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Bachelor of Architecture

Natalie Harris

RegenExpo, Natalie Harris

Regen Expo is a site that exemplifies, explores and questions the process of regeneration whilst acting locally as a regeneration tool within the Oldham Road and Ancoats Urban Village area of Manchester through providing a social knowledge base for the local community.

A series of “vision boxes” form the  main exhibition allowing people to experience a range of regeneration projects, visualise the original brief, voice their opinion and track the status of the project . This creates a feedback loop that enables people to see and learn from both the successes and failures.

This exhibition space also provides facilities such as a lecture theatre, workshop space and in house studios to involve the local community and help promote a relationship between the public and professionals in this field of work. The programme also includes a local market and the reopening of the local pub – The Smith’s Arms as a way to provide facilities to the local residents as well as for visitors, promoting local businesses and products.

The site provides a perfect backdrop for learning and experiencing what Manchester has to offer. Surrounded by regeneration schemes such as New Islington and Miles Platting this site is in the centre of the action. It also promotes Manchester’s mill town heritage and gives an insight into Manchester’s industrial past – something Manchester should be proud of.

Natalie Harris - exhibition space

exhibition space

Tags: Architecture, Manchester, Regeneration

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