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Agenda // To deliver a Northern Soul Charrette which aims to bring together 13 Northern Schools of Architecture. This project will bring together mixed teams of students to network to create a variety of proposals of how the city might deal with the absence of a critical space for functions within the city of Manchester. // Download Poster

Aimee WK // Annabel M // Stephanie P // Abigail P // Victoria A

A great ending of the Northern Soul Charrette event and an overall enjoyable experience #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 2 May 2018 21:45
The culmination of an amazing EVENTS fortnight. What a way to end our Northern Soul Charrette 2018!

#NorthernSoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 2 May 2018 21:01
Film group working hard to find music and edit the film!
#NorthernSoul2018 #reimaginingmcr #OurTownHall
Posted 2 May 2018 20:59
Working on thoroughly documenting the submissions for the competitions - watch this space!
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Posted 2 May 2018 18:44
Heads down in concentration - hoping to get the results from the survey in today!
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Posted 2 May 2018 18:26
Film team working on editing their footage

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Posted 1 May 2018 22:27
Publication team working out a layout and drafting articles to put in the publication
Posted 1 May 2018 14:07
People continuing to work hard on their projects. Stay tuned for more ! #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 1 May 2018 12:55
The film team gathered some additional footage to supplement the film they’re making to document the day. They’ve also started editing the footage. Exciting stuff!
#reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 1 May 2018 12:05
The team is working on photographing and editing all the models and design sheets ready to put in the publication and the blog!

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Posted 1 May 2018 11:06
Today is one of our team member's birthday. Happy Birthday Gina! Who said working couldn’t involve cake...

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Posted 1 May 2018 11:03
As well as a physical publication, the team is also working on a 3 minute film documenting the day of the charrette.
Here they are working on their storyboard!
#reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 1 May 2018 11:01
Our team is working hard on making a publication documenting the day which can be used as a physical record and precedence for future charrettes.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 11:10
The team is bringing over all the models and design sheets from the town hall to Manchester School of Art so that the team can properly document and catalogues competition submissions.
Posted 30 Apr 2018 11:09
Since hosting the charrette the team have been receiving some fantastic feedback from staff and students alike across the 13 northern schools of architecture who joined us on the day. The team have sought to gain a wider social reach through sharing posts and updates on social media- even catching the eye of RIBA President Ben Derbyshire who was 'super impressed' with the Northern Soul Charrette!
#reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 29 Apr 2018 11:45
The winning team has been announced. Congratulations, the hard work has finally paid off. #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 28 Apr 2018 11:14
The final proposals are being judged by our esteemed jury.
All the designs are really impressive, exciting and have shown a variety of interesting approaches to answering the brief. It's going to be a tough decision to make!
#OnlyGodCanJudgeMe #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 28 Apr 2018 10:30
The groups are presenting their designs. It’s great to see students from 13 different architecture schools including 2 schools from Belfast coming together to design one building. #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 27 Apr 2018 12:18
The 7 judges are being introduced. The team is formed by Professor Tom Jefferies (Head of MSA), Vanessa Torri (Purcell Architects), Samantha Gill (Buttress Architects), Tim Heatley (Capital & Centric). Ged Couser (BDP), Ian Graham (Manchester City Council), Sarah Harrison (Harrison Stringfellow) and Ian Shaw (Ian Shaw Architects) #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018
Posted 27 Apr 2018 11:46
Our team have been fantastic in making sure day runs smoothly and everybody is accounted for! The desk team members also have the task of organising all the prizes for the winning teams and handing out some MSSA zines for our visiting students!
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Posted 27 Apr 2018 09:38
Last 15 minutes! Groups working really hard to get everything on paper, ready for a fiery 1 min presentation followed by a 1 min discussion with the judges. #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 26 Apr 2018 11:15
As part of the charrette day, we organised tours for the students and staff. This was an exclusive opportunity for those participating and we hoped the tour of the building would generate some inspiration for their
design concepts. #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 26 Apr 2018 11:06
The teams are working hard together to create some amazing proposals for the project brief, we can't wait to see what designs they'll come up with!
#reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 26 Apr 2018 10:21
Each group was asked to create a model to showcase the proposal and summaries the drawings. With limited resources and tight time restrictions imagination is key. #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 25 Apr 2018 21:59
Individuals are working hard to develop their ideas before merging them together again. Some nice sketches to advance the proposal #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018 #OurTownHall
Posted 25 Apr 2018 14:40
Charrette underway. Volunteers going around listening to and giving feedback to
different groups. Groups are conveying their ideas to each other. Some interesting
initial concepts are being discussed. #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018
Posted 25 Apr 2018 10:46
Tom Jefferies giving an introductory talk, outlining the busy day ahead!
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Posted 24 Apr 2018 12:11
People have started to arrive!
We’ve put them into their groups and have
started to take them up to the Great Hall.
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Posted 24 Apr 2018 12:10
Charrette day has arrived, we have just finished preparing the great hall for the guests. Excited for the day ahead. #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul2018
Posted 24 Apr 2018 12:02
A Northern Soul Charrette 2018 has finally arrived! Looking forward to meeting you all and getting ideas flowing for proposed visions of Manchester Town Hall 2.0.
Posted 20 Apr 2018 11:20
Just one more day until the Northern Soul Charrette 2018!

