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The construction team has been prepping themselves for the timber delivery next week by resolving all construction details, quantities and measurements.
Posted 22 Apr 2018 12:20
Hope everyone had a buoyant weekend.

A quick reminder about tomorrow’s presentation with our collaborator, Simi from Luna will start at 10:00 am but we need all Benchworkers to be in at 9:30 am. Bring also the physical models!

Looking forward to see the great stuff that you have created!
Posted 22 Apr 2018 12:16
It's construction week! Yeah!
Posted 22 Apr 2018 12:03

The group of students developed their initial concept ideas for a foldable work space further. Sketch models were essential in order to examine their ideas.

Group "Stacked" developed a work bench with rods that can be placed in different places to create work spaces of different heights as well as exhibition areas for the artists.

Great work from the team! As a further step they will examine the connection and the stability of the work bench!
Posted 22 Apr 2018 11:12
Congratulations to the winning team at the Northern Soul Charrette 2018 and their proposal "Connecting Manchester's past through its present".
Posted 22 Apr 2018 10:41
Judging time at the Northern Soul Charrette 2018. The judges team was formed by Professor Tom Jefferies (Head of MSA), Vanessa Torri (Purcell Architects), Ian Graham (Manchester City Council), Samantha Gill (Buttress Architects), Tim Heatley (Capital & Centric), Ged Couser (BDP), Sarah Harrison (Harrison Stringfellow) and Ian Shaw (Ian Shaw Architects)
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We would like to thank everyone for their hard work and involvement with the design of the exhibition!
Posted 22 Apr 2018 10:18
Some shots of Natalie, the architect involved in the Northlight Mill redevelopment, explaining the scheme.
Posted 21 Apr 2018 20:53
Getting the guys to develop and experiment using both hand-drawings and physical models really helps to understand what is being proposed!

Really looking forward to see how their inputs fit into main frame and design - Excited for next week!

Posted 21 Apr 2018 15:37
Candid snapshot of the guys working hard developing their personal designs!

Really looking forward to see how their inputs fit into main frame and design - Excited for next week!

Posted 21 Apr 2018 15:33
Yesterday we were joined by our collaborator In-Situ and a group of brilliant Art and Media students from the College of Art in Pendle.

We started off with a design session, continuing from the previous day. The Art and Media students were then involved in commenting on the designs and highlighting key elements that could fit in well with the community in Brierfield. They then proposed a colour scheme derived from the natural shades of colour falling on the Brierfield Hill, along with a logo for the Brierfield Cinema.

Thank you for coming all the way to Manchester to join us! It was great to have you.

On Monday we expect the delivery of the cardboard tubes. Once they arrive we can start making the ticket booth! Excitiiiiiing! See you all on Monday!
Posted 21 Apr 2018 15:31


The visit to the Whitworth Gallery today was a unique opportunity for all of us to get insight into the craft of curating art exhibitions and the exhibition ‘exchanges’. The issues and considerations presented by Dr. Leanne Green were extremely helpful for the planning of our Symposium at PARADISE WORKS. Getting a private tour through the exhibition ‘exchanges’ opened up many new perspectives, we can only recommend visiting it!

Posted 21 Apr 2018 14:23


Another snapshot of our re-enacting session in the sun!

Posted 21 Apr 2018 14:22


A snapshot of our re-enacting session in the sun!

Posted 21 Apr 2018 14:22


A nice little model which was the outcome of our presentations. It was incredible to see how the research about an artist turned into physical pieces of work.

Posted 21 Apr 2018 14:21


We were extremely impressed by all presentations of our first and second years and the work they have produced. We hope we could help you all to develop your projects further. The collection of work to present at our symposium is starting to grow!

Posted 21 Apr 2018 14:20
35//Detroit – Manchester - Zones of Urban Experimentation

