Questioning Proposals for Urban Public Space: LQC in Belfast

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Abstract

In February 2013, Golden organized a public space 'pop-up' in Belfast, Northern Ireland through Urban Research Belfast and Ulster University. For one afternoon, with the assistance of many volunteers from community, business, design professions and academic backgrounds, what Golden termed as an "activention" took over a public street in the city centre - 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.” The event engaged local business, residents and the press to consider how the space might be used by activating it using only a few resources. The collaborative event was a direct response to what is perceived to be fragmented and top-down approaches to public space. Golden's invited conference presentation 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.

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ConferenceFuture of Places International Conference
Period24/06/13 → …
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Keywords

  • LQC
  • Lighter Quicker Cheaper Urbanism
  • Project for Public Spaces Limited
  • UN Habitat
  • Stockholm
  • Belfast
  • Urban Research Belfast

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Golden, S. (2013). Questioning Proposals for Urban Public Space: LQC in Belfast. Future of Places International Conference, .
Golden, Saul. / Questioning Proposals for Urban Public Space : LQC in Belfast. Future of Places International Conference, .
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Golden S. Questioning Proposals for Urban Public Space: LQC in Belfast. 2013. Future of Places International Conference, .