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After a tough deliberation between all participating design project proposals, the jury found potential in elements of all projects. However, ultimately agreed on the realisation of two spatial interventions that mutually displayed the strongest proposals to the sites framework; community of Coburg and the buildability of each installation. Therefore, the jury established a collaborative design to be built for the Design Festival Open over summer.

With that in mind, a huge congratulations to the winners: MCO (Group 3) and Libelle (Group 5)!

MCO //

Site Analysis

After presenting a very thorough and well-defined proposal, the jury seized a direct interest to the threshold transition of the red curtain design to their proposal. They believed the reveal of the ‘dark side of Coburg’ was an interesting concept to explore and refine to a greater potential. The evidence found of the initial perception Coburg being observed as picturesque and a well-kept place compared to the groups discovery of the ‘rough and ready’ quality that Coburg doesn’t yet celebrate would be an interesting concept to reveal to the community that they might not have been previously aware of.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 20:07
THE FINALE: Our exhibition has drawn to a close! We want to thank all of our undergraduates for their enthusiasm and creative flair throughout the events programme, we hope you enjoyed working with us! Also, a big thank you to our collaborators: Manchester City Council, Purcell, Curated Place, and Whalley Range High School for all the support on both of the proposals.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 20:06

We would like to thank all the first and second year Manchester students for the commitment to the Alberts Connection event. They have all created amazing schemes with exciting concepts in such a short time. We would also like to thank the Coburg students for being amazing hosts and participances for our event. Their local knowledge and aptitude for construction grounded every scheme into the context of the site and made them buildable. We look forward to returning to Coburg to build the winning schemes.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 19:38
DAY 10


On behalf of group AF, we would like to thank all BA students for their hard work and commitment to the event. These two weeks have been very enjoyable and we hope to work with them in a future. We would also like to thank our collaborators: Purcell, MCC and Friends of Clayton Hall, for facilitating the planning of the event, letting us visit the site and giving us feedback on our design proposals today. We will deliver the model and sheets to Clayton Hall after the end of year show exhibition for them to keep.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 19:17
Trawsfynydd Webpage final output
Posted 5 Apr 2019 19:12
It was a great wrap for the event weeks. We started with handing out the publication we had for our respective guests and a digital presentation
The whole concept for city of ideas was wrapped around the timeline of Manchester and sub-divided into three major parts : Past, Present and Future.
We then moved on to some of the innovations done in Manchester in the past and how we had carried that forward into our case studies.
The three sub groups had done case studies to understand the technology, transport and culture for each phase.
Overall, It was a great experience with good amount of participation and mutual learning within the group.
And it was even more pleasing to get a good feedback from Katie and others on the Presentation of the graphical information and our methodology.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 19:10
DAY 10


- 1 A1 presentation sheet on historical analysis
- 1 A1 presentation sheet on present characteristics, constraints and opportunities
- 1 A1 presentation sheet on future proposals (sculpture park)
- Existing site model
- Past and future sketch models

Additional elements
- Proposed sculpture park leaflet

The group is very happy with the students hard work and result of the events exhibition as we have completed all the planned outputs written when planning the schedule. Additionally, we have had time to produce a leaflet to complement our design.

At the exhibition today we presented the project to our collaborators and received feedback from them. They thought our idea for the masterplan to attract visitors to Clayton Hall was very intelligent and realistic. The group also discussed ways that this could be funded as Clayton Hall is a charity project so this is a crucial element in design.

We will be presenting the ideas to the volunteers of Clayton Hall next week when delivering the outputs to them as they were not able to attend the exhibition.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 19:10
Didcot Webpage final output
Posted 5 Apr 2019 19:09
Rugeley Web page final output
Posted 5 Apr 2019 19:07
West Burton Webpage Output
Posted 5 Apr 2019 19:06
FINAL DAY: Video Editing
Posted 5 Apr 2019 18:58
DAY 10

We organised the final exhibition at Manchester Central Library with 3 other event groups working with Purcell and Manchester City Council on the town hall. It was very interesting to see the different outputs done by the different groups and techniques used to show proposals. These varied from walking around Albert Square with the oculus rift, many incredible models and presentation sheets. This was open to the public so it was good to receive different peoples positive feedback on the outputs. These where especially intrigued on how we had produced the model and how we had come up with the idea for the sculpture park.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 18:53
DAY 10

This morning we printed at university the 3 A1 presentation sheets for the exhibition. We first sprayed each individual sheet with spray mount adhesive and then mounted it to white foam board. This was stuck almost instantaneously. We then transported the boards and the model to the exhibition space at Manchester Central Library ready to set the work up.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 18:38

Today, we went to the site for assembling all the components of the planters and painted in some for the wall racks. Add more color for the residents.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 18:13
Discussion with an Architect from Purcell. He had some constructive feedback on both proposals, what they did successfully and what could have been done to improve them. He liked the interactive presentation and discussed how we used used Sketchup and Enscape. We advised him on how Virtual Realty could be utilised when designing a building.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 17:56

After being introduced to the site by Dr. Marcus Neufeld, Group 1 were very surprised that the facilities and the opportunities that laid right by the university and suburban area of Coburg was so underutilized. They began their presentation by pointing out how their initial response was grounded on the current use of the site as they found out by talking to students that: ‘The general opinion was that Creapolis is often overlooked by the public and not many people are even aware that it exists.’ Therefore, their goal was to solve this issue. They started by thinking about how they could create a beacon where the people of Coburg are drawn to.

