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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: www.techinres.com
Development Trusts NI: www.dtni.org.uk

Monday, 3 August 2015

Forum for Alternative Belfast (2010 - 2015)

Forum Farewell.
Issued by Forum for Alternative Belfast - July 2015.

Forum for Alternative Belfast has been winding up since January 2015 and recently we have taken the decision to close the organisation.

Since 2010, with the collaboration of many groups and government agencies, the Forum has produced a series of urban re-stitching plans for the city that begin to deal with its longstanding problems of disconnection, particularly access for inner city communities. Over this period, we have demonstrated practical projects for the city, alongside wider analyses and a set of principles for how Belfast can be planned in the future. We have had some successes; however, other Forum projects may remain as illustrations of what could have been. All of this offers cause for reflection and learning.


The trajectory of the city’s development is something we should all be concerned about. With the City Council's new planning powers we urge all those concerned to take a professional and reflective approach that ensures, as a priority, the creation of a fair and balanced city that is connected by walkable, well designed streets. 
 We wish to thank all those who have contributed to the work of the Forum and we hope that our work will continue to influence the shaping of the city.
Our website - www.forumbelfast.org - will remain and publications will be made available at the universities; for legacy issues please contact [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." hackettarchitects.com 


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." hackettarchitects.com


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 www.designguggenheimhelsinki.org.


Finalists:

  • 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

Friday, 21 November 2014

Job Opportunity: RSUA Director

The Royal Society of Ulster Architects welcomes applications for the role of RSUA Director. This strategic role will ensure the advancement of architecture and the promotion of high standards in the industry through delivery of our strategic plan, networking and liaison with key stakeholders, management of budgets, event management, development of services and managing operations and finance in close partnership with the RSUA Council and President / Honorary Officers.




The role will appeal to individuals who have a passion for design in the built environment, a desire to see standards upheld through knowledge impartation and service development, and the ability to implement plans which will extend the influence of this important work in NI and beyond.

For an application pack, please email [email protected] Closing Date: 5pm, Friday 12 December 2014. For any further information pleas email [email protected]

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

PLACE has moved to Lower Garfield Street

2014 marks ten years of PLACE and we have moved to a new public space at 7-9 Lower Garfield Street.

Lower Garfield Street.

The street we now call home is an important pedestrian link between the commercial area of Royal Avenue and the vibrant cultural activities of the Cathedral Quarter. Our front door is a short walk from the CastleCourt shopping centre, the University of Ulster, The MAC, City Hall and much more besides.

Lower Garfield Street is also adjacent to North Street, one of Belfast’s original gateways and thoroughfares, which has, in recent years, suffered some of the worst examples of dereliction and urban decay in the city centre. We intend to contribute to the continued revitalisation of that area of Belfast City Centre.

Not only have we reactivated the property, we also intend to animate the surrounding public space of Lower Garfield Street through our busy programme of architecture and built environment projects and events.

The interior of 7 - 9 Lower Garfield Street.

We look forward to welcoming you to the launch of our new space at Lower Garfield Street on Thursday 19 June, 6pm.

PLACE is grateful to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for funding support to refurbish the premises and purchase new equipment.

Wednesday, 21 September 2011

A note from the PLACE Director

PLACE Director Michael Hegarty lends his personal support to an appeal for information on the murder of Mr. Simon Tang in Carrickfergus in 1996:

"I strongly support the appeal for information on the murder of an architecture graduate in Belfast. Mr. Tang's widow, children and family are my close friends and neighbours. He studied architecture in Oxford."

From BBC News:
The Chinese Welfare Association wants to raise a further £10,000 over the next 15 days with the help of all communities in Northern Ireland in an attempt to bring the total reward money to £15,000 - £1,000 for every year that has passed since his death.
Dean Lee, a relative of Mr Tang's and Eileen Chan-Hu, chief executive of Chinese Welfare Association said the victim was "typical of the three generations of Hong Kong Chinese people in Northern Ireland".
They said he "worked predominantly and tirelessly in the catering industry befriending as well as providing employment and services to people and communities across the sectarian divide throughout the troubles.
"Fifteen years on we support Betty (Mr Tang's wife) to relaunch an appeal for information in the hope that the people of Carrickfergus are more prepared to come forward."
They said the PSNI has confirmed the case remains open and is pursuing new lines of enquiry including the use of forensic technology.


BBC News: £15k reward plan over murder of Simon Tang in Carrick

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Newsnight in Salford

Jeremy Paxman returns to Salford 10 years after first visiting the community to find out what impact attempts at regeneration have made on the area.

(The piece starts at 23m30s in - available on iPlayer until 1st February.)

BBC iPlayer - Newsnight 25/01/10

Friday, 13 March 2009

Crumlin Road courthouse fire



Lots of coverage this morning of yesterday's fire at the disused Crumlin Road courthouse.

BBC News: Blaze destroyed 40% of courthouse
BBC News: Fire at landmark city courthouse (video)
BT: Blaze at old Crumlin Road Courthouse was arson
Lots of pictures on Flickr

RSUA president Dawson Stelfox profiled the Crumlin Road Jail and Courthouse on RTE Radio 1's Architect's Eye in April 2008 - the programme is available here (click 'Listen again to the programme' to listen).