Friday 27 May 2011
MA A+U had an expedition to Wakefield yesterday to visit David Chipperfield's new gallery dedicated to the work of Barbara Hepworth. Despite the unpromising weather spirits were brightened by fleeting sunshine as we crossed the Pennines into Yorkshire. The new building, which features a cluster of top-lit and individually expressed galleries stands adjacent to a weir on the River Calder
Craig thought it was contextually contrasting in terms of location and materials
Natalie was reminded of the work of Tadao Ando
Bill appreciated the relationship with the water
Angad thought the reflective quality of of the water added to the monumentality of the gallery"s scale
Supriya liked the free flowing organisation of spaces, the big windows and top lighting in the galleries
Meliz thought the lighting system was very sophisticated
Chen liked the combination of blocks and the siting and connections across the water
Laleh liked the relationship established from the contemporary gallery with the medieval chantry chapel
Ketki preferred the subtlety of the circulation here to that of Zaha Hadid's MAXXI in Rome
Preeya liked the way the building sits on the site and the clean way it meets the water
Kathryn thought it was very welcoming and open
Luke was impressed with the complex and dynamic form of the building
Carrie thought the windows created interesting relationships with the gallery rooms
Christina thought the building was integrated well in its riverside context
Jack thought the bridge created a sense of journey across the different qualities of water
Tuesday 17 May 2011
The second annual student-led MA A+U Symposium was held on 12 May at sandbar in Manchester. The venue was kindly donated by MA A+U student Stephen Gingell.
This year's theme concerned the ways by which British cities might overcome the current economic downturn and reinvent themselves.
The event was chaired by author and journalist Owen Hatherley who outlined the the social and economic context of the last few years before introducing the first speaker Dr. Mark Jayne, an urban geographer at the University of Manchester. Appropriately enough given the venue Mark's presentation was the relationship between drink and British urban life representing what is often problematic as a negative aspect of the contemporary condition as an activity through which social life is constructed.
The second presentation of the day was by Mark Lemanski of muf architects who discussed a number of the practices's public realm projects in London including their award-winning Barking Town Square.
A brief debate with interventions from the floor preceded lunch when entertainment was provided by MA A+U student Xu Chen at the sandbar's piano.
After lunch Rose Marley spoke about The Sharp Project in Manchester, a large scale digital facility intended to help regenerate New East Manchester. This presentation raised the issue of new educational and employment patterns which would create profound change in the life prospects of some of Manchester's most marginalised citizens.
Mid afternoon was anchored by Geoff Denton of Stockholm-based White Architects who talked about their competition winning project for Salford House 4 Life. Against the trend of anonymous apartment blocks the project proposes low-rise, robust family housing around communal spaces which offer a utopian prospect for future urban wellbeing.
The day was concluded by Elizabeth Varley from techhub an enterprise at the heart of 'Silicon Roundabout' who emphasised the global potential of the digital economy in turning the urban situation around.
The day provided a great opportunity for groups from different backgrounds and disciplines to debate the problems and possibilities of british cities in quite a tangible way. New connections were made and new ideas fostered ...
Tuesday 10 May 2011
Sunday 8 May 2011
Friday 6 May 2011
Thursday 5 May 2011
illustration: Salford House 4 Life winner White Architects, Stockholm
10:00 START - INTRODUCTION by OWEN HATHERLEY
10:15 DR MARK JAYNE - University of Manchester
11:00 MARK LEMANSKI - MUF Architecture/art
12:00 DEBATE - THE PRESENT
14:00 WELCOME BACK by OWEN HATHERLEY
14:15 ROSE MARLEY - The Sharp Project
15:00 GEOFF DENTON - White Arkitekter
15:45 BREAK - Talk by Professor Tom Jeffries, head of Manchester School of Architecture talks about the new RIBA Hub
16:00 ELIZABETH VARLEY - TechHub
17:00 DEBATE - THE FUTURE
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