Reflection week 21

reflection Week 21


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Although I didn't primarily visit Budapest to explore it's Architecture, I was amazed by variation of buildings. The unique blend of different architectural styles was very inspiring. From modern buildings to old Renaissance style and Art Nouveau inspired my idea of the theme 'old vs new'. I felt the contrast between styles could be quite ugly, however quite beautiful simultaneously . I took many primary research photos, and selected a few below. 





Launch of unit 7 - 

As a result of today's lecture I am feeling both excited yet nervous about beginning part 3. The idea of creating our own brief is interesting as it gives me total choice about our area of study over the next 10 weeks. However at this moment, I have no clear idea of what I want to do. 

What I really enjoyed about part 2 was that the themes were quite conceptual and some took a more fine art based approach to architecture, which is approach I usually take. But always for a purpose or to solve and issue. I was less motivated by the projects that were solely visual as in my work I enjoyed creating a space/structure with the user in mind. So I guess this is my broad starting point by which I would think about a theme. 

After looking at the brief for inspiration on themes, it was more obvious for me what I was not interested in, that what caught my eye. As I haven't been studying architecture for long, I don't feel that I have found a particular area of interest, but I can quickly identify what I'm not as inspired by. With this in mind, I decided to take a trip to the architecture section of the library. 

The books I chose, were 'Mobile, The Art of portable Architecture' 'Architecture of Variation' and 'Behaviorology'. Mobile architecture stood out for me most as the majority of the books are focused on permanent structures such as hotels/residential/restaurant etc. For this reason I decided to take it forward as a potential theme.


Two potential Themes -

 Mobile Architecture - Old vs New 




Two themes - Group Feedback Session.

I went into the group session with my two themes. 'New&Old' and 'MobileArchitecture". When speaking about the theme of mobile architecture, it was very clear that the 2nd had more potential, my interests were more fuelled by my personal experiences and there was a lot more potential for research and investigation. So I spent the rest of my time focussing on gaining feedback for this theme as opposed to the other. I found this experience very useful as speaking about my ideas verbally made it much more obvious for me which theme I was more passionate about. Laoura and my group gave me many references that I could research, which would take my concept deeper. Not only this, but gave me questions to consider when writing my project brief, which itemised very nicely what it was that I wanted to question throughout this unit. 

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Context Workshop. 

The context workshop really pushed my research further by making me question my reasons for choosing this theme, and expanding upon these by categorising them contextually. Although I was slow to get going with it, I found it a very useful exercise for this unit as it will help me unsure I have considered my theme from a wider contextual basis than what I may have considered without having done this workshop in order to cover the assessment criteria.It also highlighted aspects of my project that I had not considered, for example I thought more about my personal context, and made me realise that this is more important than I had originally considered.  I will base my research during research week around this model to ensure it is not wasted. 

Notes - Make sure this is copied into sketchbook - Add visuals. 



Proposal Writing -

 I spent today working on my project brief in order to gain feedback from Laoura in class tomorrow. Below is my first draft. 


Project Review  

During the diagnostic stage of the course, I gained a real interest in how people use and react to the spaces and objects around them. I found I responded by designing something that communicates my personal interests and observations, for a purpose. This pathway has allowed me to experiment playfully with my ideas three-dimensionally, working with many different materials and processes. I have also learnt to communicate my ideas effectively through visualisations and model making, in a way I was unable to do before.

I have taken a more creative yet analytical approach to all projects, where I have linked different skills together to allow me to explore wide contextual matters. During unit 7 I will continue to use and build upon the skills I have learnt in the first 6 units of the course, and use it as an opportunity to investigate and  reflect on the things I have been interested in and inspired by earlier in the course.

My experiences so far within Art and Design have influenced me toward an absolute commitment to further my studies in architecture, to ultimately allow me to pursue my dream career within the creative industry. 

 Project Concept & Description

The past two decades have seen a huge increase in nomadism. Society has become mobile, however it still depends on stationary dwellings. Living in the 21st century, I have witnessed a desire to live a less sedentary lifestyle, and after a recent nostalgic visit to where I was born, I discovered that my first home was no longer there. Childhood memories demolished along with the front door my Brother and I painted red. Families in todays society rarely stay in the same place. Therefore, ironically, a mobile home becomes more permanent. 

With this project, I intend to answer the questions, what is community? What is home? Are home and community solely physical? Do these things have to be permanent or temporary? I want to investigate the mobile home, the trailer park, the pop up tent, the floating boathouse, and the people within them that live their lives on the road. 

During this investigation I will be looking at the political, ethical historical and cultural contacts in conjunction with my own personal context.

For decades architects and designers have been exploring the potential of a portable environment. I will look at the work of architectural experimenters such as Archigram, Buckminster Fuller, and the Metabolists. By visiting galleries and exploring different mobile living schemes, watching documentaries and even speaking to the people that live within them, I aim to gain a diverse understanding of mobile architecture so I can develop and evolve my ideas toward my own architectural proposal. Ultimately I wish to consider these questions and investigate how the potential answers may effect society in order to design something that follows our ever changing ways of living. 

Project Evaluation

Consistent reflection, and self evaluation both during and at vital points throughout this unit will enable me to keep track of my progress, in order to assess what went well, and what hasn’t, where I may have wasted time so that I can reflect and adapt my way of working. In addition to this I intend to seek feedback not only from tutors but from peers at regular intervals to gain alternative perspectives on my work, during workshops and tutorials. I intend to use a focused approach to gathering information and generating ideas, using a wide range of relevant resources. This will ensure I have a strong body of work to review continuously, with action plans to make sure I keep on top of my work.


