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Tuesday, 8 March 2011

GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE: Panel Discussion at PLACE


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Wednesday 30th March, 1pm. Book your tickets here.

A panel exploring initiatives aimed at creating green infrastructure in Belfast.
This discussion will feature speakers engaged in practice, research and green policy in the city.

To find out more about the 'Green Infrastructure' programme click an image above.

Price: £5 including lunch.
To book: click here or phone PLACE on 028 9023 2524

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

Event report: Restore, Reuse, Recycle (20th Oct)

Colin Shaw chairing the panel discussion

On Wednesday 20th October we were delighted to welcome three leading lights of architectural conservation to Belfast . Nicholas V Thompson, Niall McCullough and Dawson Stelfox - working in London, Dublin and Belfast respectively - were at the Ulster Museum for the PLACE Restore, Reuse, Recycle panel discussion.

Nicholas V Thompson of Donald Insall Associates described his “ten degrees of intervention” which encapsulated the basic concepts of conservation and restoration. From “regular daily care” to “radical interventions to secure a building’s future” to “major urban change involving multiple interventions”, each successive degree increased in complexity and involved a greater level of intrusion and transformation.

Thompson’s talk explored the degrees of intervention with examples from the work of his firm, Donald Insall Associates, whose portfolio includes numerous well-known buildings across the UK. These included the restoration of Windsor Castle after a catastrophic fire in 1992, the modern refurbishment of the courtyard of Somerset House, and the sensitive conservation of the Houses of Parliament.

Niall McCullough of McCullough Mulvin Architects was the second speaker of the evening and he highlighted his firm’s work in producing modern interventions in old buildings. Their Rush Library in County Dublin, for instance, involved a startling modern intervention in a Victorian church. The new structures were sensitively implanted into the heart of the original building; they were independent and non-invasive and thus allowed new and old to co-exist.

Niall McCullough

Intervening in an already existing building demands learning and appreciation of the existing built fabric - McCullough sees it as “a form of geography, working within a building rather than with fields or hedges”. This learning experience also has the capacity to surprise: “When you make an assumption about a building, it comes back to bite you”. You have to “work with, rather than against” the building. The process of intervention “engenders humility”, says McCullough. “You are just one person working on this building over several years”. Taking this concept to its logical end, the firm ensured that their intervention was reversible: “What goes in could come out.” Finally, McCullough pointed out that his work was merely a means to an end: “The people and [in the case of Rush Library] the books complete the architecture”, he says.

The final speaker of the evening was Dawson Stelfox. Stelfox is Chairman of Consarc Design Group, a practice working across the UK and Ireland, with a strong track record of rehabilitating derelict and dilapidated buildings in Belfast. Stelfox raised some interesting questions and touched on the paradoxes and problems inherent in architectural conservation. Speaking of the refurbishment of the House of Commons Chamber at Stormont following the fire of 1995, he described how the decision was taken to replicate the original chamber…but change it. Stelfox tackled some potentially contentious issues, discussing the possible futures of the North Street Arcade in Belfast and questioning the audience as to what should be done with this dilapidated building.


The panel

The evening ended with a Question and Answer session with the three speakers which instigated an interesting and lengthy discussion ranging from reuse of vacant buildings to increasing public appreciation for built heritage.

Rosaleen Hickey and Conor McCafferty
Photography: Amberlea Neely
PLACE

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Summer at PLACE

As the sun shines on the last day of August we take a look back over our packed summer-schedule at PLACE.

Miguel Martin kicked off the proceedings at the Out of PLACE unit with his ghoulish adaptation of Belfast’s Corn Market, the first in the ‘Paint by Numbers’ series - members of the public were then invited to colour in and bring life to Miguel’s outline. Ryan O’Reilly was up next with his graphic ‘Day or Night’ and architect Eva McDermott’s interactive installation ‘Home’ concluded the series of live paintings - thanks to all the artists and members of the public who contributed!

Janis Steadman then gave us all green finger fever, helping young and old to make use of old roller boots, hats and even an old pram through planting. Once the planting was complete we took our moving garden through the city ending with a tea party at a secret location. Continuing on the garden theme, Andrew Kenny took up residency in Out of PLACE creating miniature hanging planted sculptures which then were distributed around the city and given new homes by members of the public.

Out of PLACE was not only host to the visual arts this summer; local talent Escape Act with the help of The Streetwise Samba Band lead a merry troupe of revellers through Belfast city centre. After a crash course in the basics, members of the public were ready to join the band and get the streets of Belfast pumping with music - no parades commission necessary! Escape Act then preformed an intimate gig in the Castle Lane unit attracting hoards of curious shoppers into what was once a deserted shop unit.

On a more serious note, PLACE also held a series of lunchtime discussions and lectures. Supported by Bagel: Bagel, our lunchtime visitors included Naomi Long (MP), architect Ciaran Mackel, Italian architecture collaborative Stalker, Bernard Clarke of Translink and many many more. We discussed issues of design, policy and community engagement throughout the three talks, ‘Reconnecting the City’, ‘Walking for a U-turn’ and ‘The Road to Nowhere’. Again our thanks go out to all the speakers who kindly attended.

Throughout the summer PLACE continued to deliver its weekend architecture walking tours including , ‘Belfast Churches’, ‘Art Deco Tour’ and a tour of Donegall Square. You can also still visit the Contested Spaces exhibition until 2nd October in PLACE, comprising a series of digital sculptures created by members of the Frank Design team.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our fun-filled summer schedule and we hope to see you all at our many upcoming autumn and winter events!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Reconnecting the City

Wednesday August 4th sees the first in a series of lunchobox talk, beginning with 'Reconnecting the City' in assocaition with Feile an Phobail. This discussion, chaired by Mairtin O Muilleoir will highlight current work aimed at reconnecting parts of the city and reconnecting people to the city-making process alongside speakers Gerry Adams MP, Naomi Long MP, Ciaran Mackel and Geraldine McAteer. Admission is £5 including lunch provided by Bagel:Bagel. Advance booking required, contact [email protected] or call on 028 9023 2524.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

"The History of the City" from In Our Time


Above: Victorian London around 1900 via mdavids2000 on Flickr

Now available on the iPlayer, two editions of Melvyn Bragg's In Our Time on "The History of the City".

The first programme takes the long view from Mesopotamia in the 8th Century BC up until the milestone of London passing 1 million inhabitants in 1801. The second episode, which aired this morning, focuses on the explosion of development from the 19th century to the present which has transformed both city centres and vast swathes of their surrounding landscapes.

Panelists include Peter Hall, Tristram Hunt and Ricky Burdett.

BBC Radio 4: In Our Time - The History of the City, Part 1 and Part 2

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Photos from yesterday's Panel Discussion





Photos above by Amberlea Neely.

Thanks to everyone who attended yesterday's Perspectives on Design in Cathedral Quarter event, which we thought was extremely positive. Thanks of course to all the speakers, and to Belfast Exposed's Exchange Mechanism, which made it happen.

A report on some of the issues raised is coming soon...