BELFAST DESIGN WEEK + DESTINATION CQ

URBAN DESIGN CHALLENGE

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Belfast Design Week, in partnership with the Destination CQ Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District, Blick Shared Studios and coffeenosugar, is running an urban design challenge for local students and recent graduates. Emerging designers from across Northern Ireland are being invited to develop concept proposals for the spaces between the buildings within the Smithfield and Union area of Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter Business Improvement District (CQ BID), with the successful concept being awarded a £500 prize fund and the chance to see the winning concept realised.

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

The Challenge

In its 2nd year at Belfast Design Week, the Urban Design Challenge offers creative students and recent graduates the opportunity to develop an innovative urban design intended to help the Cathedral Quarter become a more inviting, welcoming and attractive space through design such as way-finding, pavements, streetscapes, lighting, data mining and the 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.

The Destination CQ area includes Smithfield & Union, Cathedral Quarter and Laganside and shares a boundary with its 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 facilitated workshops on Saturday mornings 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 Prize

The winning group of the Destination CQ Urban Design Challenge will be awarded a £500 cash prize to be divided equally amongst all team members.

All concepts will be shown in an exhibition throughout Belfast Design Week from 4th – 10th November 2019.

Entrance 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:

Closing date for applications will be Wednesday 16th October at 5.00pm




Workshops

Date: Saturday 19th October

Venue: Butcher’s Building (Belfast Design Week Hub), Belfast City Centre

WORKSHOP 1: DISCOVER
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm

Project begins — looking at a situation with fresh eyes, giving time to notice things & gather insights about the area.

WORKSHOP 2: DEFINE

Time: 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Making sense of all possibilities — what matters most? what is feasible? In this workshop you will frame the design challenge.


Date: Saturday 26th October

Venue: Butcher’s Building (Belfast Design Week Hub), Belfast City Centre

WORKSHOP 3: DEVELOP 
Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm

Create solutions and concepts — you will test and iterate your ideas to improve them.


Date: Saturday 2nd November

Venue: Butcher’s Building (Belfast Design Week Hub), Belfast City Centre

WORKSHOP 4: DELIVER

Time: 11.00am – 1.00pm

Final concept & pitch

About Cathedral Quarter

The Cathedral Quarter has long been seen as a creative and cultural heart of Belfast City Centre, from the origins of the School of Art to the influx of artists and creatives, to the emergence of a burgeoning hospitality and leisure sector. The area has a wide spectrum of patrons, be they visitors, workers, employees and locals. Cathedral Quarter has historically been associated with innovators and creatives. The area is currently surrounded by significant change; through the anticipated  influx of an increased student population and significant commercial development interest. Opportunities present themselves within the planning system to create additional benefit to the area.


Information about Destination CQ (CQ BID)

Destination CQ was established in September 2016 following a ballot by the businesses of Cathedral quarter and Smithfield and Union. An 84% mandate was given to establish a Business Improvement District for a period of 5 years. What is a Business Improvement District? A Business Improvement District enables groups of businesses to commission projects which will lead to improvements in their local trading environment, funded through a local increase in business rates. It is an arrangement under which local businesses plan how to improve their own business and trading environment. Businesses identify projects or services that will add value and agree on the level of funds which they will pay to make it happen. The duration of the BID is not more than 5 years and will face another ballot.


 

Cathedral Quarter Map & Streets

ACADEMY STREET, ALBERT SQUARE, ANN STREET, BRADFORD SQUARE, BRIDGE STREETBROWN’S ROW,CARRICK HILL, CHURCH STREET, CLARENDON ROAD CLARKES LANECOARS LANE, COMMERCIAL COURT, CORPORATION SQUARE, CORPORATION STREET CURTIS STREET, CUSTOM HOUSE SQUARE, DONEGALL LANE, DONEGALL QUAY, DONEGALL STREET DONEGALL STREET PLACE, DUNBAR LINK, DUNBAR STREET, EDWARD STREET, EXCHANGE PLACE, EXCHANGE STREET, WEST FISHERS COURT FREDERICK STREET, GAMBLE STREET GORDON STREET, GREAT GEORGES STREET, GREAT PATRICK STREET GRESHAM STREET, HECTOR STREET, HIGH STREET  COURT, HILL STREET, KENT STREET, LANCASTER STREET, LANCASTER TERRACE LAWS COURT, LIBRARY STREET, LITTLE DONEGALL STREET, LITTLE PATRICK STREET, LITTLE YORK STREET, MARLBOROUGH STREET, MCGURK’S WAY MCKIBBENS COURT,  NELSON  STREET,  NORTH  QUEEN  STREET,  NORTH  STREET,  OXFORD  STREET, PORTLAND PLACE, QUEENS SQUARE, ROYAL AVENUE, SAMUEL STREET, SHIPBUOY STREET, SKIPPER STREET, SMITHFIELD MARKET, STEAM MILL LANE, STEPHEN STREET, TALBOT STREET, THOMAS STREET, TOMB STREET, TOWNHILL STREET, ULSTER STREET, UNION STREET, UNITY WALK, UPPER CHURCH LANE, VICTORIA STREET, WARING STREET, WILLIAM STREET, WINETAVERN STREET, YORK LANE, YORK STREET