week 29

Daily action plan - Model making week



Monday 18th April

 This morning I went through my plan for my model with Laoura, she helped me create a plan for my model. I had issues with regards to materials, as I want my model to look realistic, however this would be very hard with a floating structure, as it would be very difficult for the structure to float in real water. To overcome this issue, I made the decision that a more conceptual model would be more appropriate. 

I feel slightly panicked however, as I didn't stick to my easter action plan, I only have until Thursday to make my model where I planned to use the workshops last week also. However I have made a few changes to my action plan this week that will require me to work quickly and more under pressure to enable me to achieve my objectives for this week.

I made a detailed plan of my model so that I knew exactly what I was doing over the next few days so that I have my model completed in time for the photo sessions.


Tuesday 19th April

 Today I have planned to create the base for my proposal. 

As I am going for a more conceptual look for my model, I decided to use plaster as opposed to wood or plastic, as it gives a more organic and natural texture. I also chose plaster as because it is white, it means that the focus will not be distracted from the proposal on top, and is quite neutral. Plaster is also very easy to shape and work with so I can create a more realistic using shape, as opposed to plastic or wood, which would be harder to work with. 

I didn't think that this would take me all day, however I am very happy with the final look of the base. 




WEDNESDAY 20th April

Today I created my actual proposal. I decided to make this part out of copper wires, as these are quite a malleable material that I can manipulate quite easily to create the shape I want. It would also be quite easy to spot weld the pieces together, I sought advice from the metal technician who agreed this was the best way forward. No disasters today either, which was quite surprising as it was the first time I had ever used the spot welder, but I learnt a lot of technical skills in the workshop, such as spot welding, using the bad saw, polishing copper, and using the metal band saw.




I need to cover the cage structure in a tensile material however, which I have not done any material testing on this scale before. After doing some quick research in the workshop, I found out that using PVA glue and tights creates a strong and hard surface, but is also quite flexible. With this in mind, I went back to the metal workshop to create a test piece that I could try this technique on, before I did the real thing tomorrow. 


Thursday 21st April

My materials test went really well last night, and it created the perfect look, therefore I was happy to continue with the PVA glue and tights technique. It was similar to Da Vinci's research, as although overall it created a strong, solid structure, the materials involved are very flexible, so the form over all is very easy to manipulate. I spoke to my tutors and they were happy for me to go ahead with this technique. I also tried using modroc however, I did not like how it was a solid colour, and I could not cut through it as I could with the tights. The tights were also a lot more tensile, therefore creating a more interesting shape. 


While it was drying, I made the 'water' layer for my proposal to sit in. I had problem choosing whether to do use a clear acrylic or go with a slightly blue colour. The shop at archway had a very strong blue, which I felt was too tacky, which made me want to buy a clear sheet, however I don't feel as though it would be obvious enough that it was representing a layer of water. I visited 4D and chose a lighter blue colour that wasn't too garishly blue, but made it aq lot more clear that it was supposed to represent water. 

Photo sessions at 4:30pm


Friday 22nd April

banner - Deadline midnight. 

Answering the bullet points - first draft

  • the project theme

Home - ?With this project, I intended 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??

  • a description of your final outcome

A mobile floating home, designed to rebuild communities in times of disaster. 

  • the main materials that you have used

These homes would consists of a pre cut wooden caging that would be delivered to a flood site flat packed. Each piece would be slotted together, only requiring the hands of one or two people. Once the structure has been slotted together, a strong tensile waterproof skin would be stretched over the outside to create shelter. 

  • the main processes that you have used


  • any finishes that you have used


  • the user/ location for your design

With climate change increasing water levels, this concept could be applied worldwide, and used by any victim in need of urgent shelter. 

Final Banner text

Isabella Yurtsever
BA Architecture, CSM
Mobile Architecture; Rebuilding Communities.

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? For decades architects and designers have been exploring the potential of a portable environment. I began to explore this potential in relation to how Mobile Architecture can rebuild homes and recreate a sense of place for those affected by disasters. I responded by designing a mobile floating home, consisting of a pre cut metal caging that would be delivered flat packed to a flood site. Once the structure had been slotted together, a tensile, waterproof skin would be stretched over the outside to create shelter. With climate change increasing water levels, this concept could be applied worldwide, and used by any victim in need of urgent shelter.

Photos for banner

To do: 4 Visualisations

  •  Event - Activity/People
  • Atmosphere - Context/Materiality
  • Abstract Image
  • Map, plan view 
  • section/elevation

I had originally planned to do all four visualisations however I encountered a problem. As my model was made quite conceptual, I found that when putting these into a real life photograph, the model looked really out of place and the visualisation did not look very good. Eg:


Instead I spent the time editing the photos using photoshop to make sure they were good enough for my banner. Close ups showing the materials, and different angles that may not be easy to see in real life. I also decided to show a photo of my model before the material was put on top so that the viewer could fully understand the shape of the design. Examples are below. 











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