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Tuesday 26th April

Setting up the exhibition was very interesting as I gained a real understanding of how to curate an exhibition. We came across problems such as having to swap pieces around due to some larger models being next to smaller ones, and over powering them. I learnt a lot about how to present to an appropriate audience, which I didn't realise was as important before. 

I spent the rest of the day working in the library making sure my workflow and sketchbook is up to date for tomorrows hand in. 

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WEDNESDAY 27th April

2.00pm hand in

To do:

• Finished Unit 7 work and exhibition display

Supporting Material

  • Sketchbooks and/or Sheets

  • 3D Models and Experiments

  • Hard-copy of your original Project Proposal (including Action Plan & Bibliography)

  • Additional Bibliography (Harvard style referencing)

  • 500-Word Evaluation

  • A completed Risk Assessment Form (if appropriate and if necessarry)

  • Workflow made public and accessible 

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Monday 25th April

Evaluation

To make an evaluation is to make a judgement of something, to work the value, and to make an assessment of it. 

I began by looking at the handout and answering the questions in order to make sure I had all the information there, so that I could then break it down into a first draft. 

  • Has my project changed from what I initially proposed? If so, why and how?

My project has not changed hugely from what I initially proposed, as throughout I the project I was still answering my main questions: What is home? What is community? Do these things have to be solely physical or can they be mobile? I believe I began to answer these questions in relation to  my theme of mobile architecture quite well, even though my opinions changed frequently. For example at the beginning of the project, 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, through my research, I found that these things are not physical. They are most often created by the people that live inside, and that 'home' is different for every person. Therefore this would be difficult to materialise into a physical form. My project took a turn a turn at this point, and instead of looking into how mobile architecture can build home, I began to look at how Mobile Architecture can rebuild homes and recreate a sense of place for those affected by disasters.

  •  If I could start my project again, what would I do differently?

If I could start my project again, I would do a number of things differently. When thinking of a project title, I felt as if I went for the first option possible and didn't look into a wide range of possibilities before I started. This lead me to choosing a title that I was not particularly passionate about or necessarily interested in, which proved to be quite demotivating. However, I managed to find a personal interest in the theme, which made it much more personal. I would also seek feedback at every opportunity, as sometimes I would be afraid of not having enough so show, I would not show anything at all, which proved to be very counterproductive in the long run. This led me to being stuck, and so I did not produce 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. 

  • What is the most successful and what is the least successful aspect of my project?/What are my strengths and weaknesses?

Throughout this project, I have realised where my strengths and weaknesses lie. I think that the most successful aspect of my project is the development of my concept. During which I explored all of the expectations I had at the beginning of unit 7; research, drawing, experimenting, model making etc. I would say that my weakness during this project, would be … (what I would do differently) 

  • Assuming, I have achieved my intended outcomes, could I now take these concepts and ideas further and if so, in which way?

I am quite pleased that I have achieved my intended outcomes in this project, as I feel that now I could take these concepts and ideas further. For example at the moment, my proposal is currently only situated in London, and is 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 potentially used worldwide as a response not just to flooding, but to the refugee crisis, homelessness, or the material could be changed so to provide shelter and recreate homes after natural disasters such as earthquakes and hurricanes. 

  • Looking back on my project, are there additional research, development or any outcomes I could have come up with to improve my submission?

Looking back on my project, I would have liked to look into the theme of mobile architecture in a more personal way, by looking more into the reasons why people chose to live their lives in this way, instead of looking so closely at how these structures were made. I think this would have made my research and development more interesting and would have made the narrative behind the project stronger. I also would have liked to look more closely into locations that this proposal could have been inserted into. I believe I got too stuck into the idea that this was a mobile structure, I did not focus strongly enough into specific sites. This is disappointing as I believe it would have added a more specific edge to my proposal, for example when thinking about materials for my project, it would have been interesting to look at what was readily available on site, in order to create a vernacular for my project.

  • Did I achieve what I set out to do in my proposal?

Overall, I do feel as though I achieved what I set out to do in my proposal. Although it was not initially where I saw my ideas heading, I feel through my research, idea development and problem solving, I have completed this project in a more interesting way than I had originally planned. 

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This first draft is 300 words over, and I feel as though I am repeating myself by not being concise. Here I have uploaded a second draft to be shown to tutors tomorrow. 

 

 

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. 

Meanwhile, if I could start again, I would do a number of things differently. When developing a title, I felt as though I accepted the first option possible. This led me to choose a title that I was not particularly passionate about, which proved to be quite demotivating. However I managed to find a personal interest within the theme, which made it much more individual. I would also seek 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 be stuck, 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, 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.

 I asked Alastiar to check this draft, and he said it was fine to submit this as it is, however he suggested I was more positive, so I will make the amendments and print a final copy for assessment and upload to my EVALUATION page on workflow

 

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