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After last tutorial I’ve decided to stay with my pipes idea. I like the structure I’ve built out of straws and I think this idea is quite potential.

I still would like to experiment with lots of things. I’m thinking about different material, maybe size too. I want to see how the light will influence on the structure. Will that be installation or maybe summer pavilion??

The other thing I need to do asap is to find a site. The site should be small and in the vicinity of the Liverpool Street – Old Street – Bethnal.

“You will also need to compile a series of orthogonal survey drawings (plans, sections, elevations) that should include the mapping of context and activities of your site, as well as other recordings of site specific findings (e.g. sketches, films, sketch models, photographs, collections)” (brief)

I’ve first looked into the google maps and I’ve found a small square not far from Liverpool street station. I’m gonna go there next week and do the research and all the drawings.

When I’ve found that square I was thinking I could do my installation there.

My inspiration for that installation were cave and stalagmites.

The form of the structure is quite organic so I was thinking to integrate the tube in the tree. Make the tubes part of the trees.

 

Well still lots to do and think……

After last tutorial we agreed that I will send Jo asap my firs ideas so she could tell me if I’m on a good way. This is just very basic presentation I did over the weekend.

 

Jo said today that this is a great kick-off for a concept!

Now I need to think if I want to develop this idea in relation to project 2B.

“In 2B you will be developing spatial strategies based on scenarios and experiences investigated during 2A. Your design proposals will aim to challenge our perceptions of small spaces, and you will be looking at methods of how to play with scale and illusions of scale within the space, to augment the spatial experience. You will identify and map the context of your immediate site; this involves both concrete examples such as materiality, size and current use, as well as the more abstract but crucial relation between the user and the space. You will also need to research and map the area in which your site is based, to understand the structure of the local community and its activities. Your site investigations and findings will generate a narrative that will be closely interlinked with your design development and proposals. Your proposals and scenarios will need to show an understanding of spatial sequence, and how these sequences are woven into the contextualised urban fabric.” (2A brief)

Yesterday I had a first meeting with my new platform.

The tutor of this platform, Jo, is a former student of our course. She seems to be very nice. She has a fresh way of looking at the thinks and good knowledge of the subject.

“Small spaces challenge us to explore our creativity more than large ones. We are forced to make clever use of area limitation, and we have to find new ways to impress and create a memorable spatial experience. Details, materiality and light conditions also become more obvious and important in a small space.

Platform 7 will investigate perceptions of small spaces and challenge norms of desired square meters. Our aim will be to give a small site a big identity through augmentation of the spatial experience.

The Platform will delve into the details of our small sites; observe user behaviour and activity and investigate the specificities within the space; focus on the minute to generate narratives. The narratives in turn will generate proposals for an enhanced, or illusory, space through clever use of form and design detail. Recent years have seen the rise of the bespoke event and pop-up venue. The urban citizens demand for unusual and exclusive cultural experiences seem to be insatiable, and these experiences will naturally require a setting in unusual and exclusive venues and spaces. Our programme will be to create these unique spaces”. (2A brief)

Before I’ve joined that platform they were asked to do one week project.

“One week exercise is designed to make you think about the properties of space, both abstract and concrete, and develop a design concept without being too literal (…) You are to make a physical model exploring spatial illusion, based on any ideas or interests triggered by your investigated concepts in 2A/3A. It can be a continuation of your 2A/3A work, or a completely new ‘inspired’ idea”. (2A brief)

After tutorial we had a discussion with Jo and we decided that I should start off from that short project too.

Time to start thinking creatively 🙂

 

 

 

Here we are! Middle of February, only a few more months and 2nd year of my BA is done.

I started this week after returning from exchange. 2nd year is different than the 1st.

We have classes almost every day. Plus the platform thing which was mystery for a long time for us 🙂

On Monday all erasmus people had meeting with Robin (our new course director). We went through all the platforms, he explained us a bit about each of them and at the end of the meeting he asked us to choose one platform 🙂

I came back from exchange for Christmas so have more time to get to know all the platforms. I’ve started asking people about theirs feelings and collecting briefs from term one project.

All platforms seems to be very interesting so to be honest that was very hard decision for me to choose only one 🙂

Finally chose platform 7. Platform without the title. Platform I had no information about 🙂 so I’m very excited about!

This is how my time table looks this year:

Mon – 10:00 – 11:15 – digital media (auto cad, 3d max)

Tu.   – platform day (depend of the platform) in my case day off (my platform day is thursday).

Wed – 14:00 – 15:00 – lectures

Th.   – platform tutorials from 10:00

Fr.   – 11:30 – 13:00 design practice

 

 

(more about exchange: mpisd.wordpress.com)