Has my project changed from what I initially proposed? If so, why and how did I do that? If I could start my project again, what would I do differently and how would I go about it?
My project has progressed from a single proposal to a typology that can be applied to a city. Originally, I saw myself heading in the direction of designing a skyscraper-esque vertical farm that can be plugged into different communities to provide food. However, after much of my research I found that the precedents that have made the biggest impact have actually been small, impromptu farms that have popped up on available land and space such as rooftops.
I also changed my focus from all types of housing in London to forms of social housing to create narrower parameters to work within. As well, I found that was where the need was the greatest and the amount of open land is more readily available as social housing usually comes in the form of a tower block or a council house/estate.
If I could start my project again, I would definitely narrow my theme down to something more specific. Instead of taking on a problem of the world, I should take on a small problem that can be extrapolated to be applied to the world. I chose a broad theme because I thought it would give me room to ‘breathe’ and explore a wide range. I found that the lack of concrete boundaries actually made it much harder for me because I had to process a lot of information from a very wide range of research before condensing into what was relevant. It was also very difficult to decide what design factors I should take into account and what I should ignore because of time restraints.
What is the most successful and what is the least successful aspect of my project? What are my strengths and my weaknesses?
The most successful aspect of my project are my presentation sheets. They communicate well on top of being aesthetically appealing. I think I learned the most about how to format pages and explore on the large page throughout my specialized period in Foundation.
The least successful aspect of my project would be my time management in terms of my model making. I regret not allotting more time for this form of idea development in my design process as I believe I could have gained a lot more from it. As well I would have liked to try experimenting with a few more materials to gain a better understanding of them.
Assuming I have achieved my intended outcomes, could I now take these concepts and ideas further and if so, in which way?
To take these ideas further, I would do further research on all of the different types of social housing in London and see if this typology can be applied. If it can be, I would work to see how it can be specific to each site and what if any, are the major modifications that are required. If it isn’t applicable, I would like to find out why.
As well, I would like to first hand survey those who live in social housing to see if they would personally like to be given space to grow food for themselves and if this in a sense, subsidy, to their regular diet is valuable to them.
Looking back on my project, are there additional research, development or outcomes I could have come up with to improve my submission?
I would have liked to do more in terms of my model. As well, I would have liked to do more thorough site research. Partway through my project, I realized that the site I had initially chosen was not suitable for my project because it is a Black Plague burial pit. Unfortunately, my change in site happened quite late into the project so I didn’t have the time to be as thorough as I would have liked.
Did I achieve what I set out to do in my proposal?
Yes, I did achieve what I set out to do in my proposal. I have found one form of a solution to help urban citizens take their food back into their own hands, giving them a greater control over what they eat.
Projects that I would like to explore/that I took an interest in:
-Yuma: cave structures
-Riichiro: the old and the new/hidden, peaceful places
-Kseniia: small streets of London, hidden places, cultural areas of London, how to encourage people to explore different places
-Sean Brown: contemporary cemetaries
-Sean Hamilton: the experience of waiting and how to make it more enjoyable, bus stops in London
-Kellin: prisons, control, access