Collaboration Throughout this project, I have collaborated with 3D design and Interior design students in various research visits and tasks.
A visit that kicked of the project was a guided tour of Ancoats, the hub of the industrial revolution. We learnt all about Manchester’s industrial past and how is has developed dramatically since the revolution. The joint tour with interiors allowed different questions to be raised that perhaps wouldn’t have been asked if it was just a tour with 3D students. This refreshing outlook on the area allowed me to understand how different designer and practices perceive a space.
Our collaboration with the interiors students started with introducing ourselves with an object that represents our practice as well as our personality. I chose to bring a piece of wood as it was the material I had been working with in my previous project. It represented my experimentation with this new structural material as I enjoy producing functional yet stylish pieces. The interior students brought in computer mice, rulers and graph paper, objects that allow them to design and plan. This provided a contrast between the specialties.
We where then asked to produce a section of an illustrated map of Manchester that would later be joint together to make a map of the city. In order to grasp the identity of the area, we walked down each street and canal. We quickly realised that there were definite sections of the map where graffiti is more prominent. This inspired us to create a graffiti map, which highlights the areas of the city that the art is on display. We wanted the streets and buildings to be illustrated in monochrome, to highlight the graffiti and create contrast. We also made the graffiti 3D to portray the walls they had been drawn on.
By working in a group, it allowed me to understand what other people notice and take from the city, it gave me a different perspective of where I live. When the final piece was brought together, it became apparent that everyone perceives and looks at Manchester in a different way, through its many identities. This has inspired me to explore more of Manchester’s culture and history.
I also participated in a group trip to the People’s History Museum, A former Edwardian pumping station, housing displays on local and national working-class life. Whist there I learnt about the effects of the industrial revolution, and why is was so successful in Manchester, a landlocked city. I also learnt about the Manchester canal, and how it was a large booster of the city’s economy. It allowed the city to be put on the world map as the biggest inland port. This lead me to look at Manchester’s connection with water, and how it has supported the growth and success of the city.
As a group, we discussed the importance of the revolution in Manchester’s success, each taking inspiration from different aspects. Some were more interested in the cotton industry looking at the positive as well as the detrimental effects it had on the city. It was interesting to hear what other people where taking inspiration from, and how everyone’s thoughts interlinked and connected with the joint starting point of the industrial revolution At the People’s History Museum, I was able to take a closer look at the canal that runs through the city.
I enjoy how it weaves its way through the architecture adding smooth lines to the linear groupings of buildings. Through talking to Hannah an interior student I learnt about the importance of being sensitive to a spaces history and architecture. The canal was a huge step for the city adding a new dimension to a very flat space, yet it was still very sensitive to the architecture.
Other Collaborative Exercises
Blog Posts From the Collaborative Weeks
Word Count (647)