My Review of the Year

The project deals with the issue of unemployment in the UK and more specifically that of Manchester. The proposal is for a network of factories, staffed by the long-term unemployed, taking the city's waste and 'up-scaling' it into material to be reinvested into the building stock. The Labour Exchange aims not only to provide an improved level of training and back to work skills for the long-term unemployed but also provide the necessary support network that is often lacking. This is achieved on a number of levels dependent on requirement, whether it is that of social, health or opportunity. The Labour Exchange aims not only to provide for the unemployed but also become part of the green infrastructure within the city of Manchester, providing further support and sustainable encouragement for the communities the Exchanges inhabit. Unemployment is a growing concern exasperated by the recent recession and appearing unlikely to quell in the near future. The issue has not been helped via past governments inadequacies in dealing with issues of the welfare state. There is therefore no better time to take a radical approach before the situation reaches a point of no return.

Andrew
Lightfoot

6th Year
Aged 25
Student Biography:

I'm 25 and originally from Worcester the home of sauce and porcelain and have been part of the Manchester School of Architecture for 5 years. A love of design and a desire to be involved in shaping the urban realm we inhabit were the original factors in choosing architecture, which have evolved to the current interests of participation and affective design. During the part one placement I returned to Worcester working for a local firm on a range of projects mainly based in the residential, education and retail sectors. The past two years have given me the chance to see the affect engagement with public and end user can have upon a design as well as an interest into social housing in the UK to be explored through work and involvement in Hulme and Wythenshawe. Further exploration into the installation of green architecture and methods of integration of vegetation in composed design has also been pursued.

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