What's Wrong With This Place?

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What's Wrong With This Place? was a public workshop co-organised by Saul Golden and Liam McComish of Ulster University, related to the outreach and research project titled Urban Research Belfast. The workshop, held in a warehouse in the Smithfield & Union neighbourhood of Belfast and supported by PLACE NI, brought together representatives from Northern Ireland Department for Social Development (now Department for Communities) and representatives from area residents and businesses with academics and students from architecture and visual communications. The workshop aimed to challenge pre-conceptions about Belfast's neglected urban core through visual and physical explorations produced collaboratively by architecture and visual communications students in the wider neighbourhood. As a collaborative project, the lessons shared at the workshop sought to better engage the world of academia and the public regarding issues impacting the built environment; to test out skills and tools to understand issues beyond classrooms and more tradtional methods of consultation. The workshop culminated in a public opening of an accompanying exhibitions in vacant shop units with Belfast's Haymarket Arcade complex (at Royal Avenue and Gresham Street) on Urban Research Belfast outcomes and interpretive installations.
Period10 Feb 201017 Feb 2010
Event typeWorkshop
LocationBelfast, Northern IrelandShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • architecture
  • graphic design
  • inter-disciplinary
  • urban design
  • urban research belfast
  • public engagement
  • place
  • regeneration
  • critical spatial practice