During the first year of the MArch, a modular housing system with alternative financing was developed in response to the inadequate provision of affordable housing. My dissertation focused on gentrification in Ancoats, Manchester, and how a local group have used spatial practices to alter processes. A common theme of rights to urban space was established, and kept in mind for the final design project.
‘Outreach and Fundraising Hub’ is an extension to the existing Wood Street Mission, Manchester. Established in 1869, the Mission provides goods and services to families living in austerity-driven poverty. The Hub aims to merge people (families and fundraisers), process (goods) and money (fundraising). The physical and social connections with Spinningfields businesses are strengthened by creating a fundraising space. Skills facilities are also incorporated to further aid families. The design creates opportunities for physical and visible connections through use of split levels, a central atrium, balconies and terraces.