Yesterday, the girls and I went up to New Islington to check out one of the two sites which we will be using to investigate our architectural ideas this semester. The one here in North Manchester is the quasi-urban site. It has been the subject of much debate in relation to the regeneration of this part of the city. I don't really understand the place in itself; as you step further and further away from the bustling city centre you are met by a quiet graveyard of red brick warehouses. Past is this developing wasteland, which, though full of potential, I don't see quite working in its current state. Where are the small shops and businesses, the village heart? Anyway, let's see what our investigations bring up. Here's our unit blog: Architecture as Urban Catalyst.