Today was the final push! The room has been completed so the day was spent compiling all the work completed over the two weeks into a document and later submitted.
To conclude the project, we would like to give a big thank to all the undergraduate students that committed to the vision we had despite have additional deadlines and commitments. It’s been great to see you develop new skills, confidence and get hands on with turning concepts into physical outputs. We hope that the skills learnt will help you with your future studies.
The fifth years are happy with the outcome and hope you’ve enjoyed yourselves during MSAlive. Please feel free to contact any of us in the future and don’t be a stranger!
We’d also like to thank Byyshe and Maria at Niamos for being so welcoming and giving us the freedom to explore and install our creative ideas.
Day nine was the day of assembly on site. We started the morning running through the extra pieces of content needed for the document. Document sections were split between students to be completed for Friday.
After lunch we purchased nails and other d.i.y equipment from the shops before heading to the site. We met with the builder who provided the tools needed to complete the works.
They curtains were hung, fabric panel attached the wall, draft excluders in place, window sealed, and the green wall was nailed into place. The students worked as a team to help each other bring the room to life.
By the end of the day the designs that had been sketched two weeks ago had been put in place. Feedback from the students was that it was great to do something from concept to completion and learn new skills in the process. A successful day!
We made another trip to NIAMOS to inspect our showroom and rearrange our exhibition for our client. It was made apparent that the budget required to do all the installations was outside of the client’s scope, so at the last minute the team had to make some adjustments. Luckily, we had the foresight to procure and source as much material for free, but we sourced some material from NIAMOS itself and from an unexpected source. For the green wall, it became apparent most of the expensive cost would be the planting. However, outside the Chatham Building, there’s some planting and shrubs being thrown away. The groundskeepers kindly let us have as much we could and we arranged it on to the crate as a pseudo showpiece for the client. We provided it in the document to the client about how they could actually build it if they were inclined in the future.
Many thanks to all of the Group 8 team members for their great involvement in this amazing project! Grateful to have you guys on our team to help the Ryebank Fields Community Camp in its mission to save nature. Last but not least, thank you to the community who helped us with the 2 weeks' activities of designing and building this exhibition. Love you guys!
It's the final day of MSA Live and we finally present our posters to the client, receiving their approval. This experience has been a joyous ride for all involved, and we have all ended up making friends and sharing laughs. Thank you to all for this amazing project!
Today is the last day of MSA Live. We wrapped up our work in the last day.
It's been a great time working together as a big team! We would like to thank every group member that have been working hard and our external partners for giving helpful advices. Last but not least, we wish the best for the Baguley Hall.
Concluding the project, we would like to express our gratitude to the BA students who have committed their time to produce all the required outputs, despite being busy with submissions and exhibition preparations. It was inspiring to see you guys eager to learn and try new things, and we hope that the skill-sharing sessions would help your future studies.
The fifth years are extremely proud of the work and effort you guys have put in, and we hope that you guys are proud of your work too. All of us thoroughly enjoyed the experience of MSAlive, thus we thank you for the exciting two weeks. On another note, don't be a stranger!
We would like to take this opportunity to give thanks to our collaborators, especially Abigail for trusting us with the project. We are extremely thankful for the opportunity to learn and work alongside our collaborators who are experienced in these kinds of events. Additionally, we would also like to thank Julie, not only for making time to attend our final day of MSAlive, but also for guiding us throughout the whole planning process. Thank you for reassuring us that not all plans are set in stone, thus allowing us to improve.
Once the presentation and feedback sessions are over, we officially handed over the project to our collaborators.
On a more exciting note, with the help of Abigail and Julie, we managed to display our models and instruction booklets to the public! The items were placed at a windowsill at Station South’s café. We are thrilled that the public could see the ideas; and should there be a discussion in the future regarding the production of the furniture, we hope that these ideas would inspire them in any possible way.
After the presentation, we had a discourse with Abigail, Mark and our tutor Julie, on the overall process and output.
We discussed on the cost, materials and sustainability aspects of the project. With our collaborator being a community interest company, they had to secure their own funding and depend on volunteers for projects – an aspect that we should have highlighted during the process of designing.
Regarding the two-week event: reflecting on the outputs, if we were able to do things differently, we would have steered the BA students more toward a design that better reflects our collaborator’s nature of work. Cost and in-depth material study exercise would also work as supplementary information to the instruction manual. More aspects of sustainability would also be introduced, not just of the materials, but also in the adaptability and use of seatings.
