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The undergraduates attended the opening of the exhibition to see the hard work they had done throughout the whole of events week. The MArch students took this opportunity to thank them for their engagement and enthusiasm whilst curating and constructing the event.
Posted 2 May 2018 09:37
Mark Hammond, coordinator of PHASE, played a vital role within the curation of the 'Spatial Capacities'. His relationship with MUCH and Southway Housing Trust also was the basis for MSAp's PS1 work which was exhibited under the title of 'Co-Housing' for the exhibition.
Posted 2 May 2018 09:32
This was the first time that everyone's work had been combined from PHASE research methods, MSAp, the roundtable event, the community engagement and construction. Through co-ordination amongst the teams during events week, everything came together well and acted as a prototype for Stefan White's summer roadshow.
Posted 2 May 2018 09:25
Another issue was the fully glazed wall which ruined the quality of the videos because of the reflection. This meant that the framework behind shone onto the video, leaving a dark line in the centre of the screen. This was amended by quickly sourcing and cutting to size some white board to use as a backing for the fabric.
Posted 2 May 2018 09:19
The construction team took charge of explaining the set up to the sub-teams. After a couple of reiterations to the design due to a lack of working plug sockets, we amended the orientation of the exhibition to suit the building.
Posted 2 May 2018 09:18
We asked all the students involved to be present for setting up the exhibition. This was their first opportunity to see the work produced by the other sub-groups and how it all fits together.
Posted 2 May 2018 07:11
As the afternoon went on, the undergraduates began to take control of the community engagement event by running games themselves. This showed their understanding of both the work undertaken in PHASE and PS1 and how they were able to confidently discuss their knowledge with the public.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 22:14
This morning, Becca took charge of explaining what the plan of action for the day was. She divided everyone up into sub-groups for the welcoming team, spatial capacities and co-housing. This was also an opportunity for the film team to display the work they have produced the past week, explaining how to play the games for this afternoon's community engagement session.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 17:54
Looking forward to sharing what we have produced the last week during the community engagement session today. It will be an opportunity to get the public's opinion on the booklet, exhibition and games organised.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 10:09
This morning's session consisted of the undergraduates preparing the final boards for Monday's Community Engagement. The whole group discussed the quality of the prints and identified the ones that we wanted printing at a higher quality. They all then split up into sub-groups to cut, buy the materials and make the frame for the boards in order for them to be securely attached to the exhibition.
Posted 27 Apr 2018 19:16
This afternoon we prepared the prototype in an open space to see how different combinations would look. It will be developed further tomorrow with the final testing.

The morning will consist of printing and cutting the 400 x 400 mm boards, along with the MSAp booklet. From there, we will spend some time with the undergraduates to see what arrangements they prefer. For the purpose of Monday's Community Engagement session, the boards will be printed on paper rather than fabric as we would like to get the public's opinion on the images before the final exhibition.
Posted 26 Apr 2018 20:48
The second half of the round table discussion allowed undergraduates to pose their own questions to the panel. This allowed for an engaging and informative conversation on both a local and national scale. It meant that the students could see how their work is applied to real and current situations, followed by an informal chat with the round table participants at the end.
Posted 25 Apr 2018 23:30
Today's round table discussion saw individual speakers, ranging from academics to policy makers, discuss the issues with housing for an ageing population. The meeting ran through the whole afternoon, provoking interesting conversations regarding right-sizing, down-sizing, fit for purpose homes, health and social care. One of the main themes highlighted throughout was the importance of relationship and communication with the people involved - not just working to suit policies. The minutes act as a guide through the discussion, noting down the responses to questions amongst the round table participants and undergraduates, as well as the key ideas that were explored.
Posted 25 Apr 2018 23:29
This afternoon the 5th years spent half an hour talking to Stefan about the outputs for the exhibition.
We discussed the logistics of the film, construction, printing, co-housing, spatial capacities, round table event (25th April) and community engagement event (30th April). It was decided that the exhibition will include two films displaying the work from spatial capacities (leading on from PHASE research methods) and co-housing (MSAp's PS1 portfolios). Supporting this will be printed booklets for the public to browse through whilst viewing the exhibition.
Posted 23 Apr 2018 14:31
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
Following a morning of discussing MSAp portfolios, we have now broken off into sub-groups in order to start producing the exhibition. Each team has been split into the following theme:
1. Construction
2. Co-Housing (using MSAp portfolios)
3. Spatial Capacities (using PHASE's research methods)
4. Community Engagement
Posted 19 Apr 2018 15:11
Today we have spent some time starting to collate the work for the final exhibition. Discussions revolved around choosing key images from each MSAp portfolio in order to ensure that everyone's work gets displayed! This project focused on co-housing, feeding into the research work done within Phase.
Posted 18 Apr 2018 20:33

Thank you all for a productive and engaging day today. We hope that you now have a better understanding of what the 5th years have been up to for the past year and found our presentations useful.

From here, curation and design will start from tomorrow with the construction beginning Friday.
Posted 18 Apr 2018 15:30
Today we visited the Love For The Streets Exhibition at the Whitworth. We used it as an opportunity to learn about how to curate as well as different ways of displaying the work. This started to provoke some questions as to how we would like to approach our event, which will be discussed in length at our next meeting.
Posted 10 Mar 2018 20:59