Unit 7 Week 1

by Fion Fong
Tags: journal

February 2

Assessment with Laoura
Partner: Sean Hamilton

Notes:
-Journal and reflection is strong. Keep it up!
-Need to focus more on bettering my making skills and exploring more in the workshops.
-Visualization aren't very strong. Look up precedents of different visualizations to help understand how to go about communicating the design.
-Primary research is strong.
-More secondary research required, especially in terms of precedents for the design. These precedents need to be analyzed and read about so that their successes can be incorporated and their failures can be avoided.
-The secondary research needs to be integrated more into the sketchbook and A2 pages.
-Sheets are strong. If I want to work out of the sketchbook because I feel more comfortable there, photocopy some of the sheets, size them down and glue them into the sketchbook for keep the flow.
-Size down the small change pages.
-Crop the A level pages to keep the consistency.
-Cut down on the amount of A level work. It shouldn't be more than a quarter of your pages.
-Very high quality CV, very professional.

I feel really clear-headed after this assessment. I think I got lost in my work for a while, which isn't all together a bad thing I suppose, but because I was lost, I wasn't able to see what I was doing in the bigger picture. This limits the possibility to improve quite a bit so I'm happy to have talked to Laoura and Sean. In hindsight, I can see how I have good concepts and ideas but it is difficult for me to communicate them well on paper. As well, I struggle a lot with the structural component of my designs and because I know it is not my strong point, I think I was subconsciously avoiding it. I hope to improve on those two main sections of my work the most in the upcoming project by trying and experimenting more in both. 

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February 4

UNIT 7 Lecture

"If you don't know where to begin, begin anywhere."

Ideas inspired by the lecture:
-Present your proposal in a concept visualization of a  modified city skyline. Think of a big drastic change and try to show before and after. Perhaps all the buildings can be completely green, transforming all available vertical and rooftop space into an urban farm/urban green space. Look at Archigram for precedents.
-Research on the problem of food. Find the answers to how long will it be before we can feed the world? See what factors like population, climate change, etc. affect this problem. Reference the film Interstellar.
-Visit an urban farm. There are farms around the Shoreditch area.
Hackney City Farm, Tues-Sun, 10am - 4:30pm: http://hackneycityfarm.co.uk/
Spitalfields City Farm, Tues-Sun, 10am - 4pm: http://www.spitalfieldscityfarm.org/
-Check moodle for the Powerpoint and previous sketchbook works.
-Do bees play a part in urban farming? I read once that the human race depends a lot on the existence of bees because they play a crucial role in pollinating our plants.

Overall, I'm really excited for this upcoming project. I'm glad to have a longer span of time to explore and create and work through my project. I feel like I'm standing on the edge with a lot of potential right now. I will do my best to accumulate all that I've learned in terms of the design process and all the skills I've acquired and put them to use in this final project. Above all, I just really want to continue improving, especially with my communication skills through my design sheets. To do this, I intend to look through more precedents and to try new drawing and making techniques. 

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February 7

General advice from Oscar:
Urban Density
-Draw a section or an aerial view of the shore and the post that indicates where the boats should not pass to make it clearer to viewers how that space has the potential to be used. This will help to communicate what you are thinking more clearly.
-Overlay a visual of high tide and low tide (perhaps by taping an extra sheet of tracing paper on both sides that can be flipped open) to show how the structure interacts with the tides.
Thresholds
-The definition page needs more focus on the hierarchy of information so that viewers know where to look first and what is most important.  Somehow bold, highlight, or title some of the most important words so that they catch the eye of the viewer. Perhaps you can print out some text.
-Take the study of the buildings that open up into the area and size it up. Then stick fold up photos that match up with the buildings so that people can experience travelling through the area through your page and understand what you see.
-Push forward into a conclusion and final visualization.
Small Change
-Try to show more depth in my visualization by collaging or using different drawing mediums to help some things recede and others come forward. Improve the quality of colouring by colouring in one direction or using a finer medium like pencil crayon.
-Look up precedents for the visualizations and learn from them.
-Perhaps try taking a CSM Short Course in architectural drawing. http://www.arts.ac.uk/csm/courses/short-courses/three-dimensional-design/evening-and-weekend/architecture-and-spatial-design/architectural-free-hand-sketching-weekend-term-time/

Books recommended:
-Architecture, Form, Space, Order AND Architectural Drawing both by Francis D. K. Ching

This interview turned out to be really helpful in terns of suggestions to improve my work. In fact, ironically, it felt more like an assessment than an interview. Whether or not I get in, I'm glad to have had the chance to speak with a BA tutor about my work and to see where I could improve. I also got the chance to look at a portfolio of first year BA work which was really helpful. The drawing techniques and the approach to communicating from the page was really different from me. I see the direction in which I need to take my work. 

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