Household will be taking part in StreetSpace 2020. StreetSpace is a research and teaching project set up led by Dr Agustina Martire at Queen’s University Belfast that seeks to understand the significance of local mixed streets, by analysing their physical, historical and experiential aspects. This multidisciplinary project aims to provide an alternative way of mapping, drawing, planning, preserving, developing and designing streets. In this studio, architecture students will work in collaboration with Household, Sailortown Regeneration, the Department for Communities and Belfast City Council to address the area of Sailortown in Belfast and its connection to the rest of the city. The studio aims to encourage students to understand the histories and memories of the place, and to explore ways of representing them, so as to address problems of vacancy, lack of cohesion, connection and coherence in a very significant area of the city.
StreetSpace will highlight on the one hand the importance of social justice and sustainability in the climate agenda, and on the other addressing the very pragmatic waterfront condition of the site. Local mixed streets are complex entities that connect diverse areas of the city. They have evolved slowly through history, but can be radically transformed by redevelopment. StreetSpace explores streets with a rich mix of uses, with complex histories and especially those that risk losing their distinctive identities.