Last Stretch.


Ive been working on completing the panels, and should have them done by today.

Everything will be referred back to the Taxonomy drawing, which at the moment stands at 3 meters.

The taxonomy will have the same arrangement to what i started out with, but once the pieces start breaking down and getting modified, It will be annotated ina grid form so that the drawings can start to relate back. Its amazingly difficult to upload these drawings, due to their file size so im uploading screenshots.

For the technology, i will be littering them throughout the portfolio.

The way the portfolio will run in brief would be –

Concept – Experiments(two devices) – Site – Research etc – Design.

Ive searched around a lot, But theres no place where they do A1 binging on the long edge, and binding it on the short edge for a longish portfolio is just not right. Im thinking in terms of ease of flicking through the portfolio. So at the moment ive decided to go with something like a portfolio box. This would give me a space to put the papers in, and the collage and small models. I was thinking in terms of Archaeological kits how theyve got maps and equipment in one case. That kind of thing.

The panels as of now are these – All drawings WILL be completed by today Annotated and ready to print 🙂


Ok3rd sheets

I was looking back at the Semester 01 portfolio, and the drawing styles vary quite a bit to what im doing now. Hope that isnt much of a problem.

The view on each panel has been chosen to highlight different elements in each drawing. So while one stresses on the application of the elements of failed proposals the other stresses on the relation to manhattan and the city wide scale etc etc.


Thank you so much for an amazing year. Ive learnt an amazing way to approach a design project, and new way to look into things. The new york trip was a great one and so was everything else. Its been stressful but very fun 🙂

The final couple of days is to making you guys proud 🙂



One thought on “Last Stretch.

  1. As you missed the portfolio crit I do not know how your portfolio is arranged and so cannot comment on this too much. We have largely said to people not to start with semester 1 work and just to introduce this throughout the project to show how it supports the projects development. In your case, as your whole project is constructed through a lens and system that you have created (fact/fiction) then I think it is right to introduce those devices early on as you suggest as the experiments help to explain your fact / fiction thesis. But do not leave us waiting too long to get to your site and project as this is the ‘meat’ of your project. After your introduction / concept you could briefly introduce your site and then move to the devices (introducing the first stage of the fact/fiction enquiry) and then we know that the fact/fiction thesis is a methodology that you are developing through which to eventually understand and intervene in the site.
    The portfolio should begin with an introduction to the project. Like an introduction to an essay this should give us a small sample of all that is to come. You could begin by briefly saying something about your site, about its specific condition as a landscape of the lost, the fragment, the unrealised proposal, etc. And then go on to pose the question of what reality these various conditions have in the present, and then on to your fact/fiction thesis and how this has been used as a design strategy and what the design strategy has worked towards / what the proposal is – a museum of fact and fiction. This seems like a lot but it can be brief. Maybe have a look at Inez’s which sets an appropriate tone for that project this is the longest it should be, aim for shorter. The introduction is SO important as it lets the person looking through the portfolio know what is coming and to understand the work within your project. If it is unclear what the project is and where it is going it is all too easy to project one’s own understanding and expectations and then you end up losing control of how your project is read.
    Likewise, the contents are very important to orientate the reader and should allow the reader to go directly to certain parts of the portfolio that they want to find. Indicate in your contents where the work that is also for tech can be found (place it where it explains the design and analysis, not just ‘littered throughout’). I don’t think that binding on the short side is necessarily a problem, I am trying to think – is your portfolio read in portrait or landscape? If it is landscape then binding on the short side makes sense. But if this is not working the portfolio box is a nice idea and I like the reference to an archaeological kit, but there are a few things to consider. How will you make sure that the work in the box is viewed in the right order? Your contents page could have visual references so that we know what object or drawing to find, or you could have a sheet that shows all the work neatly in an exploded stack, showing the order it should be read from top to bottom with labelling that is clearly cross referenced with the items themselves. But make it as unfussy and easy to navigate as possible. Bear in mind that you cannot count on people always replacing things in the correct order. And pay attention to how drawings are folded, don’t present the reader of the portfolio with lots of blank sides. If the drawings are to be folded (a 3 metre taxonomy certainly will)! then fold them in a way so that we see some of the drawing and some information that lets us know which item in the portfolio this is. Like folding maps, it is an art.

    Don’t worry about the different drawing styles, you are not going to re-do them! If the portfolio is arranged properly and reads coherently then it should not be a problem.

    The drawings are looking really great and the choice of views to give different emphasis is good. Give them titles / annotations so that we understand this. Work to get the taxonomy cross referencing right and pay close attention to the annotation of the drawings, as we discussed on Tuesday. This is one of if not the most important thing to get right between now and hand-in. Clear annotations and successful cross referencing are what will lift the project from just beautiful drawings to show the intelligent and complex design enquiry that it is. Without the annotations and cross referencing, you just get pretty drawings. This is not the impression that you want.
    Finally, thank you too! We have really enjoyed this year and are so excited to see the work come to fruition. Do all you can to make yourself proud, and to do yourself and your project justice. We can’t wait to see it. Enjoy this final stretch!

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