Studio 2: Bridge 5 – Where are we going? What are we taking in?


Post-digital documentation for your LP, which should include all the major projects produced during the semester. Briefly reflect on skills you have learned from them. Discuss at least two successes and two failures that you would have handled differently.


Bridge Reflections:

Bridge 1: Space of Solidarity

This project showed me how a space can transcend functionality and how it doesn’t have to be restricted to just it formal elements. It taught me how to evoke feelings from our designs, and how a space can first serve an emotion, and then a function. Since this was a group project, this project also helped me work and my communication skills within a group, and how to achieve a successful design when working collaboratively and expressing your opinions in a constructive manner.


Bridge 2: Collecting and Presenting Data

This assignment helped me understand the importance of how designing guides how people read data, and how correlations between data can be used to tell a story. The visuals are often neglected in favour of the matter, but through this process I saw how the visuals essentially dictate the matter.


Bridge 3: Issues/Questions/Needs/Potentials

Through this Bridge I learnt how to read data and identify problems in a neighbourhood, and how to visually represent them. To be able to make 3D models in a way that it conveys specific data only is a skill I developed through this project.


Bridge 4: Final Interventions: Wave Park

The fourth bridge project saw the culmination of the past three bridges. In a sense, it was the product of all the work that we’d done over the semester. This project allowed me to see just how extensive background work and preparation a single design solution requires and how there are several mini projects that come to support a larger one. The final intervention taught me how every design problem is unique and how it’s the responsibility to do it justice by investigating it in every way possible, and to develop up holistically keeping all facets of it in mind – from immediate users, to its long stretched environmental implications. Furthermore, this project honed my 3 dimensional modelling skills, and taught me how to use every material differently.


Overall Successes:

  • Research – I did a lot of research on the concept of public spaces in regards to both Coney Island, and in general. Orthographic research especially aided my understanding of the projects and I was able to explore the neighbourhood and the topic in ways I couldn’t imagine. Reading scholarly articles furthered this understanding.
  • Understanding – Through these projects I was able to develop a holistic understanding of what it means to be a designer in a public space and how the design impacts the community.


Overall Failures:

  • Community – I think I wasn’t very successful with representing the community of Coney Island and its people. I can surely work on investigating ways to show the people’s voice more in my work. This would be done possibly by having the locals review my work and design solutions to give their input on it before presenting the final solution
  • Modelling – My 3D models weren’t always neat, like for example there were a couple of glue stains in the fourth bridge project. These things when ignored make the work look shabby in a professional environment. I can improve this by being more careful next time.

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