Exhibition examines future of housing

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A group of postgraduate students at the Manchester School of Architecture are working with Bakewell Partnership on an alternative to building on greenfield land.

Under the Government’s Localism Act 2011 communities can draw up a neighbourhood plan to shape where developments will go and what they will look like.

So the students have tried to identify different ways of living in order to avoid development which could change the face of Bakewell.

The school plans to exhibit a masterplan in Bakewell this May following on from another this month which featured models of home designs which were contemporary but still in keeping with the town’s architectural heritage.

Sally Stone, head of Continuity in Architecture at Manchester School of Architecture, said: “Rather than just filling-in greenfield sites there are ways to develop the town which are much more sympathetic with the way it has already developed.

“You can consider alternative ways of living, such as co-housing, living cooperatively and car-sharing.

“Much of the design works form the assumption that people can live differently - many now live in larger family groups and share gardens, for example, or even properties.”

The Way We Live Now exhibition, at Bakewell Town Hall, asked students to design a theoretical home in Bakewell on a small complicated site on the edge of the town centre.

Each design examined the type of home which is needed in the 21st century with solutions including family homes, live work units, starter homes, multi-generational housing, business start-ups and homes with shared facilities.

Each house also considersed the surrounding traditions and history of the site.

The proposals will not be built but are simple ideas generated by the students.

High-quality models and drawings complete the exhibition.

For more information visit http://www.msa.ac.uk/atelier/continuity.