MSA Projects | 2010/11 | : Project 1 - Knowing What Love Is
Pursuing Projects

A series of short projects were set at the beginning of the year. Firstly we took a trip to Portmeirion, Wales. The aim of this trip was to produce an intervention that could be theoretically presented to Sir Clough- William Ellis (architect of Portmeirion). By producing a series of beach huts and advertising them in the style of a 1960's sea-side resort poster the aim was to use Clough's unusual style and create an affect. The second project looked at the role of the architect in relation to MSAp. By analysing the ARB and RIBA educational criteria and a text by Tatjina Schneider and Jeremy Till the aim was to understand if the legislation of the profession would allow a new type of architect. We created a stop motion animation that explains the architect's role within the architectural design process and focuses on the influence of external inputs. We wanted to show that an architect takes their ideas from both education and everyday life and by meeting a diverse range of people it will inspire them more than working alone in an office. This started to highlight the importance of the MSAp ethos and by performing a cookery style show we highlighted the ingredients needed to practice in the way that MSAp do.

Natallie
Harris

5th Year
Aged 24
My Review of the Year

Focussing on a comment made by an individual at a Valuing Older People workshop at Manchester's Town hall this project looks at the problems that Piccadilly Gardens currently faces and questions why people are unable to connect with the space. Through analysing the changes seen in Piccadilly Gardens throughout history and understanding how people are affected by the space the aim of the project was to overcome the negative perceptions people have and look to develop a new type of garden that was able live up to its intended use as a central meeting point in a large, contemporary city. Through analysing both the Picturesque and the Renaissance garden the final design is a hybrid that lies between a park and a square. It clashes with the current Tadao Ando design to create a main event space that will allow the space to come to life from the programmes it has. It also has a series of character areas. These character areas take precedent from the renaissance garden and give a sense of green to the space which was highlighted as one of the main problems by the public. The final design is a new type of public space that moves away from a sterile public square or from a neatly manicured garden. It has a sense of wildness from the picturesque and a sense of order from the renaissance to form a space that Manchester can be proud of.

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