There will 100 students from 12 of the Northern Schools of Architecture, coming to participate in this year's event!

Posted 19 Apr 2018 10:11
After meeting the first and second years, we have discussed with Tom Jefferies about the design brief for the Charrette and other final details before the big day, on friday. We are really excited about the charrette day and we hope everyone will enjoy the day and have a great time !
Posted 18 Apr 2018 20:08
Great to meet you all today - Looking forward to the rest of the EVENTS program!
Posted 18 Apr 2018 19:13
Just two days until the RIBA Northern Soul Charrette kicks off!

Today we met with the 1st and 2nd year team members, to give them a an overview of what is planned for Friday.

Remember to check the Northern Soul instagram page for updates, great photos and more throughout the charrette day! @northernsoulcharrette

Posted 18 Apr 2018 16:20
Just 3 days until we meet with 13 of the Northern schools of Architecture for the annual RIBA Northern Soul Charrette!

Posted 17 Apr 2018 16:06
Final details coming together the 2018 RIBA Northern Soul Charrette happening this Friday 20th April, held in Manchester City Centre.

We are looking forward to welcoming over 100 students from 13 northern schools of architecture, including 2 schools of architecture in Belfast!

The day is set to be an exciting one full of designing, network and being inspired- see you there!

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoul
Posted 16 Apr 2018 18:14
No day is successful without a clear action plan, so our team have put together a timetable for the 2018 RIBA Northern Soul Design Charrette to ensure that all team members involved are aware of what needs to be happening, and when!

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoul
Posted 16 Apr 2018 18:10
The EVENTS team have been about all over Manchester today, working to get ready for the RIBA Northern Soul Charrette.
We have been busy sending emails, making orders, and liaising with our partners to ensure a great day!

#busybee #reimaginingmcr #northernsoul
Posted 16 Apr 2018 17:43
The countdown has begun! A week today we will be hosting the RIBA Northern Soul Charrette.

In the lead up to our EVENTS week, if you come across any creative pamphlets, leaflets or other hand outs, keep hold of them. They may come in useful when it comes to how you decide to present the activities of next Friday's gathering of 13 Northern Schools of Architecture

Watch this space for more daily updates in the lead up to the big event next week...
Posted 13 Apr 2018 12:26

This is a reminder for all Group 3 - BA1 & BA2 students...

Following Stephanie's email last week we wanted to remind you that we are meeting at 10am on Wednesday the 18th of April at Manchester Town Hall. This is compulsory! Please meet promptly at the statue shown in the image in Albert Square, we will be there to guide you from then on.

