We're happy to have concluded our Live Project on a high!
Our ownHaus team gave another great presentation to our collaborators, showing the improvements to the design since the last meeting as well as the visualizations of the activities and living environment that is possible with the ownHaus system. We were happy to hear that our collaborators from ownHaus and Project3 are excited to extend this form of engagement in the future to more people who are interested in the new housing model.
We cannot be more proud of our BA students, who not only intuitively understood the technical aspects of the ownHaus model but taken it further with their creative ideas and designs. Throughout the Live Project the students worked together through brain-storming, group sketching, drawing and modelling. They have achieved the following targets:
- To develop a command of a blockchain-based crowdfunded housing model
- To design a sociable and integrated housing project based on the opportunities and constraints of a city centre site
- To develop a set of modular prototypes that can be assembled and tailored to a wider range of locations and user-groups
Feedback Quiz // The Inspire Bradford team concluded this morning with a quick feedback quiz on the two weeks. Using Microsoft Forms we were able to share a list of questions relating to the tasks, live talks and presentations we have completed over the MSA Live programme and gain feedback from the team. We received great feedback from the BA’s and MArch, with a mixed bag of favourite activities and talks!
Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the two-week timetable, saying that they had all learnt something new and had fun engaging with the project!
The MArch team would like to say a great big thank you to the BA’s for attending, engaging and participating within the project, it has been a great two-weeks of sharing ideas and developing our masterplan. An extended thank you to our collaborator Kieran and Bradford Civic Society for this exciting opportunity! And a final big thank you for the live talks throughout the week from Peter at Feilden Clegg Bradley, Terry, Lean and Manuel from Arup and Aaron from OMI Architects for their engaging and thought-provoking conversations!
Finished Publication // Our work from the two-weeks is concluded in our final publication document.
Inspire Bradford are incredibly proud of the work we’ve produced during this project and have thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to work with Bradford Civic Society and the external speakers. As such we have produced a massive 102 page document, collating the work from the team!
Working on our pavilion as part of the bigger master plan was a great experience! Never having designed a scheme this big, we as undergrads could really rely on the guidance of the master students who helped us to visualize our ideas and designs through different methods. We started out with sketches, modelling (both digital and physical) and searching for precedents, to inform ourselves and what our key points for the design would be. We then presented our ideas to the whole group and gave each other feedback. Throughout the whole process we paid attention to integrate everyone’s ideas and thinking into the final visualisation of our joined team effort.
Finished Masterplan! // After two weeks of hard work from the Inspire Bradford team we are pleased and excited to share with you our finial masterplan proposal!
Drawn by Olivia (BA 02), the sketch shows our finished proposal for Little Germany. Olivia wrote: “3D Conceptual sketch of the Little Germany Masterplan.
The sketch demonstrates an overview of some of the strategies which will be implemented on to the site. One of the main features is the expansion of pedestrianised roads in the area to heighten safety precautions and provide 'car free' streets in contrast to its current streetscape. More areas of recreational green space will be introduced, and many of the buildings will be retrofitted within its interiors, to widen the range of uses for public activities, film events and market spaces.”
Finished Masterplan! // After two weeks of hard work from the Inspire Bradford team we are pleased and excited to share with you our finial masterplan proposal!
Drawn by Tom (BA 01), the figure ground plan identifies key areas of interventions we’re proposing. Tom wrote: “Using Illustrator, Photoshop and Digimap, I made a map of the proposed site, showing pedestrianised zones, new construction, open public areas and green spaces. I also included a scale bar for a sense of context. This gives a strong perspective of the site, showing what it would become after redevelopment.”
Working on this project has been a nourishing and exciting experience. The masters students have been really supportive, giving us workshops on different software, answering lots of questions and encouraging us to voice and develop our ideas. Overall, it has been a unique opportunity to contribute to a great project and work in an encouraging collaborative environment.
