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DAY: 07 The Final Showdown!
After all the Hard work we had been doing since these days, 14th may was the date when we had to present this structure to public! our location was stevenson sq. (which opp. to fred aldous art store).
It was a pleasant day, and everything went as planned. We interacted with many people who came by the bus stop, and raised awareness about our mission. In spite of several suggestions and queries, the over all feedback was positive and our plant stock was given away much before time!
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By burning the wood exterior using a blowtorch and a re-useable BBQ the surface of the wood could be scrubbed to give it a smooth texture to sit on.
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We took some found wood and decided to reuse it to create swings for the bus stops outside All Saints Park.
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By filling in existing gaps with Lego an interesting contrast was created with the old stone bulding and brightly coloured Lego. It gives passers-by something to notice and breaks the monotony as they go about their commute.
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DAY 03: Conceptualisation!!
After gaining knowledge from the Hulme community trust member and from the street artist, we were ready to design our group model. Being spilited into groups of four, we had to rethink and develop a Marquette of the design proposal.
These are the pictures of our groups design proposal which was voted the best amongst all the groups. Now was the actual task to create this proposal into a 1:1 structure
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DAY: 04 Working on site!
Using all the recycled materials from the site itself, we regrouped to start our work for this structure.Since the deadline to present was very close, it was only possible by the hard-work our group mates that we were able to finish this structure in a two days span.
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DAY: 02 Meet the artist!! Early in the morning we gathered to meet the famous street artist to gain some exposure of this style of art. He gave a a brief idea abstracts arts using stencils. By the end of the day we created some beautiful abstracts by his help.
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Here we are setting up our final outputs for our review day. Then we listened to the two other groups presentations and watched a video for the testing of each of the floating structures. John Bridge from Croft Goode architects also joined us on the day.
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In the last session we delivered our final presentation to everyone. The presentation was successful. Our proposal had got some positive feedback which was inspiring. The other three groups' presentations were very inspiring and impressive to us. After all the hard work, we were treated some delicious cakes to celebrate the succeed of this event we have all anticipated in.
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The finalized plan of our proposal. We decided to make the most of the space obtained after removing all the fences, and make them into semi-community spaces where residents living around the spaces own them.
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Diagrams we made while brainstorming for our proposal.
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We decided to focus on a small street in Sale, where there was tall fences on two sides of it. We wanted to remove all the fences in order to maximize the community space.
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Session two
In the second session we visited the Sale community centre. We walked around the site where we will be focusing on in later tasks. After that, we each delivered a presentation of our chosen neighbourhood to people from Sale. We were also split into groups of four to work together on future tasks. The task of my group was to focus on social cohesion. We need to find precedents that fit within our theme and analyse the constraints and opportunities of implementing these within the Sale estate.
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Day 6
The project was finished, and the exhibition complete! A video installation and posters informed visitors of the aims of the project and how it was achieved, and the mushrooms were hung from the frame. The mushrooms haven’t yet grown from the mould, but overall the project was successful in that everyone got to contribute to the designing and building process, and could grow their very own part of the overall project. I thoroughly enjoyed the project MushFarm, and I am impressed with the outcome of the team to create the functional and beautiful installation.
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Day 5
The exhibition was discussed for the mushroom farm, and was decided there would be a looping film on display to show the process of building the farm structure, with posters explaining the concept of the project, the trip to the Biospheric Foundation that gave inspiration to the idea of recycling materials to create food, and how the mushrooms were grown.
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Day 4+
The building process of the structure was started and finished, and the pallets were separated into single planks and made into an arc. These single planks were drilled together in two arc halves, and connected at the end to create one large arc that utilised the tree as a central organic figure.
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Day 4
The mushroom bottles are beginning to grow white fungus-mould across the surface! These will soon be ready to slash open and spark the fast growth of mushrooms from the mould.
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Day 3+
We settled on the idea of a large arching build, that utilised the tree as a central point and would have an organic and beautiful curve to it, to allow the mushroom baskets to be suspended. This could also be sat on either side, with the idea people could walk under the arch to pick mushrooms, and relax and eat them upon the side-benches.
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Day 3
We imported the pallets and began brainstorming group ideas of how to put them together. (draw some quick plans of some ideas). Ideas included a cantilever, hanging mushrooms, stacked piles of crates, curving around the floorspace, seating or steps, ect.
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Day 2+
We began planting the mushrooms. We layered them within recycled coffee grounds in plastic bottles, utilising waste products, and watered the coffee. We put the lids on lightly so as to allow a little air to the bottle, spurring the growth of (hopefully) white mould across the coffee.
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Day 2
Changes in plans had us revising the original idea of using recycled tesco green plastic crates to using recycled wooden pallets, which were more readily available. Due to this change there were fewer units of material to build with, so the groups merged to make one big farm rather than three individual ones.
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Day 1+
We got split into three groups of four, and each group could design a build for the farm. We spent the day brainstorming and sketching ideas on how to make this farm.
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Day 1
We met the team and got told the brief for the farm: We would be utilising waste products (in this case local used coffee grounds) to grow mushrooms from it – we would put the seed in the grounds, water it, keep it under minimal ventilation until the grounds grew mould. Then the bottles would be opened, and the changing atmosphere of air would spurt quick growth of edible fungus. These bottles would be displayed on a farm we would design and build from recycled tesco crates.
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A comical strip of the activities happening on Day 1. (top right) A introductory session with the participants. (bottom left) A brief introduction of Event 19 and Wearable Shelter. (bottom right) A one-to-one group tutorials for the initial design ideas.
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A comical strip of the activities happening on Day 6. (top right) Student enduring the weather while in her garment. (bottom left) Student wearing the garment in public spaces. (bottom right) Public engaging and questioning the students about the event and garments.
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A comical strip of the activities happening on Day 5. (top right) Inda setting up the garments for exhibition. (bottom left) Dayang nailing the boards onto the wall. (bottom right) Chu putting up the poster for the exhibition.
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A comical strip of the activities happening on Day 4. (top right + bottom left) A fashion student helping with the construction of the garments. (bottom right) Student testing the final product.
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A comical strip of the activities happening on Day 3. (top right) A short brief by Allan about Grumpy. (bottom left) The students looking for suitable materials for their garments. (bottom right) Students testing on the durability of the materials.
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A comical strip of the activities happening on Day 2. (top right) A talk by Dr. Annie Shaw on Wearable Shelter and Fashion. (bottom left) Students reading the books brought by Dr. Annie. (bottom right). A one-to-one group tutorial with Dr. Annie.
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The students worked in groups of 2 and 3 to produce output of each concept/ideas
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The group brainstorm idea of possible future development of the bath. we all agreed on 4 ideas :