Look forward to meeting you all then and getting started on the EVENTS program we have planned for you!
Posted 10 Apr 2018 22:19
The past couple of weeks, our EVENTS team have been busy at it planning for the 2018 RIBA Northern Soul Charrette, happening in 10 days time on Friday 20th April 2018!

Working with Purcell Architects, Manchester City Council, RIBA and the TH Project Team have meant that organisation has been key to the running of our group and the team have been very busy preparing various documents, attending meetings and regularly liaising with all the above.

Here, one of our team leaders Vikki uses as a non-traditional method of measuring tables which we will be using on the day of our event!

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 10 Apr 2018 15:10
A key aspect of the 2018 RIBA Northern Soul Charrette will be getting external visitors in to visit the students on the day, see what designs they have produced and help us judge the final projects!

The team have been very busy talking to people across the industry, with varied knowledge, expertise and backgrounds so that our jury panel can be as rich and diverse as possible.

The opportunity to put together a panel of judges from the industry has proven the benefits of networking with professionals and attending events to meet new people. As a team, we have been able to pull together some great names who will be joining us on the day in our secret city-centre location!

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 10 Apr 2018 14:50
With our EVENT based around the RIBA Northern Soul Charrette Day, taking place on the 20th April 2018, the rest of the two week period will be spent marketing and conveying what took place during the day, in the best possible, creative and imaginative way you can think of.

Be it through a film,
Be it through a blog,
Be it through a publication.

Ahead of the fortnight, look into fun and different ways to market the process and results of the Design Charrette, through the various media options above.

We cannot wait to see your ideas!
Posted 5 Apr 2018 20:29
Posted 3 Apr 2018 17:31
Events Meeting: 20th March
The last events meeting before the Easter Break.
Posted 3 Apr 2018 17:29
13th March: Events Meeting
On 13th of March we met with Tom Jefferies to discuss more details about the brief for the charrette day, the number of participatory universities at the event, the tutors from MSA available to judge the event and the revised promotional poster for circulation to the schools of architecture participating in the 2018 charrette. The meeting proved to be very constructive and fruitful.
Posted 3 Apr 2018 15:22
As well as digital skills our EVENTS program will use the skill of drawing.

"Drawing aids us to be, teaches how to observe and understand, to describe reality, to become aware of the elements which comprise the whole of its textures, its colours, its contours its proportions and its shade of light."
- Ibiza museum of contemporary art
Posted 31 Mar 2018 17:32
A big part of our EVENTS program this year is to digitally communicate and curate the activities taking place, both during the official Northern Soul Charrette Day organised by RIBA, as well as during the EVENTS fortnight.

If you have any digital skills you are particularly strong at and enjoy using or that you would like to learn or develop further, let one of the team know, so we can help you broaden your capabilities alongside the fun program we have planned for you.

Happy Easter!
Posted 29 Mar 2018 19:07
We are very excited to confirm the attendance of the above 13 Northern Schools of Architecture who will be attending this years Northern Soul Charrette 2018, hosted by Manchester School of Architecture.

If you are interesting in being part of the MSA Charrette team, please send us an email at:, before the 13th APRIL 2018!
Posted 24 Mar 2018 12:48

Hello to all of those in Group 3 - Northern Soul Charrette,

We are looking forward to meeting you!
In the meantime, please follow the link below and add yourself to our facebook group. This way we can keep you up to date with the latest info!
Posted 20 Mar 2018 18:25
With our A Northern Soul posters dotted around Benzie building, we hope there is beginning to be a buzz over the exciting charrette!
The Manchester School of Architecture are looking for a team to represent at the upcoming 2018 RIBA A Northern Soul Charrette.

We're looking for a team of 10 students from across all years of the MSA to be part of our exciting plans for the day - Friday 20th April, with a surprise venue and brief to be revealed!

You'll be joining students from 12 other Northern schools of architecture for an exciting and rewarding day of team building, design and networking.

