19.05.23 - Day 9: Today was mostly about finishing all the work and submitting it on moodle. we revised the rendering of the basement, publication, and any other work that needed to be submitted. Then we had our final photoshoot in the afternoon. All the work was done today, the team worked very well together, perfect last day!
ALMOST THERE; Final changes were made to renders and outputs and we started laying out the publication for submission. Some members of the group moved off their mini projects and collaborated in the design of a masterplan, that incorporated each of the for mini projects into one final drawing.
The final day is here!
This morning, we had a presentation on portfolio design. The focus was on how to use InDesign to create layouts that would showcase their work in the best possible way.
Once the presentation was over, undergrads created the output document for collaborators, showcasing all their work from the past week, and presented it in a team call with Courtney after lunch.
Team B successfully finalized the lighting scheme document on our last MSA Live day! It features four diverse lighting options, each accompanied by an electrical plan, a lighting fixture product list, interior artificial lighting renders, exterior lighting visualizations and collages. The team's exceptional work showcases their attention to detail, creativity, and dedication. We are excited to share these innovative lighting solutions with our collaborators.
DESIGN REVIEW; Most of the group spent the day in the CAD lab working into their chosen final outputs on rhino, photoshop and AutoCAD. Drafts of final renders and drawings were presented in a mini design review to the whole team in the studio at the end of the day where we gave each other feedback on presentation and style.
The 9th day was spent finishing the physical model with a group of students, while the remaining students produced construction drawings for the decking. The final model is now finished and ready to be given over to our client.
On Day 8, the MAs gathered the outcomes of BA1 and BA2 students, meticulously preparing them for handover to our collaborators. This involved ensuring that all drawings and visualizations were consistent and aligned with the final document, which are to be handed to our collaborators in the following days. Meanwhile, Team A progressed with the physical model, starting with the assembly of walls atop the prepared base.
We shared our reflections on the final game output. BA students unanimously agreed that we created a compelling and interesting game that successfully made them want to learn more about retrofit. We bade the BA students farewell and rounded up the documentation and publication for this project.
Our action weeks culminated in a presentation, held in Chorlton Central Church, and attended by local Chorlton councillors. The MArch team and De-Winton presented back our research and design proposals. We ended the event with a conversation around the model, using it to establish key areas for meanwhile use and discuss the current development plans for the precinct with the councillors present. It was an enlightening and engaging meeting, and felt positive to share our research with people who can make real difference in the local community.
Our model making team (Dom, Jiacheng, Ellie, Alessandro, India and De-Winton) constructed a site model of Chorlton, out of recycled and off-cut materials, to suggest potential locations for of our design proposals. We’ve continued the colour coding from our timeline of implementation onto the model by abstractly constructing the proposed interventions in their corresponding colour. The strings represent the routes visitors can take to interact with the proposed interventions.
Our research and presentation has been designed to instigate conversations around meanwhile use in Chorlton and provide examples of how this could be integrated into the local area. All interventions have therefore been modelled as moveable objects so the model itself can be used as part of engagement activities in the future.
Today is the last day of MSA Live! Junjie led a group of fellow BA students in completing the model construction, while the other members of Group 12 finished the preparation and formatting of the presentation documents. Today, at 5 PM in the afternoon, we will officially present our design and model to the clients. It has been a journey filled with friendship, collaboration, and joy.
This scaled plan is based on our onsite survey of the precinct from the beginning of the action weeks. We have used it to show how all the design proposals, located within the precinct, could interact with each other and the existing structure. We’ve used this to explore the process of taking abstract conceptual designs and sketches into a measured and realistic drawing.
Ellie’s visual depicts a adaptable and versatile community hub that can be used as a catalyst for meanwhile use in Chorlton by providing space to engage with the local community. Located on one of the 3 entrances to the Chorlton Cross Shopping Centre, and along the Wilbraham Road high street, it marks the principal entrance to the precinct. Using the Living Room Library (by Jan Kattein Architects) and street painting in Vercorin (by Lang/Bauman) as precedents, this design proposal, suggests blurring boundaries between public street and interior spaces to encourage relationships between this hub, other meanwhile uses around Chorlton, and activities carried out within the local community.
Jiacheng’s visual identifies one of the 3 entrances to the Chorlton Cross Shopping Centre and uses Fred Aldous’ artist residency by Marcus Method as a precedent for brightly coloured murals to highlight the entrance within the carpark. These colours could also be spread up the vacant office block above, by colouring the empty windows, similar to the regeneration scheme in Park Hill flats, Sheffield.
Over the two-weeks the team of BA students have been putting together photoshop visuals of design proposals over images of Chorlton taken on our site visits. These conceptual images played a key role in the presentation, allowing us to explain and show how different types of meanwhile use interventions could be implemented across a range of different sites.