In their initial observations of the site they saw that the bridge acted as a spine connecting the suburban area into the inner city. Residents of Coburg circulate around the site as a part of the daily routine to work, to school or into the town centre. They wanted their spatial intervention to become an alien imposing on their routine.

Then, they talked about the metaphor of the game Klotsky that they used as an initial idea, that has one key piece that is central to the game but is flexible too. They wanted people to directly interact with the space and their key drivers were: meet, stay and event. To realize their proposal, they played around with the idea of a fixed central space with a flexible space around it. From this they explored many iterations, until their final proposal.

They talked about their first design idea that revolved around having a 7x7 grid cube structure made up of blocks which could be used for different seating arrangements. This overall structure is 3.15x3.15m and would be framed by a scaffolding and another scaffolding structure literally framed the installation visually. On the frame they proposed to have spotlights illuminating the inner cube structure, to create this beacon object.

After that they found that perhaps although their structure would be visible from many key views, it wasn't large enough to act as this attraction that can draw people in from all around, so they scaled up the structure to almost double - creating this two storey structure. Although, with this iteration they thought they lost the playful aspect of their design as to make it structurally sound it needed to have some fixed spaces. Nonetheless, this was an important step in their design process as it was here that the group began to explore the idea of an interior space as part of the design, discussing the voids that could be left behind when blocks are taken out.

When describing their final design proposal, the group mentioned that they wanted to create flexible spaces to give the users the opportunity to be creative and interact with Creapolis in a playful way. By removing ‘pieces of the game’ and adding more the users could create dynamic spaces in which they could read, chat with friends, play games, be creative and ‘make a space’. The group aimed to offer freedom to the users by not establishing a predetermined program.

Posted 5 Apr 2019 17:54

Group 2 started their presentation by first giving a thorough introduction into their site analysis. They considered the access on the site, the different views within it and the range of textures and materials found there.
Then they presented their initial ideas that started from their initial discussions with Dr. Marcus Neufeld. They found out from him that Creapolis wants to extend their workshop space so one of their initial ideas was to create an outdoor flexible working space. They also wanted to create a space for people from Coburg to meet and spend time together, therefore they thought of making the outdoor space multifunctional so it could also be used as a beer garden. Beer gardens originated in Munich in the 19th century and they are very common throughout Germany, but it seems that the city of Coburg has only one.
Next, Group 2 presented their initial models. When they first modelled the design, they considered the use of the existing gridline pattern from the surrounding buildings. They emphasised this gridline by drawing coloured lines on the pavement between the workshop building and the cool house. They also matched the timber framing of their proposed extension with each pillar on the existing workshop space. Then they modelled the hay cubes that would act as the seating arrangement for the public. What they realised was that the two functions were disconnected, therefore they had to find a solution which would merge the two together. They resolved this by incorporating the cubes themselves as part of the workshop structure, that way they created a link as to why the hay cubes are being used for the multipurpose space.
They approximated the cost for the hay bales to be around 2000€, as they estimated that they would need 200 straw cubes which costs 10€ each. They concluded that the 4000euro budget is probably sufficient to build the workshop.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 17:53