If you'd like to get involved, email before Friday 13th April

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 20 Mar 2018 14:00
Look out for our posters now displayed around the Benzie building looking for a team to represent The Manchester School of Architecture at the upcoming 2018 RIBA Northern Soul Charrette.

We're looking for a team of 10 students from across all years of the MSA to be part of our exciting plans for the day - Friday 20th April, with a surprise venue and brief to be revealed!

You'll be joining students from 13 northern schools of architecture so this will be a fantastic opportunity for networking as well as an enjoyable day of team building and designing!

If you'd like to get involved, email before Friday 13th April

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 18 Mar 2018 20:27
As part of 'Northern Soul', you will be in charge of curating an exhibition made up of work produced during the official Northern Soul Charrette Day on Friday 20th April, where MSA will be hosting 13 Northern Schools of Architecture.

You will be tasked with both digital and physical curation. From displaying models, sketches and drawings to suit your chosen narrative as well as digitally documenting the process and final output through various digital media.

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 16 Mar 2018 19:53

Further talks with Manchester City Council regarding the location of the exhibition. Exciting plans in the pipeline for a future tour of the work and exhibition! Watch this space…
Posted 14 Mar 2018 19:00
The Northern Soul EVENTS programme will be split into 4 areas which will cover the elements of:
- Physical curation
- Digital curation
- Marketing
- Digital documentation

We have split the programme into these groups to ensure each student gets an opportunity to experiment with new skills and build on existing strengths.

If there is any group which you would particularly prefer, please send an email to and we will consider it when we allocate the groups!
Posted 13 Mar 2018 13:44
An important part of our EVENT involves working closely with the RIBA, specifically their regional team who are located at RIBA North, Mann Island, Liverpool.

The success of the 2018 RIBA Northern Soul Charrette relies on keeping in regular contact with the team, and making sure they are updated on all our plans for the day and letting them know if we need anything from them- and vice versa.

At the moment, we are liasing with the regional director team to gather interest for the charrette from the 13 northern schools of architecture that will be involved on the day.

Our team created a poster for the RIBA to publish to all schools as a way of gathering interest from students with the respective schools, with our EVENTS team being the organisers for pulling together a team representing the MSA- before the deadline of Friday 13th April.

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 13 Mar 2018 08:50
In the lead up to our two week EVENTS program, we will be posting photos of different parts of Manchester to remind you to keep your eyes peeled for any inspiration that could prove fruitful for the creation of your proposed exhibition.

We are excited to see what you take from these snippets and hopefully they will inspire your designs in many imaginative ways.

Keep a look out of for our key event activities to be revealed soon!
Posted 12 Mar 2018 11:58
Being an all-women team, yesterday (8th of March) we all have celebrated International Women's Day.
Posted 9 Mar 2018 18:14
Our last meeting discussing the forthcoming Northern Soul Charrette was valuable and constructive. We have updated our agenda, discussed possible locations for the exhibition, as well as the catering for the Charrette day.
Posted 9 Mar 2018 17:59

Useful discussions this morning with Peter, from Manchester City Council regarding possible high profile locations in the city to hold the Northern Soul Charette exhibition. Watch this space for the confirmed location...
Posted 8 Mar 2018 11:01

Meet the Northern Soul Charette Team

Name: Abi Patel
Undergrad University: University of Edinburgh
Year Graduated: 2015
Year Out Practice: Harrison Pitt Architects
MSA Atelier: MSAP

I currently sit as a student representative on the RIBA North West Regional Council and the RIBA National Council.
Posted 7 Mar 2018 18:23

Meet the Northern Soul Charette Team

Name: Aimee Williams-King
Undergrad University: University of Portsmouth
Year Graduated: 2015
Year Out Practice: Richard Parr + Associates & Quattro Design Architects
MSA Atelier: CiA

My main architectural interests lie in building conservation. I like the juxtaposition of architectural styles that can be created by introducing something new and radical to an old building.
Posted 7 Mar 2018 18:22

