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AGENDA | Workbench is the second phase of LUNA which is ‘to create’; we want to extend creative discourse within the community by creating a space where ideas are shared freely. Working mainly from Luna’s community studio in Hulme, students are being asked to design and construct a single or multiple workstations which can be used within the studio, as well as being able to serve as an outdoor community exhibition platform. // Download Poster

Thomi S // Stephanie P // Nasra A // Pranav R // Mohit C // Muhammad MS

Behind the scenes!
“trying to capture every single moment of the events”
Posted 8 May 2018 03:12
At the end of the the busy period of events the students produced their concept models, final models and construction manuals booklets. All of the three groups produced amazing work for that short period of time and all of the 5th year were very proud of them! In addition, our collaborators from Luna were also very impressed from the work of the students and tje final decision was not an easy case!

In the end of this journey all of the groups have tested several ideas and the most important was the application in real life! They had to think very carefully every aspect and every detail of the design!
I believe that the team that won the competition should be very proud of themselves because their design will be soon constructed in 1;1 and this is the biggest achievement for them during events!
However, all of the groups have worked very hard to produce their tasks!
Well done to all 1st and 2nd years and good luck with your portfolios!
Posted 8 May 2018 03:11
The aftermath of events!!
Posted 8 May 2018 03:04
Event group 18!
It has been a great collaboration between us and we had some very nice and productive time!
Posted 8 May 2018 02:53

Final models were very important for our collaborators decision for the winning team. Models helped them understand joints and construction details in order to make the best decision.
Posted 7 May 2018 23:08

Final presentation model and joint detail incorporating colours to the design
Posted 7 May 2018 23:01

Final presentation model showing different configurations of the design
Posted 7 May 2018 23:00

Final presentation model
Posted 7 May 2018 22:58

The booklet has been an important part of the process where students had to analyse and consider every detail of their construction sequence in order to be easily understood by anyone who wants to create their design.
Posted 7 May 2018 22:50

Sample of pages included in the construction sequence booklet. Students created the booklet as a step by step construction sequence including dimensions, cost and assembly process in order to be easier for our collaborators to create the workbench.
Posted 7 May 2018 22:46

Final line drawings from 'Superslot' team. Students considered cost and materiality and due to the tight budget they used standard sized materials while aiming for the least possible waste of material.
Posted 7 May 2018 22:41

Thanks to LUNA - our collaborators, especially SIMI and VICKY, who have collaborated with us to produce design options for their first phase of LUNA startup. It was a pleasure to host you guys to the final presentation of the design ideas that the students have come up with. Thank you for your time and patience.
Posted 2 May 2018 00:11

Hats off to all you guys who have made this Events very exciting and successful. Here is to all your happy faces at the end of the Events
Posted 2 May 2018 00:08

The final outputs produced by the students. Students spent an immense amount of work and energy in producing the designs and communicating the same to the clients was a new experience for the students.
Posted 2 May 2018 00:06
DAY 10

Posted 2 May 2018 00:02

Group B excitement for the final day presentation!

Posted 1 May 2018 23:59

Interviewing the students as a part of the video! Stay tuned for the finished video at the end of event week!!
Posted 1 May 2018 23:57

The finishing touch on the model going to be presented to the collaborators coming Monday!

Posted 1 May 2018 23:54

Today is our last day together with 1st & 2nd years, we decided to go and celebrate our victory.
Posted 1 May 2018 08:17
DAY// 9

A Group photo!
Posted 1 May 2018 08:14
DAY// 9

More great footage for the final video!
Posted 1 May 2018 08:06
It was extremely difficult for Luna to select a winner as all the three groups presented their work very well. Well done benchworkers, you HAVE truly made us proud!
Posted 1 May 2018 08:05

As we come to the end of EVENTS '18, the students have worked hard and fun at times on their workbenches. These are the final products by the three competing groups : Construction Booklets that give you an understanding of what the product is?, how efficient they are?; how to build/assemble/store them? and finally the cost and materials to make the product. Good job guys!! A copy of these booklets were given to LUNA (our collaborator) for them to choose the best design from.

It was fun working with the WORKBENCHERS!!
Posted 30 Apr 2018 17:24

Benchworkers and our collaborators! Our event has come to an end. A big thank you to all the students for their great work and effort throughout our events sessions!!

