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INTRODUCTION & RESEARCH OUTLINE

CATALOGUE OF MARKET BUILDING TYPOLOGY

VISIBILITY OF MARKETS

PUBLIC MARKETS AS SOCIALIZING PLATFORM

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METHODOLOGY WORKFLOW & CHRONOLOGY

GLASGOW'S BLOCK ANALYSIS & RELATED DESIGN STUDIES

Microclimate of the semi-enclosed building space

This paper studies the microclimate characteristics of the semi-enclosed space on the ground floor of Guangzhou University Library. After a questionnaire survey and simulation using the Integrated Environmental Solution (IES) software, the existence of microclimate in the semi-enclosed space was confirmed. It is found that the microclimate is characterized by slightly warm, high relative humidity, low radiation and high wind speed. At the same time, the direct and indirect reasons for students' preference for the semi-enclosed space are found.

'Transient Bodies' - Kieran Flaherty

A brief introduction to 'Transient Bodies', a behind the scenes look at the design process and how Covid-19 was navigated and its effect on the collection.

Transient Bodies

Undermining perception by obscuring pattern through 3D paper manipulation.

Transient Bodies

Inspired by the tradition of Kimono making, in which rectangular pieces of fabric are cut from a larger length called a 'tanmono', initial silhouette experimentations were conducted on the half-scale mannequin using varying lengths and thicknesses of tracing paper. Hand drawn lines were featured to explore moiré-inspired textile designs on transparent materials, being overlayed to create depth and obstruction.

Transient Bodies

Translating my textile work into 3D forms, I took inspiration from the artist Richard Sweeney and his work creating fluid structures from paper. The resulting paper forms will be used to help influence silhouette and possible textile designs

Transient Bodies

Close up details of fluid paper 3D forms for use as 2D textile research

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Confronting the veils

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, my whole world was turned upside down and like most people, I have had to work remotely and live largely in isolation for several months. For photographers stuck inside, especially for photographers interested in fashion, like me, this was a big problem in that, I would have to completely reframe my practice. Initially, I was very anxious and nervous, I was so confused and I couldn’t imagine how I could create something related to fashion within my tiny room. I was overwhelmed by the situation and it seemed impossible for me to make work without a studio and photography equipment like a tripod and lighting. I did not have anyone to collaborate with, no models, makeup artists or stylists. I needed to find a way to make work and find a way to use myself as a model and the subject of my photographs. Whilst I am not a shy person, I’m not an extrovert either - my preference is to be behind the camera not in front of it. I needed to overcome my fears and put my insecurities to one side and find a way forward. As I made my first tentative steps towards self-portraiture, I began to slowly find an effective way of working. My room became my stage and my studio and I became a performer. I adopted a persona that explored different characters that in turn became the subject of my photographs. I found a way to embrace my fears, anxiety and loneliness and absorb the psychological pressure and position it within my image making. I used my body with domestic objects as props, appendages and decoration to express my inner struggle with self-isolation, social distancing and the wider world of lockdown. I played with themes associated with, barriers, distance separation and behind the masks and veils, I found a way to make work and in my own way confront the challenges of this global pandemic.

Confronting the veils

Confronting the veils

Confronting the veils

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Don't Forget There's More

A countries development and welfare are being evaluated with only one indicator - the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The only way for a company to be successful and rewarded is following one goal - Profit. The purpose of the economy to serve people‘s welfare is being overshadowed by growth. The chase after this has in fact helped society to overcome many challenges but it has also resulted in the climate crisis, the largest gap between rich and poor that ever existed, and other impasses; and is now more than obsolete. Redefining success and specifying indicators that reflect the real welfare of our system is crucial for shifting the economy away from the chase that fuels the climate crisis and is not serving a long-term vision. That requires zooming out, turning around, and internalising that, where now is only one way, there lie many other and better possibilities. “Don’t Forget, There’s More” aims to create a sense of these turnarounds, using metaphors in order to help the growth of attachment towards the greatness of change and possibilities.

Inner City

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INNER CITY

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II. in touch

A found footage film. Composed of videos stored in my phone library of skin-to-skin contact in the time before social distancing and Covid-19 and interviews with people in different places on their lives during the pandemic, talking about touch - or lack thereof. Music by Nicolo Traini and Toby Withers.

III. where the light comes in

Two weeks in four walls, with only light for company.

