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Hidden Manchester Exhibition. Interesting ideas about responding to the ideas of 'Hidden' in relation to they city, whether its literally or figuratively. A small exhibit in the school of art in the grosovenor gallery displaying a range of mediums from drawings to photos to printing on fashion. If you're reading this, check it out!
Posted 24 Feb 2017 12:54
We are excited that the contractor Bowmer & Kirkland have offered to help in supplying any waste timber from their North West sites for the project.
Posted 23 Feb 2017 11:05
We've developed the programme and session plan for the events period, with planned activities for students on each day. Please feel free to email one of us if you have any queries.
Posted 22 Feb 2017 09:58
Here is an updated Programme/Session plan for 'Changing Urban Environments', including locations and times. If you have any further questions regarding the event, please drop one of us an email. If not, get your pencils sharpened and we hope to see you soon!
Posted 21 Feb 2017 12:35
What's the plan?

We are more than happy to talk to you about the projects, so feel free to approach us at University or drop us an email;
Posted 21 Feb 2017 11:57
BALLS - You've seen the posters...

Group 15 wants your old sports balls to help make a sports installation.

Bring them in and drop them on the 6th floor of Benzie in the big red box bin - Don't be shy!
Posted 21 Feb 2017 11:36
"From the towns all Inns have been driven: from the villages most.... Change your hearts or you will lose your Inns and you will deserve to have lost them. But when you have lost your Inns drown your empty selves, for you will have lost the last of England."

Posted 21 Feb 2017 11:30
Had a lovely time pitching our ideas to Year 1 + 2. Can't wait to get started!
Posted 16 Feb 2017 21:18
With Manchester International Festival (MIF) we shall be proposing architectural interventions that announce and signify arrival and departure from Festival Square.

Find out more about the festival here;
Posted 16 Feb 2017 20:00
17.02.16 - Final Poster updated
Posted 16 Feb 2017 16:57
Jack and I visited Fallowfield Timber today and they have agreed to donate any scraps they have for the cause!
Posted 16 Feb 2017 16:39
Seb and Jonny did a great job pitching our event. Looking forward to making a difference to lives of the homeless in Manchester.
Posted 16 Feb 2017 16:34
At the presentation lecture about to pitch our event to the 1st and 2nd years!
Posted 16 Feb 2017 16:31
Just booked the bunk barn, our accommodation 5 mins walk from the Merz Barn! We will be staying overnight, Tues 21/03 - Weds 22/03. Exciting! Further information will be distributed to those joining our event....
Posted 16 Feb 2017 16:11
This photograph shows Gareth telling us about the display boards that are on the walls of the room which are used by the community groups. The design of the room will need to incorporate a way of displaying the groups work and information in a more efficient way.
Posted 16 Feb 2017 13:52
One of the preliminary tools for the design of the installation at the Whitworth will be a walk round Manchester City Centre. The key areas and a suggested route for this tour are attached. The intention is to draw inspiration from sketching on route to begin the foundations of our development.
Posted 16 Feb 2017 13:43

Above is a link to the log cabins we're hoping to stay in during the site analysis process at least. Right at the foot of Pendle Hill, the cabins are also close to local walking and cycling routes through the Forrest of Bowland.

The forrest is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, so plenty of opportunity to see this stunning part of the country. Where better to develop a design than within the forrest itself?
Posted 16 Feb 2017 11:40
Nick ‘O Pendle Hill climb

Other than Witches', Pendle Hill is known nationally for its fearsome road climb. The Nick O Pendle hill climb is a testing climb from the village of Sabden Village up to the moors of Nick O Pendle. (#72 on 100 hill climbs). The climb averages approx 10%, but at the start there are a few sections of 16%. It has been used several times for the National Hill Climb Championship, including 1988 when a young Chris Boardman won his first hill climb championship, setting a course record of 3.29
Posted 16 Feb 2017 11:21
Posted 16 Feb 2017 11:12
Here is our updated events poster with an updated brief. Looking forward to working with St. Phillips to refurbish one of their community rooms!
Posted 16 Feb 2017 11:09
The Agenda for our events program
Posted 15 Feb 2017 23:38
Our new poster updated with new agenda following feedback from Mustard Tree
Posted 15 Feb 2017 23:37
Exciting meetings and discussions with Marc Valentine (duty manager at SSC) have led us to book various activities for the body and mind during events week for our team. We aim to challenge ideas of the Architect in practice - is the best way to promote creativity sitting in front of a computer screen for hours on end?
Through these scheduled activities, we stimulate a healthier wellbeing, stronger team bonds, and thus an increasingly optimised output.
Posted 15 Feb 2017 21:09

