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This project explores Interface as a connector between people in socially mobile environments and in the process aims to understand how people interact with one another. Working in a collaborative partnership, you will choose a space that you feel has inherent meaning in its architecture, history, use, or current cultural significance. As observers, you will be paying attention to modes of interaction within your chosen space, noting social, personal, and cultural behaviors. The goal is to study what conditions and environments allow for fruitful interactions to occur.

location: brooklyn bridge

presentation

You will be required to produce 5 projects in 5 consecutive days. Even though the project cycle is short, the creative potential is high. Each piece should be a stand-alone accomplishment, but it may be possible that the suite of projects will show a process of creative evolution, or variations on a theme that you will define.

Determine your own parameters. You will begin by defining a creative constraint that provides a rich opportunity to explore a topic or theme. You can use your experience from the previous mapping project as inspiration to begin the process. The constraints must reflect your vision and point of view and should reflect an internal logic. It can be as simple as a spectrum of colors, the number and names of subway stops from your home to school, the initials of your classmates’ first and last names in this class, the verbs in the first paragraph of this sheet, etc., as well as found media and information from the internet –the goal is to open yourself to collecting random subjects that you can mine for creative experiments leading to some form of interactivity.
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I based my 5 projects around random conversations I heard while riding the subway.

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What does it mean to look critically at an unfamiliar environment through our dissimilar personal lenses? How do we initially react to foreign territory, and then orient ourselves within it as we develop a relationship and understanding to this once unfamiliar space? As designers, we are often called upon to look critically to an unfamiliar environment, first assessing the situation, and then orienting ourselves within it as we develop a relationship and understanding of what was initially foreign territory. Evaluating the behavioral differences of a “nomad” and “tourist” provide a metaphor that is applicable to the process of cultural discovery. Cultural nomads synthesis what they pass through, are permeable to experience and are ultimately altered by it. By seeking not to adopt, but to adapt their surroundings, nomads can absorb and incorporate certain aspects and not others. The cultural tourist, on the other hand, remains separate and fundamentally unaltered by the experience of passing through different terrain. If we imagine ourselves as cultural nomads, we set ourselves free to enter different territories. Suddenly the borders separating these territories become more and more permeable, allowing one to cross back and forth and in between. It is in the mindset that the designer of today is able to engender qualities of community, participation and empathy.
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This project is in collaboration with Francisco Zamaro and Benjamin Riley.

We were given the instructions to walk East from Parsons (2 West 13th Street) across to 3rd Avenue. We began our journey by being conscious of the dynamic environment around us. We needed to choose a specific location within this area that we could analyze critically and also become aware of the various layers of human and architectural interaction.