On return to London just before lockdown, I self-isolated to protect the vulnerable people in my home - down the road from King’s College Hospital. Light became a marker of time: sun streaks punctuated the day, while the blue of ambulances streamed in at night. I made a ritual of photographing where light fell in the morning. This culminated in an A4 publication.

Selected works

"Unsexing" edition

This booklet was made during stage 3, on female artistes who were pushed aside or erased from art history for many years. This booklet ask also the questions on how should we give these artists justice without marginalises, pigeon holes and isolates them from movements and influences. As for the title, it's a word from a quote from an art critic on women artistes, saying that becoming an artist would unsex women. The wire'O binding was chosen to highlight that the booklet isn't finished because the conversation and these issus are not.

Untitled collection

This collection of zine is on the theme “censorship”. It's called the “Untitled collection”, reflecting on erased content. The first publication would tackles censorship in Hollywood cinema, the Hays code, which were rules on what to show in movies that studios had to follow and what were its effects on cinema.

We are all the media: Covid-19 Calendar

The cover and the monthly chapter

Infodemic caused by COVID-19 makes Renyu want to explore the role of individual media in misinformation. In her mind, each of us is a media with signal, and we have the ability and obligation to be responsible for the process of information dissemination. 

Covid-19 Calendar

10.02.2020: Garlic-save-life day

Drawing lessons from the concept that the Chinese traditional calendar records the good and bad luck of every day, Renyu puts the real part and the false part of the news as comparison objects in this calendar. And make them overlap with each other, showing their delicate relationship in the process of communication.

Covid-19 Calendar

09.04.2020: 5G-cause-virus day

The calendar form can harmoniously record every day about the existence of fake news, and at the same time, it combines fake news images produced by collage technique to enlarge the absurd content of fake news for the audience as much as possible.

Covid-19 Calendar

Using irony to restore and record some ridiculous ideas and absurd things people have done during this period.

Covid-19 Calendar

Footage | age of the foot

The publication Footage | age of the foot offers an introduction to the world of feet through the contributors’ and my interpretation – which is a limited interpretation that results from choices I’ve made, and discussions I’ve had, and could be supplemented in the future. Serious articles balance absurd and entertaining visual contents. They are ordered through objects feet-related, sorted alphabetically. This experimental magazine uses different visual languages and plays alternatively with posters’ layout and newspapers’ layout. To “jump” in this world of feet, visit the website https://footageageofthefoot.cargo.site/ or order a copy of the magazine by dropping me an email to plev00.pro@gmail.com.

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THE AMAZON IS ON FIRE

Publication Size 9.9mm * 21mm ,Using marks left by the fire as a visual language

PLEASE START WORKING

Procrastination has a significant impact on everyone's life. The comic book shows what procrastinator's life looks like, and use an ironic, humorous, and surreal way to present. Hoping people who read this comic book laugh and think not just themselves faced this problem and have a strong sense of identity instead of struggling in this situation.

Window extension 1

The prototype design of the window extension can be adjusted according to different Windows and space size, to achieve a more flexible external space for the residences.

View through the frame

From the opening of the device itself and the hollow form of the external bridge space, zoom out visual sense is formed, which represent the concept of ‘aperture’, but it could also be a ‘Pause button’ for people to get access or not

Extension for working leisure

This space expresses the concept of a ‘security blanket ’, and the picture shows the leisure time during work. From this point of view, the translucent glass acts as a vague protective barrier.

Elevation_2 Night

Functional changes can provide new entertainment for surrounding residents at night

collage of space concept

Since at least the 20th century, men have been occupying the active position in social development and have treated women unfairly and restricted. In response to these situations, women began to call for equal rights, so they developed feminism. This project started research from the futurism‘s misogynist, and discussed the relationship between male-dominated society and feminism. This collage represents this relationship, and also expresses the opinion from a female futurist Saint-Point that androgynous being is the complete being, which responses to futurism. Therefore this place is for women and people whose gender identify as women to enhance their voice and support them in such a male-dominated society.

site selection

This building is occupied by this project as a masculinity building. Its dark single colour, rough texture and concise lines. Those are masculine features. The author of this painting of this building is Ettore Sottsass, who is a big fan of futurism. This is suitable for my starting point of research. In addition, the shape of this building and several small windows on the walls make the whole building look very private and there is a feeling that the internal space is well protected. This project wanted to use this atmosphere of this building to create a space to “protect” femininity.

