Group 33

Woodley, a district centre in Stockport, Greater Manchester. The main area of focus would be around how to refresh the built environment of the tired 1960s shopping precinct, with a vision for sustainable densification, which includes affordable housing, a focus on physical health and mental wellbeing, investment in high-quality public realm and the creation of additional community space. The area has served its residential catchment well for the past fifty-years but a new vision is now needed which elevates Woodley's status an attractive place to live and work in, whilst, at the same time, continuing to engage its existing catchment of elderly pensioners and working-class residents. One of the major issues faced is the rise of anti-social behavior and crime, so ideas that look to create safer spaces (particularly at night) would be very much welcomed. The opportunity exists to work alongside Joe Barratt, a local resident, Fellow of the Institute of Place Management, and co-founder of The Teenage Market, to use frameworks such as the High Street's Task Force's '4 R's of Renewal' and approaches like the 20-minute neighborhood, to design a series of place interventions and high-concept visions for development which can help inform a future urban design plan for the area. There will also be an opportunity to engage with both the local business community of small shopkeepers and nearby residents, with a focus on participatory planning and place-making.

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Zemao L / Nirupa S / Stefina Stephen P / Faezeh T / Weiyi W


Name: Nirupa Subramanian
Atelier: CPU (Ai)
Undergraduate: Anna University, India
Skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Rhino, Sketchup
Interests: Photography, Painting, Travelling, Cooking
Dissertation: Use of nano-based insulation materials to improve building energy performance.
Fun fact: My memory is really good when it comes to dates or events that I've experienced.
Fav TV show: You, Dark, Rick and Morty
Posted 13 Mar 2023 18:25

Name: Weiyi Wang
Atelier: Praxxis
Undergraduate: Manchester School of Architecture(Praxxis)
Skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Revit, Rhino
Interests: Travelling, snowboarding, scuba diving
Dissertation: The impact of material spaces have on learning experience in archiecture education
Fun fact: I have swum with dolphins and shark
Fav TV show: Rick and Morty, Bones
Posted 13 Mar 2023 18:28

Name: Zemao Liu
Atelier: Flux
Undergraduate: Xi'an Architecture Technology University, China
Skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Rhino, Sketchup, Autocad
Interests: Basketball, Table Tennis, Thinking
Dissertation: Ambiguous Space: the research of transparency in Western architecture and 'Garden Nature' in Eastern architecture
Fun fact:  I like sophisticated without being ostentatious architecture
Fav TV show: Breaking Bad
Posted 13 Mar 2023 18:28

Name: Faezeh Tahannazif
Atelier: Praxxis
Undergraduate: Azad University, Iran, Tehran
Skills: Photoshop, AutoCAD, Rhino, Sketchup
Interests: reading, watching a movie, travelling, painting
Dissertation: The influence of Iranian religion and prejudice on traditional Iranian architecture
Fun fact: I can cook traditional Iranian food.
Fav tv show: friends
Posted 13 Mar 2023 18:43

Name: Stefina Stephen Palliyil
Atelier: Praxxis
Undergraduate: Anant National University, India
Skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Rhino, Sketchup
Interests: Art, story writing, sketching, finding new places
Dissertation: Looking into Parametricism through a feminist perspective
Fun fact: I can write with one hand..
Fav TV show: TBBT
Posted 13 Mar 2023 18:47

