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A very quick video here – just a clip of one visitor’s response to her day at the Baths’ recent Open Day.


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Last Sunday saw the younger generation take over Victoria Baths’ open day. Visitors flocked to the building to take part in a series of Family Design Workshops aimed at budding architects. The activities, organised by Chartered Architect Jane Leach, with support from Manchester Women’s Design Group, were designed to give children a taste of what architects do and why their role is important.

Aspiring Will Alsops took part in everything from tile-printing and stained glass making, as well as designing bespoke homes for their favourite cartoon characters. Meanwhile, the adults enjoyed the usual tours and Open Day goings-on, as well as contributing to an Emotion Map of the city created by Manchester Women’s Design Group.

The Family Design Workshops were part of Manchester Architecture and Design Festival 2010, which runs until 15th May.

You can also listen to Jane, Lorenza (MWDG) and Urun (MADF2010) discussing plans for the workshop HERE.


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Three architects from Manchester have joined forces to create a series of special workshops which are scheduled to take place at the next Victoria Baths Open Day on Sunday 2nd May 2010. The workshops, which are part of the Manchester Architecture and Design Festival, will see families getting involved with all kinds of activities, from creating stained-glass windows and repeated tile patterns, to designing a house for Mickey Mouse or Spongebob Squarepants!

The activities are the brainchild of freelance architect Jane Leach, and are designed to help families, and children especially, appreciate what makes good design, and learn what architects do.

The day will also provide an opportunity to contribute to the Emotion Map of Manchester, which is being created by Manchester Women’s Design Group.

I met up with Jane, and her colleagues Lorenza (from MWDG) and Urun, the coordinator of the Manchester Architecture & Design Festival, to find out more about the workshops, why they wanted to get involved with Victoria Baths, and just why we need architects.

Listen to Jane, Lorenza and Urun talking about their projects…


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Restoration is currently underway at Victoria Baths, but what do you think about the future use of the building? Do you hope for it to be restored exactly as it used to be, with swimming pools and Turkish baths? Or do you value the range of activities that currently take place in the building, the art installations, choir performances and so forth – and think that there should be space for these goings-on in the restored Baths?

I asked architects Jane and Lorenza from Manchester Women’s Design Group, and Urun from the Manchester Architecture and Design Festival that same question…

Listen to the architects’ discussion:


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