plan & axonometric

by referring to a survey about women’s favourite leisure activities and considering project aim,the most important functions of this place are reading area, communication area and garden area. There are only feminism books in this building, people can get mental support by reading. And the communication area provides a place for them to share their experience freely and help each other with their problems. Garden area is not only a decorative area for femininity, but also it's a good way to make people relax by getting closer to nature.

urban outside

village outside

Turn unfinished buildings into bridges and connections between urban and rural areas

The process of rural and urban people came into contact

Experiments about how distance effect the image

The growing process of pumpkins and luffa

The growing process of peanut and potato

About Pause pod

The starting point of my project is an analysis of isolation and how that can be divided into the perception of isolation and into social isolation. The focus of the thesis will be on the latter aspect and how this affects the mind and body. My interest in this topic started after a few weeks spent in isolation from other people due to the Covid-19 pandemic affecting the world in 2020. Now we find ourselves isolated from our groups of friends, colleagues and family, but thanks to the development of technology, even if we are far apart, we can keep in touch, through calls, messages and video calls. What would happen if all our connections stopped and we found ourselves completely alone ? My research question is: As human beings, can we detach from people, disconnect from our things and stop interacting with our devices just to avoid being by ourselves and our thoughts ? The thesis will have as its main focus a few cases of extreme isolation, whether the subjects were isolated as a lifestyle choice, voluntarily for experimental studies or through enforced isolation. I want to create a new type of space where it is possible to spend a long or short period of time based on the individual being willing to spend time alone, in a space without sunlight but with artificial light, which will eliminate the individual's perception of time.

When I started my research into isolation, my main goal was to look for a positive aspect of solitude, and I came across the research performed by Long and Averill in their article Solitude: An Exploration of Benefits of Being Alone, which examined the advantages of intentional solitude. The article emphasises the fact that reducing interaction between people and their environment and limiting the use of devices and other stimulation can have major benefits, but only when the time spent in solitude is deliberately chosen by the individual. The four benefits listed are: freedom, creativity, intimacy and spirituality. The title of my project is 'About Pause'. The Pause Pod itself was created through the concept of reducing interaction between people and their environment, and reducing stimulation from the outside world. The idea is to take the negative association that we have with solitude and integrate this state of complete isolation into our lives. My intention is to create a place where an individual can unplug from the busy and frenetic time that we are living in, whenever they feel the need to do so. I want to be able to put together all the positive aspects of being isolated and bored and take ad-vantage of them, and maybe even benefit from them.

Technical drawing

WechatIMG1014

part3 and part4

moodboard: natural green illusion

photos of water and photo of polished and not polished green marbles

moodboard: digital aesthetic illusion

metal, foil, screen and water

moodboard: textures illusion

white paint, grey concrete, white plaster, imitation of concretes, bark

materiality illusions - research video

Video present researched materials in the move, the illusion of materiality in the context of nature.

Narrative space & space narrative

Narrative space and space narrative are two very confusing concepts. Previous researchers often disassembled these two concepts into two sub-concepts of "narration" and "space", and then discussed the composition, classification and meaning of space, as well as the method, strategy and construction between space and narration. This makes the two concepts of "narrative space" and "space narrative" refer to each other. In fact, there is a clear difference in understanding between these two concepts. Obviously, the central word of narrative space is "space", and "narrative" is a limitation and description of "space", which is essentially a kind of space. The central word of space narrative is "narrative", "space" is the technique and method of "narrative", so that space narrative refers to a kind of narrative.

Design process_film space extraction

Design process_concept model

The space narrative as a method, is connected with the five previously extracted spaces to get the initial concept model. It is worth mentioning that through the connection of these spaces, we can see that there is a narrative extension between them. Each space contains a conflict which provides the necessary conditions for the development of the narrative in the next space.

Final outcome_overview

Present in several places at the same time.

Chronophotography helped revealing the actual path of the body movement and the invisible lines between the body and space.

Project Site - Guest Space.

One Minute sculpture

Engaging the body with the guest space against in unconventional ways to enhance the user's spatial awareness.

Finger Extensions

Reconstructing the body through movement techniques, technology and costumes

Extension Structure Typology

The expanded structural typology was derived from the architectural concept of space expansion: Parasitic Architecture. Through the case study, spatial expansion methods were classified by type. Among the types, folding, modular and sliding are usually attached to the facade using wood or concrete, expanding the space in a rigid and robust way/manner, but it was difficult to meet the definition of 'Flexibility'. This conclusion led the way to explore the inflatable structure.

