since the week before mid-semester break it is up to you to develop ideas and visions for the occupation and the aesthetic of the laneway and the spaces adjacent to it.
I asked in the class yesterday to develop at this point in time a number of scenarios, and not to get to fixated on your first idea. start with a kind of brainstorming thinking 12-15 or more ideas and to than cut it down to 3-5 projects you can imagine.
You will find that not all projects might need to be exclusive, maybe you can join up some of the ideas into one larger project, specifically as you all work in teams.
DON’T GET FRUSTRATED!
This is now a really difficult phase in the semester, defining your interests and coming up with own original ideas. But you will be rewarded at the end of this very exhausting process. Take it as a challenge and remember everything what you have learned and tested throughout the semester and remember the interests you have formulated as your mid-semester reflection. Some of it will find its way into your project.
You also need to start thinking about how you will present the project at the end of the semester. this will help you to define how you will develop and communicate your project throughout the next 5 weeks until final presentation. Start now to make best use of any kind of communication tools, whether it is video, mind maps, diagrams, text, sketches, plans, sections, and so forth. Communicate your ideas and visions for the space in various ways and document any actions, installations you might undertake to test your ideas.
Every group will need to present as a minimum at the end of the semester:
1_a site plan (i will try to get hold of one, meanwhile work with what you can find, google map or any other map of the laneway and buildings around)
2_a storyboard/diagrams (explaining how things unfold over time)
3_perspectives (showing the space as it will be occupied and designed)
4_plan and section (showing the layout and spatial arrangement of things as well as any considerations in material)
5_a documented action/installation, testing your scenario/design proposal in the space in a DIY/low budget way
6_you will need to present your work with a pin up of A0 or A1 posters and feel free to set up installations, or fragments of installations you have been undertaking in order to test your proposal
7_you will need to edit a blog entry explaining your core ideas, naming your project with a title, a short video communicating your proposal and a pdf online publication.
8_add anything you find helpful to present your project in the best and clearest way; we will also have an ongoing discussion in the next 3 tutorials how you can best develop, test and present your proposal
(i know this all sounds a lot but it is actually just fine)
FOR NEXT WEEK:
To make a start I ask every team to develop perspectives illustrating your imagined scenarios, use collage techniques to show what is happening (like cut and paste a bar if you think of a bar, or cut and past people doing certain activities, if you have particular ideas)
As promised i will send you three key shots, i can’t upload them here but will find a way to make them available for you soon.
Take at least two or better all three images and use them to communicate your ideas how that space will be activated, used, occupied and experienced over time.
Print for each scenario at least one A3 landscape b/w or color print and pin it up for discussion next tuesday in class. Add another other way to communicate your ideas, e.g. with models, plans, sections,…