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Showing posts with label PLACE Urban Design Summer School 2012. Show all posts
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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

PLACE Urban Design Summer School Day Five | Workshop Results & Prizes

The PLACE Urban Design Summer School is a week long event for 14 - 20 years olds to explore architecture, design, public art, sketching, photography, urban history and more! The week offers the 27 young people registered a chance to learn about the built environment through exciting workshops, fascinating tours and more!

The Summer School is a part of 'out of PLACE' in Ireland's tallest building, The Obel. With support from Karl Group and McConnell Property PLACE are occupying the ground floor with fantastic views over-looking the River Lagan until September. Out of PLACE will also host the 'Secret Laboratories' exhibition and the 'RSUA President's Medal: The Shortlist' exhibition.

Let's see what everyone got up to on day five with a visit to the Lagan Weir, the Workshop Results and Prize Giving...

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

PLACE Urban Design Summer School Day Four | Urban Design & Building Visits

The PLACE Urban Design Summer School is a week long event for 14 - 20 years olds to explore architecture, design, public art, sketching, photography, urban history and more! The week offers the 27 young people registered a chance to learn about the built environment through exciting workshops, fascinating tours and more!

The Summer School is a part of 'out of PLACE' in Ireland's tallest building, The Obel. With support from Karl Group and McConnell Property PLACE are occupying the ground floor with fantastic views over-looking the River Lagan until September. Out of PLACE will also host the 'Secret Laboratories' exhibition and the 'RSUA President's Medal: The Shortlist' exhibition.

Let's see what everyone got up to on day four with a particular focus on Urban Design and some exciting Building Visits...

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

PLACE Urban Design Summer School Day Three | Sketching & Model Making

The PLACE Urban Design Summer School is a week long event for 14 - 20 years olds to explore architecture, design, public art, sketching, photography, urban history and more! The week offers the 27 young people registered a chance to learn about the built environment through exciting workshops, fascinating tours and more!

The Summer School is a part of 'out of PLACE' in Ireland's tallest building, The Obel. With support from Karl Group and McConnell Property PLACE are occupying the ground floor with fantastic views over-looking the River Lagan until September. Out of PLACE will also host the 'Secret Laboratories' exhibition and the 'RSUA President's Medal: The Shortlist' exhibition.

Let's see what everyone got up to on day three with a particular focus on Sketching and Model Making...

Friday, 10 August 2012

PLACE Urban Design Summer School Day Two | Urban Planning & Tours

The PLACE Urban Design Summer School is a week long event for 14 - 20 years olds to explore architecture, design, public art, sketching, photography, urban history and more! The week offers the 27 young people registered a chance to learn about the built environment through exciting workshops, fascinating tours and more!

The Summer School is a part of 'out of PLACE' in Ireland's tallest building, The Obel. With support from Karl Group and McConnell Property PLACE are occupying the ground floor with fantastic views over-looking the River Lagan until September. Out of PLACE will also host the 'Secret Laboratories' exhibition and the 'RSUA President's Medal: The Shortlist' exhibition.

Let's see what everyone got up to on day two with a particular focus on Urban Planning...

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Young people ask: What is Belfast Missing?

Our young Urban Designers. Photo by Robin Cordiner.

This week, a group of young people aged 14 to 19 have been gathering in a vacant Belfast shop unit to discuss “what Belfast is missing”. They have been brought together for a week-long Urban Design Summer School held at ‘out of PLACE’, a temporary intervention in Belfast’s Obel Tower.

Some of the participants thought that trams were essential for Belfast, while others said that more parks and green spaces were a priority for the city centre. One participant had the idea of forming a public planning council to give people more say in important decisions about the built environment.

"The most interesting aspects were actually all those things that seemed mundane at first," said Finn MacMillan (19) from Belfast, who studies Art History in Edinburgh. "Like transport: how do you balance cycling, public transport and the car?"

PLACE Urban Design Summer School Day One | Public Art

The PLACE Urban Design Summer School is a week long event for 14 - 20 years olds to explore architecture, design, public art, sketching, photography, urban history and more! The week offers the 27 young people registered a chance to learn about the built environment through exciting workshops, fascinating tours and more!

The Summer School is a part of 'out of PLACE' in Ireland's tallest building, The Obel. With support from Karl Group and McConnell Property PLACE are occupying the ground floor with fantastic views over-looking the River Lagan until September. Out of PLACE will also host the 'Secret Laboratories' exhibition and the 'RSUA President's Medal: The Shortlist' exhibition.