Designed to combat the number of closed properties along the high street (either vacant units or bars/restaurants that are close during the day), Joe’s visual shows how shutter murals can be implemented. The colourful designs represent the function of the interior spaces.
As part of our research into meanwhile use, we have come up with a suggested timeline of implementation that looks at the timeframes that meanwhile uses (generally) and our proposals (specifically) could be completed by. The colour scheme of this timeline correlates with our final output model to show how the interventions of different timescales can be implemented along the high street.
Immediate interventions could include the shutter front murals and displays of local artwork in vacant shop windows as these are low cost solutions that can be implemented straight way.
Short-term interventions could include installations at the entrances to the precincts designed to entice visitors into the space and increase footfall for the existing businesses and meanwhile use installations. These solutions are also low cost and quickly implemented, but may require slightly more planning and permission.
Medium-term interventions could include renovating the vacant Thomas Cook unit or installations within the precinct itself. These solutions can transform already vacant spaces that don’t require change of use planning permission and may be best suited to single shop units and/or external interventions.
Long-term interventions could be to look at how to bring the vacant Systems Plus office back into temporary use as this would require a much larger level of intervention, planning and preparation.
Working through the brief set by Alan, and Chorlton Traders Association, we established the following outputs that have been completed throughout our action weeks:
1. Research into meanwhile use.
2. A roadmap for implementation of meanwhile use in Chorlton.
3. A measured survey of an existing premises in Chorlton.
4. Provide examples of potential proposals in Chorlton, using precedents of similar project that have been successfully implemented elsewhere.
5. A culmination of all this research and design proposals into a presentation.
3D DEVELOPMENT; The day started with CAD tutorials within each mini team on any skills needed to further develop the designs in 3D. We worked collaboratively to help decide on which views and styles would work best to represent the designs in the final outputs.
4. ACTIVE HIGH STREETS
This intervention aims to work with the existing plans of creating cycle lanes along Barlow Moor Road, and aims to accommodate cycling storage, planting as well as colourful shop windows.
3. ‘CHORLTON SQUARE’
The aim of this intervention is to provide an extension of the cycle network as well as providing a new central hub for the bike delieveries. This will also create a public green space within walking distance from a range of amenities.
CONSTRUCTION RESOLVE; We further developed out design by moving into 3D, exploring structural and material strategies and aesthetic finishes. This was presented to the group in an end of day review, where we also discussed suitable final outputs for each mini project and ensured everybody was on track for the submission deadline.
2. THE PICTURE HOUSE
Following future plans to create a food market within the old Picture House, our intervention aims to extend the spaces to the newly pedestrianised street to include places to eat, drink and host pop up events.
1. NICHOLAS ROAD
The aim of this intervention is to reduce congestion along the street, which will in turn create places for residents and visitors to rest or play. This will be ideal for the environment surrounding the health centre and school.
The final design presentation was made to the collaborators on Day 8 at Withington Baths. Design changes previously suggested in last week's meeting with them were incorporated and other structural and financial factors were taken into consideration. Later we bid our goodbyes to the bachelor students.
Today we considered the key strategies to implement within our site, such as the design of courtyards/public squares in conjunction with cycling and pedestrian routes to encourage low-carbon and environmentally friendly transport options, while addressing traffic issues and ensuring safe movement and circulation of children and community within the area.
The students presented their final outputs to the client, with 2 mounted boards and a physical model. After working hard for two weeks, it was extremely rewarding to hear that the client loved the proposals and have requested to keep the outputs produced for future reference.
The final proposal was presented to the client, involving engagement from both the design team and external collaborators. The process of ideas and final design decisions were communicated through sketches, models and a final presentation. The conclusions drawn from the project were received with enthusiasm and have inspired the next phase of attracting funding and interest in the future of Clayton Hall . The work produced throughout the two weeks has brought new ideas to the development of the site and has provided a valuable tool to spark conversations regarding funding and feasibility. Overall, the process of collaboration and teamwork has been a successful and enjoyable exercise across the two action weeks, and has allowed for the development of leadership, teamwork and time management skills which are essential for the role of architects and designers.
Our completed model is prepared for presentation to the client and to our collaborator.
The client was able to picture the suggested building attached to the moat creating a community space around the moat and a bridge that crosses the moat to connect to the market.
On Thursday, the group compiled all the work we have made into a presentation slide for 0161 Community. All the outputs executed by the group were presented and discussed together to recap everything and ensure we have produced a comprehensive scheme for 0161 Community. This presentation include the overall design and concept for the interchangeable bus as well as designs and user-functionality of the mobile app design.
Day 8: As it is our final day with our collaborators, we want to say a big thank you to the team at Kingdom Life, who have made us feel welcome in their space, and have been fantastic to collaborate with! We all wish them the best for the future and hope to see them develop this project into the accommodating and engaging facility that their community deserves.
