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GARDEN OF LIGHT - Becky Sobell

Architecture Research Group

In an age where more people live in the city than the countryside, issues of architecture and its relationship to urbanism have never been more intellectually fascinating, socially vital and environmentally urgent.

Debates about the role of architecture in an age of economic globalisation, technological futurism, environmental fatalism and deepening social division demands an approach to architectural studies that draws upon a diverse range of practices and plural forms of knowledge.

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Research at Manchester School of Architecture (MSA)


Exhibitions & Publications


Sanderson, L., 2018. Palimpsest, Castlefield Gallery, 1/9/2018.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2017. Bakewell : Some Ideas, Bakewell Town Hall, 16/6/2017.

Sanderson, L., Lee, SJ., Stone, SH., 2017. The Way We Live Now, Bakewell Town Hall, 24/2/2017.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2016. Bollington. Real : Imagined, Bollington Arts Centre, 22/5/2016.

Huneck, KS., Jefferies, TJ., 2016. Manchester Urban Pioneers at Favoriten Festival, Dortmund Theatre Festival / Ladenlokal Rheinische Strasse, 23/9/2016.

Sobell, HR., Jefferies, T., Huneck, K., Kaushal, V., Macbeth, P., Jurack, B., 2015. Manchester Urban Pioneers, ELBERSHALLEN, DÖDTKOMM DÖDTERSTR. 10 HAGEN, 10/10/2015.


Sobell, HR., 2016. 'InSitu headquarters: Garage Building in Briersfield, Lancashire', Briersfield, Lancashire.


Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2019. 'Remember, Reveal, Construct : Reflections upon the Contingency, Usefulness and Emotional Resonance of Architecture, Buildings and Context.', Routledge.

Stone, SH., 2018. 'Buildings and Cultural Memory', Routledge.

Stone, SH., 2017. 'Re-Readings: the Principles of Interior Architecture and the Re-use of Existing Buildings, Volume 2', RIBA Enterprises.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'Barren Places to Public Spaces: A History of Public Parks in Budapest, 1867 - 1914', Budapest City Archives, Budapest.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'Budapest közparképítészetének története a kiegyezéstol az elso világháborúig', Budapest Fováros Levéltára.

Stone, S., Brooker, GJ., 2016. 'Form and Structure in Interior Architecture Edition 2', Bloomsbury.

Book Chapters

White, S., 2017. 'From representation to active ageing in a Manchester neighbourhood: designing the Age-friendly City'. In Phillipson, C., Buffell, T., Handler, S. (eds.) Age-Friendly Communities: A Global Perspective, Policy Press, London.

White, S., 2017. 'Including Architecture: What difference can we make?'. In Boys, J. (eds.) Architectural Design and Disability: A Critical Reader, Routledge, London.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2017. 'Oddments and Epigrams : The Neighbourhood Planning Agenda in Bollington.'. In Housing - A Critical Perspective.

Stone, SH., 2017. 'The Dance of Dead Things'. In Conservation/Adaptation: Keeping Alive The Spirit Of The Place Adaptive Reuse Of Heritage with Symbolic Value, European Association for Architectural Education.

White, S., 2017. 'The Greater Part: How intuition forms better worlds'. In Lord, B., Rawes, P. (eds.) Spinoza and Ratio, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh.

Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., 2017. 'Trouble in Happy Valley: The Documentation of a Research Through Design Collaborative Project between a Postgraduate Atelier at the Manchester School of Architecture and the Local Community of a Small Town.'. In 10 EAAE-ARCC International Conference (EAAE-ARCC 2016), EAAE.

White, S., 2016. 'Common projects and privatised potential: projection and representation in the Rotterdam Kunsthal'. In Lloyd Thomas, K., Amhoff, T., Beech, N. (eds.) Industries of Architecture, Routledge, London.

Stone, SH., 2016. 'Gate 81'. In Modern Futures.

Coates, M., 2015. 'The revolution can be avoided'. In Adams, M., Levy, C. (eds.) Handbook of Anarchism, Palgrave Macmillan.


Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., Lee, SJ., 2017. 'Reclaiming the Road: Public Realm Improvement Proposals for Bollington in Cheshire'.

White, S., Hammond, M., 2015. 'The Life of the City - Manchester City Centre, An age Friendly Neighbourhood?', Manchester CIty Council.

Journal Articles

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2017. 'Mediation in Urban Landscape Approaches: City Beautiful and Modernist Restructure in Bolton, Greater Manchester', Journal of Landscape Architecture, (28).

Canniffe, E., 2016. 'Urban morphology and the post-industrial city: commercial space in Manchester', The Journal of Public Space, 1 (1), pp. 53-62.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Gate 81: Saving Preston Bus Station', IDEA Journal, 2014, pp. 80-95.