Let's see what everyone got up to on day one with a particular focus on Public Art...



Monday, 30 July 2012

7 days to go...

Our names are Gemma Armstrong and Helen Burnett, and we are built environment students currently working with PLACE this summer as urban design summer school interns.  And the preparation is now most certainly complete for our summer school which begins in exactly one week from today!  Being the two interns solely responsible for the smooth running of the event, we are excited but slightly overwhelmed by the experience of preparing for the week, but can honestly say we are confident for a successful one.

One of the most exciting aspects of the week is the venue.  We received the news that we have been granted the ground floor space of the Obel building.  With the reputation of being Ireland’s tallest building, excellent panoramic views over the River Lagan to the docks, and at the heart of city centre re-development, it is the perfect location to host our young and creative participants.
The Obel Tower, our venue for the week

What is even more intriguing is the ‘blank canvas’ it provides us with, with a huge interior space of purely concrete and glass.  This means we get the fun job of interior designing also!  Not only are we designing a studio space for the summer school, but also designating space to host film nights and an exhibition area, which are certainly occupying us as the days draw ever closer to the 6th of August.  And we haven’t even mentioned the fun we have been having in trying to solve the toilet issue!  
Our 'blank canvas'
In terms of the week, we have packed it with a wide range of activities from boat trips, theatre visits and walking tours.  The material list for the week is growing daily, including unusual items such as balloons and play-doh, so it certainly promises to be an interesting and creative week!
The collection of materials is growing each day

So as the event draws even closer, make sure to spread the word and get signed up as there are still a few places available!

If you’re aged between 14-19 and interested in taking part, the summer school is taking place on Monday 6th to Friday 10th of August at a cost of £50.  For more information please do not hesitate to call us on 028 9023 2524, call in and visit us, or sign up via the website: http://www.placeni.org/place_events/2012/08/174

Friday, 29 June 2012

What to expect at Architecture School...

Below, our volunteer Eve gives her thoughts after completing her first year of Architecture...

Thinking Architecture...                                                                          
So, you’re thinking of doing architecture. You’ve heard the horror stories: long hours, scary crits, harsh tutors, Diet Coke, Red Bull and Boost addictions - they all apparently make an appearance at some point in your studio life. Well, yes, this has been the case for some people (though, most seemed to enter the course with these quirks already firmly established).


But it's not all bad. And maybe you'll actually grow to enjoy the once “scary crits”, “long hours” and “harsh tutors”.


Are you thinking of studying architecture? Photo by Robin Cordiner.
With that in mind, here are some points providing an insight into what architecture may entail...

The Telling Top 5:                                                                                       


1.     Group Projects:  You are thrown into these from the offset; they teach you how to deal with peers and achieve successful (or not so successful) products. This separates the workers from the dossers and is a great way to help you learn as you work. You learn from your mistakes and although it can be difficult to see others take credit for your work, you will benefit in the long run.
2.     Time management:  So, you’ve heard about the all-nighters and energy drink addictions. Yes, this can be the case if you allow it to. Working steady and often is the best method for relieving stress. Socialising is as much a part of the learning experience as the course is, so…HAVE A LIFE outside of studio!
3.     Crits:  These are the presentation of your work to a group of peers and tutors. They can appear intimidating to begin with, however, practice does make perfect! You are better to be clear and concise, taking a relaxed and conversational approach. Yes, some feedback can be harsh, but, it is usually very valid and justifying your decisions and ideas is key!

4.     Diversity:  You pick up a lot fast on the course. You can start with minimal experience and develop to having a range of well-established skills if you work at it and practice. THINK SPATIALLY!

5.     Have Fun:  This is the most important of all! Make friends with your flatmates, make time to go out, explore the new city you are in and make your projects experimental and fun! Don’t become a social recluse within the first year, it benefits no one! The tutors love to see you enjoying the projects, so find your way to do it!

Architecture just requires you to take the plunge, throw your whole self into uni life and to take it as it comes…stressing and worrying honestly achieves nothing!

                                                                                                                                                                 

For a taster of what is ahead in architecture school, and a great intro to design thinking, the PLACE Urban Design Summer School is one of the best events of the summer - and a unique opportunity for those aged 14-19 to get to grips with architecture, design, planning and public art. It runs from 6th-10th August in Belfast. 

Find out more and book a place at http://placeudss2012.eventbrite.com/

Students and graduates: have you got any more advice for the aspiring young architects out there? Leave us a comment!