Group 29

Bringing together young artists, architects and the wider community, we wish to create a space for youth to bring their works to life. Our agenda is to provide proposals for a flexible exhibition gallery for all young artists. We will work with a Grade II listed former school for the duration of our Event. This is your chance to work in a potential live project and to express your own artistic approaches. The final output will be a publication that will be useful material for TASC to further develop the project.

Dalia Qistina BMN / Aifa Binti M / Muhamad Adha Bin S / Siti Nur Syahirah BS

Meet The Team

We’re a group of 5 MArch students with various interests and skills in architecture, art and design. Coming from various backgrounds, we have a strong mix of experience in different fields within architecture.

Aifa Muthuraman
BSc. Arch : UiTM Shah Alam, Malaysia
Part 1 : BINA Initiatives for MRT project and AATA
Skills : Photoshop , InDesign, Sketchup, Revit , Lumion
Side Interests : Travel & Cooking

Yoon Nam
BArch : Manchester School of Architecture
Part 1 : BARE in Seoul mainly focusing on pavilions and exhibitions
Skills : Rhinoceros, Adobe Suite
Side Interests : Film making, Painting, Model Making

Dalia Qistina Nasar
BSc. Arch : UiTM Shah Alam, Malaysia
Part 1 : Eleena Jamil Architect mainly working on bamboo architecture, small scale residential and pavilions
Skills : Revit, Photoshop, Lumion, InDesign, Illustrator
Side Interests : Digital & Manual Illustration, Music, Boardgames

Syahirah Shukri
BSc. Arch : USIM, Malaysia
Part 1 : Axis Architect & Akitek Akiprima working on mixed and residential development
Skills : Photoshop , InDesign, Sketchup, Revit , Lumion, Illustrator
Side Interests : Arts, Psychology, Music

Adha Salim
BSc. Arch : UiTM Shah Alam, Malaysia
Part 1 : GDP Architects on mixed development and competition
Skills : Photoshop , InDesign, Sketchup, Vectorworks
Side Interests : Sketching & Football
Posted 10 Mar 2020 14:27
Meet The Collaborator

We're mainly collaborating with The Architecture School for Children (TASC), along with Tam Dibley who is a member of TASC and Rogue Artist's Studio.

TASC used to be recognized as 'Places' serving as a a community Interest Company based in Greater Manchester. TASC has worked with children and communities for the past 18 years, effectively engaging with them by bringing together schools, artist, developers, architects, educators, children and the wider community to look at and contribute to the development, design and build of their environment in a creative and collaborative way.

To learn more about TASC, visit their website at :

Posted 23 Mar 2020 20:05
Initial Design Proposal

Before the first meeting with TASC, we came out with a few Events proposal based on the activities and programs usually held by TASC in their website

Having focused on working with the communities and children, our proposals mostly include engagement and experience with the design products.

1. Play Library
Play Library is an interactive installation that provide spaces for kids to use as a library and play area. It includes variations of different spaces like open space, enclosed space, different materials for different experience as well as spaces for fun activities like jumping, hiding and climbing.

2. Self-sustaining ECO tools
We're looking to engage with kids and teachers to design a self-sustaining eco tools that help plants grow with minimal effort, learning the importance of ecosystem and how we can help to contribute as designers. The idea aims to utilize the different methods of recycling and use of natural resource.

3. Modular Play-thing
The aim is to design a big scale modular components that can be used by kids to create useful or fun objects in school

4. Sensory-based Interactive Play
This proposal was an installation proposal that use sensory as main concept, playing with different potential of sensory experiences for kids to engage with.
Posted 23 Mar 2020 20:58

During the first meeting with TASC, we were welcome by Dan, Catherine and Dan. The main topic of discussion was to structure a brief and understanding of EVENTS20 final outcome specifically for our group.

TASC were very supportive with our design proposals and suggested we proceed with what we want to do along with BA students despite having a design brief themselves.

