The two weeks before the mid semesters were exhilarating and challenging. The first week that was online introduced us to designing our childhood homes in a pit. We began with drawing images, diagrams and bubble diagrams of our designs. This required quick sketching of numerous iterations and then discussing them with peers and tutors. I learnt that the key to this was not to think and resolve problems in our minds rather on the paper. Drawing two dimensional plans and sections was not the only thing we had to do. We were also supposed to make volumetric models using glycerine soaps. This provided a better understanding of our design process and resolved half of our problems by just organising different cubes and cuboids in our pit.
The next offline week was new and different to us. Mornings were consumed by fun and spontaneous warm up exercises everyday. The first day we were introduced to a team building exercise that also made us conscious of our body. The activity was as simple as making rice balls from balloons and playing catch with our peers. It made us realise how peers could help each other and find a way through. While playing catch, we grew aware of how our bodies reacted and rested as time flew. After this simple yet interesting activity we began our first offline discussion with our tutors. Instead of uploading our sheets on virtual boards we actually took out prints and discussed it with drawing over them. Our discussions also seemed longer and more fruitful than in online classes.
The second day started with us playing catch again and assigned a new subject called frottage to us. We were supposed to get textures on paper and later sketch them, Later in the day, we made more iterations of our design and discussed them.we dove deeper into a better organisational layout of the design through colour coding and conversations with tutors, TA and our friends and peers. Throughout the week, I felt that there was a drastic increase in our productivity due to numerous reasons, one being that we were not working alone confined to our rooms. We had the support of fourteen other friends who were working alongside us.
On the third day, after our new routine of playing catch, we were assigned a new warm up exercise where we had to study different buildings on the college campus and sketch their layouts, massing, circulation and sketch them. On the next day we had to roam around the campus and sketch different openings and study them. After this, we had a meaningful discussion with our tutor where he asked us to tell him what we found different and learned through the process. These spontaneous exercises made us think on our feet and learn through them.
During the last class with our tutors, we seemed to have forgotten our initial reasonings of our designs. So our tutor made us make a quick collage in thirty minutes to remind us the purpose and past of our designs. the day ended with a conversation among all of us discussing the various aspects of scheduling and time management. This enriching week ended with a lot of memories and conversations between our friends and tutors.