Blog #5

Currently my project is in its final stages. I have received the necessary feedback from a professional architect and will now spend my time implementing their suggestions. Once I have updated my floor plan, and am pleased with the result, I will begin modelling the exterior of the house in the program Google SketchUp.

I hope that, with my project, I will accomplish educating my peers in this era of architecture. When presenting my project to my peers, I hope that, to them, it represents a thought out home that looks like a Victorian home that incorporates things from the past and the presents within its design.

When signing up for this program, I had not thought it being like the way it is. I thought it would be just simply picking a project then working on it for the entire semester, however, when stepping foot into the room and listening to the lessons I realized that it would be much different. When it came time to pick our projects, there was so much freedom in choosing what you wanted to work on, unlike regular classes where you would not receive as much freedom. Throughout this semester, I have had many new opportunities to learn things about my passion, as well as other people’s and that has proven to me that taking this course was the right decision.

Legacy Artefact link: http://www.propellrsd.com/daniel-architecture

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Project Progress

For the purpose of keeping an organized schedule for my project, I have been using what is known as a “Gantt chart”. A Gantt chart is a timeline that allows you to keep track of your progress during the semester by letting you insert information into specific tabs such as “duration”, “action steps”, and “percentage complete”.

My timeline is broken up into six different milestones: “research trends/aspects of Victorian architecture”, “model revisions”, “paper sketches”, etc. My first milestone involves me researching a variety of trends that were prominent in the Victorian era. The second milestone I have are the paper sketches which is basically me drawing all the intricacies that are located on the exterior of the house. The third milestone I have consists of modelling the floor plan of the house and then receiving feedback so that if I do not notice a room that is far too small or a room that is far too big, the feedback that I receive may help me to make my design have a better outcome.

Currently, I am three days behind schedule on my project timeline. I am behind because, in light of the time I spent designing my house, I was not designing in a specific direction. This has affected my progress because since I was not following a path I have not been able to confidently say that i have designed a Victorian-era styled house.

During the next few weeks, I will be incorporating two more design principals (after already incorporating three) into the house’s design. this will further push me to design a house that follows a direct path and is not just on a wild design session applying anything and everything that I think a house should have. I will also be 3D modelling the exterior of the house (in low detail) in the program Google SketchUp, the house’s intricate designs will be sketched on paper since it would be too difficult to model such small details in the program.

Breaking My project Down

For my Propel project, I have decided to design a Victorian styled house following the certain design aspects/trends of that era.

I have broken down my project into four main steps: Design sketches, where I have have to draw a number of napkin sketches of different styles of Victorian era houses, which if you did not know there are seven types of houses. Some of these styles are more difficult than others. For example a house designed with a Queen Anne style is relatively simple, Not having too many intricacies but not being too overwhelming to draw, unlike a Second Empire styled house which is much more complex to draw on paper compared to a Queen Anne house.

For my second step, I am to receive peer feedback on the napkin sketches I had drawn. This is to point out any unneeded trends that may make the house look unappealing and to point out things that people like to see in the house’s exterior design.

My third step, after getting peer feedback and revising my drawings, is to make final, detailed, sketches of the house I am designing, so that it looks authentic to the Victorian era.

My fourth and final step is to, once finishing my final sketches, model a basic house in the program Google SketchUp. This is to show off the house in a 3D aspect instead of a flat, 2D drawing.

I have decided to break up my project in this way because I find it to be a very organized way of sketching, getting feedback on whats good and whats not, then fixing those mess ups and refining my drawing, than displaying it in a 3D space so that you can see what it would look like in the real world instead of on a flat piece of paper.

In the next few weeks, I am going ti find a narrow plot of land, within the city, to place my house onto. I will design the floor plan/blueprints with the restrictions of the plot than once I finish the floor plan I will begin to design what the shapes of the three stories will be, making sure to add all the trends of the era into the design.

Proof of Concept

               Proof of Concept, or simply just POC, is a time to work on a specific type of project in a field that you are passionate about such as writing, cinematography, composing music, etc.

            When I was conducting my POC, I had learned how to do some basic things in the program Google SketchUp, such as using the offset tool as a way to make the walls a certain thickness. I had also learned many things about functionality when designing my bus shelter when it comes to things like weather or use of space.

           After completing my POC, it was apparent that I needed more time inside SketchUp so that when I begin to work on my final project, I can provide a well crafted design in the program. This also informed me that I needed to work on sketching blueprints more.

            For my final project, I had chosen to create a building in SketchUp from the Victorian era. Personally, this would prove my skills in SketchUp and that I am able to create intricate, detailed, things in the program. It would also accomplish

The First Few Weeks

The first two weeks of my propel experience were, to be honest, a complete one-eighty from what I had expected. In which way did I imagine it? Well, first of all, I definitely did not think I was going to be in one room for most of the semester.

The first couple of days were very information heavy. It had consisted of Mr. Patrician and Mr. Hansen talking about the entire layout of the semester. Once the copious amount of presentations were over with, we were given an assignment. A letter for the teachers to get to know us better and see where we were at with our writing capabilities. I wrote about my dream of becoming a successful architect and why it’s such an important aspect of my life.

The third day was the best day of my life because we went to “The Real Escape” for a team-building exercise. Teams of roughly seven people were to collaborate and attempt to escape a room full of puzzles. My group finished last, but for good reason. The room that my group was in, Mavis House, was the scariest out of the choices. While we were in there, we were feeling good about ourselves thinking that these puzzles aren’t too difficult, until all the lights went out and we proceeded to cower in a corner. It’s safe to say that we only finished last because our group had deduced that it was, in fact, Mr. Patrician who was behind all the frights and was delaying our escape. Some say he still lurks in the shadows, waiting for his next victim.

The second week had begun and of course, there were long presentations, yet, the amount had lessened to about two or three, (per day). Once the presentations were done with, we had received instructions to fill up at least five papers that were used to explain the main parts of what our final project would consist of. I was overwhelmed, thinking I could not come up with five different things other than architecture, after all, that is what I was there for. But in the end, I made them all about architecture. These five papers would help make my plans for my final project concrete.

I realize now that this is an opportunity I cannot waste. This program has only just begun, but I can tell that there is still a lot I have to learn, about myself and future endeavors. No matter what kind of obstacles come my way, I will face them head on, and overcome them.