Group 01 Re-Engagement
Agenda: Re-engagement is an event focusing on the relationship between families and the city centre of Manchester. The workshop will aim to address the notable lack of public involvement within the city centre by developing an interactive element in a well-situated space.
Collaborator: DLA Design, is a multidisciplinary practice based in Manchester (with other offices in Leeds and London). They are currently helping us to develop the brief and will be supporting and advising us throughout the project.
We will hopefully be conducting an initial investigation with the aid of local schools into how children perceive their city centre spatially and physically and how they think it can be improved. The two weeks will consist of the initial formalisation of the outputs of the children into more coherent representations of their ideas produced by the members of our group. They will then be presented as a series of interactive exhibition boards/presentations through a public thoroughfare in the city centre TBC, aimed at engaging children and by extension their parents with the final arrangement and assembly to be part of the initial design week.
Over the two weeks of the event, we hope that you will develop your ability to represent ideas through drawings, models and digital media however abstract; physical modelling; spatial understanding and ability to communicate with the general public. // Download Poster
Panayiota C // Adamos N // David W // Yuchong Q // Yara Z
Our final video is on the way!
Posted 2 May 2018 16:05
Everyone made a great effort for the set up of the exhibition.Today it was the opening of our exhibition.Our client (kids), they really enjoy it!
Well done Team!
Posted 2 May 2018 00:10
Exhibition boards are on!! Such a great pleasure to listen to all these positive comments from the children.
Video from the exhibition in progress.
Posted 1 May 2018 18:04
#EXHIBITION_DAY Enjoyed another valuable day helping the undergraduates assemble their exhibition for the children of St. Mary's School. As the post-graduates organising the workshop, the feedback from the students, school and collaborators has been great and we hope that the undergraduates have enjoyed their experience too throughout the process.
Posted 1 May 2018 01:20
Today's exhibition went really well. Kids love the boards very much. They hold different ideas towards different themes and we also interviewed them about their feelings and comments. We will show that in our video, which will be uploaded later
Posted 30 Apr 2018 23:13
We helped the BAs to refine their outcomes, trying our best to present a vividly and interesting exhibition to the kids
Posted 30 Apr 2018 23:09
#DAY_08 Initial Mock Assembly exploring how the school children will interact with the exhibition at their heights and how the internal shows through.
Posted 27 Apr 2018 12:59
#DAY_07 Boards designs coming. Some really promising work, internals to come and extra adjoining work to be produced ready for the mock assembly tomorrow evening.
Posted 27 Apr 2018 12:57
Everything goes well. We got various ideas and concepts, making the exhibition interesting and plentiful. We can't wait to show you the formal output next Monday
Posted 27 Apr 2018 05:19
The boards have started getting a shape!!!
We are working full speed on their completion and the exhibition on Monday!!
Check out our next post for more details on what is coming up
Posted 26 Apr 2018 17:55
We are running the seventh day of the events.Our group seems to develop their ideas.Most of the students are printing out their proposals, as a part of the preparation for the final outcome
Posted 26 Apr 2018 12:41
#Day_06 Boards bought, arrangement being tested to confirm the boards and pages will fit on the stand block in the designed orientations. Undergrads sorting their external and internal designs ready tomorrow for a full test of the design and any final ammendments.
Posted 25 Apr 2018 15:18
We just announced the group 2 as the winning proposal of our competition. Our final proposal is on the way.
Posted 24 Apr 2018 16:01
The competition has been concluded and we now have a set concept to develop. Well done group 2, on your presentation and prepare for a busy but exciting days of implementation to come. Prepare for some beautiful images to come!
Posted 24 Apr 2018 15:49
Well done Group1!!!
The 'Ideal City' proposal is the one won the in-house competition that is going ahead for final detailed design.
Stay toon for more details about the final exhibition layout.
Posted 24 Apr 2018 14:31
Today, our teams present their design outputs.DLA Architects gave a feedback to each individual team and announced the winning team.
After that, we had a brief discussion, of how we are going to proceed with the final design, which will be followed by the idea of the winning team.
Posted 24 Apr 2018 11:45
#DAY_04 GROUP_03 - In preparation for the design Crit tomorrow, teamwork is moving along well. Some lovely projecting facade macquettes reflecting the childrens drawings and ideas. 3D streetscapes and GAs coming together as well in to have the A1 presentation board for DLA Architects to judge done by this afternoon.
Posted 23 Apr 2018 11:48
Today we had a brief discussion about our video's structure and editing techniques.it will be challenging for us to present, in the best possible way our group's process through the final output.
Posted 23 Apr 2018 11:46
Our Group's task for the is to tide up our initial proposal for the competition tomorrow! The exhibition layout is done now what is left is final details and the A1 board!
Check the blog later on for the boards!
Posted 23 Apr 2018 11:26
Discussing the outcome of the school visits to decide on our proposal for the competition on Tuesday, which will be judged by DLA and determine the form of the final exhibition ... Here we go!
