As the week ends, we are extremely grateful for our team for all the hard work and effort they have put in to this project. It was great to see how the team bonded throughout the week and were working together to design the best project that they could. It was also amazing to see how talented these students are, we can definitely see this group going places and it was a pleasure to work with them all!
We want to say a big thank you to everyone that took part, as well as a thank you to our clients In Our Nature for giving the students space to be as creative as possible. We hope you like the work as much as we do.
Since we finalised our plans students Regina Jedrzejek and Rafaella Falquez have been working tirelessly to come up with this beautiful plan. It’s great to see how teamwork really pays off and has created such an amazing design that everyone has been a part of. We love what this MSA Live project has produced and hope you love it as much as we do.
We continued to work on different visuals for the project. Keisuke Sakamoto rendered these stunning images displaying the atmosphere of both the roof top gardens and the street level planters. We can’t get over how great these are!!
During our review with the clients, one thing they mentioned was how much they liked the idea of having greenhouses within this space. Students Regina Jedrzejek and Cameron Griffin worked hard on different ideas for how these could look. They played with different variations of closed and open greenhouses that will be filled with planters for public use. We think they look incredible.
DAY 09 - VR testing!
As we head toward the final days of MSA Live, we started off day 09 with a fun session of VR testing. Then, we sat down to finalise on the data for publication sheets. As we look through the work done over last 8 days, we feel we have learned and improved various skills.
Here is a design for a potential green wall that could be added to the front of the car park along Church Street by Ankita. We love the use of all the different plants to make up the façade, as well as the variation across the street. Did we mention this is in the Northern Quarter…?
With greening the city at the heart of our client’s philosophy student Ankita Rani set out to come up with rain water collection technologies. Her designs for this are innovative and were loved by us and the client alike, using the collection system to create a stunning water feature that also functions as a hydroponic planter!
Ankita’s work was made into a reality with the help of Cameron’s amazing computer skills. Great work guys!
From yesterday’s work, we wanted to showcase Louis’s beautiful drawing of the stage area for the car park roof top! An incredible use of model making, hand drawing skills and photoshop made this what it is, and it’s great to see everyone using all their talents to present such amazing designs.
With a mad dash at the end, we are now ready to print and make our final preparations for the exhibition tomorrow. We don't want to give away too much, but here is a brief glimpse into the work we will be presenting tomorrow.
One final push today, with the physical model and digital renders finally complete! The model received good feedback from the modelmaking technicians, with the team having worked really well throughout the project.
Finishing on schedule has allowed us a final day to collate the work, including photographs of the model and edited renders, to finalise our submissions tomorrow.
Three separate shop fronts were selected for their unique typologies
and potential for learning. The students first had to survey the façades to lay out the dimensions. These were then used to re-create
the individual typologies.
This created the opportunity to teach various different modelling
techniques which will be vital for the students going forwards at
university and in practice.
Once the survey information had been incorporated into the revit
models, we ran an exercise of materially and setting up Lumion
scenes. Creating a series of renders and panoramic views for the VR demonstration.
The masterplan map demonstrates the locations for the visuals as well as suggesting places for the improved, green bus stop structures, recycling bins, cycle storage etc.
The students produced a brochure to bring together the masterplan,
and the shop frontages visuals which showcase their green intervention designs. This brochure will be handed out at the final drop in event where the students presented their final ideas to the community and the client
We started day 9 with our presentations with our partner/client John Wood and the experts. We are very grateful that John Wood helped to arrange this meeting. We got lots of helpful feedback from this meeting.
There is only one day left until the final submission. We continued to work on our outcome after getting the feedback.
For the final day of our MSA Live project, we spent the morning presenting our final design to the BA students. This allowed all the team to see the complete project from start to finish and allow for any final amendments to be made to the submission documents.
We were sad to see the team go but said our final goodbyes and took a group photograph. We were very happy to see how each member of the team has evolved throughout the project! We are hoping we have developed their skills from site analysis, design development, to software and drawing to apply to their later years in study.
After lunch, the MArch team finalised the submission outputs, sent the final information pack to the collaborator and submitted. MSA Live - ALL DONE!
The students have finalised their designs of the interventions for the streets of Chorlton. Each design was specific to the 3 different typologies of the shop fronts, however it was designed to be as flexible as possible so they could be places all around Chorlton! It is very exciting to see the models they have created and will be ready for the exhibition in Chorlton community centre for the whole community to see!
Final Intervention Models:
Students completed their final intervention models for the streets of Chorlton and used Photoshop to create atmospheric visualisations. Its exciting to see the interventions come to life!
