We altered the presentations, etc that we had made earlier and made on final presentation compiling all the information we had gathered. We had to individually meet ma’am again and finalise our presentation marking the completion of the second project. She gave me a few pointers on the wordings beside some of my pictures and asked me to have very minimal text. She also asked me to work on 3D renderings of my iterations before final review.
In today’s class we had to show the presentations and progress we had made to ma’am. I had made a presentation with all the pictures I had collected during my research and had made an archive. Since I only had images from abroad or other states, she asked me to pick an area (Mumbai) and focus my research based on a particular place for more specification. I has also not put up the links for some of the images which I added later after my discussion. As I wanted to focus more on the Gabion wall we spoke a little in depth about that and I was asked to research more on how it is sustainable, materials require, etc.
We had to create 4-5 iterations on our topic. I did 4 iteration on ways of entry of natural light. I also did a bit of research on sun angles and drew them out. I did not have my archive ready as yet which I started working on after meeting ma’am
We were asked to pick out one element from our mind map and do detailed research on it. I picked up lighting under cafe’s within interior design as my main focus point as I’ve always found cafe’s to me fascinating and felt that the light is what brings out its beauty.
We were then asked to create a visual archive of all the pictures, etc we collected while doing the research. I was surprised to find so many different ways of entry of natural light; skylight, French windows, gabion wall, etc. I learnt a lot during the research that I didn’t know before. It jotted down all the points I thought would help me and stored the pictures too.
We continued our discussion from seminar about the common elements between the various disciplines after which we started working on mind maps. We had choose our filed of interest and write down everything we knew about the course and later divide them into categories and sub-categories. After jotting down as much as I knew about interior design, I researched a bit and got a few more points. This exercise helped me get a better understanding of the course and what it entailed. Though I knew the basis of it, the mid map really helped in getting to know the details and experimenting with it a bit further. It also helped clear any doubts I had about my field of choice by making me take note of all the points and analyse it properly.
We were instructed to continue working on the assignment given in seminar by adding more details to the activity that we had chosen. I realised that there was no end to the list and that one could keep adding tasks limitlessly. The task I was working on was waking up and making my way to the washroom and I think I easily mapped over a 100 steps in between. We then had to extract all the objects from our task, create categories like appliances, services, accessories, etc and group them accordingly. We also had to classify them interns of their tangibility before making thr main mind map with the various categories. We also had to note down the effect of the disappearance of each of our categories once we were done.
As homework we were asked to make another mind map dividing all our objects into the six different division; interiors, fashion, product, fashion communication, communication and strategic design management.
We set the entire class up with our final models, prototypes add the book for our final review. I really loved everyones work and how different it was and the how well I resonated with their personalities. The set up was extremely beautiful with various ideas for lighting, etc portraying thier work in the best ways possible. My favourite part of all the tunnel books was how the shadows payed a major role in bring out the details and the intricacies in all the models. All of it also gave a an idea as to how else I could have made my tunnel box and the layers within to come up with a better outcome.
I realised the mistakes I had made and they things I could’ve improved or or changed while making my tunnel book so it was not too much of a surprise when I was given the feedback I was given after the review. I realised that I could’ve paid more attention to the spacing of the layers and also maybe added a bit more to my layers which would’ve intern reduced the amount of empty space dining the model a come complete and finished look.
The prototypes we made over the week was discussed in class. I made a four by four inch box in which I had placed the cut outs of my layers. I didn’t add much detail to it as this was to mainly identify minor discrepancies, problems in the positioning and spacing of the layers, etc. After a bit of discussion in class, I also became aware of the importance of the connections each layer had to the corners which helped support it and also the way the layers merged into each other.
Though my layers were all in position and stuck properly, it was pointed out that each of it looked like a separate entity and did not look like one complete cityscape. This I rectified by adding a few overlaps and playing with the positive and negative spaces a bit more. I also added extensions in a few areas to cover unnecessary empty spaces that I had spotted while making the prototype.
I also learnt a lot from the discussions we had about the rest of the prototypes. It gave me a better understanding of the tunnel book and and helped me keep in mind the mistakes we were prone to make and how not to do so.
After making the required changes is started cutting out the layers for my final tunnel book in class.
We started extracting the layers from our chosen iteration. I was able to decipher my layers and trace it on gateway sheets which helped me add, subtract and adjust a few things before making the prototype. Getting the composition right in terms of what to add as the first layer and last was slightly challenging but that’s where gateway sheets came into play. Each layer cloud be seen one behind the other which helped see the final composition and tweak a few things if needed. Since I had completed drawing five out of my six layers at home I had only one left. I was slightly lost with the final layer as I did not have anything left in my iteration to add to it and also because I felt that the layers were already crowded enough.
With a bit of help from ma’am I figured out the last layer of my tunnel box. I learned that it was not necessary for each layer to be completely different, rather dividing one layer into two and playing with the figure and ground creates a more interesting visual. This led me to making a few changes in my already existing layers. I added and subtracted from my second and third layer and used that to create another layer in front.
We had a one on one discussion with ma’am regarding our three iterations. Were given feedback on how to make it better, which of the elements did and di not works and what the final out come of the project should be.
My first iteration focused on the X-ray vision of the city, i.e. the city can be seen as is in the sense that all the pipes and gears, instead of hidden inside walls is out in the open. It also has honey combs which depict the structure of the houses and the brick on top show the material they are made using.
In the second iteration the compass in the centre represents the shifting of the streets. This too depicts x-ray vision in the form of pipes.
The third and final iteration focuses on the fact that the city is a city of all cities. It is a city where very street is a different place with different art, architecture, culture, religion, etc. It depicts a city of detail, travelling and experiences.
I choose to work with the third third layer as I felt it expressed my city better than the other two and also because it had a lot of details that I could play around with.
We discussed in depth the measurements of the final model and the layers that were to be extracted from our chosen iteration. It also gave me a better understanding of how each of my layers should beck and placed to get the best possible outcome.