Group 26

Tameside Council needs help with its wayfinding in Hyde. More specifically, from the train station and bus stop to the town centre. Our mission is to look at the urban landscape to improve the wayfinding and encourage more people to visit Hyde. This will be done in various ways based on research analysis of the site. This live project will make a large impact on the whole city, so we need to the best of the best!

James David W / Catriona D / Yuxin D / Yifan Y

Name: James Wilde (MArch 1)
Atelier: CPU[ai]
Background about us: I am actually from Hyde so it is really interesting to have a project based on my home town.
Where I studied as an undergrad: Manchester School of Architecture
Fun Fact about us: I was invited to Buckingham Palace to accept an award
Skills: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Sketchup, Revit, Rhino, Enscape
Posted 8 Mar 2024 18:17
Name: Yifan Yang (MArch 1)
Atelier: Some kind of nature
Background about us: I am interested in sustainable building design and community architecture. I think this project provides us with a great opportunity to bring Hyde back to life through renovation while being able to create an opportunity for sustainable and better living for the surrounding residents. I'm really looking forward to working with students of different interests and majors on this project and I'm really looking forward to learning from each other.
Where I studied as an undergrad: Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University.
Skill: Photoshop, InDesign, Rhino, Enscape, AutoCAD
Posted 8 Mar 2024 18:31
Name: Yuxin Deng (MArch 1)
Atelier: Some Kind of Nature
Background about us: I am originally from China, I completed my undergraduate programme. Currently, I am a member of SKN Atelier in MSA, which gives me the opportunity to look at architecture from a different perspective, where architecture does not only serve human beings, but we also need to focus on various non-human clients in nature. I am interested in community regeneration and renewal as well as the design of public spaces, so I am looking forward to working with Hyde Town Centre to hopefully revitalise the area!
Where I studied as an undergrad: at Chongqing University in China and spent six months as an intern designing contemporary university campus projects
Skills: SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, AutoCAD, Lumion
Posted 8 Mar 2024 18:35
Name: Cat Dodd (MArch 1)
Atelier: Some Kind of Nature
Background about us: I am from Winchester and spent the last two years with a company specialising in school design.
Where I studied as an undergrad: University of Plymouth
Fun Fact about us: I am training for the Dartmoor Ultramarathon
Skills: Definitely not making models, the one thing SKN truly cares about (V-ray and unreal engine aficionado)
Posted 9 Mar 2024 14:48
Team Meeting
On February 6th, our group met with our mentor Matt who gave us a lot of inspiration. Afterwards we had a team meeting where we discussed the poster concept and worked out the planning process for the week of action, as well as the amount of time needed for each activity, spending, etc. We also assigned different roles to each member of our team and we will work together efficiently in the upcoming work.
Posted 10 Mar 2024 23:34
Site Visit

Our project aims to connect the heart of the city - the city center - with its main transport hubs: the main railway station and bus station. Through site visits, we've identified the challenges that residents and visitors face when navigating between these key points. Our aim is not only to streamline these pathways but also to enliven the city through innovative planning and design, enhancing urban vitality and accessibility.

Our approach is to create an intuitive and engaging route that makes the journey from the city center to the train and bus stations a pleasant experience. We plan to incorporate a variety of amenities along these routes, such as comfortable seating, fun children's play areas, and multi-purpose activity spaces. These features will cater to the daily commuter as well as offer tourists the opportunity to explore Hyde's unique charm.

In particular, we will focus on revitalizing the town center square by introducing outdoor shops and activity spaces to reactivate the area's commercial and social potential. Our design philosophy emphasizes sustainability and community engagement, ensuring that the project not only meets current needs but is also adaptable for future developments.

Throughout the delivery process, we will work closely with community members and government agencies to ensure that our planning reflects the needs and aspirations of all stakeholders. Through this project, we aim to add a vibrant touch to Hyde's cityscape while improving the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
Posted 11 Mar 2024 00:54
Second Client Meeting

Our team met with our collaborators last week to update them on where we've got to with planning our action weeks. We sent them our proposed poster to get some feedback, discussed the project name, then walked them through what we are hoping to produce. We discussed what outcomes they were hoping to achieve, how we might meet those goals, and the content we were anticipating for our publication.

Our collaborators are keen to drive up interest in the project, and we discussed some strategies from their system that we could be using, such as a public noticeboard style site, and presenting to a wider reach in Tameside Borough Council.
Posted 11 Mar 2024 09:22