'This Is Not A Ball' (2014) is a documentary depicting two works of Brazillian artist Vik Muniz.
The notions presented through this medium truly capture the essence of our proposed intervention. By comparing sport, in this case football, to a universal language such as math, we are able to clearly realise the inclusivity of participation sport can bring.
The stories of two of his works, one in Rio de Janeiro favela, the other in Mexico City’s gargantuan Azteca Stadium, are depicted through a series of individual stories, touching on socio-political and historical issues that surround sport, and society on a wider scale. The ball therefore becomes a concept as well as an object.
'Relive[66]' aims to encapsulate these issues in a similar way; through the use of recycled materials, methods of participation - channeled through sport. We propose to include sporting activities during the design process, to maintain a flow of creativity to maximum effect.
Posted 15 Feb 2017 20:54
Posted 15 Feb 2017 19:53
"COUNTRYSIDE", Rem Koolhaas

"In architecture books we are bombarded with statistics confirming the ubiquity of the urban condition, while the symmetrical question is ignored – what are those moving to the city leaving behind?"

Recommended by our collaborator Ian, this lecture from one of the world's leading architects, on a subject often neglected in architectural discourse, is worth checking out.
Posted 15 Feb 2017 17:12
Virtual Reality Update!
Posted 15 Feb 2017 14:49
Finalising the design framework to set out what we will be doing during the two weeks with the first and second years.

Testing our a few experiments with abstract representations, mapping and translations.
Posted 15 Feb 2017 13:59
After further discussions with the Whitworth Gallery here is the proposed programme for the event. Over the course of the two weeks there are various exercises, lectures and site visits which aim to develop a critical understanding of 'change' in Manchester in a diverse and interesting format.
Posted 15 Feb 2017 13:05
We've been discussing the type and quality of work that the students will produce to be shown at the exhibition at the end of the events period. Our focus will be on mixed media with photography and on-site sketches.
Posted 15 Feb 2017 12:13
Along with the 'Like This Space - Black Noise'; (a small, private press committed to thinking about the place of books in the world and part of the MMU writing school), we are also happy to announce our new collaborators 'Pic.' confirmed last Friday who will help us look for spaces and a possible venue for our event.

"At PIC, we love Space! Our vision is committed to making spaces more available to those I the City. We believe that Cities today should strive to do more with less! Let's share what we have and maximise our time!"

Posted 15 Feb 2017 01:20
Researching the Situationist International, we found these great sketches which explore cities through artistic expression.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 20:49
We meet on site to talk to our collaborator and discuss ideas and options on what our proposal may entail.

As you can see we are very excited about the opportunity to create a multi-sensory instillation at the Thirsty Scholar.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 20:30
Hidden Manchester exhibition - work by the Manchester school of art. Would be interesting and worth a visit as theme of hidden Manchester seems similar to our workshop theme

Grosvenor Gallery,
Cavendish Street,
Manchester, M15 6BR
23 Feb 17 4:30-7pm
24 Feb 17 10am-4pm
Posted 14 Feb 2017 19:03
Here comes the latest update of the poster with further information on what our event will have to offer!
Posted 14 Feb 2017 17:11
Moodboard for the thematics of the event
Posted 14 Feb 2017 16:01
Posted 14 Feb 2017 15:03

This documentary by Mike Staniforth followed the lives of homeless people in Manchester. It is a collection of interviews with people sleeping rough, allowing them to express their views on the Council's homeless policy, the conditions in which they live, the way people treat them in the street, and their day to day struggles. During Events, I would strongly urge all of our participants to watch it.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 14:44

