Mies. UK interviews will soon be translated into Spanish by FUGA Arquitectura (LEAK Architecture), part of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM), and screened in South America. FUGA is an organisation ‘from students, for students’ and we can’t wait to see how things turn out!
We’re glad to announce our new deal with @uk_mies architecture from Manchester. You’ll be able to watch their contents in spanish soon
— FUGA Arquitectura (@FUGA_ARQ) September 28, 2013
— Mies. UK (@uk_mies) September 28, 2013
Watch this space!
As Mies. UK enters its second season of filmed interviews, we welcome three new members (or Mies Pieces) to the team!
Maryam Osman [RIBA Part III Student, Manchester]
Maryam studied at Manchester School of Architecture for both her undergrad and postgrad degrees. She now works at 5Plus Architects and is an Associate Lecturer at MSA. She’s looking forward to interrogating the major players in architecture and sees global domination as a minimum for Mies!
Konrad Koltun [Undergrad Student, Manchester]
Konrad’s an undergrad at MSA. For him, working with people that capture passion and pass it on to others is exciting because it allows him to contribute to the process in a very open way.
Adam Jones [Postgrad Student, Manchester]
Adam returns to Manchester to commence his MArch following two years of working in practices in Cardiff, Sydney and Melbourne. For him, collaboration and dialogue is critical if we are to improve our built environment, and he’s passionate that Mies. UK will get people talking!
We’re also really pleased to announce our new partners:
Abigail Banfield and James Cahill
Both 3rd Year students at the University of Plymouth (and President and Vice-President of PADS respectively), Abigail and James will be contributing to the pool of interviews over the coming months with a focus on interviews in the south of England.
Who’s still kicking about?
James Taylor-Foster [Co-Founder, Mies. UK / Undergrad Student, Manchester]
Now overseeing the second season of Mies. UK, James [left] is unbelievably excited to be working with this incredible team of Miesers!
Arian Lehner [Co-Founder, Mies. UK / Direktor, Mies. Magazin – Vienna]
Now back in Vienna, Arian [right] is overseeing Mies. Magazin, Mies. UK‘s sister organisation in Austria. They’ve got some amazing things planned – you can keep up to date with all their exciting activities here.
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Since our focus is Manchester, there was no way we couldn’t interview someone on the relationship between football and architecture. We spoke to Steve Millington, lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University’s School of Science and the Environment, and a Manchester City fan.
Football stadiums have become iconic structures. “When you think of some of the top teams of the world like Barcelona, you think of Camp Nou; Real Madrid, Bernabéu; Manchester United, Old Trafford.” Steve says that the stadium is synonymous with the team and says a lot about the city as well. “You see this in particular in Manchester. When you speak to the average international tourist on the streets of Manchester, they are not really here for the galleries or the nightclubs, they are here because of the football clubs.” The idea behind it is also to create a destination and a place within the city, “which is not only recognizable for the locals and fans, but also on the international stage, because football is so mediated, internationalized.”
At the top City Tower, overlooking Manchester (and even some of 3D Reid’s buildings, namely 1 Angel Square), we interviewed Mike Hitchmough, Divisional Director at the practice. We talked about how similar pasta is to architecture, and what the perfect working environment looks like.
When Mike was at school he was good at both arts and science. “I didn’t know any architects back then, but I went to London quite a bit. Maybe the scale mezmerised me subconsciously. Architecture seemed to be a fantastic opportunity to use the things I was good at.”