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NORTHLIGHT student residency - 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


Steele, M., Csepely-Knorr, L., 2020. Bauhaus Models, The Modernist, 16/1/2020 - 25/1/2020.

Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., Lee, SJ., 2020. Oddments and Epigrams : Interventions in Bollington, Bollington Arts Centre.

Stone, S., Sanderson, L., 2019. UnDoing, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 21/3/2019 - 26/5/2019.

Sanderson, L., 2019. UnDoing Buildings, Castlefield Gallery, Manchester, 22/3/2019 - 26/5/2019.

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2019. UnDoing Exhibition, Castlefield Gallery, 21/3/2019 - 26/5/2019.


Sobell, HR., 2018. 'Northlight: The Garage. InSitu headquarters: Building in Briersfield, Lancashire', Briersfield, Lancashire.


Sanderson, L., Stone, SH., 2020. 'Remember, Reveal, Construct : Reflections upon the Contingency, Usefulness and Emotional Resonance of Architecture, Buildings and Context.', Routledge.

Stone, SH., 2019. 'UnDoing Buildings: Adaptive Reuse and Cultural Memory', Routledge.

Stone, S., Pendergast, M., Emery, T., Sanderson, L., 2019. 'UnDoing Exhibition Catalogue + Essays', MSA Press.

Brooker, G., Stone, SH., 2018. 'Re-readings 2: Interior Architecture and the Design Principles of Remodelling Existing Buildings', RIBA Enterprises,

Book Chapters

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'TERVEZÉSELMÉLETI IRÁNYVONALAK A KÉT VILÁGHÁBORÚ KÖZÖTTI MAGYAR KÖZPARKÉPÍTÉSZETBEN'. In Urbs. magyar várostörténeti évkönyv XIII, Budapest Fováros Levéltára.

Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism

Coates, M., 2019. 'The Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism'. In Adams, M., Levy, C. (eds.) Palgrave Handbook of Anarchism, Springer International Publishing, London.

Stone, S., Sanderson, L., 2019. 'UnDoing: An Essay by Sally Stone and Laura Sanderson'. In UnDoing, Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) Press.

Stone, S., Brooker, G., 2018. 'Discharge Recharge'. In Re-readings: 2 Interior Architecture and the Principles of Remodelling Existing Buildings, Routledge.

White, S., Hammond, M., 2018. 'From representation to active ageing in a Manchester neighbourhood: designing the age-friendly city'. In Age-friendly Cities and Communities A Global Perspective, Policy Press.

Stone, S., Brooker, G., 2018. 'Strategy: Insertion: No 1 Balfour Place'. In Re-readings: 2 Interior Architecture and the Principles of Remodelling Existing Buildings, Routledge.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Fatsar, K., 2018. 'The city of the future, or a retropolis? The utopian experiment of socialist modernist architecture in Salgótarján'. In Adventures in the Land of Modernism, The Modernist Society.

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2018. 'The Way We Live Now : How Architectural Education can support the Urban Development of Small Settlements'. In Day, K. (eds.) Global Dimensions in Housing, Green Frigate Books.


Hammond, M., Walsh, R., White, S., 2018. 'RIGHTSIZING:Reframing the housing offer for older people', Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)/PHASE @ Manchester School of Architecture.

Journal Articles

Csepely-Knorr, L., Klagyivik, M., 2020. 'From Social Spaces to Training Fields: Evolution of Design Theory of the Children's Public Sphere in Hungary in the First Half of the Twentieth Century', Childhood in the Past, 13 (2), pp. 93-108.

White, S., Foale, K., 2020. 'Making a place for technology in communities: PlaceCal and the capabilities approach', Information, Communication & Society, pp. 1-20.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2020. 'The artistic and social role of public gardens: Béla Rerrich and the renewal of public park design in early twentieth-century Hungary', Journal of Landscape Architecture, 15 (1), pp. 54-67.

Robertson, J., 2019. 'Tradition & Transition: Gillespie, Kidd & Coia', The Modernist, 31.

Non-Peer Reviewed Articles

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'Wild Landscape', The Modernist, 30, pp. 62-65.

