Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Comments from session with Sue Evans 20 August

Hi all,

a few general comments from our discussion today, and from Sue and I's discussion afterwards.

What you map does not need to be overly complex. (This is a 10pt seminar not a design paper) Look at examples in L.A. Now, each map concentrates on something in particular. An example is the photography project, recording the landscape at set points across the counties that make up LA, this is not complex but tells an interesting story.

What are we making: Communicating Places
This project is not a generator for a larger design project. As such the "audience" is different. The mapping you undertake is not for the designer, looking to have insights that will help establish formal design moves. The maps, in their accumulation, should start to tell stories about, or describe the place that is Auckland, through your particular engagements with it as a city.

The work is to be exhibited, as such its formal value and crafted nature will be scrutinised. (ie it what ever "style" you chose to operate within, it has to look good and be well executed!)

make yourself one. Allow time for testing of materials/processes/ technologies - you want it all to work "on the day".

Next week:
we have scheduled an opportunity to discuss your project with planning students. Think about what you might show them to explain your ideas. These are people from a related but different field, it is an opportunity to test your ability to communicate an idea outside the narrow confines of the architecture studio, so how will you do it?
10:00, level 3 exhibition space, please be on time.

Individual comments on your blogs and Katrina Simon map projects (grid cut up etc) on cecil

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