Group 03

A degrowth project that makes real change to a real community! Boiler House is a centre for making and mending for local people, businesses and creatives, organising activities to promote mental health and wellbeing, sustainability, environmental care, and encouraging skills-building. The main task for this project is to develop a patchwork windows proposal for the entrance to the building, which is currently electric roller shutters. Heating (winter) and ventilation (summer) issues should be considered in our work. The focus is to make the unheated hangar space usable in the winter months and benefit from solar gain so that all community members can continue to use the building in the colder months. In summer, ventilation can prevent the workshop from becoming too warm resulting from direct sunlight. The client commented on the natural light which floods into the hangar space and creates a fantastic working environment. Our project aims to make the building look more approachable from the street to encourage others to engage. We also want to activate these outdoor surrounding green spaces with some form of landscape design. These green spaces can serve community activities in the future. Over a two week period you can partake in a real project which will get built, covering the whole RIBA Plan of Work.

Jingyi Z / Xinyu S

Degrowth is a social and economic movement critiquing the paradigm of economic growth. We can’t continue building how we always did, the time is now to make a statement. The only sustainable growth is degrowth. Our main purpose here at the boiler house is to provide positive social impact through improving mental health and wellbeing through creating and making. We bring members of the community together regardless of gender, age, or race. We aim to combat social isolation, improve confidence, and learn new transferable skills in a safe, welcoming environment.
Posted 13 Mar 2022 20:59
Re-purposed as a centre for making and mending, The Boiler House used to be a district power station just a mile from the middle of Manchester. Social enterprise Sow the City signed a 12-year lease on the building and made it the site of a new social community. The Boiler House aims to provide free and low-cost use of tools, equipment and workshop space, to act as a catalyst for people to reach their potential. They also run a variety of skill workshops for the community, including a repair café, held on the last Saturday each month, where people can bring damaged or broken items and have experts help to fix them for free. It’s not just about fixing things, but also about reducing waste and building a community. Such activities could help to provide skills for employment, improve health and wellbeing, develop a circular economy, and promote gender and race equality.
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:17
You will communicate directly with the live client and pitch your ideas. You will also take part in measured surveys where you will learn techniques such as triangulation and running dimensions. We will also teach you tips and tricks on CAD and 3D software. This project is a fantastic opportunity to expose yourself to a real life architectural problem, key experience for your CV.
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:18
Wenyu Hou
Atelier // FLUX
Qualification // BA (Hons) from Xi'an Jiaotong Liverpool University
Skills // Adobes, Rhino, AutoCAD, Sketching
Interests // Watching movies
Fun Fact// I can breathe under water :-)
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:19
Mirza Isaam Rahman
Atelier // CPU Ai
Qualification // BA (Hons) from Liverpool School of Architecture
Skills // Detailing, Presentation, communication
Interests // Cycling, Food
Fun Fact // I can fly a Boeing 737
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:20
Xinyu Shen
Atelier // Praxxis
Qualification // BA (Hons) from University of Liverpool
Skills // Designing, Sketching, Adobes, Rhino & Lumion
Interests // Psychology, Drawing, Travelling
Fun Fact // Never went sleeping before 0 am.
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:21
Jingyi Zhou
Atelier // FLUX
Qualification // BA (Hons) from Newcastle University
Skills // Model Making, Adobes/CAD/SU/RHINO/Render, Sketching
Interests // Cooking, History, Sleeping
Fun Fact // I can sleep with my eyes open. o_o
Posted 13 Mar 2022 23:21

A fantastic first day as the team got to know each other and introduced the project brief. The undergraduates started by brainstorming with defining strategies and concepts.
After lunch, we worked in groups to enhance the ideas and illustrate them, which will be brought to the clients for tomorrow’s site visit and meeting.
Posted 16 May 2022 21:28

Here are some initial ideas from the day one conversation, which were made for day-2 site visit and client meeting. Each group developed and pictured one preliminary strategy, as well as discussed it with the others. Three options were made by the end of the day. The sketchings will be taken to the site the next day to confirm with the clients.
Posted 16 May 2022 21:28
Day 2 to go!

The team met the clients in the morning. The clients gave a short introduced on the site and their wish to the new members, and we explained three schemes from yesterday. Clients gave the evaluation and gave some feedbacks for future development.
Posted 17 May 2022 21:44
Day 2 to go!

After the meeting with clients, the team selected three main directions and started to do the measuring survey after lunch. The dimension details have been recorded for day 3 to work together.
Posted 17 May 2022 21:44