Group 32
SENSTORY

SenStory will design an accessible sensory garden that reflects the diversity and multi-generational community of Manchester. The garden will include the opportunity to explore different scents, smells, textures, shapes, colour and tastes - sensory stimulation which is critical to healthy brain development. A place to get away from it all, where time stops and demands on life are temporarily non-existent. The community will be invited into the garden to be able to work in partnership with Martenscroft Nursery School in developing their own and their children’s awareness and respect for nature and the climate. SenStory will design a garden for children of all abilities to learn through heightening their senses through peers and supportive adults. Using the resources of the garden means different things to different children, a place where it is alright to make mistakes or practice skills in a secure and supportive environment.

Lucy Elizabeth H

Name: Ayesha

MArch Atelier: CPU [ai]

Undergraduate: Manipal University, India

Hometown: New Delhi, India

Skills: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Revit, Rhino, Photoshop, Lumion
Posted 14 Mar 2022 14:26
Name: Lucy

MArch Atelier: Some Kind of Nature

Undergraduate: Manchester School of Architecture

Hometown: Liverpool, UK

Skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Sketchup, AutoCAD
Posted 14 Mar 2022 14:26
Name: Maira

MArch Atelier: Some Kind of Nature

Undergraduate: Manchester School of Architecture

Hometown: Sarawak, Malaysia

Skills: Revit, AutoCad, Sketchup, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator
Posted 14 Mar 2022 14:26
Name: Zain

MArch Atelier: PRAXXIS

Undergraduate: The University of Edinburgh

Hometown: Manama, Bahrain

Skills: Rhino, Sketchup, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
Posted 14 Mar 2022 14:27
Martenscroft Nursery School and Children's centre are an inner-city nursery school in Hulme providing high quality holistic services for children. They work in collaboration with families and partners to address the inequalities that their children and families face. Examples of this are poor and inadequate housing, health (obesity, asthma, poor mental health and well-being) and a below national average of children reaching a good level of development at the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We will be working in close collaboration with them during the action weeks and engaging with the children and their families to explore their desired outcomes for the project. We will also be working at the school to build the 1:1 prototype.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 14:27
At SenStory, you will be introduced to accessible sensory design for children through the exploration of installations and sensory experiences. You will gain design and visual representation skills through elaborate workshops in 3D and physical model-making, publication representation on InDesign and photoshop skills to enhance your mood board exploration and editing. We also aim to design and build our very own 1:1 senstory prototype!
Posted 14 Mar 2022 14:27
The sensory gardens will support improved physical fitness, health, mood and cognition. Gardening and plant care will help children develop gross and fine motor skills. Time outdoors, breathing fresh air, and being exposed to sunlight are extremely beneficial to the children’s overall physical health.

Sensory gardens have many therapeutic benefits. They help children develop important life skills including emotional regulation and self-reliance.

Sensory gardens are particularly beneficial to children with sensory processing issues, such as autism and other disabilities. It has also been shown to help with anxiety, fidgeting and attention disorders such as ADHD. Research shows that sensory gardens teach non-verbal children how to participate in a cooperative effort and it helps develop their non-verbal communication skills.
Posted 14 Mar 2022 18:14
The plan of activities for week 1!

After introducing ourselves to each other, we will be visiting Martenscroft on the first day to see our site. We also have guest speakers from MMU and Caukin Studio who will introduce us to ways to design for and work with children.

Introductory workshops into Photoshop, SketchUp and physical modelmaking taking place throughout the week will guide the brainstorming process.

During the week, mini design competitions will take place in groups, with the senses taking turns to be the main focus. These aim to help determine the site strategy and what we might choose to build at 1:1 scale.
Posted 11 May 2022 15:33
The plan of activities for week 2!

At the start of the week we will finalise the plan for our 1:1 installation, as well as create final visuals for the publication. We will have 2 teams - a modelmaking team and a publication team - working simultaneously throughout the week to reach the desired outputs. There will be an opportunity for the modelmaking team to work at Martenscroft on some of the days, to allow for the children to observe the building process.

On the final day, we will return to Martenscroft and observe how the children interact with our installation. We will also curate a pin-up display board in Martenscroft which summarises our design process of the project. Our concept will be handed over to Martenscroft, which they can then choose to take further and make a reality in the future if desired!
Posted 11 May 2022 15:55
Meet the team!

After introducing ourselves to each other, we headed over to Martenscroft to meet up with our collaborators.
Posted 16 May 2022 15:09
Christina MacRae talked to us about her relationship with Martenscroft and her research into listening to children and investigating sensory-motor learning. She also introduced us to the German pedagogue Froebel and his 'gifts', which were created to support children's learning and development in his kindergarten in Germany.

The talk was very insightful, and gave a useful introduction into the ways in which children learn through interaction and curiosity. Thank you Christina!
Posted 16 May 2022 15:30
We visited the site to take some photos and measurements. It was great to see the children playing outdoors and in the classrooms. It was lovely to see our poster in the reception too!

We had some useful discussions about the 'vision' for the project, as well as ways in which to provide connections to the wider community.
Posted 16 May 2022 16:23
During the afternoon, we split into three groups to explore the various spatial, environmental and material qualities of the site. Ideas were presented using a variety of media such as sketching and collage.
Posted 16 May 2022 18:03
We gained insight on designing for (and with) children from our session with Harry Thorpe from Caukin Studio this morning.

He gave us useful information on the various elements needed to design engaging and exciting spaces for children. By understanding the importance of incorporating play and education in design, as well as providing spaces which engage with the children's senses, we are able to bring this forward into the design of our sensory garden. Thank you Harry!
Posted 17 May 2022 12:35
Hard at work!

In the morning, we conducted a workshop on Photoshop where students were able to learn a few tips on the software. Following that, we had a discussion on precedents of sensory gardens and multi-generational spaces as a starting point to the design process.

Using the Photoshop skills learnt during the morning workshop, the afternoon activity consisted of creating collages and mood boards to present the ideas for multi-generational design gained from the precedent research.
Posted 17 May 2022 17:14