The MA Architecture + Urbanism course is the Manchester School of Architecture's taught postgraduate course which conducts research into how global cultural and economic forces influence contemporary cities. The design, functioning and future of urban situations is explored in written, drawn and modelled work which builds on the legacy of twentieth century urban theory and is directed towards the development of sustainable cities.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Architecture + Urbanism recommends '50 Shades of Green: The benefits and challenges of managing urban greenspace'

Professoriate Lecture from Prof. C. Philip Wheater

Dean and Pro-Vice Chancellor, Faculty of Science and Engineering

50 Shades of Green: The benefits and challenges of managing urban greenspace

Most urban dwellers look favourably on the greenspace that lies close to their homes or places of work, few realise the richness of the wildlife that can be supported by such environments. Nor do many of us understand the different benefits, pressures, opportunities and challenges that are involved in designing, maintaining and enhancing such spaces. This talk presents a wide ranging tour of the different types of space and considers conflicts and resolutions to these issues with reference to work carried out by researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University. The topics covered will include benefits (including on the public’s health and wellbeing) of urban habitats, urban ecology, problems in urban open spaces, and the management of urban wildlife and habitats.

Phil Wheater is the Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering and a Pro-Vice Chancellor at Manchester Metropolitan University. He has been teaching, researching and writing about wildlife and urban ecology for over 30 years, including textbooks on urban habitats and invertebrate animals, reports on site management, and articles on human / environmental interactions. Phil has worked on many different aspects of urban management from wildlife ecology, through habitat management, to personal security and public health issues. He has worked with a wide range of organisations associated with urban habitats. These include metropolitan authorities (such as Manchester City Council and the Corporation of London), national organisations (including Natural England and the National Trust), and managers of a number of urban fringe areas including sites of special scientific interest and national nature reserves.

Wednesday 26 November 18.00-20.00

John Dalton Building
Manchester Metropolitan University

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Architecture + Urbanism recommends 'The Liveable City - a Danish-British Dialogue in Manchester'

The Liveable City Programme
Exhibition and all events are free and take place at Manchester School of Architecture, Benzie Building. Please sign up for seminars in advance via the Danish Embassy in London website.

EXHIBITION: CONTEMPORARY DANISH ARCHITECTURE
OPEN 20-27 NOVEMBER 2014
BENZIE BUILDING, MANCHESTER SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE

The exhibition shows some of the highlights of contemporary Danish architecture and gives a unique insight into the core values that Danish architecture embodies: a green, environmentally sustainable profile and an empathetic and democratic approach, in which good design and great architecture are not reserved for the elite.

SEMINAR:
URBAN PLANNING - FROM VISION TO ACTION
THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2014

Riccardo Marini, Director, Gehl Architects, UK Director
Simon Kjær Hansen, Director, Centre for Urban Planning, Copenhagen Municipality
David Roberts, Director, igloo

It is not hard to imagine and agree on the ideal, liveable city. The hard bit is how to make the change happen. The seminar focuses on the political process of moving from vision to action, bringing in experiences from the recent year’s transformation of the Danish capital as well as other cities around the world.

9.30am: Registration and refreshments
10.00 – 12.30am: Seminar


SEMINAR:
CIVILISED CYCLING - HOW TO GET GRANNIES AND CHILDREN ON THEIR BIKES
THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2014

Chair: Tom Jefferies Professor, Head of MSA
Klaus Bondam, Director of the Danish Cyclists' Federation
Helen Ramsden, Head of Travel Choices and Active Travel, Transport for Greater Manchester
Marianne Weinreich, Head of Mobility, Veksø
Sten Sødring, Head of Communications, Gottlieb Paludan

Cycling should be considered a practical, everyday means of transport, not an extreme sport reserved for Lycra-clad young men. How do we get more grannies and children to cycle? And how can this help to improve traffic safety, attract tourists and create people-friendly, liveable cities?

1.30pm: Registration and refreshments
2.00 - 4.30pm: Seminar


FOCUS GROUP:
TURNING PROJECT MANAGERS INTO BUSINESS MANAGERS THROUGH ICT
THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2014

Jørgen Korsgaard, owner, AutoPilot

Danish company AutoPilot will introduce its philosophy of turning project managers into business managers through efficient project management, registration and invoicing. AutoPilot invites up to 20 British architects and consulting engineers for an exchange of views and information on current project management practices in the UK and feedback on the AutoPilot concept.

