Group 31
PLOT TWIST

An empty plot in the middle of the city provides those involved with Plot Twist the opportunity to rethink the urban environment. In conjunction with the Bradford Civic Society and the bid for City of Culture 2025, we will explore themes of community and agriculture in rejuvenating this area of Bradford into space unlike any other in the city. We will be designing pavilions in teams, mainly through modelmaking and charrettes, as part of a wider masterplan of the site. For this we need you, for your outside the box thinking, to help with the possibility of this real-world application.

Daniel W / Adam V / Robert CM / Oliver R / Conor J / Hayden M

Meet the team: Dan

Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

About Me: After my undergrad at MSA I worked at a small practice called 'Triangle Architects' in Manchester during my part 1 experience last year. I was mainly working on different social housing and healthcare schemes but I also helped with promotional aspects and a few other projects. Outside of university I've always enjoyed playing sports, in particular football, and doing some sketching too! We're all excited for the upcoming project 'Plot Twist' and can't wait to meet everyone!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 21:40
Meet the team: Ollie
Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

About Me: This is my second period of study at MSA having previously completed my BA here before spending a year in practice at OMI architects where I worked on a mixture of new build and heritage projects as a part1. My interests in architecture are for the study of buildings at the macro scale with strong passions for detailing, materiality and the crafting of spaces and forms - thankfully, all really fitting for the CiA Atelier I work within. Similarly to the other guys in the group, I can’t wait to see everyone else’s passions and how we can apply these to reimagine the archetype of city building on a vacant site in the historic city of Bradford.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 21:54
Meet the team: Rob

Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

About Me: I studied at MSA for my undergraduate degree before working for a small practice called Randle White prior to coming back to MSA for my masters. I worked mainly on small scale, residential projects and loved the opportunity this provided to meet and engage with the people who we designed for. Outside of Uni I love all things food related, a mix of sports, and a good TV drama. Can’t wait for Plot Twist to get underway and I’m excited to see how we can reinvent the urban landscape for the better.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 22:42
Meet the team: Hayden

Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

About Me: Following my undergrad at MSA I spent a year in a multidisciplinary practice. During my year out I gained some valuable experience working mainly on airport projects for Atkins. I usually prefer smaller projects and the ‘nitty gritty’ but took a risk at something different and ended up enjoying working as part of a larger team. Outside of architecture I enjoy hiking and drawing, all other hobbies have unfortunately been put on hold since studying architecture. I am excited to get stuck into the project we’ve been organising and look forward to seeing where our hard work takes us and exploring ways to resolve the all too common 'vacant land' issues of Bradford.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 22:42
Meet the team: Adam

Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Portsmouth University
Atelier: Continuity in Architecture

About Me: Post graduation, I completed my Part 1 at a small firm in Oxfordshire called Anderson Orr Architects. Helping to design and develop a variety projects from super car showrooms to lavish homes, I experienced a lot of what architecture has to deliver! Throughout my studies, I have always aimed my interests at creating multi-purpose housing schemes that are deemed successful by all walks of life. We've had a lot of discussions about what we would have found exciting and useful as undergraduates ourselves and so we're looking forward to offering a huge amount of freedom and space to see how BA students can express themselves. We also can't wait to see how the MLA students utilise he large site to bring out their flare and tie the whole masterplan together!
Posted 2 Mar 2021 23:07
Skills and Activities:

Plot Twist will encompass a wide variety of skills and activities, and although the experience will be entirely online, we hope to make for a fun and productive working environment. Our team of MArch students will be working alongside MLA and BA students to provide a smooth, productive workflow. Our two weeks will consist of workshops, lectures, and group activities. The first week will be focussed around getting to know one another, site research and design preparation. We will then split into smaller groups and begin the design process within the second week, leading to a final proposal. The main programmes we will be using are the Adobe Suite (including Photoshop, Indesign, and Illustrator), 3D Modelling software (including Sketchup and Revit) and AutoCAD. We also hope to do some ‘at home’ physical modelling where possible.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 23:35
Social Values:

In Plot Twist, we are rethinking what an urban space can be. The city of Bradford offers a rich history and diverse range of cultures we wish to celebrate through the proposal of an urban farm. The scheme will bring together and promote concepts of health and wellbeing, creating valuable communities, and reassessing urban infrastructure.
The reinterpretation of this empty plot in Bradford will address these ideas through research, design, and collaboration of the members of Plot Twist. We hope to draw on a diverse range of backgrounds and education to create a unique proposal to rebalance the city space in favour of our social values.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 23:36
Meet the team: Conor

Location: Manchester, UK
MArch Year 5
BArch: Manchester School of Architecture
Atelier: Infra.Space

About Me: After graduating from MSA, I began working at a practice based in Manchester that specialise in residential housing. The small size of the practice meant I was involved with all aspects of the building process, from design and planning through to construction and handover. As an architect, I am most interested in the interface between users and buildings. My aim is to provide quality spaces that are easy to use and great to be in. In my atelier, I am currently designing a multi-purpose arts and live events space for a reuse and redevelopment scheme at the Tate & Lyle sugar silo situated in the Liverpool docklands. In our events group we want to provide a platform where all members have the freedom to create some impactful architecture at an important site in the centre of Bradford, with the potential of real-world consequences as part of the city's 2025 City of Culture bid.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 23:42
Collaborator: Plot-Twist will be working in live collaboration with Kieran Thompson from Bradford Civic Society. Since 1942, the organisation has championed Bradford’s heritage and built environment, with the mission to inspire Bradfordians to love where they live. They are striving to win the 2025 bid for City of Culture and the collaborative vision for Forster Square ties in perfectly with these values. Find out more about Bradford Civic Society and the work they do at:
https://bradfordcivicsociety.co.uk/.
Twitter & Instagram @Bradfordcivic
Posted 3 Mar 2021 00:04