IS2 – Bridge 5: Inspirational Kit + Where are we going, what are we taking in

Seminar Deliverables:

My audience could be anyone, classmates and professors.

I learned that there is way more to learn about contructed environments. There is more than just the building and measurements but also the meaning behind building it and the purpose of it’s sustainability.

In the nearest future, I will apply all the information and strategies I learned from Malgo in my projects professionally.

In this class, I learned a lot about myself because there were things that I never knew I  could do (imvestigating a neighborhood with my own abilities, referring to census and other professional research tools). I am proud of what I’ve accomplished but if we continued to work on this project and got a chance to dig deeper, I would investogate further in detail so that I knew everything about the neighborhood.


Bridge 1 –  Spaces of Freedom, Spaces of Joy



  1. Translate meanings into formal decisions
  2. Create a 3D space model inspired by abstract concepts; construct an environment
  3. Learn how to negotiate meanings and formal decisions within a team

Medium to use– 3D materials (paper, cardboard, etc.);

Pay attention to the 3D design principles and elements: Colors; Scale; Texture; Shapes, etc.

Key questions: How this model demonstrates the selected meaning? And why?

Our group’s topic was Space of Solidarity. At first, I didn’t know what it meant and was first afraid to ask my teammates. After researching and brainstorming, Abby, Jamie, Myles and I were able to come up with many ideas for our project. We all had to focus on one part of the project, my part was to create the material board. This project challenged me in different ways on how to work individually but also finish as a team.

Bridge 2 – Collecting and presenting data

You will learn some qualitative and quantitative research methods; in Bridge 2 you will put them in use, collecting, analyzing, and presenting data about the neighborhood of your choice (based on the census data and your ethnographic observations). What do numbers tell us? What they do not? What do we tell our audiences, when we visualize them? A 3D Mind map with additional visual supporting materials will be your deliverables.

I chose Yorkville as my neighborhood. This project allowed me to explore Illustrator and InDesign which will be helpful for the future. I had a really difficult time when illustrating the map because I was not familiar with the system but managed to teach myself by playing around with the different tool buttons. Overall, the outcome of this project was useful because it could see the map clearly and easily regarding the simplicity and color of it.


Bridge 3 – Issues/Questions/Needs/Potentials

Moving forward with your local research—learning new methods and applying them in your neighborhood—you will prepare a summary of everything you have found out so far. The present of conducted research in seminar and studio using visual tools and materials samples will be your deliverables.

This project really made me dig deep into investigating my neighborhood. Looking for clues, idea, and details in the neighborhood were harder than I thought because it seemed like an easier neighborhood since there was nothing extreme going on. The area I focused on was Ruppert Park and I had to dig deep into finding the issue behind this park and think of the potentials of this park.



Bridge 4 – Final interventions

You will present your expertise in your neighborhood’s issues and potentials that you studied throughout the semester. Based on IDEO design thinking principles, what is the research? Who are you designing for? What was your intervention? Solution/s addressed your area of research? A final 3D scale model with additional 2D visual supporting materials will be your deliverables.

This was definitely the hardest bridge because it includes everything that we learned in studio class. I was able to compile everything together to make it as simple as possible because it helps me learn how to narrow things down to the main point (regarding the presentation). I thought this was a good experience because it made us work at a professional level.


In seminar class, a more intense version of studio class, I was able to reflect on some of the successes and failures in this class. With the given readings, in class projects, presentations, and final critiques made me realize that it was a part of my learning experience. Although, there were times where I struggled to present my idea in a professional way, with the readings that were given in class was helpful and I was able to learn from it.



In one of the readings, I was able to apply the strategies where I could investigate a neighborhood without doing the wrong things (things to do and what not to do)

Being able to work in small groups and peer reading helped me a lot because it was something I preferred instead of sharing it with the whole class because I would stutter and forget what I want to say.


I wish I had a better skill with InDesign/Illustrator when I worked on bridge 2 because it was very difficult to find the right tools and strategies when drawing my map.

I wish I had practiced more in public speaking when it comes to the presentation because I am the weakess in this skill. In order to improve, I would have to use different ways to calm myself before speaking and work with a presentation stucture


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