Unit 7 Week 5

March 9

Planned models and pages:
1. Modular paper model to analyze how parts can fit together to create a structure that can latch on.
2. A presentation sheet that considers the weather pattern of the area (sun and rain).
Reference book, Towards Zero Energy Architecture's diagrams.
3. A model that analyzes the available green spaces in the area that have the potential to be converted into farming plots.
Use wire to represent the area and wood to demonstrate the green space. The contrast in materials should evoke the same feeling as the buildings and the green spaces would in real life.
4. A model that analyzes the types of buildings, commercial vs. residential, stores and houses, and the distances and paths people travel between these areas.
Use wood, transfer a map onto the wood (make sure to invert the map), colour code the types of buildings you want to focus on, then use nails and thread to show the distances.
5. Collage of site visit on Pitfield street.
6. Axonometric drawing with rooftops and green spaces separated.

With this project, I intend to explore more technical drawing (plans, sections, elevations, axonometric, etc.) to improve upon these skills which is why I have planned ahead to try out these styles of drawing. As well, I want to be more intentional with my models and aim to achieve something of higher quality because I know from my last assessment that making is one of my weak points. As much as I intend to try to solve the problems I've chosen to focus on in this project, I know for a fact that I've taken on too much. So instead, my main goal is to improve my technical and representational skills, my design thinking/analyzing and my understanding of the sketchbook and through that, I will try my best to design something that could potentially solve the problem if it is added on to.

Initial ideas:
1. Modular farm that can fit itself into existing structures.
2. Vertical farm. Consider the concept before rejecting it.
3. Floating farm on the Thames/man-made canals in London.

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March 11

Informal progress tutorial with Fadi:
First stage: (The practical approach for the present.)
Using vacant spaces or spaces that are underused and converting them sustainably into urban farms.
Second stage: (The large scale, more ambitious approach for the future, think big.)
Rethink the design of housing in London to incorporate the urban farm made available to residences. This means farming will become a part of the urban fabric and infrastructure. In this way, the eventual support of the government will allow for growth of this 'industry'. This will allow a shift in perspectives as people begin to consider farming as a benefit, a job, a way to save money, an activity in their day that  they look forward to, etc.

Things to consider:
-How will I address resilience to natural disasters? Will this be addressed in the written component or in the design?
-How will energy production need to be reinvented to make large scale urban vertical farms possible for the future? Include this in the written component.

I also spoke with Fadi about university offers and on deciding where to go next year. He advised me to email a BA tutor here at Central Saint Martins for more information.
In the past few projects, I had very few pages, if any at all, for each in my sketchbook. I found I didn't like working in the sketchbook because I didn't understand it. It felt like I was repeating myself and doing double the work which I found inefficient. For Unit 7 I tried really hard to work in my sketchbook consistently but I found myself becoming really stressed because I would plan all these pages and fall behind. My sketchbook looks very pristine at the moment, as if they were already presentation pages. Speaking with Fadi also helped me to finally understand the sketchbook. I realize now that the sketchbook is the sketch of what I see in my mind before I make it all nice. It is jotting down the idea and working it out on paper instead of in my mind. That way, people can better understand my process. Fadi encouraged me to work directly onto sheets if that's where I feel comfortable because the sketchbook is meant to support while the sheets are the main presentation. I feel a lot calmer now and I'm pretty excited to move onto working on larger paper. I am hesitant but I think I will try A1 despite the difficulties because now, in Foundation, is a good to experiment and 'get it wrong' in my opinion; well better now than in my BA I guess. 

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March 12

Today I worked through planning my presentation sheets so that I have a clear idea of what I want to show and in general, how I want to show it. I planned quite a few sheets but I think this is because of the fact that my sketchbook at the moment is very refined so transferring from those pages that I've already done to larger sheets will not take too much changing and refining. I don't think I've completely transferred my new understanding of the sketchbook into practise. It's been difficult letting go of the urge to make everything look good.
I have not yet started on my presentation sheets. I find I'm always very nervous about starting things which slows down my working process. After I've begun, the work grows exponentially but it takes me a very long time to take that first step. I need to find a way to fix this. I guess it is just a matter of forcing myself to start. Perhaps I can set aside a certain time in the morning or just before I begin working, just a certain time in my day to tackle the things I would usually avoid.

I started a site model yesterday in the metal workshop. The bronze coloured metal wire comes in three thicknesses and I chose the size in the middle because it was more abundant than the thinnest wire. I started working with it, bending it to form the contours of the buildings of my site. After working for the better part of the afternoon, I abandoned the model because of the inflexibility of the material meaning it took a lot of time to make each bend and the bends were inaccurate. Today I purchased a more flexible, black metal wire to work with. I was much more satisfied with this model because it produced the detail and the intricacy I was aiming for. I am not finished yet and I'm worried about the attachment of this lighter wire. For my first test model, I welded the rods together. Glue gun for the second model might be a bit messy so I'm trying to consider other methods of attaching. I am wondering if welding on the lowest temperature would be possible. I will test it if the hot glue turns out to be a disaster. 

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