Group 24

This project will look at designing a biodiverse, community lead, gardening and growing space for the Burnside Centre, a charity with community at its core. The design will occupy a narrow space adjacent to the building, and will require creative problem solving to use vertical design to create a space where biodiversity, fruit and vegetables will thrive to show sustainable living! This project has already secured funding so our designs will potentially become reality and play a part in supporting the natural world and the Middleton Community!

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Shanice L / Rowdah C / Pui Yin T / Evelyna H / Yu Jie Frederick N / Hoay Qing C

Name: Rowdah Charbak

Atelier: &architecture

Undergraduate: Manchester School of Architecture

Arch Skills: AutoCAD, Sketchup, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

MSA Live Role: Guiding SWOT analysis, Urban acupuncture & Diagramming workshop

Hobbies: Theatre, Set design, Baking, Painting, Ice skating

Fun Fact: I've never tried coffee but I'm a green tea addict!
Posted 12 Mar 2023 15:17
Name: Frederick Ng

Atelier: SKN

Undergraduate: Taylor's University Malaysia

Arch Skills: Sketchup, Lumion, Photoshop, Revit, AutoCAD

MSA Live Role: Guiding and teaching of 3D visualisation in Lumion

Hobbies: Badminton, Playing Piano & Saxophone

Fun Fact: I struggle reading musical notes even though I play music!
Posted 12 Mar 2023 15:31
Name: Phoebe Tang

Atelier: FLUX

Undergraduate: The University of Hong Kong

Arch Skills: Rhino, Enscape, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

MSA Live Role: Presentation of benefits of nature to wellbeing & community

Hobbies: Cooking, Drawing, Singing

Fun Fact: I used to be an athlete!
Posted 12 Mar 2023 15:38
Name: Qing

Atelier: MAKING

Undergraduate: Queen's University Belfast

Arch Skills: AutoCAD, Sketchup, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator

MSA Live Role: Providing a Sketchup & 3D modelling workshop

Hobbies: Travelling

Fun Fact: I was in 5 different schools throughout my primary education!
Posted 12 Mar 2023 15:44
Name: Shanice Langford

Atelier: PRAXXIS

Undergraduate: Birmingham School of Architecture

Arch Skills: Rhino, Sketchup, Vectorworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

MSA Live Role: Providing a illustrator and collage workshop

Hobbies: Film Photography, Horse Riding, Drawing

Fun Fact: I have a pet cat:)
Posted 12 Mar 2023 22:15
Name: Evelyna Hadass

Atelier: SKN

Undergraduate: University of Nottingham

Arch Skills: Revit, Sketchup, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop

MSA Live Role: Providing an InDesign skills workshop

Hobbies: Reading, Photography, Cycling

Fun Fact: I am fluent in Russian!
Posted 12 Mar 2023 22:15
Who is our project's community?

Burnside Centre is based in Langley, Middleton (M24). It has served its community for over 53 years, and they work with a range of people to provide crisis support, preventative support, progressive support, and early years child-care.

Their mission is to alleviate poverty and increase the quality of life for the local community. This means they work with people from all backgrounds such as young parents, those long term unemployed, facing mental and physical health barriers and a range of vulnerabilities. They are a team of caring and supportive staff who will work alongside our community to make meaningful change.
Posted 12 Mar 2023 22:21
Kerry Edwards is a manager at the at Burnside Centre Manchester, an award-winning community facility that offers exceptional child-care services and support to the community. As a manager at Burnside Manchester, Kerry is committed to delivering the highest standards of care and support to the community, and her expertise and experience are invaluable in ensuring that the facility remains an outstanding child-care provider.
Posted 28 Mar 2023 22:50
On 7 Dec 2022, we met our collaborator, Kerry for the first time! She gave us a warm welcome and introduced us to the site at Burnside Centre. We understood that greening at our given site is essential to the users of the center and the Middleton community. We are all excited about the project!
Posted 5 Apr 2023 22:07
We visited Burnside Centre for the first time on 6 Feb 2023! We walked around the center and discussed more specifically about the site with the collaborator. We took detail shots and collected data necessary for our initial research!
Posted 5 Apr 2023 22:12
You will learn the process of involving and collaborating with individuals, organizations, and groups within a community to work together. We will focus on developing your skills in teamwork , problem solving, collage & diagramming, SWOT analysis, Ecological design, which are essential skills in both personal and professional contexts. Let's work together to improve and grow!
Posted 11 Apr 2023 13:00
Here are some of the software skills we are keen to develop with you! You will have to opportunity to go through tutorials with us and put these skills into practice while creating designs for our collaborators!
Posted 11 Apr 2023 13:40
We're really looking forward to the action weeks getting started, so we wanted to share a glimpse of the agenda!

