Studio A - Workhouse project
Workhouse Project is a community group interested in fostering social cohesion and inclusion amongst people of all ages, social groups, and with all types of skills.This project is conceived and co-ordinated by the Workhouse Project. Throughout Hulme and Moss Side there have been identified three vacant lots that could be used as activity centers serving families in the area. The main objective is to provide a space where residents can meet, share and learn skills through group-based activities. Seeking to build a more cohesive, innovative, and resilient community. It is expected to be developed in different stages. On the first instance as a ‘meanwhile’ project, and in later stages, expand into a permanent development and replication in other areas with similar needs.
Design Thesis - Art Catalyst
After the decline of industrialization in Manchester, Northern Quarter was affected tremendously. The 80s weren’t much better, but there were initial sparks that would go on to help the area in the coming years. Northern Quarter has the potential to expand in the same way that its surrounding regions have. It is not like other cities’ situations, which can be quickly developed by the construction of big and futuristic buildings, but Northern Quarter requires an energizing source to help the area grow. It has remained unchanged for over 200 years, and the key is to continue to develop. This project is all about connecting people, mentally and physically through art. Achieving this by providing more pedestrian, canal, and cyclist-friendly routes, while connecting the three main areas; Ancoats, New Islington, and Northern Quarter using the art community center as the headquarter of the art community.
What do things look like? What colours do you see ? How far can you see ? What do you smell ? What sounds do you hear? What do you feel? What do you touch? The city is a strike on the senses. Cities are sensory, emotional experiences, for good and for bad. A city tells us things that make our body perceive the place with our sensations.
The dissertation will focus on how to reveal the importance of sensory urbanism in a City Centre. The case study will concentrate on the midpoint of Manchester city center, St.Peter square. Observing and analyzing St. Peter square is conducted to reveal how sensory urbanism can give us information about a specific place and its surroundings. This case study will help to demonstrate a consolidated document on the next stage for the region. A city always tends to develop and this dissertation might be used as the starting point to look at the essential tools before starting any further development in a city center.