Un-Mapping the Body_To design a “Waiting Space”
FdA Interior Design Year 2
In our contemporary life style, the cult of instant gratification means many of us seem to have lost the ability to wait. We have gradually eradicated the need to wait for anything, and our new, digital adjective is ‘instant’. In our time-pressed lives, it seems the 21st century urban inhabitant no longer has time to wait for anything. In this 12 week project, students were required to design a waiting space that succeeds in communicating XXI century urban identity and the usage of digital design tools. The first stage of the project focused on digital design techniques to enhance skills and knowledge, and to embrace design proposals through workshops and experimentation. The second stage of the project students focussed on three main sites in Aldgate, observing interaction and occupation of the human body within urban public space.
Tessellation workshop: Students formed groups and experimented on a body scale by working on “dress or cloth” studies to wrap a body using card. These body scale models allowed the user to walk/ sit and the experimental pieces were then cut, unfolded and flattened into 2D forms. Students recorded the development process using photographs, sketches, hand drawings and models.
Leading on from body scale experiments students selected from three contrasting waiting situations in the Aldgate area, mapping human movements, detection and documentation of the three chosen scenarios recording textures, gathering points and urban furniture. Proposals were developed around a site and incorporated two designed elements; an enclosure and a place to sit inspired by body scale studies and site analysis.