StreetSpace Superdiverse Streets Symposium


The Culture & Society Cluster of the School of Natural and Built Environment at Queen’s University Belfast invites you to the EXHIBITION AND TWO SYMPOSIA to be held at PLACE between the 12th and 22nd of May.

StreetSpace is a research and teaching project at Queen’s University Belfast, led by Dr Agustina Martire, with the collaboration of scholars from architecture, planning, history, geography, sociology and sound. StreetSpace seeks to understand the significance of superdiverse streets, by analysing their physical, historical and experiential aspects. It explores streets that risk losing their distinctive identities, while seeking to understand and value their diversity and complexity. This multidisciplinary and international project aims to provide an alternative way of planning, preserving and developing streets.

The exhibition will show the work developed in the project’s summer workshops and MArch studios of the last 2 years. The exhibition will have two sections, a Belfast and an international one. We will show three specific streets in Belfast that are in process of redevelopment: North Street, Castle Street and the south corridor made up of Bedford Street, Dublin Road and Botanic Avenue. Maps and models will be used to express the complexity of these streets in the following aspects:

Aspirations of urban and planning professionals; perceptions of the public that inhabits those streets; the historic evolution of the street’s built fabric; and sound perceptions of the street mapped and recorded.

The international section will have a series of projects in poster format that explore the multidimensional values of streets developed by partners of the project in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Egypt and the Netherlands.

On May 12, the Superdiverse Streets Symposium will explore a series of case studies in Belfast, Europe and beyond.
Keynote: Matthew Carmona, Professor of Planning and Urban Design at the Bartlett School of Planning, UCL.

Schedule May 12
10.00 – Launch – Keith Lilley
10.05 – Agustina Martire – StreetSpace
10.20 – Anna Skoura – Chris Karelse – James Hennessey
10.40 – Gordon Clarke – Street mobility10.50 – Coffee

11.00 – Saul Golden – Smithfield redevelopment
11.15 – Jane Clossick – High Streets London
11.30 – Philip Crowe – Reuse Dublin

12.00 – Lunch

1.00 – Keynote – Matthew Carmona

2.00 – Walk North Street and Castle Street

5.00 – Public opening exhibition – Glenn Patterson
Performance – Conor McCafferty/Matilde Meirelles

On May 22, the Heritage at Risk Streets Symposium will address the very pressing issue of the demolition of the built environment. Issues of community heritage, heritage practice and global heritage will be discussed throughout the day. 10am to 3pm.

The exhibition is public, free and open from 10am to 5pm form May 12 to May 22. If you want to participate in either or both of the events of May 12 or 22 please contact Dr Agustina Martire at Tickets are free but there are limited places.

PLACE – 7-9 Garfield Street – BT1 1FP Belfast


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