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St. Mary’s in the southeast of Manchester is a Roman Catholic Primary school accommodating for ages 5-11. The site is mainly single-storey teaching accommodation with one block of two-storey which sits up against the main road, shielding the various play areas from noise. Outdoor spaces are divided up into many sections, giving the children and the teachers the ability to learn and teach in several ways about many different things, including forestry. The specific site sits within these learning spaces and will require of the project the same intrigue and fun that the others maintain.
Posted 17 Jan 2019 18:04
Today was our first visit to the Science and Industry Museum! We toured the exhibits and spoke with Curator Katie Belshaw to discuss the direction our event is going in - The end result being a contribution to an exciting exhibition in the Museum's near future!
Posted 15 Jan 2019 18:11
Meet the Team Monday!

Introducing our Events A Co-Ordinators:

Erin Edmondson
BSc - Architecture & Environmental Design
Sheffield Hallam University

Laurence Richards
BA - Architecture & Planning
University of West England

David Wilkinson
BSc - Architecture & Environmental Design
Sheffield Hallam University

Edward Sykes
BSc - Architecture & Environmental Design
Sheffield Hallam University

Jorge Reynolds
BA - Architecture
University of Plymouth

Looking forward to getting started.
Posted 14 Jan 2019 10:23
The City of Ideas is an exhibition in planning at the Science and industry Museum, over the two week events program, we will be coming up with exhibition ideas which express the Historical, Cultural and Technological importance of Manchester as a pioneering city upon the world stage. We will have the chance to delve into research of the city, and produce a “Final Piece” whether it be film, a photographic series, or a presentation of items for exhibition.

We hope the City of Ideas will help students to develop their presentation and communication skills, with the chance to make a difference to a real world exhibition outside of the university.
Posted 10 Jan 2019 22:06
We had a great visit to Clayton Hall today. We were able to look round the fascinating building and when guided by the volunteers were able to appreciate the rich and potentially unique history. We look forward to working with Clayton Hall in the coming months and supporting their work.
Posted 10 Jan 2019 17:07
Brexit is one of the most talked about topics in recent years. The UK will officially leave the EU on the 29th March 2019. There lies a lot of uncertainties and unforeseeable future for the country. It is especially interesting for the architectural sector where it heavily relies on foreign professionals. Event F provides the perfect platform for students to debate how the industry will be affected by Brexit from educational and professional point of view.
Posted 10 Jan 2019 12:09
Posted 10 Jan 2019 09:33
Gorse Hill Studio(GHS)is an independent charity encouraging and supporting young people with additional needs and those struggling with mainstream education, which generates a wealth of positive impacts. By having an array of workshops including music, dance, drama, visual arts and digital arts, GHS offers opportunities for young people to learn, develop new skills, be creative, have fun and demonstrate to themselves and others that they have the skills, tools and social capital to be resilient and reach their full potential.

We have a great concern on specific demands of such social group, interested in creative art performance, and need your help to improve their learning environment!

Throughout the event session, an innovative yet practical scheme of redesigning the recording studio for Gorse Hill Studios will be produced. This will be presented through a variety of forms and mediums, including but not limited to poster, video, sketches, and 3D representations.

Students will be inspired by site visits to the Gorse Hill Studios and The University of Salford Sound Lab, and will have direct discussions with our client, acoustic professionals, and architects from BDP in the form of critics.
Posted 10 Jan 2019 09:27
Take a look at our session plan! Over the two weeks we plan to research, analyse and present a knowledge database that is yet to have been published before! We'll even have a look at interesting new production techniques such as rise printing! #AreYouAware
Posted 9 Jan 2019 22:10
Today we compiled our thoughts on the safe execution of our events - Safety First!
Posted 9 Jan 2019 19:05
The session plan for the two weeks.

