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Students cooperative with skilled in different field. Acquiring knowledge by learning from each other or doing deeper research in the area of expertise. And students learn more professional professional skills under the guidance of professional architects.
Clients (42ND STREET):
Clients provide the opportunity and their feedback. Profesional skills are combined with clients’ request, constraint (eg. policy) and construction fee. Design-build project provides a space with contingent pedagogy to students in university.
In the process of communication between students and users, students can gradually understand what the user's needs are. Therefore, according to the user's opinions, the consultation room and waiting room are designed.
Strengthen the responsibility of the teacher as logistics. Logistical support provided by faculty in the cooprative model is important.
Posted 31 Mar 2020 05:31
How Women Build: Exhibition is an opportunity to experience a live build project. During our time in Undergrad, many of us were lucky enough to work on similar projects. Here's one Angus was involved with in Liechtenstein.

for some nice photos of the final build head to -
Posted 31 Mar 2020 00:21

We are saddened that we have to end the NEWTOPIA project prior to the exhibition in light of the national requirements due to Covid-19.

Throughout Events 20 we have been overwhelmed with the generosity of time and spirit our collaborators and special guests have been willing to donate. We hope that these connections continue to develop in the future, and that our posts will inspire you to take a deeper look into the work of the guests we had planned.

The social value embedded within the design, evolution and execution of new towns holds a fundamental role in the function of our country; and it has been a pleasure introducing you to the case studies that we were planning to display to the public. We are saddened that the people who live in the towns of the case studies, who contributed so willingly to the research, will no longer be able to visit the exhibition, but are reassured that their representation still exists within the case studies themselves.

We have thoroughly enjoyed working as a group together for the first time; coordinating our first student lead live project.
Although we have not had the chance to improve our skillset through the workshops and talks we had organised, we have enjoyed building our organisational, planning and management skills through the preparation and outreach work we have conducted over the previous months.

While you can no longer look forward to the exhibition, we direct everyone to follow this link to download copies of the full new towns case studies:

Thank you to all the staff, students, and collaborating bodies who worked together over the past few months.

Posted 30 Mar 2020 22:54
You are invited!

Invitation to the Newtopia event on the 7th of may 2020 6 - 8pm.

All welcome and free entry, just remember to grab a ticket from Eventbrine closer to the date!

Drinks and nibbles provided, we cant wait to see you there!
Posted 30 Mar 2020 20:56
"Architecture is increasingly conceived as a product divorced from the particularities of place and as transferable as a chair."- Edwin Heathcote, Is Architecture Furniture?
The essay demonstrates of how architecture in the current age is as movable as a chair. There have been trends on designing homes in shipping containers, which creates flexibility for space. We shall understand this project as a smaller scale of a real project, where furniture act as walls and internal rooms as the facade of the 'building'.
Posted 30 Mar 2020 17:40
The Manchester Museum clients wanted to create an identity for the shop. We have analysed several precedents to demonstrate how identity is created in the different shops below.
Venice Biennale
Basic wood furniture for display. Items sold were mostly branded for the Biennale which results commercialization. The items designed for the Biennale had really strong colors, therefore it really catches the eye.
Victoria Albert
The use of lighting is very strong in this precedent. The floating cube structure above creates an impression of the shop.
Fred Aldous, Manchester
The art supply shop is organised through the types of products that are sold. The design of the furniture shows the craftsmanship and simplicity. A lot of different types of furniture have been considered for the wide range of art supplies.
Posted 30 Mar 2020 17:38
We will be aiming to produce one 1:200 site model, detail models (ideally one to ones), and a pamphlet to present to the clients.
The following outputs will aim to......
1) 1:200 Site Model- To propose on the atmospheric qualities, colour schemes to give the shop an identity and attract more customers. Amount of actual cabinet required for the amount of stock the museum has shall also be resolved.
2) Detail models- To investigate durability and the potentials of re-using existing wood.
3) Pamphlet- To propose design ideas and aid the Museum team during the actual construction of the shop to accelerate the time of the project.
Physical models are the best way to communicate to non-professionals. In having something physical in hand, it is a lot easier perceive and understand space as we naturally perceive information in three dimensions.
Posted 30 Mar 2020 17:37
Rising Architects - THANK YOU!

Unfortunately, we are sad to announce that due to recent events regarding the outbreak of COVID-19, our EVENTS 20 project will no longer continue as hoped.

We were extremely excited about the opportunity to work with The Smallpeice Trust to inspire the next generation of Architects. Given the circumstances and the involvement of a large group of students across MArch, BArch and external school participants working in collaboration, it wouldn’t be safe to run the pilot of our summer school scheme at this time.

The extensive research and work we have compiled in developing the project, can hopefully still be used to develop a future collaboration between the MSA and The Smallpeice Trust. We would like to thank the Smallpeice Trust, especially Tariq who supported us throughout this process! We would also like to apologise to the prospective students who will no longer benefit from the valuable skills and existing opportunity this project presented.

