Exploring Everyday Streets
StreetSpace Unit 2017-18
Agustina Martire and Pat Wheeler
School of Architecture –15 students
ARC7018 – MArch I studio I
ARC7022 – MArch I studio II
ARC7019 – MArch II studio III
ARC7020 – MArch II studio IV
ARC7021 – Thesis Research
School of Planning –22 students
EVP7020 - Design and Regeneration
EVP7024 - Planning in Contested Space
Team: School of Architecture (Agustina Martire-Pat Wheeler)/School of Planning (Neil Galway)
Consultant: Riccardo Marini (Gehl Architects)
Client: Department for Communities – Urban Regeneration Office/Belfast City Council
StreetSpace research project seeks to understand the significance of local mixed-use streets, by analysing their physical, historical and experiential aspects, and understanding the risk of losing their distinctive identities. This will be a yearlong collaborative live project, where MArch students will work together with MSc Urban Design and Urban Regeneration students, under a brief agreed with the Department for Communities and Belfast City Council. This multidisciplinary project aims to provide alternative ways of planning, developing and designing mixed-use streets.
Streets are complex entities that connect diverse areas of the city. They have evolved slowly through history, but redevelopment can radically transform them. This complex process can only be grasped by closely exploring the different aspects that shape and define these streets. Architecture and planning students will be analysing North Street and Castle Street and the corridors that join them with the inner city Shankill and Falls Roads, to understand their present conditions and their potential. This analysis will look at six themes: Built heritage; housing and communities; agency and culture; commercial; public realm and movement and access.
The first semester will be a collaborative analytical studio joining architecture and planning students, while the second one will challenge architecture students to produce proposals for the area that will consider and enhance the diversity, vibrancy and spatial quality of the street.
Study trip – 13-18 November 2017 - NAPLES
Semester 1 – Planning and Architecture – analysis and strategies
Semester 2 – Architecture – strategies and intervention
Results of StreetSpace studio 2017-18 publication