We are still working with our collaborators on bringing in more participants to interact with the students during this period to better influence the final output.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 17:21
‘The fact that more than 50 percent of the world’s population now lives in cities has become an excuse to ignore the country side,’ said Rem Koolhaas. Are the diminishing villages deemed to make way for luxury resorts and tourist facilities? As we look into the Lake District and Dada movement, we will search for new meanings and values of the rural.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 16:12
Posted 9 Jan 2019 16:11
Firstly we will have a visit of Town Hall, then we will try to find some details of Hall to remodel .
Posted 9 Jan 2019 16:08
Group A - Events 2019.
Final Poster for collaboration with St. Marys Primary School
Posted 9 Jan 2019 16:01
MArch students will be given majority of information before attending the first day activity in Town Hall, and split the large group into few smaller group for better communication and risk control. All students will be informed that Manchester Town Hall is a live construction site and a restricted access large building, should be under supervision from a Town Hall or Purcell individual during all the time of site visit. All of group members are reminded during two weeks of event, that should respect the nature of the project being a currently ongoing project, and any project sensitive material/information shared with them are to be kept confidential. All students will have already been inducted at both B.15 and MMU workshop, in addition to help from workshop stuffs, MArch students will be oversee all work and give guidance where necessary. Students have been requested to respect all public spaces, building and the users of any buildings that they visit, including the group members and all staffs.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 16:01

An MSA and With One Voice collaboration.

The aim of this collaboration is to integrate people who are or have previously experienced homelessness into the cultural spaces that populate the city through the arts.
With one voice is an organisation that believes in giving a voice to the homeless community through this same medium. They organise exchanges between the arts, homeless organisations and policy makers across the world and support new initiatives and projects that are aimed towards similar goals.
The event will include design proposals for a variety of cultural sites in the city that will eventually contribute to the production of a downloadable design guide to improve such spaces.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 15:56
Gorse Hill Studio(GHS)is an independent charity encouraging and supporting young people with additional needs and those struggling with mainstream education, which generates a wealth of positive impacts. By having an array of workshops including music, dance, drama, visual arts and digital arts, GHS offers opportunities for young people to learn, develop new skills, be creative, have fun and demonstrate to themselves and others that they have the skills, tools and social capital to be resilient and reach their full potential.

We have a great concern on specific demands of such social group, interested in creative art performance, and need your help to improve their learning environment!

Throughout the event session, an innovative yet practical scheme of redesigning the recording studio for Gorse Hill Studios will be produced. This will be presented through a variety of forms and mediums, including but not limited to poster, video, sketches, and 3D representations.

Students will be inspired by site visits to the Gorse Hill Studios and The University of Salford Sound Lab, and will have direct discussions with our client, acoustic professionals, and architects from BDP in the form of critics.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 15:16
The beautiful Lake District is an ideal place for us to embark on an adventure on rural issue! With the breathtaking scenery of one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in front of the eyes, the event group will have a deep understanding on rural by immersing oneself into the nature. Merz Barn by Kurt Schwitters in the lake district will inform us the artist's view on ruralism and will be used as an inspiration for the discussion of the matter.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 15:05
"The Vinyl of Photography". Our group will be designing an exciting exhibition piece for the Special Collections team to showcase their extensive Photo Slide collection to students and researchers. Our aim is to produce an innovative way of viewing the photo slides whilst simultaneously providing exposure and awareness about the collection to those who haven't seen it before.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 15:03
We have been working closely with the Special Collections team to curate an exciting, interesting brief that will spark creativity in your designs! We have also incorporated skill-based learning within the 2 weeks of design work for the various software to produce a final outcome.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 14:54
Introducing 'Albert's Connection'.

‘Albert’s connection’ is a collaborative project that will bring together students from Manchester University and from Coburg University, in Germany, in order to use their creativity into a fun and engaging design competition.

The project consists of developing urban spatial interventions around the former Schlachthof (Slaughterhouse), which will be used for events held there as well as for the Creapolis at the Campus Design Open - Festival (parallel to the Coburger Design Tage).
Posted 9 Jan 2019 14:18
Our plan for the event weeks!
Posted 9 Jan 2019 13:36
Hello and welcome to the AJ Events Blog 2019. Our project is Remnant: A Feeling for Time, situated on Winter Hill. The landscape is filled with rich history, and although it may not appear like it, scarred from human activity.

Back in November we met up with some members of the Woodland Trust to get some more information on the project and what they would like from us. They are planning to develop a series of toposcopes around the site for visitors. The aim of which has been split into three objectives: Learning, Behavioral and Emotional. These objectives will highlight the history of the site, educating visitors who visit whilst also offering some respite from long walks. Through education of the effects that humans have had on the landscape they hope that people think, react and care about the site.