Thank you to our collaborators, and everyone involved in the project for helping us begin to create something special. Wishing you all well in this difficult time. Stay safe!
Posted 30 Mar 2020 17:06
Rising Architects - Photography Competition

During the walking tour around the campus, we will also hold an individual photography competition and hold a workshop on how to use the basics of Adobe Photoshop. We will look at the importance of architectural features and 2D composition in photography. Bring along your cameras and phones to take lots of photos of the campus, it is filled with modern and historic architecture to explore!
Posted 30 Mar 2020 16:47
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 epidemic, our POD project can no longer continue as planned.

We were extremely excited about this event, given its humanitarian and creative impact which would allow us to collaborate together and realize a proposal.
A good cause doesn't stop here. Through our research, we have achieved the extent of homelessness in Manchester. Taking charge is a collective work that can start with ourselves, raising awareness for everyone.

We had the excellent opportunity to collaborate with Dominic Sagar and Woah whom we thank for their patience, their time and their great work. We had the chance to visit Cornerstone charity, to see the truth up close, we talked with some homeless people, we were extremely well received by the staff and volunteers of the charity, whom we thank very much! A wonderful inspiration!
And lastly a special thanks to our guest architecture unknown, who were very excited to collaborate with us, always very available and attentive. Thank you for the awareness you raise about homelessness in the community.

We just want to say a very huge thank you to our collaborators, guest speakers and to all who were involved
Thank you and stay safe!
Posted 30 Mar 2020 16:09
The outputs of our Events 2020 will take the form of a printed publication, which will include, but not limited to, the following:

•reflections from the 1:1 POD outline competition
Design Charette at Cornerstone Charity
•Structural + Material strategies tested through physical modelmaking and 3D modelling
•Sourcing of materials and budgets
•Photocollages, sketches and visuals
Posted 30 Mar 2020 16:05
Working to produce a 1:20 site model for the Manchester Museum Shop. The model consists of a plywood exterior made prior to the events weeks ahead.
During events, we will separate into group to work on elements of the shop; from the refurbishment of the central cabinet to the build of the pegboards. Each team will produce tests and mock-ups of their selected elements and find the best solution for that specific furniture. We have listed several materials that we intend to use in the sketch models; Can you think of any more to add to the list?
Finally, each team will produce a final high quality model of their specific element at a 1:20 scale to be placed into the site model. We look forward to share the model with everyone.
Posted 30 Mar 2020 15:11
Covid-19 and homeless

At a time when we are all in quarantine, complaining that we are staying at home for the whole day, every day, for an indefinite period. We forget the luxury and the privilege that we have, a roof, which protects us from the cold, the wind, and the virus. At a time when the majority are thinking of stocking up on food and toilet paper, others are looking for a roof, a minimum of comfort for shelter. It is in these moments of distress that we realize the privileges that life has offered us.
Homelessness is a problem that has always overwhelmed as a major, but with the current conditions, the virus has appropriated the street, the shelter of many. The danger is more present than ever.

‘People experiencing homelessness are amongst the most vulnerable to life-threatening COVID-19 and our members are describing crisis conditions in the services dedicated to supporting them. The government must step up now to protect our vital services by taking the actions we outline below. ‘

Here some solutions that homeless link charity proposes to the Government to step up now to protect homeless people by taking the urgent actions below.

1. Protect and support people experiencing homelessness
1.1 Remove legal barriers to accessing self-contained accommodation for people facing homelessness.
1.2 Increase access to self-contained accommodation so that people facing homelessness can self-isolate.
1.3 Ensure that homeless people most at risk have rapid access to testing.

2. Enable homelessness services to operate effectively and respond safely
2.1 Urgently provide PPE, hygiene supplies and testing.
2.2 Offer an emergency grant fund for homelessness services
2.3 Provide bloc payments of Housing Benefit to accommodation providers in advance, rather than requiring monthly returns.

3. Prevent further homelessness as a result of COVID-19 
3.1 Follow through on promises for a complete ban on evictions from social and private rented
3.2 Provide Universal Credit advance payments on a grant basis.
3.3 Suspend Universal Credit deductions and sanctions.
Posted 30 Mar 2020 13:40
It is with great sadness to announce that Let's Play has been cancelled due to the recent Covid-19 outbreak.

Throughout university, we have always been asked to create our own clients and design for users formulated by our own imaginations. This project would have given us the amazing opportunity to engage with real life clients, effectively a glimpse for us into the real architecture world.

Up until now, we have been lucky to work with Laura Sanderson and the Friends of Beech Road Park, as well as receiving drawings from children in the primary schools near the park. It was amazing to see what they had come up with and it would have been great to see how we could have accomplished their visions for the park play area. The project has taught us to have a deeper understanding for the social value of the projects we work on and their impact to the local community.

The Let's Play team is happy to resume collaboration with Laura and the Friends after the Covid-19 threat has been neutralised, if we are ever needed again for them to apply for future funding.

We just want to say a very huge thank you to our collaborators, guest speakers and to all who were involved in Let's Play up until now.

Thank you and stay healthy, everyone!
Posted 30 Mar 2020 09:24
Join Us!

Be part of our team and our project to bring fun and excitement to the current and future generations of the Friends of Beech Road Park!
Posted 30 Mar 2020 09:23
Final Publication

One of our final output will be a printed publication that would be handed over to our client, Laura Sanderson. Within this booklet, we will compile our activities, design iterations and final outputs throughout the entire Event project.

