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To architect

Paul Bower

Ends 13 September 2013

'To architect’ is a two day micro-residency in PS² exploring ways to make visible and communicate some of the prevalent conditions faced by architects and other spatial practitioners during and post violent-conflict in Northern Ireland.
In one sense ‘to architect’ is the first line of a ‘Get-Well-Soon-card’ to the profession of architecture as it struggles to recover from bouts of recession, questions of relevance and its role in society. In another sense it is highlighting the lesser known act and process of architecture; how and why architecture happens, in addition to the more commonly understood definition as the individual professional who designs buildings (architecture as product).

The event will ask: What does it mean to be an architect here in Northern Ireland?, how has the architect and practicing architecture changed during and after the thirty years of violent conflict? and how best to inquire into this situation, in order to expose and explain the conditions that spatial practitioners, such as architects, have to operate within today, and therefore how practice may shift in the future.

'To architect', is an opportunity to tell untold stories about architecture through drawing and visual re-presentations. Visual stories of architecture, involving the architect and others here in Belfast will be re-presented and pinned up on the walls and window of PS² to create a growing storyboard for passersby to read, digest and reflect upon. Further discussions within PS² will be visualised and a series of working prototype drawing devices will be on display.

Image: Paul Bower-Visual representations of research material. Case study: Sina's shop

Image: Paul Bower-Visual representations of research material. Case study: Sina's shop

The curator and researcher of this project, Paul Bower, will be on-hand over the two days to respond to questions and enter into conversations with interested visitors about the research and the work-in-progress. The display will expand over the two days as Paul continues to re-present conversations with architects, clients and users and co-professionals in Belfast.

Paul Bower is an architecture PhD student from the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast.
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Image: Paul Bower- Visual representations of research material. Case study: Sina's shop