This is a section of the feminist wallpaper, the design was completed by group 02. The whole group, then, collaborated to help add all the names to the pattern. The final design incorporates stairs in to the modular pattern, symbolising different levels and heights that women can reach. The names of all the women who enrolled in landscape and architecture courses over the years have been placed on individual steps, providing them with the platform they deserve. This is only one section, the full wallpaper is 3m long incorporating around 800 women's names.
The design combined both performance activities with engaging workshops to create a fun, safe and circus themed festival. This perspective sketch was created as an overview of the site in order to help to identify opportunities for other, more zoomed in visuals.
In this task we researched the Niamos Centre, particularly looking at how the flexible space has been used for a range of different events. Understanding the space allowed us to create an initial programme for the festival which would suit the facilities and equipment available at the Niamos. The initial concept design integrated the themes that came from the research. The design consisted of five workshops spaced out to meet COVID regulations. Additional spaces such as changing rooms, sanitation zones and storage were also considered through altering the flexible spaces within the building.
Plot Twist deserves its intriguing name, as it was nothing of what I expected. I thought it was going to be a project completely dominated by the postgraduate students, in which the little, young, undergraduates would be nothing but spectators, without an opinion to be heard, exploited for their time and obedience by being required to fulfill the most boring tasks. Instead – we were not only part of the process, we were the idea behind it all. We were helped to find ways of transmitting our creative thoughts with interesting tutorials in programs we barely used before, because they sounded too scary for us; we were listened to and encouraged to explore our creativity to the maximum, while being assured that the technical and organisation problems of the design would be taken care of by them; which is something that sadly, simplified all my previous designs. In terms of the actual process of designing these pavilions, the level of inter-helping and collaborating between the members of the group was what made me realise what teamwork means.
Day 10 – Completing the serial vision perspectives and master plan
In the morning, we completed the rendered master plan and final serial vision sketches which are to form the output of this urban design scheme. Every BA student contributed a sketch and each one injects the individual style of the student into the final compilation. Some were completely hand drawn while others incorporated the SketchUp model which we used as the basis of the images. The final 9 drawings include views from the new entrance of Marple Memorial Park, the new community building, the Hollins house building and extension, the new leisure centre as well as connections across the canal and traffic routes including Station Road.
MArch students added colour to the sketches to make the green spaces stand out and bring the images to life. We are very happy with everyone's contribution and are pleased with the final outcome.
And just like that we have come to the end of MSA Live 2021! The past two weeks have flown by and the Blueline team have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. We would like to say a big thank you to our BA1 and BA2 students who have shown commitment throughout the project and produced some excellent work which we hope to see manifested within the city in the near future! We must also extend our thanks to all our guests who have contributed their time to us over the two weeks and those who have worked with us behind the scenes.
As a final task the BA students were asked to produce an image in response to the question, 'what has this project meant to you?' They have produced some lovely visuals which conclude the project nicely.
This morning we prepared our presentation to present our final ideas and designs to MUD.
Once finished, we recorded our presentation to be sent to MUD via email as Jo was unable to join today. With the presentation recording we are also planning to send the PDF, our previous presentations, and a design booklet, which showcases all our concept designs.
We are so pleased with the outcome of this project and we are looking forward for feedback from our collaborator!
Each pod can function separately, placed in different locations on the site. This hosts a range of play experiences for the children and allows them to engage with each pod in a new way. These pods facilitate a range of activities and interactions that will support their learning, exploration, and development!
LiveWires DAY #10 - Final Presentation meeting and handover to the partners!
Today we presented our final publication document to our partners of the Workhouse Project. Thanks to the whole design team and the BA1 - BA2 students contributions, we received positive feedback from our clients, who were very satisfied with our outputs and researches, which responded to their requirements and needs.
We will definetely keep in contact with our partners to follow the future development of our project in the next few weeks to offer further support.
Celebrating the history of Manchester and it's people in Albert Square's civic quarter. Archiving Albert Design team created a honeycomb structure in homage to the working bees of Manchester where exhibitions of history and skills can be exhibited.
To further explain how the design functions, Group 2 made use of simple diagrams which clearly convey how and where the landscape and pulled and manipulated in order to create the forms for the pavilions. Diagrams such as these were taught to the undergrads in the tutorials and explained how vital they can be in revealing your intentions and so it was great to see them make use of what they had learned to create successful outputs!