Conceptual Collage

The collage abstractly shows design idea about space expansion during a pandemic. The concept of the expansion proposes sets of direction with what architectural elements to use and how to expand them presented an important direction for conclusions. In response to this, a flexible housing by expanding the space through an inflatable structure using an architectural element called a window by synthesizing previous studies. There are many architectural elements such as chimneys, pipes, and windows, but considering that there are differences in architectural elements according to various cultures and lifestyles, expansion through the largest common elements was pursued regardless of these differences. The window is another door that connects the outside and the inside and is an essential element that exists in the residential space. The inflatable structure was also decided in that it could be used in a variety of residential spaces and situations regardless of this.

Exploded Axonometric

Exploded axonometric is an representation of how the structure is attached to a building through a window. Inflatable bubbles require several steps to attach to the building. First, the Window Frames Holder can be secured to the window frame using a screw and a screwdriver to put the pole on the holder. These fixed structures are connected with the inflatable structure through the string. The support is connected to a pole fixed to the window frame to minimize movement of the bubble. The bubble is made for 1-2 people and the maximum weight is 90kg. Furthermore, for use in various situations and groups, the windows have zippers to connect with other structures.

System Diagram

The system describes how Inflatable Structure receives power to build the space. Helium is lighter than oxygen, so it can give more power to support the weight more than oxygen. Also, using the principle of an electric air pump, helium pump in the room transmits energy to the structure outside through the tube. The bubble has a double structure that prevents helium from entering the occupied space.

Helium Circulation System Diagram

A system of helium circulation is applied to prevent releasing helium from the structure over time. Applying the same principle of an air pump, it is a system that continues to circulate as helium inflating from one tube and helium deflating from the other.

SCENT TIMER

This product is a scent timer that uses smell to express time and gradually reduces students' procrastination. The Pomodoro clock and time setting function can help users manage time. It can also create environments that belong to different modes so that users can be more focused when studying and more relaxed when resting. Switching between different smells can remind users to change states at the right time, thereby preventing them from delaying their original plan. The product is composed of scent bottle, diffuser and wireless charging board

PROCRASTINATOR BEHAVIOR MAPPING

Procrastination is very common among students. 80%-95% of students say they procrastinate to some extent (Piers, 2007). So my target group is the students aged from 19-25. People have a high demand for reducing procrastination (from kwfinder.com) because procrastination has adverse effects on students' body and mind (Fuschia, 2002), such as getting bad grades (Ronald, 2016), lack of sleep (Katharina, 2019 ). Also, students with procrastination will feel pressure, distress, and guilt, which can lead to psychological problems (Fuschia, 2006)

SCENT TIMER

This product is mainly used at home. When procrastinator study, the Pomodoro Clock can make him more focused and take a break after 25 mins work. When the procrastinator has a rest, the time setting can prevent him from forgetting time flies and plans because he is addicted to the Internet. There is a video to show how it works (link).

InnerStrength Cricket Body Protector

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Sealing principle

Desgin for manufacture and assmbly

Technical analysis for meeting the objectives

Product Interaction

The device syncs directly with the user's smartphone to provide data and alerts about blood sugar and heart rate throughout the day. The user can open the app to view their trends and see their most recent readings.

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Poster

"Protector" is a pair of smart rings aim to remind people about their unconscious face-touching behavior and help them to account to 20s for hand washing. It would vibrate for 0.5s to remind you when it detectes that you have the tendency to touch your face. And It also would vibrate for 2s when you wash hands for 20s.

"Protector" rings

Smart rings charging

Three lights would be all lighted when rings fully charged. Once fully charged can be used for 5 days.

Use scenario

When it detect that you have the tendency to touch your face it vibrate for 0.5s to remind you.

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Expanded Attitudes

Front cover of 60 page publication, 2020

Publication developed collaboratively between curator Hannah Benassi and artists Sean Ellcombe, Naomi McClure and Masaki Ishikawa.

Expanded Attitudes Publication 2020

Image: Sean Ellcombe, Surface and Light Exaggeration, 2020 Reworked by Hannah Benassi

Expanded Attitudes

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Introductory Poster

'this cloud may burst'

A publication presenting visuals and writings around the loss and preservation of memory with contributions from Debi Banerjee, Jenny Brownrigg, Sean Patrick Campbell and Katri Heinämäki.