Whilst looking at potential experimentation of materials, I found Ocean Dome which used collected waste plastic from the ocean in South Africa to construct pavilions. Markus Heinsdorff uses the plastic in a gabion cage to construct towers capable of housing people. In our events, we could potential use collected waste plastic as a building material as its malleable and water proof.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 14:36
Posted 14 Feb 2017 14:31
Posted 14 Feb 2017 14:31

I have been looking at potential ways of using simple materials to build large scale 1:1 pieces. Wikkelhouse is a home built entirely from carboard insulation, plywood internal facing and timber batten cladding. It also plays with the idea of modularity of components and is manufactured entirely in a factory in Amsterdam. It is transported to site as a complete unit where it is hooked up to the prepared services. In our events, we could look at using cardboard as a building material quite easily, and use some of the methods discussed in the video to maintain its lifespan.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 14:30
Following discussions with Dom Sagar, he has sent me contact details for two people at Mustard Tree in Manchester. This is a charity that not only offers food, clothes and furniture, but also offers life-skills, training, volunteering, education, mentoring and employment opportunities to help people to increase their resilience and enable them to escape poverty and homelessness.

We have made initial contact and hope that they will be able to collaborate with us in either giving a lecture on the situation in Manchester, or help in the critique process of work to refine student ideas.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 14:19
Unfortunately Dwelle have not responded to our request for collaboration and so we have decided to explore other potential collaborators that could help in either the detail design of dwellings and modularising components.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 14:12
We are in the process of speaking to Enactus about their project ReNu in which students from the University of Manchester in partnership with Barnabus are aiming to tackle the issue of homelessness in the city. The charity empowers homeless people by teaching them workshop skills that can be transferrable into full time employment. We hope to be able to get them involved in this event either through material or workshop space donation, and experiences in working with materials in this setting.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 14:09
We are pleased that Andrew Fowler from Emmaus Mossley has agreed to schedule a meeting with us prior to Events and come to speak to the undergrad students on the first day of Events. Emmaus are a charity that collect furniture and other home items and with the help of the homeless, they are up-cycled and sold.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 14:01
We are in the process of contacting a number of contractors and demolition contractors for waste materials and used hoarding that they could donate. These include:
Balfour Beatty
Bowmer and Kirkland
Vinci Construction
Laing O'Rourke
Willmott Dixon
Eric Wright
Sir Robert McAlpine
Connell Brothers
Posted 14 Feb 2017 13:56
We are in contact with Beth Popplewell and Phil Hopkins at Archer Architects to potentially have them come to critique proposals during Events. This will give undergrad students an opportunity of exposure to commercial practices, and an insight into how they could produce detailed technical drawings for their schemes.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 13:48
We are pleased that Andrew Turmeau from AEW Architects and Designers is coming in on the first day of Events to talk to us about his work at the University of Lincoln on homelessness in Lincoln. It should be a valuable session to gain his experiences from the work he did on the streets of Lincoln and how he slept rough to fully engage with the homeless community.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 13:43
Posted 14 Feb 2017 11:44
The festival will be taking place in a disused warehouse at Cains Brewery in Liverpool’s Baltic Triangle.

Find out more about the festival here;
Posted 14 Feb 2017 10:37
Yesterday, after months of correspondence, we met Andy, Emilia and Jasmine from the Threshold Festival team. We were excited to visit the site in Liverpool and to discuss the exhibition space that we shall be designing in collaboration with the festival.

Unfortunately, Threshold missed out on Arts Council funding this year but the show must go on and they have launched a Crowdfunder campaign here;
Posted 14 Feb 2017 10:31
The GK Gallery & Tea Rooms is located on Chapel Street, between Salford and Manchester. Check it out if you are passing by.

We have the whole of the exhibition space on the mezzanine level to display our installation/ installations.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 10:20
A pinterest board has been created to collate a range of images which showcase the sorts of graphic styles which could be incorporated into the designs for the gallery installation. It also gives a chance to explore the different themes of "industry".
Posted 14 Feb 2017 10:13
We will be organising inductions at the school of art for processes like screen printing. These skills could then be utilised in studio projects etc.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 09:57
A meet up session with our collaborator, Simone Riyard, founder of Manchester Urban Sketchers Group, with a thoughtful discussion of activities timeline, suggestions and collaboration opportunities. The excitement is definitely in the air!
Posted 14 Feb 2017 00:26
Updated poster for upcoming event presentation.
Posted 14 Feb 2017 00:18
We have the exciting opportunity to contribute to two festivals during our Events weeks: the globally acclaimed Manchester International Festival (MIF) and the seventh year of Threshold, an independent arts and music festival in Liverpool.