JeffEries, T., Shaw, A., 2015. 'Semper's Jumper: Hard softness and soft hardness in archi-textile design', Craft Research, 6 (2), pp. 257-274.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2015. 'Sunflower Houses: a Hungarian experimental housing estate', The Modernist Magazine, (Issue #16 EXPERIMENT.).

Canniffe, E., 2015. 'The morphology of the post-industrial city: the Manchester mill as 'symbolic form'', Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, 39 (1), pp. 70-78.

Coates, M., 2015. 'To Hell with Architecture: An Architecture of Anarchism', Anarchist Studies, 23 (2), pp. 47-67.

Conference Papers

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2017. 'Bridging the Gap: Theory and Practice, Architecture and Landscape', Society of Architectural Historians 2017 Annual International Conference, Glasgow, 7/6/2017 - 11/6/2017.

Jefferies, TE., Anderson, J., 2017. 'City Verve Internet of Things Demonstrator: City Verve Commissions: Manchester's Plinth', Electronic Visualisation and the Arts (EVA 2017), London, 11/7/2017 - 13/7/2017.

Sanderson, L., 2017. 'Delicate Interpretations', Cite Margins City Memories, Bangor.

Stone, SH., 2017. 'The Task of the Translator', Creative Cities, Porto, Portugal, 24/1/2017 - 27/1/2017.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2017. 'The Way We Live Now : How Architectural Education can support the Urban Development of Small Settlements', AMPS, Derby, 22/6/2017 - 23/6/2017.

Sobell, HR., Hudson, J., 2016. 'Designed wildness: Unlocking the potential of urban wastelands', The Future of Wild Europe, University of Leeds, 11/9/2016 - 14/12/2016.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'The Architectural vs. the Natural: The Birth of Modernist Landscape Design Theory in Hungary', European Architectural History Network: Fourth International Meeting, Dublin, 2/6/2016 - 4/6/2016, in Kathleen James-Chakraborty (ed) Proceedings of the fourth international conference of the European Architectural History Network.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2016. 'Trouble in Happy Valley: The Documentation of a Research Through Design Collaborative Project between a Postgraduate Atelier at the Manchester School of Architecture and the Local Community of a Small Town.', EAAE ARCC, Lisbon, 14/6/2016 - 18/6/2016.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2015. ''Following the example of the British' - Influence of Sir Joseph Paxton's public parks in Budapest', PAXTON 150: Histories and Futures of Public Parks, University of Sheffield, 11/9/2015 - 12/9/2015.

White, S., 2015. ''The Greater Part of architecture: How intuition forms better worlds', Daughter of Chaos, 2015 Annual Deleuze studies conference, Stockholm.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Adaptable interiors', 22/7/2015 - 24/7/2015.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'At Home In Work', Nomadic Interiors, Milan, 21/5/2015 - 22/5/2015.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2015. 'Changes to Urban Landscape Approaches. Case Study of an Industrial Town', Landscape in Flux, Estonian University of Life Sciences, 20/9/2015 - 23/9/2015, in Niin, G. & Mishra S. H. (ed), Landscapes Flux: Book of Proceedings; Tartu: Department of Landscape Architecture Estonian University of Life Sciences, 2015, pp. 373-378.

White, S., 2015. 'From representation to active-ageing in a Manchester neighbourhood: designing the Age-Friendly City', The 2015 conference of the British Society of Gerontology, Newcastle.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Gate 81: Saving Preston Bus Station', 19/3/2015 - 21/3/2014, in 978-989-8734-02-0.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Sustainable Adaptation of the Existing Situation', World Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation, Manchester, 2/9/2015 - 4/9/2015.


Stone, SH., 2016. 'Adaptation and Reuse.'.

Stone, SH., 2016. 'Context and Environment'.

Hanley, AL., Jolley, V., Sanderson, L., Coucill, L., Robertson, J., Sobell, HB., 2016. 'MAP Manchester Architecture Papers'.

Stone, SH., 2016. 'Sustainable Adaptation'.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Gate 81: Preston Bus Station'.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Landmarks of Memory: Reflections upon the Re-Use of Existing Buildings'.

Coates, M., 2015. 'Radical Architecture: Revolution and Utopia in 1970s England', Graduate School Symposium, Sheffield School of Architecture, 14th May 2015.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Subversive Research'.

Stone, SH., 2015. 'Undoing Buildings: Reflections upon the Contingency, Usefulness and Emotional Resonance of the Existing Situation'.

Other Outputs

Stone, SH., Sanderson, LM., Lee, SJ., 2017. 'The Way We Live Now : Symposium'.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2016. 'Fischer, József (1901-1995)'.

Sobell, HR., 2016. 'NORTHLIGHT student residency'.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2016. 'Time and Context'.