We hope that our participation in the Event project will aid Friends of Beech Road Park to gain future public funding for the Play Area and enable the council to re-imagine the opportunities that this quaint, beautiful park is able of.
Posted 30 Mar 2020 09:22
Week 2 will start with a trip, a Guided tour of Granby Four Street developments with Community Land Trust representatives in Liverpool which will be used for a precedent study for grass roots movements and masterplanning. The following days will be focused around learning softwares while working on the masterplans, each team will keep updating the 6 pages presentation for their design. On the final day, we will exhibit and present the 3 different proposals to all of our collaborators and Ancoats community members, with focus on the developed theory and design drivers which led it.
Posted 30 Mar 2020 01:56
Week 1 will start with meeting the collaborators on site (Central Retail Park in Ancoats) in order to get an understanding of its existing conditions and brainstorm initial ideas. Following days we will have different collaborators (MAA+U, URBED and Leandro Minuchin) joining for tutorials and workshops that will help us make sustainable design decisions. Each team to keep working on their proposals and apply design techniques learnt from various activities led by collaborators.
Posted 30 Mar 2020 01:14
Rising Architects - The walking tour

On the second day of the taster course we aim to take the school pupils on a 60 minute walking tour of Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester Campuses. The purpose of this is to show the pupils a variety of buildings at different stages of their life: from the Manchester Museum (1867), to the Arts and Humanities (MMU) and the Manchester Engineering Campus Development (UoM) buildings currently under construction.
Posted 30 Mar 2020 00:53
URBED led workshop
- Manchester based URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd are an award-winning design and research consultancy. URBED is also in partnership with Manchester School of Architecture, LULU Landscape and Urbanism is a newly formed March atelier embedded in URBED+, that combines academia and practice.
- They believe in “building sustainable towns and cities and enabling good design”.
- Teams of students will have the opportunity to have a tutorial session with URBED in an attempt to develop their masterplans digitally under professional guidance, focusing on urban design and landscape.
Posted 30 Mar 2020 00:07
Rising Architects – Competition Teams

During the design competition, all the participants, BA students and MA students will be distributed into 6 balanced teams. we hope this vertical learning will encourage conversations between different years and levels of experience. It will provide the opportunity to maximise the skill sets that each team has and learn new skills from others.
Posted 29 Mar 2020 23:53
MA Architecture and Urbanism students led workshop
- Masters students from the Architecture and Urbanism course at MSA will come in to share their proposals, analysis of existing site (Central Retail Park) and wider context
- The aim of this workshop is to produce initial sketch masterplans to show sustainable master planning principles learnt from MAA+U presentation
Posted 29 Mar 2020 22:50
Rising Architects - The Importance of 3D Modelling

2D sketches and drawings have always been key elements to design buildings, however they have their disadvantages. With the new technology improvements, both physical and digital 3D modelling have been made possible and have now become fundamental tools for architects. Our course will introduce the participants to 3D modelling with tours to the B15 workshop to familiarise them to the equipment available as well as SketchUp tutorials. At the end of the design and build competition, the students will have to present both physical and digital models to explain their ideas.
Posted 29 Mar 2020 21:53
Rising Architects - The Importance of Drawing

The ability to create both precise technical drawings and expressive sketches has always been an important part of the architectural profession. Our course, in collaboration with the Smallpeice Trust, aims to introduce students to the diverse role of drawing from quickly and efficiently sketching dimensions on site, to converting ideas within a design team, as well as demonstrating the need for accurate technical drawings to understand the built form in 3D. Whilst computers offer a valuable aid in this aspect, like other architecture courses, ours will introduce hand drawing as a practical way of understanding the drawing process and the necessary visual form of communication.
Posted 29 Mar 2020 19:35
Rising Architects – The Pavilion

For the build competition, the participants alongside with the students, will propose and design, in teams, a temporary pavilion. A flexible architectural open space that invites people to come in and spend time in it. It can be used as a shelter, seating, meeting point, café, theatre, events, exhibitions, play, relaxation and much more.
With this competition, and with further research on precedents, we are looking to explore the different aspects of Architecture, through the exploration of different materials, construction methods, forms, activities, scale and experiences.
Posted 29 Mar 2020 19:27
Rising Architects - The Competition Site

The site for our design competition (that will run during our 2-day course) is All Saints Park. We have chosen this particular site because we believe that it is currently underused, providing us with a great opportunity to come up with ideas on ways to bring it back to life. It’s close proximity to Manchester School of Architecture will allow us to visit the site easily with the school pupils. We want the participants of the course to create a pavilion that will make All Saints Park the focal point of Manchester Metropolitan University’s campus.
Posted 29 Mar 2020 18:50
Rising Architects - Social Value

Fundamental to our event are the social values which result in positive impacts affecting Manchester and its surrounding community through our educational programme. We promote engagement within education through a variety of creative and group work activities in our session plan, to spark interests in architecture and the arts, as participants learn fundamental architectural and interpersonal skills. Integrating people across a variety of expertise and backgrounds not only encourages interpersonal skills but promotes a collaborative environment where everyone can learn and exchange skills, views and knowledge. Utilising the university campus as a key site for task activities and as a workshop location is a great way to promote what the city of Manchester has to offer.
Posted 29 Mar 2020 18:47
At the end of the intensive weeks, we are planning a display and hands on workshop in the Central Library. The team will be setting up a space in the library to conduct the workshop. The general public is welcomed to join the session. Along with this, the team will approach the library users to engage with the activity and also to hand on the paper toy leaflets as a means of promoting the Town Hall. The tetrisceptional model will also be displayed to allow the public to interact with.

