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As team leaders, we were incredibly impressed with the quality of the Pop-Up shop and the innovation that the undergraduates used in designing each of the components combining to make the final product. We would like to take the opportunity to thank all of our undergraduate students for offering their time and creative skills for the two weeks.

We hope during their time that they learned some new valuable skills in the design process. We aimed to create a project that closely reflected life in practice giving them a chance to meet with the client, brainstorm their designs, utilise sketch/computer-based mediums and develop time management. All of the students showed an aptitude in all of these areas and the output reflects this in the shops’ creative storage and display resolutions. It is also apparent in how tangible the approach is considering the fixtures and fittings that must be used to make the different functions a reality.

We would also like to thank our collaborator and client Janneke Geene for providing the brief. She has made the process a joy to be a part of showing a passion for all of the ideas for all of the special collections Events. Her presence at the presentations at key points in the development has been crucial not only for the students, to raise questions they have on the project, but also for the schemes sharing her preference towards varying design ideas. She has shaped the final product through her input and allowed us to produce something that can be realistically used by the special collections.

Thank you, everyone, involved in Group K from, Constantina Alambriti, Justin Chung, Carmen Maxim, Daria Pavlova, and Ethan Schofield.
Posted 5 May 2019 17:10
When starting the design process one of the initial considerations is what method of construction will be implemented and how will shape the outcome of the end product.
For the Pop-Up shop, flexibility is one of the key elements which was raised by the members of team K and a primary objective the end product should achieve. It is important that the prospective shop can evolve over time to accommodate new items for sale or adapt to new surroundings.
One of the strategies which will allow for this continued growth is modular units. This concept utilises a number of smaller parts/modules that can act as a self-contained element or interlinked with other modules to create one cohesive unit. Through this method, each part plays a role even when other elements are missing making the whole design functional. It also means that the modules can be assembled in alternative configurations allowing for flexibility and the potential for numerous iterations of the final form. This provides the potential for dynamic designs as the shop will be able to have a varying degree of presence within a space whether it stands proud of its habitat or becomes more intertwined with the surroundings.
Moving forward Team K will be able to experiment with this strategy for design in the coming days looking into the potential of this method and how it will interact with the current special collections space.
Posted 25 Mar 2019 22:01
Messaging all Year 1 and 2 Architecture students. Could you be a member of Group K for Events 2019?

Following the all too brief presentation, we want to share more details on our events project.

Currently, the Special Collections at MMU has limited facilities for displaying and storing the products which they have available for sale. This is where we come in, our goal is to produce a complete set of technical drawings for a Pop-Up shop. It will require duel functionality, housing stock when closed providing compact storage and expanding during the day to display and sell items.

During the two weeks, we will work alongside our collaborator, Janneke Geene, the manager at the special collections to create an innovative mobile shop that has the potential for flexibility in use. We are looking for students who want to enhance their detailing abilities and understanding of adaptiveness within the design which can be transferred into architectural practice. We also want students with an aptitude for ingenuity and inventiveness to create a proposal that can redefine gift shop storage.

More information will follow about the current team. We are excited to see how this project will unfold.
Posted 8 Feb 2019 19:42