Under the creative guidance of London based designers, Practice Architecture, we will design the entrance to the MIF festival site on Albert Square and present our schemes to the MIF organisers. While, during the second week, on site at the Threshold Festival in Liverpool, we will construct temporary enclosed spaces for art exhibitions based around the theme of 'light and dark'.
Posted 13 Feb 2017 23:23
Thinking about Felixible/Multi-purpose furnitures ....
Posted 13 Feb 2017 22:11
We've been looking around Manchester for spaces for the students to use for sketching and photography sessions during the events program. Also, potential sites for an on site workshop.
Posted 13 Feb 2017 14:32
We had a look at other spaces such as the Whiskey Jar located in the Northern Quarter for the book launch/Exhibition. The Whiskey Jar presents a rustic/hidden quality to it which could be used as one of the poetic spaces for the students to visit during the event - Visited 31.01.2017
Posted 12 Feb 2017 15:56
We have been checking out potential venues for the upcoming event. We wanted to hold our exhibition in an industrial looking venue to capture the atmosphere that would convey the works of the Black Noise team. It was important to actually see the venues to get a scope on how our exhibition would work in the space and available resources these types of venues could give to us.
Posted 12 Feb 2017 15:14
Suggested locations across Whitworth Gallery for the prospective installation.

See link for further images:
Posted 12 Feb 2017 13:51
Very exciting to see our collaborator- GK Gallery on Manchester Confidential. Check out the full article here:
Posted 11 Feb 2017 14:34
We had the opportunity to sit in on a drawing masterclass ran at the Whitworth Gallery. The class was intended for a group of foundation art students centred around communicating ideas on climate change. Deanna Petherbridge's was a focus and the class examined her use of line and word to make graphic commentaries on the wider world and furthermore worked with the School of MACE (School of Mechanical, Aerospace and Civil Engineering) to gain current perspectives on climate change. We felt this would give an interesting insight as to how to structure a masterclass focused around a subject.

The class was as follows:

The intention was for students to develop drawing skills to explore how complex ideas can be represented visually, allowing them to leave with a fresh perspective on the role of drawing.

The day began with warm-up drawing exercises, a 1-minute drawing of the expectations of the day.

Denise Bowler then ran some drawing exercises exploring different mark making exercises to free-up drawing.

We were given a tour of the Deanna Petherbridge Exhibition by Poppy Bowers, a curator at the Whitworth Gallery.

Artist Oliver East then took over the class, giving a presentation about his experience of drawing practice

We then gave our own presentation on the role of drawing in Architecture.

The first drawing activity was then to question; what does climate change look like? A short exercise, to draw the first picture that comes into our heads. We then lay out the drawings and walked around to see similarities and differences

The School of MACE then presented about making the invisible visible through GIS (Geographic Information Systems) climate visualizations.
Oliver East then continued the drawing class with drawing whilst walking recording architecture and outside recording space by taking us outside and walking across the groups of the gallery.

Students were then asked respond to readings of different texts around climate change such as Psychogeographic writing from Ian Sinclair, Will Self, Bill Drummond or Nick Dunn (A manifesto for the Nocturnal City) and create a list of responses to ‘What does climate change mean to you?’

Oliver East gave the example of his drawing in the rain in Romania in a grave-yard on day that Donald Trump wins the US election.

Students to generated words, and then sketched whilst listening to the following text:

"I came across this eco-park in Doncaster, a fantastic thing. If you went there by car, you were surcharged £5 a head because you were burning up fossil fuels, so everyone parked in the town, which became gridlocked. Nobody went to the site, they put on archery for kids on Saturdays, then abandoned it altogether. One security guard was posted by the perimeter fence. Grass and weeds started coming up. Now it really is ecological because it's become a wilderness. But millions of pounds have gone down the chute.”
Ian Sinclair

Drawings were then linked with the intention to be developed into 3D structures.

