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Questioning Proposals for Urban Public Space: LQC in Belfast

Golden, Saul (2013) Questioning Proposals for Urban Public Space: LQC in Belfast. In: Future of Places International Conference, Stockholm, Sweden. UN Habitat, Project for Public Spaces Ltd., Ax:son Johnson Foundation. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

In February 2013, I organized a public space 'pop-up' in Belfast, Northern Ireland. For one afternoon, with the assistance of many volunteers from community, business, design professions and academic backgrounds, I took over a public street in the city center - a positive occupation to raise awareness about predetermined design proposals to spend £3million ($5million) transforming an existing street into what the local government development agency claimed would be a new “iconic meeting place.” We engaged local business, residents and the press to consider how the space might be used by activating it using only a few resources. Our temporary collaborative event was a direct response to what is perceived to be another example of fragmented and top-down approaches to public space. This presentations illustrates the context, process and outcomes of our efforts, which build upon Golden's previous research through Urban Research Belfast and directly apply tools of experiential urbanism to a live project. The project connects directly to international precedents and practice - an example of what Project for Public Spaces Ltd. and others refer to as 'lighter, quicker, cheaper" urbanism, adapted to Belfast.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Lecture)
Keywords:LQC, Lighter Quicker Cheaper Urbanism Project for Public Spaces Limited UN Habitat
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Art and Design Research Institute > Art and Context
Art and Design Research Institute
ID Code:26339
Deposited By: Mr Saul Golden
Deposited On:28 Aug 2013 08:47
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 11:13

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