Advocating Inclusion

In order to promote a way of working that involves feedback throughout the design process we organised a three day pop up exhibition in the Trafford Centre titled "January Sale." This was a chance to get more people involved in architecture and their city. It was a chance to take architecture out of the studio and promote the work undertaken by MSAp. It also gave the unit a chance to meet the people that will be affected by our designs of all ages, backgrounds and occupations in an informal situation. Over the three days I was intrigued by the stories told of the history of Piccadilly Gardens from a range of visitors that remember the space before its redevelopment in 2002 and received valuable feedback on my concept of "Greening Piccadilly Gardens". Understandably people are affected by a space differently, in this case many people remembered the beautifully manicured gardens but few remembered the trouble that occurred. I realised that the main problem was that people when referring to the word ‘garden’ were finding it hard to relate it to the current design. This led me to investigate two types of garden. This exhibition was also a brilliant experience in terms of organising and advertising an event as well as talking about my project to a range of different audiences.

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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Trafford Centre Exhibition
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