Unit 7 Week 2

by Fion Fong
Tags: journal

February 9

Questions to consider as I continue researching:
-Is it important for people to understand where their food comes from?
-Can food be a catalyst for change? (Change in what?)
-What is the value of food? 

Notes when writing the Unit 7 proposal:
-keep to the word limit, don't ramble
-look back at your personal statement for some reference

Section 1
-Consider how I have learned to research in the library
-Consider how I have learned long the making process takes
-Consider how I learned to use the workshops
Section 2
-Why have you chosen to be this pathway, what influenced you and where are you heading?
-Talk about aspirations from this project as well (to see solutions to the bigger problems).
Section 3
-BE CLEAR ABOUT YOUR STRATEGY. Be specific.
Section 4
-How will I make sure I'm progressing throughout the project? 
-How will I make sure I do regular check ups with the tutors?
-Will I make sure I have access to workshops when I need them?
Bibliography
-Include books too please
-Online, look up interviews and theories behind the project instead of just the image. Look into more about how they work instead of just the aesthetics.
-Check out RIBA bookstore
Action Plan and Timetable
-Try as much as you can to work backwards. You can add on and resubmit your  action plan during progress tutorials.
*get feedback/informal tutorials all the way through
-Londonarchitecturediary.com  to help you plan your exhibition visits. Look back to old project briefs for reference.
-Consider what your goal is for number of design sheets per week and overall. Three per week? (All nice drawings should be started on A2.)
-Rough outline of my action plan:
Week 20: Write your proposal.
Week 21: Research of themes and concepts. Site visits and drawings, where, when, etc.
Week 22: Reading week.
Week 23: Concepts and conceptual model making; very broad. Form manipulation.
Week 24: Test models. Visiting exhibitions. Progress tutorial.
Week 25: Idea development and experimentation. If you need anything new, specialist equipment (Indesign, binding, new materials, laser cutting, film, etc.).
Week 26: Design development and testing. 
Week 27: Workshops and finalizing your idea. Speak to tutors for feedback overall and for the break (tutorials). Should aim to have your idea finalized by this week.
*Easter - 2 weeks
Week 28: Finishing up in the workshop.
Week 29: Photographing, visualizations, presentation of piece, etc.
Week 30: No work, only set up.
SHOULD BE FINISHED BY 26th OF APRIL
May 12th-16th exhibition
May 18th grades

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February 11

Westminster Interview:
I arrived at around 9:40am and the interviews began at 10:00am. We were split into two groups, one that went on a tour of the campus while the other went through the interviews.
Overall, I think the interview went quite well. I wasn't as anxious as the CSM interview. I think I was more mentally prepared for this interview because of the advice I received from Oscar at the CSM interview. I also think the formality and the order of the whole process of the interviews calmed me. It was as if because they had everything in order, I felt like I had everything in order. The interviewer asked me a few informal questions and then we talked through my portfolio. I liked that the interviewer didn't purposely try to make me feel uncomfortable. I think an interview for a program is as much for the university as it is for the student. The teachers create a large part of the environment in a program so I was glad for that.

LCC & Chelsea interview (informal):
I arrived at Archway in the afternoon during the informal interviews with the BA tutors from LCC and Chelsea. Everyone had their portfolios set up around the room and we went through them.
I was a bit flustered coming in from the commute and adjusting to an environment that had already been established in the room but after I spoke quietly with my tutors I felt more in place. I was glad to have the chance to listen to a few presentations before I did mine. I also liked the fact that we set a more formal tone. I think it helped in terms of presenting our work. The vibe of the room added a professionalism to our work in a way that was really interesting. Through these interviews, I am beginning to see how each of our portfolios can be viewed as a professional body of work that represents us as a designer.
I felt unprepared as I was watching everyone speak right up to the moment before I started my presentation. But as I started talking, I realized that it isn't all that bad because if you've done the work, then you understand your own work and you understand what you've analyzed and designed and explored. Explaining just becomes a concise, hopefully eloquent version of what's already on the sheets. I felt like my design sheets were my Q-cards and I just had to read them and explain from there. It's interesting though because everyone else can read your 'Q-cards' too but I guess that's the point of the sheets: to communicate.

Overall, I am glad for these two experiences. I think it really helped me understand how to navigate through the 'vibes' of a room, a presentation and an interview. It has taught me to interact and to talk about my work, what to do, what not to do, and so on.

Materials Fair:
I attended the 2015 Surface Design Show at the Business Design Centre during the free time after our LCC & Chelsea interviews and before we came back to pick up our portfolios. The primary research of the actual materials will be documented separately under my Information File but overall I found the fair interesting but not altogether relevant because I'm still in the beginning stages of my Unit 7 project. I think it will be better to reference later on, when I am working through the structure and materials of the design.
There were a wide range of materials on display. Ironically, what I found the most interesting were the forms of the materials instead of the what they were actually made of. This was likely due to the fact that most booths were catered towards interior decorating and design. 

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February 12

Unit 7 informal progress tutorial with Alaistair:
1. Focus more in your Section 3. Try to continue narrowing down your broad focus into a small section that allows you to research and develop a more concrete design.
2. Take a look at the Farm Shop in Hackney. It's an indoor farm that was designed to be a closed circle system, producing no waste.
3. Shorten my title. Try not to use a poetic title because it sets the tone of the project to be poetic though your proposal/final design may not be. The title is up for change though.

Further Research:
-Temple Grandin; an autistic activist for humane slaughterhouses
-Sow crates
-muf architecture/art; "This is what we do: a Muf Manual" (publication)
-Cedric Price (5th avenue proposal)
-Hungry City by Carolyn Steel
-Cooked by Michael Pollen
-Architectural Design, Volume 83, Issue 3: The New Pastorialism: Landscape Into Architecture
-Kyong Park: The New Urban Ecology (on his work in Detroit)
-General Public Agency

I remember feeling really nervous when giving my proposal to Alaistair to read over. And then, ironically, I felt glad because I realized I cared a lot about what I was researching and knowing myself, I always feel nervous when I have to show/speak to others about what I care about. I'm glad for this though because I think it will help carry my project through. I chose farming because I've never really thought about it before and I wanted to explore something new. I've now taken a real interest in the theme and it's become so much more exciting. 

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