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Vote now for the City of the Future!

We passionately believe that public participation should shape the City of the Future

Over the summer, Take Back The City held a trailblazing competition, inviting architects and urban planners from all over the world to design a first-of-its-kind, climate resilient community at the Mackie’s site - the largest, vacant publicly owned site in Belfast. Click here for the full report.

We asked designers to imagine how this site could be transformed to help communities respond to the cost of living, housing and climate crises. The response has been outstanding and the final designs are now in.

We passionately believe that public participation should shape the City of the Future and we are now rolling out a series of initiatives to hear the views of as many people as possible to help pick a winning design.

How can I have my say?

Join us at any of our upcoming public events to meet campaigners and interact with the designs or log on to have your say, anywhere, any time, using our latest interactive tool - coming soon to this site!

21 - 23 October at The MAC – A three day exhibition of ‘My Dream Community’ -the artwork of local children alongside City of the Future designs. Starts 1pm Friday 21st October. 10 Exchange St West, Belfast, BT1 2NJ.

26 October – Join Take Back the City campaigners at The Housing Rights Service Participation Event – Registration and costs apply - Click here for details.

7 November 6pm - Forth Spring Intercommunity Group – Join the conversation at the Mackie’s site – 373 Springfield Road, Belfast, BT12 7DG.

22 November 1pm - Lessons From New York with Martin Dunn, CEO Dunn Development Corporation - Martin will share experiences of overcoming challenges and embracing opportunities to deliver over 3000 units of affordable housing in New York using innovative, inclusive and sustainable development models. If you are in the business of delivering homes, don’t miss this one.  Belfast city centre, Venue TBC - Click here to register for Lessons From New York

Please keep an eye on our social media channels for updates on other events near you and do vote early, and vote often, for the future you want to see.

Take Back the City logo The Take Back the City coalition was formed in 2021 to develop sustainable solutions to Belfast’s housing crisis. We are families in housing need supported by experts in architecture, urban planning, housing policy, technology, communications, permaculture, human rights and equality.
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