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The Infinite City is a podcast about cities. Through it, we tell stories of people and place, design and belonging, survival and celebration in Belfast and beyond. The Infinite City is a project of PLACE, Northern Ireland's Built Environment Centre. It is produced by Rebekah McCabe and Conor McCafferty, with assistance from Maria Postanogova and Stuart Gray. It is supported by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Arts and Business NI.

The Infinite City is a podcast about cities. Through it, we tell stories of people and place, design and belonging, survival and celebration in Belfast and beyond. The Infinite City is a project of PLACE, Northern Ireland's Built Environment Centre. It is produced by Rebekah McCabe and Conor McCafferty, with assistance from Maria Postanogova and Stuart Gray. It is supported by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Arts and Business NI.

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United States

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The Infinite City is a podcast about cities. Through it, we tell stories of people and place, design and belonging, survival and celebration in Belfast and beyond. The Infinite City is a project of PLACE, Northern Ireland's Built Environment Centre. It is produced by Rebekah McCabe and Conor McCafferty, with assistance from Maria Postanogova and Stuart Gray. It is supported by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Arts and Business NI.

Language:

English


Episodes

Summer Season 2019 – Episode 5: Sarah Lappin

7/24/2019
For the last episode of our current Summer Season, our guest is someone who has been involved in architecture in Belfast since she first came here more than twenty years ago. Dr. Sarah Lappin is an architect originally from Colorado in the United States. Her career has included several years as a practising architect, and work in various architectural organisations. She now teaches theory and design at Queen’s University, where she has just been appointed Head of Architecture. As well as her...

Duration:00:48:36

Summer Season 2019 – Episode 4: Aaron Coulter

7/23/2019
On this episode of The Infinite City, our guest is a PLACE alumnus, someone whose career has brought together a passion for cycling with the discipline of urban design and smart city technologies. Aaron Coulter is an Urban Designer from Belfast. With a degree in Environmental Planning, he went on to pursue a Masters in Urban and Rural Design, both at Queen’s University. As a graduate student Aaron worked with both PLACE and the Forum for Alternative Belfast on various urbanist initiatives in...

Duration:00:44:45

Summer Season 2019 – Episode 3: Barrie Todd

7/17/2019
In Episode 3 of our special Summer Season, we’re sharing a recent studio conversation with someone who has had a huge influence on architecture in Northern Ireland. Barrie Todd is a retired architect with a career that has spanned the public and private sectors and many advisory and governance roles. Todd Architects, the practice Barrie founded in the late 1970s, has grown into one of the most significant in the UK and Ireland. Barrie retired from practice in 2005 after a management buy-out...

Duration:00:35:40

Summer Season 2019 – Episode 2: Darran Anderson and Agustina Martire

7/14/2019
In this special summer season of The Infinite City, listen out for interviews with professionals whose careers have intersected with the city of Belfast and with the work of PLACE. But first, we have a live episode we recorded last October. Our venue was the amazing Sonic Lab at Queen’s University. If you haven’t already heard it, Part 1 featuring Aisling O’Beirn and Garrett Carr is available now. Here, in part 2, our guests are Darran Anderson, the Derry-born, London-based author of...

Duration:01:01:14

Summer Season 2019 – Episode 1: Aisling O'Beirn and Garrett Carr

7/10/2019
This week, to kick off a special Summer Season we’re excited to share a two-part live episode. In October 2018, Rebekah and Conor invited four special guests to join them for the first live episode of The Infinite City podcast, recorded in front of an audience at the Sonic Lab in Belfast. This live episode was the closing event of Open House Belfast, an architecture festival organised by PLACE that invites the public inside the city’s best buildings, engineering projects and artists’...

Duration:00:35:20

6: Marianne - Living in Paradise Land

10/9/2018
In this final episode of Season 1, we explore a lesser known chapter in the tumultuous history of housing in Belfast. Marianne Elliott, a retired professor of history, walks us through the place she grew up. The estate in North Belfast where Marianne’s family lived was built as part of a radical experiment in social housing. Its successes and its failures hold important lessons for a city still struggling with how to build a shared future. *** Marianne Elliott's "Hearthlands - A Memoir of...

Duration:00:42:53

5: Andrew - The Hidden History of a Shopping Centre

7/16/2018
In this episode, we meet the conservation architect Andrew McClelland. He tells us about the hidden history of Castlecourt - one of the biggest city centre developments of the twentieth century in Belfast. How does a big development like this happen in the city? And what else - demolished or unbuilt - might have stood in its place?

Duration:00:36:38

Special Episode: PLACE Urban Design Academy Preview

7/5/2018
For this special episode, Conor sat down with our PLACE colleague Jane Morrow to talk about an exciting upcoming project, the Urban Design Academy.

Duration:00:09:59

4: Richard - Designing Deaf Space

6/14/2018
In 2015, Gallaudet University in Washington DC set about finding an architect to design a new part of its 150 year old campus. Fifty-one architecture firms from across the world threw their hat in the ring, but it was Hall McKnight, a small practice based in a humble brick building on an East Belfast industrial estate that clinched the prestigious project. In this episode, architect Richard Dougherty, who has been deaf from birth, talks about bringing his personal experiences into the design...

Duration:00:26:27

Intermission - back next week!

6/7/2018
We're back with Episode 4 on Thursday 14th June. In the meantime, Conor and Rebekah have some recommendations for good 'city listens'. See you next week!

Duration:00:02:24

3: Mark - The City Beyond Sight

5/24/2018
In this episode, Mark, who is partially sighted, leads us on a route from his house in North Belfast into the city centre. On the way, he shows us the challenges he faces, the skills he's learned to lead his life, and we look at the impact of design - good and bad - on people who have a disability. This is the first of two episodes of The Infinite City where we meet people whose experience, and consideration, of space is influenced by disability, and think about what truly inclusive urban...

Duration:00:28:41

2: Kate - Remembering the Ring of Steel

5/10/2018
In this episode we follow designer Kate Catterall on a route around Belfast, following the traces of something that no longer exists - at least not physically... The Infinite City is produced by Rebekah McCabe and Conor McCafferty for PLACE, with assistance from Maria Postanogova and Stuart Gray. Music for this episode was composed by Conor McCafferty. The podcast is supported by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Arts and Business Northern Ireland.

Duration:00:37:56

1: Daniel - Talking Heads and Magic Jugs

4/26/2018
In our first episode, artist and writer Daniel Jewesbury takes us on a walk through Belfast - past and present. Along the way, we revisit three moments in Belfast’s history that give us particular insight into enduring questions about art and the city. The Infinite City is produced by Rebekah McCabe and Conor McCafferty for [PLACE](http://www.placeni.org), with assistance from Maria Postanogova and Stuart Gray. Music for this episode was composed by Conor McCafferty. The podcast is supported...

Duration:00:30:44

Welcome to The Infinite City

4/17/2018
Welcome to this new podcast from [PLACE](http://placeni.org), the Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland. It’s a podcast about cities: how they work, how they’re constantly changing, the forces that drive those changes and what it’s like to live in them. In our first season, we’ll have six stories from the city of Belfast. The Infinite City is produced by Rebekah McCabe and Conor McCafferty at PLACE and it is supported by [Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios](https://fcbstudios.com) and...

Duration:00:02:07