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Destination CQ Urban Design Challenge

Challenge Closed

Belfast Design Week, in partnership with Destination CQ Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District, Coffee No Sugar, Blick Shared Studios and PLACE Built Environment Centre, is running an urban design challenge for local students and recent graduates. Young designers from across Northern Ireland are being invited to work as teams to develop concept proposals for the spaces between the buildings within Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (CQ BID), with the successful concept being awarded a £1000 prize fund.

This unique urban design challenge will ask entrants to create a concept that will make the area inviting, welcoming and attractive space for events, activities, working, studying or living in the area.


The Challenge

A brand-new addition to Belfast Design Week, this unique Urban Design Challenge offers creative students and recent graduate the opportunity to develop an innovative urban design solution. To help the Cathedral Quarter become a more inviting, welcoming and attract spaces through design, e.g. wayfinding, pavements/streetscape, lighting, data mining, Internet of things.

Concentrating specifically on the spaces between the district’s buildings, proposed solutions can be short, medium or long term interventions; and involve working with buildings or businesses or public spaces.

Destination CQ area includes Smithfield and Union, Cathedral Quarter and Laganside. Sharing a boundary with Belfast One BID Neighbours along Gresham Street, North Street, Bridge Street and High Street.

Interested contestants will enter the challenge by participating in a series of Saturday morning workshops faciltated by service design company Coffee No Sugar in partnership with architects, game designers and other design professionals throughout October. Together in groups, candidates will engage in user-led thinking and work in a collaborative and multi-disciplinary process to develop concept proposals.

The closing date for applications is Friday 28th September at 5.00pm.


The Prize:

The winning team of the Belfast Design Week Cathedral Quarter Urban Design Challenge will be awarded a £1000 cash prize.

All concepts will be shown in an exhibition at PLACE built environment centre, Garfield Street, Belfast throughout Belfast Design Week from 6th – 11th November 2018.


Entrant criteria:

To take part in this design challenge you must be a current student (of any discipline) or a recent graduate (maximum of 2 years since graduation).

To apply for the challenge, please fill in this simple online form here. 

Closing date for applications was Friday 28th September at 5.00pm.