Group 04
PARXX AND REC

In collaboration with Make Space for Girls, our project will examine Hulme Park and investigate how it may become more welcoming to girls. This is in response to a massive and overlooked inequality, which is that currently most public park facilities for teenagers are dominated by boys, and no attention is given to the inclusion of teenage girls. We called our project Parxx and Rec because we wanted to take inspiration from the show Parks and Recreation created by Greg Daniels and Michael Schur, with a feminist twist (hence the XX).

Sally-Ann So Kei H

The social impact of this project is focused on Gender Equality as well as Good Health and Well being. Our work will contribute to ending discrimination against women and girls. Better access to parks for teenage girls provides opportunities to increase activity levels, vital to setting healthy patterns of activity for later life, reducing premature mortality and promoting mental health and well being. In addition, our work will contribute to providing universal access to safe, inclusive, green and public spaces, in particular for women and children.
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Research & Analysis: case studies that implement a feminist intervention on public parks would be investigated, and a framework would be derived framework to form the basis of the intervention to be applied to our local park. To tailor this framework to a local context, the opinions and ideas of local teenage girls will be collected to take into consideration.
Mapping & Sketching: A site visit will be arranged to the park, and a talk held by a member of the council will showcase the considerations the local council will have to account for in a project of this nature.
Modelling Dioramas: We have two sets of desired outputs for the project: individual investigative dioramas modelling concepts to be included in the final proposal, and a collective diorama representing the agreed interventions that could be applied to the local park
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THE TEAM
Our team is comprised of a group of six: two collaborators and four Master of Architecture students.Make Space for Girls was set up by Susannah Walker and Imogen Clark. The students are comprised of Sally Ho, Hanjun Kim, Reeni Dzulqanian, and Writushree Saha.
THE COLLABORATORS
Where most parks, play equipment and public spaces for older children and teenagers are male dominated, with an unlawful lack of consideration of space intended for femme occupation, Make Space for Girls campaigns for public spaces designed with girls in mind.
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One of the duo behind Make Space for Girls, Susannah Walker is an author and former TV producer, who was outraged when she realised that not only had her local council only provided outdoor facilities for teenage boys, but they didn’t propose to do anything about it either.
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The other one in the duo behind Make Space for Girls, Imogen Clark was a lawyer for many years, before leaving the law for opportunities in the charity sector. A life long feminist, Imogen studied for a post graduate certificate in gender studies at Birkbeck, University of London, which reinforced her belief that if we want to change the unfairness we see around us, we need to campaigning for structural change.
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Atelier // PRAXXIS
Qualification // BA(Hons) Architecture from the University of Kent
Skills // Adobe Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Lightroom), AutoCAD, Sketchup, Architectural detailing, Graphics
Fun fact // Out of the 19 plants that I’ve adopted since I started Masters, I’ve managed to keep 18 alive!
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Atelier // CPU
Qualification // BA(Hons) Architecture from Manchester School of Architecture
Skills // Adobe Suite, Sketchup, Rhino, Grasshopper, Vray, Lumion
Fun fact // I have a famous uncle
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Atelier // &rchitecture
Qualification // Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Architecture from MARA University of Technology, Malaysia
Skills // Adobe photoshop, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit
Fun fact // I am an opposite from my twins, we have a different personality, interest and never had the same favorite food!
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Atelier // Infrastructure
Qualification // Bachelors in Architecture (B.arch) from Techno India University, India
Skills // Photoshop, AutoCAD, Sketchup
Fun fact // Addicted to books!
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Schedule for Week 1: Analyse & Distill
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Schedule for Week 2: Compile & Model
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Site Visit: Some Important Areas!
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Day 1 - Parxx and Rec met MSFG through an online call. MSFG introduced their charity as well as the problem issues they aim to address: the lack of inclusion of teenage girls in parks. With their previous research guiding them, they advised Parxx and Rec on the common themes to making that came up when conducting workshops with teenage girls. After their presentation, MSFG and Parxx and Rec had a Q&A on other potential factors that may encourage the inclusion of teenage girls.
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Day 2 - Site exploration and idea development
Parxx and Rec had a morning visit to the site: Hulme Park. Starting off with a walk around the park to familiarise ourselves to the spaces and amenities, the BA students were then tasked with sketching areas of the park that they thought were particularly welcoming or unwelcoming environments. Finally, they engaged with some spatial exercises which focused on helping them rationalise the scale of the park on a map; this was done by forming a human chain to see how many people's wingspan it would take to reach from one end of the skate park to the other.
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Day 2 - Workshop with Trinity High School
The majority of Parxx and Rec spent the afternoon brainstorming ideas for the individual and collective dioramas. Two members, meanwhile, held a workshop with a Year 11 Design Technology class from the Trinity Church of England High School, based just a 15 minute walk from Hulme Park.
After recapping the presentation that MSFG conducted the week before, as well as introducing Hulme Park and its amenities, the students were asked to fill out a questionnaire with open-ended questions regarding their general use of local parks. Later, the students were split into a groups of 4-5, and were asked to sketch and use plasticine to demonstrate how we could make Hulme Park more inviting to them. They came up with ideas like: mazes, climbing walls, outdoor gym equipment, ponds, dog play areas, and benches to sunbathe on.
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