The scheme proposed by Group 3 was initially developed from the site analysis, sharing a strong connection directly to the site and this is displayed throughout their project. They started off their presentation by describing the site’s history and its current conditions. They identified the numerous textures and materials found around the area, the red brick, concrete, OSB, and stone and concluded that each of these textures bring a different quality to the site giving it a strong identity. They picked on the visible contrast between the slaughterhouse and the very neat, clean facade of the Creapolis building and used it as a starting point for their design process as they wanted to emphasise this contrast. The site has two different types of buildings. One has a very clean and appealing facade whereas the other has a rough, graffiti wall. These two different features bring an interesting personality to the site and give it a strong identity. Group 3 wanted to emphasise and celebrate this contrast within their design. Coburg is seen as a very picturesque city and they wanted to explore its almost non-existent dark side.
Their Concept image represents this idea of contrast which they wanted to emphasise by making a border and transitional experience for users which lead to the idea of a stringed structure. They decided to use the colour red because it resembles a red curtain within a theatre and it represents the suspense of not knowing what is going to happen behind this curtain. Rather than having an actual curtain they thought strings would be a better option, so people can enter from any point rather than directly from the centre.
They continued the presentation by talking about their different iterations for the two experiences. The first iterations they did was for the string structure. They decided on a timber structure with a grid pattern as the roof that will allow the red strings to be attached. The iterations highlight how they want to implement the graffiti which is already visible on the site into their design. Translating this through harsh, strong black lines that will vary in height and rise from the floor. This interesting angular pattern will contrast the flowy and inviting pavilion.
They talked about how they want the users to experience the contrast of the space by following the coloured pathway into their proposed vibrant and inviting red pavilion and to get the users to feel excited. After experiencing this they want for the users to feel the complete opposite when seeing the harsh black lines, painted in different angles along the floor.The graffiti inspired pathway is there to make users question what they are walking upon, the idea is to make them feel an emotion different to when experiencing the string pavilion. Users can socialize, meet and use this interesting and adaptive space for performances.
Next they talked about their first initial sketch model and how from there they improved the design further as they decided to create a single curtain of string that will be attached to the side of both buildings. By doing this it makes it feel a part of the site rather than an addition. Another detail they decided to change was the multi-coloured stripes leading the individuals to the site as the colour and visual appearance of the red strings was enough to attract people to the space.
Then they described the seating area concept that was developed from the idea that this would reflect the graffiti on the walls and mimic their harsh, bold lines. The reason for the colour black was that is represents the roughness of the space. After creating a number of sketch models, they drew the different viewpoints within the seating area from an individual’s perspective. Having these viewpoints enabled them to determine the best areas for arches and seating spots. The iteration they decided on is a route which travels around the site and offers good views. This has six seating areas and three arches. The ramp and arches will be built from OSB and this is an exploded structural detail highlighting the different components of the ramp.
Lastly they spoke about costs and how the pricing of the materials used for their proposal will be within the 4000 euros budget. After some research into manufacturers and costs they concluded that the OSB will be approximately 2000 euros, the steel pole 250 and the red string less than 1800.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 17:53
For the final presentation Abscond first discussed how impressed they were by the Creapolis Makers Space and how it was a shame that it was so underutilised by Coburg’s general population. As a result, they developed a program they coined ‘Co-Kea’ (Coburg Ikea). To be launched at the Campus Design Open Festival Co-Kea would demonstrate to the locals how to make simple beautiful furniture including tables, chairs, stools and more, using their step by step instruction manual that would utilise the free materials and tool available in the Creapolis Makers Space. The result of this program would increase the number of people using the makers space and better integrate Coburg university’s students into the local community and vice versa.
Further to this Abscond propose to extend the workshop by building an external workspace that would also act as an exhibition space during the design festival. Built against the exterior wall of the workshop the timber framed construction would fan out over the sight creating a large canopy. The roof would be made from ‘Eisengarn’ which translates to ‘Iorn Yarn.’ Eisengarn is a strong waxed-cotton thread that was invented and manufactured in Germany in the mid-19th century. It is made by soaking cotton threads in a starch and paraffin wax solution. The result is a lustrous, tear-resistant yarn which is extremely hard wearing.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 17:49
For the final presentation Libelle first spoke about the origins of their concept. It came from our first meal with the Coburg students which was around a long narrow table, the Manchester students at one end, the Coburg students at the other. The separation was clear and it wasn’t until later in the week when they where put into mixed teams that the students got to know one another. Have discussed that first day with one another they spoke about how much better the first meeting would have been if we where sat around a circular table where everyone could see one another and group discussion was encouraged. This lead to the team looking into experiences that encourage this type of gathering and their conclusion was a camp fire.
The team then discussed how a combination of wind study, sun path and view points on the site led them to ground this fire in a specific area on the site. This location allowed for long vistas from north to south meaning that the fire could attract a crowd from a distance as well as it being seen from the highway bridge and the train tracks. The fire would also be protected from the prevailing wind by the executive villa and a canopy.
Taking inspiration from their name Libelle, German for fire fly, the team increased the number of light sources on the site by adding tents made from a steel frame wrapped in a translucent canvas that would glow from internal light sources giving the whole site a warm comforting feeling on a summer’s night.
Looking further into material choices the group decided to make much of their construction specifically the base platform, the large canopy and furniture out of carbonised wood, this would make the build cheaper whilst also reducing potential fire hazards. It would also be aesthetically powerful as in the day the installation would contrast with the bright graffiti and at night create a powerful silhouette that would frame the fire.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 17:48
Visit from one of our collaborators Curated Place, the creative consultants for the Town Hall, during our presentation at the Central Library today. Stephen Nuttall from Curated Place assisted us with the information we got from our Visit to Whalley Range High School. They were very impressed with the outcome of our events weeks and how we incorporated the ideas and views of the high school students into our final proposals.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 17:30
Peter Norris(Work and Skills Project Manager, Our Town Hall), representative of our collaborator, Manchester Town Hall viewing final proposals of both groups using a Virtual Reality Headset. Impressed with how engaging the virtual experience was, he had very positive comments on the flexibility and vibrancy of Albert Square in both proposals.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 17:27
As the final designs have been completed, it is time to start modelling! As a way to include all the BA students into the stages of this project, we created three separate groups including team 1 - for detail drawings, team 2 - for renders and final publications, and the final - team 3 - for model making which have been working on the B15 Workshop building the final proposal.

