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Following the Dragons' Den presentation with MIF, Harry, Tertius and the 5th years have been invited to develop and realise their favoured concept.

What did the students think?

FT: " It was really fun."
MTH: "Great vibes. Great people. Great structures."
KZ: "Rewarding projects and great opportunity to exchange experience :)"

Click the link below to view some files from the Events weeks:
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During this two weeks we worked on the design of an art installation and a box. This box was design to carryed The Wittgenstein’s windows from the Ludwig Wittgenstein house in Norway to some place in UK and Europe, were he lived. L. Wittgenstein was a famous british philosopher and architect, the aim of our project was to design the box and the installation insprired by his life and his philosophy. One of our biggest constraint was that the window’s box had to be design to be transport as a hand luggage by a single person. During this two weeks, we mixed and study each student’s proposition to found the best one. We finally designed it as an addition of layer of foam, plastic and wood, assemble and hold by nut and bold. For the art instalation, we were inspired by one of his project, a kite and more specially on it structure. We tried, during this two weeks to teach to our group, how to design and prototype a tansegrity structure as big scale to create a distance between the vistors and the windows, and at small scale to hold the window.
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The is the other side of the finished room. The lighting that we chose allows for a softer light when the main fluorescent lights are off.
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Karina is really busy with Film editing.
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Painting the bench, Tadiwa and Billal has done a brilliant
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This is the finished room. We used the dark grey as an accent colour for the doors and the pipes. The light grey was used for the display wall, where the display boards where replaced by a series of cork boards, and for the wooden panelling around the room. The white paint was used for the remaining walls. The benches were placed under the projector but are movable making the space flexible for a variation of uses.
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Some shots of the painting team. Several coasts were needed to disguise the old yellow colour from the walls but the finished job looks really good.
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Room is Done !!! Karina, Amelia and Thomas quite happy with the result.
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After building the benches, we decided to paint them with a Dark Oak Woodstain.
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Next to prepare the room for the first stage of refurbishment through painting the walls and doors, we masking taped sections of the room. We chose to paint the room in a series of three colours; a white, light grey and dark grey.
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Colour samples for the Church! We went with a neutral grey and white colour scheme, so that the new paint job didn't clash with the green floor. We chose a white and light grey for the walls to make the room seem lighter, and accented this with a dark grey to pick out the doors and other key features.
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This is the room before we started to paint the walls. We first prepped the room by removing the existing display boards, the projector and fairy lights that were placed around the room. We then covered the floor with sheets to protect the flooring.
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Ash shared his workshop skills with the students.
Task: benches
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The final design scheme focused on a once again using the blackboard paint and also a table that could fold up to form a picture frame. This table unfortunately had to be omitted, as we wouldn't have time to construct it.
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Group 2 came up with the cork-board display walls in combination with blackboard parts. The students presented more design solutions that would be explored by the church in a later stage. Amazing work- thank you, guys!
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Group 1: Great ideas, wood and brownish colours as inspiration. The lightning installation is an easy and smart solution to the lightning problems occurring in the room.
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Before building the bench, we had a design session.
1st and 2nd year did fantastic with designing the bench - key aims - practice, sturdy and beautiful.
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Hello everyone!

Here is a link to the final video of the event weeks if you want to have a look. Hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
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Group 18 – Emergent City

Our Event was focused around conceiving, creating and visualising a gamified scenario of a future post-apocalyptic Manchester. Our game was created as a group of first, second and fifth year students. Initial conceptual design took place in Sketchup, to allow the students free reign to explore their ideas. Designs were then taken forward into 3Ds MAX for texturing and then into Unity3D for rendering and compositing.

The final game is a 3D environment which players can move through and interact with, exploring the creations of our students. The Oculus Rift virtual reality kit played a key part of the visualisation. For many of us it was the first experience of VR, so it was especially exciting to experience our own creations in virtual reality. Our students were involved in all parts of the process, and this created a supportive environment for experimentation and learning. They all worked hard and were very proud of their contributions to the end result.

Our two collaborators were Phil Watson (Greenwich University) and Matt Fear (Architectural Visualiser). Matt introduced us to 3Ds MAX and revealed some of his visualisation techniques, which we used to render our final output. Phil’s workshop was invaluable as it expanded our minds and taught us new ways to think about space and experimental design.

Video Link:

Game .exe Link:
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After meeting up with St Anns Church and Manchester Universities' Catholic Chaplaincy, we were put in contact with the Reverend at Manchester Cathedral. Unfortunately, after further correspondence the Cathedral were unable to accommodate the structure due to 'legal challenges'.
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The selected design from team Hex!
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Documentation of several designs the team developed!
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The video describing the two weeks and two festivals is up! Thanks to everyone involved, was a pleasure working with you all -
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A thank you:
We wanted to say a big thank you to Pic. (Platform for Interactive (ex)Change, for collaborating and helping us find a space in Manchester which we could use for our exhibition. Their programme which helps people find unused spaces helped up in our project and provided insight to spaces which we may not have thought of using before.
We Also wanted to thanks SpaceportX for providing and letting us use the space for our exhibition. We enjoyed working with them both and look forward to possibly working with them in the near future!
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Day 10: Closing off and packing up time. Well done to everyone!
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Photo of an example display and photograph by Giorgiana.
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Compilation of Student's work. The work produced shows a variety of different artwork which successfully captures the emotional and poetic quality of a space
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Day 10: Upcoming international art critic Tam reviewing artwork
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Day 10: Guests observing and interacting with the students about their work
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Day 10: Rare opportunity for people to enjoy the view from the rooftop of Stevenson Square during the exhibit. A space hidden in Manchester
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Day 10: Swapnil the bartender
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Day 10: Guests arrive
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Day 10: Ethan putting the ladder training to good use
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Day 10: Chilling after putting up the exhibit
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Day 10: Finishing touches and adjusting the boards
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External Publicity in Social Media

16. Pendle Hill HLF Project (via Facebook)
6 April 2017
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6 April 2017
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14. Forest of Bowland AONB (via Facebook)
14 April 2017
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13. In Situ (via Facebook)
17 Nov 2016
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21 March 2017
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30 March 2017
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6 April 2017
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30 March 2017
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Exhibition night cont.
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Exhibition night.
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Final poster design.
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Assembling the posters.
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Reviewing final exhibition advertising material.
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While some of the team used analog methods, screen printing, digital fabrication was also chosen method.
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Final ideas materialising.
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Always wash up after yourself.
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With the 'flooded' screen ready, bring to paper below and print away.
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screens transferred, washed and ready to be 'flooded' with paint.
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Vacuum suction removes air to tighten rubber cover to screen, this allows for less light to bounce and spread in the light transfer process.
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Drawings getting prepared to be transferred on to screens using light transfer.
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Drawing exercise to practice printing with.
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Introduction to screen printing master-craft process, dos and do nots.
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Sample colours with logo design for the exhibition advertising.
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After measuring the gallery, and drawing it up, the team decided the space they were allowing themselves and other unique qualities.
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