Integrative Studio 2
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.
Be ready to share your documentation in small groups in class.
Reflection on highlights of the semester
Bridge 1: Space of power
Looking back on this project I realized how much I learned about team work and what it is to target the differences in everyone’s talents and approach the project accordingly. Overall this project turned out to look great and although it we didn’t fully think of of the meaning of each item on the model, everyone’s skill on the team was represented on the piece and we all got to show a part of ourselves on it. Reflecting on what could’ve been done better, I believe that from that experience I learned to think critically about everything I incorporate into a project, from it size and colors to it’s shapes and materials. Further into the bridges that followed this one it was easier for me to target what the message truly is and how to properly convey it.
Success: Great team work and everyone had a voice and a equal input.
Failure: Lack of reasoning behind concept.
This assignment wasn’t a bridge but mapping in this matter with illustrator thought me how to convey and filter the exact information that I want from a map and simply it so people can quickly understand it. On this map of Vancouver where I was during High school, I used colors and keys which is a method that I later on used in the bridges that followed this assignment.
Success: Great simple representation of an environment in the context chosen.
Failure: Color Blue for the land could’ve been misleading as the area was surrounded by the ocean.
Bridge 2: Collecting and presenting the data
Through this project I learned how to visualize the information I had collected from my researches assigned in seminar and give context to them very briefly. Presenting this data made it a lot easier for people to understand what I was trying to convey in my observations however, I did do a decent job blending and different sets of relevant data into one poster. From that bridge I learned several methods of data representation which is efficient for clients and observers who don’t have the time to hear one out.
Success: Lots of information were represented relevantly onto one simple platform
Failure: Lack of diversity in graphs
Bridge 3: Issues, Questions, Needs and Potentials
I learned in this project the architecture of an inclusive place and how the model making of a public location is made and through which means and materials it can be achieved. Furthermore it thought me the importance of alternatives and because the three solutions I had provided gave me more understanding as of why I chose the one I pursued in the end for Bridge 4.
Success: Several solutions were relevantly provided to the context and foundation for bridge 4 was solid.
Failures: Lack of details and refined materials
Bridge 4: Final interventions
Throughout this project I learned how to revise and refine the depth of my research and product. I established what the pillars of the idea were and went in deeper with the concepts of inclusiveness through architecture and the materials that make it what it is.
Success: It was well refined with great details and properly fit the context of the subject I was presenting
Failure: None 🙂
We are the community of learners and each or us is co-responsible for our individual and group learning process. What would you like to share with others?
Even if many may not be into the constructive practice this class is associated with, this class teaches many concepts about structure and that goes very handy in any other field. I came into this course knowing it fit the context of my major being architecture, I learned just a little more about constructed environments and how they remain relevant through their concepts.
How can your diverse inspirations be put in dialogue? What are the main themes present in your kit? What are possible directions to explore?
The main theme that struck with me throughout my research and the building of my projects, is the theme of inclusiveness. Social trends are created by a demographic that eventually reached a platform on which they can value needed change without being judged or affected. As a designer the highlight of my kit is to always think how the making of a product allows anyone to provide an input into what can be improved about because design never ends.
*Think about the notion of “constructed environments”: what is your take on this notion?
Constructed environments from my perspective is the modification of space in the purpose of suiting the people’s future needs. When going about constructed environments however, I noticed many things can misinterpreted. First of all not every place needs to be changed, there is no place where everyone is satisfied at least not in the same time frame so maybe certain values within the community will change over time and that’s enough. What needs to be addressed however, is that the role of constructed environments really takes place when a certain demographic is being negatively affected and opportunity through construction is presented in a respectful manner to that context.
What is it that you have learned and how are you planning to use your skills/knowledge acquired?
I learned many more ways of approaching research and a diverse set of challenges. The most important thing I can argue is to truly understand the topic in order to provide a reliable and relevant answer that may be needed. Many of my research skills evolved beyond a checking list and few pictures, now I have empathy for the people concerned and I have clear hearing to the details that may be revealed. In now know that the end you want to absorb the right content in order to create and showcase the reality of the proper reaction.
*Think about failures and mistakes: we all make them. How can we also learn from them?
A good example for this is the making of Bridge one in which we lacked reliable reasoning for the physicality of our project. Taking the constructed criticism around our idea of what was right really made each of our group members reflect on their individual input into the project. I realized because I was the model maker I was stressed and influence by that factor to provide a base and platform quickly that we could work on instead of involving reasoning into that very first step. What I learned from that experience back all my projects that came after that and it comes from constructed criticism aimed towards a person’s betterment.
What in your learning/working process was really effective and should become your habit?
I always started my projects a few days earlier than it was due. In this process I learned that leaving all of it at the last minute is a missed opportunity because you may need certain things that you will only seek once you start working on your craft. Doing things at the last minute is really minimal and does not showcase the greatest potential. I learned after each bridge that certain boxes needed to be checked in order to go forward such as the materials, the drawings, the research etc. And eventually I planned my schedule around those expectations, overall each project lead to a better structure in the making of the next one.
What specifically are you better at? What specifically have you learned? Reflect on the starting point (January) and the end point (May). It is an important skill to be able to assess one’s progress.
When I came in May I had many ideas of what I wanted out of this course and preconceived notions of what everything should look like in this course and that mindset was very limiting. As designers it’s very easy to quickly seek certain projects and pursue something that came to mind throughout a previous project because in the end the career of a designer is the amount of “problem” he solved. The issue with that is that it doesn’t leave much room for empathy and acceptance that certain situation just may need to stay the way they are. Similarly throughout the semester instead of focusing on doing something that would look good on my portfolio I chose to pursue what fits the narrative of the story I had been trying to read about Harlem during the semester. In closing the meaning of this statement is that I became a better listener and observer as such skills may be required before our practice takes place as designers.