For people that haven’t spent a lot of time in the workshop, we were aware that some of the equipment would be foreign to them so through the aid of myself and the fellow 5th year student, (including much help from the B15 staff), we were able to teach and guide the BA students through whatever assistance they needed
Posted 5 Apr 2019 17:07
Final town hall exhibition running well. Many town hall officials and members of the Our Town Hall team in attendance. Excellent opportunity to network and share the amazing work we have been doing over the last 2 weeks.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 16:47

To form the construction booklet the teams used the SketchUp models to create exploded isometric views. From research into other documents that detail the process of constructing similar products, like furniture, this method was the most effective. By exploding the model, all of the individual components can be seen and using dotted lines as guides you can see how the elements come together. For any construction instructions the clear communication of steps is fundamental. The assembly process needs to obvious to people of any skill level so that it is fully accessible. The style; line weights, colour, view positioning, must be consistent and text kept to a minimum to avoid any need for translation. Each of the individual stages must be clear in what fixings or components they involve and how they go together.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 16:41
GHS// DAY 10

Both groups finished their final schemes this morning and delivered the final presentation to Caroline of GHS in the afternoon. Not only was Caroline incredibly impressed with the increased level of detail and development of our proposals since last Friday, she also mentioned that she presented our work from last week to the young students of GHS, the users of the recording studio and have received many positive feedbacks. Videos of their comments were recorded, and she mentioned that she will share those videos with us in the not too distant future.

Overall it has been an incredible two weeks with high participation and tremendous hard work from all Group G students. We believe that we have produced some aesthetically pleasing design yet practical solutions. It was particularly satisfying to hear Caroline’s encouraging feedback. We believe that we have all learnt a great deal from each other, as well as some insightful technical knowledge from BDP and University of Salford regarding acoustics design. We look forward to receiving more feedback from Caroline once she has presented our final presentation to the GHS students, and hope that one day our schemes will be realised should the presentation to council from GHS prove successful.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 16:34
GHS // DAY 10

Above is the finalised scheme of the vocal room that was designed by Damjan. Day 10 is our last day of the Event project, masters, year 1 and 2 students have been working hard together to produce the final presentation slides this morning. As mentioned before that four schemes (two affordable and two ideal schemes) have been produced, which these are the options for GHS people to choose from.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 16:31
We are now at the central library and have begun setting up the VR stations. We arrived slightly earlier than everyone else giving us optimal time to set up and calibrate the VR headsets. Initially we experienced some issues with the set up however after propping chairs up on tables (with the permission of the town hall representatives) we were able get the equipment working properly. Finally we used masking tape to create zones around the VR stations ensuring the safety of anyone using the equipment.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 16:30

For the final presentation with Janneke on Friday, it was very important to produce a coherent presentation that would clearly explain our final concept. The teams started working on the presentation and the construction booklet.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 16:28
GHS // DAY 10

Day 10 is our last day of the Event project, masters, year 1 and 2 students have been working hard together to produce the final presentation slides this morning. As mentioned before that four schemes (two affordable and two ideal schemes) have been produced, which these are the options for GHS people to choose from. Above is the finalised affordable scheme of the live room that was designed by Zahra and Adriana.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:45
Final Model | Day 10

This is the mechanism of our final model. We got a trolley with 3 drawers in the trolley to keep all books and publications inside. The trolley also fits the foldable book shelf as a display. The video was made by our first year student, Jithamanyu and edited by Emmanuel.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:40
Model Making | Day 8

During the model making session, we are figuring out the dimension, connection and the details involved in the model. Jim and Scott assist us with the model making to make sure the model is built in a good way.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:37
Great two weeks working as part of Group AD. Our ‘unlocking the town hall’ application exceeded all expectations. Excited to develop this app even further with the Manchester City Council!
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:37
The concept of the foldable panel display unit is designed as a single modular unit. Multiple unit can join together and form a larger display to showcase more posters at a time. Interactive elements can add to the display frame to perform different functions

1. Digital display screens can easily showcase multiple posters and can be replaced easily.

2. People can use AR in their smartphones to view the posters in an interactive way.

3. People can also use their smartphones to scan QR codes to read more information about the posters.

Embedded at the top and bottom of each unit are horizontal wires that support vertical wires. Attached to these are cable fittings, capable of holding in place the melinex sleeves housing the posters.These vertical wires move laterally to allow flexibility in the size of the posters they support.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:37
This concept is inspired by the purpose of posters. They are used to give information prior to the main event and so to maintain their use, the structure will be mainly placed at the entrance of the exhibition area and will incorporate seating, small nooks and a tunnel. Posters of all sizes will be displayed randomly in glass frames that can accommodate a variety of paper sizes. Our vision is take a 2D element and create a 3D environment to help and encourage the appreciation of posters.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:37
The Light Box Project one.

This concept stems from the wanting to challenge the idea of how a poster display should be displayed and to create interactivity between the exhibit and visitors. Posters are stored within case either vertically or horizontally. Visitors will be able to pull out cabinets to find more posters or information. Creating a modular box with varying sizes means that the design can cater for the different sizes of poster collection.

We designed 11 different modules that could be exhibited together or individually, this allows for different sized poster collections to be displayed at the same time.

