Mayfield Archipelago

Architecture in Flux: Our focus is on establishing an open urbanism that recognises that the city is always being made;

Establishing a state of change

The process by which we make our cities in the UK has been handed down from an era of empire where consuming materials was seen as progress and hate crimes were legal. Inequality and climate change are baked into city-making. If tomorrow’s cities are to construct a more equitable and diverse public realm, then we need to start here and now with reimagining how we practice architecture and with whom.

Teaching in FLUX

Our starting point is that each student writes their own brief and programme in response to the live transformation of the city, each determiningwhat own our matters of concern and care are. This happens in dialogue with the property developer for the area (U+I-Landsec) and with the people we encounter and seek out along the way. Our individual programmes are developed through a series of one week ‘labs’, incrementally testing and re-testing propositions for the Mayfield regeneration area of Manchester City Centre (andfor Lab5, Chemnitz, Germany)as we go along.

  • FLUX:Lab1 ‘Grit Walks’
  • FLUX:Lab2 ‘Atmospheres’
  • FLUX:Lab3 ‘Awakenings’
  • FLUX:Lab4 ‘Taxonomy of Lines’
  • FLUX:Lab5 ‘Choreographic Object’

Situated Practice

Each Lab delves into the temporality of architecture and establishes an open urbanism through inscriptive, mobile and improvisational practices. These afford us the opportunity to work both at the scale of the city and in person at a 1:1 scale.

The U+i-Landsec developer’s brief to FLUX in 2022-3 has been to investigate how architecture could activate a reconnection to this lostpart of thecity. Some projects have explored assumed ownership of undeveloped sites outside of their ownership ‘red line’.

BA3 were invited to focus on infrastructure-interrupted sites and construct an Archipelago of interventions that could reconnect this lost part of the city to the areas around it. Projects explored howthese islands can reconnect city fragments through an incremental sequence of green infrastructures and, collectively, as an Archipelago, create an alternative mode of master planning for the city that explores the temporality of architecture and allows the redesign of the city to be open and open ended.

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Flux 2023
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Urban Intensifier

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Unleashing The Hidden Current

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Woven ‘Green‘

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A Wild Habitat Resource

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Mayfield Centre for Food Research and Development

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The inhabited wall

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INVERTING MAYFIELD

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CENTRE OF CONVERGENCE

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Mayfield Conticinio- Silence of the Night

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Mayfield Vertical Streetscape

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Hidden Garden

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Kino Archipelago

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Archipelago of Tranquillity

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Students

Haziq Bin Abdul Wahab, Laura Blazyte, Evan Chandler, Ruby Chang, Charlotte Ellis, Louis Louth, Afraa Mahgob, Joseph Marsden, Maria-Alexandra Nastase, Cyrus Navabi Marks, Natasha-Andreea Nedelcu, Silvia Nedyalkova, Ana Plesa, Jakub Rammel, Adriana Sokolova, Hadiza Tafida, Sasina Thaiwatana, Han Xu, Haoqing Xu, Ana Zagnat