Who owns the City? Urban planning, citizen participation and forms of protest at PS² Belfast


4 to 20 January

‘BELFAST: CHANGE FOR THE GOOD OF THE CITY’ is the slogan on the website of the developers Castlebrook. But what are the plans exactly? How were they agreed upon and by whom? And was that it? -those few hours of public consultation on the top floor of the MAC, known only by the most informed? And do developers take any notice of those objections anyway?

With the existing plans of the Cathedral Quarter (CQ) and specifically North Street as the starting point,Who owns the City? will escape getting lost in plans, and try instead to find ways to achieve a better, democratic urban planning system. PS² declares that it has a more than everyday interest in the redevelopment since, as a consequence, it will have to move out of CQ by April 2018.

Who owns the city? is an attempt to understand and seek ways of participation in urban planning and includes 4 sections:

1] the most recent large scale plans of the Royal Exchange development- inviting visitors to contribute their views to the increasing debate that in recent days saw critical comments both by Bishop of Connor Rt Rev Alan Abernethy (see) and the Belfast Building Trust (see) in the Belfast Telegraph, echoing concerns of the SAVE CQ campaign.
2] other urban developments and campaigns across the city
3] outline the existing planning process in Northern Ireland and invites comments for a change towards more democratic citizen participation
4] the tools, tactics and strategies of legal protest

Talks, presentations, discussions:
Friday, 12 January and, 3 to 6pm
Friday 19 January, 3 to 6pm
These sessions are free and everyone is welcome.

PS²
11 North St, Belfast BT1 1NA
T: +44 28 9023 5912
E: pssquared@btconnect.com
W: pssquared.org