Autonomy, Complicity & Ascension | University of Birmingham visit


We met in our usual spot in the Curzon building in the classroom. The ‘Instant Project’ was set up for everyone to really establish a concept and to head in a specific direction. Our aim was to create artefacts and all of the other basic documentation such as floor plans, sections and story boards.

We did this by making and forming many different models, mind maps and working within tight time constraints. We learnt that ‘what is often called intuition is really an impression based on logical deduction or experience.’

10am : warm up exercise – we went through with the tutors exactly what we would be covering that day in the session. The tutors ensured that everyone fully understood what was expected of them. Questions were asked.

10:20am: Concept Development/ Collage – this was a super interesting and required a lot of focus from the class as a whole. Working under pressure had its pros and cons. On the one hand, it meant that students had to work fast and quickly get their ideas down and then tie it all together. It meant that we had to be specific with the direction we wanted to go in.

10:40am: Sketches, mapping, automatic drawing – The next step of the concept development process further developed everyone’s thinking and ideas. It was interesting to see how different people map out their ideas. Some did this through sketches, others did this using simple spider diagrams and mind maps.

11:10am: Concept models/artefacts – Everyone was told prior to the class to bring along any useful materials/resources for model making. Everyone was given 45 mins to make a few concept models using a variety of materials. See below for some images of models that were made by students in the class.

11:55am: Sections/floor plans – the class were given 30 mins to construct and plan out floor plans and sections. So incorporating the concept people had formed and developed, this was reflected within the sections and floor plans. See below for images portraying this.

12:25am: Story board – The class were given a short 20 mins which isn’t a lot of time, to create a story board about the space. The idea of a story board is to describe the general story of the space and what takes place in the space. The story boards varied depending on the person. Circulation, materiality, action, movement and objects were all shown in the story boards.

12:45am: put it all together in an A3 and upload it to Moodle- this required everyone going away and in their own time, create an A3 size document of collated images of their sketches, models, floor plans, sections and everything else that had taken place in the session. JPG COLAB A3 COLLAGE

Figure 1: A3 collage of collated images from week 3 by Shelley Glass


Figure 2: Concept development model by Shelley Glass


Figure 3: Concept development model by Shelley Glass


Figure 4 : Concept development model by Bekkii Chim20200214_145243.jpg

Figure 4: Concept development model by Bekkii Chim

Below are links provided that will show other students A3 collages based on the week 3 session:

Next week we will be pinning up our physical A3 collages. Each student will make an elevator pitch for 1 minute. The group will then break up into smaller groups for further development.

Written by: Shelley Judith Glass (BA Interior Architecture & Design)

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