Of Spontaneity and Uninhibition

Week 8 of this studio has been the most memorable week of this studio by far. These five days (and five nights) were filled with constant activity- be it trying iterations of our design, peer discussions, making orthogonal drawings, or different activities to help us understand the importance of time management. And doing all this offline was new to us, and little did I know what was to unfold.

While the exercise of designing my childhood home continued, I worked better in terms of speed and creative thinking, due to offline studios and interaction with my tutors and peers and was able to work more efficiently after receiving their feedback during studio. The first day of the workshop brought in some nervousness, but I decided to gladly accept what was to come with an open mind. The five days that we worked in the studio were undoubtedly exhausting, but there was a sense of accomplishment on leaving the studio because I had progressed in my understanding and method of working even as an individual.

Our first activity was to fill rice in balloons through a funnel which targeted time management and team work. As odd as it sounds, it was extremely fun even with multiple failed attempts and multiple trials. Through a simple game of catch that we assumed was just for recreation, our tutor beautifully made us realize that even during such simple activities, we can learn so much about the awareness of our body posture and surroundings. Later, we had our first offline discussion and having had virtual discussions for all the past weeks, we were unsure how it would be. This method of teaching, discussing and pointing out mistakes helped me grasp concepts much faster. Over these days, I realised that doing things manually was much more efficient than working online. Through the process of colour coding in our iterations of the new childhood home, we learnt how to link the bubble diagram created before with the actual design of our home.

Our next time management activity was called ‘frottage’, where we captured a variety of textures on paper using graphite, and then recreated the same using multiple mediums. Next, each one of us studied different aspects of different buildings on and near campus. This study covered points like circulation, mass and void, and relationship with the exterior. For the next time management activity, we walked around on campus, studying different openings in different buildings- windows, doors, grills, doorways etc. Upon discussion with my tutors and peers, I recognized that different openings serve different functions based on their dimensions, locations and materials. Through these activities, I learnt how to maximize my time, better my representation for easy comprehension and also understand a number of factors that aided my understanding of what I wanted my childhood home to be.

On the last day, to remind us of the purpose and concept behind each of the designs of our new childhood home, we made an abstract collage. This was a very spontaneous activity, and I let emotions and experiences guide me through the process. At the end of the activity, I was pleased with the outcome, which clearly reminded me of the concepts of memories associated with different smells in my house.

Collage of my New Childhood Home: Through the above collage I have tried to depict the essence and experiences of my new childhood home based on different textures, smells and layouts.

Soap Model: The above model made of blocks of glycerin shows the volumetric dimensions of my new childhood home, where white blocks stand for enclosed spaces, blue for services and red for circulation.

Reflecting over the workshop week week, I cannot think of a week that tiring, productive and exhilarating. This week taught me about making the most of my time, asking my peers for help and improving incessantly on feedback given. Through insightful conversations with my tutors, I realised that I have a whole new world to learn, wrongful concepts to unlearn, and a strong community of peers and tutors to guide me and help me better myself. In terms of understanding my concept of memories provoked by smells, as well as the nature of inhabitation of spaces governed by various factors, I had learnt a lot that week which I will definitely carry forward in my design.

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