Group 02

In this live project we will partner with Ellesmere Yard in Shropshire & MAAP to Re-think, Re-design and Re-vitalize a historic Canal workshop with the aim of broadening social productivity and community involvement. This project will allow you to explore & develop principles in Adaptive Reuse, Landscape design and Slow-Architecture. You will produce design proposals for a series of unique spaces within the site, creating illustrative visuals, graphics, sketches and drawings. The project provides an opportunity to express creative & artistic ideas along with analytical research in an exciting and locally valued site. For more information visit :

Arif Izzuddin Bin AI

This site is an historic canal maintenance yard dating back to 1806 with an adjacent field close to the market town of Ellesmere, and once the office and workshops of the former Ellesmere Canal Company set up by Thomas Telford, pioneer architect and engineer. It is still used as operational base for Canal & River Trust.

What you’ll be doing

Week 1
Following a presentation of the brief from our collaborator, we will explore the potential opportunities of the site, and later be divided into project groups, focusing on specific spaces within the site. We will develop design concepts and strategies for engagement and investment, with the week culminating in software tutorials to prepare for the following week.

Week 2
We will be further developing the design concepts from week 1 into illustrative and graphical representations of the spaces and defining how they are socially productive for the site. The week will conclude with a presentation to the collaborator of the developed design concepts.
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During the project you will have the opportunity to develop and learn skills visual communication through sketching & drawing, and a variety of digital software’s such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Rhino. We will use principles of adaptive reuse, socially productive space, and slow architecture to generate a considered response to this historic site.

We will be producing illustrative visuals, graphics, sketches, and drawings to help communicate ideas and potential opportunities to our collaborator and contribute to increased community interest in the site.
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Social impact and values

- ‘Slow-Architecture’
- Social Productivity & Community Engagement
- Fabrication & Making
- Preserving identity
- Adaptive reuse
- Incorporating landscaping
- Generating revenue
- Eco-tourism
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Sue Ball is a cultural producer who works in the context of social and spatial design and is Director of the creative regeneration practice Media and Arts Partnership (MAAP). She operates in the gaps between sectors and disciplines to generate new professional learning and interdisciplinary design processes for urban space and works to mobilise and strengthen value systems related to place and community.

Commissioned by Canal and River Trust since 2010, Sue has developed a ‘slow architecture’ methodology to re-occupy historic waterside sites across the UK. As of January 2020, Sue has been engaged with Ellesmere Yard in Shropshire, the original workshops and office of Thomas Telford’s Shropshire Canal Company in the early 1800’s. Applying this approach of ‘Slow Architecture’, Sue is working with the Canal & River Trust to coproduce its re-animation as a site for making, design and fabrication.
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The Team.
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Name : Arif Izzuddin Arif Ismail

Hometown/Country : Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Atelier : Infrastructure-Space

Undergrad : Universiti Teknologi MARA (Puncak Alam)

Working Experience : Freelance Design Architect

Skills : Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, Lumion

Interest : Photography, Volleyball, Aquascape
Posted 14 Mar 2022 21:57
Name : Harry Tate

Hometown/Country : Preston, United Kingdom

Atelier : Infrastructure-Space

Undergrad : Manchester School of Architecture

Working Experience : Haworth Tompkins, London

Skills : Physical model making, MicroStation, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Interest : Furniture, Fashion, Travel
Posted 14 Mar 2022 21:58
Name : Raiyhan Aaron Alvi

Hometown/Country : London, United Kingdom

Atelier : Continuity in Architecture (CiA)

Undergrad : Coventry University

Working Experience : Freelancing

Skills : Photoshop, Illustrator, Sketchup, Revit, Sketching

Interest : Travelling, Football, Water colour painting
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Name : Thomas Lee

Hometown/Country : Haworth, United Kingdom

Atelier : Infrastructure-Space

Undergrad : Leicester School of Architecture

Working Experience : 2 Years Fourpoint Architects, London

Skills : Rhino, Revit, Microstation, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign

Interests : Travel, Cycling, Running, Drawing
Posted 14 Mar 2022 21:59
MSA Live has officially started!!

Day 1: Meet Sue from Ellesmere Canal Yard.

We began the day by briefing the BAs on the project and the clients. Sue then joined us to talk about the site and its possibilities.

We moved on to our next activity, Brainstorming, after the team had a good understanding of the project and had interacted with the clients. We had to come up with a variety of ideas to see how we could create interesting programmes and architecture. We sketch some initial site ideas and present each other's proposals.
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Day 2 : Working on the Ideas!

We started the day by presenting the BAs with the project's output expectations in terms of styles, themes, and format as previously discussed with Sue.

Our team continues to analyse materiality, texture, and site conditions. Everyone created sketches and presented their findings.
Posted 17 May 2022 18:17
Sketch it Out!

As we briefed each BA on the project and discussed the site's history and potential, we brainstormed and sketched a variety of ideas to determine the potential of the site and what we can do to better the local community in Ellesmere Canal Yard.
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