& is a powerful little symbol - it opens out into the next step, argues for inclusion and demands to be followed. Rather than starting from within the discipline and moving outwards, &rchitecture emerges from what already is different (in the world). &rchitecture is brought into existence through the participation in and inhabitation of material space by the subjects of the city. This is a key way of discovering what the power and potential of architecture is to create (inclusive cities and societies). &rchitecture argues that difference is not error that designers should seek to minimize/eliminate in order to come to an optimal solution, but the central means of creative practice. &rchitecture seeks to embrace difference in order to be affective and affectable – to make a difference and move people emotionally, whilst being open to change ourselves. Without engaging with difference our thinking and practices remain unchallenged, and our actions are unable to address the complex and fluid conditions we practice in. Without difference, we fall into habitual processes in which norms and orthodoxies are perpetuated.
Rather than a simulated form of practice, our interpretation of professional studies focused on using rigourous architectural approaches to justify deviation from habitual architectural behaviour. Developed and taught In collaboration with HTA Design, our professional studies unit undertakes a series of design-research investigations developed with partners across the city. In PS1, we worked with Southway Housing Trust to investigate the potential of retrofitting a ‘Radburn’ estate in south Manchester into an older people’s cohousing community. Each student was given a set of constraints to explore, creating a systematic feasibility study which was present to Southway Housing Trust. The proposals have significantly altered Southway’s understanding about how they might respond to issues of ageing and the potential to diversify housing stock without significant demolition.
Our PS2 brief was developed with Manchester City Council (MCC) and the Far East Consortium (FEC) –who are developing the 12,000 home ‘Northern Gateway’ regeneration programme in north Manchester. MCC and FEC wanted to understand how their development could be more equitable for existing residents and achieve the goals set out in the council’s ‘Age-Friendly’ strategy. Informed by a parallel academic research project and their own engaged research activities, students produced a series of masterplans and building proposals which combined housing, commercial space and social infrastructure. Each group was challenged to use design as a form of creative negotiation, bringing together the seemingly contradictory requirements of 5 stakeholders through design. The proposal will be formally reported back to MCC, FEC and local stakeholders in Autumn 2020.
Abigail Colder, Amanda Jia Yun Chua, Anya Hristova Tineva, Binyu Binev, Dalia Qistina Binti Mohammad Nasaruddin, Harry Westwood, Jemima Osborne, Jessica Amelia Ward, Kaja Marta Sandura, Katayha Marie Gould, Khe Lyn Lim, Kiran Milton, Lu Hui, Ma Chor Yu, Nestor Jose Ruiz Medina, Patricia Belcin, Rachael Louise Aylward-Jones, Samuel Ejaye-Uzhieka Okoh, Siti Nur Syahirah Binti Shukri, Supriya Maruti Jagtap, Szymon Konrad Milczarek, Tang Qinyi, Wen, Wang Xinbo, Yoon Chan Nam
Bubusara (Sara) Abekova, Estelle Xin Yun Ang, Zi Quan Beah, Chloe Chan, Mike Chan, Kelly Cheung, Tobias Corry, Serena Dias, Rachel English, Christine Guan, Sarah Jin, Candice Yuanmei Lin, Anahita Mohammadkhani, Khairul Asyraf Bin Mohd Rodzi, Christopher Myk, Adam Najia, Ethel Ng, Frixos Petrou, Hanna Zbikowska