Things I liked about the project:
Everyone was so nice and supportive of each other's work.
The project was well managed and each of us had specific tasks so the team work was much easier despite the fact that it was all handled online.
People were engaged with the tasks and always offered help or more ideas to improve the overall work.
Tasks I did during the project:
Read through text documents and choose suitable information for the zine regarding the history of the gay center.
Synthesizing the information about the history during the 1980s.
Create a word search game.
Following on from the previous render, creating one with the use of the market stalls included further introduced the ideals behind their design. This render helps convey how the community would be working and helping towards the growth of this cultural space and have the opportunity to get stuck in to the 'producing city'.
It was important that Group 2 could accurately present their ideas of the urban farm to the client for them to fully understand and immerse themselves within their intentions. By pulling up and manipulating existing landscape, it's not something that can be easily conveyed through formal plans and sections. However creating these immersive renders allows people to fully understand and experience what the design would look like and how it would feel to walk around the markets.
Group 3 began planning out the uses for their spaces and designated individual blocks for each section. This could then be clearly annotated through an exploded diagram and each space could be zoomed into and 'virtually experienced' by the client through the use of renders created.
We're so happy to see all of our hard work and ideas presented within the final publication . This publication allows us to create a narrative of the scheme showing it's development and progression. Our team has proposed a thoughtful scheme for the Artisan Studio that is considerate of it's urban context and it's temporary life span.
Getting inspiration from other groups and trying to link the master plan as a whole, the Roma group started brainstorming with the undergrads on how they should carry out the landscaping of the site. By settling on a continued use of patterns which can be seen within Roma fabric patterns, paths could be created, weaving around the new pedestrianised spaces. Between these paths they wanted to plant a field of vibrant flowers, further reflecting some ideals and focuses seen within the gypsy culture.
We presented our publication to the BA students to celebrate the work they've achieved over the past two weeks. They have shown great enthusiasm for the work and should be proud of what they have achieved!
Our BA students have demonstrated an understanding of working towards a brief on a very exciting live project and have had the opportunity to make real change within the construction industry. We will present our publication to our collaborator Rob Toon and we hope this can be the first step towards improving the welfare provisions within temporary site accommodation.
We would like to thank Rob for his insight into the industry and for presenting us with a brief where we could work together to create real change.
In other groups, they started to focus on cultural patterns seen commonly in the middle eastern countries. One of the undergrads ideas was to use patterns such as these as the main drive, possibly implementing them into the plans of the site almost like an easter egg of the design with small aspects of patterns seen within materials. To get to this point, he presented a variety of pattern precedents that he could find online which matched his ideals and proposals.
Beginning to understand how our undergrads wanted to direct their design, these are a selection of precedents from one student that wanted to focus on the culture of Roma gypsies. Specifically studying the ideals of travelling accommodation and accommodations/links that she found to other styles often seen within the media.
Following our final presentation to our clients and partners at Manchester City Council and Lendlease, our Team have created some amazing visuals to support our designs for the Artisan Studio. These images really help to capture the atmosphere we have created through our choices of materials and the flexible design strategies we have employed in the final scheme.
Updated layout and composition - The colouring booklet.
Due to circumstances after confirming with our potential book publisher the other day, we decided to slightly change the layout of the final colouring booklet and standardized all pages in an A5 size including the map drawings. On the bright side, the compact sized colouring booklet will be easier to bring anywhere and everywhere!
From the beginning of the project we used site mapping to introduce the location and aspects to take note from our site for the undergrads. Preparing this file for the start of the 2 weeks helped us quickly educate them on Bradford and things to take into consideration when designing through the weeks.