The discussions have been ongoing however subject to the availability of the Central Library.
Posted 29 Mar 2020 14:37
Discussions have been ongoing to organize a Clock Tower visit with the team. As the restoration of the Town Hall has moved to the construction phase in March, further considerations in terms of safety and capacity will be implied hence the confirmation for the tour is yet to be confirmed. However, the initial thoughts were to be within the 3rd week of March.
Posted 29 Mar 2020 14:33
To ensure that we are on the right track, we ensure that meetings were held every week or sometimes even twice! We had brunch over meeting and chats with coffee to maintain a friendly relationship alongside working in a project. This made us feel more comfortable working in a team and would expect this interaction to continue when the undergraduates are on board.
Posted 29 Mar 2020 14:28
We had 3 meetings with the collaborator at the Town Hall with the upcoming one (scheduled 8th April) being cancelled due to certain circumstances. Agendas were sent out prior to the meetings with a follow up meeting minutes after. The meetings were chaired by the MSA team with the support of the collaborator.
Posted 29 Mar 2020 14:27
Our very first visit to the Town Hall was on the 21st of January which also marks our very first meeting with our collaborators. We were fortunate to have a quick glimpse around the Town Hall and was guided by our collaborators, Peter and Westley. We noticed how intricately the details were designed to portray its quality of space. Lining the internal courtyard are 3 main wings of the Town Hall and main staircases that had so much character.
Posted 29 Mar 2020 14:23
Model Your Own Play Area!

In this session, we will be using simple classroom model making materials such as grey cards, plasticine or foamboard to design massing elements for our different design iterations.

Through this session, we will be able to analyse and critic the relationship between form, circulation and shape of our designs in 3D. This will help to prompt further ideas and solution among the group in order to reach our final design proposals.

"The model provides a shared focus for design discussion in a way that promotes interaction, the exchange of ideas and engagement with the messy, physical, creative process of designing the world in which we live " -Gavin Henderson
Posted 29 Mar 2020 10:07
Let's Design!

A design charrette is an intense period of design or planning activity. The word charrette is a collaborative session in which a group of designers drafts a solution to a design problem.

We will be using photo collages and sketches to in this fast-paced session to generate quick design iterations that may arise through online research or from our site visits to our precedent parks.

This session is to let our creativity flow and also to think outside the box of how a play area should be design!

Posted 29 Mar 2020 09:58

Dr Kim Förster is an Architectural studies Lecturer in the University of Manchester and member of the Manchester Architecture Research Group (MARG). His current project deals with architecture and the environment, i.e. notions of ecology, archives of energy transition, and the politics and economies of sustainability at different spatial scales over the last five decades.

Dr Kim Förster will be the key reviewer of the final presentation together with the Purcell Architects, having the opportunity to provide critical perspective from a larger context of the urban space for the project. He is extremely helpful and considerable and it will be a precious chance to discuss your personal study interests with Kim in an academical way.

Click here to get to know Dr Kim Förster better:
Posted 28 Mar 2020 11:16
Rising Architects - The Output

We will produce a booklet summarising our activities during the events programme that will be sent to both The MSA and The Smallpeice Trust. We will collate feedback from students of the course and suggest improvements that could be made in the hope that this will start a conversation to make the course a reality.
Posted 27 Mar 2020 19:53
With the Events finalising, we are excited to showcase the Event's schedule. It highlights all the points at which we have guest speakers and exercises.

Our Event is centred around networking and communicating with other parts of industry.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 18:19
One of the key speakers that we were able to invite was WONDRWALL, a complete solution to home automation.

They are the world leader in intelligent home management and renewable energy technology. Developing a range of modular home automation, clean energy and efficient heating products.

The system can take advantage of solar panels, heating systems and battery storage for complete clean energy throughout the home.

We are excited to talk to them about the cutting edge technology in sustainable architecture.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 18:10
CPD Technical tour of Europe's first EnerPHit Plus Retrofit home.

We are visiting the Zetland Passive house on the 30th of April to get an insight of a successful retrofit project. The director of Ecospheric, Kit Knowles will guide the tour and give us a presentation about the design & construction process. They’re passionate about sharing their knowledge so that everyone in the building sector has the skills to reduce carbon in the built environment.

Ecospheric is a company focus on pioneering eco developments that save carbon and drive technological change. Their mission is to create valuable case studies to progress the field of sustainable construction.

Link to Ecospheric website:
Posted 26 Mar 2020 10:17
The greenest Victorian house (Retrofit) in the UK!

Enerphit standard is the passive house benchmark for retrofit projects — Enerphit ‘Plus’ status is awarded to buildings that also generate at least 60 kilowatt hours in renewable energy each year per square metre of floor area.

