Architecture for Housing, Healthcare and Education in Northern Ireland
PLACE, November 2011
A collection of books exploring three key areas of architecture in Northern Ireland: Health, Housing and Education. The books are available from PLACE priced at £5 each, or together in a set for £12.
Health: Healthcare and Architecture - Northern Ireland’s Legacy
Four case studies of recent Healthcare buildings serve as the focal point for this book. As well as a retrospective, the book aims to serve as a catalyst for future discussions. Edited by Saul Golden.
Housing: Happy to Live Here? 2
Five years after the original Happy to Live Here? publication, this book analyses the design, layout and landscaping of new residential developments and streets, and finds that the issues raised in the first edition are still as relevant today. Produced by Forum for Alternative Belfast.
Education: Architecture in the Curriculum / Building Our Children’s Future
This double title explores the outcomes of Architecture in the Curriculum, a PLACE education project aimed at primary level students, and examines architecture for schools in recent years. Edited by Amberlea Neely and Marianne O’Kane Boal.
Government Action for our Urban Environment
Arthur Acheson, Justine Daly, Michael Hegarty, Dr Ken Sterrett, May 2011
Northern Ireland has fantastic urban and rural assets. These are necessary to help deliver a dynamic economy and vibrant society. There is a pronounced need to understand what makes our place special, how to capture its essence to nurture it to thrive for future generations to enjoy. To accomplish this, we need joined up thinking and commitment at a strategic, governmental level which links policies and programmes to deliver leadership for successful places.
This paper argues that we must work together to protect and enhance this special place. These are concrete deliverable ways in which the new Assembly can help sustain and create high quality places for the people of Northern Ireland.
About the Authors:
Happy to Live Here?
Mark Hackett and Declan Hill, 2005
Happy to Live Here? was published to accompany the workshop and exhibition series of the same name, which ran in PLACE in 2005. It took as its starting point a review, in text and photographs, of the Minister for the Environment’s Housing Policy Initiative first released in January 1996. The Policy was published as a guidance document, “Creating Places: Achieving Quality in Residential Developments” in May 2000.
The exhibition aimed to examine and question how the “Blue Book,” as it has come to be known, has impacted housing since 1996. Hackett and Hill interrogated many different issues including the orientation of houses, car parking, street layouts, the re-use of old buildings, possibilities for apartment living and home energy costs. As they delved into these issues, Hackett and Hill became especially interested in the quality of the public spaces, amenities and infrastructure around housing developments, and this interest is reflected in the images used in the exhibition.
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