Reflection week 23

WEEK 23 Daily Action Plan

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Monday 21st February

After research week we were divided into groups of 8 in relation to our themes. I was unfortunately ill today so I could not come in. I was allocated the role of Spokesperson, so my role is to feedback the team's progress at taught sessions, which I was happy about. I don't have an issue with speaking to larger groups of people so I am happy to take on this role. I understand that it is important to take an active role in my contribution to the group. Therefore I will keep a record of my involvement with my group and reflect on any activities organized with the team.

 

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Tuesday 23rd February

I was feeling better today so I decided to take the opportunity to catch up on yesterdays activities that I missed in class. 

We were asked to make paper concept models using descriptive words from our research or our proposals. Mine were community and movement. I felt that both of my models were quite successful in that they portrayed the chosen concept well. However I I did not photograph these models as well as I would have liked as I could not find an appropriate background at home. This is something I will think about when making quick sketch models in the future, as the photography is key in terms of presentation. Overall however I feel as if this was a very useful exercise as it allowed me to create my concepts into 3 Dimensional forms, which after drawing and editing, may help my idea development when it comes to looking at site and form further on. 

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After doing some observational drawings, I began to look at these from a more form-based point of view, and I became interested in the Eisenman's Holocaust Memorial, and Architect Oscar Niemeyer's work, as it showed a strong visual link. This may be something I look back on when in the idea development stage of my proposal. 

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http://architecture.about.com/od/greatbuildings/ss/holocaust.htm#step3 

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http://io9.gizmodo.com/5966866/the-architect-who-gave-the-future-sensual-curves/

To do:

  • Think of materials to develop concept models in workshops on Wednesday.
  • Carry out Idea development drawings in sketchbook based on concept models. Add secondary research images. 
  • Update reflection and continue adding to research file.
  • Prepare for research analysis workshop. - Select and print 10 images from research so far.
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Thursday 25th February

 

Alistair introduced us to the Pomodoro Technique today which I feel could potentially be quite useful for me as planning is not a strong point of mine. 

The Technique:

1 Pom (25min of work, 5min break) - After 4 cycles take a 30min break

Pom: 

  • List of all jobs I need to do during the day
  • Allocate importance of each job and rank
  • Allocate time (number of poms)
  • How many Poms in my day?

 Pomodoro Schedule for the rest of the day:

(what do I need to do, order of importance) 

  1. Print photos 
  2. Visualisations in sketchbook from models 
  3. Reflect on yesterdays activity    

1st Pom: 1:30 - 2 (Print and stick photos in sketchbook) 

2nd Pom: 2:00 - 2:30 (Visualisations) 

3rd Pom: 2:30 - 3:00 (Visualisations) 

4th Pom: 3:00 - 3:30 (Reflection)

Half hour Break 

5th Pom: 4:00-4:30 (Reflection) 

I felt slightly skeptical about this technique, and although I did work to the time schedule, and I did complete all my work, I felt quite stressed working to a specific time, after weighing up the pros and cons, I don't think i will be using this technique again. 

Pros; 

  • Completed work
  • Worked quickly
  • Allows breaks to reflect
  • Forced me to work through an issue which I may not have done if I was working freely.

Cons;

  • Felt quite stressful
  • Did not allow for me to move onto something if an idea springs to mind
  • I do not work that well under pressure
  • Wasn't generally enjoyable
  • I prefer to work for longer with shorter breaks
  • frequent breaks to not work as well for me. 
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Wednesday 24th February

Research analysis workshop

The research analysis workshop helped me with organising, analysing and reflecting on my research. We were asked to bring 10 secondary research images with us based on our theme, and through 2 different tasks, we would analyse our research. 

During task one, we mixed up all of our images. And grouped them into themes. These could have been led by visual appearance, meaning, or materials. The themes we identified were - 

  • Warm, Cold (Colours) - From these we created a sub theme, Grey. 
  • Private, Public (Meaning)
  • Temporary, Permanent (meaning/materials)
  • Movement (Meaning) - From this we created the themes, Mapping, Mapping- tragic and Mapping- conceptual. 
  • Urban, Natural Structures (Form) From this we created the theme, Skeletal structures.

I was quite impressed that we managed to create 13 individual themes from all of our photos. We could have created more if we had more time on this talk also, however this was not necessary. What I found interesting from this task was how we could create smaller themes within the theme which was very useful for me particularly as I feel that at the moment, my theme is quite broad and narrowing this down into induvidual sections game me the opportunity to disect the theme and look more closely at what I was particularly interested in.

Photos from Task 1: (Identify Themes)

 

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Task two made us analyse our photos even further. This time we were looking for possible scales for which to arrange the research references. Looking at the 'more' or 'less' judgements that we could make, or possible opposites that we could see. We then combined scales on an X and Y axis to give a more complex layer of interpretation. Scales we identified were; 

  • Small-Large
  • Moving-Static 
  • Private-Public
  • Grey-Colour

We then combined the Moving-Static and Private-Public on an XY axis, which was the most beneficial to me as it highlighted my interests within my theme. Within the whole scale I found interest within the private&moving areas. I then asked the others for the research references so that I could add these to my research file.

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What I found particularly useful about this workshop was that it highlighted different specific areas within my theme that I could move forward with, and gave me research references I was not aware of before. It changed the direction of my project toward a more specific idea, I will now look at private and moving spaces. I also found it beneficial that this was done in our peer learning groups as we were all interested in similar themes and concepts, which made the workshop very useful and relevant. 

contextual model

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After the research analysis workshop we spent time in the workshop developing our concept models. I wanted mine to communicate my key words 'place' 'movement' 'portable' 'nostalgia' and community'. I felt as though this was successful as you are able to assemble and re-assemble the model quite easily. When assembled, the model could roll, which represents movement. I also liked how it linked to my paper model. Using the idea of circles to represent community gave it a more contextual background. 

Creating my conceptual model was great as not only was I able to express my ideas in a more conceptual way, I also enjoyed using the workshop. I didn't make any sketches of what my I wanted my model to looked like, I just went straight into the workshop. I found this was an incredibly efficient way of working for me as sometimes I struggle to generate ideas quickly, however I found that a more hands on approach was more beneficial as I created my model quite quickly, and I found that I was able to play around with the materials without fixing anything permanently, developing my ideas this way. Generally I will use this idea to inspire my other projects, as I learnt that designing in 3D works very well for me. 

The form of this model made me think about a possible form that my proposal may take, and lead me to look at some work from Will Alsop, as while working with him, I have been inspired by his unique, circular forms. 

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http://www.arcspace.com/features/alsop-architects/blizard-building/

To do:

  • Concept development - show record of all models and drawings so far in sketchbook.
  • Print photos of materials concept model done today to use for visualisation drawing.
  • Bring a printed copy of proposal before submitting next week.
  • Check progress tutorial schedule for next week.
  • Workflow - Upload new references from todays workshop. Add to proposal.
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