So we were separated into different groups for this next project in our Ways of Making Module. I was quite excited but also nervous to see who I’d be in a group with. So as it happens I’m quite happy with the people who are in my group. I think we all have great creative skills, so I feel we will work great together when coming up with ideas that will fit within the brief.

We have to create a new urban dwelling concept for a connected society. To begin with we were all very confused with what that meant and what we had to deliver. However once we had a chat with Martin and he explained it in a bit more depth we began to put things together and come up with great ideas on how we could interpret that. We had to think about how our design was going to be aimed at. We had to think about what kind of connectivity we were going to be looking at designing.

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The image above shows some sketching and note taking I had done when we were in the process of thinking about what we were going to create.

We had decided we would aim our design at one person who could be more socially and digitally connected to other people whilst they are living alone. We had the idea of using twisting walls and digital mechanisms within the space. However, this led us on to another great idea, so as a group we decided it would be better to go with our new idea which was taken from our first idea. We discovered that we were all quite excited about this project now that we had a final idea in mind.

So we had decided that our final concept was going to be based on four individuals that would be sharing a flat together whilst on their travels. We kind of want our space to represent a youth hostel, as this is the type of space that people, who are travelling, would use. We had thought about how and where we would show digital and social connectivity within our design. We had then discovered that after some discussion on travellers and youth hostels that people can end up spending time on their own, rather than spend time with new people and engage with new individuals.

So we had come up with the idea of creating a big space and having four pods in each corner of the big space. The four pods would be small individual bedrooms for each person to have their own personal space. The bed within the small pods would fold up into the wall (obviously while it’s not being used) to maximise the floor space in the small pod. We thought that the individual pods would be a great place for there to be digital connectivity, as this would be the place that the individual spends time on their own. However when the individual didn’t want to be on their own, they could open the pod up and it would allow them to have space in the main social area.

This then led us on to creating a space which would show social connectivity. As this is the shared space, it would be a great idea for the four strangers to get to know each other and socialise with each other. There would be a kitchen at the back of the room and the table and chairs would fold out and could be placed anywhere in the space. The social space is the biggest space within our design as we wanted to create a big enough space for the people to get to know each other and do lots of different activities in order to do so.

We then thought about what kind of technological and digital things could be incorporated into our design to give the digitally connected aspect. We were all coming up with great ideas and bouncing off each others ideas. We came up with a few.

One idea being that we could create a profile screen within each pod to allow the person to find out who they were sharing the flat with. The other travellers would update their ‘profile’ before arriving at the hostel so that the people already at the youth hostel would be able to find out who was arriving next.

Our second idea would also be in the individual pods and it would be a light button indicator which would light up to show who had left their pod to be sociable, we thought this would be a great idea as it is digitally connecting people by allowing them to be socially connected.

Our third idea would be an interactive travel magazine which would include a review of all the places that each person had been, so that they could identify great places to go and explore for themselves. This would encourage more social connections within the four individuals as it would spark up conversation about the places where each person had been.

I’m really excited to work more on this project and see where our idea ends up.

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