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.

Thursday 25 June 2015

Architecture + Urbanism recommends 'FUTURE OF PLACES: Public Space in the New Urban Agenda'

438 individuals from 344 organisations ranging from 76 countries are participating in the Urban Thinkers Campus “Public Space in the New Urban Agenda” organized by the Future of Places 29 June – 1 July 2015 in Stockholm.

The campus will draw on the earlier experience and knowledge of the Future of Places forum for public space. In joining efforts with other World Urban Campaign partners (Citynet, INU and SDI), we hope the campus will provide a platform for discussing public space in the New Urban Agenda that will be decided at Habitat III in 2016, but also in other important global processes such as the Post 2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21/CMP11).

The World Urban Campaign partners have agreed to contribute to the Habitat III Conference by engaging the international community, public, private, and civil society partners to contribute to the new Global Urban Agenda through a consensus document that describes «The City We Need.»

The Urban Thinkers Campus is an initiative of UN-Habitat conceived as an open space for critical exchange between urban actors who believe that urbanization is an opportunity and can lead to positive urban transformations. It is also intended as a platform to build consensus between partners engaged in addressing urbanization challenges and proposing solutions to urban futures.

Wednesday 17 June 2015

Placemaking and the Future of Oxford Road

Placemaking and the Future of Oxford Road

A cities@manchester Urban Forum held in association with Corridor Manchester

The International Anthony Burgess Foundation, Manchester

June 23 5.30-7.30 pm

Oxford Road is the heart of Manchester’s knowledge economy and is rapidly transforming into an internationally renowned hub of culture, business, higher education, and innovation. In addition to the major transportation upgrades that will be undertaken in the near future, a wide range of organisations are working to create a vibrant, distinctive, and compelling destination that will attract shoppers, employees, students, and visitors alike.

In this Urban Forum, a panel of stakeholders will reflect on the opportunities and challenges of placemaking on Oxford Road and the transformation of this key district in Manchester over the coming years.

Panellists include:
Jo Beggs, Manchester Museums Partnership
Eamonn Canniffe, Manchester School of Architecture
Jayne Cartwright, Vinspired
Diana Hampson, University of Manchester
Toby Sproll, Bruntwood
Chair: Andrew Karvonen (Lecturer in Architecture & Urbanism, University of Manchester)

The panel discussion will be followed by complimentary drinks and nibbles and informal conversation.
This event also launches Stories From The Road - a collaboration between cities@manchester and UrbanWords - which maps Oxford Road via creative writing and celebrates the individual stories which inform, create and question our cities:
This event is free to attend but booking is required via Eventbrite:

images courtesy of MA A+U graduate Edward Cutler

Tuesday 9 June 2015


MA A+U student David Chandler will be holding a STOCKPORT URBAN FUTURES SURVEY on Sunday 14 June. 10 - 4 at the Manchester Metropolitan University Market Place Studios, Market Place, Stockport as part of his postgraduate research on the future planning of Stockport town centre, in particular Little Underbank, Royal Oak Yard, Great Underbank, Adlington Walk and High Bankside. The event is open from 10.00am to 4.00pm, with other open studio events also running at the same time, while in the Market Hall itself the Vintage Village Concrete Fair featuring the Manchester Modernist Society will also be occurring.

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