Each year Queen’s awards first year students with scholarships for academic achievement and contributing to society and the community. Sam Mathers talks about his experiences of his first year in Architecture in Queen’s. Click on the image below to watch the video.
By: Eve Russell (Stage 3 Architecture Student, QUB)
Students who attended the Lines Drawn conference, during a walk through the CAT site. Photo by: Matthew Murnin (2014)
The recent ASN (Architecture Students Network) conference took place in Wales, at CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology) in Machynlleth, Wales. The title for the discussion led by students was “Lines Drawn” a conference to debate the future of architectural education. The conference was attended by students from throughout the UK and Ireland ranging from undergraduate level right through to Part 3. The event was attended by Pamela Cole, Head of Portsmouth School of Architecture and former chair of Professional Studies Advisors in Architecture (APSAA); Oliver Wainwright, Architecture Correspondent, The Guardian; and Will Hunter, Executive Editor of the Architectural Review and Director of London School of Architecture.
The venue hosting the conference was unusual for many of us coming from larger UK cities; however, it opened our eyes to sustainability and the methods that can be used to utilize passive energy. It was a fitting location for a conference exploring and questioning the mainstream routes of education.
Students, deep in discussion at the reservoir. Photo by: Matthew Murnin (2014)
Three stage 3 students from QUB received funding to represent Queen’s University and attend the conference in March, Aaron Farrell, Matthew Murnin and myself, Eve Russell. The debates were heated, passionate and lengthy and were a great opportunity for students from throughout the UK and Ireland to discuss their experiences of architectural education. We discussed the role of an architect, both in the past and the future; the importance of practice within architectural training and the structure of architectural education.
A timber construction project by students of CAT. Photo by: Matthew Murnin (2014)
This event was liberating for us as students, being able to freely discuss our education and its relevance to an architect’s role in society. From listening to students from other UK and Irish schools, we soon realized how well rounded an education we have been receiving at Queen’s. There are always improvements to be made, of course, but we came away in the knowledge that on the whole, architects have the ability to find a role within a changing society.
Wind Turbine at CAT (Centre for Alternative Technology). Photo by: Eve Russell (2014)
Architects involved with Queen’s make an impact on raising awareness and understanding of how to design to improve the built environment for those with autism.
Pictured are Dominic Morris (McNally Morris Architects), Peter Lloyd (Illustrator / Designer of the book); David McConnell (Arts Council) and Keith McAllister, ( QUB Architect Lecturer)
McNally Morris Architects, in association with Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast, have used a Creative Industries Innovation Fund (CIIF) grant from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to investigate the relationship between autism and the built environment. The joint research project, building upon ongoing research at QUB, has resulted in the publication of ‘Aldo goes to Primary School’, a book that highlights some of the challenges that a child with autism may encounter in primary school. Launched to coincide with the start of Autism Awareness Month in April, the book illustrates some of the ways in which the built environment is relevant to the everyday experience of the primary school pupil with ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) and aims to promote a better understanding of an issue that is increasingly important in our society.
The book has been printed and will be distributed free of charge to schools across Northern Ireland. A PDF copy of the book is also available to download from www.mcnallymorris.com.
To find out more information, please click here.
Seminar with Dr Gehan Selim on Spatial Practices of Revolt: Square-state relations during the Arab Spring protests
Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia
The University of Tokyo, Japan
Mar 6, 2014
Dr Gehan Selim was the guest speaker at the Institute of Advanced Studies on Asia at the university of Tokyo. She delivered a seminar on ‘Spatial Practices of Revolt: Square-state relations during the Arab Spring protests’. Dr Selim shared her insights on how people gathering in public squares conceptualized their spatial actions of revolt, the manner and tactics that allowed them to occupy the space. She drew on the ways that spatial practices of protests constituted not only rational attempts and practices to bring about societal changes, such as the realization of democracy, but also processes constructing specific social spaces for political contentions, through which actors’ worldviews were both formed, expressed and spatialised during the first 18 days of the Egyptian uprising in 2011. The debate raised several discussions by the audience about the future formation of public spaces and private public relations, gender interaction and the current situation and management of public squares by the state.
To view the Seminar web page in Japanese, click here
For more information on the ‘Spaces of Liberation’ project, click here
Queen’s architecture students have been working alongside the Biospheric Foundation in Salford over the last 12 months to design and implement a multilevel aquaponic system within an old disused mill.
The aim of the project was to determine whether the system could be implemented and successfully operated into an ex-industrial building. The design consists of twelve fish tanks in the upper floor of the mill, adjacent to window growing systems and experimental filtration systems. Additional growing systems are housed within a large polytunnel, located on the rooftop. The system is capable of producing 500 crops and 10kg fish per week, resulting in a very short return on investment.
To find out more, click here.
The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s
28 February – 28 March 2014
Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, Belfast, BT7 1NN
The School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering, The Naughton Gallery and Arup have joined forces to celebrate the life and work of Queen’s graduate Peter Rice. Rice is widely regarded as Ireland’s most distinguished structural engineer of the late 20th century.
Admission is free.
Further information on the ‘Traces of Peter Rice’ is available online at www.peterriceatqueens.com
A group of Queen’s University Belfast year out students, led by Dr Agustina Martire, visited Rome during four days in the last week of October to participate in the much anticipated event Polyark III – Polyport.
Polyport is a collaborative project between 15 schools of architecture organised by RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) to bring back the spirit of Cedric Price’s Polyark. Price was convinced that architectural education needed to change, for which he published his National Plan for UK architecture schools in 1966. Five years later Price inaugurated the Polyark project, a double decker bus that travelled through the UK bringing students of architecture to work with each other in different parts of the country.
The project was brought back by RIBA in 2009 and included a series of schools of architecture in the UK that exchanged briefs relating to railway networks, to work creatively in each other’s sites. Polyark continues, and in 2012 Queen’s University Belfast was invited to join an international group of schools of architecture, including ten schools in the UK and five international schools from Peru, Romania, Egypt, Sri Lanka and Singapore. The aim of this project was to challenge the way architecture is taught in universities and propose new ways of dealing with the education of architectural design. This time the theme was harbour regeneration, one that is topical but extremely diverse in each context and design strategy. Each school addressed the brief of another school and site, approaching the project with a fresh but informed perspective. Read More…