Bringing it all together

Welcome back once more to our blog!

It has been a very stressful week for our group due to unfortunate turn of events. As we have announced in our last few blogs, we are at the final steps of completing the rough work before starting construction on our exhibition area. During our last meeting with our urban designer Erin, we shared our ideas of what the transformation of the selected alley would look like. Since she currently resides in Toronto, we emailed her several photos of the section of the alleyway we chose to focus on and agreed that she will implement these ideas using her expertise onto a hard copy. We are hoping Erin can send this hard copy by this weekend so we can move forward in our legacy report of the project.

After meeting with Sandy’s father, a construction worker, he agreed to lend us a hand in building the brick wall that sits in the center of our station. But to make matters worse, his schedule does not give him enough free time to assist in the construction but he is willing to bring the materials needed to finish the job for us to use. With time running short before the exhibition reception opens, extreme measures will be taken to complete this task and the help of friends and family will be necessary. Also, the draft design of our exhibition station will be adjusted to accommodate this change.

Our goal for this weekend is to finish the design we have in mind and immediately begin construction on our station using the materials Sandy’s father will have ready for us. In the meantime, we are hoping Erin would come through with our agreement and send us her finalized projection of our ideas so they could be prepared for printing next week. We have high hopes in reaching our goals for this project before the deadline and we are looking forward for the opening day next week!

Also, a reminder for next week, our Exhibition opening day is on November 27th, 2012. It is open for the public so anyone is welcome. We hope to see you there. Thank you!

 

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Making it Reality

 

Deciding which section of the alleyway is ideal for our project.

It’s been a long week and our team is excited to begin on the hands on aspect of the project. After meeting with our urban designer Erin, we felt that our group managed to get a good grasp of our resourcing problems. Although Erin works in Toronto, she agreed to help us however she could with the time-frame given. We will work together through email, phone and through video chat in order to express our ideas of the planning we agree upon.

Since the days of the exhibition are counting down quickly, it was also time to start thinking of the Exhibition grand opening which will be in place on November 27th, 2012. Our team brainstormed how it would be best to illustrate what our new design in comparison with its original copy. One idea brought up with the miniature model concept is how to present these ideas. After giving it some thought and with the help of Rod and Patricia who are guides and exhibition experts We’ve come to realization that having a small model would not portray the right feel and perspective we want our guests to see. The best concept would be to build a human scale model inside our exhibition room. This model would present our transformation from the original alley to the new design.

Deciding which section of the alleyway is ideal for our project. (Pictured above)

For the coming up week, there is a lot to consider when thinking of  concept building. We considered the materials involved and the time it would take to complete the building process. As we previously reported, we spoke we two of the store owners recently and we will be meeting with them this week with visuals of our designs to inform them of where our imagination took us. We will collect more information about the alleyway in the rear of their shops and how they feel about this change, so don’t forget to check back with us next week!

Thank you!

 

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Final Stages Starts Now

Team Windsor Revivers are ready
Picture take by Rod Strickland

As always, team Windsor Revivers are on the go!

   We are almost at our final stages. Yesterday had the pleasure of walking around downtown conducting surveys and on spot interviews as well as on the University campus. Even though some people did not seem interested in giving their opinion to us, the majority of people we approached were more than glad to share.  Those who cooperated with us were given the one of a kind W.D.W.W.? wristband, which everyone loved. Another important point to note, and that got us excited, is when we spoke to people about our project they recognized us from our Facebook page or from the Windsor Star video. This gave us a huge boost of confidence and made us fell a little more important.

   The statistics, so far, now show many great ideas! We have sorted out that most of our ideas can be fit into three different categories; environmentally friendly, family friendly and business friendly.

   We will be picking out the most wanted ideas over next few weeks, but at this point we have noticed a few trends. In environmentally friendly some of the most appealing ideas where implementing green walls on the some of the bare building faces, planting more trees, and eco-friendly lighting. The eco-friendly lighting is interesting to us because it will not only brighten up the street but it can help save on carbon emissions. In the family friendly category we have noticed that many people want to see museums, a community garden and the most popular idea is the Arcade. This reminded us of a once beloved place called Fast Eddies that used to face our beautiful water front, we think it would be great to bring that child friendly place back.  Bicycle rental and more variety in the types of shopping available were some of the more popular topics pertaining to the business category, as well as more affordable rent for new business owners.

   Before finalizing our final outcome, we will need more data related to those three categories. So if you have any great ideas or agree with some of the ones already mentioned be sure to pop in on our Facebook page and let us know! Research at this point is still ongoing!

See you next week!