Good luck with your studio submission. See you around!
Posted 30 Apr 2018 15:36

And the winner STACKED!

After discussion our collaborators chose team's 'stacked' design as it was very flexible and customisable! Our collaborators are planning to make a sample of the design by the end of May!

Posted 30 Apr 2018 15:28


Today it was the final presentation to our collaborators Vicky and Simi from Luna. Students presented their final models and booklet explaining their design process, materiality, connections and cost.

Simi and Vicky were very impressed of all the designs and had a hard time picking the winner!
Posted 30 Apr 2018 15:08

After our events session with the students we worked on our events video. We made interviews both to the students and the co-ordinators talking about the event brief, aims and experience.

Next steps: editing and finalising the video!
Posted 30 Apr 2018 15:03

Today was the last working day before the presentation on Monday! Students were working on the final touches on their models at the wood workshop as well as at the studio space. Other members of the teams were working on finalising their construction booklets in order to make it as detailed as possible.

Can't wait for the presentation!!
Posted 30 Apr 2018 15:00

After students' presentations and Luna's decision for the winner we spent sometime with students to present them our work from 3rd year undergraduate course. This was a small introduction to students for the following years as well as the expectations for a 3rd year student in architecture.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 14:46
DAY 9!

Members of the group "STACKED" cannot hide their excitement after the announcement of the competition winner!

Excellent work!!!
Posted 30 Apr 2018 14:41

Final presentation day!
Students presented their final design supported with models and a construction manual to our event collaborators Simi and Vicky. They explained their design approach in depth to them and describe how the workspaces can be assembled and disassembled easily taking only a few minutes. (Luna's requirement for the design).

After the presentation Vicky and Simi took some time to analyse the designs and conclude to the one that fulfils the most their requirements. It wasn't an easy decision because as they have explained all of them have been really good and students spend a lot of time on them. But they have concluded to team "Stacked", a design proposal that was clever and enjoyable, as well as constructed easily using re-usable materials.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 14:27
Day 9
Workbenchers with the coordinator LUNA.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 12:14
Day 9
The winning design is STACKED..
Congratulations to them and great work by all..
Posted 30 Apr 2018 12:13
Day 9
Students posing with their models..
Posted 30 Apr 2018 11:18

Presentations are being done in front of our Collaborators from LUNA - Simi and Victoria. They seem to be liking the disparate ideas that the groups have come up with. Let us see who wins the competition today. later we will be having personal interview sessions with the groups that will go into the video.

Posted 30 Apr 2018 10:52

Now that we are heading towards the finishing stage of Events 2018, the 5th years decided to check in on the student works just to guide them in completing their Construction booklets that will be submitted to LUNA on Monday after their presentations. The students had a few issues regarding expressing their designs through the booklets. So we had a sit down with each group and worked on their outputs together.

It felt really good to see some distinct ideas not only in terms of the designs but also in every groups representation of their works.... Good Job guys!!!
Posted 30 Apr 2018 10:37
Day 9
Presentation of designs to LUNA.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 10:25

So as Fariz was talking about in his earlier post, we have started compiling the videos and interviews to make the Events Video. So as a flow plan, we have interviewed the three main actors in this events - Collaborators(the clients), Coordinators(5th years) and Students (1st & 2nd years), giving us the idea of the overall work brief and experience.

The video will be completed soon guys!!
Posted 30 Apr 2018 10:25
Tomorrow is the final presentation of students to our collaborator Luna. They will present their final idea to Luna along with their final models and a construction booklet.

After the presentation Vicky and Simi from Luna will have a discussion on the designs and decide the one that fulfils their requirements the most. On the same day we will announce to students the winner. Luna will have the construction booklet of the winning design and once they get their funding they will be able to construct the work space by following the instructions in the construction manual!

Almost there!
Posted 29 Apr 2018 10:38
I Hope everyone had a lovely weekend.

Just a quick reminder about tomorrow’s final presentation with our collaborator, Simi and Vicky from Luna will be joining us at 10:00 am however, we need everyone to be in at 9:30 am. Bring also physical models & construction booklet.
Posted 29 Apr 2018 09:26

Events coordinators conducted an interview with 1st, 2nd & 5th years. Additionally, we went through the workbencher’s booklets to make sure it is presentable and ready for Monday’s presentation. Excellent work workbenchers!
Posted 29 Apr 2018 09:04

Final alterations on the construction booklets, detailed models for Monday’s presentation with Luna.
Posted 29 Apr 2018 08:49

Workbenchers seems to have really enjoyed today’s task and close to complete all the required outputs. A very successful & fruitful day!
Posted 29 Apr 2018 08:45
DAY 8!

