The Edge of Space

The Edge of Space

The Edge of Space

1 Formal CPD Point

Available on demand


Real or perceived edges help us to locate ourselves in space and place, and define the boundaries of those places across the scales, from regional and urban boundaries to neighbourhoods, buildings, and even our bodies. Sarah Manning’s Space agency is a design and research practice that sits at the edge of different disciplines - urban design, architecture, product and information design.

The practice considers the work they do as the human interface to the built environment. Through this interface, the practice helps people to better read their environment and adds a narrative layer onto architecture. Space agency finds that it is at the edge that we are able to push the boundaries of what architecture is and to expand the boundaries of our knowledge and practice.


This presentation is equivalent to 1 hour/point of formal CPD and will deliver outcomes related to the following Competency/s from the National Standard of Competency for Architects:

2015 Competencies:

Design: Conceptual Design
3.5 Exploration and application of ordering, sequencing and modelling of three dimensional form and spatial content
3.8 Application of manual and digital graphic techniques and modelling to describe three dimensional form and spatial relationships.

2021 Competencies:

Project Initiation and Conceptual Design:

PC 18 Be able to apply creative imagination, design precedents, research, emergent knowledge and critical evaluation in formulating and refining concept design options, including the exploration of three dimensional form and spatial quality. 
PC 34 Communicate conceptual design proposals and associated information to client, stakeholders and communities using appropriate and culturally responsive methods appropriate to different audiences. 


Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants should be able to:

1. Explain how the construct of ‘Edge’ is a result of scale, the perception of space.
2. List the five urban features that contribute to our environment identified by Kevin Lynch in his 1960’s book ‘The Image of the City’.
3. List the cultural perspectives that inform Spaceagency’s wayfinding projects, branding and experience design.



    Director, Spaceagency UK

    Spaceagency, under the direction of Sarah Manning, has gained recognition as a leader in the field of wayfinding. Her professional experience comprises a wide range of international commissions which integrate information design, architecture and urbanism. She has previously held positions as Associate Director for the strategic design consultancy Space Syntax, as an Art Director at a 3D media company in New York and as a founding Trustee or Architecture for Humanity UK. She is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and her work has been exhibited and published internationally.






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