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 28 July 2015

University of Bath Urban Design Workshop 2015: Manchester

Readers of this blog may well recall the April visit to Manchester by M.Arch students from the University of Bath for an Urban Design Workshop, in lieu of their customary continental field trip. MA A+U was very pleased to host the group, with the Manchester students acting as observers of the methods and processes by which several group projects were woven into a single strategy for an extensive site stretching from the NOMA regeneration project, along the Irk Valley towards Collyhurst, images of which are shown below. These observations will form a component of the MA A+U cohort's 'Research Methodologies and Events' submissions this August.

Thursday 2 July 2015

Architecture + Urbanism recommends 'MAIFINITO'

Architecture +Urbanism is pleased to recommend a new publication MAIFINITO by Professore Gaetano Licata of the University of Palermo.

"These essays, projects and original drawings, together with a survey of international artistic, social and architectural experiences, all gravitate around the phenomenon of maifinito. A way to describe, and make visible, an enormous quantity of unfinished buildings diffused throughout urban and extra-urban areas, mainly in the South of Italy. A phenomenological investigation which is bound to overcome ideological biases, in order to let reveal paradoxical and hidden qualities. What can we learn from this phenomenon? Are there maifiniti buildings or settlements, which, as architectures, urban areas, and landscapes, can propose positive elements from which to learn, concepts to absorb and complex practices to borrow, both for their own transformation and for new projects? Which hypothesis of future development is still viable for maifinito buildings? The degree of incompleteness of the maifinito is ever-changing and, given its entity, we may attempt to see it as potential heritage that can be reactivated at any time, starting from the meeting between today’s current needs and the new tangible and intangible conditions produced by the maifinito."

MAIFINITO is published in a bilingual Italian and English edition by Quodlibet Studio

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