Friday, May 8, 2009

Day06 - The Design Process Continues

Sunny weather for a change!

Kyle Bergman starts the day with poetry.

Some Questions You Might Ask
by Mary Oliver

Is the soul solid, like iron?
Or is it tender and breakable, like
the wings of a moth in the beak of an owl?
Who has it, and who doesn't?
I keep looking around me.
The face of the moose is as sad
as the face of Jesus.
The swan opens her white wings slowly.
In the fall, the black bear carries leaves into the darkness.
One question leads to another.
Does it have a shape? Like an iceberg?
Like the eye of a hummingbird?
Does it have one lung, like the snake and the scallop?
Why should I have it, and not the anteater
who loves her children?
Why should I have it, and not the camel?
Come to think of it, what about maple trees?
What about the blue iris?
What about all the little stones, sitting alone in the moonlight?
What about roses, and lemons, and their shining leaves?
What about the grass?

Then it was quickly time for the groups to finalize and present their respective designs.

Below, James tells everyone that "stealing" ideas from one another is fine. It's a way of being smart because ultimately they would have to function as one, and put everything altogether. The objective of the process is to create a design that's headed in one direction.

Here are some of the initial design ideas from two of the groups:

Remember, the objective is not to pick the best group design, but to come up with something that incorporates everyone's input.

So after the presentations from the small teams, they were then organized into a much larger group, and then again asked to take time to reflect on the ideas they had heard and draw further inspiration from the site.

The process slowly yields even more design ideas.

They then talked about the project's limitations. What materials would they use? They would have to stick to the things usually seen or easily found in Puerto Prinsesa.

The students from the University of the Philippines - College of Architecture went to a local nursery to look for plants that could be used for the park.

Finally, it was time to head back home.

It was a long, productive, fun, creative and learning-filled day. :-)

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