Day Three: Spent the day on a walking tour of Manchester where the students got to learn more about the city. This was also a good way of acquiring more information for the final publication. When walking around the city we took more photos and videos which will provide the basis for our final outcome.
Posted 21 Apr 2018 11:33
ROLAND BUIT, YEUN LEE & MICHAEL ADEBAYOARE are the members of GROUP 2. Even after the day was over they continued working to develop their visual further. Good job group 2!
Posted 21 Apr 2018 08:37
20/4/18 - Day 3.
We all did some live drawings around the site after interacting with public. The drawings produced were great and an excellent starting point to their proposals!
Posted 21 Apr 2018 03:19
20/4/18 - Day 3.
We were interacting with public to raise awareness of the Cornerhouse situation and promote our exhibition on the 2nd May by handing out the leaflets each group has produced in the morning. Our students were very proactive and good at traffic stopping, with great enthusiasm and communication skills - we were very impressed! The weather was great and majority of the pedestrians were in a good mood to learn about the Cornerhouse!
Posted 21 Apr 2018 03:13
20/4/18 - Day 3.
5 groups of 3 produced their own unique version of campaign leaflets/flyers in A5 to hand out in the afternoon. They contained our event agenda and information of the final exhibition. The designs were amazing and very effective with a combination of photos and sketches. We were very pleased and I cannot wait to see their final outputs!
Posted 21 Apr 2018 03:01
19/4/18 - Day 2.
We walked to HOME after the visit to 70 Oxford road, to understand why the cultural/theatre facilities have been relocated. We made observations to the surroundings and checked out some current events happening in HOME.
Posted 21 Apr 2018 02:56
19/4/18 - Day 2.
It was the perfect weather for a site visit to 70 Oxford Road after the presentation of our collaborators. We looked at elements and context of the Cornerhouse, which was helpful as students were able to further their understanding and apply their ideas on site.
Posted 21 Apr 2018 02:50
18/4/18 - Day 1.
In the morning, Hussain gave a presentation regarding the introduction of our brief and suggestions/methods for producing the final outputs, where students then started brainstorming for their designs. Naile and I showed some of our previous comic work as references and each group presented their ideas which were great.
Posted 21 Apr 2018 02:40


As the curator of the exhibition, Dr Leanne Green spoke in depth about the execution and understanding of information. Many of the artists have chosen to consider how humans take in information and how we perceive art work on display.

By researching the artists and their work, she has created a dialogue between pieces that explore this theme. By hearing about her intentions, the students can now begin to consider curation and display of their own pieces during their show at Paradise Works next week.

Posted 20 Apr 2018 22:35


During our gallery visit today, Kassandra continued to create footage of our team with a wonderful backdrop.

We had the privilege to explore the beautiful building and it's grounds. The garden areas and interaction zones surrounding the building provide the public with great spaces to chat, think, reflect and contemplate.

Posted 20 Apr 2018 22:19
Discussions and preparations for the Monday meeting with the collaborator, LUNA.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 21:51
Great work on Friday to all. Thank you to our collaborator, not only to visit our design session and give some good comments but also bringing some guests from art college in Pendle. I think we learnt much from each other and great collaborating and sharing ideas today with the guests.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 21:14

Day 3// Basics of softwares like Sketchup, Photoshop were thought to help them with the design process and the presentation skills.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 21:09

Day 3// Group 2: Michael Adebayo, The concepts were analyzed and improvised with the fifth years before the pin-ups with the MSSA.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:58

Day 3// Group 2: Michael Adebayo, The concept was presented to MSSA through sketches and diagrams. MSSA appreciated the idea of a long desk.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:55

Day 3// Group 2: Michael Adebayo, The Initial idea has been improvised to more suitable one and presented in terms of sketch and diagrams.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:54
Friday Evening 20/4/18- Sketches of the Cornerhouse and the site by the students
Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:53
Friday Evening 20/4/18 - Few students with their own sketches of Cornerhouse and the site.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:50

DAY 03// Many sketches and many innovative approaches were taken in designing the desk. Some groups designed in software, whereas some groups used sketches and diagrams to explain their ideas.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:43
Friday morning 20/4/18 - More picture of students discussing and producing leaflets to spread the awareness about the future of Cornerhouse.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:43
Friday morning 20/4/18 - More picture of students discussing and producing leaflets to spread the awareness about the future of Cornerhouse.
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Day 3// The proposals of each group were presented in front of MSSA. They analyzed each design and gave out opinions on every design. The pros and cons were pointed out.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:31


Inspired by Hilary Jack's work, which is made out of found materials, one group produced an impressive sculpture.

Next week, we will display all of the student's 2D and 3D work at Paradise Works.

Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:30


We ended the week with the students presenting their initial responses regarding the artists that they have been researching.

This included investigating the artist's methods and materials, and then producing their own iterative responses to said work.

We were so impressed with all the work and can't wait until next week!

More to follow.

Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:28

Day 3// Today there was a pin-up for all the groups at 10:30 am. The groups presented their design proposals and one group would be selected and results would e announced soon.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:26
Amazing first Merz response by Indigo Leveson-Gower, Keep up the good work !!
Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:18
Day 3// Model Development

