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Homes for Change (210)

210 - Fostering interaction through design

The award winning Phase 1 scheme takes on board all that was good about the 1960s crescent blocks, identified by the former residents of 'the Crescents', who came to found a housing co-operative to oversee its development.

The dramatic architecture resulting from a process of the local community driving the scheme forward is a striking rebuttal to assertions that public participation in the design process generates blandness. The forms are highly unconventional, high density and mixed-use, with environmental performance given high priority.

Perhaps most surprising of all is the retention of the deck access concept that characterised the blocks 1960s predecessor, though their modern counterparts are wider and visually more permeable. These were requested by the residents for their tendency to promote positive social interaction, and together with terraces, help provide overlooking to an internal courtyard used for informal social gatherings and safe children's play.

Other Information

  • Location: Manchester
  • Project Team: Designers: Mills Beaumont Leavey Channon Architects (Phase 1), Harris Ince Architects (Phase 2); Guinness Trust and Homes for change Co-op
  • Contact: Homes for Change Co-operative Tel: 0161 232 1588
  • Site Area: 0.63 ha Density: 79 units per hectare


UDC Section - Creating the Urban Structure / Density, Facilities and Form/  /ace  / /

Homes provide good surveillance of internal courtyard.

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