My Review of the Year

Following the "Age Friendly City" conference in November I defined Levenshulme as a site of interest with an existing community base that is active in retaining and improving their Urban Environment. Levenshulme is not an area of the city that is subject to a great deal of investment and over the course of the year in the wake of the City Council cuts, the closure of Levenshulme Baths and the potential closure of the Arcadia has been announced. The friends of Levenshulme community group worked to successfully prevent the close of the Baths and the Manchester Roller Hockey group and Roller Derby group are proposing to take over the management of the Arcadia Sports Centre. Over the past 6 months I have worked with the groups to produce a scheme that will provide a phased extension of the Arcadia therefore allowing for the community to expand and improve the facility with minimal closures to the centre. The scheme seeks to provide a focal point for Levenshulme and export Levenshulme to the city as well as integrating the city with Levenshulme through an accessible train station and improving place identity.

Nadia
Khalifeh

5th Year
Aged 24
Student Biography:

I was brought up in the Lake District and moved to Manchester in 2006 to start university and I fully embraced the possibilities that the city offered. After completing my first degree here I moved to London in order to complete my part one experience, which I did at a small firm in west London working closely with clients on private residences.

Upon returning to Manchester in September 2010 in order to start my BARCH degree I joined MSAP intrigued with the way in which architecture can affect peoples lives and the way in which the Urban fabric can alter lives and communities if designed sensitively with the users.

Working as a part of MSAP has opened my eyes to alternative architecture practice and has encouraged me to become more outgoing. Through interacting with multiple groups in the community I have sought to establish their desires and construct them in spatial manor. Through my dissertation I explored the role of the model in encouraging participation in architecture and this has confirmed my belief that the model is the most vital tool in architectural design.