Week 14

We started off by discussing about the paper we had written so and clearing out all our doubts. We then had individual discussions with ma’am, reviewed our work and made the necessary corrections.

Towards the end of class we reflected on our journey through the year from who am I to our final project, the paper on the question based on our discipline. Seminar, for me, helped build character and get to know myself better. I learnt to write in different ways in the sense that I learnt a variety of writing styles as each of our projects required a different set of writing skills based on the genre required. . From learning about myself,  my surrounding, to opening up the creative part if my mind to finally exploring in depth about my topic of interest, seminar has been a fun learning experience that I truly enjoyed.

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Week 13

We were divided into groups based on our discipline where we had to read and analyse the given articles. The article I read was about how feminism plays a role in design which we then had to have a discussion about. We had to formulate questions based on it and talk it out in within groups.

Later we were asked to make the first draft of the report we had to write for our final project based on the question we had come up with in the previous class. We started of with writing about why we chose that particular topic and then continued onto writing about the design context, three arguments based on the topic and finally the conclusion.

Week 12

I couldn’t attend class as I was not well. From what I learnt, we had to come up with a question based on our discipline. I came question I c are up with is as follows,

Question – What impact does natural light have on a space.

Week 11

We started of by observing a normal blue pen and were asked to question based on it. The initial questions we came up with were all related to the aesthetics and the looks of the object after which we moved on to questions its functionality and how it responds to the human body.

Later we had to make groups of four, choose an object and come up with questions. We choose a red tupperware bottle and wrote down questions regarding its height, colour, placement of the brand name, size of the mouth opening, shape of its body, etc. We discussed the questions we had come up with with the rest of the class during the last half an hour.

Week 10

We started of by creating a spread of all the mind maps we had made during studio for everyone to observe the various maps that were made and how the same category in each map was different. We then moved on to discussing and coming up with points that were common between all the disciplines as a class. We came up with over 15 points such as graphics, consumer needs, trend analysis, ethics, affordability, team work, etc after which we had to choose 3 points which we personally thought would fit into all of the disciplines. I felt that consumer needs and an eye of aesthmcys and art/design in general were the main connecting points as design wouldn’t make sense if the person developing it didn’t use his/her skills properly and secondly, the basis and the need for design arises due to the consumer. Without the consumer there would be no use for design; consumer needs and consumer satisfaction is first and foremost in any field of design.

We also discussed ethics, finances, aesthetics, etc as a few people felt that those were the main threads holding design together. Under ethics we spoke up the flexibility of the subject and if whether each of us had a strong moral code. Colour psychology, technology and sustainability were also a few other topics we discussed.

Week 9

We started of by displaying all our book fro a class review I which we could walk around and read as many peoples work as we could. At the end of this we realised how influenced we were by Calvino’s writing and spoke about how if different it might have been if maybe we had read a different sort of book with a completely different style.

We then moved on to our second project in which our first assignment was to identify a task that we do on a daily basis and deconstruct it into its various steps. We were given the example of Murakami who wrote detailed stories and focussed on the smallest parts of life before we started. I choose the task of walking up and getting to the washroom. I was really fascinated by the the 100 little tasks which we don’t pay attention to in the process of getting completing that one basic task. I broke it down to at least seventy things like moving the basket. stretching, wriggling my toes, hugging my pillow, etc which we then had to classify into two different categories, tangible and intangible.

It was a fun exercise which helped me realise and pay attention to the multiple things we take for granted and the beauty of every simple task we perform even without a second thought.

Week 8

We had a peer review for which we had to create groups of three and read each others stories. From the feed back I got I realised that two of my stories had similar ending but also that my titles resonated with my content really well.

rom the few I read of my classmates. I loved how different each persons story and city was so completely different which in a way said so much about their personalities. I also really enjoyed reading other people’s work as it was so beautifully written with so much detail that I could actually imagine the entire city. It really helped when to came to seeing how I could’ve improved my work as well. I tried my best to give them a few points to work on but found myself unable to be of much help considering how amazed I was by all their cities.

Week 7

We were given around 30-40 minutes to perfect our chapters and clear any doubts that we had. We were also informed about the review week and materials that were to be got to class.

We then took examples of a few of our stories and and discussed as to how we, consciously or subconsciously, solved problems we face in the our current lives in our dream city. For example one of the students had solved the problem of population by keeping a tab on the maximum number of people in her which after some questioning we realised she had done subconsciously as she never much liked the amount of unknown people surrounding her in her day to day life. Another student had, consciously though, created a solution free and sustainable mode of transport in her city and another a solution to the water crisis in his.

We spoke about what had triggered our thoughts and why our dream city is the way it is. We were asked to write a short note on this topic after. I personally found this to be very intriguing as I too had done the same without realising. In my six chapters, if not first world problems, I had solved the little inconveniences I faced on a daily basis in my own way.

