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Integrative Studio Week 6


After the feedback given to me last week, I decided to explore the elements I read about in Calvino’s chapters and incorporate them in my concept, trying to find links between the two and how I could make my concepts more interesting, using his style to represent them.

I used Calvino’s elements and noted the cities I took them from as I completed every iteration. The above iterations are about a City of Books and a City of Glass. This is two out of the six ways in which I’ve represented metaphors in my cities. The glass city is based on the metaphor, ” people living in glass houses should not throw stones at others”. This means that people should acknowledge their own faults and that they’re not perfect, instead of pointing out others’ mistakes first(basically being a hypocrite). Coincidentally, this concept matches beautifully with another theme. ‘The rich will be rich,the poor will be poor’ is a concept that has been around for centuries. This social disparity is shown well in my glass city iteration. The middle class and the affluent live in structures made of glass, while the poor live in pothole style structures. This way they’re underground life is closer to the grave anyway since they’ll die soon.

This glasshouse/pothole concept is brought to life in the 2020 Academy Award-winning film Parasite and having watched it recently, I’m glad I could understand my own iteration better.
My second idea was based on a city of books. Here buildings are stacked like books, and students come here specifically for their education. Coffee and ink flow through this metropolis. I tried experimenting with different elements in my iterations, like books suspended on stilts, books connected by a spiral staircase, a honeycombed bookshelf, a sky filled with placeholder text, etc.
I finally chose the parts of each iteration that suited the concepts. Here are both the iterations I created:

Even though I was fine with how these were looking, they still did not look like a complete city to me, which was very frustrating. I kept going back to the iteration I made last class( the one on the week 5 blog). On asking faculty what to do, I was told that the older iteration looks the most ‘like a city’ because it has a complete structure and plan. I knew at that point that what I’m about to do may not be completely correct, but I chose that iteration for my final because I knew all the ins and outs of every corner of that drawing.I did not feel the same sense of excitement on seeing these two, probably because I hadn’t given them proper thought and was unable to think of several elements just relating to one concept.

A Medical City

I came up with yet another theme, hoping that maybe this time I’ll be able to expand the idea better. But again,I failed to do so.

So all the roads I took kept leading back to that one iteration I’d made. Meanwhile, we were to make a prototype box of 5x5in to understand how we were to construct the main box. These are the steps I took;

  1. I cut panels measuring 5x5in with a 0.8cm margin all around.
  2. I chose one of them as my bottom panel. Here the margin would stay on all 4 sides. I cut the edges out so I could score the 0.8 cm flaps towards the inside.
  3. I took one of the other panels and took away the margins on 3 of it’s sides, leaving only one flap intact.
  4. With the flap on the second panel at a 90 to the first, I stuck the side without a flap flush to the bottom of the first panel. This would mean that everything is still 5×5 in, but there is now a flap towards the inside for sticking.
  5. The second panel flap was scored, and matched with one of the bottom flaps. From here on, every square had two surfaces to stick to, one on the bottom and one on the side. After sticking and scoring sideways, I finally interlocked the flaps into each other, creating a seamless box.
The prototype process, best explained by a Whatsapp scribble sent to a friend, desperately trying to explain what to do over the phone.

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