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.

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

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.



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.


1 New York Street

Manchester, M1 4HD

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