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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! // Download Poster

Adam N // Sarah K // Joshua H // Christopher M // Kelvin P

WEEK TWO LESSON PLAN
FOCUS: RESPONSE

MONDAY
Layout techniques for Publication

TUESDAY
Design - Relating site to concepts

WEDNESDAY
Relating theoretical investigation (week 1) to design
How to represent concepts

THURSDAY
Draft Portfolio/publication

FRIDAY
Presentation of Final publication to Woodland Trust

The second week is much more design orientated, with each group creating design responses reflective of the previous weeks investigation. The design will be represented through drawings and models with the aim of each group presenting their concept to representatives of the Woodland Trust on the final Friday.
Posted 12 Feb 2019 20:45
THE WOODLAND TRUST - REMNANT

Our collaborators, the Woodland Trust are a well established woodland conservation charity that has existed since 1972. The Smithills Estate, which we are fortunate to work on is by far the largest site that they own, making this a fantastic opportunity if you have an interest in landscape conservation.

In our first week, we will be taking a site visit to Winter Hill, where we will meet some of the members from the Woodland Trust that are based in Smithills Hall. We have arranged for us to be taken around the site in order for us to gain a better understanding of the site, as well as the Trusts ambitions to enhance the landscape. This will also give the undergraduate students a chance to hone their site analysis skills which will later inform the series of toposcopes that they will be designing.

For more information about Smithills Estate check out the Woodland Trusts website below:
https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/wood-information/smithills/history-of-smithills-estate-overview/
Posted 12 Feb 2019 20:03
WEEK ONE LESSON PLAN
FOCUS: RESEARCH

MONDAY
MA student Presentations of desired objectives

TUESDAY
Site Visit

WEDNESDAY
Research

THURSDAY
Contextual Theory

FRIDAY
Design - Drawings Models Diagrams

The aim of this will be to help the Undergraduates develop their research and interpretation skills. At the end of the week each group will Present theory and site investigations through drawings, diagrams and text to the other groups.

The second week will focus on formulating a response to this research.
Posted 12 Feb 2019 17:12
THE BRIEF - REMNANT

The output for the two week events project is an analysis and design proposal publication in the form of an ‘Atlas’. This atlas will aim to provide a historical, environmental and experiential account of the site. This will be achieved through: site analysis, historical mapping and photography.

The atlas will also include design proposals for a series of toposcopes that are clearly informed by the analysis.

These designs will be expressed through varied graphical outputs that will thoroughly convey the design intention. The Woodland Trust are keen for their expectations to be tested and this work will influence them to potentially build these toposcopes. The proposals should be a pleasant place for a walker to rest their legs whilst referencing the important historical/geographic context. It is a chance to explore creative design and representation in a rural context.
Posted 12 Feb 2019 16:51
AN ATLAS STUDY

We have started to look at examples that show what an atlas can be. This Dutch Water defence line atlas has given us more of an understanding of an approach that can be taken when producing an atlas.

It uses a series of maps and 3D model renderings to show a clear understanding of the the area. We hope to include many different forms of content focussing around analysis and proposals on Winter Hill.

Please follow the link for more information about this atlas. https://europeandesign.org/submissions/atlas-of-the-new-dutch-water-defence-line/
Posted 4 Feb 2019 16:55
DESIGNING THE POSTER

Discussions took place about what the poster should suggest about our project.

Our poster design aims to highlight a key skill needed for the project which will be photography. The atlas we create will require rich photographs that express the experiential qualities of the site to the reader.

The poster also gives a clear understanding of the aesthetics of the landscape.
Posted 29 Jan 2019 16:45
Our initial visit to the site, situated on Winter Hill. Overlooking an area known as the burnt edge.
Posted 29 Jan 2019 16:22
A MAN MADE LANDSCAPE

Winter Hill is a landscape that has been shaped by the actions of man. The pathways of past industries still cut through the landscape and they have shaped the way hill has formed over time.

The river course was changed to increase flow by removing many of the trees in the area which allowed an increased water flow into the mills that were situated at the base of the hill. This in turn shaped the contour of the hill as the increased water flow eroded the landscape.

The Woodland Trust plan to re plant trees to control this waterflow as it now poses a flood threat to the towns below.

There are other examples of human intervention on Winter Hill. Could the toposcope incorporate the rich history of the site into the design?

Posted 29 Jan 2019 14:51
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
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!
Posted 8 Jan 2019 19:09