After a quite a bit of introspection is traced my chapters down to its roots and figured to the best of my knowledge why I had written the stories they way I had. I may not have covered every one of the details but I figured out as much as I could with what I knew.

Chapter 1 –  In my first chapter I did not solve any problem as such but I wrote about a tower that touched the stars as it had always been at the back of my mind to go into space or see the world we live in now from the outside. Also as a person who loves heights, I made sure to add a structure that was ‘so high up that it almost touched the stars.’

Chapter 2 –  Looking back, I have always been troubled by the chaos and wars caused by difference in religion, cast and creed. A place is truly free only when everyone living accepts and acknowledges the differences in each individual and their beliefs. In this particular chapter I addressed the issue by making the city very religiously and culturally diverse still keeping in mind a sense of freedom that exists only in this city. It is a place that is extremely peaceful despite its differences.

Chapter 3 – A touch of nature is of utmost importance any place I go. This and the effect brick walls have on a place has always made me feel more settled and connected to the atmosphere around. Just a bit of green in a fully closed concrete room can change the entire experience of the place.  I also added a bit of logic to the infrastructure in the form of honey combs as one, I find the working of the honeycomb and its structure very interesting and efficient and two, the roads in and around Mumbai are very confusing which made me subconsciously create better infrastructure. I also made sure to not make it too structured as I felt that it’ll make the place too formal and a little mishap here and there gives the city more life ans makes it fun to be in.

Chapter 4 – A city that speaks the truth in terms of its architecture, in my mind, creates a certain sense of beauty. Also a place where the people are always truthful, though might seem ideal, to me sounds a bit hurtful. A little white lie here and there never hurt anyone. I made the people speak nothing but lies as I felt that it will make the city a fun place to live in where in one has ti explore and find the truth for themselves. A person wanting to do places will have to face dead ends and a little adventure before they reach their destination. This to me is very important as I have always loved exploring and finding my way around a city with nothing but my instincts.

Chapter 5 – Confusion dosen’t always have to be a bad experience. In this city it’s all about travelling and new experiences. The idea for this city, I realised, came from my love for travelling. Though I always want to go to places and see the world it is not really possible with my current status in terms of work, surroundings, finances, etc. This city lets those who want to travel the world truly see places without actually having to go. It not only helps those who want to travel achieve their life goal but also gives the person a bit on excitement when it comes to seeing which city they are going to enter next or what happened to the one they just crossed.

Chapter 6 – As a person not much for communism or capitalism as such, I didn’t create a city where everyone was equal nor did I create one with corruption. Though there is monopoly in the city, I do not really support the system which is why I made sure to create one where there is also peace and security. I also mentioned that though it is one of the richest cities, majority of the wealth is owned my two of the richest families similar to the current state of India as I have always felt that there is a need for labour and if very one is equally rich the functioning of the city will completely collapse.

 

Week 6

We had our peer reviews conducted during class. We partnered up with another student who preferably was not from the same section and got started. We were given the criteria by which we were to grade our peers. It took us a while to read and give each other feedback after which we had to meet ma’am and tell her what we inferred from each others work.

As my partner hadn’t yet completed her stories and just had the outlines for each of them there was not much feedback for me to give in terms of grammar, flow of sentence, etc but I found her ideas and her word sketch to be very interesting and creative. There wee a lot of details in her outline which also made me want to add a few details in my story.

We then had to work on the corrections given to us. As I hadn’t yet come up with proper titles, I used the rest of class to think of appropriate titles for each of them and to also proof read and rectify errors in sentence formation, etc.

The title I had come up for my book was ‘The City of Incomplete Things.’ It was to signify the main connecting point of all my six chapters, the incompleteness of the each of the places. Each chapter, if you observe, has something about it that makes it slightly chaotic disrupting the peace of the city. I felt that it described the city perfectly as is conveyed exactly what I wanted, a bit of chaos is a perfectly constructed world. The cover I made for my book also shows incompleteness through minimalism. It has a not so perfectly constructed circle with the title on top with a few letters missing in between the words.

Week 5

We were informed about the points taken into consideration for the grading process and also about the basic layout of the book. Similar to Calvino’s, we too had to name each chapter and also come up with a title for the book. We were told to complete the first draft by the up coming class for the peer review.

After that we worked on our word sketch which helped formulate my ideas and draw up a proper outline for each of my chapters. Towards the end we read two more chapters from the book one of which I found to be very interesting. It was about ho the city revolved around its centre, a map, or that’s how I perceived it. It was written I such a way that it the entire city was left to the readers imagination,\. The same thing some people thought was a lady and some the universe.

It gave me an idea as to how I can go about writing my story. I also realised the importance of an anchor or a core after the discussion. It gives a clear picture to the reader if the main element of the city is made clear.