Being on My Toes

Set amidst the time of resolving the design of the childhood home and working towards a jury presentation with external jurors, the week was set to work together as co-learners, attempting to spend maximum time together on campus. The week started with the review on the previously done work, but in a different method where everyone were seated together around a table, rather than meeting online. Reviews involved suggestions marked on the drawings of plans and sections, with each mistake being starkly noticeable considering it was viewed in real time rather than over a computer screen. With that, began the week of noticing and working in an environment, altogether differently.

Having had my discussion over in the first half of the day during the review, I had the opportunity to reflect on the feedback and work on it with sufficient time in hand to have another iteration of the design, which was discussed by the end of the day. Thus, I had ended the day with a collection of twice the amount of details that I hadn’t noticed or had missed, and hence the process of resolution got easier for working on the the task for the next day, which was a soap model of the design. Having considerably less amount of time to produce it, it served as a time problem to allow to see the design in three dimension and therefore note if it brings further problems in it to notice. And it did, for me! I noted the ambiguity in the direction of slope of the ramps between the levels, and the barely available head clearance for the landing of the stairs, below the ramp.

First Iteration of the Week: The plans were drawn roughly to scale to quickly express the changes that I made to the design.
Quick Iteration of Soap Model

From that, I reverted back to resolving the design, adding more detail to it, such as in terms of furniture layout and opening widths, by going beyond identifying the workable area for each of these spaces. Starting to sort things out did bring new complications or doubts, which were asked and discussed among peers as well, along with taking feedback from tutors on each of the iterations. This led to being exposed to various design issues and developing the ability to spontaneously reflect and work them out, apart from being familiar with the various designs of other peers. I found it astonishing to see how the design of each of them were unique in spite of having almost similar conditions of developing it, showing how differently each tackled and directed the brief. At the end, the amount of discussions and attempts on resolving the design had positively influenced in improving the design.

Having reached a certain level of resolution, the focus was shifted to presenting these drawings, where the information about the building and its context had to be brought out clearly. I attempted two variations of the presentation technique, each focusing on highlighting one aspect of the building more, such as material or depth of the spaces. Discussions reiterated the main focus of the presentation, which is on making the information legible such that its visual appeal should not compromise on it.

As a closure of the week, each of us had worked on an impromptu collage of our design using the plans and sections made over the week, along with other short morning sketches made over the week, to present the overall concept of the design at that stage. The process was not about compiling the previous works, but while making the collage, I was able to subconsciously recollect the changes in the design and recognise that I was able to retain the initial conceptual image of the house, despite the changes that the design underwent. It reflected in the final collage where the building elements of the plan and section and its texture, that carried those qualities were primarily focused on.

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