Posted 22 Apr 2018 21:00
The competition is ON! Group 1 is on fire!
After a discussion with the whole team about general observations from the consultation sessions, we split up into 3 groups, and we commenced the production of the 3 different outputs. Our collaborators - DLA Design choose the winning team next Tuesday. The winners get to see their design being built up for the exhibition on the 1st of May.
Looking forward to seeing what the other teams will come up with and if they can beat us!
Posted 20 Apr 2018 13:55
Day_03 GROUP_03 - Undergraduates working hard to produce the work for the group, roles sorted and some nice initial sketches to move forward with. Roll on Monday.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 13:30
Made a really good start for our competition ideas today. Split into our seperate teams focusing on the outputs of the children from St. Mary's Schools and how the Undergraduates are going to translate those into the exhibition.
Some really good and interesting ideas from both the children and the undergraduates and this will be built on between now and Monday afternoon and we are looking forward to seeing the outcomes of these two initial exhibition design days.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 12:41
#Day 02-Afternoon session
We had so much fun in our session yesterday with the school children of St. Mary's Primary School!
The children were given the opportunity to draw their school out of memory and later on design their ideal education environment.
As a final exercise, we design in groups an ideal city environment!!
Now the task is to take on board what we've learned and we noted and translate these into an ideal city - interactive exhibition for them!!
Posted 20 Apr 2018 12:21
A brief overview of yesterday's lectures and consultation have been discussed, today morning!
Furthermore, we are preparing for the afternoon consultation at St.Marys school!
Posted 19 Apr 2018 11:21
#Day 01-Afternoon session
Yesterday, we had our first consultation at St.Marys school. Kids were very excited, to learn more about architecture.
Today will follow the Second consultation!
Posted 19 Apr 2018 11:07
Today, It is the first day, we are running Events!
We have introduced the brief, followed by a presentation of DLA Architects.
Get ready for the afternoon session!
See you in St.Marys school, Levenshulme.
Posted 18 Apr 2018 11:57
Today we spent the day in the workshop.We are preparing the poster's wooden frame, for our final exhibition!
We are looking forward to our final outputs.
Posted 16 Apr 2018 12:59
Hello People, we have split the team into two groups for the consultations. Check it!
We are very excited to see you on Wednesday!
Posted 15 Apr 2018 22:10
We hope you all had a lovely break. A revised version of our schedule for the two weeks events, Its up now!
Enjoy your weekend and get ready for Monday.
See you all!
Posted 14 Apr 2018 12:00
Having established the spatial understanding of the spaces at hand, we will then perform a sketching exercise where the children will be asked to represent the spaces they examined differently, using their innovative way of ordering their surroundings.
We will perform a different sketching exercise where the children will be split into three groups of five. Each group will be given an A1 sheet, with an image of a specific city view (axonometric & street views), they will be asked to trace over the sheets to create what they would perceive as the perfect city for children.
Can't wait to see you all on Wednesday
Posted 13 Apr 2018 16:27
Our strategy for the workshop with the students comprise of three stages that will familiarise them with simple architectural terms that define space, improve their cognitive understanding of their everyday learning environment, and engage them through simple design tasks in creating a space for themselves by themselves.
Take the children on a tour of their school campus. As they enter each space, we will perform a set of experiments and have a brief Q&A session to establish an understanding on how they start to perceive the spaces through concepts such as scale, function and materiality.
Check out the next posts for the other two stages!
Posted 13 Apr 2018 16:25
The final version of Risk Assessment completed and submitted!
Posted 23 Mar 2018 14:27
Don't forget our group meeting today! It's a great opportunity for you guys to socialise and ask anything you want to know about our project.
ps. Check your emails for more details about Location and Time!
Posted 23 Mar 2018 13:07
Hello People, we have split the team into three groups for the development of the design outcomes for our competition!
We are very excited to see your designs and ideas! A few weeks left until April!
Posted 19 Mar 2018 20:03
Hi Guys, to ensure the success of OUR event and to provide you with all the necessary materials we are fundraising to cover some of the expenses.
We believe that our project will enhance our understanding, as future architects, on the importance of an inclusive environment. Investigating subjects like scale, materiality, and access we are aiming to conclude on statements and suggestions on how we could change the way we develop the built environment.
We will much appreciate it if you share the link below to any friends, family, industry-related parties that might be interested in supporting our event or even interested in learning our findings from our workshops.
Thank you so much!
Posted 17 Mar 2018 14:41
We finish the week with some housekeeping work to make sure that everyone stays safe during our events in April! We just completed our risk assessment and had a very informative conversation with the technical team of the university!
We hope everyone has a good weekend and don't forget to check our blog on Monday for more news and details!
Posted 16 Mar 2018 16:37
We are excited to be able to confirm that our exhibition will take place on the 30th of April at St. Mary's primary school main hall!!
More news on the way!!
Posted 15 Mar 2018 23:52
Team meeting today to arrange final details and confirm outstanding issues!
