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At the beginning of this project, I aimed to answer the questions: What is home? What is community? Do these things have to be solely physical or can they be mobile? I began to answer these questions in relation to my theme of mobile architecture. As the project developed, the answers to these questions changed. Initially I set out to design a structure that would create a sense of place, a home, for whoever it was inhabited by. However during my investigation, I found that these things are not necessarily physical. They are often concepts created by the people that live there, and are different for every person. This therefore would be difficult to materialise into a physical form. Eventually, instead of looking into how mobile architecture can build a home, I looked at how it can rebuild homes and recreate a sense of place for those affected by disasters.

Throughout this project, I have realised where my strengths and weaknesses lie. I believe that the most successful aspect is my concept development. During which I explored all of the expectations I had at the beginning of this unit; research, drawing, experimenting, model making etc. This provided me with a strong foundation that I could build upon. 

During the first few weeks of my project, I felt that my title was quite limiting, however as I explored it more deeply, I managed to find a personal interest within the theme, which made it much more individual. I also would have liked to seek more feedback at every opportunity, as sometimes I would be afraid of not having enough to show, I would not show anything at all. This proved to be very counterproductive in the long run, leading me to not producing enough work. If I had received feedback at more regular intervals, I feel as though I would have a stronger body of work, even if some of it was not relevant. 

This project is definitely one that could be taken further. Although I feel that my body of research is rich, there are some areas that could be looked into further. Particularly location. Currently my proposal is situated in London, used as a response to flooding due to climate change. There are a multitude of other uses for this structure however in relation to the same theme. It could be used worldwide as a response not just to flooding, but to the refugee crisis and homelessness. The material could be changed so to provide shelter and recreate homes after natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. Researching more closely into locations would made my proposal more specific. For example when researching materials, it would have been interesting to look at what was readily available on site, in order to create a vernacular for my project.

Reflecting upon my original project proposal, I am confident to conclude that I have achieved and surpassed my initial objectives, with an outcome that can be developed upon. It helped me realise what I, as a designer am capable of and where my interests lie for future practice.

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