Cabinets and posters at different heights will mean that both adults and children can enjoy the posters and get up close and personal with them.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:36
It was great exhibition alongside the other Town Hall events groups, with everyone getting a chance to check out what everyone's been up to over the past 2 weeks. The Town Hall's Work and Skills Project Manager, Peter Norris, had a go on the app and was impressed with our concept and content!
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:36
After a productive week of design, our three groups have presented their final concepts to the Modernist Society. We are very proud of each team and believe that their dedication and hard work will one day reward architecture as a profession.

The modernist society have chosen to build group 3’s design and today, work has begun on the manufacturing!

Team Trolleyfest!
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:30
When the user unlocks the object, they will be able to access a series of bonus content. The content of this section changes within each object. In some we have puzzles to unlock while others have interesting facts about the object. In this example we have included a quiz about the object and also a clip of a movie scene which was filmed in that very spot.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:30
Day 10

After finalising all of the outputs over the previous day, we met on this final day to prepare for the presentation in front of our collaborators. The presentation offered the opportunity to de-brief and discuss everything that we had worked on over the previous two weeks, and how we will move forward before the exhibition in Accra in June. It was useful to hear feedback from Prof. Ola Uduku, which was very positive and provided us with some useful notes as to any changes that we might want to consider. Unfortunately, we were not able to present to our colleagues in Ghana, but we are looking at continuing the collaboration over the next few months.

We were also able to talk with the undergraduate students about what they enjoyed from the previous two weeks. We learnt that student felt that it was overall a useful experience for them, helping them to learn new programmes and develop their exhibition curation skills. This will be helpful for them with their end of year BA exhibition designs.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:24
When a user clicks on an object, the outline of the object will appear on their camera screen. They will then have to locate the object within the building and scan it to unlock. This will encourage young people to look at these interesting objects and details within the building that they may normally ignore or not notice.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 15:16
From the main menu you can access various different areas of the app. This video shows the main section of the app, where all the objects we discovered within the Town Hall are listed. We have allocated a level to each object so you can work your way through the game, whilst also moving through the building and discovering new rooms. You can swipe through and see what objects you haven’t unlocked yet.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 14:47
We have used the logo we designed earlier in the week and integrated it into the opening sequence on the app. The app gives you the option to log in with Facebook, Twitter or email. You can also sign up and make an account, which means you can keep track of your progress and also feature on the in game leaderboards.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 14:38
We are having a very productive final day. All housing typology groups have finally concluded their final schemes , and putting together all the work produced during the two weeks.

The presentation will take place at 3pm in Chatham building , room 810.
We are very impressed with the amazing work produced throughout the two weeks, y2 and y1 showed much enthusiasm and were engaged in learning Revit, Illustrator along with Lumion. Our collaborator Steve Goslyn from Chorlton Community Led Housing will be reviewing the presentations.
We are looking foward for the final output.
Good luck!!
Posted 5 Apr 2019 14:12
Very productive presentation today to the Woodland Trust today. Students presented their site analysis and design concepts confidently. The atlas was well received by Chris from the Trust as well as Stephen from Common ground giving the students constructive feedback for their future architectural careers
Posted 5 Apr 2019 14:03
Day 9

Today we looked at refining the zine, by proof reading and testing the design in print. This allowed us to spot any errors that my have been made, as well as see how the final zine would look in the exhibition. We looked again at the poster on the back of the zine, producing the final 3D icons of each building case study using SketchUp and Illustrator, which helped to give an overview of the whole marine drive project in a visually pleasing poster which visitors of the exhibition could take home with them.

This was all in preparation for the presentations to our collaborators on the final day of events. On this day we will need to think about how we will talk through our thinking process behind the zine, as well as what changes we might want to make before the exhibition in Ghana in June.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:56
Day 10 Software Skill Session and Voice Over Recording

Wrapping up the event weeks, we have done software skill tutorial and answering questions on BA students' design project and portfolio work this morning. Saad, who is working part time in an architectural firm, gave a tutorial on Revit. This afternoon, we will be doing voice over for the movie with the script we wrote up yesterday and another softeware skill session on Illustrator and Rhinoceros. We are also doing the selection of images that best describe the hectic yet rewarding two weeks!
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:51
Srin and Iona presented the Tunnel concept. Janneke was enthusiastic about the critical thought behind the design. Especially the thoughts behind immersing visitors in the posters. She liked how the design could be easily changed depending on the exhibition. Janneke was a bit skeptical about the price of the design, but she did say that if she had the money it would be a great option. She also said that she could imagine the design in one of the large London museums such as the V&A.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:37
After our final presentation at St Mary’s RC Primary School, we discussed with Mr Usher, who was very enthusiastic about our scheme proposal, the possibilities of the project going forward. The School are in the process of securing funding for the project. We have encouraged Mr Usher to keep in contact with us as the scheme goes forward, as we would love the opportunity to help make the project a physical reality. We have also broached this to our undergraduate team, who are keen to be kept in the loop!
We have also spoken to Mr Usher about the idea of phasing the project, both to make it financially viable as well as being able to expand the scheme in future years. We believe that these measures will ensure the reality of the project in the coming months, and we hope to be able to update this blog at some point with a final built design! Watch this space!
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:21
Ziwen presented the Light Box concept. Janneke loved the key themes of the design and thought the design detailing was thorough and helpful for understanding the feasibility of the project. She especially enjoyed the concept of having the posters displayed on different planes and different heights, in order to engage visitors in a varied manor. She thought the idea of having the posters in glass cases was good because it would simultaneously keep them secure and allow visitors to get up close to the posters.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:20
Will presented the Fold-able Frame concept. This seemed to be the design that Janneke preferred. She went as far as to say that the design should be patented as she could realistically see it being used for poster displays. She liked the flexibility and minimal aspect of the design but also really felt assured that the posters would be secure. She liked how the project was scale-able and could be arranged as to guide visitors through the exhibition. Overall this design was a success.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:16
So this is goodbye! We have had such an amazing two weeks with our undergraduate team, and we hope they’re had an excellent time too!
Over the two weeks we’ve worked on their software skills; from photoshops to SketchUp to indesign, as well as modelling skills; working In the workshop as well as with card, paper and tape, as well as presentation and communication skills.
This experience has been invaluable for us as well, as we’ve developed our planning and leadership skills, working through producing session plans and risk assessments. We are really proud of everything we’ve achieved with our undergraduates!
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:08
We finalised the document that has been constructed throughout the two weeks. We have tried to show a full design process for the structure within the document not just the “pretty” images that are usually found.

