My Review of the Year

Re-invigorating a Slice of Salford: Creation of Chapel Street Civic Complex This project is a re-interpretation for Chapel Street, the 'Historic Quarter' of Salford, as although it was branded as this, the area is very run-down and there are many derelict buildings and demolished pockets of land. The complex houses: a micro-brewery and public observation deck; a brewing museum/experience space; retail units; a local history library; exhibition areas; local government office; re-use of a derelict pub; a viewing tower and landscaped park/garden areas. The creation of the complex has been influenced by thorough research and contextual understanding. The project is as much about the rationale behind the scheme as the final output. Influenced by historic research and a contextual perspective, a proposition was devised in terms of an overall vision to reinvigorate the Chapel Street area. A program for the scheme was created by undertaking scenario development by analysing the historic connections of the site, conditions now and programme realisation inspired by this context. A civic facility was manufactured as part of the urban fabric to hold specific functions to encourage people to visit the site to act as a town hall / local meeting space. The civic complex and landscaped areas achieved the initial intentions set out at the start of the year through a detailed contextual method.

Rachael
Smith

6th Year
Aged 24
Student Biography:

Originally from Birmingham, I started my architectural education in 2005 completing the BA course in Manchester. I returned to Birmingham for my part 1 work experience working on numerous sheltered housing projects which allowed me to consider the needs of users who are sometimes overlooked in society. I returned to Manchester in 2009 to undertake the B Arch course as I believe Manchester is a vibrant, interesting, and dynamic city to study in. Over the course of the B Arch I have developed an interest particularly in the notion of urban layers and narratives, contextual understandings of place and the importance of place identity. Joining MSA-P this year has allowed me to fully pursue these interests. The reflective design process utilised has led to a methodical approach and a logical argument inspired by contextual research at the outset. Constant questioning of the rationale behind the scheme has led to justification behind every architectural decision. Perhaps the most important lesson learnt this year is that the importance of architecture and its value come from society, culture and community and is not primarily dependent on material or technological advances.

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