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Report - Urbis-4/6/07

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by romanian1, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. romanian1

    romanian1 Guest

    Urbis is an exhibition centre in central Manchester, England.
    The centre features interactive exhibits and changing exhibitions on the subject of city life. Urbis challenges ideas and concepts relating to the development of cities and highlights both environmental and social issues that must be considered in the future development of the urban environment. Like many modern museums Urbis is highly interactive and is developed with education and learning as a key focus.

    Urbis' programme of changing exhibitions focuses on the culture of the modern city, with explorations of design, architecture, graffiti, photography, music and fashion.

    The building opened in June 2002 as part of the redevelopment of the area around Exchange Square known as the Millennium Quarter. After initial controversy over funding, including criticism from the local Liberal Democrats, Urbis had its most successful year ever in 2006.

    rbis is located in a unique building in Cathedral Gardens, Manchester, designed by Ian Simpson. The design and shape of the building can be compared with the Flatiron Building in New York.

    The exhibition centre is set across five floors. Floor four focus on life in Manchester; floors two and three contain interactive exhibits on various aspects of city life. The first and ground floors hold temporary exhibitions which change regularly.

    Urbis also contains The Social (a bar and cafe), a shop, rooms for corporate hire and a restaurant and bar on the fifth and sixth floors. Manchester's television station Channel M has recently moved its offices and studios into the building.

    To be honest this was a bit of an opportunist visit, we hadnt planned for it at all, but whilst recceing the general area for other purposes we noticed access and with it being too early and light to attempt a rooftopping at that point we decided to return a bit later.

    Having seen the location of this building (in a busy square) i was sceptical we would get up this place without being spotted and i doubt without scott pushing us we would have even attempted it, but on our return he was insistent, so alley, gibbo and him set off with myself an Lawrence initially opting to saty at ground level and try and get some shots of them on top from ground level.

    Anyway, theyd got approximately a quarter of the way up when i decided there was no way i wasnt going up too, so leaving Lawrence with my rucksack i set off in hot pursuit of them , catching up with them around halfway up, we made it to the top and lawrence suddenly appeared saying there was no way he was gonna miss this either, which was nice as i felt bad about leaving him down below minding our gear.

    Anyway, enough chatter and on with the pics, i feel i must point out i didnt have my tripod with me and managed to borrow gibbos briefly so any slight blurring of photos is due to my unsteady hand, apologies.

    Victoria station in the foreground, strangeways tower top left and all the cranes you can see are on a new developement called green quarter (keep watching this space, we have our eyes on that one too:D)
    Looking down the roof, sorry this is the clearest pic i have:(
    The amount of times ive stood on premier lodge and looked at this building is untrue so it was nice to get an opposite perspective.
    CIS building
    The Big wheel
    Totally out of focus but i love this shot nevertheless, scott i think on the way back down.

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