The fabric of the Zetland Passive House contains practically no petrochemicals, all the materials and construction details are fully breathable, the dwellings still sit on their original footprints, and almost all 200 tonnes of brick in the property as well as all the original joists and rafters are still in place.

The finished houses are stunning to look at, inside and out. The front façade looks traditional, featuring what believes are the first stained glass external windows used in a passive house project.

Although our “Zero Carbon Empty house retrofit” project with the Manchester City Council focuses on social housings and has a significantly less budget for an intervention like the Zetland Passive House. Nonetheless, we are motivated to learn from their retrofit experience by arranging a CPD Technical tour of the house.

More information of the visit will be announced soon. Stay Tuned!
Posted 26 Mar 2020 10:16
Simplified Steps to a Zero Carbon House Retrofit.

Step 1. Find an architect or builder with experience of Passivhaus design and construction.

Step 2. Get planning permission- Passivhaus retrofit projects will probably need planning permission as they might require external insulation or changes to the roof etc. The commissioned architect can help with this – low energy Passivhaus projects should be looked on favourably by planning departments .

Step 3. Design the retrofit using Passive House Planning Package Software (PHPP)- it is important that a retrofit project is modelled using PHPP, PHPP modelling needs to go parallel with architectural designs as it will allow the users to see what is and isn’t possible within the parameters of the Passivhaus methodology. Key criteria to reach EnerPHit standard: Space heating demand: 25 kWh/m2/ year; Primary energy demand: 120 kWh/m2/ year; Airtightness n50: 1.0 air changes/ hour.

Step 4. Find funding for the project-The Ecology Building Society offers mortgages at preferential rates for houses built to the Passivhaus standard.

Step 5. Find Passivhaus products- Passivhaus buildings can be built using many conventional building materials found in any builders’ merchant. For the specialist Passivhaus elements such as windows, MVHR systems (mechanical ventilation with heat recovery ) and airtightness products, Green Building Store, a UK based supplier, offers a specialist range of Passivhaus products.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 10:15
Zero Carbon Retrofit Design Principle-

The three categories of ZCB Measures are: Passive, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Systems; these are shown as concentric circles in the poster.

The first principle in any ZCB design should be reducing the amount of required energy through passive approaches (Passive Solar Heat Gain & advanced glazing for heating; Sunshading & Natural ventilation for cooling; Skylights & Solar Tubes for lighting, etc.). With the needs for artificial lighting and possible heating and/ or cooling, the second principle aims at implementing energy efficient measures. (Heat Pump and Radiant Heating; Evaporative Cooling & Radiant Cooling; Advanced Lighting Control & Energy Efficient Lighting, etc.). Renewable energy systems are needed to offset the energy demand required for lighting, heating and cooling. (Solar Thermal & Biomass Powered Systems; Geothermal; Building Applied Photovoltaic Panels & Building Integrated Photovoltaics Panels; Wind Turbine, etc.).

Design with the Passivhaus standard-

The Passivhaus standard has been recognized as the highest standard for energy efficiency in a building, it reduces the building's ecological footprint, resulting in ultra-low energy buildings that require little energy for space heating or cooling. A lot of the Zero Carbon building designs aim at complying this standard to achieve their Zero Carbon statuses.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 10:14
Research the precedent of low-carbon house renovation. This project is part of Carbon Co-op's Home Energy Training Programme organized by URBED. This precedent describes how to help community homes achieve energy transformation. Its architecture and related expertise will provide us with more inspiration.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 04:13
We will invite the architects of urbed to introduce their projects on retrofitting to cope with environmental changes.
URBED (Urbanism, Environment and Design) Ltd is an award-winning design and research consultancy based in Manchester.We believe in building sustainable towns and cities and enabling good design.
Urbed have developed expertise in low-carbon architectural design, particularly in the retrofit of existing buildings. We see this as integral to the environmental sustainability and the long-term success of urban
areas,improving health and well-being as well as climate and wider environmental outcomes.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 04:12
Our outcome should be a booklet which including Background of Manchester, Collaboration of MSA & MCC, Site visit analysis, Zero Carbon Technology Network, etc.
We hope this booklet can help MCC to Convince their superiors and the public as a guidance of social housing zero carbon retrofit.
Posted 26 Mar 2020 04:10
Glad to cooperate with MCC!
Posted 26 Mar 2020 04:09
MCC gave us a brief of the project showing what they want from the final booklet. Their requirements are our aims!
Posted 26 Mar 2020 04:08
Because of the current Covid-19 situation, Young Rogues' Exhibition event unfortunately had to be cancelled due to it involving engagement with communities, collaborators and students.

The whole process has tremendously helped us understand and learn about the pros and cons of holding an event and engaging with people, with consideration on our roles as architects as well as our possible contribution and positive impact we're leaving to the society.

With the project having the potential of being a live project, new doors of opportunity was open for us to work with our collaborator in the future and create new connections along the way. It has been a wonderful experience to be working with TASC, and we wish to continue being involved when given the chance. Despite being cancelled, we're hopeful that the overall process can help contribute to future collaboration and proposals for the project.

