The University of Sheffield School of Architecture
05 Matthew Pearson - Heart of the Machine Castleworks is a City Centre vocational college developed as a multi-discipline Arts and Technical training centre based on the site of Castle Market. Designed as a ‘Theatre of Learning’ the building aims to facilitate a learning method based around direct experience, understanding as a result of practical experimentation, and to promote innovation by fostering both formal and informal collaboration between the different disciplines. The main market building, a space used throughout its life as a place for the community to meet, helps to recapture the sense of vitality, of community ownership and import to the life of the city of the original markets.
10 Niamh Lincoln - Nursery Street - Reconfiguring Margin The project situates itself in today’s hostile political climate. It looks at what the social repercussions of heightened hostility could be upon marginalised communities in Wicker, Castlegate and Burngreave by establishing a community-initiated scheme, which seeks to unify existing grass roots neighbourhood resources into one programme. As such it constitutes an alternative civic hub/structure driven from a Wicker-Castlegate-Burngreave Trust. Can working at the edge of communities establish a zone of exchange, which in turn encourages broader interaction? Can the establishment of joint platforms lend marginalised communities greater weight for carrying out their objectives?
06 Emma James - Smith + Sanctum Smith + Sanctum is a purpose built, mixed-use facility for Roundabout (a local homeless charity), which offers support and preventative spaces for young people. The proposal develops health and well being with a focus on making, as a form of therapy and enterprise. A taxonomy of thresholds explored how different users interact across the site.
11 Toby Buckmaster -The Artists Cooperative An alternative proposal to the Councils Castle Market masterplan, the project has developed a greater focus on Sheffield’s small businesses and creative industries providing a space for them in the heart of Sheffield. With the Artists Cooperative at the centre of the proposal it provides open studio space, gallery shop and market breaking down the threshold between the artists and the public creating a more dynamic experience.
07 Connor Cunningham - Mixed Use, Castlegate An assessment of the term ‘mixed use’ and its implications for planning and regeneration policy.This proposal for a new city block in Sheffield aims to develop a new sustainable and design driven definition of ‘mixed use’. Drawing on research which emphasises hybridity and disseminating community my project aims for an open and nuanced design which has a greater civic influence and ownership. The work involves the repair and reuse of the historic Castle House a listed 1960’s co-operative department store.
12 Nabihah Zainol Abidin - The Theatre of Remembrance The theatre looks into the imaginative reconstruction of memories and transforms them into performance art. The theatre, located at the city’s boundary, allows the exploration of people’s stories through 3 main spaces. A place of remembrance that is embedded and flooded by the river, a storytelling centre that allows exchange of memories and a performing arts theatre, a medium for the community to express their memories.
08 Akintunde Lisk-Carew - Once upon a Castle Underneath the soil of Castle Market lies the remains of Sheffield castle, a motte and bailey ruin slowly losing its place in history. Today the market building is under demolition and is undergoing major change.The project proposes a visitors centre in the current Castle Market site that initially functions as an archeological excavation to develop into a visiting research centre for the curation of new artefacts.This is a six year project that spans from 2015 - 2021 intending to create a future gateway into Sheffield.
13 David Graham - Memorialising Buildings: The Ruskin Collection in the Old Town Hall A proposal for a new museum displaying an assortment of objects from Sheffield’s various collections (both private and public), anchored by the Ruskin Collection, and appropriating Sheffield’s redundant Old Town Hall as an exhibit. A concrete extension to the nineteenth-century building provides facilities for the curation and preparation of artefacts and feeds services into galleries located in the existing dilapidated interiors.
09 Kelly-Marie Rogers - The Guild of Castlegate This thesis investigates craft as a methodology for city making and design; exploring the power of craft to engage and empower. Using a craft perspective the project creates a new governance of city making. That sees agency of an area in the hands of its people. Exploiting and enhancing local knowledges, the project creates an educational program that questions current models of education in city making crafts through use of community knowledges. The proposal creates the ‘Guild of Castlegate’, a collage of academics, crafters, local people and students; who have come together to shape their part of the city.
Full catalogue of student work from the School of Architecture Summer Exhibition 2015.