SETTLEMENT: Panel Discussion
1 August, 2012
Thursday 9 August, 2 - 3.30pm
To accompany Settlement by Anthony Haughey, Belfast Exposed is pleased to host a panel discussion which draws comparisons between policies and patterns of urban development in the North and the South of Ireland in recent years, particularly in the contexts of Belfast and Dublin. Through shared discussion, we are interested in exploring some of the creative alternatives being proposed by contemporary artists and architects in response to residual urban planning and development problems in both cities.
Aidan McGrath, PLACE: Architecture and Built Environment Centre, Belfast
Paschal Mahoney, Mahoney Architecture, Dublin
Mark Hackett, Forum for Alternative Belfast
James Hayes, University College Dublin (Architecture)
All welcome. The event is free and light refreshments will be served
Aidan McGrath RIBA, assumed post as Acting Executive Director of PLACE: Architecture and Built Environment Centre, Belfast, in January 2012. He is the founding director and principal in Belfast-based architectural practice Twenty Two Over Seven. He is also principal for McGonigle McGrath Architects. He has been a judge in numerous international architectural competitions including The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre and the West Belfast Expo. He is a former member of the ACNI Lottery panel, member of the RIBA visiting board at QUB and judge/ assessor in RIBA Regional Awards.
Paschal Mahoney is a graduate of UCD and founder of award winning Dublin based practice Mahoney Architecture. He developed the ‘Trees on the Quays’ initiative, a project proposing to radically transform the shell of the abandoned Anglo Irish Bank Head Quarters into an innovative Public Park and Urban Space. He recently co-formed EC3design, a practice combining the skills of several established architects to export sustainable building and urban design services from a base in Dublin.
Mark Hackett is an architect and full time director in Forum for Alternative Belfast. He is formerly a partner in Hackett Hall McKnight and was part of the team that built the MAC arts centre in the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast. He is a board member of PLACE, the built environment centre for NI.
James Hayes is the author of "Straddled Landscape – A Community Landscape on the Urban - Rural Divide", a thesis investigating ghost housing estates in Tuam, County Galway. He is a member of Townland, a group researching and mapping Irish rural towns and their extended landscape with the aim of making rigorous and imaginative architectural responses.