We deeply appreciate and are sincerely thankful to all collaborators, lecturers, artists, and students that have helped us in any way throughout the process in making our events fun, educational and interesting!
Posted 25 Mar 2020 17:23
Finalised Publication

This would be the final production outcome that compiles the participant's design journey. The journey started off with getting to know the important players of this project ; the TASC collaborators. participants from Year 1 and Year 2 along with Masters year 5 with the supporting players like the Rogue Artist Studios. This journey then proceeds to site visits around Manchester, the Science and Industry Museum and the Whitworth Art Gallery. This is to expose participants to understand what is an exhibition space and how does it function.

The publication would be a site analysis of the 2nd Floor Hall within the Grade II listed building. As per TASC, it is suggested to be the location for the Rogue Young Artists to exhibit their work.

The final outcome of this proposal is either a Permanent and temporary Exhibition detailed in this Publication. Along with all the necessary information of the site's measured drawings.

This journey then ends with the presentation of proposals to TASC and the publication will be handed to TASC as a composed suggestions of ideas for them to use in any means necessary. Publication such as this could be useful to inform and attract potential investors, either from the general public, government or any interested parties. As TASC is a Community Interest Company, this project can only be realised with potential investor's funding in the future. Thus it is hoped that this project will continue to take a life of it's own even after the Events 20 period has ended.
Posted 25 Mar 2020 07:52
Session Plan Week 2

Going into week 2, our focus would be to plan our creative outputs for our publication and presentation to TASC at the end of the week. We will be based at the Stephen Joseph Studio in the University of Manchester area. This is where we will spend most of the time on sharing ideas, utilise our skills in art, photography and 3D modelling to provide a comprehensive proposal for a creative exhibition space. As we work as a team, Q&A and discussions, also sharing of skills is encouraged and paramount to the success of our publication and presentation. There will be recaps at the end of each days to ensure smooth workflow throughout the following week.
Posted 25 Mar 2020 07:50
Rising Architects - Architectural Content

As part of the Architecture summer school, we aim to introduce and teach the young students the fundamentals of an architecture course. Throughout the pavilion project, with the assistance of the BArch students, we will work towards teaching the next generation of Architecture students, all the steps on the development of a project. At the same time, inducing a range of software used in the field, which will help both the high school students and BArch students. This course will also demonstrate the importance of a good portfolio and the role it plays when applying for university and/ or for an Architecture job.
At the end of this 2-days course, all students will be able to present a portfolio of the skills acquired and work produced, as well as gain a better understanding of what is expected from them in the different stages of Architecture.
Posted 25 Mar 2020 00:54
Session Plan Week 1

We are going to have ice-breaking session with all the members, along with introduction on the project. We will then be focusing on understanding the brief. Next, the members will spend time on the site and meet the collaborators. There will be a guest speaker from TASC to further explain about their team and backgrounds. Q&A will be held for a better understanding to the team members. We will then begin discussing concepts and ideas. There will be recaps at the end of each days to ensure smooth workflow throughout the following weeks.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 23:10
Software Skills

We are aiming to practice skillsharing between our group members. This form of practice would increase the members’ knowledge and sharpen their skills for future career opportunities. These software skills are important as the demands in our current industry keep increasing each year.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 22:51
Skills Development

This event will become a great opportunity for the students to engage in a live project. The students are going to explore architectural values and concepts that will help to improve and widen their understanding in flexibility of exhibition spaces. We will be working together to produce sets of proposals which will be useful for the collaborators. A few types of outputs will be produced, encouraging teamwork and creativity in achieving high level of production.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 22:50
Social Values

The main focus of this project is to bring the young artists, architects and wider community in creating a convenient, flexible spaces for these talents. This event will contribute towards the development of the spaces in the future while educating and implementing architectural values.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 22:48
The Whitworth Art Gallery

Gallery visit to see how exhibitions are curated. A group tour has been organized. We should note whether the exhibitions are welcome to young people. What could be an improvement? What works and what doesn’t work? With conjunction to the characteristic of the Whitworth Art Gallery as a listed building, we would like to look at the criteria of how we cater the design within the perimeter of the existing building. We also like to focus on the technicality and the design of the exhibition space of the Whitworth Art Gallery. This study tour will help us in designing a well-curated exhibition space for our upcoming design project. This is an opportunity for us to know further regarding how the specialist from the Whitworth Art Gallery designing the space for each and every exhibition and what is the standard criteria or guidelines of the exhibition spaces for the artist.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 22:45
Design Idea - The Generation Gap

Is the any demand for a designated exhibition space that specifically targeting the young generation? This will be a fresh idea of introducing the new element of design while improvising the typical exhibition space that already been there since the beginning. There might be a few design explorations can be made when exhibiting for the young generation. This element become the main design idea for this event because we would like to introduce the research that need to be done at the earliest stage of the design process. It can be that we need to maintain the existing exhibition space, but this must be a conclusion from the research material and discussion that involve all the students. At the end, this project will remain as experimental to make it more interesting for all the participants.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 22:44
Main Design Consideration - Adaptive Reuse of Existing Building