Examples of sketched produced in the class can be found here:
Posted 11 Feb 2017 11:51
St Philips Church Visits_Meeting with Gareth #1 13.12.2017

We discussed the potential rehabilitation of a space within the church that accommodates church meetings, art meetings and mother-children groups. Gareth explained what is needed in the space and we managed to discuss the funding for the renovation. Hence, all of our design decisions will be based on cost estimating to bring understanding of construction budgeting.

We are excited for what is coming next!
Posted 10 Feb 2017 17:50
Pendle Witches Surprise artwork

A new land-art installation was created by Phillipe Handford on the side of Pendle Hill – the Hill’s famous dark, brooding nature proved a perfect ‘canvas’ on which to work. What appeared were simply the numerals, 1612, in a seventeenth-century-style script, and made out of bio-degradable material. The artwork was the centrepiece of a year-long Festival which celebrated the famous 'Pendle Witches' (8 women & 2 men) who were tried – and then hung – exactly 400 years ago.
The iconic numerals, at times shrouded in mist, lasted a couple of days before the Rain washed the work away.
Posted 10 Feb 2017 15:37
Collaborator Meeting #1 16-11-17
Posted 10 Feb 2017 15:15
Group Meeting #3 16-11-08

Poster meeting tbc
Posted 10 Feb 2017 15:14
Group Meeting #2 16-11-07

Poster brainstorm TBC
Posted 10 Feb 2017 15:14
Group Meeting #1 16-10-11

Posted 10 Feb 2017 15:10
Two fundamental Situationist International points:

1) A unified critique of advanced capitalism of which a primary concern was the progressively increasing tendency towards the expression and mediation of social relations through objects/commodities.

2) Means of counteracting the spectacle; the construction of situations, moments of life deliberately constructed for the purpose of reawakening and pursuing authentic desires, experiencing the feeling of life and adventure, and the liberation of everyday life

Posted 8 Feb 2017 13:52
A Collaborative Project with Mustard Tree to produce Up-Cycled furniture
Posted 7 Feb 2017 13:40
Meeting 06 02 17


Swapnil – M Arch Student, Architecture Department
Stanley Fu – M Arch Student, Architecture Department
Adam Collinge – M Arch Student, Architecture Department
Will Birch - M Arch Student, Architecture Department

1.0 Previous Minutes

1.1 Possible locations for event

2.0 Discussion

2.1 Spaces located –

Anthony Burgess Foundation
The Whiskey Jar – NQ
Hope Mills and alternative location
Stubbs Mills – No
Islington Mills
Gallery at Z Arts
Night and Day
Lock 91
Deaf Institute
The Fitzgerald
The Skyhook
Mayfield Train Station
Joshua Brooks Basement
Royal Mills
Mailyard Museum
Fairfield Mills

5 locations from each member presented and discussed.


Visits to Anthony Burgess Foundation and Whiskey Bar organized for 06/02/17 and 07/02/17.


Hope Mills organizer emailed, however she is out of the country currently so a visit will be arranged for the near future.


Islington Mills contacted but not yet replied.


An agency specializing in abandoned locations for filming and events replied with a quote for £1250+400+VAT.


Whiskey Bar contacted and replied scheduled to be visited 08/02/17.


We are discussing budget for the event with each location, Anthony Burgess Foundation has specified £180 for 30/03/17.


We have decided to provide a provisional list of locations for students to visit and document. These are meant to be of an abandoned or disused nature and have an air of historical industrial importance about them or a documented history of some kind to draw from. The spaces are going to be located via visits and if possible the owners contacted to arrange student visits although this may not be possible in all cases.


We are working on a design for the exhibit within which ever space may be chosen. As we do not know the exact context of the space yet we have decided on a modular design which can be easily erected on site.


The programme for the 2 weeks at the end of March is being discussed.

Posted 6 Feb 2017 14:30
Meeting 02 02 17


Swapnil – M Arch Student, Architecture Department
Stanley Fu – M Arch Student, Architecture Department
Adam Collinge – M Arch Student, Architecture Department
Will Birch - M Arch Student, Architecture Department


1.0 Previous Minutes

1.1 Locations date and format of event.

2.0 Discussion

Arron Reed has unfortunately left the group, it will be a struggle without his valuable input but we will continue to uphold his finely organized legacy.

