Making Belfast Book
The book shows the work of the Master in Architecture Studio Unit: Making Belfast throughout one semester of dedicated work to unravel the urban form, mobility and character of the streets studied. Belfast, like most cities, is made of blocks and plots. The shapes, proportions, materials and rhythms of blocks and plots reflect the history, uses and economies that make the city. But what actually shapes Belfast? Do plots and blocks reflect or actively shape the economy of Belfast? How does this affect the way people live and use the city? These questions are addressed by exploring the built fabric of Belfast through the corridor that connects Belfast city centre with Queen’s Quarter. Bedford Street, Dublin Road and Botanic Avenue create a corridor that offers a diverse and adaptable fabric with a large range of scales and uses. The potential of this corridor is large, providing spaces for intervention in the built fabric and the urban design of the public realm.