2008 events2008 Conference - Belfast: State of the City V
The fifth and final Belfast: State of the City conference took place on Tuesday 20 May 2008 at the Belfast Waterfront Hall. It focused on research carried out by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) on Belfast.
2007 eventsAutumn State of the City Seminar
This seminar took place on Thursday 15 November 2007 at the Northern Ireland Science Park.
2007 Conference - Belfast: State of the City IV
The fourth State of the City conference took place on 19 April 2007 at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast. We had three fantastic speakers at the event including Doctor Tristram Hunt, Professor Michael Parkinson and Councillor Steven Purcell.
2006 events2006 Conference - Belfast: State of the City III
At the third State of the City conference, rather than examine all of the issues identified within the To Do list, we decided to focus on a specific critical area of work - the development of our city centre. This is an important subject - not only for the success of the city but for the entire region. At the conference delegates heard from David Hanson MP Minister for Social Development, Gary Lawrence, urban strategies leader with ARUP and Jon Ladd, chief executive of BURA.
2006 Lecture Series
In early 2006 Belfast City Council and PLACE Built Environment Centre held a series of three public lectures on the city's regeneration called Belfast: Designing the City.
- Lecture 1 - Re-shaping Belfast for twenty-first century living
This lecture, which took place in February 2006, looked at how we can use Belfast's physical and industrial legacy to construct a city of the future, with guest speaker Douglas Gordon, a local authority architect-planner in Helsinki, Finland.
- Lecture 2 - Building Belfast's neighbourhoods of choice
This lecture, which took place in March 2006, provided an insight into how urban planners can help create vibrant and successful neighbourhoods. Guest speakers for this lecture were Ed Carpenter, an artist based in Portland, Oregon and Joe Montgomery, Director General of the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit and the Tackling Disadvantage Group of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM).
- Lecture 3 - Building cities for people
This final lecture, which took place in April 2006, presented the role of the urban designer in creating a liveable city and thoughts on how to encourage people back to the city. Guest speakers for the final lecture were Lars Gemzøe, an architect with Gehl Architects based in Copenhagen, Denmark, and Martha Schwartz, a landscape architect and principal of Martha Schwartz Partners in Cambridge, Massachusetts and London.
2005 events2005 seminar
Bruce Katz, Vice President at the Brookings Institution in Washington and founding Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Programme, was invited to Belfast on 18th November to deliver the annual Belfast: State of the City autumn seminar at City Hall on Transforming the American City: Lessons for Belfast. The event was chaired by Professor Peter Tyler Director of Land Economy at St. Catharine's College, Cambridge.
2005 Conference - Belfast: State of the City II
Held in May 2005 at Belfast's Waterfront Hall, this second conference focused on the 'To Do' list which emerged from the 2004 conference where an 18 point priority list for the city was created. Since the initiation of the 'To Do', a series of sub-actions where added as a result of stakeholder responses over the last year. At the conference delegates looked at reports prepared by Regional Forecasts Ltd for Belfast City Council - Belfast: City Region and Belfast: the Economic Future. The conference was brought to a close with a presentation from Greg Clark, City and Region Development Advisor, on city regions, development agencies and economic development.
2004 events2004 autumn seminar
David Lunts, head of Urban Policy at the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister spoke to an invited audience as part of the on-going Belfast: State of the City initiative at Belfast's Hilton Hotel on Tuesday, 26 October 2004. He was joined by Mr Greg Clarke, Special Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister.
Held in April 2004 at the Northern Ireland Science Park, the first State of the City conference was a great success and provided a strong basis from which to build upon. Key note speakers included Nigel Hamilton, Bob Kerslake, Michael Parkinson, Kenin McGovern and Peter Tyler.
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