Discussion between Events Team on how to progress with locating space to hold event.

The decision was made to each locate and contact 5 spaces in the city and bring to the meeting on 06/02/17.
Posted 6 Feb 2017 14:29
Meeting 16 01 17


Helen Nicholson – Writing School, MMU

Swapnil – M Arch Student, Architecture Department
Stanley Fu – M Arch Student, Architecture Department
Adam Collinge – M Arch Student, Architecture Department


1.0 Previous Minutes

1.1 Collaboration with the English Department

2.0 Discussion

Collaboration between Helen Nicholson and the Writing School and our Events Team was deemed to be unfeasible due to non compatible event dates. We have decided to move forwards with the Black Noise Team from the English Department following the meeting on 8th Decemeber 2016.

Posted 6 Feb 2017 14:28
Meeting 8 12 16

Ba Students, English Department

Ayesha Kinley
Abi Brooks


M Arch Students, Architecture Department
Swapnil Chaudhari

Adam Collinge
Stanley Fu
Arron Reed
Will Birch

1.0 Previous Minutes


Collaboration with the English department discussed.

2.0 Discussion


Meeting the students involved in the English Department events side of the collaboration.

Collaboration with Black Noise project discussed following email conversation.

We agreed on the format and rough date of the exhibition/ reading. Different artists were discussed and possible venues were discussed in relation to the amount of expected people and ease of access for anyone visiting from out of town. The event was agreed to be for one night with both audiences attending both parts. Probably the 30th March 2017, Thursday.

Posted 6 Feb 2017 14:28
Meeting 15/11/16


Jess Edwards – Head of English, English Department - JE
Tiffany…. - English Department
Random Lady – English Department
Kate McGowan – English Department

Vicky – Tutor, Architecture Department
Arron Reed – M Arch Student, Architecture Department
Will Birch – M Arch Student, Architecture Department


1.0 Previous Minutes

2.0 Discussion


Established the brief is acceptable to everyone –


The exploration of interstitial spaces. Atmospheric description both verbally and visually of spaces found to be abandoned in the city of Manchester. The city plays host to a collection of industrial and cultural spaces left to waste following industrial upheaval. The project seeks to draw from the unique narratives of each space and create an image poetically commenting on the state of the

This will then lead to an exhibition, staged in a space fitting the content of the exhibition.

Spoke with JE who recommended contacting Nick Royale, who has an interesting approach to creating literature based on these spaces, absorbing the Genius Loci whilst he creates them.


Discussed the possibility of a collaboration between the Writing School and the Architecture Department, agreed in theory for the postgrad students to work with us and the other Architecture Students on the project.

Place Writing group seen by JE as the most suitable to collaborate.

3.0 Actions


Initial Advertising Poster Created by Adam Collinger and Stanley Fu


WB emailed Nick Royale asking for advice on space selection

Jess Edwards emailed Vicky, Will Birch, Arron Reed, introducing Helen Nicholson as the Head of the Writing School and David Cooper who leads the Place Writing research group.

Jess Edwards has stated Helen Nicholson wishes Will Birch and Arron Reed to present the project to her students early next semester

David Cooper has emailed a substantial reading list we are continuing to consult.

Arron Reed emailed Helen Nicholson, Jess Edwards and David Cooper to clarify when the presentation would take place and to inform them the initial poster is now up on the Events Blog and the Blog is LIVE.
Posted 6 Feb 2017 14:28
A social session with Manchester Urban Sketchers group. A bit of discussion of collaborative opportunities for the upcoming event. It felt great and inspiring to see the talent of the artists who joined the sketching session.

Feel excited to see the future event participants to gain benefit and knowledge from the experienced artists.
Posted 2 Feb 2017 01:23
Joined a sketching session with Manchester Urban Sketcher Group to discuss the details of our collaboration for upcoming event. Here was my output from the session and I've feel rejoiced after it had been a long time since the last time I have made a live urban sketch.
Posted 2 Feb 2017 01:19