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having been touched on the surface (cover)

Cover of the upcoming publication.

Dear Lithium, - project website (homepage)

Research photograph (Cornwall, July 2020)

Research Photograph (United Downs, July 2020)

Research photographs (Gwennap, July 2020)

Healing in a broken world

Healing in a broken world is a 23-minute short film of the year 2020 and the process of healing from the trauma that this year may have caused. The video has been filmed by Scottish videographer Stewart Campbell. Using his camera as a third person as he weaves in and around his subject matter, Artists Barrie James O’neill and Penny Anderson. He asks the questions and dissolves the relationship between art and healing and using art as a form of therapy. The work emerges as an interwoven meditation on healing and therapy through art and music.

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Authority and Freedom: Testing the Context

In this Semester 1 project, five students from the MLitt Curatorial Practice (Contemporary Art) programme collaborated with two Master of Fine Art artists to explore concepts of authority and freedom in the public space.

Control Alter Delete

Semester 2 showcase of the overlapping subversive responses of 5 artists to surrounding structures of power, authority and influence on society.

Mask On

Poster intervention by Siguel, SWG3, Glasgow, 2020, Courtesy of Michael Cameron Hunter

Throne

Poster intervention by KMG, SWG3, Glasgow, 2020, Courtesy of Marianne Vosloo

Virus with shoes

Poster intervention by Dr. D, SWG3, Glasgow, Courtesy of Michael Cameron Hunter

ÚNA Fest

ÚNA Fest is a non-for-profit festival aiming to enhance cross-cultural exchanges between Latin America and Scotland, blur boundaries and build stronger ties between peoples, nations and landscapes through symbolic means of dialogue, music, film and art

Seen in the Dusk

A project by Jina Song and Martha Panagiotopoulou. SEEN IN THE DUSK transforms Gallery One into a place in-between day and night, and invites the audience to a performance in three acts. The event is a culmination of the research that the two artists are sharing, where they have been exploring intersections between Greek and Korean Mythologies, through the concept of ecofeminism. The artists aim to promote intercultural connections and myths as a form of knowledge while bringing elements of nature worship and its strong relationship with womanhood. This collaboration celebrates respect, changes, and cycles. Throughout the three acts, the artists perform offerings as appreciation for nature's interventions and prosperity, and as recognition for guidance in their journey of self-awareness. Curated by Beatriz Lobo -------- The performance was performed at GoMA on the 7th of March 2020.

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Cross or Not Cross

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VESSEL NO.3

DRIP TRIPTYCH

Drawing for pattern. Graphite on Canvas. 28cm x 40cm

VESSEL No.3

DRIPPING TRIPTYCH

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VESSEL No.3

DRIPPING TRIPTYCH

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VESSEL No.3

Durational process video for the ruining and staining of VESSEL No. 3 2020 Canvas, Thread, Wine, Turmeric, Rust, Charcoal, Grass Ink, Beetroot Ink, Nails. Niamh McGuinness

VESSEL No.3

DRIPPING TRIPTYCH

Relic/Remnant of Process

My House

My Family

Down the Track

St Alkmunds Church

The Town

I love GSA

GSA is the best art school in the world!

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Fight for democrazy

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An emoji sculpture was sent to my friend. He uploaded a picture via Instagram along with the quote:"The dictator must perish. May the democracy prosper."

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Not Fit to Print: Exploring Democracy within Public Media Systems

This project looked at who owns the media, the issues with this and sought to address the problems with the current media model driven by capitalism. Alternatives do exist though and a citizen-owned media that is more reflective of their needs is certainly possible and attainable.

Citizen-owned media

Instead of a media that’s divisive it could create connections and foster a better sense of community. Instead of invoking outrage and pessimism it could promote and celebrate the everyday good whilst also being mindful of the importance of reporting the truth. Instead of voicing narrow-minded, singular views, it could be better at providing a platform for diverse voices more representative of the people it serves. Instead of an agenda set on pushing profits, it could put people first and offer more support for independent businesses to boost local economies.

Media Reform Proposals

Here I've highlighted some of the proposals put forward by the Media Reform Coalition and Caincross Review. Although there were some points I disagreed with, there were others that had credibility. For the ones highlighted here, there's a strong focus on the importance of public interest news, being independent of government and the need to redefine funding structures.

