Group 06
HEART AND SOIL

Join our Heart and Soil team as we lead a collaborative project with MUD (Manchester Urban Diggers CIC) exploring ways in which we can make allotments more accessible to a wider array of people, focusing on the elderly and those with disabilities. We will be leading a series of workshops to come up with designs based around practical ways to increase accessibility within various allotment spaces run by MUD. This will lead to final idea presentations and, if successful, idea implementation.

Lucy G / Roseline AG / Oscar Francis H / Katerina P / Catherine W

Meet our Collaborator Jo from MUD!

MUD (Manchester Urban Diggers) is a non-profit social enterprise, established in 2019 as a response to an increasing demand for growing services across Manchester and beyond. They are dedicated to finding solutions to the problems with their local food systems. This includes; advocating for food sovereignty, being a member of the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Network, providing educational services and growing fruit, vegetables and herbs to make available to the local community. They always use organic growing methods and improve local biodiversity and soil health wherever they grow. MUD is committed to developing projects and creating employment opportunities for our volunteers, as well as providing free services and events for the community. MUD offer a wide range of services and opportunities for the public and private sector, including several exciting projects that are explained in detail on their website.

Website: http://www.wearemud.org
Instagram: @mud_cic
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/mud.cic/
YouTube: Manchester Urban Diggers CIC
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:52
Hey, I’m Lucy and I am a member of the Heart and Soil team!

I joined MSA in September after working in practice for 18 months and graduating from The University of Liverpool in 2018. I am currently in the USE atelier, which I am loving so far.

I am looking forward to meeting the new members of our team!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:55
Hi, I'm Millie!

I graduated from MSA in 2019 and then spent a year in practice at DAY Architectural. I'm currently in the Continuity in Architecture Atelier which I think really suits my architectural values.

Our Heart and Soil project is set to be a really lovely piece of work and I'm excited to get started with our new team!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 15:56
Hey, I’m Kat and I am one of the members of the Heart and Soil team! I joined MSA in September after graduating from The University of Bath in the summer. I am currently in the PRAXXIS atelier and I am enjoying the very different take on architecture that I am getting here to my previous Uni experience. I look forward to meeting, and getting to know, all the new members of our team as this exciting project develops!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:14
Hi, I’m Catherine!

I joined MSA in September after working in small practice in London for 9 months. I graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2019 and I am currently in the Advanced Practice atelier.

I think this project should be really exciting and I am looking forward to seeing this project develop with the new members of our team!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:25
Hi, I’m Oscar and I am a member of the Heart and Soil team!
I started at the Manchester school of Architecture this September following 6 months in practice which was unfortunately cut short by covid. For my undergrad I studied at Sheffield Hallam University, which was a really great experience. I am currently in the atelier &rchitecture and finding it really interesting!
Looking forward to meeting you all soon and hopefully doing some really great work together!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:46
Hi, I’m Roseline and I am a member of the Heart and Soil team!
I joined MSA in September after working in practice for 18 months and graduating from Queen’s University Belfast in 2018. I am currently in the PRAXXIS atelier which suits my interest in the political landscape.

I’m excited to work with the BLA and MLA1 students and produce engaging designs!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 16:59
Our project focuses on allotment and community garden design. As a team we will be working closely with our collaborator MUD (Manchester Urban Diggers) to explore the current accessibility difficulties faced by those with a disability.

It is common knowledge that accessibility issues can prevent disabled and elderly people from visiting allotment sites. Our aim is to consider how allotments and community gardens can be made more accessible and safer to everyone in society.

We will produce landscaping and practical designs that address and find solutions to these accessibility issues, primarily focussing on the sites maintained by MUD in Greater Manchester. However, our aim is to produce designs that will be universal and can be implemented at allotments throughout the country. This project will initiate a new way of thinking about allotment design. We intend to produce designs that will benefit everyone in the community by breaking the accessibility barrier to promote and create new growing opportunities.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 17:24
We will begin the week by running a quick poll to indicate which skills BA and MLA1 students wish to learn and then offer a quick crash course on the chosen programmes to help develop their skills.

The first week will focus on amalgamating ideas using sketching and collaging by hand or Photoshop, followed by design synthesis possibly using AutoCAD or SketchUp. In the second week, design outputs will be refined and collated into a presentation catalogue.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 18:28