Meet the Northern Soul Charette Team

Name: Annabel Macleod
Undergrad University: Newcastle University
Year Graduated: 2014
Year Out Practice: Denton Corker Marshall & Grimshaw
MSA Atelier: CPU

I spent 3 years out between Part 1 & Part 2 working in both Melbourne and Sydney. I worked on a range of projects from education to retail, taking a keen interest in rail and infrastructure projects.
Posted 7 Mar 2018 18:21

Meet the Northern Soul Charette Team

Name: Stephanie Popescu
Undergrad University: University of Huddersfield
Year Graduated: 2016
Year Out Practice: Whittam Cox Architects
MSA Atelier: CiA

I am originally from Romania and I moved to UK 5 years ago. During my year in practice I have mainly worked in hospitality and student accommodations. I like to express my ideas through hand-drawings and I have a deep interest in art and its ongoing impact on architecture.
Posted 7 Mar 2018 18:20

Meet the Northern Soul Charette Team

Name: Victoria Adegoke
Undergrad University: Oxford Brookes University
Year Graduated: 2015
Year Out Practice: Robert Rugby Architects & Craig Foster Architects
MSA Atelier: MSAP

I am a co-founder of Luna, a community interest company in Hulme. Our aim with Luna is to breathe new life into the Manchester creative scene. We aim to provide a free creative studio, networking, workshop and an affordable events space. Luna was born out of Victoria's strong interest in using architecture and design as a social action tool, to encourage inclusivity and community wellness.
Posted 7 Mar 2018 18:19
In just over 6 weeks time we will be welcoming 13 northern schools of architecture to Manchester to take part in the 2018 RIBA Northern Soul Charrette!

We look forward to circulating our promotional poster around the schools so they can gather interest from students who wish to take part, of which there will be a maximum of 10 from each school- representing all 5 years of study.

The success of previous years of the Northern Soul Charrette has been the way in which the subject and location of the brief remains a surprise up until the day of the charrette itself. For this reason we have worked closely with the RIBA regional team over in Liverpool to put together a poster that gives very little away to students.

#reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 6 Mar 2018 20:57
To our Northern Soul Charretters!

A quick update to let you know we will be taking you all on a quick tour around the city to take inspiration from the secret hideaways that Manchester has to offer. Digging a little deeper below the surface can turn up some surprising finds which will hopefully assist you all in curating the final exhibition.

Remember to bring a good pair of walking shoes. We're really looking forward to meeting you all!

Image Source: Simone Ridyard. 2014. Urban Sketches. [ONLINE] Available at: [Accessed 4 March 2018].
Posted 4 Mar 2018 17:22
Yesterday the group met to have another busy and productive meeting regarding the planning for the upcoming Northern Soul Design Charrette.

The group are working proactively as a team to organise a successful event, which will be held at a secret location within the city centre of Manchester on Friday 20th April!

Watch this space! #reimaginingmcr #northernsoulcharrette
Posted 28 Feb 2018 22:07
Manchester: A Hub of Culture and Creativity on our Doorstep

"We're here, just accept it, we're Manchester, Manchester!"

Hosted in Manchester, this years Northern Soul Charrette will take inspiration from the city. The first world's industrial city with a rich industrial heritage it was nicknamed "Cottonopolis" during the 19th Century.

Get your creative thinking caps on for inventive ways to display the possible end products of A Northern Soul Charrette Day. 54 days and counting!

Poem taken from: Rudlin, D., 2018, p.59. Urbanism. Routledge. (Thanks to S.Martin :))
Posted 25 Feb 2018 14:28
Manchester Town Hall is one of the many critical and special spaces within the city. It has just been closed for 7 years to undergo some important and necessary works to ensure the town hall is in it's best condition to continually provide a space for the city to use.

The Town hall is host to a variety of annual programmes; seeing thousands of visitors each year, visiting every single day!

We just had a great meeting with the Manchester City Council discussing this historical space, what it means to Manchester and the plans they have for the future.

Image Source: Author's own.
Posted 22 Feb 2018 15:52