In today’s world, the element of Adaptive Reuse becomes important to be acknowledged by the architect and designer. The main idea is to understand the importance of adaptive reuse. Buildings with rich histories are finding themselves in need of renovation and rejuvenation and the task when dealing with the existing building is how to preserve the past while planning for the future. On our perimeter of design, we would like to propose an exhibition space that is environmentally, socially and economically sustainable. This will benefit the builder, occupants and the community that engaged with the building in their daily routine.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 22:38
Main Design Concept - Permanent or Modular Exhibition Space

All students will be split into 2 groups (2/3 MA students, 5/6 BA students in each). Each group is to design an intervention / exhibition element that will be implemented in the gallery. The design brief that needs to be answered by all the students are whether they want to design a permanent exhibition space with design consideration of the space given or a modular exhibition space that have mobility elements that is attachable on site and can be detached once the exhibition end without making any changes to the existing building. Explanation of an output – a single publication detailing each design proposal, with rendered images and photos of a physical model.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 22:35
Group 14 // Centre Stage // How will our publication help?

Public Consultation - The document published can be presented to the community in order for them to understand the drivers of the proposal. It will clearly communicate the benefits that the project aims to tackle, focusing on an engaging programme for the people of Moston.

Following this consultation, the community can provide feedback to the designers. This will improve the quality of the proposal, directly tackling the needs and requests of the community. In the same way, the community can feel an active part of the design process, and in consequence, they will see the new theatre and community hub as their own.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 22:07
Group 14 // Centre Stage // How will our publication help?

Collaboration with Trevor Cousins - Working in conjunction with Trevor Cousins, our publication will show the perspective from a qualified architect in the proposal. It will describe the elements which can make the scheme feasible in the early design stages, describing the main architectural qualities which would make it an engaging project.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 21:22
Group 14 // Centre Stage // How will our publication help?

National Lottery Funding - Our publication will provide a solid background delineating how our proposal will improve life in the community. This will push the project as a strong contender to be awarded The National Lottery Fund, which would make the development of the NWTAC a reality.

The publication will have a strong focus on how the community will benefit itself from being part of the NWTAC Theatre and Community Centre. It will showcase an age-friendly programme accessible to the community, with the spotlight in an attractive performance space which would engage the young community in developing their creative skills.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 20:58
Group 14 // Centre Stage // What will be achieved during the event?

A brief account of the project considerations and objectives that we will aspire to achieve over the course of the event.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 20:47

During the site visit, we would like the group to collect site information comprehensively through various methods, such as measurement, photography, video and audio, etc. This process is aiming to get fully prepared for the coming design since we cannot access the town hall for a second time during the intense week.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 16:34

Using the trip to the library collection as inspiration you'll be gathering your own collection of Zine's to bring to the table. We'll be discussing the pro's and cons of different styles based on who the Zine is for and what it's content is.

This should build some common themes that we can use to create a master format, something that will be able to highlight the different styles and designs whilst maintaining a cohesive document.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 11:07

We used Rhino to model the high-tech roof skeleton.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 10:40

We used Rhino to model the high-tech roof skeleton.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 10:40
UNICEF Right of the Child

Dear Students, to gain inspiration and find out the history of UNICEF's Rights of the Child policy visit
Posted 24 Mar 2020 10:37

During this event we'll be creating a brief, a basis for the design proposals that will build on information gathered about the site and the community. The key purpose is to identify the challenges to solve before looking for a solution. As a group, the collective research will allow you to find more challenges and together we will look for similarities, crossover and hierarchies to form a manifesto for your design proposals. The solutions to the same challenges will be varied but by designing the brief collectively we can insure we are all working towards the same goal that fits the clients needs.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 10:36

The digital programmes we would be using fall into three categories: Adobe graphic design applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign, Adobe video-editing application Premiere Pro and 3D modelling software such as SketchUp and AutoCAD. These will be the essential tools that we will need to curate the exhibition space and create some exciting graphics!

Part of the Newtopia session plan includes workshops in order to improve our graphic design skills, become inducted into workshop spaces such as the printing room and learn about audio and visual editing software. These workshops will support and inspire everyone and include guest visitors mentioned in previous blog posts.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 10:21
Alternative Models

As a team, we will be looking to propose alternative models to the UK's current development model for housing and regeneration. To do this, we will be researching into alternative approaches to living and working, whether that is through encouraging circular economy, more sustainable ways of living or through social initiatives used to re-invigorate high-streets and town centres.

One of the key speakers due to present at our exhibition is Neil Gibb, who is a 'Social Innovator' and is the minds behind the South Lanes initiative in Colchester, which used community lead strategies to re-generate the area.

For more information on the South Lanes project visit:
Posted 24 Mar 2020 10:05

A big thank you to our collaborators, guest speakers, visits and everyone who has been involved with our Events project.

We really appreciate everyones input to making a great Event!
Posted 24 Mar 2020 09:47
City Village

As part of a larger regeneration plan for the city, Bradford Council is proposing 1000 family homes to be built in the city centre. Currently, the Oastler centre sits on the main site, which is to be demolished by spring 2022. This will allow for a new residential lead, mixed-use development which will aim to reinvigorate the area's economy and re-instate the declining footfall.

We will be providing an information pack to our team which will include further information on the city's demographic, building types, key circulation routes etc. We will also condense the Council's proposal document so that their aims and vision is clear whilst we design the proposal for the site.

