaborative Research in the Humanities (ICRH).

For further information visit, or visit the Facebook pag at

Date: Wednesday 6 May 2015
Time: 2.30pm - 4pm
Venue: Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, Belfast
Cost: Free
Booking: Email [email protected]

Monday, 27 April 2015

Belfast based architect Mark Hackett receives honourable mention in Helsinki Guggenheim international competition

A worldwide open architecture competition for the proposed Helsinki Guggenheim attracted a record number of entries (1,715) and the organisers have now revealed the six finalists and fifteen other schemes which narrowly missed out on the shortlist. Amongst those to receive an honourable mention is Belfast based architect Mark Hackett.

Credit: Mark Hackett Architect

Mark describes his proposal as taking "a sensitive approach to the historic city and harbour, proposing the building as a permeable urban block, forming a new public street, ferry terminal and defining a promenade along the quayside. The building can be approached and entered from all these directions. The galleries enclose a garden with its grove of trees, a cafe with an open plan kitchen and herb garden." 

Credit: Mark Hackett Architect

Within Mark's proposal the "main galleries sit under a series of dimly lit and voluptuous vaults reflecting natural light from hidden sources. As one ascends to the roof terrace one can walk among the external expression of these vaults. Collectively they form a rarefied and abstract order at the scale of the harbour area, one that contrasts with the tacitly and intimacy of the lower building around the garden. The proposal seeks to create richly varied spaces that city residents can return to again and again."

Credit: Mark Hackett Architect

An exhibition of the finalists' schemes, including those chosen by the jury for honourable mention, has now launched at the Kunstalle Helsinki ahead of the jury's final decision in June.

For more information on the exhibition or competition, visit


  • AGPS Architecture Ltd Zurich, Switzerland and Los Angeles, USA
  • Asif Khan Ltd London, UK
  • Fake Industries Architectural Agonism New York, USA, Barcelona, Spain and Sydney, Australia
  • Haas Cook Zemmrich STUDIO2050 Stuttgart, Germany
  • Moreau Kusunoki Architectes Paris, France
  • SMAR Architecture Studio Madrid, Spain and Western Australia

Honourable Mention:
  • ACXT-IDOM Bibao, Spain
  • BUBE Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro New York, USA
  • Francisco Jorquera - Elena Campos Palma de Mallorca, Spain
  • Helsinki Zurich Architecture Office Helsinki, Finland and Zurich, Switzerland
  • Ja Architecture Studio Toronto, Canada
  • KUTONOTUK Virginia, USA
  • Labics Rome, Italy
  • Mark Hackett Architect Belfast, Northern Ireland
  • No.mad Arquitectos Madrid, Spain
  • Nug Architects Barcelona, Spain
  • Nuno Brandao Costa Porto, Portugal
  • Projekt Praga Warsaw, Poland
  • Studio Fountainhead + MGG Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Viar Estudio Arquitectura Getxo, Spain

Monday, 3 September 2012

Open call: Urban Exquis II - a cinematic installation in New York

A call is open for film-makers, artists and architects interested in contributing to a cinematic installation in First Park, Manhattan.

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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

Thursday, 19 January 2012

Art on Chairs International Design Competition

It's architecture you can sit on! Some of the greatest architects known didn't just stop at building skyscrapers, they went on to design the finer details to the highest design spec. Take Frank Llyod Wright's 'Barrel Chair' that he design in 1937 for Herbert Johnson's house.

The Barrel Chair, Frank Llyod Wright. (Photo by

For the attention of all architecture and design students/professionals (not necessarily in that order) who are passionate about innovative and good design, this could be the perfect opportunity for you.

The Paredes Furniture Design Pole, in association with ID+ (Institute for Design, Media and Culture Research), have launched a global competition called the Art on Chairs International Design Contest. The jury will be made up by internationally renowned specialists who with pick 9 winning designs for prototype, which will be the foundation of the exhibition, 'An idea for the world on a chair', to be held in September 14th - November 11th 2012.

In the companies words: the chair is the chosen object, wood is the raw material, innovation is the objective. The competition is open to three different categories: making chairs, imagining chairs, sustaining chairs. Closing date is the 31st January 2012 and entries may be submitted through their website. As well as your work being sown in a global exhibition, winning prizes will be awarded generous cash prizes.

The international company stress the idea that design does have a real impact upon peoples' quality of life, while acknowledging that excellence in design has no borders.

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The Past in the Present: World Monument Fund - 2012 Watch List

In this series, The Past in the Present, we explore how the historic urban character of a city can be part of a dynamic and continually evolving contemporary society, with an aim to spark debate on the topic of conservation and heritage in our cities and further afield.

Series curated by Ailish Killilea and Anna Skoura.

The 2012 Watch List has been recently announced by the World Monuments Fund. Every two years since 1996, the World Monuments Watch calls international attention to cultural heritage around the globe that is at risk from the forces of nature and the impact of social, political, and economic change. It is worth mentioning that the Carlilsle Memorial Methodist church in Belfast was included in the 2010 List.

This year, four sites in the UK are part of the Watch:

British Brutalism in Birmingham, Preston, and London, England
Find out more: link

Southbank Centre in London, view along the south side of the Hayward Gallery, 2010, image via the World Monuments Fund

Newstead Abbey in Ravenshead, Nottinghamshire
Find out more: link
The 13th century West Front of the priory church of Newstead Abbey, 2011, image via the World Monuments Fund

Quarr Abbey in Ryde, Isle of Wight
Find out more: link
Rough stone gable with blind pointed arches in the old abbey, seen from the East, 2009, image via the World Monuments Fund

Ruins of the former cathedral church of St. Michael in Coventry, West Midlands
Find out more: link
View of the old Cathedral from the East, with the new Cathedral to the right, 2011, image via the World Monuments Fund

The complete list, as well as a very informative report are available online via the World Monuments Fund.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

"Design truly has the power to bring people together"

Image from the SIDAREC project on the Open Architecture Network

Celebrating their 10th anniversary yesterday, the nonprofit design services firm Architecture for Humanity brings "design, construction and development services where they are most critically needed".

They developed the Open Architecture Network, an open source architecture resource allowing architects, designers, builders and their clients to share architectural plans and drawings, including CAD files.

Ten Years of Architecture for Humanity - a letter from co-founder and "Eternal Optimist" Cameron Sinclair

Saturday, 14 February 2009

MIMOA - Mi Modern Architecture

MIMOA is a really excellent resource for modern architecture around the world, taking advantage of some of the best web 2.0 functionality including Google Maps, user-generated content and customisation, and multimedia in the form of photos and video.

The idea is to pinpoint examples of great modern architecture around the world, explaining the history of the buildings and letting the user build up their own guide for sites to visit, which is downloadable as a PDF.

Here at PLACE, we're also planning to make use of Google Maps in the near future - more on those projects soon.

Meanwhile, you can read a bit more about MIMOA here (that blog also has loads more examples of Google Maps in action), and you might note that Northern Ireland is pretty poorly documented on MIMOA at present, with just the Falls Leisure Centre in Belfast included so far, so if you know of more examples of modern architecture the rest of the world should know about, get going!