Check out our next post for the location of our exhibition
Posted 15 Mar 2018 23:43
Hello People!! Our Facebook page just launched !! Join the team for regular updates regarding meetings and changes to the plan!
Keep checking the blog guys, is a busy week and we've got a lot of cool things to share with you!
Posted 14 Mar 2018 12:05
We are officially on Instagram! Check out our page for, stories from our meetings, site visits and many more!
Keep checking the blog for updates regarding our progress and more details for meetings and collaborators!!
Posted 13 Mar 2018 21:29
Hi, my name is David, I'm 24, Welsh and initially got interested in Architecture after reading up on Frank-Lloyd Wright. I am particularly interested in future-adaptable design especially in a world with Global Warming and find our course particularly useful when the building picture round comes up at the pub quiz
Posted 13 Mar 2018 09:21
Hi everyone. My name is Yuchong QIAN, but you can call me Mike. I am from China. I completed my first two-year study at Nanjing University and moved to Manchester School of Architecture from Year 2. I got my BA degree here and went back to China for a one-year internship. I have worked in Urban Architecture in Shanghai for half a year, mainly focused on residential. Then I moved to the architecture design institute of Southeast University to have a practice on public architecture like schools, and football stadiums.
I recently came back to Manchester to do my Master and kept my BA choice: QED atelier. I am comparatively interested in the user-centred architecture, aimed to make building serve the public all-around with eco-friendly theory. I am looking forward to seeing you in April and have a great time with you and the kids.
Posted 13 Mar 2018 09:20
Rooms for our presentation dates are now confirmed!
Keep an eye on the blog for full timetables and to your university email for invitations for our meet and greet session!
Posted 12 Mar 2018 13:50
Welcome all to our team!!!
We are very excited to meet you all experiment, research, design and have some FUN during our workshop event in April!
Keep Checking our blog for updates regarding key dates, new collaborations and progress!!
Posted 12 Mar 2018 13:31
Hello everyone! My name is Yara and I am Half Syrian and half Lebanese. I completed my BA in Lebanon in 2015 and took two years out. During my first year, I worked in Lebanon with ERGA, a local firm with which I worked on a mixed-use residential/ commercial compound called Beirut waterfront. I was mainly based on site which proved to be a very insightful experience. During my second year, I participated in establishing an academy of arts in Damascus, Syria which was definitely a life-changing project. This year I started my MArch with atelier QED within which I have been working on projects mainly focused on the re-use of old buildings with an innovative and environmentally friendly approach... I can't wait to meet you all and learn more about you as well.
See you soon!!!
Posted 12 Mar 2018 10:28
Hello people! My name is Panayiota, but you can call me Peny. I'm from Cyprus, and I moved to the UK a few years ago for my BA. I graduated from Northumbria Universtiy and during my year in practice I worked for the Estates of Newcastle University. I primarily focused on education projects, where I was given the opportunity to design and lead the refurbishment of the Medical Library, which situated in a 60s building.
I recently moved to Manchester for my Master, and I joined the qed atelier that promotes an environmental practice and sustainable approach to architecture.
I'm looking forward to meeting you all very soon and see what are you going to come up with!
Posted 9 Mar 2018 17:34
Hey! I am Adam. I am Cypriot, and I did my undergraduate degree at Manchester School of Architecture. During my year out, I worked for an Architectural practise back in Cyprus, which specialised in Residential sector. I worked mainly on residential projects, which included apartments, private homes and mixed-use master planning.This year I am in atelier QED.I am interested in the designs which are a friendly focus on green building, sustainable design, eco-friendly materials, affordability, material reuse, and humanitarian relief.I look forward to meeting you soon and propose a fantastic design.
Posted 9 Mar 2018 17:33
We just met with the head of St. Mary's Primary School and updates regarding dates of workshops with the school kids, place of the final exhibition and much more will be on the blog very soon!
Posted 7 Mar 2018 14:18
Hey guys! We thought that you might be wondering what the plan for the two weeks is! This is a draft version; some dates are still TBC so keep an eye on the blog for updates!
We can't wait for April !!
Posted 5 Mar 2018 01:01
It's Brainstorming time!!
We are currently in the process of tidying up the exercises that we are looking to conduct with the kids from the St Mary's RC Primary School. We are also preparing our selves for a visit, in the next few days, to Levenshulme to meet the teaching team and discuss our ideas further!
Stay toon!! More updates on the way!
Posted 26 Feb 2018 12:31
We are really excited to meet all the 1st and 2nd years interested to join our team!! Don't be shy to ask any questions!
We are always on the 8th-floor studio feel free to pop by and say Hi!!
Posted 23 Feb 2018 16:31
Great News!!! We can officially confirm that we will be collaborating with St. Mary's RC Primary School in Levenshulme for the development of our interactive exhibition! Stay toon we will shortly be posting the exercises that we are planning to conduct with the year five pupils!
Posted 23 Feb 2018 15:43