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Architecture: Northern Quarter to NOMA
Sun 14 May 2017, 13:00 – 14:30 BST
A walk around the less well-known streets of Manchester shows how the "Shock City" of the industrial revolution grew at a revolutionary pace. The now-trendy cafes and bars of the Northern Quarter have moved in to the muddle of once-aspirational Georgian suburbia and Victorian market buildings that responded to the fast-changing ninteenth century.
Here are cottage weaving businesses, incipient factories and slum dwellings now (mostly) neatly restored for a new century. Then the Co-operative movement moved it's headquarters to Manchester and spared no expense in it's buildings. The co-op followed the fashions of the day and looked after the interests of employees and the environment. The new NOMA building bulges gracefully, a hive and a helter-skelter to take us into the future.
This walk shows the other side of Cottonopolis; the back side, hidden away but in plain sight, where stuff got done and still does.