Conference Papers

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2020. 'Electric Landscapes: The work of the CEGB', Landscape of State Financed Industry - FOLAR Annual Symposium, Museum of English Rural Life.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2020. 'The 'Public Relation Value'. Welfare Landscapes of Post-War British Power Stations', Building Welfare States: New Approaches to Architecture, Community & Planning in Twentieth Century Britain, University of Warwick, 23/9/2020 - 25/9/2020.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. ''To broaden the outlook of training' - The first landscape course in Manchester, UK', Lessons from the past, visions for the future: Celebrating one hundred years of landscape architecture education in Europe, 16/9/2019 - 17/9/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'Female landscape architects and the independent Landscape Institute', Professional Women: the public, the private, and the political, LSE Library, 6/9/2019 - 7/9/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2019. 'Landscapes of coal as 'third nature'', The Landscape and Architecture of Post-War British Infrastructure, Manchester, 14/2/2019 - 16/2/2019.

Lee, SJ., Stone, SH., Sanderson, L., 2019. 'Reclaiming the Road: People and Vehicles in Small Settlements', REHAB 2019: 4th International Conference on Preservation, Maintenance and Rehabilitation of Historical Buildings and Structures, Guimaraes, Portugal, 17/7/2019 - 19/7/2019, in REHAB 2019 Proceedings.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Roberts, A., 2019. 'Towards a 'total environment' for children. Michael Brown's landscapes for play', LANDSCAPE OF PLAY: DESIGN FOR CHILDREN'S PLAY, Museum of English Rural Life, University of Reading, 16/3/2019 - 16/3/2019.

White, S., Walker, S., Boys, J., Hammond, M., Hall Patch, P., 2019. 'You, Different, Somewhere: Affective Architectural Pedagogies', Affects as pedagogy: Relation between, space, time and bodies, Barcelona, Spain, 21/11/2019 - 22/11/2019.

White, S., Walker, S., Boys, J., Hammond, M., Hall-Patch, P., 2019. 'You, Different, Somewhere: affective architectural pedagogies', Affects as pedagogy: Relation between space, time and bodies, Barcelona, Spain, 21/11/2019 - 22/11/2019.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Coucill, L., 2018. ''Power and the countryside': Power Stations, Amenity and Rural Britain', MODERNISM, MODERNISATION AND THE RURAL LANDSCAPE, Tartu, 11/6/2018 - 13/6/2018, in

Plevoets, B., Berger, M., Stone, S., 2018. 'An Interior Approach to Education and Adaptive Reuse', International Conference on Contemporary Positions in Interior Design Theory. BAU International, Berlin, Germany, 17/5/2018 - 18/5/2018.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Klagyivik, M., 2018. 'From Social Spaces to Training Fields: Evolution of Design Theory of the Children's Public Sphere in Hungary in the First Half of the Twentieth Century', European Architectural History Network Fifth International Meeting, Tallin, 13/6/2018 - 17/6/2018, in Childhood in the Past, 13 (2), pp. 93-108.

Csepely-Knorr, L., 2018. 'Mawson's 'Volksparks'?', SAHGB 2018 Annual Symposium Architecture, the Built Environment, and the Aftermath of the First World War, Institute of Historical Research, London, 8/6/2018 - 9/6/2018.

Csepely-Knorr, L., Coucill, L., 2018. 'Territories of Power: Landscapes for Public Amenity', KSA Create Biennial Conference 2018. From Building to Continent: How Architecture makes Territories, University of Kent, Canterbury, 28/6/2018 - 29/6/2018, in

White, S., Hammond, M., 2018. 'What does an age-friendly spatial framework look like? Understanding and Creating Age-Friendly Regions, Cities, Neighbourhoods and Homes in Greater Manchester', British Society of Gerontology conference, Manchester, UK, 4/7/2018 - 6/7/2018.


Csepely-Knorr, L., 2020. 'Visionary Women and the Professionalisation of Landscape Architecture',

Stone, S., 2019. 'EAAE Thematic Network on Conservation: Workshop VII CONSERVATION / DEMOLITION', Faculty of Architecture CTU Prague.

Stone, S., 2019. 'Gate 81: Saving Preston Bus station', Harris Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Preston.

Stone, S., Walker, J., Parry, G., 2019. 'Lived in Rooms - The Home, the Terrace and the Wallpaper: Home Is Where the Heart Is', 2 Springfield Lane, Salford.

Stone, S., 2019. 'UnDoing Buildings', Rhode Island School of Design. USA.

Other Outputs

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., Lee, SJ., 2020. 'A Future for the Already Built, Portfolio'.

Lee, S., Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2020. 'Reclaiming the Road: A Research-by-Design Approach to the Problems of Small Settlements'.

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2019. 'UnDoing Buildings Tour'.

Sanderson, L., Stone, S., 2019. 'UnDoing, Portfolio'.

Sobell, H., 2018. 'Unfolding: New Dimensions in Architectural Pedagogy.'.