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Absolute pleasure working with all the students during 'Events 2018.' Very pleased with the prototype emergency shelter that we were able to construct. Hopefully they have all enjoyed it as much as we did. The project has been a brilliant opportunity to engage with the wider community and develop skills that are not necessarily utilised within a normal studio environment.

Looking forward to finishing editing all the video to show off our project and the actual event we held at the Wai Yin Community Centre today
Posted 1 May 2018 22:51
Interview done. Another part of the video completed. Brilliant to get the insight of our artistic collaborator, Tom Brown, who has been kind enough to give up his time to work with the students during Events. Discussing how he started, what his inspires him and how he has found working with us all.

Cannot thank him enough for all his help during this project!

Check out his amazing work:
Or follow him on Instagram:
Posted 30 Apr 2018 11:54
All the cladding panels are completed and ready to move to site for construction next week. Very pleased with how they have all turned out.

Check out all the panels in a 360 photograph:
Posted 27 Apr 2018 16:23
Productive day with the students, weather-resistant varnishing almost completed on the cladding panels. Once the varnishing has finished drying in the MMU workshop spray booths, then it will be ready for transportation to the site.

This week, the students have been very productive both on site and in studio, exceeding all expectations that we had of them. Already achieving something that they hopefully found enjoyable and posed a different challenge to regular studio commitments
Posted 26 Apr 2018 14:07
Cladding Panel 2 completed, very pleased with how well we have all worked as a group. We are all really impressed (including Tom, our artistic collaborator) with how the design has turned out. Managed to get some brilliant footage for the final production video.

Hopefully be able to varnish them tomorrow, then they can be brought to site ready for final construction and our event on Tuesday 1st May.
Posted 25 Apr 2018 17:10
Cannot thank Tom Brown [one of our collaborators] enough for giving up his time, coming in and working with the students. The cladding panel designs are starting to come together, and are looking incredible.

If you want to check out some of Tom's work, see his website:

Or follow him on Instagram:
Posted 25 Apr 2018 11:47
Productive first day working on the artwork facades of the prototype. Brilliant to have our collaborator, Tom Brown, in to guide the students towards his incredible design. Background work completed.

Check out Tom's work on his website:

Or follow him on Instagram:
Posted 23 Apr 2018 18:29
Productive day, disassembling pallet crates in the workshop ready for on site construction.

Looking forward to starting construction on site next week at the Wai Yin Community Centre
Posted 19 Apr 2018 00:05
Fantastic meeting today with Tom Brown, our art collaborator, a very talented local artist. Some brilliant designs ideas developing.

Check out some of his work here:
Posted 12 Mar 2018 16:41
Name: Ben Bolton
Atelier: USE
Graduated: University of Portsmouth
Experience: 3DReid, London
Bio: Enjoy rugby and skiing. Using my interest in architecture as an excuse to travel as much as I can
Posted 9 Mar 2018 15:27
Productive meeting at Cheetam Hill with representative from the Wai Yin Community Centre and Leandro Minuchin this morning.

Site preparations underway ready for the events weeks. Plenty of work still to be doing. Productive to be able to establish what can be achieved within the budget raised.

Check out the grin on Leo's face..
Posted 8 Mar 2018 00:13
Interesting topics discussed at 'WOAH' lecture. Some brilliant speakers.

Some points to consider for our event, particularly discussions regarding the homeless situation in Manchester. Highlighting the challenge that our prototype hopes to combat.
Posted 8 Mar 2018 00:12