This project does not end with the architectural interventions, i.e. the final product after the process of community engagement and design. With the knowledge gained from working with individuals in Salford, it is important to share this information back with the community that I learnt from and with a wider audience. It is planned for the findings from this research, and therefore my project and architectural interventions/ideas, to be shared in a number of ways throughout 2011. It is hoped that this work will be published in at least one journal and will be presented at a number of conferences. We are holding our own specific exhibition throughout June 2011 at the Humphrey Booth Resource Centre in Salford, to show directly to the people who affected the project in its development. This exhibition will also be used as an opportunity to gain further insight into people's neighbourhoods and understand the spaces that are significant in the context of providing support. This project also runs in parallel with my dissertation. As part of the "wider society" part of my project, I have been forwarding my project work and dissertation to various members of Manchester City Council, to describe the research and what can be learnt from it.

Matthew
Hargreaves

5th Year
Aged 24
My Review of the Year

Our design methodology seeks out encounters with people and places, to seek out affects. We actively search for these encounters, creating new situations which result in personal affect, from which we respond creatively to actual circumstances to create architectural projects. By attending conferences in connection with Manchester City Council's Generations Together programme, I sought out these encounters, enabling me to meet new people to initiate my main project for the year. At the Age Friendly City conference in November, I met with Dr Richard Ward who wanted to form an interdisciplinary team with Dr Andrew Clark, a lecturer at the School of English, Sociology, Politics and Contemporary History, University of Salford, and myself for a study that was funded by the University of Manchester's MICRA (Manchester Interdisciplinary Collaboration for Research on Ageing) network. The aim of the study was to gain an understanding of the relationship between neighbourhoods and people affected by dementia (i.e. those with a diagnosis and those who care for them), with my involvement bringing knowledge of urban design and architecture to the research. My architectural project developed in response to the real needs of people affected by dementia and explored the ways in which neighbourhood spaces are significant. The final design therefore arose from a process of community engagement, with the result being a number of interventions based around the concept of the Neighbour House and the Noticeboard.

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