What we will be creating is an atlas of research on the site, as well as design responses reflecting these. Through tracing of the historical, cultural and physical resources on the site we will be able to design toposcopes that fulfill the requirements of the Woodland Trust.

This is a project that the Woodland Trust plans to carry out in the future, meaning this work forms an essential grounding and potential influence for the final project. So if you're interested in landscapes, history and the environment come join group AJ.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 13:30
Special Collection team sells a small range of items to students such as books, prints and bookmarks. The team has called out for a group of architectural students to help Special Collections create a pop-up shop for the collections, in order for them to present their products better, with the adaptability to expand the range. We are to design in groups a pop-up shop that can be easily transported, selling items around Library and University Campus with the help and guidance from Special Collections team.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 12:00
On the 12th November 2018 we met with Mr John Usher, Deputy Headmaster, at St Mary’s RC Primary school, Levenshulme. John and the group discussed existing facilities the school has, overarching aspirations for the school and finally the specific goals we are aiming for as part of the Events project. The conclusion was to design a sustainable outdoor space to educate the pupils of the importance of sustainable living in modern society.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 11:40
Due to prevailing demands, infrastructural projects such as power stations were built during the post-war period. The rapid establishment of the industrial landscape and its effect on the rural urban environment was in fact comparable to the UK industrial revolution. Having its influence on the physical landscape, co-production was highly recognized in the UK.

Throughout the events session, we will explore the relationship between the infrastructure establishment and landscape architecture design based on the University collection and case studies of works from mid-C20 landscape architects, including Brenda Colvin, Sylvia Crowe and Derek Lovejoy.

In collaboration with MERL (Museum of English Rural Life), we will present this to the broader public through a form of digital exhibition. This will be a new, engaging way of communication which tells the story of the design intentions behind post-war power stations and its cooperative landscape design.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 11:33
As a group we have decided to collaborate with Ronald McDonald House Charity that provides free 'home away from home' accommodation to families with children in hospital.

Our event proposes to aid in the conceptual re-design of the RMH Manchester terrace, turning it into a garden of reflection for the residents. You will not only have the chance to work on a live design project but also the opportunity to help an extremely worthwhile cause.

Please see our poster for more event information
Posted 9 Jan 2019 11:31

If you had the chance to design your own zero-carbon house, what would you do? As a response to the housing crisis as well as the ecological disaster that is the 21st century, more and more architects are turning to zero-carbon housing as a solution.

But is there place for it in Greater Manchester?

Working in collaboration with the Chorlton Community Led Housing Group (CCLHG) and Manchester Urban Co-Housing (MUCH), we are going to be exploring prototypical zero-carbon housing, to be situated on an existing masterplan for Ryebank Fields in Chorlton.

In the end, we will be pitching these ideas to CCLHG and MUCH in a professional presentation with a virtual reality experience of the typologies and the overall masterplan.

Check out CCLHG and MUCH below
Posted 9 Jan 2019 11:23
Design a museum grade display case for a selection of the c.8000 piece international poster collection held by the Special Collections Museum in the MMU Library.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 11:07
Our Town Hall is a live restoration project led by Manchester City Council to retain and enhance the cultural heritage of the city’s most iconic venue. Our collaborators - Manchester City Council and Purcell have tasked us with creating interactive installations at the entrances of the Town Hall, collating a visual proposal which engages with the next generation of young people in Manchester. We will be working closely with students from a local secondary school to develop our ideas and jointly re-design elements – making the Town Hall an attractive space which all young people can freely engage with and use.

If you are keen to work with young people and create an interactive virtual reality experience, then we need you! Watch the introductory video:
Posted 9 Jan 2019 10:00
Clayton Hall Needs You!!!

Hidden on the outskirts of Manchester, this Grade II* Listed building showcases the ‘Living Histories Museum’ of Clayton Hall.

You will be tasked to develop proposals in the form of a feasibility study to rejuvenate this visitor attraction looking at key issues:
- exhibition space
- education space
- accessibility

The feasibility study will also look at ways to ensure the Hall remains a sustainable venue for years to come.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 09:17

The pop up market underneath the Mancunian Way on Oxford Road HATCH needs our help! As they are growing, we are going to create a bespoke seating/installation to meet their requirements.

