Know Your PLACE: Portaferry
Ryan Orr & PLACE, July 2011
Know your PLACE: Portaferry is a book which leads you on a fascinating tour around some of Portaferry's most beautiful buildings. It helps you rediscover your town and amaze your family and friends with facts about the buildings you think you know.
Know your PLACE is designed for young people, families and schools to develop awareness of their local built environment. It’s also really useful for grown-ups and visitors!
Know your PLACE: Portaferry was written by Architecture student Ryan Orr and developed by PLACE. PLACE would like to thank Ryan and the Ulster Architectural Heritage Society and Portaferry Library for their involvement.
Download: Know Your PLACE: Portaferry [PDF]
Dr. Jenny Millar & PLACE, 2008
Our Belfast was published to accompany the workshop and exhibition series of the same name, which ran in PLACE in 2007.
"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them." Extract from The Little Prince, Saint-Exupéry, 1991.
There are buildings within this city, which to different people really epitomise the place of Belfast – they are buildings, which have meaning and importance to the life of the city and the place that is Northern Ireland… But we all think that we know and understand these buildings – we expect that most people see and understand them in the same way that we do ourselves…
Whether or not we realise it, we often classify children’s behaviour within the built environment as childish and immature. However research has shown that this behaviour is often merely the means by which children are investigating and learning to understand their environment. In addition to this, it is also clear that children’s perceptions and understanding of space are different to those of their grown-up counterparts and the design of space can have a huge impact on the behaviour, well-being and education of children.
A child uses all of his or her senses to understand a place whereas adults have learnt to rely predominantly on their sense of sight. Often we tell children to “look – don’t touch!” and in doing so perhaps we are stifling their own way of learning. Ultimately, children experience buildings and their environment in a way that is different to the way in which we see it.
This book is dedicated to looking at some of the iconic buildings of Belfast through the eyes of some of the children of this city in order for us to see with fresh eyes, just what these buildings offer.
Download: Our Belfast [PDF]
Architecture in the Curriculum
In January 2010 PLACE held the first Architecture in the Curriculum workshop - A day long training event that partnered teachers and built environment professionals. It was anticipated that the BE professionals would help stimulate ideas and offer support to teachers throughout the pilot. In the following months the teachers and architects worked together with the pupils on topics as diverse as building bridges right through to addressing new uses of space.
Architecture in the Curriculum was initially designed to be piloted with Key Stage 2 teachers and pupils so we were delighted to see teachers and architects applying the methods to Key stage 1 pupils, highlighting how adaptable the built environment is as a learning tool.
This publication of case studies provides an overview of the diversity of Architecture in the Curriculum. They outline how the built environment can be used as a teaching resource and how the learning addressed areas of learning in the current Northern Ireland Curriculum: The Arts, Language and Literacy, Mathematics and Numeracy, Personal Development and Mutual Understanding and the World Around Us.
Special thanks to all the participating pupils, teachers and architects and to Solent Centre for Architecture and Design.
Download: PLACE Architecture in the Curriculum [PDF]