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We Are Going Big

This is one of the most interesting ideas we have encountered, a solar and wind powered light post

 

Hi Everybody!

   This week has been very exciting and full of good news. We are almost at 200 likes on our Facebook page which could only mean word is spreading.  Team Windsor Revivers has been going over all of the comments and responses, and as time goes by, we are pleased to see many new ideas flowing in. These new responses are essential for the statistics analysis because they help us to form an idea of the direction everyone wants to see the downtown move in. We are finding that many fit into 3 broad categories. However, as the research is ongoing we are also witnessing some ideas that have become more popular then the week before as previous popular ideas remain the same. So we are hoping that more responses come in soon so we can narrow down our research.

   When we reviewed the information this week we noticed that the idea of better lighting in the downtown seemed to pick up some popularity. We took a walk downtown this week and seen the solar-powered light post in the picture above at the riverfront.  We loved this idea and thought that it could be a great alternative to brighten up downtown!   This solar-powered light post also has an attractive little wind turbine on top to harness the wind, both are renewable types of energy.  We’ll be posting about it on Facebook as well so you can give us feedback on the idea there.

   On Tuesday, Salman had the pleasure of talking to someone at the Windsor Star. They liked our idea and expressed interest in helping us to get the word out to the public. On Thursday a very pleasant photographer from the Windsor Star paid us a surprised visit at our class space downtown and talked with us a bit. He took a few photos and a short video, and we enjoyed every minute of his time. The video was posted on their youtube channel, and you can view it here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jLtZfF5FcHY

   It’s official now that we will be having a Green Corridor Exhibition to show case our final results to everyone near the end of this month. This event is going to be very exciting for all of us, as all the groups will have their individual projects to bring to life. The next coming weeks will be focused on how we might present our information to you, so please stay tuned and as we come up with more solid plans we can give you a better picture of what to expect!

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The Overview

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!

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The statistical analysis has started

 

The front-side of our t-shirt

Hello again!

   Team Windsor Revivers are back with even more exciting news. By the end of this weekend, we will have our team shirts! These will be used to show the public who we are, and it will also help you find us downtown when we are available with surveys and doing on-spot interviews. The front will show our project’s name (What Does Windsor Want?) and on the back you can find our group member’s names and respective degrees.   Very soon we will have the surveys in hand. These surveys will help us gain more in-sight about what the people of Windsor want to see, and how they currently make use of the downtown. The statistical analysis has been started. So far it shows that almost 40% of the feedback received supports the idea of adding green walls! We will be experimenting with Photoshop to see how this might look, so stay tuned on Facebook.  Solar-powered lights and better street lighting come into the second place. These results will be more accurate after conducting the surveys and speaking with some of you in person.

   In our pervious blog post we have talked about placing posters around downtown. We finally got them up yesterday and one of our members noticed today that some of the link tabs had been pulled off! This means some of you are interested! At this time there is only one real problem! The wristbands are still in the USA on their way to us! Hopefully, however, they will make it here sometime next week and we can’t wait to share them!

We are continuing to work on our media attention, listen in and keep an eye out!

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Some Good News And What To Look Forward To

The public liked the green wall. Surveys are going to be conducting soon. And as always, our Facebook page is growing.

Welcome back!

     We are excited to report that attention to our project is starting to climb! Not only did we go from 60 likes on Facebook to over 150 in one week, but we were also featured in a brief story by WindsoriteDOTca. WindsoriteDOTca is a local online news source and it is an honor to be posted about by them. We have been motivated to seek more media attention and we are actively seeking the opportunity to get the word out that we are conducting research on Windsor’s opinion and are contacting various communication mediums such as newspapers, local magazines and radio. So tune in you might hear about us soon.

     We have been working on several smaller aspects of our project. We have created posters that provide an instant link to our page with a scan-able QR code for smart phones, as well as the link to our page that can be pulled off the poster and taken with you. We plan on posting them around the university campus over the weekend, as well as downtown. The surveys we created are designed to gain insight into the current status of our downtown, and how it is being used by the public right now, we are just waiting on approval from our ethics board to proceed with their use in our project. We have began pulling popular ideas from our Facebook feedback and inputting them into a statistical framework, as well as recording the information we have received through our individual, one on one interaction with people in the downtown area. We have ordered our W.D.W.W.? (What Does Windsor Want?) Green Corridor silicon wristbands and they should be available for distribution by next week, we are just waiting for them to get here! The wristbands are our thanks for your participation so look for us if you would like one.

As you can see it has been a very busy week for us behind the scenes!
Come back soon or visit our Facebook page, it is beginning to show exciting times to come!

Team Windsor Revivers.

