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Reflective Post.. Week (12)

When analyzing the experience of expressing my ideas and project development through this blog for the past 9 weeks, I realize I managed to document my progress in an organized and modern manner that made it possible for me to keep track of my development, and find inspiration among the different topics of the posts I uploaded to the blog. I have a personal blog myself and used to post different, design related stories to it quite frequently before I started my MA studies, so I am fully aware of the powerful platform of blogging and find it quite amusing to express my ideas and creativity through it. Keeping a detailed periodical journal of my development in the form of a blog gave me further confidence in the path I follow in my design progress, as I described post after post the variable aspects that informed my design process or documented important ideas/ developments of the design project, and formulated it with words and imagery. I understand now why many design professionals have similar channels for self-expression and personal development, and how a blog like this can be a further source of creativity especially when going through the blog’s posts at the times I felt I needed further inspiration, or felt I wasn’t going forward with the set of generated ideas in hand, so I had to go back a few steps backwards in order to gain better outcomes.

In the process of defining my methodology and research approach, I was pleased with the effective set of questions mentioned in the brief, these questions helped me evaluate my research process and define the number of methodologies that I employed to develop my project.

The only side-effect of maintaining a blog while studying on two modules at the same time, is the fact that it demanded extra time from my side to keep posting at the time I was barely capable of coping with working on two modules simultaneously. This resulted in me missing certain activities in both modules, as a result of prioritizing the blog and the chain of ideas I developed there. It’s a pity this happened as I’m enjoying the overall educational process of studying for my MA degree, I only have trouble with finding enough time to do the required amount of activities and this definitely has affected both the consistency and regularity of posting my stories on the blog, and resulted in unequal amounts of posts per week even though I would be contemplating the content of unwritten posts in my mind, but had trouble finding the time slot to actually write it down and post it to the blog.

Another challenge I was facing when first starting to work on the blog was managing the Harvard Standard Referencing System, that took longer time for me to apply correctly and frequently, but with helpful feedback from tutor and constant practicing, I managed to use the system efficiently.

All in all, I find this blog interesting and totally worth the time and effort it demands, and I hope I can continue working on it in the coming modules as well.

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The Spa: To be continued next module.. Week (12)

As time is almost finished for Semester C of 2017, my mind shifts focus sometimes to the point where I will pick up the work for my project next semester, that point is the Basement floor: the Spa. It is dedicated for the well being of target users that I intend to bring together under this building’s roof. The luxury and vitality of Spas has been rooted in many cultures around the world. Rumor has it that wars were planned during warm and cozy Roman baths, brides of Damascus were prepared for their weddings in traditional Spas in June, while friends enjoyed chitchatting during their regular Turkish Bath in Istanbul.

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Abod, W. (2017). An axonometric view showing the basement floor. Ink and coloring pencils. Art and Design module, Practice 1. MA project studies

I am planning on dividing the Spa area into different cells and zones that are interconnected with each other, yet provide privacy and seclusion for the user. The sensational natural fragrances, water areas, colors and textures of Ceramic tiles among other things, shall all expand the visitor’s sense of relaxation, and prepare their minds for different social interactions that take place on upper floors.

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A Mano Turquisemix, Stiltje (2017). Available from: https://www.stiltje.se/product/mix-turquise-11×11/

 

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Inspiring Furniture.. Week (12)

I always tend to think of furniture items as the leading actors on the scene of any given interior design project. The way these items resemble our personalities, reflect our moods and adjust to our practical needs, give them a a key factor in any interior design project.

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Houseology (2017), Eichholtz Trapezium Chair. Available from: https://www.houseology.com/eichholtz-trapezium-chair

When imagining the restaurants that are suggested in my MA Project, I think of Art-Deco inspired furniture pieces that are in velvety-pastel colors with graceful metallic details.

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Blush Couch against a rough brick wall. TRIO | Corner armchair. Available from: http://www.archiproducts.com/en/products/cor/corner-sectional-fabric-armchair-trio-corner-armchair_225556

However, I would pick less articulate/ more practical items for other functions inside the project like the meeting rooms or the Cafe’s, as the focus will be on providing required comfort for longer hours of usage and more relaxed forms of seating.

 

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Art Deco: Art of the Beautiful Machine.. Week (12)

Who didn’t enjoy “The Great Gatsby” and marvel over the fancy details of 1920s Hollywood glamour that surrounded the characters? The Living Machine I imagine my project to be was built in 1893 in the form of Värtagasverket. The building was representative of its time and styles, and the fact that it flourished as a Gasplant during the beginning of the 20th century brings to mind the artistic celebration of machinery in that time by art styles like Art Deco.

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Wallpaper from the movie The Great Gatsby. Available from: http://download-wallpaper.net/content/the-great-gatsby-movie-wallpaper.html [Accessed: 7th September, 2017]

I am inspired by the way this artistic movement has dealt with machinery, all the patterns, the colors, textures and designs that were borrowed from that era’s industries, the decorations and embellishment. The celebration of the 1920’s machinery can continue to our current day through elements and color palettes from Art Deco movement, like the blended use of metals, velvet textured fabrics, greenery elements and exotic natural symbols that remind of Safaris, all can add a distinctive flavor to the project’s interiors.