Nevertheless, Upcycle has been a fruitful experience for both the participants and the collaborators.
After two weeks of hard work, the day is finally here! Today, we had a presentation at Station South with our collaborators, Abigail and Mark.
We firstly re-introduced the brief to our collaborator, noting the changes in output and our process for the past two weeks. Afterwards, each group presented their designs. They successfully communicated their ideas with the help of their scaled physical model, instruction manuals and visualisations.
We are appericiate for all our team members' hard work and effort within these two weeks. It was a great opportunity to work together with BAs students and bring more potentional to the Carlton Club community. Thank you for everyone and our clients' cooperation!
It has been a great two weeks, but now we are finished. We've just had an exhibition where we have presented our ideas to the people of Chorlton. The 3D printed model and the VR experience were a great hit. Thank you so much to the CCLT and Chorlton Traders Association.
We were finally able to present our bio and design proposal to Debi and the Youth House Co-op (YHC) team. It was wonderful to see our group's work come together into a 30 page pre-planning style document for the YHC to build on in the future, and help them to develop their company information and story. The final proposal was met with tears of joy, which made us all feel like the hard work was really worth it to receive such an amazing reaction.
Debi responded to the presentation, saying:
‘Everything in that building you can trace back to us, and the reasons we want and need this project’.
She shared how valuable it was to have a project built from their experiences, and to feel heard and understood. For all of us, we are very proud of this project and the final outcome, and the important contribution it has made to Debi and the YHC team.
We began the day with fixing the red vinyl covering, we completed it by nailing the parts that were folded by the wind. We then attached the information posters, protest posters and photographs around the exhibition. After the exhibition was ready! we opened the exhibition to the public and spoke to the local community, making them aware of what we were doing and how it affects Ryebank fields. We also spoke to Paul Dobraszczyk an architectural writer and researcher who came to see the exhibition. We ended the day by taking pictures as a Group and of the exhibition
We began the day by assembling one of the last walls, we had to extend the wall by using spare pieces of wood. We then began constructing the roof frame by adding the beams on either wall, after we added the central beams and secured them. The other half of the group worked on securing the partition walls to the exhibition. Some of the group also collected flowers to add to the allotment plots and willow arch. After the frame was secure we placed the corrugated plastic sheets as the lightweight roof on either side of the walls. As we did not have any corrugated plastic left we used a red vinyl sheet to cover the back centre of the exhibition to provide more covering. We then cleared the site ready for the exhibition
We have explored key areas of Islington Mill's heritage and mapped, sketched and collaged to help make heritage accessible and engaging for all so scroll through, interact and learn! Islington Mill Arts Club has an incredibly strong social value and exploring heritage creatively, paying special attention to social history, LGBTQ+ culture and the importance of the arts has been at our core throughout.
Today marks the final day of Dragonscapes! Thank you so much to our team over the past two weeks for all your hard work. Everyone has put in some amazing effort to make this garden possible! Well done everyone! You have been such a fun team to work with!
The following work samples were created by our team. It was a blast! Clients were extremely pleased with what we created! As a result, they said that many of the students' ideas were things they hadn't even considered and that the document we produced would be invaluable in helping them receive funding. They all acted professionally and spoke well. Everyone was impressed and delighted. To end the day, we exchanged contact information with the City of Trees so we could keep in touch as their project moves forward.
Day 10 of Dragonscapes! Today was the final push. Where the team finished up constructing the benches, varnishing, painting, last minute touches to the mural and additional planting. To ensure our design maintained a low carbon footprint. We made all of our structures from recycled and waste materials found lying around on site and from materials we re-used from second hand furniture stores.
Thank you SO much to our amazing team - each and every one of you worked so hard, and your effort and enthusiasm really shows in the quality of the outputs. It was an absolute pleasure to work with you all!!
A huge thank you as well to our guest speakers and external partners! We're really excited to see how this project progresses in the future. Our proposal highlights the many opportunities that the site has to become an engaging sensory garden for the school and the wider community, and hopefully it starts the conversation around funding to transform the space and make some of our visions a reality :)
Green Corridor Gateway's Joe painted this beautiful site plan for Friends of Chapel Street Park to follow in the future and display in their polytunnel. It shows the moguls we made this week, as well as the willow arches and willow fence around the 'mud cafe'.
The team have collaborated to produced some fantastic work, satisfying the initail brief and going beyond expectations. Both undergraduate and post-graduate team members have learnt from each other and developed communication skills which will prove invaluable in practice.
