In USE each student is encouraged to form an individual concept based on a thorough site analysis. The projects follow a (personal) narrative that is born out of the site’s history and its inherent potential which is developed through all design stages.
The Atelier explores the boundaries of architectural practice and utilizes the techniques and working methods of other creative disciplines in particular fine art. The topic for this year was to develop projects and spatial strategies that explored Resistance. This theme ran throughout the atelier in all cohorts.
The initial spatial context for the exploration of the topic was centred along and beside the Fallowfield Loopline (The Fallowfield Loop or Floop). Built upon the remnants of a decommissioned railway line, the Floop now forms part of the National Cycle Network running the breadth of Manchester. Multiple eras of housing, industrial and natural elements exist along the eastern part of the Floop including the ancient Nico Ditch, the secret lake, and infrastructure in the form of Thirlmere Aqueduct and several reservoirs.