Group 20

This community center and church in Lower Broughton, a district with high levels of poverty, is seeking help to re-imagine and transform their existing indoor and outdoor spaces into a welcoming, flexible community space. The project aims to incorporate ecological sustainability, bring people of all ages and backgrounds together, and address issues such as poverty, food deprivation, social isolation, and poor mental health. The project seeks to engage with the community to facilitate this transformation and outputs such as drawings, physical or computer models, visualizations, masterplans, or toolkits would be helpful contributions. The hope is to extend important social connections and practical aid to more people for the longer-term.

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Sanjana S / Ei Ei K / Jiawen Q / William P / Runquan T

Name: Sanjana Shome
Atelier: CPU [Ai]
Undergraduate: The University of Mumbai
Skills: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Enscape, Lumion, Photoshop, InDesign, VRay
Hobbies: Travelling & Cooking
Fun Fact: I love dogs!
Posted 13 Mar 2023 15:19
Name: Runquan Tan
Atelier: Infrastructure Space
Undergraduate: China, Nanchang University
Skills: Photoshop, Rhino, AutoCAD, Adobe Ai, Indesign, Enscape, VRay
Hobbies: Film Photography & Movies
Fun Fact: I love cats!
Posted 13 Mar 2023 15:24
Name: Ei Ei Khaing
Atelier: Infrastructure Space
Undergraduate: University College Dublin
Skills: Revit, Sketch up, Rhino, Enscape, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign
Hobbies: Travelling, Photography, Reading, Movies & Drawing
Fun Fact: I love kittens!
Posted 13 Mar 2023 15:26
Name: Jiawen Qin
Atelier: Praxxis
Undergraduate: China, Qingdao University of Technology
Skills: Photoshop, Rhino, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Adobe Ai, InDesign, Enscape
Hobbies: Swimming, Cooking & Sleeping
Fun Fact: I love dogs!
Posted 13 Mar 2023 15:28
Name: Will Pelling
Atelier: Praxxis
Undergraduate: University of Kent
Skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Revit, Rhino, AutoCAD, Lumion, 3D Printing
Hobbies: Climbing, Camping & Football
Fun Fact: I love dogs! (Cats are nice too)
Posted 13 Mar 2023 15:31
Louise is a lecturer in Social Theology and Youth Work at NTC. She has over 20 years youth work experience working in church-based youth work and ministry. She is particularly interested in supporting and developing Christian youth workers and local churches through a range of training opportunities, and work closely with Nazarene pastors to enable them to meet their educational requirements for ordination through NTC. She can often be found wandering around ruins, graveyards, old churches, abbeys and monasteries, camera and notebook in hand.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 15:36
We encourage the use of a wide range of mediums for the presentation of our design proposal. These are the main skills we possess, however we would encourage you to engage with the project from a personal level and create a proposal that is able to speak not only financial investors, but to the community that the project is catering to. Alternative mediums such as photography, painting, performances and other forms of expressions are encouraged to help create an engaging project that everyone enjoys.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 15:51
BCC specifically focus on ministry and community work on the relief of poverty, food deprivation, and social isolation, signposting to specialist agencies and providing facilities for a range of community groups. They value inclusion, justice, sustainability, learning, seeing lives transformed, human dignity and well being.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 16:35
Project Aims:
- To give students, both participating and overseeing, an opportunity to partake in a live project that challenges them to think differently about how a design can be presented to both a community and to financial investors.
- To connect with the staff and users of a successful community centre and to design with a set of real actors and needs.
- To create a proposal that maximises the functionality of the community centre that is conscious of budget, but at the same time is expressive and effective.
- To understand the reality of project phasing, and how each phase influences each other to create a smooth and helpful project timeline.
- To enjoy these two weeks of active, engaging design. To experiment with alternative techniques and to explore what you enjoy as an architect!