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The Exciting Days Are Coming

Welcome Back!
     Team Windsor revivers here with more good news this week! At the beginning of this week we had the pleasure of welcoming in a new team member to our group. His name is Aftad Ahmed, a 4th year student in Liberal Arts. We are happy to include him and are excited about what he has to offer in support to our project.

     This week has been rather productive for us! We have recently ordered the silicon wristbands we were contemplating last week, as well as submitted our survey for review and approval. The bracelets will be available for distribution by next week. These wristbands will be given as gifts as a thank you to the public who participate in our surveys and on spot interviews. Our group members have been working on making the contacts we will need for larger advertisements. As well, we have finalized some of our smaller campaign ideas that will begin making their appearance next week. We now have a QR code available for our Facebook page and will be making posters that will feature this. The QR code makes access to our Facebook page available on smart phones with a click of a button!

     Our main source for feedback, so far, is our Facebook page. At the time of writing this, we have 62 likes and counting.
We were very pleased to see a steady climb in the people reached all week. We began this week at 25 likes so we are gaining more and more support as we go. There have been many comments on the pictures we have and we have been working tirelessly to keep improving the page. The amount of feedback so far has been enough to start the comparative analysis as planned.
Salman will be gaining the assistance of Aftad in this regard and they will be working on it Saturday this week. Mandy and Khaldoun will be responsible for a big portion of the advertising campaign by finding and inviting key and influential people in the community to our Facebook page over the weekend. This is an intrigal part of our project in an attempt to further our audience and gain support for our cause. Simon has been working individually on his city research portion. So far he is comparing other successful cities with Windsor in order to bring new ideas to the table and lend either support to or debunk possibilities for implementation. Things are running smoothly and our members are working together at every step to insure that all aspects of this project are being maintained.

Click Here for our Facebook page → https://www.facebook.com/WhatDoesWIndsorWant
OR
Scan the Qr code above.

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A Hopeful Target

 

After gaining feedback on our progess, we continued forward with detailing our project proposal in support of the Chatham Parkette. We have taken advice on redesigning our logo and would like to share below:

Taking a look around our site’s borders, we formed an interest in expanding our boundaries, specifically to the adjacent vacant building. Converting this space into a café/lounge would define the “Green Room” ideal in our efforts of bringing existance back into the green space, where its function as an exterior seating area would compliment our interior proposition.

 

Above: the building we hope to obtain for our Green Room in its current state.

 

A schedule has been made and assigning of individual tasks has begun in an effort of finalizing our goal for the semester. Focusing on funding, design, and community involvement, we anticipate to leave a lasting impression within Windsor’s downtown area.

We have realized just how important our communication with business owners and the community will be in making our project a success. Since our idea is entirely based on a building we do not have the means to rent, as well as on the participation of those within the surrounding area who we cannot offer any monetary means, we are forced to address this issue in the form of creating a presentation document for ourselves. We will individually compile a document with our backgrounds, aims, and dedication to this project as a way of introducing ourselves and showing people in the community how dedicated we are to making this project successful.

Currently all our hopes lay on our interaction with the building owner of this location, we hope to deliver good news in the coming week and be able to make rapid progress from there!

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And The Next Step Is….

 

Khaldoun: “Look at this! All the way that way…”
Simon: “AND all the way this way…”
Both: “there is nothing! it’s empty!”
*shaking their heads*
(Picture taken: Pelissier Ave, Windsor, Ontario.)

 

Hey there!

   Thanks for coming back to check our progress! Windsor Revivers here with some very exciting news to share!!! As you may know from our last post we had some narrowing down to do, and we have been working quite tirelessly to present to you, in this week’s blog, what we have decided so far. Our group has met several times this week in order to come up with a more precise picture of  what we wish to achieve. We have scratched out some ideas to make room for new ones as well as “almost” decided which particular street we want to place focus on. But this of course, depends mainly on you. That’s right you… your opinion anyways.

   What we mean by that is our group has decided to take a more proactive approach to find out what appeals to this great city. We decided that this group’s project is going to be all about the public opinion. We removed the idea of bike safety from our agenda because if Windsor wants bike safety they will tell us they do. We want you to know that we plan on making a big deal about this in order to gain as much public input as possible. So keep an eye out for the following ways to contact us with your opinion:

  1. Take a look at our Facebook page that will be up and running in its early stage by Sunday September 30th, 2012.
  2. We will be finished a rough draft of our survey by next week
  3. Look for us the next time you are downtown… we might just be those people who stop you for a chat!

Ok, well that’s it for now here is our link for the Facebook page, check it out:

https://www.facebook.com/WhatDoesWIndsorWant?fref=ts

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