Week 13: Circle Line Trip

1) Complete your Circle Line Observation. Post responses to the questions, images  and your hand-drawn, labeled map etc. to your LP



One notable difference of the boat, compared to the zone walk, was that the scene was moving instead of me having to move forward. For the zone walk, the change of scene was dependent on my walking speed, which allowed me to focus on small area and details within a long period of time. However, the boat trip showed a wide image of the coast of NYC as I was standing still, which was quite different and interesting. I could hear the water and feel the wind as I was on the coast, zone 1, unlike the other two zones I visited during the walk. Although it was relatively more difficult to focus on details, I could still see some damages near the coast that could be due to Hurricane Sandy, which made me think that New York is not fully prepared yet for sea-level rise. I also saw the park and other structures that could be part of the Big U, but I would have recognized them if I did not hear about the project in advance. I could see how some areas are clearly built on the landfills, but I do not think I noticed any sea walls or reinforcements. In addition to people, water, and boat, I think the buildings and the structures on land can also be part of the interacting systems. Over the next 50 years, I think the boarder between the land and the water would be pushed back unless we build more landfill and reinforcements to prepare for the sea-level rise. In the presentation during the cruise, the fact that surprised me was that the things we flush in the toilet eventually end up in the East River we passed through. Factors like the time spent in the toilet, especially on rainy days, could have some effect. Another things I learned was that the water particles are cloudy and that we test water for pH, phosphate, and nitrate. I enjoyed the field trip and the perspective that was offered from the water, which is not something than can be experienced everyday. Some of the tall buildings were still noticeable from the sea, from various perspectives such as side and front views; their polygonal shapes especially attracted me.

2) Read the following article. (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site. Do you feel that the Whitney’s flood mitigation system and building design is as artful/creative as the works of art it protects in the galleries?  Does this article change your idea of what useful/meaningful art and design might become in the age of climate change and the Anthropocene?

Even though I made number of trips to the various museums, I never paid much attention to the designs of those museums. This article allowed me to realize how designs and plan for the building can be an art as well. Considering how much value the artworks have, it is important to create an environment where they can last for long time without getting damages, which requires creative design by experts. For the Whitney Museum, they hired engineers who made submarines for the Navy, and they collected the best materials from all around the world. Before reading this article, I thought the creative and meaningful designs for the climate change would be about making the tools and objects we use in daily lives to maintain sustainability. However, this article broadened my definition as there are works possible for a larger scale. Also, even though there is a main designer for a big project, it cannot be completed without the help of other artists from different areas; by collectively putting to work together, we can come up with great artworks like the Whitney Museum, which also protect other masterpieces.

3) Narrow your three Final Project ideas into one final idea and answer the following on your LP:

1. What is your project idea and why do you want to make it? Describe how this design/object/idea will specifically help YOU (make sure it is designed for you, not someone else, or an anonymous user) be more resilient and navigate environmental change over the next 50 years.

My project idea is to make a wooden protective case for my bible that also has a room for a ID holder made of Kombucha leather. The bible is a significant part of my life, so making a tool to make it last for long time is important to me specifically. Also, with the ID holder, I can show my ID and passport in case of evacuation from my pocket or bag. This will help me be more resilient to the environmental change in the next 5 decades in a way that I can have more access to my important items despite of the disasters from the climate change.

2. Describe your work plan for the next 2-3 weeks (all project components are due May 2nd).

At first, I need to finalize my design, so I will make sketches of the case and the ID holder and their structures. I will need to do some more research to determine which materials are available and suited for my project. After I know what to do, I will prepare the materials needed and start working ahead. Some part of the work would need me to wait to dry, so I should prepare in advance instead of waiting until the last week.

3. How will you source materials?

I will buy the wood from the E4 material shop and use the Kombucha leather from the science lab. Actually, I kept the Kombucha juice because I forgot to throw it away, and it seems like another layer has formed. I could use it as some extra leather, so I will probably wait a few more days to let it grow and dry it.

4. How does your project specifically encourage resiliency or use resilient materials?

Bible verses will influence me regardless of my age, and the ID is something that I always need to be a part of a society. By making tools to protect those items through this project, it encourages the resiliency. Also, the Kombucha leather is made naturally without any use of chemicals or animal skin, which is also resilient.

5. How will it be repaired?

The case and ID holder can be repaired easily as they have simple structures. As long as the I have wood and Kombucha leather, I would be able to repair them.


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