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Project Manchester – Dan Dubowitz and Alan Ward

In 2010, Manchester City Council partnered with engineering firm Laing O’Rourke to embark on an intensive multimillion pound refurbishment of two of the city’s historic buildings, its grade II listed Town Hall Extension and Central Library, both of which re-opened to the public in March this year. Photographer Dan Dubowitz and Alan Ward, artist book designer and publisher, were given unfettered access to the buildings during the renovations, spending 18 months creating Citizen Manchester, a project jointly funded by the developers, which draws on the idea that architecture can shape society and culture. “I believe there is an important dynamic between society and its buildings,” says Dubowitz, who previously collaborated on book projects with Ward including, The Peeps. Ancoats: the presence of absence, which focused on the regeneration of one of the city’s former industrial zones. “We create the buildings, but they shape who we are because of the way we experience them – for example, by physically walking through.” This idea of capturing the shifting relationship between Manchester’s flagship buildings and the city’s residents …


BJP Staff