Group C proudly presenting their final model to the rest of the event members.

Great work and detail thinking on the joinery of your proposal ! Lets present it to Luna on Monday along with your construction package!
Posted 27 Apr 2018 15:54
Video and Script meeting
Script for the videos were discussed.
Posted 27 Apr 2018 15:22
Day 8
Interviews day.
Juniors were asked to talk about their designs. It also included flattery for the coordinators and loads of bloopers
Posted 27 Apr 2018 14:51

Students are making the final touches on their models and booklets

Meanwhile we are testing out the foldable workspace!
Posted 27 Apr 2018 11:13

Group C has split off and half of them are working on the model. This bunch is figuring out how to make a nice looking booklet for the final submission to the collaborator!
Posted 26 Apr 2018 16:35

Group B having fun in customising their WORKBENCH with colours as per the request of LUNA. The model is almost finish!
Posted 26 Apr 2018 16:34

The remainder of students have started on their final scaled working models of their designs.
Posted 26 Apr 2018 14:27

A part of the students have been working on detailing their final construction booklet which will contain all the details of their final design. The 5th years have been guiding them with their outputs.
Posted 26 Apr 2018 14:24

Students have been finding some interesting places and ways of working. Good to find that the students are involved in working for Events. The students are working on their final outcomes today. Work is going well.

Have fun guys !!

Posted 26 Apr 2018 14:21

Today the students divided the work to model making and booklet making. While some students were at the wood workshop making models other students were working on the booklet at the studio!

Great teamwork benchworkers!

Posted 26 Apr 2018 14:07
DAY//6 | Discussions

The students had discussions with the 5th years and assistance from the Workshop Staff regarding the joinery details and finalizing the design details. The students are simultaneously working on the Construction Package and the Scaled model for the final output.

Going great guys!!
Posted 26 Apr 2018 14:05

While some of the students have been working at the workshop the other members of the team are preparing their booklet that is also submitted to Luna. The client wants to exhibit both the models and the booklets.

The booklets contain information on the design proposal, construction process, materials and cost of production!
Posted 26 Apr 2018 13:57


Students have been using the wood workshop in order to make their final models done! They also had a chat with the guys at the workshop in order to solve some issues considering their models.

Can’t wait to see your final models!
Posted 26 Apr 2018 13:55

Final improvement before a big day tomorrow, Model Making!

Students focused on finalising their ideas, organising materials for 1:5 / 1:10 models and preparing a construction manual booklet. A VERY INTENSIVE & PRODUCTIVE DAY!

Posted 26 Apr 2018 12:04
Day 6
Nazra taking the lead in model making
Posted 25 Apr 2018 19:53
Hi guys!

Just a quick reminder for tomorrow!! Get ready for an exciting model making day!! Bring materials, cutters and glues!
Posted 25 Apr 2018 14:58

Students have been working on their final design looking into the final details regarding connections, materials and cost. They focused on preparing the files for the models that they will present to our collaborator on Monday!

There will be models in 1:5, 1:10 as well as 1:1 connection parts!

Looking forward to an exciting model making day!!
Posted 25 Apr 2018 14:56

Students focused on finalising their idea and prepare their files for the last models that will present in Luna, in 1:5 or 1:10 as well as 1:1 connection detail.

They have also started preparing their booklet considering the construction process of their design proposals.

Well done guys! Tomorrow will be a great day. Model making day!!
Posted 25 Apr 2018 14:48

This group came up with the idea to make a compact box that can be pulled out revealing a number of tables to be used. The challenge that comes with that is the type of joints that they will use. The sketch shows the development of the joinery being considered and those that can be used for the project!
Posted 25 Apr 2018 14:37

This group utilises slits and slots all across the furniture piece. Coming up with the idea is the easy bit, figuring where the slits to be is the hard part! The sketches shows certain considerations that they need to take into account as to prevent the furniture from toppling.
Posted 25 Apr 2018 14:21

In order to make the bench work, this group has drawn up a mock-up detail of the joints. In this group they have decided to use a rod and hole system whereby the holes are created all across the structure of the table allowing for flexible heights of the tables!