1.30pm: Registration and refreshments
2.00 – 4.30pm: Seminar

TO PARTICIPATE, PLEASE EMAIL PER KAAG ANDERSEN


FILM SCREENING:
THE HUMAN SCALE
THURSDAY 20 NOVEMBER 2014

The Human Scale is a vital documentary dedicated to rethinking urban space and our assumptions about modernity, exploring what happens when we put people into the centre of our equations. For forty years acclaimed architect Jan Gehl has systematically studied human behavior in cities, what he calls life between buildings. His ideas inspired the creation of walking streets, the building and improvements of bike paths and the reorganization of parks and squares from Copenhagen to Melbourne, Dhaka, New York, Chongqing and Christchurch.
Director: Andreas Dalsgaard.

7.00-8.30PM


SEMINAR:
HOLISTIC CITY DEVELOPMENT - STRATEGIES FOR INTEGRATING UNIVERSITIES IN THE CITY
MONDAY 24 NOVEMBER 2014

Helle Frost, Partner, Juul & Frost Architects
Ruairidh Jackson, Senior Project Director, Argent

A holistic, future-proof and sustainable campus improves the dialogue between the university, the city and its businesses. By inviting business world in, the modern campus can become the missing link between academia and enterprises - an urban hub for innovation and growth.

1.30pm: Registration and refreshments
2.00 – 4.30pm: Seminar


SEMINAR:
MENDING MODERNIST MISTAKES - THE REGENERATION OF MODERN CITYSCAPES
TUESDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2014

Chair: Richard Brook, Senior Lecturer, MSA, Manchester Modernist Society
Rune Veile, Architect and Partner, BCVA
Gavin Elliott, Director, Architecture, Chairman BDP Manchester
Claus Gade, Architect and Partner, NOVA5

The influence of Modernism is still strong in contemporary architecture, but for all its virtues, Modernism also has its flaws. Many of the idealistic projects from the sixties and onwards have proved to be inadequate in terms of liveability. How can we approach existing buildings and housing projects to make them - and the surrounding areas - more people-friendly?

9.30am: Registration and refreshments
10.00 - 12.30am: Seminar


SEMINAR:
FACADES MATTER - THE FACE OF ARCHITECTURE
TUESDAY 25 NOVEMBER 2014


Chair: Ged Couser, Architect Director, BDP
Robert Knudsen, Dominator Technology ApS
Mike Lee, RMIG Ltd.
Esben Øster, A/S HAI Horsens
Søren Ravn, Sjølund A/S

RIBA members and other construction professionals are invited to a free CPD event focusing on facade materials. Danish companies with expertise in facades will present their solutions. Specialising in respectively coating, perforation, polymer technology and roll forming, the companies’ products make it possible to create unique constructions for leading architecture.

1.30pm: Registration and refreshments
2.00 – 4.30pm: Seminar


SEMINAR:
WATER, WATER EVERYWHERE - MAKING ROOM FOR RAIN IN OUR CITIES
WEDNESDAY 26 NOVEMBER 2014

Chair: Eddy Fox, Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture, MSA
Flemming Rafn Thomsen, Architect and Co-founder, Tredje Natur (meaning 'Third Nature')
Paul Simkins, Architect, Urban Designer, Arup

Climate change means that we have to prepare our cities for heavy downpours and flash flooding. Rainwater solutions are not just about enigeering, they can also add value to cityscapes. Sustainable, landscape-based rainwater handling can bring nature back in our cities and create new meeting places and spaces for activities.

1.30pm: Registration and refreshments
2.00 – 4.30pm: Seminar


SEMINAR:
OLD BUILDINGS, NEW FORMS - CONTEMPORARY USE OF HISTORIC STRUCTURES
THURSDAY 27 NOVEMBER 2014

Chair: Sally Stone, Principal Lecturer, MSA
Teva Hesse, Head of London Branch, C.F. Møller
Phil Griffin, freelance writer and curator
Nick Johnson, Market Operations Altrincham, CABE Commissioner
Tomas Bur Andersen, COO, HansenGroup UK

Cost efficiency and sustainability are obvious advantages when you ‘recycle’ existing buildings. Adapting and expanding historic structures to contemporary use can also help linking the past to the present and preserving heritage by giving it new life. How do we approach the old buildings with boldness as well as respect?

1.30pm: Registration and refreshments
2.00 – 4.30pm: Seminar



Monday, 20 October 2014

Where are they now? Jack Penford Baker

After achieving a Distinction from MA A+U in 2012 for his project "Global Commons”, Jack Penford Baker continued his research into globalisation with his M. Arch project “The Defragmentation of Bradford” for which he also achieved a Distinction and was nominated for the Silver RIBA President’s Medal Award in 2013. Having worked in London after his studies, Jack moved to Rotterdam in the spring of 2014 to work for the internationally renowned office MVRDV. Jack writes

“Since starting at MVRDV I have worked on a series of high profile design competitions which have transformed my approach to Architecture and Urbanism significantly. I am surrounded by a vibrant community of thinkers who are producing work at an exceptional level, I hope to bring the sensibilities and ideologies back to the UK at some point in the future.”


Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Architecture + Urbanism recommends 'SAVE LIBRARY WALK PUBLIC INQUIRY'

The Library Walk PUBLIC INQUIRY takes place at The Council Chamber in Manchester Town Hall 10am October 21st & 22nd and is open for the public to attend – please join us to show the strength of our opposition!
Background information is at www.friendsoflibrarywalk.wordpress.com

On October 21st campaigners battling to preserve one of Manchester’s most unique walkways will present a dossier of evidence challenging Council plans to close Library Walk. The Planning Inspectorate has called a Public Inquiry in response to hundreds of objections from people who want to preserve the right to walk the streets of our city, and to ensure they are accessible for disabled people.

Library Walk is a pedestrian area between St. Peter’s Square and Mount Street in Manchester city centre. Its distinctive curved shape is formed by Grade-II* listed buildings Manchester Central Library and the Town Hall Extension, both created by the celebrated architect E. Vincent Harris in the 1930s. Ian Simpson Architects designed the glass and metal “link” building which has been erected in the space, despite widespread public opposition and its absence from original plans and public consultation on the transformation of St Peter's Square.

Morag Rose, Spokesperson for Friends of Library Walk says

“We are fundamentally opposed to the closure of public space. We believe everyone should have the right to enjoy our cities streets. Library Walk is beautiful, and of significant architectural merit. We have testimonies from 100s of people who love and cherish it and want to preserve the right of way for future generations. The Council has only spurious arguments, we believe our evidence can successfully challenge every one of them. The closure sets a terrible precedent which blights the cityscape and wastes £3.5million which could have been used to significantly improve the public realm instead of stealing it.”

Author and journalist Owen Hatherley has voiced support, saying

“Library Walk is not only an extraordinary architectural space, an effortless transition between a classical library and a gothic town hall, it is also an extraordinary public space, free, atmospheric and wholly unique, in a city which has been lately intent on privatising and filling in all free spaces. In between these two masterpieces of public provision, to shove pointlessly this stunted black glass stub is inexplicable and inexcusable. A council that is – rightly – proud of these buildings should not be reversing the public-spiritedness that lay behind them in the first place”.

Witnesses who will be speaking at the Inquiry include representatives from The Open Spaces Society, Manchester and Warrington Quakers, The Twentieth Century Society, Manchester School of Architecture, Manchester Disabled People’s Access Group, Liverpool School of Architecture, Manchester Modernist Society and Friends of Library Walk as well as concerned citizens and experts in planning, architecture, Manchester history and urban space.



Monday, 6 October 2014

The Fifth Annual MA A+U Colloquium

The Fifth Annual MA A+U Colloquium will be held on Thursday 9 October at 2.00pm in Chatham 809 with research presentations by three recent successful graduates.

2.00 AIDIN AHANI
2.30 REECE SINGLETON
3.00 SETON WAKENSHAW

ALL WELCOME

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Manchester Re-United

Eamonn Canniffe will be talking about David Gosling's 1962 'Townscape' - inspired MANCHESTER RE-UNITED project at the

Gordon Cullen Memorial Event - Manchester
Location: Manchester
Date: Wed, 08/10/2014 - 5:00pm - 8:00pm


Wednesday, October 8, 2014 from 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

You are invited to join us for an evening of discussion exploring the idea of Townscape and the influence of Gordon Cullen. Held as part of the centenary celebration of Cullen’s life and work this is a joint Academy of Urbanism and Urban Design Group regional event.

The evening will include talks by three speakers:

Simone Ridyard, architect, artist and founder of Urban Sketchers Manchester, will discuss the growing interest in urban sketching

Robert Thompson, Principal Planning Officer (urban designer) at Sheffield City Council will present a summary of his research into Cullen’s work

Eamonn Canniffe, leader of the MA Architecture + Urbanism at Manchester School of Architecture, will discuss townscape in a Manchester context

The event will be held at the offices of Turley, 1 New York Street, Manchester, M1 4HD. Starting at 5:00pm, drinks will be provided.

Turley

1 New York Street

Manchester, M1 4HD


Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Graduation Selfie

CURTIS MARTYN (2013) and LAURA MINCA (2012) two recent graduates of MA A+U appear in this selfie taken at the degree ceremony held at the Bridgewater Hall, Manchester, when in addition to their MA degrees they were presented with their Master of Architecture degrees.

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