Into the Pit

My secret place. Designing a place for myself, what I wanted, all on the basis of my likes and dislikes. Was that why it was so hard for me to begin? To add to my state of confusion, I had never made a model before. Little did I know that in the course of three weeks, I would end up making 8 different models.

 It took me some time to understand what I wanted in my spaces of solitude, intimacy, and congregation. The sketches from the first week helped me in the process. My first model was something that I thought really hard about because I was not sure of where or how to start, but in the end, my model did not reflect any of these deep thoughts as I ended up putting together different pieces of cardboard to make the three spaces. When I look back at it at this point, I can’t help but think how much of a pain it would be to spend time in those spaces. The design was boxy and small. Through many iterations, I was able to improve my design while improving the nature of inhabitation of the spaces. 

The third iteration of the model was something that I really enjoyed making, but the scale of my spaces was too big. I took care of this problem in my fourth iteration. Making this model was very frustrating for me because I missed out on providing a path to my space of intimacy. I had to take the model apart and start all over again. This iteration, however, was a step forward from the previous ones. I managed to create the three spaces and embrace the remaining space in the pit. 

The next two iterations took me three steps back. At this point, I was losing the sense of what I initially wanted to do. The models ended up being very compact and as though the life had been sucked out of them. 

I realised that it was time for me to go back and look at all the iterations I made so far and understand what worked and what didn’t work in each of them and incorporate all of those into my final design.

I am satisfied with how my final design turned out, but I am pretty sure that there would still be things that I might need to change in it and new things that could be introduced. I understand that making these designs might as well be a never-ending process, with each new design posing some kind of a problem, but with each iteration, I feel like I have learned so much. The process which I could say was slightly difficult at some points was, as a whole, very exhilarating. 

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