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1-5-2018 • Tom Jefries (head of Manchester School of Architecture department) talk after professor's Stephan White presentation of the exhibition.
Posted 7 May 2018 13:48
1-5-2018 • Exhibition has been set up! Everything has been assembled, hung and two videos have been prepared to be projected on the white screens! Waiting for a few VIP guests, as well as the professor Stefan White who will make a short presentation of PHASE’s work!
Posted 7 May 2018 13:44
Group 03 - The model of the toastrack project demonstrates clearly how the group has distributed the different spaces and their connection with the surrounding traffic.
Posted 7 May 2018 13:23
Group 02 - This is a model showing the balcony design in the courtyard. The plan changes as the floors go up, so there are more opportunities to create interesting experiences in the courtyard space and lounge areas on the upper floors.
Posted 7 May 2018 13:18
Each group has produced colourful models to show the different function of spaces and their relationships - like 3D adjacency diagrams!

Group 01 - besides showing the functions of the spaces, the model also shows the connection of the care hotel with the hospital.
Posted 7 May 2018 13:04
Group 04 focused on stroke recovery as a specialism of care. The group proposal looked at converting the existing Stratford shopping mall into a new carer hotel with various facilities to help recovery. The group had produced a set of well thought through typical floor plans at various scales. The existing facilities on the site were considered to integrate with the care hotel. The shops are designed to be relocated to create a better shopping environment for shoppers too.
Posted 7 May 2018 12:56
Group 03 focused on organ donation as a specialism of care. The groups proposal looked at converting the existing owens park tower into a new carer hotel. The group produced some well thought out design proposals and some impressive visualisations
Posted 7 May 2018 11:14
Group 02 focused on dementia as a specialism of care. The group formulate a thorough proposal which transformed the existing toast rack site into a new care hotel. The group produced some detailed plans which really impressed Pozzoni architects.
Posted 7 May 2018 11:10


Ivan and Adje experimented with clay and presented a fractured clay path that ran across the floor and up to the wall in the exhibition space at Paradise Works. They used the artists Winter & Kurth from Paradise Works as inspiration for their work.

They said,

"We have enjoyed Art X Paradise, it’s been a great experience mainly due to the variety of art work we have produced over the past two weeks through the different workshops; drawings, models, experimenting with different forms of media. We have created ‘Triangle Gardens’ inspired by Winter & Kurth."

They were awarded 'Best Concept Sketch' for their intricate drawings inspired by the artists.
Posted 7 May 2018 11:09
Group 01 focused on Maternity as a specialism of Care. The group formulated a fantastic new build proposal, which sparked really interesting discussions with Pozzoni architects.
Posted 7 May 2018 11:09
Final Group A1 Presentation Boards, Exhibited at Pozzoni Architects. The groups did a fantastic job in formulating final design proposals. The work will be exhibited at Pozzoni's office in Altrincham for the next few weeks...
Posted 7 May 2018 11:06


Rudhira and John produced a detailed 1:50 model of their proposal for the site, based on their research of the artist Hilary Jack from Paradise Works. This was presented within the exhibition and they won a prize for the best craft based on the precision and detail of their model.

They said,

"This event was a unique experience for us. It was nice to spend time inside and outside the studio. We discovered some new and talented artists (e.g.: Hilary Jack) whose work inspired us to produce some interesting pieces. We also visited some art galleries and had a chance to talk to a curator of art exhibitions, who gave us tips on how to present artwork. The fifth year's leading the event were very friendly and well organised too. It was a nice break from the regular studio work to be able to do something more related to art."

