Pursuing Projects

The year began with a short field trip and a project based in Prortmeirion, Wales. The aim of this project was to produce an intervention within Portmerion in the style of Sir Clough Williams-Ellis. Following the interpretation of the site through diagrams and videos it was the prevalence of CCTV and 24hr surveillance in the village that was to become the focus of the project. A surveillance hut "hidden" in the existing fabric of Portmeirion was proposed that would use the large numbers of statues as potential cameras. The second project involved working in groups, looking at a range of sources (texts, artifacts and films) to help establish the position of the role of the architect. In particular I considered an essay by Elizabeth Grosz that looked at Plato and Aristotle and how their ideas fed into modern architectural discourse. Tow videos were then produced that helped to explain the role of the architect to the general public and building users.

Nadia
Khalifeh

5th Year
Aged 24
My Review of the Year

Following the "Age Friendly City" conference in November I defined Levenshulme as a site of interest with an existing community base that is active in retaining and improving their Urban Environment. Levenshulme is not an area of the city that is subject to a great deal of investment and over the course of the year in the wake of the City Council cuts, the closure of Levenshulme Baths and the potential closure of the Arcadia has been announced. The friends of Levenshulme community group worked to successfully prevent the close of the Baths and the Manchester Roller Hockey group and Roller Derby group are proposing to take over the management of the Arcadia Sports Centre. Over the past 6 months I have worked with the groups to produce a scheme that will provide a phased extension of the Arcadia therefore allowing for the community to expand and improve the facility with minimal closures to the centre. The scheme seeks to provide a focal point for Levenshulme and export Levenshulme to the city as well as integrating the city with Levenshulme through an accessible train station and improving place identity.

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