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Song of Style (2017). Art-Deco-inspired Pink Sofas and Pastel floor of Sketch restaurant. Available from: http://www.songofstyle.com/2015/12/48-hours-in-london.html

 

 

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What is MY methodology? .. Week (11)

Reflecting on the work I have produced so far for my “Art and Design 1” module, My Practice-led research approach was concerned with achieving a creative outcome in designing a functional, socially-engaging interior layout of a Dynamic Cultural Centre. The Idea Generation phase in my project, as described in Smith and Dean’s Iterative Cyclic Web model (Smith, H. & Dean, R.: 2009), was a process-driven phase as I didn’t have a previous imagination of its outcomes. However, the social, architectural and historical contexts of the project informed me to find the inspiration for the original concept ideas and sketches, resulting in 2D plans and 3D images of the different functions of my building.

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Abod, W., A Functions’ connections diagram in the initial Idea Generation phase, ink and markers. (2017) Art and Design module, Practice 1. MA project studies

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Abod, W.,Schematic Ground floor plan, ink and markers. (2017) Art and Design module, Practice 1. MA project studies

These plans and images went through different stages of development that I repeated back and forth several times, in light of personal evaluation and critic I received from the academic tutors and fellow colleagues. I sometimes had to go back to my initial design idea when I needed further inspiration, employing the pattern described in the iterative cycles of Smith and Dean’s Iterative Cyclic Web model (Smith, H. & Dean, R.: 2009).

After further development effort, I achieved a mature design layout for the Ground floor of my project, an output of the initial development phase, and a starting material for the next phase in upcoming modules.

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Abod, W., Developed Ground floor plan in scale 1:400, ink and markers. (2017) Art and Design module, Practice 1. MA project studies

Considering the wide content of the multi-functional, dynamic Cultural Centre I am designing in my MA study, I will definitely use different methodologies to cover all the aspect I will be researching. To begin with, learning from similar case studies has been essential to inform my perception of the nature/ depth of such projects, as I have already studied similar projects, and will most probably continue learning from other related projects when I move on to further steps of development in future modules. I was also intending to use Surveys as a methodology to gain feedback from the targeted users of my project, inquiring for their opinions regarding the current situation in their neighbourhood, asking for their desires of what they would like to see in a cultural centre. Also, a lot of the project’s information background was based on my own observations of how minor ethnicities are behaving in the Swedish society, these observations are supported with modern social studies and official statistics that add further detailing to the highlighted dilemma. So, I am definitely employing ethnography methodology in my research and intend to follow up and update this info in the coming modules. In summary, using different methodologies shall most certainly benefit my project and shed light on all potential aspects of the intended design proposal, which shall eventually produce a successful solution to the fundamental issues under study.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Smith, H, Dean, R. (2009) Practice-led Research, Research-led Practice in the Creative Arts. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.
  • Abod, W. (2017). Idea Generation Phase. Ink and coloring pencils. Art and Design module, Practice 1. MA project studies
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The passion for Tiles.. Week (10)

I have always been fascinated by exotic and impressively designed tiles. The art of designing their layouts, choosing their materials, colors, texture and patterns can tell never-ending stories of different cultures and artistic moods.

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Isadora Röd Cement Tile. Available from: (https://www.stiltje.se/product/isadora-rod/)

The different forms and designs of tiles brighten any room and add live, history and heritage to it. In my MA project in particular, the aim is to engage people through the surrounding interior design and materials, and that’s where tiles can fit perfectly.

 

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Svenska Kakel (2017). Serier, Alchimia. Available from: http://www.svenskakakel.se/keramik/produkt/esagono-elisir-matt-6250-09

 

 

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The “Living Machine”.. Week (9)

Inspired by the original Gasometer I am intending to transform into a dynamic Cultural Center, I am imaging this building as a “Living Machine” that aims to bring its users together, to help them feel better about themselves and about the society around them.

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Abod, W. (2017). A section with zoning scheme. Ink and coloring pencils. Art and Design module, Practice 1. MA project studies.

The Idea was generated from a metaphor of a machine, that has a living core made of large trees and a water area/ fountain located at the basement, this core is surrounded by “floating” slabs that resemble the wheels of a machine (specifically from the industrial era) that overlap and complement each other, hosting different functions and zones, while being integrated with nature through greenery and daylight from the roof that I decided to turn into a skylight.

The functions of the building are categorized into 5 categories including:

  • Those focusing on the well-being of the visitor (the spa in the basement floor),
  • Those that follow a one-way pattern of spreading information (like art galleries,..),
  • Those that follow a two-way pattern of spreading information (Workshops, meeting rooms,..)
  • Restaurants and Cafés,
  • Shops

 

 

 

References:

Abod, W. (2017). Idea Generation Phase. Ink and coloring pencils. Art and Design module, Practice 1. MA project studies

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