If you would like to find out more about the proposal, here is an online article:

Our aim, as a team, is to analyse and challenge the council's proposal and develop an argument for or against the scheme. Then we will be proposing our own radical schemes for the site which will offer alternative solutions to the current UK development model.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 09:44

Unfortunately due to recent events regarding the outbreak of COVID-19 our EVENTS project can no longer continue as planned. After months of planning and exciting conversations with our collaborator and invited guests, we are confident that the project would have been a success and had a positive effect on the community of Nelson.

Despite the project not being seen to fruition, we hope the discussions we have had with BBP so far, and the plans/research we have produced could still be useful as a foundation for further development of the community hub and the application for future funding. The unique opportunity to collaborate with BBP and the communities they work with has been invaluable to our professional development, and working on a project which prioritises social value would have been a benefit to all BA + MARCH students involved.

We would like to take this final opportunity to thank Building Bridges Pendle for their continued support, enthusiasm and energy through the duration of EVENTS20 - in particular Rauf, Katie, and Shabaz who have been so engaged with the project from day one. We would also like to thank Becky at MSA for organising EVENTS20, and the BA students who had chosen to join us for the EVENTS week this year, in hopes of producing an exciting project with the potential for real social change!
Posted 24 Mar 2020 09:39

Ramsgate Community Centre is a precedent for the type of venue that the downstairs of BBP office could become. The venue is a multi-functional group space with a moveable coffee bar/cafe area. The hub is open to anyone to drop in, grab a coffee and have a chat. The sale of coffee contributes a small monetary income to the running of the hub. On top of this function, the space has grown to host a variety of community organisations which engage with residents and give space for hearing concerns. The NHS, police, council and housing associations have all taken advantage of the hub’s central location to meet with people and break down boundaries within the community.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 09:38
Site Visit to Bradford

To familiarise ourselves with Bradford, our collaborator kindly volunteered to take us on a walk around the key areas of the city centre to understand the current state of the city better and record our first impressions. The information collected on this visit will be condensed and presented to the BA students as part of the information pack we aim to provide before the Events week begins. This walk will also form the basis of the site visit we plan to do on the first day of the Events week, which will be focused more specifically on the City Village site itself.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 09:23

Victorian architects instigated a departure from reliance on the rules of classical design. No longer regulated by Georgian principles of Palladian design Victorians designers developed their own styles incorporating a variety of inspirational sources.

The Victorian fashion for Italianate architecture was their response to Classicism. It remained in vogue, particularly in Victorian country house designs until the idle of the century. While other Victorian architects, notably Pugin looked retrospectively and nationalistically for inspiration in the Gothic tradition. Proponents of the Arts and Crafts movement celebrated the artistry of craftsmanship.

Victoria’s reign coincides with the height of the British empire. In Victorian design we see a taste for exoticism with design influences from the orient, Egypt and India introduced into interiors. Thomas’ Cubits Durbar Room at Osborn House provides an example. Architectural styles proliferated outside of England to the USA.

The nature of high status buildings, ones that architects build their reputation around, also changes in the Victorian period. Architects that might previously have earned their reputations on grand houses and private estates turned their attention to public and industrial buildings with the same diligence and attention to moulded details. The architects behind these Victorian high status builds also constructed residential commissions so their designs feature within our joinery collections.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 09:18

- Architecture as a profession is born in the Victorian period

Architecture as a profession is largely a Victorian creation cemented by the formation in 1837 of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Its first president Earl de Grey, designed his own Wrest Park, Bedfordshire in French Baroque style. The role of developer and surveyor becomes distinct freeing architects to experiment with new design and techniques. The designers of many 19th Century houses were anonymous in-house architects working within design houses such as that of Thomas Cubitt. Cubitt himself built large parts of Belgravia and Pimlico in London as well as Osborne House. Those that are remembered are for the higher status projects.

- Victorian industrial architecture riding the crest of the wave

By 1840 the industrial revolution was progressing at full steam. Its profound effect on economy, society and culture are written into the architecture of the time. The scale of the construction boom was vast.
The railways were a high profile exhibition of architectural prowess in scale, innovation of materials and techniques, and in the embellishment and design (see example of our joinery from Liverpool Station).They were also a means of transportation for architectural materials which enabled even larger scale building works. Relaxation of the window tax cleared the way for the use of glazing in building projects. New building materials produced on a mass scale included wrought iron. So we see construction of cathedral like glass houses at Kew Gardens by Decimus Burton and Richard Turner and Crystal Palace, by Joseph Paxton.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 09:16

There are other creative methods that can be incorporated into designs that are sustainable and utilise re-use. For example, tyre walls, bottle bird feeders and cup wind chimes.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 08:24
[POWER TOOLS AND WOODWORK - DON’T FORGET ABOUT SAFETY!] During the prototype build, we will be using a variety of woodwork tools including bandsaw, electric drill, sand disks, etc. All students must have completed the workshop induction before using any of the equipments! Don’t worry, we will be supervising you guys, but also make sure you pay extra attention at all time, we don’t want any injuries to ruin your time during the event! Most importantly, we want you to enjoy the process, and hopefully learn from it too! Oh, and don’t forget to return the aprons after you finish!
Posted 24 Mar 2020 07:43