Reflection on Presentation

Following the presentation I realise that I needed to place more emphasis on how the internal spaces felt, this needed to have been expressed in more sketches other than sections.

Also I needed to let the video talk for itself, and once it had finished playing, use the slides as discussion points.

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Week 12 Question

How has the inclusion of real clients, sites, and project briefs affected your design process in DAB710? How has this influenced the final outcome of your architectural design?

By using real clients, this has constantly challenged the design process. No longer was this design, created without considering real world ideas such as budgets, introduction of new materials, reuse of old materials.

Also the need for children spaces to comply with building codes, and a specific learning approach challenged any preconceived notions of what is required in an early learning space and what kids find fun.

This can be seen from through the feedback that was given by Early Childhood Learning Students in terms of the outdoor spaces in the design of the Lone Pine Kinder Early Learning Centre.

Outdoor Play Equipment

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Week 11 Post

Why are scaled models an essential tool and technique in your design process as future architects?

As an avid scale model enthusiast, it is only through testing your design in scale models that the interrelation between spaces, plan and section can be truly understood.

Through building my first model, I was analysing the building form in relation to the flat land space available on the site and how the shape reflects the site. Also whether aspects need to be changed in relation to elements of the site.

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In my second model, I analysed the sites landscape. As the site has quite a slope towards the river, I felt that by flattening out the play spaces with only designed contours this created a greater sense of visibility and safety. Whilst there is still a level of controlled risk, with a hill that can be slid/rolled down or climbed through. It also increased the amount of accessibility throughout the site, and increased the effects of way finding through visual cues.

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In the final model, the notion of shading and technical feasibility was analysed. By streamlining the roof, this reduced the level of maintenance needed, by reducing the amount of collected leaf litter on the roof. As the site is situated in Queensland a subtropical environment. Sun exposure is a real issue, especially in outdoor play. Despite the level of vegetation around the building, by adding visually interesting shade structures this utilises visual cues to direct circulation through the site.

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Week 10 Question

Why is it important to reflect on your design process & what can you learn from this?

Reflection is critical in the design process. The design must be constantly reflected on for it to grow from a concept into a final design. However at every stage, the design must be reflected and compared to the overriding concept, so that the design reflects the overarching ideas instead of the details of the design.

In terms of my design the overarching ideas are:
– Environment as the Third Teacher
– Visual & Tactile Playground through Materials
– Permaculture: in the Design of Spaces and in the Circulation of Vegetation through the site.

Week 9 Question

How can you apply the notion of critical thinking to the testing & assessing of your design ideas?

Critical thinking as defined by http://www.critical.net

A critical thinker:
1. Is open-minded and mindful of alternatives
2. Desires to be, and is, well-informed
3. Judges well the credibility of sources
4. Identifies reasons, assumptions, and conclusions
5. Asks appropriate clarifying questions
6. Judges well the quality of an argument, including its reasons, assumptions, evidence, and their degree of support for the conclusion
7. Can well develop and defend a reasonable position regarding a belief or an action, doing justice to challenges
8. Formulates plausible hypotheses
9. Plans and conducts experiments well
10. Defines terms in a way appropriate for the context
11. Draws conclusions when warranted – but with caution
12. Integrates all of the above aspects of critical thinking “

This notion of critical thinking is constantly applied to the design process, especially when presenting to parties other than yourself. Whilst as a designer, we are constantly questioning our design at every stage of the process. When we present this process to the public, it is through the process of presentation and questioning, that the design is truly analysed and grows. If we were to design inside a box, and not engage with other people, although we would be critically analysing the design, the end result is far better when it is critically analysed in conjunction with other people. Therefore critical analysis is important, but it is only through critical analysis and collaboration that our design grows. This process can be seen not only through the changing nature of the building spaces within the Lone Pine Early Learning Childhood Centre, Urban Planning of the site and also through the development of the roof structure.

Week 6 Question

What are the meaningful findings from your Site Analysis/Context Research which informs your MasterPlan & Conceptual Design Process

From the Site Analysis/Context Research, a number of issues have arisen:

Wayfinding: Solutions

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Security: this might prove a harder than anticipated. Whilst on one hand security is necessary with a parking lot so close to childrens play area, however you don’t want the children to feel claustrophobic. Also most of the materials that I am looking at are sustainably sourced (predominantly discarded or recycled timber), and how would you design a solid fence out of this materials, without holes for children to climb through (to chase balls, etc).

Whether vegetation could be relocated on the site

Slight slope of the land to the Brisbane River:  Any soil that has been excavated in the construction of the Early Childhood Learning Centre, will be reused to make either a rammed earth or mud brick external wall. The external wall is facing the traffic from Jesmond Road & the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, minimising the amount of noise pollution/distractions within the centre.

Flood planes approaching the Site: after further research, while the flood planes did affect some aspects of the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, it did not approach the site.

The amount of available Parking: Extra parking will need to be provided to accommodate the addition of the parking of parents from the Early Childhood Learning Centre. This parking will be placed in a number of locations, either along Jesmon Road, or by extending the carpark along the Eastern side.

Traffic Noise from Jesmond Road: Children do not like to play in really loud locations, and will generally avoid these locations. Extreme noise can create unrest in children. However by moving the two tree’s taken from where the main building of the Early Childhood Learning Centre is located and moving them along Jesmon Road, this creates a buffer. This buffer absorbs a lot of the sound, as well as directly offsetting the pollution, and creating a sense of privacy from the main road.

Limited amount of foot paths leading up to the site: Pathways in the Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary have been created over time around the existing tree’s, which then informed the locations of the animal displays throughout the park. This same approach will be adopted in the Early Childhood Learning Centre, with the “Built Tree’s” of the buildings scattered throughout the site informing the connecting pathways.

Public transport to the site: There are a number of solutions such as: introducing a new City Cat stop on the existing Pontoon,  as well as proposing a School Bus for the Children of the Early Learning Childhood Centre.

Week 5 Question

How do you think Urban Informatics can be applied to Architecture & your Design Process?

Urban Informatics is “the study, design and practice of urban experiences across different urban contexts that are created by now opportunities of real-time, ubiquitous technology & the augmentation that mediates the physical & digital layers of people networks & urban infrastructures” (from Week 5 Lecture by Marcus Foth).

Urban Informatics could be utilised in gathering data on:

The Climate

Demographics in an Area

Pollution e.g. Pollution indicators were attached to the back of taxi’s to create mobile pollution indicators.

Peoples interactions in & surrounding a Site

Peoples interactions in a Building

The Publics suggestions for a Design

Peoples Feedback on a Design e.g. Print Out App (onto an Eftpos Receipt)

Data from Sustainable Technologies e.g. by using Urban Informatics data was created from Solar Panels about the: peak consumption periods, production periods & surplus energy.

Suggestions to Updates on a Building

These could be achieved through Social Networking (such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), Phone Applications and GPS navigations in a car.