What I Learnt:
How to research and document
Photoshop (image editing) and making illustrations
Introduction to Wordpress
The basics of Indesign
What a Zine is
About the history of the Proud Trust, the LGBTQ community and the importance of Pronouns
What I did:
Researched, read magazines and collect information
Put elements together to form zine pages
Attended mini workshops
Interacted and communicated with a varied group of people
Reading old magazines
Learning new skills
Making fun art
Meeting new people
What I Learnt:
Documenting and categorizing Skills
Basic InDesign and Illustrator skills
Design of Zine pages
History regarding the LGBTQ Centre and the Proud Trust
What I did:
Create the Crossword Game with representative words
Reading and recording Love Letters wrote by people who left the old centre
Groups sharing and collaboration
Illustration in Zine pages
Rearranging the timeline of the LGBT Centre
Making cool illustrations in Zine
Creating the inspiring words game
Realizing other people’s thoughts in the old centre
The aim of the can we fix it project was to create and enhance an on site accommodation space, making it more user friendly for all. We looked carefully at the users and designed specifically according to their needs. The drawings shows our proposals and ideas, including how we should place all the furniture to maximise the limited spaces. The exploded axonometric drawings includes meeting rooms, dining, office and kitchen. We used shipping containers as a standard area of each space and made sure all the furniture can be folded/ moved around if needed. I have learnt a lot during these 2 weeks and it was fun seeing the project unfold. I took part in researching precedents and colouring the final renderings, using bring, energetic colours to liven the mood of the office, in order to create a more energetic atmosphere.
I’ve had a really fun couple of weeks working with Our Proud Past! The
works been really engaging and interesting and I can’t wait to see our out
comes at the exhibition, especially if people make the model.
What have I learned?
So much about the LGBTQ+ history of Manchester! From the fight for funding and protesting against section 28 to the long running community support and the iterations of the Manchester Gay Centre. I’m excited to go and visit the new centre, understanding the history thats brought it to be what it is today. I also learned what a switchboard is!
What skills have I gained?
How to approach a research and presentation project from start to finish.
I’ve honed my graphics skills too, particularly in InDesign, and I’ve had such a fun time being creative and bold with my colours to create a zine style- its definitely been a highlight for me. I also finally learned how to use flattery properly in SketchUp!
I have been very interested in the LGBT+ cause for years, but rather from a current activist perspective, my historical knowledge on the struggle and fights of the community that have allowed us to get rights remain sadly limited, especially in the UK. This project taught me a lot about the important role in LGBT+ history of Manchester the past 60 years.
The Proud Trust
I discovered and learned a lot about The Proud Trust, which was a great opportunity for me to get an insight into an LGBT+ charity. Indeed I want to be as active in this cause as I can and this definitely motivated me to volunteer in the near future.
Photoshop (and others)
On top of historical and social knowledge and personal development, I gained technical skills useful for the course. Mainly in Photoshop but also in researching or other softwares, which I greatly lack.
Even though on Teams (and with a very slow computer) it was useful in my opinion to have a group project, especially after so long working alone. Firstly, the group was well organized and directed, which made everyone rather motivated and productive and the project very enjoyable. Meeting new people also brought varied knowledge and inspiration for everyone as well as personal motivation.
In order to provide our external partner with the exciting imagery with which to sell the project to the community, we created some final perspective renders in an effort to bring the scheme to life. This perspective reveals the view of the site from Princess Parkway, taking in the areas for branding and sponsorship as part of our project's economic strategy.
Our modular kitchen manual!
We have been working on modular construction methods, whereby parts of the building are prefabricated and delivered to the site and put together. Now our community kitchen is easily unpacked, assembled, and can move around the site.
Excerpt from today’s presentation with our ownHaus collaborators:
An Infographic diagram visually representing how the traditional real-estate system is broken compared to ownHaus - Re-orienting funding based on creating pleasant spaces rather than profit allows for a radical shift in priorities. Traditional housing funding systems vs. ownHaus funding system: Based on digital currency, it is creating the flexibility of renting with the asset accumulation of a mortgage.
Excerpt from today’s presentation with our ownHaus collaborators:
This infographic diagram visually represents our user-focused programme's development and the ownHaus modular response to their needs. ownHAUS design principles rely on sheltering each member of our community, regardless of payslip, age or identity. Our group has drafted modules ideas by splitting its users into two categories: multiple and single occupants. This intersectional community’s programme generates ownHAUS living configurations based on their needs.