Day 8: To celebrate a successful presentation, we couldn’t help but grab a Kool Runnings who have been serving Caribbean food from their truck in Trafford for 27 years! We have been eyeing up the food truck since we started this project back in December, and now we can confirm that the food was absolutely delicious and totally worth the wait!
Day 8: This afternoon we made our final trip to Kingdom Life in Trafford for the two weeks. We had such a positive meeting with our collaborators who seemed very pleased with the site strategy we presented. We had conversations about the future of the project and the community; as our collaborators highlighted how the site strategy allows for the build to be done in phases, ensuring that Kingdom Life can maintain a consistent base for their community.
Day 8: This morning we were finalizing our site strategy to present to Kingdom Life later today, we decided to retain some flexibility for KL by outlining some options for various levels of development, dependent on the number of student accommodation rooms wanted.
The MSA Live event came to a close as the team engaged in a brief discussion, reflecting on the final design. The focal point of the conversation was the seamless integration of the CLT roof structure into the surrounding landscape, creating a harmonious blend. Additionally, the carefully chosen color palette was praised for its ability to uplift the mental well-being of the community.
Having developed the final iteration of the stadium, the group has arranged for a final meeting with the collaborators to showcase the end product.
The BA1/BA2 students had the opportunity to lead the presentation, showing off their hard work over the past 2 weeks, which was met by very positive comments from the client team.
Overall, the project has been a successful one, working to deliver the expected outcomes for the project and going even beyond by producing a proposal for future expansion with the expected raise in popularity for the club overtime, as it grows bigger and attracts a larger fan base
Over the past two weeks we have been thinking deeply about the question "How do we invite people to Stalybridge? After an initial site study we discovered the unique history and site memory of Stalybridge. By building a tram station on the site of the old town hall, people can experience the unique culture of Stalybridge from the moment they arrive. Today we put together the work and ideas of all the team members. A final presentation took place in the morning. The presentation showed our proposal for the landscaping and tram station in the cultural heritage site in the heart of the city. This proposal shows our vision for Stalybridge. This is the end of MSA Live but a new beginning for Stalybridge.
Today, the BA1 and BA2 team had a mini presentation of their current app layouts. The group made further discussions on areas that could be improved for the 0161 Community Bus app. After the discussion, the group progressed to realising the interface designs. While working to improve the app layout, the MArch team provided guidance in software handling and gave suggestions on the overall scheme.
In the afternoon we had the client meeting at 2pm. The BA1's, BA2's and Masters students each spoke within the presentation and the client engaged very well with the design catalogue which was produced. The client was impressed with the proposed designs and will be emailing us their feedback tomorrow.
PRESENTATION PREP; Forward to the review with the client tomorrow morning, each group collated their work so far into InDesign document for presentation. As a team we grouped together for our daily progress review at the end of the day and prepared an agenda for the meeting, ensuring that there is a cohesive design narrative across all mini projects.
In the morning we finalised the client presentation, making sure all group members were happy with the document. Then, we decided who would speak over each page and did a run through to make sure everyone knew what to say and felt ready for the client meeting in the afternoon.
Before the client presentation began, students gathered at Withington Baths for lunch. They discussed their ideas and strategies for the presentation. Everyone was feeling confident and energized. The team was ready to present their project.
In the morning session, the group worked on preparing the final output for the presentation to the client. After this, a mock presentation was held to prepare students for the actual client presentation. The students received feedback from their peers and the M.Arch 1 students during the mock presentation. They then made necessary changes to their presentation and were ready for the client meeting.
A rendering workshop was conducted to teach the BA students how to use twinmotion. The workshop covered the basics of the software, from the user interface to the different tools and techniques available. The students learned how to create realistic 3D renderings. They also had the opportunity to practice their skills and produce renders.
In the afternoon session, the BA students continued developing their final design. A review was held midway through this design development process. The review helped to identify any potential problems and to identify areas of improvement. The students then revised their designs and improved them.
In the morning session, the MArch students conducted a Revit workshop for BA students. The workshop included teaching the students how to manoeuvre the user interface, create 3D models and other basic Revit design skills.
After integrating all the models of well-designed public interventions and our site, we began to render today. We chose proper perspectives for rendering and asked BA students to polish these renderings and add people in. In the meantime, we got down to work on putting together all the materials needed for the final presentation.
We spent day 8 making final changes to the photoshop plan and renders. We also prepared a document to present our findings and final outputs to the collaborators at Gorse Hill Studios.
In the afternoon, we had a zoom call with Lizzie, creative director at the youth centre. We showed her the work we have undertaken during the last few days. Her feedback was positive, with only a few small queries. Following the meeting, we made some changes to our publication and presentation, such as adding shade to the sound-insulating hubs at the front of the site.