March 25

I spent the first half of the day working through the placement of the infrastructure on the residential site I chose in Hoxton. By considering the different factors that affect the site including weather, program, available space, pre-existing structures, how this would all integrate with the user's already existing daily life and the needs of the farm, I then decided on where to place everything.
This was an interesting process to work through. It was definitely new to me because in my past projects, I've either focused on one particular structure or one particular installation type piece rather than a whole integrated system. In this sense, though it is not the conventional thing that comes to mind when people think of architecture, it still is because it takes into account space and the interaction of space and people. This approach as much more difficult for me. It may have been because it was the first time I've tried anything like that but I think in general, it is more difficult because it requires that I take into consideration so many more external factors. Perhaps what makes a design successful is attention to the detail. I find that I am frustrated by little things in the day to day in my student residence that I think would have been avoided had there been a greater attention to detail by the architect while designing. Perhaps it is the flow, the smoothness, the integrated feeling between what the building is saying and how it functions with you that makes it a good design.

Unit 7 Lecture: Assessment and Exhibition
-Consider how I want my work to be displayed.
-Possible features to add onto my exhibition display if appropriate: lights, mirror base for models, bases for my models, water (relating more to my 'scaffolding' idea).
-Consider making a booklet/catalogue as an edited version of the sketchbook because the sketchbook is brought in only for assessment, not for the exhibition.

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