Exploring possibilities of a self-sustainable structure for a primary school.
St Mary’s RC Primary School in Levenshulme has been very keen to improve
their grounds with different features that help the active learning of their
students. This year, they would like to explore the idea and possibilities of
building a self-sustainable structure for their grounds.
You will be designing, a creative solution for this project. The school
would be keen to bid for money to have a structure realised on the basis of
your designs in the future.
Introducing 'The Urban Greening', our project looks at creating interesting spaces and connectivity using landscaping designs. Working with Bruntwood, Manchester-based large scale property owners, and InLeaf, biophilic design specialist we are planning to introduce an adaptable urban greening system, that engages with the everyday user of the business focused city centre.
Keep updated with our progress
Our event will give you the opportunity to learn more about the rich history of one of Manchester’s most important buildings whilst also challenging you to think carefully about ways in which this building can become relevant to the young people of the Manchester today.
EMPOWERED THROUGH ART. 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.
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
The feasibility study will also look at ways to ensure the Hall remains a sustainable venue for years to come.
The African Modernisms Events Group involves international collaboration with student from the University of Accra in Ghana to create a movable exhibition containing a collection of maps, models and drawings showing the post colonial history of Accra's waterfront development.
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!
REMNANT - A FEELING FOR TIME
Hello and welcome to the AJ Events Blog 2019.
Remnant: A FEELING FOR TIME is in collaboration with the Woodland Trust. They are planning to develop a series of toposcopes around the site for visitors.
A toposcope is defined as: a viewing point on a hill, mountain or other high places which indicates the direction, and usually the distance, to notable landscape features which can be seen from that point. This project provides the opportunity to come up with a contemporary architectural version of a familiar landscape landmark.
These rest points should highlight the history of the site, educate visitors and offer 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 fulfil 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!
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.
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
‘On Screen’ is a collaborative project that will bring together students from the Manchester School of Architecture with our collaborators the NWFA. (North West Film Archive). Using our creative skills, we plan to promote and raise awareness of the archive and its available resources to us as students. We aim to engage future and existing students by developing an instructional guide representing how to use the archive.
Manchester town hall is an iconic landmark of the city. The town hall has been a stage for many events throughout history, ranging from film sets to political rallies. We wish to shed light on the significance of the town hall and demonstrate how it is a fundamental piece of the city’s history. By collating clips of NWFA footage, we hope to convey the story of the town hall.
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As a group, we are interested in modular designs, exhibitions of handmade artifacts and designing architectural structures that enhance the user experience.
Our goal is to create a modular and movable maker space in collaboration with MMU Special Collections.
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.
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 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.
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 unravelling 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!
"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.
Rem Koolhaas believes that half of the population that lives in cities have become an excuse to ignore the 98% of the world’s surface which is the countryside. The events week will include a series of workshops and talks that delve into the issues of ruralism and how we as designers should put more effort and consideration in them.
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
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.
Welcome to MancTroit! We are a group interested in the industrial connections between these two great cities; Manchester and Detroit. Focusing on the Henry ford museum and its link with Manchesters' own Trafford park, we will be exploring a variety of research methods, as well as hearing from key speakers, visiting site and of course, model making!
Introducing Trolleyfest! This year we will be collaborating with the Modernist Society which we are very thrilled as we are an avid fans of their magazines alongside Pobi Shop which specialise 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.
We are Events Q and we are working with Without A Home (WOAH), a student - led homeless charity based at MMU. We are going to be raising awareness through mapping of citywide initiatives that can provide immediate support for the existing homeless community in Manchester.
Are you aware that mapping is defined as visual architecture that strategically selects, translates, organises and shapes space. Mapping is a tool that is taken for granted by designers. It is an informative research method to visualise and communicate a set of data.
Are you aware that Risograph is an environmentally friendly and cost effective printer, which uses soy-based inks to produce unique outcomes. As designers we are expected to have a range of creative skills to broaden our communicative methods to utilise in practice and the practical world.
We are aiming to experiment, teach and learn through this event by making an immediate difference in our community through design.
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.
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.
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.
Hello everyone, we are group X. Our project Northlight will be an exciting opportunity to work on a community driven design project. We have a disused gas tower in Pendle with which we will propose designs for temporary or permanent spaces for the public to use. Upon completion of the two weeks, we will exhibit the various projects designed by you and they will be considered for future construction.
‘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 Coburg Design Tage).
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9Y9eU11X3o