Article Review / Research Activity

In order to gain better insight into the current state of media I reviewed articles from the 'main' papers and highlighted uses of language, tone and the type of information being told/not told. I also opened up this activity to the general public to gain their thoughts and opinions too. Above, are a few of their responses. What I found was a media that's a mouthpiece for the elite, not for the people; a media that is singular and narrow-minded; and instead of holding those in power to account, they are instead given more space to voice their opinions.

Workshop / Imagining a Fairer Media in a 'Fictional' Town

I facilitated a workshop to collaborate on ideas for what a fairer media might look like. Above are some of the slides from the workshop (it had to be done virtually). To enable the discussion, I created a fictional town with characters that my particpants could discuss ideas through the lens of. I walked them through a number of different scenarios to come up with ideas on: how to fund a locally-owned media, how to report on stories, and how to publish these stories. We also discussed what some of the future impacts these decisions might have. The town, characters and scenarios were all created based on the research I'd done so far, so although fictional they're also probable. This workshop enabled me to include more voices than just my own and to come up with ideas outside of my own biases.

Brown crab, velvet crab and lobster landings in Scotland

Ocean farming

From The Multitude To The People

"Election Is Not Democracy"

From The Multitude To The People

"Election Is Not Democracy" — Master's Thesis

Research Process

Representation

Building A Research Framework

Representation In Principle And In Practice

"We Blame Democracy When We Should Be Blaming Representation"

I looked at representation in the lens of democracy and showed how and why the concept in practice was problematic and why representative democracy is not representative. I concluded that being represented as we are today is a loss of power for citizens as they have very little control over the actions of their representatives. More over being represented through the vote of the majority interpreted as the general will, is also problematic as it lacks actual representativeness. How majority is formed, calculated and how it operates influence the results of the process and potentially increases inequalities. We end up "blaming democracy when we should we blaming the instability of representation."* Jacques Rancière

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Dissent,too, is a way to engage with those in power.

Civic participation is what drive democracies. But our system of governance values quiet, dutiful civic actions such as voting, volunteering, lobbying much more than critical actions such as dissent or protest. The later are often met with ire and force while the other is hailed as a sacred duty. Alexis de Tocqueville once said that the health of a democratic society may be measured by the quality of functions performed by private citizens. That is the central theme of this project.

Expressions of Dissent

Dissent to me is the public manifestation & exhibition of collective distrust in traditional institutions.

Dissent can take on various forms. From trolling politicians on social media, boycotts & non cooperation with authorities to marches and hunger strikes in some cases.

Dissent as public claims-making

Dissent is a disruption to ‘life as normal’, It presents ‘an alternative to promised utopia’. Public dissent usually becomes a time when people take over the public policy debate.

The Taxonomy of Dissent

While no social movement is the same, I decided to classify them into these categories for easier understanding.

The anatomy of dissent

Through this project, I sought to create a taxonomy and anatomy of dissent. If the taxonomy familiarizes us to the different types of structures of a protest movement, the anatomy tells us about the people that populate it.

To my dear furniture

Innovation design and collaborative creativity

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Solution

Furniture History Booklet

This booklet is printed by the furniture company and delivered to customers along with the new furniture. The booklet could record stories about furniture (E.g. The pet cat at home was in a bad mood one day, so he scratching the armrest of the chair and leaving paw prints.) also it could record the condition of the furniture and how customers feel about the furniture. Three views and perspective views could simply mark the parts that need to be described. The significance of this booklet is that when the furniture has been used for many years and people want to throw it away, by reading the stories, they might recall many of the times it has accompanied them. At this point, one of five sustainable design strategies 'Reduce' is used: Designed for longer life (e.g. emotionally durable design). This booklet is through emotion to maintain the life of the furniture. When the furniture needs to be resold, this booklet might attract the next customer to understand the time experienced by the furniture, know that this is a piece of furniture with stories. Also, they could understand the previous owner’s mood and the conditions of the furniture, instead of just the old and new appearances to determine whether to buy.