We were asked to design a gallery for young people, aiming for it to be flexible as well as being used by young artists locally and globally. TASC gave us a tour to site after discussion. We have decided to proceed with designing the gallery space using one of the initial design proposal as our concept.
Posted 23 Mar 2020 22:01
The Space

Aiming to create a space for youth to bring their works to life, we collaborate with The Architecture School for Children (TASC) working on proposals for a flexible exhibition gallery for young artists. The space is located in a Grade II listed building, which currently operated by Rogue Artist Studio. The proposed space is located on the second floor of the building, highlighted in green.
Posted 23 Mar 2020 22:02
The Location

Within the compounds of the imposing grade II listed Victorian building, is now the Rogue Artist Studios. It was formerly the Varna Street Primary School which had since moved to a purpose-built premise a short distance away.

The Rogue Artists studios was established in 1995. It stands as an artist-run Community Interest Company providing accessible studio space which is situated close to Manchester city centre. As the largest independent studio group in the North West, it comprises of more than 85 artists working in 57,000 square feet of space in the former Varna Street school buildings. Artists and members range from graduates to established practitioners that comes from a wide range of discipline : drawing, film and video, illustration, installation, interactive art, painting, performance, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and textiles.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 00:48
Precedent 1 - TASC Publication

TASC has published a few books providing information and data regarding the activities and events previously held by TASC. The publication help us understand how the agenda and aim of TASC was fulfilled through activities and design, as well as how TASC engaged with children and communities in the best way to achieve a successful outcome and joyful experiences. We intend to hold an event that has a similar impact towards the communities and target clients.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 00:50
The Science + Industry Museum

As part of our Precedent study, there will be a visit to a museum and gallery to grasp the idea of how to design an exhibition space.

First off is a visit to the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester, This would be a guided tour by the exhibition staff. During this visit, take note on the various type of display methods and items on display. How are certain displays framed? How are they placed on a pedestal or on a wall?

Note that even displays require space of its own and also an array of lighting techniques to enhance the displayed pieces. This is among the strength that the Science and Industry Museum have in their methods of display.

The visit will take place during the first week of Events and further details will be shared in the session plan and coming close to the date of visit.
Scan the QR code in the poster to be linked to the Site location.

Do note that since the location of the Museum is not far, thus it is accessible by bus. Prepare change or a bus pass for the day. And some pocket money for lunch together. Looking forward to the trip!
Posted 24 Mar 2020 01:43
Precedent 2 - Exhibition at the Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden

Another precedent study we referred to was the Kéré Architecture's Sceneography Designs for Exhibition on Racism at Hygience-Museum located at Dresden.

The exhibition space was separated into 3 different rooms representing and giving off the vibe of 3 different atmospheres. Each room used different materials of exhibition structure, different methods of exhibition and different theme of exhibit works. The transitions between each room create a journey to narrate the works in a timeline form, showing a conflict between people’s desires for stability and the organic need for social transformation, emphasizing the charm of the temporary and importance of conversation.

Each rooms also uses different ways of lighting and illumination, particularly studying how the lighting will enhance and amplify the exhibits. The layouts of each rooms are organized with consideration to the narrative of the works exhibited.

Posted 24 Mar 2020 01:45

One of the method of looking at what a Gallery for Young People mean is through understanding the difference between older generation of artists and younger generation of artists. In a discussion, we look at different interests and hobbies as well as the different types of art works resulting from the interests.

From listed variation of exhibits, we try to develop a design that enhance and showcase the artworks in the best way in the gallery space.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 02:03
Tutorial & Talk Session

Dan will be sharing a session to talk about his working experience in TASC, along with the different construction, design and structural approach in realizing activities that have been successful in the past.

We will also be working on site at TASC's studio and gallery space together with Dan and Catherine to experience an on-site live project, dealing with TASC as clients through tutorial sessions.
Posted 24 Mar 2020 04:15
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Finalised Publication

This would have been the final production outcome, a publication that compiles the participant's design journey. Unfortunately due to Covid-19 outbreak, we could not make this publication into reality. Though, giving readers a recap of the proposed journey, we 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 1 with the supporting players like the Rogue Artist Studios. This journey then would've proceeded 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 have also include a site analysis and measured drawing of the 2nd Floor Hall within the proposed Grade II listed building. As per TASC, it is suggested to be the location for the Rogue Young Artists to exhibit their work.

The highlight of this proposal would have also included a Permanent and Temporary Exhibition design proposal. Where the participants are separated into two groups to propose a flexible fixed (Permanent intervention) and flexible modular (temporary intervention) exhibition space.

This journey would 've then end, 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
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