Project Outputs:
- A realistic, effective proposal to rearrange the internal layout of the centre, to rethink the landscaping around it, and to think ahead to potential future developments to extend BCC Salford’s community and demographic outreach.
- Plans, section, and elevation drawings to formally communicate the proposal to potential financial investors and for use in planning applications and to develop for future building regulation proposals.
- A financial estimate of the works to help create a funding application.
- Lots of visuals to express the project’s concept. Will this be a set of 3D model renders? A video flythrough? An expressive video adverts? A set of massing models? Perhaps an intersectional combination of the above?
- Two presentations to deliver your proposal. The first to refine an initial draft proposal in a practise-like open design discussion, and the second to sell your project as a fully presented project.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 17:31
Before it all kicks off in May, we got together with our lovely collaborator Louise who showed us the centre. We got talking about the main areas that need some compassionate upgrading, meeting some local users of the facility, the volunteering staff and even got to witness the space being used for an English class. Today gave us a great insight into the way the centre operates, and we are really looking forward to getting stuck in!
Posted 13 Mar 2023 17:37
Day 1: Site Visit

The first day kicked off with us meeting at MTC for a brief presentation of the project. We conducted introductions and then proceeded to the site.
On reaching the site, we introduced everyone to our collaborator Louise. Louise showed us a presentation on BCC's goals and commitment towards its community, she voiced her requirements and goals for the expansion of the community center. We proceeded to interact with some of the users of the community center. We were lucky enough to be a part of a English class for Chinese natives. Following that, our lovely collaborator Louise provided us with scrumptious lunch and drinks. After a good lunch break, we briefed the team on conducting a site study. Everyone split into pairs and took measurements of the site along with site pictures. At the end of Day 1, Louise gave us all some Fajitas! to take home.
Posted 11 May 2023 12:04
Day 2: Site Analysis

Following the Day 1 site visit, on Day Two, we progressed with the site analysis and engaged in brainstorming sessions to generate ideas. We started the day by having a group discussion and presentation about what they are interested in and the projects they did and their expectation from this project. After that, we assign groups for interior and exterior teams based on their preference.
Posted 11 May 2023 22:58
Day 3: Concept Development

On Day 3, we divided ourselves into two groups. The first group worked on the Exterior Concept and the second group worked on the Interior Concept of the Community Centre. After a lot of creative discussions we cross collaborated between the two groups to decide on the best output. At the same time we aimed on conceptually starting the publication works and well and blogging for the day.
By the end of the day we geared up for the client presentation that would take place on Day 4.
Posted 14 May 2023 20:13
Day 4: On-Site Concept Chat

On Day 4, we went back to the site to discuss our initial concept ideas with the client (collaborator), exchange ideas, and develop the design proposal with them.
Posted 14 May 2023 22:43
Day 5: Proposal

On Day 5, after taking notes from our discussion with the collaborator on the previous day, we collectively decided on the final concept for the exterior and interior teams. We moved ahead with the proposal and discussed the best way to visualize and document our proposal.
Posted 15 May 2023 11:14
On Day 6: Drawing

On Day 6, we take a further consideration on the spatial scale based on the proposal. Meanwhile, we also visualised our idea through the sketches and isometric models.
Posted 16 May 2023 15:48
On Day 7: Further visualization

On Day 7, we combined the initial proposals from both the exterior and interior teams and integrated them into a more comprehensive plan. We also focused on considering more detailed designs, such as the coffee hatch platform, and made progress in the visualization aspect by conducting initial isometric and perspective render tests. We completed a relatively draft preliminary rendering.
Posted 17 May 2023 15:34
Day 08: Design Proposal

On Day 8, we continue to work on our design proposal and develop our drawing of the design plan, elevation, and sections. Then, we accumulate and organize all the work that we have done so far in order to present it to the client tomorrow.
Posted 18 May 2023 14:19
On Day 9: Presenting to the Client

On Day 9, we finalize our work and bring all the elements together to create a comprehensive proposal. Additionally, we prepare a detailed presentation that offers a thorough perspective on the BCC community and its future. During the presentation, we received valuable feedback from the client, which helped us enhance our design process.
Posted 19 May 2023 16:25