1. Cafe ( proposed by the community save Withington Bath )
2. Biosperic project
3. Therapeutic spa
4. Multi-function rooms for the community.
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MUSHROOM - in the biospheric project, the grow mushroom using recycled substrates including wood chip, sawdust, coffee grounds and chaff. They get paid by collecting coffee waste and the mushroom are sold to restaurants.

CHICKEN AND BEES - their product like eggs and honey are collected.
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AQUAPONICS - aquaponic is a combination of hydroponic and aquaculture. Vincent showed us his fish tank where the fish waste ( ammonia ) will be pumped through a series of filtration containing 2 types of filtration containing two types of bacteria that convert the ammonia into nitrite, then into nitrate. The plants then absorb the nitrate and use it as a nutrient. after the plants have remove the nitrate, the clean water re-circulate into the tank. The fish and the crops will be sell to the market.
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FOREST GARDEN - vincent showed us around his forest garden where the soil have sterile and safe to grow his own crops
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Vermiculture - Vincent showed us around the vermiculture pod. This is where worms breaks down organic waste from the Biospheric Project which came from their organic shop. Worms improve the quality of the soil and crops, support waste reduction and recycling, water pollution and greenhouse emissions and even serve as a food source for their fish.

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BIOSPHERIC FOUNDATION VISIT - Vincent, the founder gave us a 1 hour tour around the refurbish mill where the biospheric project took place.
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The presentation was successful. The feedback we got included we needed more research into Chinatown and more grounding in reality. however overall the scheme was successful and enchances the spirit and vibe of Chinatown well.
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Ice breaking and a short introduction to who and role of CIA atelier. We ran through the brief of what we will be looking forward for the next 2 weeks of event. We also talked on the background and history of Biospheric Foundation& Withington Bath.
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Our final task was to make a presentation model that could show the upright position of our card structure. We made this out of one piece of card and folded it into shape.
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our hard work .....
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Finally...Installation of the bench inside and outside Chatham building
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Wood workshop - cutting and joining the pieces for the frame
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A diagram showing the system of the bench in steps: sitting, then tension ropes begin to deflect and finally making the person jump off...
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Concrete experiments, 30 of them. But decided they take too long to set so went back to plaster
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Mock-up of the hydrolics system using a can of custard!
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Axonometric drawing of the bench's design proposal
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First day brainstorming ideas for the 10-min bench
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Getting the materials on site.
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3D printed component
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Concrete casting
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Me at the dark room tutorial
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Final 3D instalation .
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placing plants in the shelves !! ready for giving them to people
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Grafitee !! playing with colours !
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Making holes in the jar !! and using them for the plantation
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Mistake !! using MDF planks !
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painting the wood .expressing our thoughts
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converting plants in to jars ! to give to the ppl
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Cutting off wood and making the planks
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constructing a space to place our plants and also give to the public
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Day 3
Every one started of with their own ideas ! how to save mother earth with greenary .
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Day :01
First time when we visited Hulme gardens ! We were guided by helen . She was pretty much strict . we had a good knowledge about plants and seeds
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Final A1 sheet
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After hanging the final few hats, the installation was complete and looked amazing!
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Standing on the scaffolding made for a great view of the sky of hats we had created!
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On Friday the team finished off the installation by hanging smaller threads of hats across the rest of the net.
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Photo collaged section of our proposal
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By the end of Thursday the screen had been completed and looked beautiful. Surprisingly, it looked almost identical to the computer model we had made and we were all really pleased with the result.
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The hats quickly took shape, and by lunch time the central part of the installation was nearing completion.
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The very first thread being hung! Each thread was carefully hung in place according to the grid we had already modelled.
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Empty space at the side of Withington baths. Overgrown and graffitied.
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By the time I arrived at the church on Thursday, the installation had already begun and the net was hung across the balustrades. The scaffolding had been erected and we were ready to start hanging the threads of hats carefully from the net.
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Stained glass window in Victoria Baths
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Victoria Baths photograph. Local building from similar time as Withington Baths.
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Aquaponics system at Salford Biospheric Foundation
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There was not a dull moment while working with the children. Their bubbly personalities and open minds made the event very exciting and inspired me to volunteer in similar projects in the future.
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Day 02_session 002
: A graffiti workshop by TJ Dolan, a freelance Artist from Manchester.
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Day 07_session 006
: Painting in progress #stencil #handwritten
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