The Revit and Lumion team have completed their models and design of the shop fronts ready for the exhibition tomorrow!
Testing the Virtual Reality model renders have begun! Using the Oculus Rift we are able to roam around a virtual Chorlton, exhibiting the students designs and interventions!
Today we are getting ready for our Group presentation on Thursday with our client and the experts. This is a day fulll of creative ideas and drawings! Everyone's working hard to complete their presentations.
Second last day was a focal point with regard to the hoarding design. The team pushed forward to produce the final proposals for the hoarding design for Homebaked CLT. Illustrated here is some drawings and snapshots of the day.
We've got the biscuits ready...it's presentation time! This morning we are joined by Bernadette from BB Heritage Studio and Stef, General Manager at Islington Mill and we are presenting our platform that engages creatively with the Mill's heritage.
Day 9 was spent making those final edits and changes to the collages, maps and posters and compiling them into the resource. Stay tuned on the blog on day 10 for the outputs and presentation to the clients!
Final design output _ Man Hei Siu
"The narrative of the design takes on natural and open spaces as the key driver to respond to the community members’ desires. Integrating communal areas, seating areas and bicycle paths enable a greater sense of freedom, happiness and community in an urban landscape. The food stall is an integrated component of nature that promotes a greater sense of arrival but at the same time supports small businesses to promote local cultures and diversity. The overall design promotes a greater sense of inclusiveness and openess in an ubrany densified landscape in Manchester."
Final design output _ Tamar Lang
"My community member, Jasmine, asked for a green space that provides playground equipment for her children and a zen-like space filled with a plethora of flowers and Japanese gardens for the residents and hospital workers. I created this image using Sketchup, Illustrator and After Effects."
Final design output _ Niamh O'Neill
"Landscape type drawings where I made a quick map of what to include in the park based on what my person wanted there to be. I then drew in pencil the different things like the pond or benches, later going over bits in a black fine liner and then watercolours. I placed the different layers of drawings together to give it different levels and depths and this is what I created."
Final design output _ Htein (Nicolas) Lin
"Sensory elements such as sight, tactile, scent and acoustic aspects are
also crucial in the design, and they come together to promote a space with exciting features. For instance, having the holes in the walls represents all the losses from a year while allowing light to pass through and create meaningful and aesthetic patterns. The meaning of the wall can also be seen as static, identical and similar height elements which contradict the chaotic growing nature - as if the memorial walls are for eternity and frozen in time."
Final design output _ King Yin Preston Chui
"I have learned to design architecture through a user-centred design approach. Through zooming into Sue’s profile, I was able to acknowledge specific programme requirements from a community point of view, in order to create a meaningful use of space for future development. "
It is really exciting for BAs to finally complete their artworks because it helps them to gain a new perspective on their projects. A brief presentation was made to the BA's about how we will make the presentation to the collaborators tomorrow.
It will be exciting to finalize the drawings and compile their hard work into a presentation next day!
We began the presentation at 2 pm with members of the City of Trees organization. Before explaining our design process as architects, we introduced ourselves and the project so they could understand the way we approach problems on site. We then gave each student the opportunity to speak. After analyzing the site, the students developed their ideas, developed their designs, and created their final designs. In the Q&A session that followed the presentation, any other questions from the City of Trees members were answered. The City of Trees spokeswoman, Jessica, was extremely impressed with the student ideas and couldn't believe the quality of their visualisations. According to them, the ideas presented by the students were often things they hadn't even thought of. Additionally, they told us we would be able to get the funding for the project with the document we produced. Students all presented extremely well and acted with professionalism. Everyone was impressed and proud of the performances. Our day was concluded by exchanging contact information with the City of Tree so we can continue to keep in touch as their project progresses.
On the day of the exhibition, we met at Manchester School of Architecture and then walked as a group to the City of Trees office that’s located in the centre of the city. We arrived promptly at 11:30 to set up the conference room for the presentation. We had compiled a PowerPoint including site analysis, precedents, sketches, idea development and final visualisations so the students could speak in order and fluently talk through their own ideas. We mounted printouts of the final visualisations on boards and fixed them to easels so the images could be viewed as we went through our presentation. We finished the morning by talking through our plan for the presentation and answering any questions or concerns the students had about the presentation. As it was the last day with the first and second-year students, we invited them to lunch to reduce any nerves they had about presenting.
We started the day with client meeting. The agenda of the meeting was to show the design of intervention to the client and get approval. We also discussed about the VR and physical model of the project and how it can be used for public display in the community.
DAY_8 - Part 2: Complete
As well as modelling, we had a tutorial session on Enscape, a real-time render engine giving life to our digital models. This was a great opportunity to produce high-quality work and learn a necessary skill for the BA1 and BA2 students' careers at MSA.
