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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

The atlas is nearing completion and we are ready for our presentation to the Woodland Trust tomorrow. Here is a taster of some of the works we have copleted

Over the past two weeks we have curated our site research into the atlas document. From which we were able to narrate our design proposals along thre different lines of investigation on the site.

The groups have worked incredibly hard and we are really pleased with their outputs. Keep an eye to see the in depth site responses.
Posted 5 Apr 2019 10:53

Based on selected pictures of key views on the site, we have developed our toposcopes around the idea of the view. Drawing upon our precedents studies, these framed views will be the defining aspect of the toposcope.

We hope for the atlas to be an interactive aspect to the site. With key views highlighted in the atlas for visitors to find and engage with.

The materials used for each toposcope with be reflective of the local materials identified in the site analysis.
Posted 2 Apr 2019 17:21

The sites have been selected along the route we took on our site visit. We have been focusing on different views around site with using the natural terrain in our site selection.

The toposcopes will offer seating integrated into the landscape using the natural and local materials identified in our week 1 research.

We aim to be as non invasive to the landscape as possible, which is why we have been using as many local materials as possible.
Posted 2 Apr 2019 17:20

This group have been exploring their toposcopes as creations of space to be achieved through prefabricated construction methods. These spaces will offer respite from the often bitter wind on the site, with some designed to adapt to the ever changing landscape on Winter Hill.

The precedents studies we worked on have informed our designs in combination with the Week 1 analysis of the site.

We will continue to develop our designs to match the various contexts in which our toposcopes have been situated.

Posted 2 Apr 2019 17:17

Following on from our site visit, we curated the information we gathered so we can start our analysis.

We will use our photographs, sketches and notes from the site to direct our site research, highlighting key features of the site to inform the development of the toposcopes on our site.

The team was split into smaller groups focusing on various aspects of the site and ensuring we were not duplicating information.

Each sub-group then went o to present their findings, expanding the detailed knowledge amongst the rest of the group.

Once we collated our information, we were than able to use skills from our photography workshop to enhance and develop the images taken for the Atlas to be presented to the Woodland Trust.
Posted 28 Mar 2019 10:47

Busy day introducing the project to the events team. We had Stephen Connah of MMU and Chris Waterfield fro the Woodland Trust giving presentations on the Project, Site and explaining Toposcopes ahead of our site visit on Tuesday.

We then had an interactive workshop on photography led by Adam, explaining the technicalities of photography and techniques to bring forward for our site visit. Comparing the uses of Subjective and Objective photography on site for collating data and developing our designs.

Looking forward to our site visit tomorrow.
Posted 25 Mar 2019 16:24

Here is some information about our site visit on Tuesday.

We will be heading to Winter Hill from Manchester Victoria Train Station. Please me us at 9.45am on Tuesday 26th March so we can get our tickets before getting the train.

We will be given a tour around the site by representatives and volunteers of the Woodland Trust so this is a great opportunity to learn about the site from the people who know and use it. We need to be ready on site by 11am and expect to be there for a out 4 hours

What you need to bring: Sturdy Walking Boots,Warm Clothing, Waterproof Jacket,A Hat,Packed Lunch,Camera, Notebook + Pens, Water.

Posted 24 Mar 2019 19:55

We have a jam packed 2 weeks for the events project plan including design workshops, meetings with the client, a site visit to Winter Hill and a final presentation to the client.

All of this, with the design and building of an Atlas of information which will be presented to the client after the Events19 project. Contained within it will be our site research and response, this will then be used to inform their toposcopes that they will be planning to use on site.

Looking forward to getting started on the weeks ahead and seeing the concepts we come up with.
Posted 24 Mar 2019 19:54

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