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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! // Download Poster

Frixos P // Keqin H // Jun S // Nicholas B // Verity R

Team Ai members come from different ateliers and approach this project in multiple disciplinaries.
Frixos Petrou (&Architetcure)
Jun Shi (CPU)
Verity Roweth (LULU)
Tamara Keoshgerian (LULU)
Natasha (Keqin He) (CIA)
Nick Bowker (CIA)
Posted 14 Feb 2019 22:03
We will be working in Openshaw, an area two miles east of the city centre. The area is the 11th most deprived in the UK and struggles with many issues of poverty and deprivation due to de-industrialisation. However, our collaborator, Victoria House is doing great work to help with some of these issues: providing emergency accommodation for rough sleepers, helping those in poverty with financing and budgeting, and helping people to access education and training services.
Posted 12 Feb 2019 18:23
Who is our collaborator?
Victoria House, Sanctuary Supported Living

Where are they located?
Openshaw

What accommodation do they provide?
36 one-bedroom flats and 3 shared two-bedroom flats, 8 beds for emergency accommodation

Who do they help?
House homeless people and rough sleepers who have an active desire to participate in a programme of support.

How do they help?
They have full time staff working with the residents to agree support plans which are regularly reviewed. Activities are run by support workers to encourage residents to get involved with cooking, gardening, art and games.
Posted 29 Jan 2019 16:48
For this project we are going to to build some small scale interventions alongside the residents of Victoria House. They are looking to enhance their garden space, and we are looking to design and construct some planters and seating as a first step. We will use mainly bricks and mortar, a simple and easy-to-learn construction technique, which also allows many people to participate at the same time, giving the residents plenty of room to engage and contribute. After the mortar dries we will also decorate the interventions!
Posted 29 Jan 2019 16:47
In the first week, we are going to do research on site, materials, assembly techniques, and fundraising. Then we will focus on design, drawings, and construction in the second week. The whole processes will be documented via video and potentially be played at HOME Cinema.
Posted 29 Jan 2019 11:58
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
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