The BA students have learnt how to use InDesign and construct a portfolio style document in order to prepare them for later submissions. They have learnt how to manage inventories of links which will help for data management.

The document is going to be circulated amongst the client in order for the school to bid for a full budget which will be used to construct the structure in the summer whilst the school is not in attendance.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:07
Today is the final day so we spent the morning presenting our final design packages to our Collaborator, Janneke, from the Special Collections museum. Like the last Friday, we met with groups I, K and E to present our work together. It was great to see how much was achieved over the fortnight, by all of the groups. Overall, Janneke was really excited with all of the proposals we presented. On regular occasions she said that the output was of a professional standard and that she would love to have everything built.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:06
So today is our final events day, and whilst we’re sad to say goodbye to our wonderful first and second years, we are so proud of all the work they’ve done over the last two weeks!
Everyone has really integrated well as part of Events team A, and worked solidly every day to make sure the design we’ve worked on for St Mary’s Primary School properly reflects all the ideas we’ve wanted it to! The above sketch is by Mylan, one of our first-year students, and shows how she thinks the design will look once it’s built!
All of our undergraduates have come on leaps and bounds in terms of their work quality, learning new programmes, building teamworking and communication skills, and gaining invaluable experience with a real client consultation process.
For our final events day we are finalising the design document which we are going to present to Mr Usher at St Mary’s RC Primary School later today. This document contains the whole process we’ve gone through with the undergraduates over the last two weeks, and explains our design decisions in detail. The undergraduates are using their indesign skills to finish the document, making sure it’s to a professional standard.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:06
During our presentation on Thursday afternoon at St Mary’s RC Primary School, we brought the 1:50 and 1:200 models we have created to represent our scheme to show the children. Their response was amazing, and they instantly recognised the context of the school and how our proposal fits into it.
It was wonderful for the undergraduates to see how positively the children reacted to the models, as this reinforces how important of a tool they are for engaging clients, and helping them to understand the ideas we are proposing. We are hoping that by making models with the undergraduates, they are now more confident in their workshop skills, and will make more models in their future university projects!
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:06
On Thursday we went to give our final presentation at St.Marys Primary School. This was our chance to show all the work we had collated over that past two weeks with the undergraduate students. The presentation was directed at both the children of St.Marys and at the deputy head Mr. Usher.
We took them through each stage of our design process, explaining the principles of site surveying, site analysis. We also reflected on the workshops we undertook with the children so they could see how their ideas have come through in the final design.
We received very positive feedback from all the children and Mr. Usher and the next stage is for them to secure funding to make our design a reality. Check out the schools twitter page for further information on our work with the school.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 13:05
Conducting human level exploration of the site with the detached housing, group using Lumion, Looking at how the 3 typologies fit together within the overall master plan.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:59
The final design of our sustainable structure was a snaking form with an elegant change in height and size. Initial ideas involved a more enclosed and regular form, but the awkward long site, as well as the opportunity to create different types of spaces led us to explode the more typical form and create the curving form you see in the plan.

Timber posts emerge from a low level out of the ground and rise up, gradually extending their arms further out which form an indicative shelter. Eventually these become high enough and extended enough to create places of refuge. These have seating added and revolve around the tree on the site as well as another new space which is imagined as an informal teaching space.

This segregation of the timber posts allows for a smooth phasing to be introduced if budget constraints only allow for a section of the design, which can be added to later when further investment is secured.

Materiality is given as indicative, but with the recommendation that recycled timber is used, perhaps old scaffolding planks. These are fixed either by digging and pouring small concrete foundations which then have a steel foot fixed into them, or a more simple detail of just burying the posts as you would with a standard timber fence.

