Reintroducing Absences

Throughout my Architectural education, I have been fortunate enough to study in one of the best universities for architecture whilst also living in the same city. This is as well as having the ability to travel, study and explore many cities across the country. This has contributed towards a more varied and diverse architectural experience and is a valuable lesson in developing my skills and strength of character. I have a strong passion for environmental, social, and urban development using FLUX methods such as soundscaping, interviewing, journaling, sketching and collaging. I joined the FLUX atelier the past 2 years, which is interested in temporality with a focus on Remaking the city across a range of time frames, investigating open urbanism, developing situated practices and collectively bringing all the designs together to collectively propose:  The Mayfield Archipelago. 

The proposed intervention for Mayfield's regeneration focuses on wood recycling, a wood workshop, and the reintroduction of Fairfield St. arches. The aim is to engage the general public, businesses, and the Mayfield community, including workers, volunteers, and rough sleepers. By fostering inclusivity and creating a transformative environment, the project seeks to bring about positive change and revitalize Mayfield.

The intervention serves multiple purposes. Firstly, it reintroduces absent spaces such as the Railway Arches, providing inclusive and vibrant areas for various activities. Additionally, the project aims to reduce wood waste by implementing recycling practices, utilizing a wood workshop for repurposing materials, and crowdsourcing wood donations from businesses in Greater Manchester. This approach promotes sustainability and contributes to a more environmentally conscious future.

Furthermore, the intervention plays a crucial role in establishing stronger connections between Mayfield and the rest of the city. By creating engaging spaces and utilizing recycled wood, the project aims to connect the community and generate a sense of belonging.

Through the collaborative efforts of the public, businesses, and the Mayfield community, the intervention generates positive social and environmental impacts. By embracing wood recycling and community involvement, the project not only enhances the aesthetics and functionality of Mayfield but also nurtures a sense of pride and ownership among its residents and stakeholders.

Overall, the proposed intervention offers a holistic approach to Mayfield's regeneration, promoting sustainability, inclusivity, and community development.