WEDNESDAY 10 February

Speed dating for Research workshop

Todays speed dating activity was not as useful as I would have hoped it to be. During it we exchanged quick research references to each other in order to help us plan and structure our activities over research week. 

Unfortunately due to the quite specific and seemingly form-based nature of my project I did not receive as much as I would have hoped. It did however highlight some research suggestions that I had not previously thought about. Doing it with more than one person on a 1-1 basis was useful also, as getting feedback from a wide range of people helped diversify my research. For example Sasha recommended a Russian story from her childhood which translates into English called 'Hut on Chicken Legs' which will be interesting to look at.

Feedback on project brief

After the research workshop, I went through my project brief and bibliography with Laoura. 


  • Clear up confusion at the start - make the beginning more engaging with a clear intention.
  • Add more theory to it  - why do I want to explore this theme? Add questions to my proposal. 
  • Look at 'collapsibles' - add to bibliography (look into individual components of mobile architecture)
  • Change imagery to more interesting photos - possibly more than 3.

THURSDAY 11th February

UP Chelsea - interior and spatial design 

Today UP presentation went quite well, however I was more nervous than I thought I'd be. This effected my presentation as I felt as if I spoke too quickly which would have had a negative effect on my presentation. As chelsea is not my first choice, I was more using this as an opportunity to gain experience and feedback for my CSM interview on Monday.

Things to consider:

  • Slow down when going through projects verbally
  • Make labels for my A3 sheets in order to differentiate between projects.
  • Relax! 
  • Prepare questions to ask interviewer. 


Bibliography and Action plan reflection



After the UP event, I spent my time working on my action plan, as I learnt in part 2, an action plan is vital, as planning is not my forte. I found it especially useful for unit 7, as it is a much longer project, and if I didn't plan long term, I would get lost and probably side tracked, so this activity really helped me in organising my time in order to do the best I can in order to leave enough time for model making etc further on in the project. 


FRIDAY 12th February

Hand in Draft proposal

Before handing in my draft proposal, I decided to answer the questions at the end of the proposal deadline in order to ensure that my proposed project work will meet the assessment criteria. Below are my answers. I found this very useful as it highlighted problems and questions I had not yet considered such as problem solving practically and technically. 

What are the critical and contextual perspectives of your proposed project?

I have looked at the political, ethical, historical and cultural contexts of my proposed project through my contextual model. I plan to research these in more detail next week. Not only this, but I have though about these contexts in how they relate to me as a designer, and how this will influence the design process, to ultimately satisfy an end user.

How will you research, analyse and evaluate your ideas to help develop creative solutions? 

Throughout this unit, I plan to use workflow to consistently reflect, and carry out analytical research in order to assess what went well, and what hasn’t, where I may have wasted time so that I can reflect and adapt my way of working. I will also seek feedback from tutors and peers which willl ensure I have a strong body of work to review continuously in order for me to develop and creatively problem solve. 

How will you solve complex problems through practical, theoretical and technical understanding? 

How will you adapt and use appropriate practical methods and skills for creative production? 

Throughout part two of the course, I learnt that my ideas develop well through model making and experimenting 3-Dimentionally, so I will continue to work in this way, as if something doesn't work, it gives me the opportunity to assess why so that I can improve on my practical methods. I will also continue with drawing in order to record my observations. I plan to create collages as I feel this is a strength of mine, however I want to work harder at photoshop and computer skills generally during this project as I feel this is a weaker point in my practical methods. 

How will you use evaluative and reflective skills in order to take responsibility for your own learning, development and effective decision-making? How will you critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of your planning, methods, actions and results? 

I will continue to keep a daily reflective journal as I feel it is important on a day to day basis to review all methods. I find workflow is the best tool to do so as this will help me clarify my intentions as I start to develop ideas and solutions in my sketchbook also.

How will you effectively present yourself and your work to appropriate audiences?

I feel that presentation is a strong skill of mine, especially in my sketchbook and on A2 sheets. However when presenting my ideas verbally, I feel as if my ideas do not come across as strongly. In order to improve on this, I will take every given opportunity to speak about my work, and use methods to make this easier. Such as writing down bullet points of what I want to get across to who I am speaking to when necessary, to order my thoughts and be more clear. 




I spent some time today evaluating and looking over the last week, and how my project has developed. Asking myself the following questions has helped me sum up the past week and helped plan what I will do to develop this further. 


'Mobile Architecture' although I don't think this will be my final title, I plan to explore this theme in terms of Nomadism, Society , dwellings, home , Childhood memories, community, home, permanent or temporary, political, ethical, historical and cultural, portable, ways of living. 


Making use of the library using the internet, watching films/documentaries, visiting exhibitions and galleries will ensure I am consistently carrying out a wide range of research in relation to my theme. (Bibliography) 



References gained from the context workshop, feedback from my theme, and research speed dating workshop will provide me with a good starting point in which I will begin my research over the next week. 



I set aside today to prepare my portfolio for interview tomorrow. I began my making labels for my A3 sheets in order to differentiate between projects. I wanted to use the project title to separate my A2 sheets, however I felt some projects needed a short evaluation of the brief and outcome. I summed up each of these into a few sentences, and printed onto tracing paper to fold over the top of my A2 sheets. This was interesting visually, but also would help me explain the project verbally to the interviewer so that I was more clear.

I also made sure I did sufficient research into the course so that I could ask questions. 



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