Group A created a prototype model to test out their preliminary design. Designers thoroughly evaluated their first prototype, noting its strengths and weaknesses, what needs to be added and what should be removed. At the same time resolving detailed connections for each component.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 20:14
Tour 4 look at Manchester Central Plaza, surrounded by the Manchester Central Convention Complex, The famous Midland Hotel and Bridgewater hall. This scenic square with a variety of architectural styles is hidden between Deansgate and Oxford road
Posted 20 Apr 2018 19:44
FELIX EXTON-SMITH // DAY 03 // Felix did an amazing job today not only with his impressive presentation skills but also with his 3D modelling skills. He modelled his group's design proposal in Sketchup in a very short period of time which gave his group more time to work on the visuals in context.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 19:12
CHARLES HO // DAY 03 // Charles produced numerous sketches to develop his group's idea further. Great sketching skills, which were later used to develop 3D models using Sketchup.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 19:08
DAY 03// All groups took a very proactive approach and produced numerous sketches and models of their design proposals. Each group pinned their work up in the morning and was ready to present in front of the MSSA. The winning proposal will be chosen by the end of the day and announced on Monday morning. Great effort from all groups today, we are very impressed!
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:58
DAY 03// Today all groups presented their design proposals in front of the MSSA. Winning proposal will be announced on Monday. The rest of the day was spent on software training after which students had the output of creating a visual of their proposal in context using 3D modelling softwares and Photoshop.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:46
DAY 03// We make sure each day is vlogged so that we can produce a short film at the end of our event.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:42
Oli on fire
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:36
Undergrad student explaining about the exhibition to the pedestrian
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:36
Students getting ready to hand-out leaflets near the site
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:34
DAY 3//
Progress was made today on the Albert Square site model. Working hard inside the Town Hall we managed to get the majority of the model assembled! Good job guys. On Monday we will continue with the model and begin the square partition design process.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:27
Group 3 looked at Toast Rack site and developed a re-use project that can create intergenerational spaces between students/children and care hotel's tenants. Site context has been particularly analysed for the initial proposal.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:20
Group 1 looked at Manchester Royal Infirmary site and developed a new-built project that can connect both infirmary and the proposed care hotel. From analysing the site, students understood the importance of circulation for this particular proposal.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:19
Students have been given briefs in order to develop initial care hotel proposals for the presentation on Monday. Each group has chosen a site in Manchester and has been asked to relate their research to the feasibility studies. Students understood care hotel concepts through analysing site contexts, internal spaces, functions, users etc.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:12
Each group was asked to collate 2 days of research onto 2 A1 boards for the presentation to Pozzoni on the coming Monday.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:06
The study should cover points of suitability(the site as care hotel), distance and accessibility to the nearby hospitals, important features in the surrounding (shops, pharmacies...), accessibility for visitors and ambulances, diagrams of routes and initial concepts etc.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:06
This morning the team started the feasibility study on the four chosen sites around Manchester.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 18:01
We have been working on a prototype model for the exhibition and thought we would test the sublimation printing technique in miniature.

The results have been tested for colour, transfer and to find the most ideal texture.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:58
This morning's session was spent categorising the MSAp portfolios into themes of No. of Dwellings, Density Type, Tenure Mix (Ratio of Social to Private Rent), Type of Scheme, Communal Density and Green Space Density. By doing this, it meant that we can start to collate the work into similar schemes in order for the exhibition to be read easily.
The afternoon was then spent testing prints on different types of fabric and discussing the most suitable approach to attaching the portfolios onto the frame.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:49
Today we sifted through the MSAp fifth year portfolios, and rated everyone's schemes based on a series of variables for comparison.

Each project offers a unique variation on the co-housing model and being able to compare these quickly will give us a better idea of public preference at the community engagement events over the following weeks.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:42
Polina's design sketch for the Soapbox decoration using ribbons, rope and plastic tape to create spaces between the Soapbox and the surrounding trees!
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:39
Packed away and ready to be continued on Monday. We are meeting our client and collaborator on Wednesday to show them our progress so far!
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:38
We have two finished timber 'wings'! Looking good and finished slightly earlier than expected.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:37
The pallets are all a little different in size, therefore each one needs to be slightly amended so that the overall dimensions sions of the Soapbox is correct.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:35
We have split the construction team into three sub teams. Group 1 are working on the pallets and preparing them to be fixed to the ply sheets. Group 2 are continuing with the first stud 'wing' and last but not least, group 3 are finalising the other stud 'wing' whilst preparing initial drawings for the construction manual.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:34
Working hard!
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:33
Decoration precedent studies which the graphics team have used as inspiration for the Soapbox. On Monday we will finalise ordering the selected materials!
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:32
Brackets have been added to add stability and rigidness to the 'wings'. 60 angled brackets have been fitted so far! A few more to go...
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:30
Using the first stud 'wing' as a template for the second. Another sunny morning!
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:29
First stages - cutting the timber studs.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:28
The remainder of the materials arrived this morning and work began on the second of the two stud 'wings'.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:28
Juliet's design ideas for decorating the Soapbox!
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:27
Site visit with the graphics team to take dimensions for decorating the Soapbox and surrounding area.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 16:26