Solution

Service blueprint

The entire process is based on a website named 'xxx of Furniture'. The site should collaborate with furniture companies, which provide the furniture history booklet to the customers. I improved the booklet: add a QR code for customers to scan it. It will bring them to the website and record the data online. Once people finished stories, the site can collect the data and pass to the furniture company after-sale department or designers which can help them improve their products. When customers go back to the main page, they can try to share their opinions about old furniture and discuss with other furniture lovers. The site team including designers and furniture experts who might help them solve the problems, and if they need components or tools, furniture company can provide secondary service as profits that could stimulate companies to cooperate with the website. The event as part of the website is a future plan. It is the website offline activity, people who chat online and share stories could meet together in the activity. This can enrich the communication that originally had no sense of reality. Participants might enlarge their socialization and build up their confidence.

Solution

Process

Doric Town

A board game aims to protect dialect heritage by sharing vocabulary and stories.

Collaborating for a zero-waste fashion community

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Qualitative Research Method

Narural Light in Learning Environments

Foreword

Introduction

Instilling pro-environmental behaviours among citizens to create sustainable neighbourhoods.

Can design use these biases to nudge people ? Many scientist and psychologists are now seeing the importance of understanding behaviour and nudging towards climate action. Through the research process it became evident that I did not intend to focus on one specific behaviour , as sustainability was a journey with one success action resulting us to take the next action which was uncovered through various interviews.

SITE

The site I chose was White City Estate which is a ward in the Hammersmith and Fulham borough here in London. It has one of the most diverse neighbourhoods with people coming from various class structures with 52 percent of the people here living in social housing. Unfortunately it is also identified as one of the most deprived and least affluent area in the borough.

Why I chose a social housing estate?

It's important for us to get diverse voices heard in these conversations. A saying from the environmentalist Sunita Narain inspired this thought with a provoking question - Is it accessible, is it inclusive, is it diverse, is it reciprocal? This thinking stayed with me throughout my design process. I was also inspired by Bristol taking the same course of action during Lockdown to make environmental sustainability more inclusive to people from all class structures. With this in mind and initial desk research, my design challenge moulded to questions around design interventions instilling pro environmental behaviours among individuals

Various Research methods used

A brief summary of the engagement tools I used to understand behaviours of those living in White City are : 1. Using optimism as a nudge to spark conversations followed by printed questionnaires to fulfil social distancing rules. 2. Tags on a gate tool to understand values and wants of residents. 3. I then sent out 2 sets of digital questionnaires via various platforms to understand residents their behaviour and interaction with space and the term sustainability. This was also to understand their sustainability journey and the barriers a few heroes faced on their paths. Alongside this, I held a workshop, few other one on one interviews via whatsapp, or face to face and a walking tour.

Testing the role of optimism as an engagement tool

One of the engagement tools that worked best with residents to talk about sustainability was the optimism nudge card I designed. Working as a volunteer distributing food during COVID allowed me to have conversations with people from within the community. However, this was a very delicate moment where people cued waiting for food after receiving a token. The food distribution charities would save food that would otherwise go into landfill from various vendors and measured success based on how much food wastage they saved. Using this same method of celebration and optimism, I designed a tool to play ‘the role of optimism’ and change otherwise uncomfortable moments in moments of deep reflection. As the lockdown started easing I used this tool at charity sales leading to them requesting more for ongoing and future rail sales.

Master project

Wellbeing and the Urban Environment in Mestre.

I explored Mestre - Venice's suburb - known for issues linked to criminality, marginalisation and socio-economic-health disparities. After a deep research, I was able to find a "custom-made" solution for Mestre's citizens.


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Project Title

Overview

Motivations

Data Analysis

Data Synthesis

What could be the preferable future of death? How might we create a system that provides an accessible, dignified, personalized, and therapeutic experience to the users while aiding nature preservation and climate mitigation efforts?

What is it?

A new death service run by nature preservation charities that offers human composting. The service comprises of a series of steps, all of them optional, but profit from each of them contributes to habitat and wildlife protection. For this speculation, I’ve looked at the possibilities that human composting or "recomposition" could unlock. Recomposition produces a large amount of rich soil which can be divided into many parts and used in a variety of ways. One can choose to donate it, take it home, ship it to relatives, scatter it in one or multiple locations, or even buy a tree or potted plant planted in the recomposed soil. As well as a new system, the concept also proposes spatial and material guidelines for facilitating this new praxis.

