More ‘Labour’ Work!

The countdown has begun with just less than twenty days left until our final presentation and class gallery exhibition at Civic Space.

It has been a long and challenging journey, and we are very excited about the final outcome. Over the past few weeks, we have been busy working at the Lebel building trying to finish cutting and painting the tires needed for our project. This week we made two trips to Home Depot looking for the required materials. On Sunday, Rosina and Rafi went to buy some paint to see if certain kinds of paint work on the tires. After successful experimentation with the paint, on Thursday afternoon Sajid and Portia went to the Home Depot to pick up more paint, carriage bolts, nuts, washers, rebar, and other materials required for our project. Some more good news about the project is that we have successfully cut all the tires we needed this passed Wednesday with the help of Mr. Rod. We returned to Label building, where we began to work as a group towards washing and painting the tires. Once we finished painting the tires, we will begin to assemble them into seating arrangement.

Team members are washing and posing with painted tires!

We anticipate that we will have our project built and ready by next week, which will give us plenty of time to discuss plans for what we will exhibit in the gallery space.

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Biomimicry: Creative and Practical

We shared our accomplishments in our midterm presentation, and received a lot of positive feedback and criticisms. Our new approach is to match our creativity with practical aspects of the design so we will research size of the greenhouse, the exact location, pricing and funding, different materials as well as natural systems for heating, cooling, water and moisture. We will also focus more on these natural systems, rather than just the design itself, for example, a living wall, ponds, and natural heat capture. We are also going to continue researching biomimicry and methods to incorporate it into our designs. As well, we will look into information on the pros and cons of attaching the greenhouse to the present eco-house and all the requirements needed to make that happen. Next Tuesday, we have planned to have a scale model created, as well as all the research on biomimicry completed, and potential materials and pricing, as well as mind mapping of natural heating, cooling and water. We have also scheduled another meeting on this day with Jennifer Willet to showcase all our new research and designs.
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