[Architecture Research Practice for]
Radical infrastructures and socio-spatial change
Prefigurative architectures 2019
In collaboration with Trees-not-cars
Crafting alternatives to a council-proposed car-park in Manchester. Exposing the abuse of planning exceptions and prefiguring the co-production of green infrastructures.
Edible Garden in Ancoats
Tackling food security, the lack of accessible green spaces in Manchester. The project uses a strip of the car-park to prefigured an urban machine for food production, expanding the possibilities of the meaning of green spaces in the city
Mossballing in Manchester
Exploring the generative and active potential of green infrastructures, the group proposes disseminating moss panels across the city. Starting and situating the heart of the initiative in the car-park the intervention explores the economy of green urban transformation.
Access to urban planning information becomes a central feature of the right to the city. The project utilizes the conflict in Ancoats to prefigure information infrastructures that expose the regimes of exception that govern planning procedures in Manchester.
The Housing crisis
The group exposed the impact of expulsive urban dynamics in Manchester and sought to address the problem of rough sleeping in the city. Utilizing the site as a starting point to multiply the assembly of modular and temporary housing solutions, the group rescued the canal heritage to prefigure other ways of imagining public infrastructures.