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Film group working hard to find music and edit the film!
#NorthernSoul2018 #reimaginingmcr #OurTownHall
Posted 2 May 2018 20:59
Publication team working out a layout and drafting articles to put in the publication
Posted 1 May 2018 14:07
The groups are presenting their designs. Itís great to see students from 13 different architecture schools including 2 schools from Belfast coming together to design one building. #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 27 Apr 2018 12:18
Last 15 minutes! Groups working really hard to get everything on paper, ready for a fiery 1 min presentation followed by a 1 min discussion with the judges. #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 26 Apr 2018 11:15
Individuals are working hard to develop their ideas before merging them together again. Some nice sketches to advance the proposal #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 25 Apr 2018 14:40
A Northern Soul Charrette 2018 has finally arrived! Looking forward to meeting you all and getting ideas flowing for proposed visions of Manchester Town Hall 2.0.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 11:20
The countdown has begun! A week today we will be hosting the RIBA Northern Soul Charrette.

In the lead up to our EVENTS week, if you come across any creative pamphlets, leaflets or other hand outs, keep hold of them. They may come in useful when it comes to how you decide to present the activities of next Friday's gathering of 13 Northern Schools of Architecture

Watch this space for more daily updates in the lead up to the big event next week...
Posted 13 Apr 2018 12:26
With our EVENT based around the RIBA Northern Soul Charrette Day, taking place on the 20th April 2018, the rest of the two week period will be spent marketing and conveying what took place during the day, in the best possible, creative and imaginative way you can think of.

Be it through a film,
Be it through a blog,
Be it through a publication.

Ahead of the fortnight, look into fun and different ways to market the process and results of the Design Charrette, through the various media options above.

We cannot wait to see your ideas!
Posted 5 Apr 2018 20:29
A big part of our EVENTS program this year is to digitally communicate and curate the activities taking place, both during the official Northern Soul Charrette Day organised by RIBA, as well as during the EVENTS fortnight.

If you have any digital skills you are particularly strong at and enjoy using or that you would like to learn or develop further, let one of the team know, so we can help you broaden your capabilities alongside the fun program we have planned for you.

Happy Easter!
Posted 29 Mar 2018 19:07
We are very excited to confirm the attendance of the above 13 Northern Schools of Architecture who will be attending this years Northern Soul Charrette 2018, hosted by Manchester School of Architecture.

If you are interesting in being part of the MSA Charrette team, please send us an email at:, before the 13th APRIL 2018!
Posted 24 Mar 2018 12:48
As part of 'Northern Soul', you will be in charge of curating an exhibition made up of work produced during the official Northern Soul Charrette Day on Friday 20th April, where MSA will be hosting 13 Northern Schools of Architecture.

You will be tasked with both digital and physical curation. From displaying models, sketches and drawings to suit your chosen narrative as well as digitally documenting the process and final output through various digital media.

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 16 Mar 2018 19:53
In the lead up to our two week EVENTS program, we will be posting photos of different parts of Manchester to remind you to keep your eyes peeled for any inspiration that could prove fruitful for the creation of your proposed exhibition.

We are excited to see what you take from these snippets and hopefully they will inspire your designs in many imaginative ways.

Keep a look out of for our key event activities to be revealed soon!
Posted 12 Mar 2018 11:58
To our Northern Soul Charretters!

A quick update to let you know we will be taking you all on a quick tour around the city to take inspiration from the secret hideaways that Manchester has to offer. Digging a little deeper below the surface can turn up some surprising finds which will hopefully assist you all in curating the final exhibition.

Remember to bring a good pair of walking shoes. We're really looking forward to meeting you all!

Image Source: Simone Ridyard. 2014. Urban Sketches. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 4 March 2018].
Posted 4 Mar 2018 17:22
Manchester: A Hub of Culture and Creativity on our Doorstep

"We're here, just accept it, we're Manchester, Manchester!"

Hosted in Manchester, this years Northern Soul Charrette will take inspiration from the city. The first world's industrial city with a rich industrial heritage it was nicknamed "Cottonopolis" during the 19th Century.

Get your creative thinking caps on for inventive ways to display the possible end products of A Northern Soul Charrette Day. 54 days and counting!

Poem taken from: Rudlin, D., 2018, p.59. Urbanism. Routledge. (Thanks to S.Martin :))
Posted 25 Feb 2018 14:28