Posted 7 May 2018 11:01
A visual highlighting how their design can be incorporated onto the site which expresses the excitement of match day.
Posted 6 May 2018 20:00
Looking at the three most important junctions for the canopy to a higher level of detail so that the client could move the design forward with future contractors regarding the eventual construction of the scheme.
Posted 6 May 2018 19:55
Creating plans with enough detail to enable the client to fully understand the canopy design so that it can be easily built with approval.
Posted 6 May 2018 19:54
Final phasing stage sees each side of the ground with new stands, whilst retaining the low scale boundary of the raised walkway along the residential edge of the site.
Posted 6 May 2018 11:00
Stand integrated in to the landscape to the end of the pitch, working with the site topography to mask the scale of intervention
Posted 6 May 2018 10:59
Small stands added to the northern edge of the pitch and a raised walkway added to the site boundary closest to residential buildings
Posted 6 May 2018 10:59
1-5-2018 • Exhibition preparation
Timber frames assembled and now the exhibition boards need to be hung too! Almost there...
Posted 5 May 2018 09:39
1-5-2018 • Undergraduates helping us to carry the pieces of the movable pavilion from the Manchester School of Architecture to the South Atrium of Business School, were the first exhibition of the Roadshow will take place!
Posted 5 May 2018 09:35
EVENTS 2018 GROUP 16//
We would like to thank the entire group for their hard work and enthusiasm throughout the events programme. We saw some beautiful sketches and great model making and design skills. We hope that you have gained something from this experience and enjoyed your time as much as we did! :)
Posted 4 May 2018 17:57
Nurul Khalid
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Karolina Vachalova
Posted 4 May 2018 17:52
Simon Guerbet
Posted 4 May 2018 17:51
Hayley Louise Sheldon
Posted 4 May 2018 17:51
Bella Makena Kimathi
Posted 4 May 2018 17:50
The model of the proposed partition for Albert Square was assembled ready for display alongside the other winning partition of St. Peters Square in the exhibition.
Posted 4 May 2018 17:48
DAY 10//
Today was the day of our final exhibition where the students were able to display all the work they had produced over the course of the events programme. The morning was spent setting up our exhibition space in the Town Hall’s reception room alongside two other events groups. The exhibition itself took place between 1-3pm and attracted a total of around 100 guests. The guests consisted of the students from all three events groups as well as the Our Town Hall project team and a number of other members of the Town Hall and Purcell Architects. The afternoon gave the students the opportunity to share their ideas with and get feedback from architects, landscape architects and other members of the Town Hall team. Overall the day was a great success and an excellent end to the events programme.
Posted 4 May 2018 17:47
All potential designs either canopy or stand can all be modularly replicated across all of the site in order to create an aesthetic identity.
Posted 4 May 2018 13:57
Working with instead of against the existing topography allows for a larger insertion with minimal disruption to the urban fabric.
Posted 4 May 2018 13:56
Interpreting the form of the existing roof could initially only be understood through sketching due to its undulating gables.
Posted 4 May 2018 13:56
Here is group 2's final exhibition, with has gone above as beyond our expectations!

Their explanation of the pavilion is below

After exploring the Merz Barn site, our group wanted to emphasise the contrast between the natural landscape of the chosen site with the destructive nature of the quarry opposite. Positioning ourselves looking over the valley, we created a series of reaction drawings trying to convey the juxtaposition between the soft hum of nature and the invasive, violent sounds of the demolition. Additionally, alongside this interpretation of the site, it was decided to respond to the employment struggle faced by rural communities; more specifically, the innovations of this modern era have reduced the demand for jobs in the agriculture industry. Many in the rural are faced with false hope and disappointment, and we hoped to reflect this in our pavilion. The design consists of multiple double height spaces converging towards narrow walkways to represent ‘false hope’ leading towards disappointment. To highlight this struggle literally, we decided to incorporate jutting walls where the structure closes in to create an unpleasant experience for the user at this point. Towards the end of the pavilion, there is a small window representing the final glimpse of hope; however this is quickly extinguished by the drop of the steep hill from which the construction cantilevers from.
Posted 4 May 2018 13:40
Wednesday 2nd: exhibition day at No.70 Oxford Road, one of the buildings that makes up 'Cornerhouse'. A fitting location for a pleasure end to a great events week. The undergraduates were able to interact with the public further and showcase their final outcomes. Polly and Vicky were both able to attend and show their support.
Posted 4 May 2018 13:02
Monday 30th: final presentation by the undergraduates to Polly and Vicky from the 'Save Oxford Road Corner' campaign. Very encouraging work and the collaborators seemed very pleased too. Comic book pages and A0 posters were showcased and ideas were discussed further.
Posted 4 May 2018 13:00


Inspired by Nicola Colclough, Alina and Ana designed a modular seating system intervention, part of which they constructed at 1:1.