On our last day, we presented our infographic interpretation of ownHaus' financial mechanism and creative aims, which we developed as the Live Project was underway.
The ownHAUS founding model: As a crowfunded housing model, ownHaus removes the burden on homeowners to pay interests on top of their loan repayments to banks or mortgage providers. This disintermediation also removes the commitment to abide by traditional financial institutions’ rules to repay the cost of a property within the lifetime of one homeowner. Housing can be affordable when its price is financed over the lifetime of the building instead, and charges one only what they need, as they use it. Value is transferred from the real estate to the blockchain tokens issued to backers. The tokens increase in value from being traded on the market and from the growth of the ownHaus brand; residents can eventually redeem their investments through bonuses. Furthermore, revenue generated can be used to subsidize living costs for essential workers, young adults, and vulnerable groups.
This project was quite enjoyable, not only the task itself, but the chemistry of the group and the interactions between members. The Master students created an interactive and engaging atmosphere whilst keeping it stress-free (most of the time). The best aspect of the project was being able to engage with a community and getting to know the people and history. Working as a team only amplified this engagement. After only a short time the group worked well together and created final pieces we were all happy with.
Time to test how much the team has learnt over the two weeks.
As a fun way to end the project, we organised a quiz focusing on the content that is included within the Zine and on the Website. Testing how much everyone has absorbed and as well as some more general knowledge questions focusing around the LGBTQ+ community.
The winner of the quiz was Katie Harrison! Closely followed by Jacques and then Nadir! Was a great way to end what has been a truly enjoyable two weeks!
The Can We Fix It project aimed to create a human centred design for a construction site accommodation. The space had economical constraints that often lead to sanitary issue or a lack of designated space. By creating offices, restrooms and common space meant to fit in a container, the accommodation became fit for the workers needs and economically suited for a short-lived building. The exploded axonometric illustrates how the office space and kitchen area fit within the container and can be stacked to optimise the space. By rendering the design in photoshop, I aimed to add wooden texture to add a warm feeling to an otherwise very functional space. The colour scheme has bright colours that will add life to the space.
A pandemic proof-alternative to the physical exhibition.
Much like the Zine, we wanted the website to be broken down into specific decades/eras to allow for the information to be easily digested.
As a partner to the physical exhibition we were conscious that the Archives+ space wouldn’t allow for all the information we curated to be displayed, so as well as showing what will be in the exhibition we wanted to show other information that might not have otherwise been shown to the public, that we had found during our look through the archives.
The undergraduate team assembled this information into the decade era categories, along with the illustrations that we had created for each era/key point, to go onto the website.
Today the last minute tweaks were made by the groups that conducted the final checks on the zine yesterday!
The project is about providing a temporary site accommodation that is fit for the 21st century. We aim to enhance current construction site accommodation.
The drawings illustrate incorporating the kitchen, dining and meeting room with flexible furniture to utilise and create substantial space for multiple functions.
I worked on photoshop and used a selection of colours that would best enhance the design. My main priority was to use sustainable materials; hence I used wooden flooring and brick for the kitchen wall. The remaining walls are insulated panels. The exterior is a corrugated steel frame. These materials provide a homely feeling and concurrently keep the sentiment of a construction site.
I really enjoyed MSA Live this year! The project opened my eyes about working in the industry and on construction sites. I learned some extremely useful tips and tricks about several software and got a taste of the workflow used in practice. The team worked really well together and I enjoyed the process of bringing the project to life with them.
The final zine is complete and available for everyone to see. We are really happy with the work that has been produced and immensely proud of our zine. Everyone has worked well together and learnt a lot over the two weeks.
The zine now lives as a digital PDF file, ready for The Proud Trust to print and sell, but also as a digital zine uploaded to Issuu which features on the website created.
Can we fix it? pushes forward a narrative about inclusion, equity and quality architecture with in the construction industry. By considering the needs for anyone that works on site, they explore ways to improve these spaces and propose better alternatives.
