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Weekend-long architecture festival launches in Manchester

The Manchester Society of Architects has launched a weekend-long, Open House-style festival of architecture

The Manchester Curious festival, which takes place between 2 – 4 October will showcase a selection of the city’s architecture and aims to encourage public engagement.

The inaugural festival will also feature walks, talks, and tours of buildings including the recently completed Home by Mecanoo, the Stirling Prize-shortlisted Whitworth Gallery by MUMA and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio’s Manchester School of Art.

Festival founder and architect Lisa Raynes explained the reasons for the festival’s creation: ‘Architecture is an art form you engage with on a daily basis but we don’t always give it the attention it deserves.

‘There is also a perception that architecture is for ‘them’ as opposed to ‘for everyone’ and this festival hopes to democratize this art form and break down barriers between the professional and wider audience.’

Five buildings to see at the festival

Home by Mecanoo

HOME Manchester by Mecanoo

New Islington by Will Alsop (masterplanner) with housing by Mae, FAT and ShedKM

The Guts, New Islington by Mae

Whitworth Art Gallery by MUMA

The Whitworth by MUMA

Manchester School of Art by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Manchester School of Art by Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

Chetham’s School of Music by Stephenson Bell

Chetham’s School of Music by Stephenson Bell

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