A live project with excellent networking opportunities.
Posted 9 Jan 2019 08:04
Our group will be working with collaborators from the Lake District. We are excited to have several visitors during the events week to hold creative workshops and discuss ideas about the rural!
Posted 9 Jan 2019 06:03
What is the role of architect?
What is the boundary of architecture?
From our poster, you can see that our intention is to introduce a wide range of interactions. An interaction with people, an interaction among multiple disciplines, an interaction of life.
As architects, we are both innovators and coordinators!
And in architecture, there should not be a boundary of form!
Posted 8 Jan 2019 21:16
Keep an eye out for a fact every Wednesday
Posted 8 Jan 2019 20:47
We are Events Q and we are working with WOAH.
Posted 8 Jan 2019 20:31
Manchester is a city full of imagination and innovation with a history that has produced numerous cult bands and break-through scientific technologies. We are a collective interested in unraveling this past and need YOUR help to explore this magnificent history through a series of interesting trips and discussions.

The Science and Industry Museum are looking for us to help advise them on the direction of their upcoming exhibition on Manchester entitled the 'CITY OF IDEAS'. In this, we want to not only explore the past but look towards the future of cities with the final aim being a beautiful portfolio of models, drawings and artworks.

So come join us and learn some new skills as well as a lot about the place you live!
Posted 8 Jan 2019 19:26

Take a look at the project poster for more information!
Posted 8 Jan 2019 19:09
Introducing MancTroit! Our team will be exploring connections between Manchester and Detroit as cities with great industrial heritage.Through model making and mapping we will analyse implications of the industrialisation on city planning and current city reinvention.
Posted 8 Jan 2019 18:09
Today we met as a group, excited to draw up initial plans for the two week events! - 2
Posted 8 Jan 2019 17:57
Today we met as a group, excited to draw up initial plans for the two week events!
Posted 8 Jan 2019 17:56
We are currently working on the key destinations that we will be exploring and working with on our study trip to Coburg, Germany during the two week events period. They include the University of Coburg which will be our base, the Schlachthof (Slaughterhouse) which is our site and the Marktplatz Coburg which contains the monument of Prince Albert.
Posted 8 Jan 2019 17:51
We had the great opportunity to volunteer for an event at the local synagogue in Manchester with the Modern Society. We can't wait for you guys to collaborate with us in this amazing event.
Posted 8 Jan 2019 17:04
EVENT Y: Albert's Connection

We would like to introduce you to our team who have been working with our collaborator OSA and the University of Coburg to develop an exciting brief for our two week events period.

We all come from a variety of ateliers within the school and have different interests when it comes to our approaches to architecture. We are excited about how we can work together to produce an exciting intervention in the town of Coburg.

We are currently working towards an exciting of proposal of designing a spatial intervention for the Coburg Designtage in May. A link to the design festival can be found below:

The Coburg Designtage gathers creatives from around the surrounding area to exhibit their latest explorations in design and engineering. Our event will involve a design workshop for two weeks designing a spatial intervention for the Schlachthof in Coburg, the site of the design festival.

Posted 8 Jan 2019 16:14
All collaborators and dates confirmed, working together to finalise the session plan and agenda ready for the presentation at the end of this month. In the meantime feel free to have a look at our poster and project outline, which is already uploaded on the blog.
Posted 8 Jan 2019 15:36
A few artiFACTS about The Special Collections.

What is Special Collection? Most Universities have a special collection as part of their library, holding rare books, manuscripts and other paper-based items, but too precious to lend out. The MMU Special collections is different as it is also an accredited museum, and therefore in addition to their paper-based collections, holds and exhibits objects and artifacts. They are located on the 3rd floor of the All-Saints Library and is open to the public.

What Kind of Exhibitions Does the MMU Special Collections Display? The exhibitions change every 3-6 months. Currently (Nov 2018) the exhibition on display is based on Architecture, which was preceded by an exhibition on the theme of Ocean Travel Through the Ages, and before that, was an exhibition based on the artist Malcom Garrett.

