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Showing posts with label South Belfast. Show all posts

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Forum for Alternative Belfast 2011 Summer School: Lessons from Mostar (Part 4 of 4)

As part of Forum for Alternative Belfast's 2011 summer school week Senada Demirovic Habibija spoke about post-conflict Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Senada is currently the Senior Advisor for Urban Planning with the City of Mostar. Mostar is located to the south of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the Neretva River and is the largest city in the Herzegovina Region.


Urban Development of Mostar

Senada began her presentation with a brief overview of the city’s history which shed light on how the old town area came to become such a rich multicultural cluster of architectural features.

The city of Mostar can trace its roots back to the Roman period with evidence found during archaeological digs. The medieval period is less well documented and little is known of this period in the city’s history. It wasn’t until the Ottoman period that Mostar began to grow considerably as an urban settlement in the 15th and 16th century.

Panorama of Mostar in 2006.

Friday, 26 August 2011

Forum for Alternative Belfast 2011 Summer School: The Vision (Part 3 of 4)


On Monday 15 August the third summer school run by Forum for Alternative Belfast (FAB) got underway looking at the connection between inner South Belfast and the city centre. Part 3 of the PLACE Blog series this week looks at the main themes arising from the summer school…


Note: I would recommend reading the “Setting the Scene” report, if you have not already, before reading the findings of the summer school as it will provide an important background context…

Following five days of collaboration between community representatives, statutory agencies, and the FAB summer school everyone gathered at the Crescent Arts Centre on Friday 19 August for a presentation of the summer school’s findings.

Crescent Arts Centre: Setting for the FAB 2011
Summer School Findings Presentation.
Declan Hill (Architect and Co Director of FAB), introducing the presentation, explained that something very positive had come out of the summer school that was not envisaged at the start of the week. Clearly excited and pleased with the outcome of the summer school Declan claimed that a “real solution” had been found during the course of the week which could be applied not just in south Belfast. The breakthrough was the agreement between everyone that the word ‘road’ could be replaced with the word ‘ street’ - ‘streets for people’. The main theme from this year’s summer school - “Streets not roads”…

Thursday, 25 August 2011

Forum for Alternative Belfast 2011 Summer School: Area Analysis (Part 2 of 4)

Part two of the four part PLACE Blog series focusing on the Forum for Alternative Belfast summer school provides brief analysis of the area between inner south Belfast and the city centre.


This year the summer school focused on the connections between south Belfast and the city centre. To provide some background to this I have selected some of the main connections and considered their performance as inner city streets and successful places.


Monday, 22 August 2011

Forum for Alternative Belfast 2011 Summer School: Setting the Scene (Part 1 of 4)

This week on the PLACE Blog we will be reporting on last weeks Forum for Alternative Belfast summer school. Part one will focus on the summer school's 'Setting the Scene' event, followed in part two by an analysis of the chosen area of Belfast and in part three the findings and proposals of the summer school will be outlined. Part four will be a report from the presentation delivered by the summer school's guest speaker for the week - Senada Demirovic Habibija (Senior Advisor for Urban Planning, City of Mostar, Boznia and Herzegovina).





Forum for Alternative Belfast (FAB) is a not-for-profit organization launched in 2009 to explore alternative ways that Belfast might be developed. Each summer FAB hold a summer school to explore these some of these alternative options. In the first summer school the ‘Missing City’ map was produced which highlighted the huge areas of land, often in public ownership, which lay empty and un-used. The following year the summer school produced an alternative vision for the York Street Interchange proposal declaring that it is not just a roads scheme but an urban design opportunity. Alongside the successful summer schools FAB is actively involved with other projects and campaigns to unlock the city’s potential. On Monday 15 August the third summer school run by FAB got underway looking at the connection between inner South Belfast and the city centre.