Week 1 will focus on skills to develop and dissecting the brief for the Burnside Centre, aiming to fully understand the needs of the collaborator to form the basis for our design.
Posted 1 May 2023 10:30
Week 2 will focus on design development and resolution, finishing off the week with presenting our proposal to the collaborator at the Burnside Centre.

We're really looking forward to getting started in the action weeks... see you next Tuesday!
Posted 1 May 2023 10:35
Just a quick update for Week 1 - we will be meeting at 11am outside the Burnside Centre. It can be easily reached by the 163 or 18 bus, followed by a short walk to the site. Looking forward to seeing you all there!
Posted 9 May 2023 08:28
Today marks the start of our project. We will be visiting the site and doing an urban acupuncture workshop focusing on really understanding the site and its needs!

Watch this space for more updates...
Posted 9 May 2023 09:34
A great start for our first meeting. We all got to introduce ourselves and share some fun facts!
Posted 9 May 2023 21:13
This morning we met our collaborator! It was really insightful to discuss the brief further and start to think of design ideas...looking forward to catching up again with them Friday...
Posted 9 May 2023 21:19
After speaking to the client we got the opportunity to explore the site and take lots of pictures.
Posted 9 May 2023 21:24
We measured the site, analysed the entrances and explored the surrounding area.
Posted 9 May 2023 23:55
Today we undertook an urban acupuncture workshop to gain a more thorough understanding of the site at different scales. Urban acupuncture is a design tactic used to examine the strengths, weaknesses opportunities and constraints of the site to help support our design decisions.

The group really took the task in their stride with a hands on and proactive approach!
Posted 10 May 2023 08:14
Through the analysis of mapped census data, in combination with observations from the mornings site visit, the team were able to identify potential design opportunities based off the constraints of the site.
Overall a very productive afternoon which will help support our design choices.
Posted 10 May 2023 08:15
Today we will be exploring the many ways to create good architecture diagrams and how diagraming techniques can be an effective way of visually presenting a clear overview of the site findings.
Posted 10 May 2023 08:26
The day began with an Illustrator tips and tricks workshop followed by exploring how we can use Illustrator to create clear and concise program diagrams. The aim was to apply our understanding of the site and begin to think about the communities wants and needs.

Posted 10 May 2023 17:14
We split into groups focusing on the client brief, analysing precedents and exploring what we think the community may need. Using the provided sections and elevations each group was able to apply these ideas.
Posted 10 May 2023 20:37
Given the challenging narrow site the team was able to visually present how their proposed spaces may interact with each other. Each group creatively managed to express their ideas clearly!
Posted 10 May 2023 20:38
Over the past 2 day the team have produced some cool sketches.
Check out this one..
Posted 10 May 2023 20:40
This drawing was done by Zhuoran Lu our MLA student. She was exploring how to integrate different hard and soft landscaping to create an inclusive space that could host a number of community activities.
Posted 10 May 2023 20:41
As a team we have really enjoyed seeing different concept designs emerge and discussing some of these creative ideas!