What is in The Special Actual Collection? On top of the exhibition gallery, the Special collections has an education space, where they teach groups of students, a reading room to support any research, an archive, and a large book collection, ranging from artistic books (books as an object of art), decorated papers and many more.
The School of Art, way back in 1898, as it was still young, had an arts and crafts museum, linked to the arts and crafts movement, and they collected amazing pieces of art used to inspire students. The special collections now have that collection and keep adding it to it (how amazing is that!), but nowhere to display it (How sad is that!).
This is essentially the problem the special collections face. A large collection of BEAUTIFUL material, but nowhere to display them

Initial Thoughts on the Modular Maker Space.

• The Maker space will be for the Special Collections, located on the 3rd floor lobby, right outside the elevators. Due to its locations here are a few health and safety considerations to consider.
• The maker space will need to be an easy to use installation, to accommodate more that 1 person at a time, inspiring them, through the special collections, to create and do something in the space. The activities they will be doing will be low risk, no bigger than an A3.
• How can the Maker Space best represent the Special Collections?
• The Maker Space will need to be able to be ‘packed up’ and stored away at the end of the day, ideally by 1 person.
Posted 8 Jan 2019 14:08
Meet Group E(L-R) Mike, Shambhavi, Eugenia, Aishwarya and Irvine.
Posted 8 Jan 2019 14:06
Group E - Modular and Movable Maker Space - Events Poster
Posted 8 Jan 2019 13:34
The week-long summit in Manchester was a great opportunity to hear and learn from Global delegates. Each seminar offered a taster of several creative practices which included dance, film and collaborative working.

More info on 'With One Voice' and 2018's delegates can be found on:
Posted 8 Jan 2019 13:05
The Panel for Cultural Spaces' Responses to Homelessness

A multitude of cultural spaces were discussed at the summit, including theatres, concert halls, museums, libraries, art galleries and open spaces. The panels' main focus was that supervisors are made aware of the situation with homeless people in these cultural spaces, and a conversation was started about how this can be achieved. One of the main objectives discussed was the creation of a set of guidelines for new or existing cultural spaces, to make them more accessible and welcoming for people who are or have been homeless. It is this objective that we are going to help with!

From left to right;
Phyllida Shaw (Chair - With One Voice)
Helen Wewiora (Director - Castlefield Gallery)
Adriana Carla (Ex-Director - Museum of Tomorrow)
Jo Guidice (Director - Dallas Public Library)
David Tovey (Founder - One Festival of Homeless Arts)
Posted 8 Jan 2019 12:13
Introducing Trolleyfest! This year we will be collaborating with the Modernist Society which we are very thrilled to work with alongside Pobi Shop which specialises in making bespoke wooden furniture. Our main agenda for this event is to design a portable display to transport and promote literature and trinkets sold by the Modernist Society.

Hani Namirra
Posted 7 Jan 2019 22:05
Following consultations with our collaborators, we began to draw out our session plan for events week.
Posted 7 Jan 2019 17:43
Group AH - African Modernisms Poster Released
Posted 7 Jan 2019 17:32
On November 13th,2018, our event team made a site visit in Victoria House, collecting further information from the organisers and residents.
From this visit, we became aware of a number of essential needs for their garden. This project focuses on the micro scales of architecture and how the discipline interacts with a socially oriented brief. Therefore, from our perspective, the design requests should be selective, so as to address our knowledge, capabilities and interactions with the community.
As an initial concept, we are considering the design (and prototyping) of some planters to engage the residents in their construction, and with some additional functions around them, such as benches and canopies etc. This would be alongside smaller scale interventions such as aiding with a mural or small repairs.
Posted 7 Jan 2019 15:55
Hello world!

Welcome to the Events blog of group AI - we are working with Sanctuary Supported Living - Victoria House, a shelter focused on short-term housing & assistance for homeless people. We are currently working on polishing our poster and session plan in preparation of the presentation to the undergraduate students at the end of the month.
Posted 7 Jan 2019 14:56
Earlier on in our process, we sat around and put together collages that best represented our personal interpretation of the brief provided by our collaborator. It has been brought to my attention that the dadaism is a very important aspect with the merz barn and the concept is to incorporate some dadaism ideas into contemporary settings.
Posted 29 Dec 2018 19:18
The team attended the International Arts and Homelessness Summit & Festival, a conference between 12-18 Nov at The Whitworth; that delved into the themes of People, Practice, Policy, Performance and Partnerships in the context of arts and homelessness.
Posted 20 Dec 2018 18:12
Posted 3 Dec 2018 14:02