Showing posts with label Research. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Research. Show all posts

Thursday, 8 January 2015

'Myths of Belfast' Film Screening & Panel Discussion - Mon 26 Jan, 7pm

The urban identity of the City of Belfast has been a point of contestation for hundreds of years, arguably most acutely throughout the 20th century. Student-architect, PhD student and film-maker Andrew Molloy’s research suggests that the social identity of any city is of such complexity that it will forever evade definition and will make fools of the fundamentalists and those who claim to have absolute knowledge. Instead, identity needs to be conceived of as a process, not a product.

‘Myths of Belfast’ brings together the urban interpretations of three practitioners who have had a defining role in defining the accepted urban identity of the City of Belfast and exposes them as mere imaginative leaps, albeit ones that helped shape Belfast’s physical fabric.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on the issues raised, panel members to be confirmed.

Monday 26 January 2015, 7pm at the Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast. For more information click

Draft Event Timetable

19.00: Doors Open

19.15: Introduction

19.20: Film Screening

20.00: Short Break

20.10: Panel Discussion
Chaired by Ciaran Mackel, with Bill Morrison (former Belfast planner and former Chair of PLACE), Karen Latimer (UAHS committee member and chair of HEARTH), Declan Hill (architect and co-director of the Forum for Alternative Belfast) and Niall McBrierty (architect and tutor at University of Ulster).

21.00: End

Monday, 6 October 2014

Fundamentally Biennale

(2014 International Architecture Biennale, Venice)
By: Eve Russell (PLACE - Invigilator, Venice Biennale 2014)

The Architecture Biennale takes place every two years in Venice, with a range of countries that have permanent pavilions in the Biennale Park designing an exhibition that responds to a common theme. The 2014 Biennale is curated and directed by Rem Koolhaas, an award-winning Dutch architect. The title he has set for this year is “Fundamentals” and the theme is “Absorbing Modernity: 1914-2014”. 

Each country that has a pavilion in the Biennale Park has designed an exhibition that responds to the 2014 theme, which is show-cased during the Biennale festival that runs from June-November 2014.
The British Pavilion is being curated by FAT Architecture and Crimson Architectural Historians, who have entitled the British Pavilion Exhibition “A Clockwork Jerusalem”. The exhibition explores modernist architecture within the United Kingdom, documenting the UK’s response to the modernist movement.

This year, the British Council funded a fellowship programme for 50 fellows from various universities and organisations throughout the UK to invigilate the British Pavilion. They have also added a new dimension to the invigilating programme, with a 12-day research programme included as part of the invigilating role. Each fellow has the opportunity to design their own short research project to explore while in Venice. I am PLACE’s representative and will be invigilating at the British Pavilion exhibition for a month this summer.

A training programme took place in April this year, with 45 of the fellows meeting at the Barbican in London to embark on a series of tours, talks and discussions about the Biennale. This was a great opportunity to meet the other invigilators and learn about something we are all passionate about. The training days involved staying at Balfron Tower, a modernist residential tower block designed by Ernő Goldfinger in the 1960s, artists and residents still live in the tower.  We explored many parts of London, including other residential modernist buildings such as Robin Hood Gardens, and public spaces, Crisp Street Market and Festival of Britain Park. Stratford, the Olympic Park was also part of our exploration, seeing how Britain designs in 2014.

The Venice Biennale this year is about “architecture, not architects” according to Rem Koolhaas and will be an investigation into the history of architecture, of what has been built. The biennale not only considers how countries have absorbed modernity, but people and societies, also. Visiting the biennale is an opportunity to “absorb” the architecture and culture of many countries as well as absorbing Venice, a city literally flooded in architectural, artistic and social heritage.

For more information on PLACE's involvement with this year's Venice Biennale, search the Absorbing Modernity programme at the Belfast Festival at Queens

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship

Applications are invited for the Giles Worsley Travel Fellowship, open to architects and architectural historians.

The BSR Library in Rome. Image via

It is a three month residency (October to December 2011), with accommodation in a study-bedroom, meals in our communal dining room, 24-hour access to our historic library collection, a research grant of c. £700 per month, and a group show.

Further details (including eligibility criteria) are available at

For any further information, please contact Gill Clark at [email protected]

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 1 February 2011.

Friday, 5 March 2010

SCALE: AHRA Conference November 2010 - University of Kent

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Scale is a word which underlies much of architectural and urban design practice, its history and theory, and its technology. Its connotations have traditionally been linked with the humanities, in the sense of relating to human societies and to human form. To build in scale goes virtually without saying in the world of ‘polite’ architecture, but this is a precept observed more often in the breach when it comes to vast swathes of commercial and institutional design. The older, more particular, meaning in the humanities, pertaining to classical western culture, is where the sense of scale often resides in cultural production. Scale may be traced back, ultimately, to the discovery of musical harmonies, or it may reside in the arithmetic proportional relationship of the building to its parts. One might question the continued relevance of this understanding of scale in the global world of today. What, in other words, is culturally specific about scale? And what does scale mean in a world where an intuitive, visual understanding is often undermined or superseded by other senses, or by hyper-reality?

Papers are invited from architects, urban designers, artists, landscape designers and other thinkers and makers who look at scale in its various manifestations. Please send your 300 words abstracts for papers to: [email protected] by 1 April 2010. Selected papers will be published as an edited book as part of the AHRA series.

The conference organisers also welcome poster submissions which explore questions of scale.

1 April 2010: submission of abstracts (300 words)
April 2010: selection by reviewing committee
May 2010: notification of selection
1 October 2010: full papers submitted

Conference: University of Kent
Friday 19 November - Saturday 20 November 2010:
University of Kent, Canterbury

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

CARDI Research Grants Programme: PLACE to work with QUB, TCD and Irish National Disability Authority

CARDI (The Centre for Ageing Research and Development in Ireland) yesterday announced the successful applicants for Call 1 of its research grants programme.

As part of this programme, PLACE, Trinity College Dublin, Queen’s and the National Disability Authority plan to build a larger partnership that will study how the urban environment, not just housing, can be accessed and used to the greatest possible extent by people of all ages.

Professor Bob Stout, Queen’s University Belfast, Co-chair of the grants panel, said:
“We were delighted to receive a very large number of applications. Clearly a lot of new contacts have been made between academics and representatives of the voluntary, public and private sectors on both sides of the border. These grants, worth almost €90,000, will serve as pump-priming money. This fits well with CARDI’s wish to get all the partners together and stimulate research that will bring benefits to the daily lives of older people and ensure that both parts of Ireland are geared up to meet the needs of an ageing society.”

More info: Press release from PLACE website

Monday, 11 May 2009

Fondation Le Corbusier: Grant for Young Researcher

"For the coming academic year 2009-10, the Fondation Le Corbusier will attribute one grant to a young researcher wishing to devote his/her studies to Le Corbusier's work. The research proposals should concern primarily the aspects of his work that have not been the subject of sufficient in-depth research, or, in the case of areas already studied, propose an original approach (multi-disciplinary, comparative, transverse, etc.). All of the aspects of Le Corbusier's work are acceptable as research subjects: building works, unrealized architectural or urban projects, furniture, the plastic arts - painting, drawing, tapestry, exhibitions, etc. - writings (published or not); biographical research contributing to an understanding of the man and his work may also be proposed. Applicants must be young (maximum age 35), working toward a master's or postgraduate degree (fine arts,
architecture, history, urbanism, art history, law, etc.), and preferably working in a research laboratory or similar scientific facility.

Applications should be received by June 30, 2009."

Info: Fondation Le Corbusier