NTU Architecture Subject Group

The Walkman Resistance

The study of the Walkman was a key influence on this design, imagining what the world might be like in a dystopian future where the Archivist resides in the Manchester Craft and Design Centre. The Centre is in the heart of the Northern Quarter of Manchester, having been left dormant due to the change in the political climate in 2184. Due to the controlling nature of those leading, the Manchester Craft and Design Centre is now the Head Quarters of the ‘Resistance’, where the Archivist resides, keeping a log, restoring, and using the Walkman- a tool of communication and a symbol of the autonomy they strive for. The Walkman is used as a way of passing messages of resistance within the tapes to different areas of Manchester. Therefore the building needs to respond to the demands of the Headquarter and the climate and context it exists in. The design wants to bring together past traces of the site and its present needs by taking crucial elements found within the Walkman. Owing to it being a symbol, this has been taken and used for ornamentation within the building by the ‘Archivist’ pulling apart the Walkman and creating new spaces and shapes through the gear mechanism and how its conceptual shapes factor into the design. Overall, the Walkman has inspired many of the interior elements, such as the brass layering from the PCB board, even influencing the shape of the walls and fixed furniture. Furthermore, due to the use of communication apparent within this design, the resistance has a space that not only physically communicates through the Walkman but the building itself in different forms, ornamentally or through the perforations representing how the Walkman was created. This design reflects the Walkman, and the Walkman reflects the future they want.

Sophie Barnwell
Student name
Sophie Barnwell
Course
BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
Contact
LinkedIn
@sophie-barnwell-6a6905207
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Orthographics for Design

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Banqueting Space for Resistance, Site Map

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