Monday, October 24, 2011

Architecture Goes to School - Final Push to the End!!

This week we are going to be completing the following tasks....

Focus in on completing the expected tasks from last week ... and the tasks that are assigned for this week... YOU WILL HAVE ADDITIONAL TIME, BUT YOU NEED TO WORK HARD! 

Project Leaders -  Ensure that all Sketch Up plans are completed by Sketch Up Experts and Assistants...
All Sketch Up docs must be saved to one "Class" flash drive and given to Chang this weekend so that they can be assembled on the class document. MAKE SURE ALL GROUP TASKS BELOW ARE COMPLETED FOR THURSDAY.

Artistic Graphic Designers - Ensure that all images (hand drawn and on computer) that show the lifestyle of the community are completed and scanned, photographed or saved to the Class flash drive. YOU WILL ALSO BE ASSIGNED TO ASSIST WITH THE WRITERS OR SKETCH UP ARTISTS, ONCE YOU ARE FINISHED YOUR WORK.

Sustainability Experts - Ensure all RESEARCHED images (from computer and hand drawn) are complete. Make sure there is an accompanying paragraph that explains how the sustainable elements you researched, are to be included in your group's area of the project. You must be thorough in explaining the sustainable elements of the project. ALL ITEMS ARE DUE THURSDAY, AND MUST EITHER BE SAVED OR SCANNED FOR FRIDAY.

Writers - You will also collaborate and discuss the main features of your area of the project site. Explain exactly why you included specific elements, what was important to your group...

You are going to write about the process.... This means the "journey" of our lessons (the focus, what you learned), the field trip to the Downtown Area and Warehouse District,  the collaboration skills in coming to a concensus as a group, class and the roles that each person has played. Go through my blog... Home page blog entries and the Architecture Goes to school page. ALL YOUR WORK MUST BE WRITTEN AND SAVED ON THE JUMP DRIVE FOR FRIDAY... AND PRINTED OUT FOR REVISING AND EDITING. All information must be typed.

Visual Organizers - You need to examine all group members' scrapbooks and decided which sketches pertain to showing the group's planning process. Ask members which of their sketches would they like to see included (they can mark with a Post-It Note). Your job is to choose images then scan or photo graph the images.

Class Reflection Assignment...
What’s Due Next Week… Writing Assignments!!!!

You need to compose some reflections and writing responses…. This includes
1. The “Downtown and Walking tour reflection with pictures;
2. Reflection that explores what you have learned from the project… What it’s like to plan as a group, how did you decide what was most important for the community? What did you see as needs that were missing in the area? How were you going to make this space a place where people will LIVE, WORK, PLAY???

*****These writing assignments are due: Next Monday (draft…) and good copy Tuesday!


SKETCH UP EXPERTS - One person can be the expert, but at least a couple students should work with the program for each group. Students using the program will want to develop sketch up images based on "drafts" in their own sketchbooks. Review how buildings will look 2-Dimensionally and 3-Dimensionally with your group. This person knows how to use this program well, or has an aptitude for quickly learning new software and will become the group's expert.

ARTISTIC GRAPHIC DESIGNER - this person is able to sketch images that relate to the plans and create ideas that show lifestyle of the community... Can sketch by hand or on the computer using Sketch Up or even Word. An explanation must accompany the sketch. Be sure to explain how people are accessing the site from all over Regina. Show the interconnectivity of our site to Downtown, Airport, Warehouse District and other neighbourhoods in the city. 

WRITERS - Recording ideas, group plans, making jot notes of plans... able to articulate ideas in words in a simple way. This person can put visual ideas into words... and explain where the visuals leave off. You will rewrite the group plans explaining how the community is able to fulfill the mantra, "LIVE, WORK, PLAY". Explain this fully... Always explain answers to the question, "Why?". You are the person who will work with the Sketch Up Experts and Artistic Graphic Designers as well as the Sustainability Expert. Help everyone develop their ideas by being a reporter or the person who explains the ideas for the group.

VISUAL ORGANIZER - Depending on the final product chosen this person will ensure that project will be organized and displayed well on poster boards. Groups will be expected to have a 2-D visuals and  3-D visuals. One large scale and one on a smaller or narrowed in view. Therefore this person will ensure that information written by the writers is displayed in a logical way with the plans. This person will want to take photos of the group working on the plan and print them for the finished product. 

PROJECT LEADER - This person has strong interpersonal collaborative skills. He or she is able to motivate and help wherever needed, and ensure that the project is on track following the group's vision and will get the project done on-time. This person is not a "boss" but the person who can be counted on to help others if they need help. This person will also be expected to take on the role of Digital Recorder or appoint a willing group member to do so. This means ensuring that a photo is taken with teacher permission for the final project of the the "process" - students brainstorming, working on the computers, sketching...

SUSTAINABILITY EXPERT - This person will search for ways to incorporate sustainable solutions to design. What materials can be reused? How can green space like gardens be incorporated? How can solar panels be used? How can water be reused to grow food? How can buildings be lit with natural light? Your role is to meet with the other "Sustainability Experts" and research ideas. Use Chang as a mentor, as he is a LEED certified architect - this means "Architect is an expert on sustainability". Next, develop a list of ways you can incorporate sustainable solutions with the other sustainable experts, create sketches using images of your ideas, then share the ideas with your group. Develop a write up of how your group is developing sustainable solutions. This write up must accompany the drawings and will be included with the final presentation.

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