Joseph Barratt is representing IPM(Institute of Place Management), our main collaborator for this live project. Joe is the Co-founder of the Teenage Market and the Junior Fellow at the Institute. His work over the past years has involved developing successful creative projects in town and city centres. He helps to create unique destinations which provide a vibrant and diverse offer, powered by the local community. This time, he chose to do something for his hometown-Woodley. A place that has served the local community well for the past 50 years and needs a change for a better future.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 19:01
For this cooperation, the purpose is firstly to create an ideal community with high quality and high attractiveness, and at the same time provide additional community space to connect various communities. Second, create safer spaces that deter antisocial behavior and crime. Finally, while continuing to appeal to pensioners and working residents, there is a need to attract those who would prefer to visit nearby Romiley or Marple.
Posted 13 Mar 2023 19:05
We are looking for peeps with a keen interest in sketching/ digital art and a bit of research. In this project, you will get to learn these software (tips & tricks) on an urban scale so there is no compulsion in knowing all just a keen interest to learn the new!
Posted 13 Mar 2023 19:09
Site visit on Day 1! As we explored the Woodley Precinct, we conducted interviews with residents in groups and collected site factors such as images, sounds, and materials. Based on the information obtained from the interviews, members of each group contacted the site and considered the possibility of Woodley in the next 50 years.
Posted 13 May 2023 13:14
Site visit on Day 1!
Posted 13 May 2023 13:14
Brainstorm on Day 2! Based on the understanding of the venue on the first day, a workshop was organized to imagine the future changes of Woodley. Students expounded their vision for Woodley through masterplan/perspective hand drawings/text, etc.
Posted 15 May 2023 00:34
Brainstorm on Day 2! Based on the understanding of the venue on the first day, a workshop was organized to imagine the future changes of Woodley. Students expounded their vision for Woodley through masterplan/perspective hand drawings/text, etc.
Posted 15 May 2023 00:35
Two-group design on Day 3! The third day was divided into two groups, and each group designed Woodley's plan for the next 50 years in one direction (including traffic system, greening system, flow analysis, building function utilization, etc.). And in the afternoon of the third day, the two groups exchanged design ideas to achieve design complementarity.
Posted 15 May 2023 00:50
The previous day's design was improved upon. Based on the project requirements and site analysis, students developed preliminary concepts. They developed a conceptual framework that encapsulates the essence of the project and reflects its function, purpose, and aesthetic qualities. The objective was to resolve project-specific requirements while also considering context and sustainability factors. In addition, they worked on both individual components and the master plan for the landscaping. Multiple solutions were proposed to accommodate a broad variety of age groups. They looked at the color and material palette for the project in order to ensure cohesion.
Posted 15 May 2023 23:55
On the fifth day, we made significant progress in developing the conceptual design. In our team, we divided our work into two groups: one focused on the design development, while the other began crafting the presentation for our final publication. This included creating narratives that effectively conveyed our design intent. Design improvements were made in response to input and criticism from team members.
Posted 16 May 2023 00:05
During the 6th day, the participants took advantage of various software tools to propel their project forward. they had the freedom to choose the tools that best suited their needs and preferences, enabling them to showcase their creativity and unique perspectives. In order to ensure smooth progress and a cohesive final outcome, the class engaged in discussions regarding program coordination. These discussions allowed them to have a clearer understanding of the overall project direction. Specific responsibilities were assigned to each team member to facilitate efficient teamwork and accountability. This task delegation aimed to leverage each individual's strengths and expertise, ensuring a balanced distribution of work and promoting a sense of ownership among team members.
Posted 17 May 2023 11:07
Day 7's focus was on the design phase, where we concentrated on refining and finalizing the design concepts. We also paid attention to the presentation aspects, ensuring that our design ideas were effectively communicated through visual aids.
Posted 18 May 2023 12:04
The day 8th began with a thorough review of the design concepts that were finalized on Day 7. Overall, Day 8 was a continuation of our focused efforts from Day 7, enabling us to build upon the progress made in the design phase. By refining and iterating our concepts, we were able to achieve greater clarity and precision, bringing us closer to a well-defined and compelling design solution.
Posted 19 May 2023 17:34
On the final day, our objective was to finalize all the necessary documents and prepare the portfolio for submission. We aimed to ensure that all the hard work and efforts put into the workshop were effectively documented and presented. we focused on assembling the portfolio, which would showcase the key highlights and achievements of the workshop.
Posted 19 May 2023 17:50