Meet our lovely collaborators - Friends of Beech Road Park Chorlton!
Friends of Beech Road Park is a community-led group of like-minded residents living in Chorlton who are passionate about and recognises the importance of green spaces access for everyone, especially in current times with the COVID lockdown. They play an active role in managing and maintaining the park, as well as plan events such as the recent Beech Road Park Mosaic, a home-based art project which is in partnership with Unity Arts, to foster a strong community spirit, not letting the lockdown hinder their enthusiasm.
Our main contact working alongside us is MSA’s own Laura Sanderson, a senior lecturer and a familiar face for those in the Continuity in Architecture atelier. Other Friends look forward to joining us periodically through MSA Live to participate and view our projects.
All of us here and our Friends cannot wait to meet everyone, and see all our creative ideas for unique play spaces for the kids in Chorlton and elevate the already important Beech Road Park to the next level for this tightly knit community!
Our social agenda is all about utilising our creativity to add further value to rejuvenate play areas and reinvent the entire concept of play so that it mirrors that of a child's imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. We are aware of Chorlton’s tight knit community so we would personify that image in a safe yet playful environment. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the community around them, and we have been given this special opportunity to enhance this experience for them.
By looking at ‘play’, we would be discussing, collaborating and designing four themes that revolve around nature, inclusivity, adaptability and sustainability. These concepts would be developed into play areas, tailored for the users of Beech Road Park.
Posted 28 Feb 2021 15:47
Throughout the 2 weeks of MSA Live, we are looking to introduce some new skills to our students as well as improving on existing ones. Technical knowledge such as software skills will be one of our focus, but we believe there is also a huge advantage in improving soft skills such as group collaboration as well as presentation skills that can often be overlooked.
As such, we will create a safe and conducive environment for students to feel more confident during presentations as well as group sessions while gathering tips and constructive feedback for everyone to improve.
For software skills, workshops will be conducted to improve workflow as well as introduce some new programmes. QnA sessions are an integral part of these workshop and will be invaluable for students to ask anything in order to further familiarise themselves.
Softwares in the workshop include:
Posted 28 Feb 2021 15:48
Hi there! My name is Danial. I grew up in Brunei and Singapore and graduated from the University of Nottingham where I found a guilty love for concrete, I love the look but we can’t have a future together.
Fun fact: When I pass by a park, I secretly want to play on the swing but I scared of being judged.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 13:16
Hi everyone, I'm Sookie. I am from Singapore but I did my undergrad in the Welsh School of Architecture where I developed an appreciation and curiousity for smaller scaled architectural projects, which is ironic since I come from a country that is basically a city-state with no space for small scaled projects.
Fun fact: My family lost me at when I was 4-5 years old because I was too busy staring at concrete drying.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 13:16
Hello everyone, my name is Yanran, I’m from China and graduated from an unknown university. When I was a kid, I used to play a game called "Roller Coaster Tycoon" day and night, so I developed a love for architecture. Besides, I like drawing since I was young.
Fun fact: I also like to play childish games and even enjoy watching cartoons. I'm recently addicted to "My Little Pony" and I love Pinkie Pie!
Posted 1 Mar 2021 13:17
Hi guys! My name is Premdyl. I grew up on the sunny island of Penang, Malaysia and graduated from the Taylor’s University. During my time in Penang, I found a strong passion for conservation and adaptive reuse due to the city’s influence after being awarded as an UNESCO Heritage Site.
Fun fact: My favourite show to watch is Avatar: The Last Airbender. Wtihout a doubt, if I had a choice I would want to be a waterbender.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 13:17
Hi, my name is Zhuo Ping from China, graduated from University of Liverpool. During my undergraduate study, I realized that I was obsessed with model making and laser cutting. My internship participated in the design and construction of the kindergarten, what interests me more is to design playground for children rather than classroom.
Fun Fact: I was trying to climb the tower cranes with my bare hands when I was a child, I was about to reach the top, a worker called the police.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:05
Hello guys! My name is Hsuan-Fang. I’m from Taiwan where Bubble tea originated and became popular but I’m a big fan of lattes. I graduated from the Tamkang University where I was inspired to research the details and construction of architecture.
Fun fact: My parents let me watch “Bob the Builder” everyday when I was a kid. Is this related to my decision to study in Architecture, no one knows.
Posted 1 Mar 2021 16:06
Hi everyone! Thank you for picking this MSA Live group, we are all very excited to have you on board. Today we’ll be exploring a child’s imagination. Our lovely partners gave a plan of the park to the kids and let them draw what they want in their playspaces and today we’d like to share them (Actually these drawings were also incorporated in our poster!)
Posted 5 Apr 2021 16:29
Hello again everyone! Following on from the previous post, here’s another example of a child’s imagination. We are in the midst of organising a day in which children could potentially come in to one of our days of design development so that we can gather their input and perspective.
Maybe they could see us bring these animals to life in an Architectural way, be creative!
Posted 5 Apr 2021 16:30
Just for laughs, here is the final drawing we’ll be sharing.
Some kids imagine the world, some just want food.
Everyone loves pizza and I am sure we are behind this proposal!
Posted 5 Apr 2021 16:31
Guest Lecture Series
For our first instalment of our Guest Lectures, we are proud to have Caukin Studios!
Caukin is a progressive international studio who believes in the impact and benefits that architecture brings to a close knitted community. They focus on self-built, low impact architecture that allows everyone access to high quality design - This is pertinent for Beech Road as our conversations with our partners have revealed that residents have a community spirit and culture that can lend itself well for self-built projects.
Caukin has successfully incorporated their ethos with play projects such as Playscape in Koh Rong Island and Playvillion in Cipanas. You can check them out at https://www.caukinstudio.com/projects
Posted 15 Apr 2021 09:24
Guest Lecture Series
We are pleased to announce a series of Guest Lectures from curated offices all over the world to educate and inspire everyone on play spaces.
Starting off strong we have award-winning Erect Architects. Based in London, have been engaged to design a large amount of creative play spaces. Their projects cleverly utilises landscapes and creates an immersive environment for children within nature.
We’re back again! Hope everyone is having a lovely day.
We cannot be more excited to introduce another speaker in our Guest Lecture Series - the Chinese firm Atelier Scale. They are predominantly a landscape architecture studio, but are open to commercial public projects as well.
We believe their ethos of not limiting themselves to strictly landscape projects and taking on a multi-perspective involvement of their team has produced multitudes of creative design work that we can take inspiration from.