Group 07

Levenshulme Old Library, a symbol of community protest, is a vibrant community space in perpetual flux, adapting and unfolding to embrace diverse cultures and facilitate creative communities. As architecture students, we will envision the future of the Old Library; actively shaping it by exploring the the essence of ‘the Library’ in contemporary society. Immersing ourselves in the community through creative workshops we will consider the future of ‘the library’ from a child’s perspective, we aim to capture its essence and present our innovative proposals to the client, crafting exhibition pieces that reflect our journey and vision for the library’s dynamic future.

Christiana K / Urvi N / Arun VS / Fariba SF

I'm Fariba Sadeghi Far, from Iran. I'm thrilled to be studying MA Architecture and Adaptive Reuse at Manchester Metropolitan University. This course really excites me because it allows me to merge historical elements with modern design, which I find fascinating.
My journey in architecture started at Bojnurd University in Iran, where I graduated in Architectural Engineering. But my interests aren’t confined to architecture alone; I also love drawing, making sculptures, and singing. These artistic pursuits enrich my understanding and appreciation of design, adding depth to my architectural work.
Being part of LOL, I bring my passion for architecture's technical and creative sides. My diverse skills and interests help us explore innovative and adaptable design solutions, contributing to our team's dynamic and forward-thinking approach to architecture and adaptive reuse.
Posted 12 Mar 2024 14:29
My name is Christiana Koumi. I'm Greek-Albanian and I'm currently studying MA Architecture and Adaptive Reuse. Prior to coming to Manchester for my second master's, I studied in Albania and Florence, Italy. After graduation, I was involved in the university as an assistant tutor while also participating in several architectural projects.
I have always been interested in history and heritage and have had an active role in several workshops about 'integrated digital surveys' and restoration of historical sites. That’s why this project is quite exciting because it is about history, architecture, and community, which makes this project really meaningful.
I am a very organized person, I love coffee and good food. Outside of architecture, I like to travel to explore new places and take photos. I can speak 5 foreign languages, one more reason why I enjoy traveling and getting to know new cultures and learning as many foreign languages as possible.
Posted 12 Mar 2024 20:36

Hey there!
I'm Urvi. Thrilled to be working on a live project at MSA and connecting with the wider Manchester community.
A little about me: I love meeting new people, collecting stories through photography, traveling, and generally - being inspired.
I'm passionate about learning of all kinds and I study architecture to understand more about the world around us.
Over the last few years, I've been involved in exciting initiatives like NY-LON and the National Saturday Club. I've worked in Prague, London, and Manchester and travelled around Europe too. This opportunity to learn with students and the community alike is incredibly exciting for me, and I’m curious to see how this experience will teach me something new. Looking forward to connecting with the students and community.
Posted 14 Mar 2024 11:23
Atelier:  SKN


I'm Arun, a creative maverick torn between the worlds of artistry and architecture. Above all, I passionately identify as an artist. Fueled by an insatiable curiosity and an unwavering belief in the power of storytelling, I embark on a quest to unveil the narratives woven into every brushstroke and structural line. I reject conventional boundaries, seeking to transcend the limitations of traditional architectural practice. For me, each building, sculpture, and canvas is a platform for human experience and expression. With unyielding dedication, I delve into the hidden stories behind art and architecture. I invite you to join me on a journey where imagination knows no bounds and where every creation holds the promise of a new narrative waiting to be discovered.
Posted 15 Mar 2024 12:39
Meeting the Collaborators

Richard Hirst has expressed the intention to implement numerous enhancements to the existing space. The current layout presents challenges, especially during periods of heightened activity, as the main space becomes congested and poses security concerns regarding unfamiliar individuals. Additionally, the inconvenience of accessing essential facilities such as toilets and the kitchen, situated within the main space, limits the utilization of the side of the building where they are located. To address these issues, the proposed plan involves relocating the bathrooms and kitchen to a more accessible area by knocking down the wall adjacent to the kitchen. This redesign would create a separate space with independent access, thereby facilitating community engagement. Furthermore, there is a desire to optimize the smaller area of the building for cultural events, particularly theatrical performances, for which a small auditorium with tiered seating may be deemed necessary.
Posted 15 Mar 2024 16:58
Meeting the Collaborators

Laura Deane's contributions regarding the "Levenshulme Old Library" encompass a thorough understanding of its historical significance and architectural features, coupled with a forward-thinking vision for its transformation into a multifunctional community hub. She envisions a dynamic space that seamlessly integrates various activities, emphasizing flexibility, usability, and inclusivity.
To achieve this, Laura proposes reimagining the layout to maximize adaptability, removing barriers, and creating open areas conducive to exhibitions, workspaces, and performances. She advocates for the inclusion of a functional kitchen and additional toilets to accommodate increased foot traffic, ensuring visitor comfort and convenience.

Aesthetically, she envisions a vibrant and colorful environment that fosters energy and creativity, with walls adorned in lively hues to inspire productivity and engagement. Laura's vision reflects a commitment to innovation and inclusivity, blending the building's rich history with new possibilities to create a vibrant space for connection, creation, and celebration.
Furthermore, she acknowledges the community's desire for a dedicated stage or performance area equipped with proper lighting and sound facilities, adaptable to various types of performances, from live music to theatrical productions.
Posted 18 Mar 2024 14:21

During the MSA Live Action Week in parallel to the outputs that we are producing for our clients, we will be conducting our own personal inquiries into the future of ‘The Library’. Over the 10 days, our reflections will help us produce exhibition pieces as findings, that we will share with the Levenshulme Old Library and the MSA community.

Students will be able to freely explore their ideas in the above outputs, with the support of Masters students and their expertise.
Posted 19 Mar 2024 14:04
First site visit - Meet the Collaborators

The brief encounter during the site visit sparked numerous vital discussions, inquiries, and visions regarding the future direction of Levenshulme Old Library. It became evident how the building inherently possesses a wealth of unspoken potential, nurtured by dedicated, imaginative, and impassioned groups and individuals. Existing tenants and stakeholders have collectively fostered an inclusive and vibrant environment conducive to the arts and the well-being of both Levenshulme residents and visitors alike. Levenshulme Old Library CIO stands poised to leverage this existing richness, allowing the process of refurbishment, remodelling, and potential expansion to commence from a foundation of strength rather than starting from scratch. The project brief for Levenshulme Old Library should thoroughly explore various options and interpretations to enhance its visibility and imbue the Old Library with a revitalized identity.
Posted 19 Mar 2024 17:09
As a part of exploring the future of 'the library', we are hosting a competition for students between the ages of 8 and 16 to express their thoughts on how they see the future of the library to be. 


Reimagine the future of the Levenshume Old Library. Unleash your creativity and envision what libraries of the future might look like. Libraries have always been pillars of knowledge, community, and exploration, and now it's time to dream up their next chapter. Whether it's through art, writing, or innovative ideas, we want to hear your vision for how libraries will evolve to inspire future generations. 

We allow the participants to choose their own medium of expression. 
Posted 19 Mar 2024 23:15