The final day! The fortnight has passed by so fast, we have learnt conceptual skills, technical skills and presentation skills. This has accumulated to a clear understanding of the design intent from all members of the design team. This translates to the final outputs we are all proud of.
We brought the complete model over to Martenscroft Nursery School, along with a notice board explaining our design for the garden. We presented our concept to the children, who seemed to really engage with the caterpillar's story!
Finishing MSA Live 22 with a working lunch together with one of our external collaborators, Tamara Karim (Lendlease) assessing the work that has been done over the ACTION weeks. Special acknowledgement goes to Anthony Humphreys (Manchester City Council) who continuously supported our project from the very beginning, while Kendra Brown (Wythenshawe Community Housing Group) and Elliot Hogan (Lendlease) has also given key support in enriching our experience and knowledge throughout the work.
All of us have throughly enjoyed the experience of MSA Live and hope this project can help the Village Green design team with some ideas for the space based on the local communities wants and needs.
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Today was the last day of MSA Live 22. Using the drawings and models we have done over the past week, we created beautiful renders that demonstrate how the gallery would appear on site. The sites included the Whitworth Gallery and All Saints Park. In the span of 2 weeks, we managed to design a mobile gallery, from the concept stage to the detail stage. It had been a great learning experience working as a team and the final outputs showed the collaborative efforts put into the project. Thank you everyone for your participation!
Day 10 - Finishing final outputs (model)
Finishing touches were made to finalise the model. The flooring of the intervention was coloured in using colouring pencils and trees were added to the cork base. The Ribbon was cut out of foam sheet to add a sculptural aspect to the intervention. The end to the project will be celebrated by going for a group meal.
Day 10 - Finishing final outputs (posters)
Finishing touches were made to finalise the posters. Seating, lighting and swings were added to the posters along with the completed survey and QR code. These posters will be printed out and presented at Hulme’s Jubilee Culture and Diversity Event after MSA Live.
PermaPlay finished their project today! This morning kicked off with a final presentation to the client, showing our final design, construction manual, and physical model of a proposed playscape at the Hulme Community Garden. The garden really loved our work! To finish the day, we went for a group coffee at Hatch to celebrate the hard work we put in over the last two weeks.
And so that concludes our MSA Live project. We have thoroughly enjoyed our design project for MUD and getting to know our MUD Buddy team! There were some great work created and new skills developed, we hope will help the BA students in their future years of study.
The project has now been passed over to the MUD team, who will submit for planning once they have had a final review of the design and looked into funding options. We hope the project can one day be built for them, to help them become financially stable and create a beneficial, social space to be used by the local community!
Today was dedicated to showcasing the three design proposals to Chorlton Bike Hub and Architects Unknown at the Youth Club of St Clement’s Church. We began the day by informing our guests of the student’s progress made over the two weeks. Each team successfully presented the key considerations of their designs, receiving high praises and positive feedback!
A huge thank you to the undergraduate students, external partners, guest speakers and all the individuals who advised us in our planning of MSA Live - Hidden Threads. It has been great to work together, go on site and get stuck into researching Islington Mill!
Each sub-team did a fantastic job of presenting their work from the last two weeks to the external partners. We have identified scope for Islington Mill to expand upon our digital resource and incorporate their own research and artists into it. We talked through our digital resource on a big screen and reflected on what we had learned as well as discussing key issues facing Salford currently - such as, gentrification, retaining artists spaces in cities and renovation.
Alongside final design decisions are the final model renders to communicate our final design. We are so pleased with the design both internally and externally! The past two weeks have enhanced our skills in all aspects of design, with our M.Arch team members Connor and Lewis showing us how to model and render realistic visualisations!
We can't wait to share these with the team at MUD who seem equally excited by the design. We have just sent them the final design information pack with all drawings and visualisations, which concludes our MSA Live project!
The BA1 and BA2 team worked towards preparing the images for the publication: putting the finishing touches in and detailing them out. The year 5 students setup up the layout for the publication, and worked on the final deliverables. The MSA Live Session ended with joyous and gregarious goodbyes!
This morning we had a great presentation to the external partners from Islington Mill where we explained our process, documentation and things we learned. We also discussed with Bernadette & Stef how we will link our resource into their existing website and platforms as well as the possibility of a physical exhibition in Islington Mill in the summer.
As part of the final review this morning we made one final decision for the internal arrangement of the spaces. The pictures above show the ideas formed by the group during the week, after this morning's discussion we developed one for the final floor plan for our final project outputs.