They said,

''I think there is a lot that we have learned by taking part in this project. To begin with, making a model to a 1:1 scale, of our own design, was truly something different than what we were used to for studio work. Making a model this big made us realise how much work is put into constructing something. We also found the art gallery visits to be useful and interesting, because we got to learn something that is not necessarily architecture related, but still could serve as an inspiration in the design process. The guidance we got from the older students was really useful and it helped us finish the project succesfully. Overall, the past weeks were really enjoyable and we were able to learn something new by also having fun!''

They were awarded 'Best In Show' for their hard work, great sketches and models.

Posted 3 May 2018 23:35
More detailing!
Posted 3 May 2018 19:20
A lot of detail has been put into this model to showcase the intricate work of the Great Hall.
Posted 3 May 2018 18:57
Exterior of the Great Hall!
Posted 3 May 2018 18:52
Final Model of the Great Hall done by 1st and 2nd years (group 3)
Posted 3 May 2018 18:51
Group 3's exhibition space is complete, highlighting their response to the site of the pavilion in Cumbria; their representation of the art movement in true Merz protest style and a scale model of their pavilion responding to the commodification of housing in the Lake District. Really happy with the final outputs by the group.
Posted 3 May 2018 17:11
✂️ Ribbon-cutting ceremony ✂️

...and the roadshow is declared open!
Posted 3 May 2018 10:54
Our exhibition was opened following a presentation by Prof. Richard Greene (Pro-Vice-Chancellor Research and Knowledge Exchange, MMU), and Prof. Tom Jefferies.

The significance of the research undertaken at the university and its impact on policy-making was stressed as a vital connection between academia and the authorities.
Posted 3 May 2018 10:44


Flashback to when students were making their final touches to their show.

Undergraduates were in charge of curating their final work, with helping hands and guidance from the Master students.

Posted 3 May 2018 09:00


Our collaborators at Paradise Works were so impressed with our work at the exhibition.

Visiting artists Winter and Kurth even shared our event on their own Instagram page!

Check them out here...

Posted 3 May 2018 08:57
A great ending of the Northern Soul Charrette event and an overall enjoyable experience #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 2 May 2018 21:45
The culmination of an amazing EVENTS fortnight. What a way to end our Northern Soul Charrette 2018!

#NorthernSoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 2 May 2018 21:01
Film group working hard to find music and edit the film!
#NorthernSoul2018 #reimaginingmcr #OurTownHall
Posted 2 May 2018 20:59
The coloured uplighters really change the aesthetic of the installation. We're really looking forward to using UV lights to bring out the full effects of the UV reactive cord!
Posted 2 May 2018 19:51
Working on thoroughly documenting the submissions for the competitions - watch this space!
#NorthernSoul2018 #reimaginingmcr #OurTownHall
Posted 2 May 2018 18:44
Heads down in concentration - hoping to get the results from the survey in today!
#reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 2 May 2018 18:26
Tuesday 02.05.2018 - Exhibition Day - Interaction with the visitors in the exhibition at Cornerhouse.
Posted 2 May 2018 16:08
Our final video is on the way!
Posted 2 May 2018 16:05
Tuesday 02.05.2018 - Exhibition Day - Preparation for the exhibition at Cornerhouse
Posted 2 May 2018 16:05
Max Edward King
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Theodore Mark Fisher
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Keating Robsonella Red Walters
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Kate Hargreaves Davis
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Augustus Emil Wray
Posted 2 May 2018 16:02
Alexandru Munteanu
Posted 2 May 2018 16:01
The exhibition in the Town Hall ran from 1 until 3 on the final day of our event. It was attended by members of the project team as well as all students from the three events groups. We discussed our events programme with the staff members who expressed great interest in our proposals for the Civic Quarters new identity. The students received feedback from the collaborators on their designs. This was a good opportunity to see the work from other events groups and discuss our experiences.
Posted 2 May 2018 15:39
Day 10 (1 May)
Since the operations manager and director could not attend our final presentation yesterday, our group presented our design proposal to the fundraising manager instead. Center point was very pleased with our ideas as most of their concerns and requirements were taken into consideration. We sincerely hope that our proposal could help them to successfully secure funding to offer a better gathering place for the young adults and staffs.
Big thanks to our team for all the excellent works!
Posted 2 May 2018 15:30
Our final exhibition in the Town Hall was set up alongside the two other groups working on the Our Town Hall project. The exhibition was held in the ornate reception room overlooking Albert Square. We displayed our site model complete with partition designs, two large scale clay models of the winning partitions and an A3 sheet from each student. Students were required to help with the set up of the exhibition.
Posted 2 May 2018 15:27
As promised - Shots of the installation lit up using the lighting from dbn Audile!

