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Today was focused on finalising the design guide. The first and second year students created the final diagrams that elaborate on points such programme of space, flexibility and wayfinding.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 10:45

In the second part of our Manchester Museum visit we worked in three groups, mixed with museum staff, the consultation group from last Monday and the MSA students. We discussed the points raised about the entrance, foyer and threshold in last weeks events and how they could possibly be applied to future developments at the museum.
We were fortunate enough to be given a tour around the closed section of the museum that is currently under renovation followed by a session with mixed groups consisting of undergraduates, the consultation group and staff. Some of the points raised were:
• The importance of connecting the inside and outside with enough room for people to gather their thoughts and perhaps the 'courage' to enter
• Designing on levels to cater to a wider group of people
• The possibility of including a space between the inside and the outside to act as a buffer
• The importance of having flexible spaces within the foyer
• How we can use parts of the collection to create interest and bring people into the space
We would like to thank With One Voice, Manchester Museum and the consultation group for having us and providing valuable information!
Posted 2 Apr 2019 15:38

We were fortunate to be given a tour of the closed section of Manchester Museum that is currently under renovation. The staff were able to give us insights into their new entrance, lobby and foyer spaces, new exhibition and cafe spaces.
Posted 2 Apr 2019 15:13
Today we met with Matt, Fee, Cookie and Gareth from With One Voice, John with Laing O’Rourke and Simon, John and Norman from Manchester Street Poem to discuss the possibilities and challenges of existing cultural spaces.
We started the discussions by talking about everyone’s experiences of cultural spaces in and around Manchester. The question everyone asked themselves when they entered the buildings was ‘can we go in?’ and a few common points raised were:
- Immediate barriers in terms of security on the front door were unwelcoming
- Misuse of signage inside and outside is confusing and off putting
- There should be wi-fi access to draw you in
- Transparency is important, being able to see in and out as well as being able to see certain collections the space has
- There should be outdoor spaces to meet others that contain benches
- Symbols, logos and pictures are much preferred over lots of text
We then went on to look more specifically at the approach, entrance and foyer of these spaces and will be looking at these aspects in the case study trips tomorrow afternoon.
We would like to thank everyone who came today for their helpful contributions.
Posted 25 Mar 2019 23:09

We have an action packed afternoon programme, introducing both our collaborators and consultant group of those who are or have been homeless.

Undergraduate students, we will be meeting in the studio on 8th floor at 10am to run through the two week programme and begin discussions of what a design guide is.
Posted 24 Mar 2019 11:29
01/04/19 - 05/04/19
The second week of the event will be centred on applying the design solutions raised in week one to Manchester Museum as a case study, as well as developing the actual publication of the design guide.

This is the final session plan for EMP:ART's two week event. It includes up to date locations on where we will be on all days of the event.
Posted 18 Mar 2019 21:44
25/03/19 - 29/03/19
The first week of EMP:ART's event will be focused on discussing challenges and solutions of cultural spaces for groups of those who are or have been homeless. This week includes works with both the groups and external architectural guests.

This is the final session plan for EMP:ART's two week event. It includes up to date locations on where we will be on all days of the event.
Posted 18 Mar 2019 21:44
Engineering firm Laing O’Rourke is one of EMP : ART’S collaborators. Laing O’Rourke are an international company working in varying sectors of construction, engineering, architecture and asset management. Local work includes the Henry Royce Institute building on the University of Manchester Campus and Manchester’s Town Hall Complex. Their Young Guns leadership programme recently managed the Mural project for the Manchester Summit & Festival in September 2018. This was a mural created by those who are or have been homeless, shining a light on their talents and creating a positive public awareness about homelessness.
Throughout the two weeks they will be providing valuable knowledge and input into the design and architectural aspect of the event, with regular workshops and discussions with John Edwards, Reece Singleton and others at Laing O’Rourke.
For more information please visit:
Posted 4 Mar 2019 18:38
Atelier: LULU
Undergrad: University of Kent
Experience: Rivington Street Studio
Posted 5 Feb 2019 12:29