Posted 25 Apr 2018 14:17

After the discussion with our collaborator Simi, students took their design proposals a step forward considering materiality and connections in detail. Students looked into different providers and the materiality dimensions in order to minimise the waste of materials.

Looking forward to the final drawings and models!!
Posted 24 Apr 2018 15:08

After their talk yesterday with Simi, students took their design a step forward and start designing the detailed connection of their proposal as well as having a look at the cost of the design by looking at different providers. They try to keep the cost to the minimum as possible and reduce the material waste!

Keep going and I can't wait to see your 1:1 detail model of connection and your 1:10 model of your final design!
Posted 24 Apr 2018 14:25

Iara Silva has been involved in community projects in the UK and Portugal, she has worked on various freelance photography and illustration projects and has an interest in urban design solutions in cities. Iara completed her BA in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and is currently a M. Arch student at the University of East London.
Posted 24 Apr 2018 10:49

Victoria Adegoke has an interest in textiles, craft, community based living and architectural journalism. She has completed a BA in Architecture in 2015 and is also currently a M. Arch student at the Manchester School of Architecture.
Posted 24 Apr 2018 10:48

Simi Abidakun is interested in community development, writing, visual arts and exploring artist spaces. She completed her BA in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University and has worked on a variety of live projects and events in London, Oxford and Manchester.

She came in for our presentations yesterday!!
Posted 24 Apr 2018 10:47

Hi guys, We wanted you to get to know our collaborators from LUNA. SO there are posts coming up for each of our three collaborators.
Posted 24 Apr 2018 10:44

We are designing an ‘extendable box table’ which is very durable thanks to its compressed design it is not an issue to manoeuvre around as there are discreet locking wheels built into the base of the legs and a gas mechanism helping to lift and lower the unit. Our table is able to serve a couple of people at the same time while it can also be used by individuals. The Extendable Box Table is designed to suit any space. Tables are adjustable so they can meet the user needs. Additionally, it has a secure piston system in place which allows it to hold this weight. Our product can also be used as laptop desk, drawing board (thanks to its lift-up ratchet), group activities purposes, storage for any tools or belongings etc.
Posted 24 Apr 2018 10:36
Students were divided into three groups to design a workbench. Let the competition commence!
Posted 24 Apr 2018 09:01
DAY// 4 Product Description

A simple configuration that allows for flexible usage.
Posted 23 Apr 2018 16:08
DAY 4// Product Description

Superslots has created an adjustable table that is easy to disassemble and by extension easy to manoeuvre through the narrowest spaces. It comprises of very few components which users are encouraged to assemble themselves and this creates a satisfaction in having contributed to making your own furniture.
Posted 23 Apr 2018 16:04

In preparation for the final video, we conducted an interview with the visiting collaborator. Here is a snippet of the interview with Simi (LUNA). Stay tuned for the final video!
Posted 23 Apr 2018 12:25

We got our collaborator in today for the first round of presentations by the students. In the meanwhile we also got a small interview from Ms. SIMI, regarding their perspective of the project brief and how the progress of the various groups are, in her expectations.

She was impressed with the various outputs that the different groups have come up with. Next our students are going to be working on the details of their projects in terms of materiality and costing which is another main focus of this EVENT.

Good job guys !!
Posted 23 Apr 2018 12:11

First presentation to our collaborator!!

Our collaborator Simi from Luna has visited today for the first presentation of the design concepts from the students. Simi had the chance to talk to the students and give feedback! It was an impressive collection of design ideas!
Now students will start looking into materiality and costs!

Posted 23 Apr 2018 12:06

Presentations and activities in WORKBENCH being recorded.
Posted 23 Apr 2018 12:04

Students presented their initial ideas with models to Luna's co-founder, Simi.

They had time to present their work so far to Simi and she explored in detail their models and concepts.
After the presentation she also get around the groups to give feedback to them and to discuss further their concepts.
She mentioned that students should concentrate on materiality and cost of the design and advise them to put some colour on the design since it is for artists and it needs to be creative!

Great work from all benchworkers. Simi seemed to like all of the preliminary ideas. Keep up the hard work! Almost there!
Posted 23 Apr 2018 12:01

Today we had our first interaction between the students and one of our collaborators from LUNA, Ms. SIMI ABIDAKUN
Posted 23 Apr 2018 11:53