The memorial grounds

The memorial grounds are where memorial markers are placed. Although it is all optional, some might still need a monument to memorialize their name. We also need a space to express gestures towards the dead. Physical acts of remembering like touching a name on a headstone are tangible ways we let ourselves know that we are taking real action to remember someone, a sort of small personal ritual. While there is not yet a finished design for the space, I created a sketch of what these spaces might feel like. The grounds must be planned in a way that’s not disruptive to the environment. It should be visually distinguished from nature to signify an added layer of meaning, without imposing on the landscape. As existing nature charities already form a wide network around the UK, the service could be easily available wherever there is demand for it.

memorial markers

When it comes to the markers themselves, the shape should allow for a variety of actions. Emphasis should be on the sensation of touch, so material and surface texture must be taken into consideration. They also need to be durable and fit to stay outside virtually forever. The material might also be reactive to light, heat, or moisture to give a visual response when touched.

Sensory Approach for Diversity in Land Engagement - MDes Thesis


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Sensing the City Zine

The Zine was designed to facilitate non-language based communication during the Sensory Mapping Engagements, to make sure that the process is well understood, and participants are aware of their rights and what they are consenting to. The design of the consent and information form became a critical element of the research in this regard.


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Project Process Diagram

Fieldwork - Engagements

The process of Sensory Engagement Design

Mapping the NEIC - parks which remained open during Covid-19

Process and visualisations


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Activity Pack

Mycelium Coffee Capsules

Service Blueprint-01

My Project was judged Highly Commended

In this wearable, I want to focus on self-expression in this concept. The form took reference from wings, transferring exercise in the output to a flying experience. The idea behind this is to find something people cannot do regardless of arthritis. I want people to feel the extension of their possibilities when interacting with this output. The big device covers the users with the music and lights, combing tactile, visual and auditory sense in a more immersive experience. The main body of the device is made of Tyvek, there are stretching bands on both edges of the wings. This is prototype is realised with Arduino, it's pretty rough, but present effectively! Hope you enjoy it.

posters

posters

posters

the recipe

social media activities

Death Avoidance

From early research and interviews, I discovered death is still a taboo topic in many Western societies including the UK. Thinking and talking about dying and death is unlikely unless you've had some experience with it. Most conversations about death happen close to the end of life.


Death as a taboo subject can have substantially negative consequences; unnecessary fear about the process of dying, not receiving preferred treatment and care, and not dying in a preferred place. Families, doctors, and carers often do not have the vocabulary and confidence to talk about it, meaning people are often unaware they are dying in the first place. How can we encourage these conversations to happen earlier to ensure people experience a good death? How can we promote death literacy in the wider society?

Death Literacy

Following further desk research, video interviews, and autoethnography, three key areas for death literacy were identified.


Reflection & conversation: reflecting and discussing end of life wishes and what it means to have a good death.


Knowledge & skills: giving people practical knowledge about supporting themselves and others in having a good death.


Planning & preparation: highlighting the ways and importance of planning for end of life before falling seriously ill.

neighborhood "barrier"

I applied the neighbourhood“barrier” idea and design the information for front glass window in Cafetagoo. In this way, the guests passing by can accept the information, besides this is a promotion to the shop

Blueprint(1/2)

1st cover

2nd project details

The page shows the background, main challenge, insights selected and the design concept of this research project.

3rd blueprint

The blueprint shows how the workshop arranged.

Toolkit design-1:2

The page illustrates how to use the toolkit with details information.

Toolkit design-2:2

The page shows the details of the toolkit.

What is this?

Be a man Kit

The kit is conformed by: The be a man handbook, a model of male and female sexual organs that help the user to know more about the parts that conform them, and are going to be used to do exercise like how to put a condom; lubricant and “the safe man pocket pack” that is a small wallet with condoms to encourage protection.

Be a man kit

The handbook will be developed with the help of sexologist, phycologist and based on men experience about the taboos and stigmas, and how can we break with this model to stop toxic behaviour that can be translated in violence. The handbook will have, exercises of self-awareness and communication, test to evaluate your behaviours and knowledge and information about pleasure.

Process map

A description of all the process for this project.

Being sustainable not for sustainability

Research

HMW & Ideation

User journey map

Active Learning for Active Ageing: Brief

Framework

User's ecosystem

The diagram presented places mapping by familiarity level or frequency of visiting and type of place. Mostly of sample user would visit neighbour area and public space but rarely visit institutional space except a hospital.

Walking route design framework

9 design criteria for Wandering walk activity