The studio’s eighth week was an offline session. After a long time, we actually met in person. It was a continuation of designing my childhood home. It started with a group exercise in which we had to fill balloons with rice and form a 100g ball. To focus, we played a game in which we all gathered in a circle at a distance and threw balls at each other at random. We had to be sure to catch the ball and stay in position while playing. This exercise was quite helpful since it taught me about body posture, surroundings, how to react in various situations, and how to remain attentive. Every day before class, we performed this exercise for half an hour.
It was fascinating to interact with a peer and a tutor face to face. The conversation helped my work because I received quick feedback on my work and was able to work more productively. I was a little worried because it was the first day of the workshop. Because it was a one-on-one interaction, I was able to understand the comments more clearly, which assisted me in improving my design of a childhood home. During the five days of the workshop, I tried several variations.
During the process of developing different iterations, I learned that quick hand sketches were far more useful. Working on software took a lot more time. Working by hand also helped me visualize and understand the layout of the house since it provided me with a sense of space. Another element in understanding the house’s spaces was color coding, with each color representing a different space.
The next thing we performed before class was a time problem in which we performed various activities such as frottage, learned about openings and learned about the mass, void, and circulation of a building. In the first frottage exercise, we captured distinct textures of elements on paper and tried to replicate them using various mediums. For the next exercise, we observed openings in various buildings and how they were used. What was your impression of it? The material and mechanism that had been used. How can a standard-sized opening have a unique window structure? The exercise was later discussed with tutors and peers, during which time I learned about the dimensions, functions, and purpose. In the last problem, we observed different buildings on campus and studied mass and void, as well as the circulation of the building and its relationship to its surroundings.
It was an exhausting week, but it was also the most productive. During the discussion, I learned many new things stuff. The discussions were extremely helpful, and the feedback was quick and clear. It felt great to be back on campus after such a long time.