MADE supports Birmingham’s housing programme
We recruited four architecture graduates connected with Birmingham City University who were finding it difficult to get paid work in architects practices due to the economic situation. They worked as a team for a month developing proposals and drawing plans for housing options for five small building plots in the Birmingham housing renewal pathfinder area. They were joined by MADE's intern Paola Oggianu - you can see her diary entry for the site visit here
The sites are all owned by Birmingham City Council and are too small to attract large developers. Knowing there is unmet demand for large, 3- and 4-bedroom houses in the area, the team worked up plans for three-storey town houses and large detached houses to show how the sites could be developed by small developers.
Each graduate took the lead on one site, sharing ideas with each other and collaborating on the fifth, much larger, site. They were supervised by architect and urban designer Joe Holyoak and exhibited their work to the national council of the RIBA before handing it over to Birmingham City Council’s housing and regeneration team.
Our design studio is a flexible concept - we have just recruited three graduates to create a physical model of the Churchfields area of Kidderminster as part of a masterplanning commission for Wyre Forest District Council. If you think a temporary design studio could help your project, contact Jane Puzey on 0121 363 0064
MADE set up a temporary design studio to draw up housing plans for some of Birmingham's most challenging building plots