The Exhibition Design
Rough Draft of Exhibition Design
What seems to be a endless week. Things have finally come together for the exhibition. Still progressing on the draw up. We are experiencing a minor hold back. Our Urban Designer Erin Brockenshire is currently working on visuals of our alleyway. Our rough draft design (picture above) will be incorporating our group elements along with Erin Brockenshire to make the final master piece. Also, a new addition was brought into this team. Maan Allawi who is a carpenter will be volunteering his time to help us construct our design. The reason why we have him is due to the fact that our design will be largely made out of bricks. As a group, we are responsible for others, as well as, our own safety that these bricks would be assembled correctly so that no one gets harm. With this, time would be an issue to our deadline. Hopefully we can speed up the process once we have our design completed.
Delays and Improvements
With our deadlines approaching quickly, we are still awaiting an Urban Designer whom we have previously contacted, will be arriving in Windsor over the weekend. If everything goes well, we will start with our design process. Moreover, our team had experienced many setbacks to this project. For one, our urban designer does not reside in Windsor, so future contact may be difficult.
With all the feed back, we went from a generalized idea to a more narrowed specifics regarding this project. Thus experiencing a lot of changes to ideas. Because of this, we had to reform ideas and change our proposal countless of times and will continue to change as we investigate further.
Since this group is a two person team, both members have to fill in roles required to make this project succeed. We find ourselves multitasking interviews, data collection, animation and work with programs we were not trained for. As a team of two, we find ourselves reaching out discovering and acquiring new skills every week.
Since this project gave us a sense of growth and vast knowledge on alleyways. This is not the only thing the grew. Our friendship and freedom to communicate with each other on a informal level allowed us to be open with each other. So every group has its own problems and so did ours. As responsibility increased with measures, stress built for the both of us. But we were able to problem solve and work around them. We did not let our arguments get the better of us. We found being open is very important especially with the progress of this project.
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This week proved to be the toughest but most important week yet. It was our midterm presentation week where we had to present our project to the rest of the class. Also, we had to give a brief idea of what our project is about and provide a future outlook on what is to be expected . While we presented we received much feedback, some good, however others questioned a few of the ideas we presented. But out of all the feedback and advice we received it was obvious that one issue was brought up several times. The aesthetics of the actual design was our key issue. So our next objective is to begin designing. We had already accomplished and researched ideas that would help begin the first stage of process.
There are a few things that have to be updated before we get our hands dirty. The group will update its task schedule and proposal update in order to keep the project in check after certain setbacks. The proposal update covers a small but significant portion to redirect the changes we have set. These need to be done by the beginning of next week.
Looking ahead, our team has a lot to accomplish if we wish to complete this project by the end of the semester. We feel this project has huge potential in reviving our alleyways. We hope to share more next week on what has been completed. See you next time!
Outsourcing for Improvement
This week started our with a lot of brand new ideas being thrown to the table. Now that our final vision is in mind, the requirement for tools and resources to reach this goal became our top priority. In order to achieve our goal is to reach beyond our limitations by involve the community and the experts on the project we have set forth. From architects to engineers, to creative art specialists and urban designers, we look to integrate a combination of selected skill sets and ideas to create improvements to urbanize alleyways within this city.
During the first half of this week, Sandy came across valuable information about a high school that also unearthed the issue of alley abandonment. A class at Vincent Massey High School decided that it was necessary to end neglecting alleyways in their city and it was time to speak up. This was a perfect opportunity for our team to collaborate with these eager students who are also looking for a change in their community. We decided it was necessary to contact the civics teacher and pool our ideas!
With our eyes set on a ideal location, and a nifty design in mind, the team kept its foot on the gas and is concurrently preparing for the visual construction of the final product. The team is using a computer program to render a 3D visual of how the final design would look like. We are hoping this will be finalized by the end of this week due to time-constraints.
The images above were taken of sites our project will be focused on. The first two images depict the location within the alley that we would like to transform. The third image provides an insight to what we are currently working on and in the hopes of getting it done before project presentations.
Don’t forget to check back next week for new updates as well as feedback from our class presentation! Thank you!
The Alley Prison Wall
(Above) This is one image of the selected alleyway for our project in process.
With project presentations approaching quickly, the team had set out in searching of an alleyway that needed dire transformation. We have searched and found an ally on 39 Park Street, Windsor Ontario. This particular alleyway was one of the worst alleys in the downtown area. The pavements are cracked and uneven, as was well as, other issues such as: dangling cable wires, filthy garbage, rusted medal, and molds going on the sides of stores. This poses health issues and potential rodent infestations.
However, there is potential in transforming this alley into a beautiful walk and drive way for pedestrians and store owners. In addition, the accommodation of better ways to keep trash secured, clean and off the street ground. The lighting in that particular alley is decent for safety wise. Only issue is that it is unappealing. The lighting used in this alleyway look the same as the ones found in prison movies. The comparison is quite frighting and not the kind of idea we want people to perceive as they walk into this alley. But we don’t blame them. The pale gray walls, bared windows and urine stained walls cry’s for an urban transformation. Our hopes at the end of this project is to transform this particular alley into a flourishing walkway that would attract the attention of pedestrians and offer a positive perspective that these neglected streets can be saved.
A Neglected Corridor
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(Above) This picture taken by Sandy Chehade, provides insight on some of the alleyways located in Downtown Windsor.
While still keeping our original plan to light up the night with new designs of street lights, we made a slight change as to where our focus should be directed towards for this project. In the early stages we introduced the idea of recreating and improving Windsor’s downtown lighting with the intention of increasing the safety of the pedestrians particularly in areas where lighting is not available. After further analyzing and exploring this idea in depth, it was obvious that the streetlights in alley ways and abandoned parking lots were only a small portion of the bigger issue Windsor faces in its solution for safety.
When you take a look at Windsor’s downtown, many of us notice all the effort made to enhance the city’s appearance and bringing it to life, but the full credits should never go to the actors on a theatrical stage, it is the behind the scenes team that is often forgotten about. In this case, it is the alleyways of our city that is often overlooked and discarded. Whenever the image of an “alley” is brought up, almost immediately a”negative” reflection follows, hence why our team is diligently working hard to transform that image into a pleasant one.
(Above) This photo, also taken by Sandy Chehade, of a randomly selected location in Downtown Windsor provides us with a night-shot look of several neglected alleys.
As scheduled in our timeline, the team visited several locations this week to gather photos (above) along with information regarding the city’s policy and regulations for alleyways. We have realized that this project will not only depend communicating with the city councils but also with the community and business owners whose shops often lead to the alleys. We are anxious to start transforming and implementing our idea to the world, and we can`t succeed without your help! So stay tuned for more updates from our team through our rapid progress. Thank you.