Our 100-hour charette is over and now that the clock has hit zero, we have had a chance to reflect. It was an interesting presentation style we used, but it helped clarify a number of things about our project. Teams were given five minutes to look over another groups project and then present it to the class. In a best-case scenario, all the ideas came across because they were clearly explained on the boards. In our case, we had a little bit of good and bad. Our project has come a long way, and overall is in a great place, however the ideas we have are struggling to translate through our presentation. Be it the post spring break daze, the beautiful weather we've been graced with, or just a struggle to represent the ideas in the best way possible, we are aware of our faults and are back on track to correct them.
Our discussion with our professor yesterday yielded has given us an inspirational push and I believe we have it in us to really push this project to be the greatest it possibly could be. Because of how passionate I am about so many parts of our project (alleyways, social club, net-zero, etc.), it’s sometimes difficult to walk away from some of them for awhile, but we have to split up the work and I have full confidence in the team coming through and representing them in the best way possible. I have tasked with myself in polishing and perfecting our net-zero strategy for the site. This involves quantifying data and creating a plan for how all the systems-both active and passive- work together to achieve our goal of creating a net-zero site. Added to this portion of the project is the integration of sustainable sites (which combines the active and passive strategies with vegetation to achieve a beautiful and sustainable site) and working with my teammates on that will yield a holistic solution to sustainability. It’s truly fascinating when architecture and landscape architecture come together and push where the boundary between the two is.
In other news:
- I have been working on the Las Vegas Parklet and we’re looking to move it across the country and install it on April 18. Check out the article written about the project by the Nature Conservancy
- Graduation is only 36 short days away, and I am looking forward to see what we can make of this project and get some people excited about re-investing in the downtown area of Las Vegas. The next few weeks will be exciting… stay tuned.