This year the Forum returns from 18-22 August to the theme of repopulating inner and central Belfast- so many people have moved out of the city since the 1960’s and we know that there are many vacant spaces and buildings. More people living closer to the city will increase vitality and economic life and shift away from a city core that is empty at night.
The Summer School will address all the themes and initiatives to make houses and homes for people to live back in the city, examining how people want to live today, and what they need around them, new pocket parks and city centre schools. There will also be a focus on connecting the city through the ring of blighted empty sites and into the existing neighbourhoods so that they can share the benefits.
The week will involve research groups who will each give a 20 slide and 6 minute presentation at the public event on the Friday at 4pm in the City Hall – which will give contributors a great opportunity to hone their speaking and public presentation skills of the ideas that emerge.
Policy makers and city residents are welcome to drop into the sessions and events as you wish. A full programme of events can be accessed here.
Keynote speakers include the NIFHA Chief Executive, Cameron Watt and there will be a launch of ‘Translating Housing: Berlin-Belfast- Innovative Housing Provision: Precedents and Proposals’ edited by Dougal Sheridan, which includes input from our Deputy Chief Executive, Jennie Donald.