The projected colours add the final element in delivering our original proposal and render to the festival.
Posted 2 May 2018 15:08
Day 10 (1 May)
The records of our work progress are edited and compiled into the final film
Posted 2 May 2018 15:05
Day 10 (1 May)
All our final drawings were put together to illustrate our design proposal, which aims to offer a flexible space to cater for different scenarios, as well as to utilize the skylight and height of the atrium to improve the building environmental performance.
Posted 2 May 2018 14:31
As promised, a final group photo with the finished 'Big Bang' installation. Had a great 2 weeks with the gang assembling and overcoming design issues. Time to get lit up!
Posted 2 May 2018 12:23
Close up shot #3

Very pleased with how the custom made joints have performed during the events period. The grub screws have held the struts in place securely, even whilst turning and rolling the entire frame. Big shout out to WEC Engineering and our fabricator Phil for producing these!
Posted 2 May 2018 12:17
Close up shot #2

It's great to see the acrylic spheres catching the sunlight. We're all looking forward to how they catch and reflect the light when we have our lighting from dbn audile in place.
Posted 2 May 2018 12:15
Close up shot #1

Great to see the UV and non UV cord simply disappearing into the center of the frame. After much deliberation of how to connect the cord in the center, the small carabiners have payed off massively!
Posted 2 May 2018 12:12
After exhibition, we deconstructed exhibition and brought modules back. Storing the exhibition for year show and summer roadshow.
Posted 2 May 2018 11:55
Vice Chancellor attended the opening ceremony and held a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Posted 2 May 2018 11:48
Managed to get the installation all set and ready for the lighting experiments ahead of the final exhibition and festival dates. It's great to see the merging of our initial concepts to final outputs, along with the fantastic design input from the 1st & 2nd years! Group photo to follow....
Posted 2 May 2018 11:48
Prof. Tom Jefferies, Head of School introducing the school close cooperation with external partners and his engagement of PHASE.
Posted 2 May 2018 11:42
Exhibition is on. Migena in video introducing the project and two design competition boards about age-friendly environment in South Manchester on this side as well.
Posted 2 May 2018 11:24
Stefan helping students to stick co-housing display boards to the frame. Finalizing the exhibition.
Posted 2 May 2018 11:17
Installing a house and testing proper location. Preparing exhibition shelves to display booklets, boards and screens.Almost finished the installation process.
Posted 2 May 2018 11:14
All the modules brought in atrium of Business School ready for install the exhibition.
Posted 2 May 2018 11:07
Spatial Capacity and Design Competition boards finished for the exhibition.
Posted 2 May 2018 11:05
Preparing posters for the afternoon exhibition in Business School. Welcome everyone!
Posted 2 May 2018 11:04
We have been closely working alongside Group 19 - Turned on its Head, for the past two weeks during the events programme! It was a perfect way to end the year as it tied up all of the hard work we have been involved with during the academic year!
Posted 2 May 2018 09:40