I’m working as an visiting lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University again this term.
We took a guided tour of the Manchester and Salford Junction Canal tunnel last week, which was very interesting given the Deansgate and other major streets in the city centre are right above our heads.
The first years will be thinking through a narrative and use for these abandoned tunnels having been talked through the history of the canal and the uses of the tunnels since by Jonathan Schofield, a local historian and Manchester advocate. I won’t tell the whole story here, but leave that to Jonathan who I can highly recommend. To book him for the same or other tours in and around Manchester you can find him here;
I revisited a train of thought I often come across in my work with buildings and their spaces, about how much changes so quickly in our cities, and that what goes before doesn’t completely disappear. It just gets buried underneath everything that comes later.
A building designer should always have archaeological thread to their thought process to understand that their work is just a point in time. It will be the subject of endless revision and reinvention. I always think about what traces of each project might get let behind, and what that will tell people about me, my work and my clients.