Reflection week 24

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MONDAY 29TH FEBRUARY 

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'Home' SOAS Symposium 

'The interrelationship between Family, Home, House depicts a backdrop for life and sets the stage for the everyday. Home, in its elementary meaning, is a dwelling-place where a family lives. It may refer to a house, a flat, or more broadly, a village, a town, a city and a country. To dwell is a primary act of human being and it plays a predominant role in assembling the social nexus. Thus, dwelling has not only been formed by, but is productive of both spatial and cultural formations. 

This symposium is to bring academics and practitioners in the field of architecture into conversations with scholars and students from the leading institution for social and cultural studies. It seeks to measure the extent to which space, politics and culture have shaped the form of life.'

This lecture was truly inspiring for me as it discussed the topic of 'Home' and 'Sense of place'. The speakers all had different perspectives on the idea of home and had researched in in many different ways. I was particularly interested in the project form the AA visiting school: TROPICALITY, where Tropicality ventured into the homes and listened to the stories of several Costa Rican families from different socio-economic strata; from the slums on the outskirts of San Jose, to social housing in a rural community, to new, gated high-end suburban communities in the surrounding hillsides. Each one of five groups of students made a 2-5 minute film, designed a diagram that compresses the spaces and time of the film into one frame, and wrote a short thesis. 

Themes that were discussed included 'What is Home' 'How to create a sense of place'. This really opened up a lot of questions for me and I am looking forward to explore this theme further. 

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TUESDAY 1ST MARCH

prep for tutorial, workflow and sketchbook up to date, prepare questions for Laoura.

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wednesday 2nd march

Unfortunately I could not make the tutorial today as I had to rush home due to a family situation, however Laoura gave some general comments which I found very useful.

 

_Title: Mobile Architecture 

_Keywords: Nomadism, Society , dwellings, home , Childhood memories, community, home, permanent or temporary, political, ethical, historical and cultural, portable, ways of living. 

_Theme Group / Team Role: Spokesperson (to feed back the teams progress at taught sessions ) 

_Project development (this should be in the sketchbook and presentation sheets): 

-research and ideas on theme(s) 

- contextual perspectives mapping of your project theme (workshop1) - concept generation in drawing, model making and material exploration.

Action Plan and Advice: 

_Workflow Reflection: make sure you have dated reflection entries for weeks 21, 22 and 23 (8th -29th feb). Keep a record in your reflective journal of self-directed work you are doing during progress tutorial week. All studio workshops should be uploaded to Workflow (see Moodle to find handouts on 1. Context, 2.Speed dating, 3.Recording and 4.Analysis) 

_Workflow Research: it is important to be consistent in the analysis and evaluation of research references in relation to your project’s theme; this will help you clarify your intentions as you start to develop ideas and solutions in your sketchbook. Keep a record of any new research references and create an updated bibliography to be submitted for assessment. 

_Team role: it is important that you take an active role in your contribution to the group. This is a good time for you to grow as a creative individual, to be self-motivated, independent and take initiative. Keep a record of your involvement with your group and reflect in your journal on any activities organized with the team. 

_Project development (in the sketchbook and presentation sheets): research on theme(s), contextual perspectives mapping of project theme, concept generation in drawing, model making and material exploration. Be consistent with documenting all work in the sketchbook. Avoid duplicating work on presentation sheets. Use the A2 sheets for presenting the development of the project/ and also as an opportunity to create larger drawings and Visualisation at key moments during the project. 

_Material testing and model making techniques: keep a clear record of any practical and technical problem solving processes you use throughout the project. Research materials that you would like to explore for model making. Document these on Workflow. After testing and making make sure you evaluate and reflect on the outcomes / what was successful and what you could do differently. 

_Your plan for this week: identify possible places to visit and gather primary research. This is also a good opportunity to identify possible sites for intervention. You need to visit and document your observations in your sketchbook. Find various maps of your site (past, present, future) and use an OS map to make a contextual scale model. For Monday bring your model alongside photos, observational sketches, scale drawings and mapping diagrams. 

_Keep reviewing your action plan and consider time scheduling with complex processes such as casting, mould making, and digital processes such as film editing, Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator / laser cutting. Write a detailed weekly action plan and upload to workflow. 

I will refer to this and make an action plan according to this feedback. 

 

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THURSDAy 3rd march

Things to work on from feedback from tutorial:

  • Make sure you have dated reflection entries for weeks 21, 22 and 23 (8th -29th feb)
  • Keep a record in your reflective journal of self-directed work you are doing during progress tutorial week.
  • Be consistent in the analysis and evaluation of research references in relation to your project’s theme - to help clarify intentions as I start to develop ideas and solutions in my sketchbook. Keep a record of any new research references and create an updated bibliography to be submitted for assessment.
  • take an active role in contribution to the group

I am concerned that at this current stage, my site has not been established, therefore I am finding it hard to create a context model and carry out site research such as mapping etc. I will look into how I can do this so that is still relevant to my project over the weekend. 

 

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