We're all very happy with final design which we think meets the needs of the brief and client, as well as creates a novel yet simplistic way of teaching future generations about the topic of climate change. A tight budget constraint has been tackled with a very simple design that involves a phasing to allow for future bolt ons.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:53

On Tuesday the Swiss firm Müller Sigrist Architects presented a lecture to the students. Founded in 2002 the practice focuses on a lot of mid to high density residential as well as community orientated projects. Through their bold use of colour, they aim to create new cultural nodes within the environment they build in.

Their first significant project was realised in 2005, the ‘Municipal Administrative Center Affoltern Am Albis.’ The building offers two big gestures to engage with the public, first is the large canopy at the entrance of the centre facing the existing market square. The canopy welcomes the visitors and serves as a generous, covered market area. The coloured roof glass forms beautiful light reflections on the floor, which correspond with the yellow-green colour of the glass façade of the building. The second gesture is the convertible community hall. Decorated in different shades of red, with large cylindrical light falling from the ceiling, the room provided opportunities for the community to use the space as they wish from a performances space, to a banquet hall, to market hall.

This lecture was very inspiring and although the students are only designing a small scale instillation it made them think about how bold colour can have an interesting impact on a space and the environment it creates.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:51
It's not just the typologies that require rendering, we're also populating the site model with all of the nature that will inhabit our scheme. This will give it a more realistic feel and will give our collaborators a better idea of what we want from the site and our design principles.
We have morphed the site into a mixture of private and public spaces, as well as responding to the constraints; one being the brook that runs through the middle of the site. By playing to the strengths of the site and incorporating this into the overall design of the site, it brings it back down to earth and provides a space where people can get away from daily life
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:45
After two weeks of hard work, everything is coming together. The students have finished their prototype designs and are getting on with finalising presentations for this afternoons meeting with our collaborators. Their typologies: detached, semi-detached and terraced have all been modelled in Revit or ArchiCAD and rendered using Lumion. We are using them to populate our site model to present to our external collaborators, and show them our vision for Ryebank Fields
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:42
We would like to congratulate and thank all of the undergraduate students for all of their efforts and participation in the past two weeks of events! We have hopefully provided some valuable experience that you can carry forward into future projects, whether that be software based, design experience and involvement within a design team. The outputs we produced for the collaborator exceeded our expectations and all students should be proud of the work they have produced. We hope that our collaborator will pursue the projects we have proposed in future development plans of the Special Collections slide collection.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:39
It has been a pleasure to work with such an enthusiastic, engaging and critical collaborator during our events week. Even in the initial planning stages of this project, Janneke was determined to make the project both fun and rewarding for our group, dedicating time for meetings and reviews in her busy schedule. All 4 events groups that engaged with the Special Collections felt the same way and can only say positive things about our experience. Regular reviews from Janneke resulted in a well-resolved, appropriate and focus final outcome for the project. We hope that our designs and ideas allow Janneke to bid for funding and develop the Special Collections to be even more exciting than it already already is.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:39
The "experience" team within Group I have produced the final output of a series of drawings and visuals based upon the principle concept of an immersive experience within the slide collection. The design allows for an experience unique to the slide collection, in which visitors can surround themselves with a visually aesthetic wall which encourages interaction through manipulation, seating spaces and social media sharing to promote the slide collection space to people who may not be aware of it. We hope that if this is put into production by our collaborator, it will create a positive experience for the visitors of the slides collection while encouraging others to visit.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:38
Over the 2-week events period the students were separated into 3 smaller groups each group focused a different element of design. The students in the ‘games’ group worked together well to produce 4 games that would use, interact and showcase the slide collection, these ideas were developed and refined to provide a comprehensive drawing package. The 4 games were ‘guess who’, ‘match the face’, ‘connect 4’ and an Instagram wall, all with the idea of promoting the slide collection and bringing the younger generation in. The games all worked as a collective and were positioned in a way in which to circulate people through the collection interacting with as much of the collection as possible.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:33
After a really engaging two weeks, the educational sub group have completed their final design. As you can see from the visual representation, we have designed a moveable and foldable installation which engages people with the slides in an educational way.

The way in which it does this is with 4 different uses; the four uses are situated within an installation that is a foldable and moveable object in order for it to be placed in any location.

The first use is the light box towers, which through a clever mechanism attach sheets of the design slides onto the outside of a Lightbox in order for people to see them. We have then designed a magnifying device frame that allows the user to zoom into the detail of the individual slides.

The second use is actual storage of the slides itself; we have designed a storage tower in which the slides will be categorised in order of their genre so people can scroll throw the slides to find their specific choices.

