Place, Health, Architecture, Space & Environment

PHASE works with communities to design more inclusive cities.

We believe that cities should be democratic, accessible to everyone, socially and environmentally sustainable, and fun. We work with excluded groups to make this vision a reality.

PHASE is part of the Manchester School of Architecture. We work in partnership with Southway Housing Trust, Manchester City Council, Manchester University, and Manchester Metropolitan University.

Our research themes

Age Friendly Cities
Ageing, Health, Well-being and Environment

We conduct research into how to make cities accessible for older people, coordinated with the World Health Organisation's goals. The WHO describe our work as world leading.

PHASE manage the Manchester Age-friendly Neighbourhoods Team (MAFN), a group aiming to bring people together to develop plans to help make the neighbourhoods of Burnage, Moston, New Moston, Hulme and Moss Side, and Miles Platting better for older residents.

Read more about Age Friendly Cities

Post-Capitalist Urbanism

We explore the consequences of the global financial crisis on urban situations, from global migration to community economic activity.

Public engagement and social justice

This theme examines the philosophy, politics, ethics, purposes and techniques of public and community engagement.

Young people and architecture

How can we build better spaces of play, education and involvement for young people?

Community technology

How can technology make healthier, more engaged communites? How can we create genuinely community-owned data, services, and platforms? What pedagogy do we need to get there?

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