Showing posts with label Mapping. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mapping. 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.

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Mapping Belfast - A Workshop for Children

This Saturday (31st October), PLACE is holding an event in Belfast City Centre for children to explore and create maps of their city experience. 

Meeting at Belfast City Hall at 10.00am, participants will follow a guided walk through the city to PLACE- the Built Environment Centre on Lower Garfield Street (opposite Castle Court), where they will be given the opportunity to ‘draw’ their experience of the city as a map.

Children will receive a goody bag at the end of the event. 

The event will end at 12.00noon. The event is primarily aimed at children from 6-11 but others are very welcome!

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

PLACE & DTNI selected to take part in 'Techies in Residence'

PLACE is delighted to have been selected, along with Development Trusts NI (DTNI), to take part in the Techies in Residence programme (TIR). We see the TIR programme as an opportunity to join the dots in terms of community planning by mapping the potential of unused space across inner city Belfast. We want to make repopulating vacant spaces easier, faster, and more creative. A key factor in that is taking away much of the mystery surrounding property ownership, rates, contracts, and other formalities that can disinsentivise smaller, independent businesses, community groups, and cultural organisations from stepping in where retail has died off. 

PLACE is keen to begin to make data that are already available fit for public use as well as gathering and exposing new data that show how people use the inner city areas. We want to establish an evidence base and accurate policy information to support a more vibrant and resilient inner city. We know that there is significant demand for short, medium, and long term reuse of vacant retail units & void sites. We want to take available data and work with our Techie to make it less unwieldy; simply, to present information to the public in an attractive and useful way.

The Techies in Residence (TIR) programme is as an initiative of the Building Change Trust, which in turn has been funded by Big Lottery Fund. CultureTech have been appointed by the Trust as Managing Agent for the ongoing development and delivery of Techies in Residence.
Techies in Residence:
Development Trusts NI:

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

The Tidal States of "Eneropa"

Above: The proposed Eneropa map by OMA. Ireland north & south and the western half of Great Britain would form part of the "Tidal States"

In the Observer, Rowan Moore considers Rem Koolhaas and OMA's plans for a united network of renewable energy across "Eneropa".

"I have, frankly, no idea if by 2050 anything like this network will exist, or whether it will join the ranks of the fantastical and doomed, along with the cities teeming with autogyros imagined in the 1930s, or the 1960s' faith in the future ubiquity of hovercrafts. I doubt if anyone else knows, either. But, of all the abstract speculations about what sustainable futures might look like, there has not previously been one so tangible or engaging."

Observer: Roadmap 2050 by Rem Koolhaas's OMA

Read more:
OMA: Eneropa

Monday, 3 May 2010

Resounding Rivers panel discussion, launch event and walking tours!

Above: The map to accompany Matt Green's audio artwork project has been designed by Ryan O'Reilly

This week, PLACE is excited to mark the launch of Resounding Rivers - a series of audio installations by Matt Green across Belfast City Centre - with some special events.

Thurs 6th May, 11am @ Belfast Waterfront

First, on Thursday morning, we have the official launch of the project at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. After an introduction by Matt Green, we host a panel discussion on SOUND AND THE CITY with Dr Gascia Ouzounian, an expert in sound installation art at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Paul Clarke, lecturer in Architecture at University of Ulster, and Adam Turkington, Co-ordinator of Trans Urban Arts Festival.
For more info and to book, click here!

Thurs 6th May, 6-9pm @ PLACE and participating venues

The six audio pieces will be unveiled on Thursday evening from 6-9pm. A special video installation will also be shown in PLACE throughout the project, from 6th May - 5th June.
Find out more: click here.

Sat 8th, 15th & 22nd May, starting @ PLACE

Archaeologist Ruairi O Baoill will be leading a series of unique tours exploring the “Hidden History” of Belfast on three Saturdays in May - 8th, 15th and 22nd.

Adults: £5
Students and concessions: £3
Under-12s: free!

For tickets contact PLACE on 028 9023 2524 or email info AT!

Read more about Resounding Rivers:
- Press release on the project (Belfast City Council)
- BBC piece featuring an interview with Matt Green (BBC News)

Monday, 4 May 2009

"Horizonless projection"

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"...the ability to be in a city and to see through it is a superpower, and it's how maps should work."

Here & There, two maps of Manhattan (Uptown and Downtown) by London design studio Schulze and Webb.

Friday, 20 March 2009

Google Street View comes to the UK

Bringing mapping to an entirely new level, Google Maps has introduced Street View, already established in the USA, into its UK maps.

So far in Northern Ireland, Belfast has the Street View feature; the plan seems to be to include all places eventually. South of the border, Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford are all planned for inclusion.

To get started, try searching for a Belfast postcode on Google Maps, then drag the little Street View icon (below) onto the street you'd like to explore.

Street View on Wikipedia
BBC News: 'Google camera car hits the street'
BBC News: 'Manic street features'