Once they have their chosen slides the aim is for them to take them to use one or two devices, either the Lightbox desk or the projector. The Lightbox desk allows users to sit down, place the slides on a Lightbox table and then use a moveable magnifying device to closely examine the slides. The projector allows the users to blow up the size of the images of the slides so people can see them clearly.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:33
These drawings show the different components and materials of how the light box can be constructed. This light box is specifically designed for the experience part which is made up of dimensions suited to the photo slide catalogue's dimensions. As a group we considered the materiality and the quality and durability of each of the materials. This allowed us to estimate the costing as-well. There are two parts of the drawing. One of the drawing shows the structure part which sits inside the shell of the light box that is made up of foam PVC sheet which is very light weighted but also cheap.
These drawing packages will allow the collaborator to use when
she can financially afford to be built in the exhibition in the special collections in MMU library.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:29
The above GIF showcases the final Visuals produced by the first and second years. These were produced using a comprehensive SketchUp model and then exported into Photoshop. This helped develop vital skills with the undergraduate students, allowing them to create 3D visualisations that can explain and sell a scheme to a client. These images were used to contribute to a final presentation, and were a useful tool in helping our collaborator understand the scheme, and developing on the plans and sections in explaining the scheme.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:24
In order to prepare the undergraduate students for the client presentation at the end of the two weeks, we provided tutorials for Adobe software including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Within these tutorials, we showed best practice for page layout, presentation of drawings, how to collate information and drawings into a single document and how to properly export drawing files for presentation purposes. All of this knowledge helped the undergraduate students, as well as masters students, produce a high-quality presentation to pitch our ideas to the collaborator.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 12:20

As part of our design handbook, we have proposed a cultural spaces inclusivity badge that allows cultural spaces to be recognised as inclusive spaces. The simple design is an easy way for members of the public to recognise any building that is part of the inclusive cultural spaces network.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 11:40
In preparation for the final day presentation we have made a booklet for our collaborators. This page shows a timeline of past historical events that contributed in the making of the City of Ideas.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 11:38

The final postcard is bibliography of our research and list of figures documented by all the students.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 11:19

Detroit started to transport products by water in 1818 from the UK and USA. Products were transported by water or rail. In 1858 two railway lines were created in Detroit, which made the city an attractive location for manufacturers, as it had an easy access in order to export products to other parts of the country. It was after the American Civil War (1861-1865) when Detroit clearly became an industrial city. For these infrastructural connections, Detroit became the perfect spot for Henry Ford to open the factory. Very soon, Detroit became the world’s capital for the automobile production. (FordPiquettePlant, 2019)
Posted 5 Apr 2019 11:16

The Ford Piquette Plant was Henry Ford’s first car production factory, it oversaw the production of Ford models B, C, F, K, N, R, S, and T during its service. The building was a total of 3.11 acres, covering an entire city block and was located strategically next to the Michigan Central Railroad (Ford Piquette Avenue Plant, n.d.). It consisted of three storeys: the ground floor housed a machine shop, the shipping department and was used to test cars; the first floor was focused on assembly and storage; and the second, oversaw drafting, and final assembly of all vehicles. The Ford Motor Company’s presence in the plant ended in 1910 as it moved to the larger Highland Park Plant, selling the Piquette to automobile manufacturer, Studebaker in 1911. (, n.d.)
Posted 5 Apr 2019 11:15

The Ford Motor company expanded its facilities to Trafford Park by purchasing a large low-cost site to grow the business. Henry Ford also saw the opportunities to stay in the fast line against competitors after being attracted to the great pool of skilled engineers in Manchester and the railway and canal connections to Detroit, creating an easy flow of shipments of components between the two factories. Manchester was the ideal place for the assemblage of The Model T cars, gaining a reputation in the British and European markets.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 11:14

During Ford’s trip to the UK he was impressed by the talented entrepreneur Percival Perry and his policy of fair wages. Perry was the company’s chairman who opened Ford’s first factory outside of North America in Great Britain. Ford was suprised by the British workers and their eagerness to work, surpassing their American counterparts in terms of productivity on the assembly line. On his return to America in 1914, Ford offered a daily $5 wage, doubling the rate of most of his workers. This proved to be a huge success. Instead of the constant turnover of employees, Ford created a stable workforce while streamlining the production process. The best mechanics in Detroit gathered at Ford, providing their expertise, raising productivity, and lowering training costs paving the way for modern mass production.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 11:13

The world’s first industrial estate, Trafford Industrial Park, first appeared on the map in the mid-1800s as 5 square miles of deer park and woodland (Herron, 2015). However, with the rapid industrial growth in Manchester, along with the completion of the Manchester Ship Canal in 1894; the land became high demand for potential industrial space and in 1986, London-based financier Ernst Terah Hooley purchased the land to do just that (Herron, 2015). Prior to Fotrd’s association to the park, the Westinghouse Electric Company was the first American company to open a factory in Trafford Park and in doing so, introduced an American style grid street layout that accommodated for workers families (Boardman, date unknown). This can still be seen in the park today.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 11:12
Adaptable trolley | Day 8

Kristupas is working on the frame.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 11:12

In the year 1911 the Ford assembly plant was the first factory to be built outside of the USA. (Friedman and Meredeen, 1980) The production of the Model T was established in Trafford Park, an industrialised region near Manchester since it had the canal connections for importation. The Ford Motor company employed over 50 people to work on the first mass produced car through repetitive labour and in the first year about 3000 cars (Ford of Britain: Yesterday today.., 1968, pp.52-54) were sold at $680, equivalent to £500. (, 2019) However, the price did not attract the attention of the working class as it was targeted towards the middle-class market.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 11:11