The design was intended to be easy to maintain, be flexible and clean. We aimed to create multi purpose spaces, in which furniture can move around or fold away, revealing a bigger space which can accommodate more people or can be used differently. All of this also aims to improve transportation costs.
I have chosen to use warmer tones, including wood, since the project was mainly based in the UK. One of these problems for me was coldness and the hostility of the environment, and by giving warmth visually to the accommodation, we can achieve a more inviting feeling from these on site elements.
We have decided to further use the blog to display a variety of processes that led to our end results which may not have been as present throughout. Seen here is a clay model completed by Laura Popa, a Ba1 student that showed great aptitude creating conceptual models by hand that reflect the discussions we had been having in our group and collates discussions we had on the Roma Gypsy culture.
As the 2 weeks of an Events comes to an end, we have a day to reflect on what we have achieved and the progress we have made with the undergrads. By discussing with them how far we have come and to get to hear their thoughts on the project, we could be proud to see how much they had enjoyed and valued the sessions. We used this time to show the undergrads any other programmes that they had questions about and various queries about architecture school. In addition to this, we had time as masters students to go through the publication and consolidate on decisions made within the booklet.
We have created a range of modules that would be able to fit together into units in any configuration and ultimately turn into a great combined house. The modules are central to the design approach as it provides an endless number of spaces so that ownHaus can be applied to any site, in any country.
There are a vast number of modules that provide privacy and some that encourage community connectivity. Ranging from kitchens to living areas, gyms to nurseries, ownHaus modules can be tailored for any situation depending on the users. This modular approach was based on the need for flexibility within the design as well as a focus on connecting spaces and activities.
We proposed a multi-purpose site accommodation space, including a kitchenette and a transformable dining/meeting room.
The drawings show layouts of the meeting and dining area, which incorporate flexible/foldable furniture to help optimise the already small space.
I came up with an initial solution of flexible furniture and spaces to meet essential activities (meeting, training, accommodation, etc). I choose mainly warm colours with timber floor and furniture for the interior render and hope it can generate a cosy feeling for indoor spaces.
Isn't it great to fall back on your memories just to relive some moments. Similarly this idea was derived in context to Albert square, the historic moments that took place in the past and a chance to relive them. The concept revolves around significant viewpoints arranged around the square with perspective image of the past co relating to the current day area of the square. This helps us to acquire a broader and richer understanding of history of albert square and Manchester townhall and also acknowledge the world we live in today and our place in it. It aids in preserving the heritage through memory as well.
The aim with this project is to make on-site accommodation more user-friendly and comfortable to be in.
The idea is to modify existing on-site containers into warm spaces, where the on-site workers will have the opportunity to rest and prepare refreshments in their breaks. Furthermore, the furniture is designed to be foldable which makes the spaces adaptable according to the need.
The materials are chosen in order to create a rustic aesthetic in keeping with that typical of a construction site.
The Aquarius centre has an indoor kitchen used for a range of community events; however, since covid-19, they feel they would benefit from more outdoor cooking facilities as residents feel safer meeting outdoors. Tackling food shortage in the Hulme area as part of the Lost Highway regeneration project is crucial.The kitchen pods and the seating pods have been designed to be self-built and modular, allowing them to be packed up and left securely overnight. The kitchens and seating pods are meant to be flexible and support various community events, such as cooking classes, soup kitchens, or a community café.
Our final design proposal is a multifunctional stackable unit. It has a built-in hidden kitchen that can be opened or closed off. Depending on that, the space can be used as a canteen, a presentable meeting/office space or even a wellbeing, leisure area. The furniture in the unit is flexible, provides storage and is built-in to allow faster instalment of the unit of site.
I took part in the research, brainstorming and then the design process. We came up with a final proposal and then individually put the finial finishes to it. My main idea, when choosing the colour palette and materials, was to create a warmer, clean interior atmosphere that the users would enjoy and thus keep the space clean. The walls and floor have a light plywood finish and the furniture is white. The exterior of the unit is colour coded to help for an easier orientation on site and to bring some colour into the design.