DAY_8 - Part 1: Complete
Based in the SODA (School of Digital Arts) building, we started working on the final outputs for the two weeks and the exhibition on Friday. Work today focused on strengthing the identity of Chorlton as well as building and modelling our interventions in Rhino. A strong identity gives a community more of a say in the decisions that affect the community.
Day 7 was all about making. We gathered the last of the materials then got to work piecing them all together.
Sourcing the materials was as a challenge as we wanted to reuse as much existing material as possible to keep the project sustainable and costs low.
There were different strategies for the insulation. We experimented with using foam, linen and even cardboard to help thicken the linings. Ultimately, we cut the various fabrics into squares which created a unified sheet.
We learnt how to use the sewing machines for the first time, for some of us it was challenging but by the end of the day we were well on our way to completion.
The wooden base supports the cardboard cylinders which make up the caterpillar's body. Each cylinder represents a different sense, and the children will be able to interact with them. Various craft materials were utilised to create an interesting and eye-catching prototype, which overall demonstrates the kinds of experiences that would be created in our garden proposal.
Our final day of working on the outputs and getting ready to present our proposal to Martenscroft on Friday! Some of the team were able to go to site to finish up the assembly of the model, whilst the rest continued the production of the final drawings and renders.
During today’s session, we met up with Catherine and Dan at the Whitworth Gallery to finalise our outputs. We presented the drawings and model that were produced with the DHS students, and also showed them our progress this week as we approach the end of the programme. Using our Sketchup model, we generated images that were then compiled together to make a design manual. The design manual acts as a guide to demonstrate how the mobile gallery would be constructed if the opportunity arises to build the gallery in reality.
Today we completed two willow fences and reinforced all the nodes to ensure they became more stable. Small trees were also planted in the corners around the fences to make the overall environment more beautiful.
Another rainy day but the group still managed to do quite a bit of work! Today we focused on turning the old boat into seating and a planter, while others worked on completing the benches for the site. Second last day of MSALive... Look forward to the project finale tomorrow!
The end is approaching! The team made progress towards the final outputs for the publication and client outputs in order to submit them tomorrow. We did renderings for our 3D models and figured out the layout of our final document.
Day 9 - Exhibition Day!!!
Scan for a walkthrough video!
After all the hard work from all the members of the Pit Stop team, we finally made it to this day, presenting our final proposal to our external collaborators In-Situ.
Day 09 - In preparation for tomorrows presentation with our clients, we've been finalising all the drawings and presentation documents to show off the exciting proposals we've been working on. Today also saw the group explore a range of landscaping opportunities to bring the exterior spaces within the project to life. The bio of the Youth House Co-Op is complete with sketches, info and motivations of those working for the cooperative, looking to provide an informative guide to the group to raise their awareness and profile.
Looking forward to our presentation tomorrow, excited to hear what they have to say!
Today we consolidated work for the Construction manual output. This involved finalising the exploded axonometric diagrams and construction sequences of the various play structures designed as part of the playground design. The BA students created illustrations to depict the materiality and sourcing of the sensory walkway. Visuals drawn by the BA students were incorporated into the manual to depict the educational zone and the main play structure designed over the mound.
Today we utilised our posters to raise awareness to the work that LifeShare and MDC do. Posters produced by the undergraduates highlight services provided by the charities such as sleeping provision, food services, and their activities tackling digital exclusion.
Continuing on from yesterday's amazing work, our stage design team created visuals of how this space could look when populated and in situ. Great work from Alice, Arya, Daud, and Louis! If you look close enough you might be able to see some greenhouses in the background...
Wrapping up the project, the students create the final visual mock-ups of what the posters would potentially look like in action. Additionally, the files were prepared for handover to the client - Our Town Hall.
Day 9 - Continuing to work on final outputs (model and posters)
The students continued to work on the final model and posters for the final outputs. The model group had already cut the base, stacked seating, huts and the multi-level area. Today, they were working on the swings and starting to colour the base. The poster group were adding details to their base drawings, like colour, human figures, and light flares.
Today we had our final presentation with Calum and Nena from Castlefield Forum. We showed them our final designs and renders for each of the three sites and explained the concepts behind these ideas. The feedback we received was great, and the Forum were really happy with the varied designs we'd come up with - they said they'd be putting forward some our ideas to the National Trust immediately, as they're currently engaged in a project with them. Success!
The final day before the showcase! The design teams were busy finishing their final drawings for tomorrow. While some team members were refining their plans, sections and perspective views, others began populating the A1 presentation sheet – a template designed by our team.