As part of this year’s intensive Induction project, which always takes place in the first week of the course, MLA students worked in mixed groups to prepare the Living Exhibition at Heron Street in Hulme. They also undertook a short design challenge to look at the theme of Safe streets and linkages across the whole neighbourhood.
Four groups were given a route and a fictional Hulme character to focus on. These included a single Mum taking young children to the nursery, a student cycling to Asda to do her weekly shop, a primary school teacher taking a group of children to the Leisure Centre for swimming lessons, etc. The results were a series of bold re-imaginings of Hulme’s network of streets and spaces, exploring themes such as colour, light, street art, play, green shelters and skate-able surfaces as ways of making the streets more accessible, vibrant and safe.
A fifth group worked on a different challenge, set by the local residents at Heron Street, to redesign the very dead space at the access to the internal parking courtyard. Their ‘Green Hive’ concept was extremely well received by the resident’s group who are now seeking funding to help implement the proposals.