AND there's lots more to come...
Posted 10 May 2023 20:41
Today we will be pushing our ideas further looking at how to use collage to integrate our ideas and experiment with different materials, textures and forms.
Posted 11 May 2023 12:07
This morning we worked on developing design exploration techniques through collaging. We started by examining the pros and cons of using collaged techniques and the proceeded to use precedents we had found for biodiverse designs to create collage proposals for our site design.
Posted 11 May 2023 14:00
We broke off to allow each individual to explore their own collage style! Here are some of the exciting ideas the group started to create…
Posted 11 May 2023 16:54
The Big Draw! We came together as a group to combine our individual ideas onto the site plans and elevations to explore all the different precedents and approaches we had found…
Posted 11 May 2023 23:53
Here are some of our outputs from our Big Draw Design exploration workshop!
Posted 11 May 2023 23:53
Check out our favourite collage from the students..!
Posted 12 May 2023 00:17
Here we have a collage from Nour Elzawi, BA2, who used mixed media to create this atmospheric spatial design!
Posted 12 May 2023 00:18
A day full of ideas! Day 4 focused on truly understanding what the Burnside community want to see in their community nook…
Posted 12 May 2023 10:51
This afternoon, we presented to the Burnside Community Wellbeing group. Our presentation was about how biodiverse architecture can be used to support community wellbeing!
Posted 12 May 2023 16:39
Following on from our presentation, we held a design workshop with the Burnside community! We asked questions like: ‘What would you ideal space be? What would you personally want to change about the site?’ To help inform our design decisions next week! We also brought precedent examples and asked them to collage what they liked onto the site elevations to work as a catalyst for our design ideas…
Posted 12 May 2023 17:21
Some of the ideas from our community design workshop!
Posted 12 May 2023 19:34
Check out the next post to see what Burnside had to say about the design!
Posted 12 May 2023 21:19
Here are some of the collages produced by the Burnside community! Some really exciting ideas here that we can’t wait to incorporate in the design…
Posted 12 May 2023 21:21
Day 5! The day of the design… We are consolidating all our ideas from last weeks development and beginning to formulate our physical proposal!
Posted 15 May 2023 15:22
The sketchup workshop covered a range of topics including creating basic 3D shapes, creating sections and using different tools to modify and edit models. This session was beneficial as it directly contribute to the development of our design proposal.
Posted 15 May 2023 15:43
We also had a Biodiversity talk that provided an insights into the importance of biodiversity conservation, and how it can be achieved through sustainable practices and the implementation of environmental-friendly design for our proposed ideas.
Posted 15 May 2023 15:57
Today marks the start of our design resolution stage! We have been bringing together all the ideas we discussed last week and are beginning to form a site proposal.
Posted 15 May 2023 17:13
We split off into 2 teams to create individual proposals based off the ideas from last week, and then presented this to the group for feedback.
Posted 15 May 2023 17:16
The team have come together to combine the 2 ideas to make a final design proposal!
Posted 15 May 2023 17:17
Here is a final sketch proposal for the design! We have implemented all the ideas from our team workings last week as well as the Burnside Workshop. Really looking forward to starting to draw these up tomorrow!

Posted 16 May 2023 12:01
Today we are focusing on our drawing outputs. It’s key to think about how we are going to communicate our proposal to our collaborator!…
Posted 16 May 2023 15:53
Working on our CAD skills to act as a foundation for our GA drawings which we are making today!
Posted 17 May 2023 17:06
We are finalising the key details of the design to ensure there is consistency across all our drawings!
Posted 17 May 2023 17:13
We are continuing our progression in the drawings to present our scheme to the collaborator on Friday!!
Posted 17 May 2023 17:26
To form the basis of our visuals we have organised a Lumion workshop to teach the students about the basics of digital rendering.
Posted 18 May 2023 11:49
We resolved our sketch ideas for our final proposal into accurate dimensions to form the basis of our general arrangement drawings.
Posted 18 May 2023 12:35
Check out the next post to see our digital proposal model...
Posted 18 May 2023 12:48
Here are snapshots of our proposal modelled in sketchup!
Posted 18 May 2023 14:33
A key day for resolution of design communication and ideas!
Posted 18 May 2023 17:56
After drawing in AutoCAD we have been post producing our drawings in photoshop...
Posted 18 May 2023 22:52
Check out of GA drawings...
Posted 18 May 2023 22:58
Here are our proposed plan, section and elevations, created by our amazing BA1 students, Andrea, Joey & Hamza, using AutoCAD and Photoshop!
Posted 18 May 2023 23:53
Posted 19 May 2023 14:42
The side space, although minimal space, will be filled with pollinating plants as well as bird feeders to encourage biodiversity and animal activity!
Posted 19 May 2023 14:52
Our proposal is full of planters to allow the community to grow their own produce!
Posted 19 May 2023 15:03
We wanted to create a space for the community to gather that could be used after hours...
Posted 19 May 2023 15:21
We developed a series of infographics to display information across the site in a colourful and vibrant way!
Posted 19 May 2023 15:31
To support Burnside in creating the modular units we created detailed specifications in the form of a specs booklet.
Posted 19 May 2023 15:39
The final day of MSA LIVE!
Posted 19 May 2023 15:57
Today we presented our proposal to Burnside, who loved our project. This has been such an enjoyable process with a creatively free brief!
Posted 19 May 2023 16:06