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.

Natallie
Harris

5th Year
Aged 24
Student Biography:

After five years of studying at Manchester School of Architecture I have developed a particular interest in a new role of the architect. This interest inspired my dissertation title 'Break the Mould - Bridging the gap between the user and the architect.' Throughout the dissertation I looked at both the historical role of the architect and start to develop a new type of architect that was able to communicate and utilise the needs of the user unlike the stereotypical, egotistical architect seen in the media. This interest has inspired my work as I aim to produce concepts and proposals that the end user can relate to and also be involved with as I believe that architecture should be focussed on process just as much as product. Whilst being part of msap it has broadened my views on the affect architecture has on the user and the power we have as architecture students to empower the community.