Week 9 - Designing with Extended Intelligence I
I ended the week before super happy with the results me and the people I worked with got. I had a lot of reflection this week thinking about what we did and what I got from the projects (it’s already on last’s week reflection), just rethinking it again. At the beginning of the week, when we presented our first design intervention with Jana (our Stool-19), it was super helpful to receive the feedback from the faculty, and at the moment we knew we needed to do a second one I couldn’t be happier, to ground everything and give margin to improvement.
From the moment we were proposed to keep working with our teams I knew I wanted to continue the same way we did in the first one. We have started developing the idea already. It is a project we had already been talking about it, and It’s gonna be super nice to have the opportunity (or excuse) to bring it to life. We are aiming for a huge project I believe we will not have the time nor the resources to develop fully for the Design Dialogs, but I have come to terms with that and I’m applying one of the main learning from this term, to develop an idea by start working on it and keep improving while moving forward. Doing and framing small steps thought a more ambitious goal, and learn through making.
I think a lot about the course we had with Angella and Kristina on Living With Your Own Ideas. It may be the one I have been able to extract more from and start applying the concepts shared, design through making, and embodied first- person perspective. It’s not easy for me, I come from a very technical background and a very overthinking approach before acting. I feel I’m changing that, I’m doing small steps towards that direction, but there’s still a lot of margin for improvement. I’m enjoying it a lot the process though!
I’m also feeling very comfortable with this artistic practice I believe I’m deriving to, and would like to explore more into that direction. It’s incredibly powerful how an object or installation can frame an idea and put a seed into the spectators' minds to make them want to learn more and reflect on it.
I’m also being involved in a side project, with Clem from MDEF, and maybe soon with more collaborators, regarding the practice of Dérive, “a mode of experimental behaviour linked to the conditions of urban society: a technique of rapid passage through varied ambiances” (Guy Debord). We are trying to see how this technique can be used as a design tool to reveal invisible conflicts in urban environments. We have just started with that but I have a great feeling it’s gonna evolve into interesting discoveries and good practice to apply as a designer.
About this week's course, Design with Extended Intelligence, I’m finding myself struggling to frame all these AI concepts without having a base on coding so I can explore and play around to deeply understand the concepts. I’m feeling conformable with the conceptual theory but I don’t feel ready to work in that direction without the collaboration of developers. Although, as a designer, this may be the role I have to assume, to frame ideas and look for collaborations to bring them to life. That’s a nice output.
Week 8 - The Almost Useful Machines II
This last week could be considered as a continuation of the previous, I’m not referring in terms of time continuity, but to the content of the courses and projects. It has been great to finally create something physical, and big, and fun, and ... Well, I guess that’s why I got into this master's to create, have fun, and learn as much as possible.
The Almost Useful Machines (TAUMS) - Tears of Ice Cream
I couldn’t be happier with the results of the Almost Useful Machines course. It has been an insane week, with lots of stress but lots of learning. I’m super happy with the fluidity of our team in this project. I believe, and I would like to think my teammates feel the same, we have been a good team, well-coordinated, where everyone has taken an important role to achieve a great collective outcome. Our final machine, the Tears of Ice Cream, is great, and we have learned so much while working on it. I would especially emphasise three things.
The first one is regarding 3d printing. I have done projects where 3d printing has had a key role in the “production” process, but with this project, 3d printed parts have become just another part of a more complex system. 3d printing wasn’t the main fabrication process or goal of the design, but just another part of a whole machine. I’m happy to have been able to solve small parts using this technology, which I’m sure will become more usual as the masters keep going, but for the moment it has been a nice experience.
Another important learning I take from these last two weeks is the first contact with Arduino and electronics. In the pre- course we were already introduced briefly to this, but with TAUM we have finally had the opportunity to apply it in a real context. Without the help from the FabLab guys it wouldn’t have been possible, and I really appreciate the patience they have had with us. I would like to think that in the following weeks we’ll have more opportunities to dedicate more time to it, because I’ve really enjoyed it, but because of the amount of work and open fronts, I feel like I haven’t had the opportunity to really dive deep into it, and I’d really like to. There is a rewarding feeling when you make something move :)
Finally, I want to have a reflection on the visual impact. From the beginning of the project we defined we wanted to have a visually appealing machine, it had to work, but it had to be well presented. I feel sometimes I tend to run and be pragmatic and forget about how I present things. Thanks to the team, we have been able to keep in mind the final outcome, on a visual aspect, and it can be very well reflected (from my point of view) in the final result. If I had worked alone I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be as proud of it in the end. Something to keep in mind and to thank my teammates!
Design Studio. Design Intervention - Stool-19
This week wouldn’t have been as stressful as it has been (in a good way) without the other project, the Design Intervention from the Design Studio. Last week, with Jana, my teammate in this project, we didn’t get to really get hands-on into the idea, and this week we have had to work very hard. The week has been a rollercoaster, good moments, very good moments, bad moments, and really frustrating ones, but the result has surprised both very much! We are so proud of our little stool!
Until the last day, Friday, we didn’t know if we would have been able to have it done, but after a lot of iterations and frustrations, it was finally realised! That’s thanks to, especially, Anastasia, that have been incredibly helpful in all the project, and the FabLab team. As Oscar reflected on our presentation, maybe we didn’t engage enough the public where we presented it, but we definitely did with the FabLab!
It’s interesting to reflect on how we have made it happen, the number of people, machines, and space involved in it, and important to keep it in mind in following projects, not only to look for collaborations but also to be aware of it in terms of feasibility.
I’m very happy with the result especially because we got to express an idea, excess medical waste in times of a pandemic, into a simple object, our stool made of used face mask. Its main purpose was to arise conversation, that’s something I got from the Hybrid Profiles week with Saúl Baeza, and I’m happy we have had the first intervention in that direction.
I’d take a couple of notions from our Sunday street intervention with our stool. First of all, the context. We didn’t get as engagement as we expected, and one reason is, in my opinion, the context where it was presented. Was it the right one? Maybe not. I believe in future interventions we’ll have to dedicate a little more time on tuning the context where it is going to happen, maybe with small tests or doing some background research, but definitely have it more into account. We didn’t reflect enough on it while preparing the intervention.
That links with my second outcome I’d like to reflect and have in mind in future projects, and that’s the collaboration from the public in the design process. Involving them in it would have definitely improved the engagement and attention we were trying to get from our project. Making the people interact in a more active way so the object is not just a statement by us, but involving a whole community.
Although the stress and (sometimes) frustration of this week I’m super happy with both results. The team of the Tears of Ice Cream has been great and I love to have had the opportunity to work with them and know them better, couldn't’ be happier. And the team we formed with Jana to make our Stool-19 it’s been súper! I think we really understand each other and we can work very well together, looking forward to have more opportunities!
Week 7 - The Almost Useful Machines I
Some time ago I found this project at instructables.com about building a small 3d printer from materials outsourced from old computers. A friend of mine approached me with that idea in mind, I found it super interesting and started looking for old computers to tear apart. We needed just two but I ended up gathering five or six. I was excited and wanted to get onto it, but I had other priorities at the moment and they ended up stored under my bed. A month went by, another one, 6 months later my friend moved to Madrid... I think I had the computers under my bed for more than a year. My girlfriend ended up making me throw them away because I wasn’t gonna do anything about them. This was about a year ago. She was right, but after this week I regret it.
This week we have been introduced to the Almost Useful Machines course, and we started just doing what I should have done about two years ago, get old electronic or other gadgets, open them up, explore what’s inside, understand them, identify the elements, their possibilities and classify them in order to make new devices.
I said I regret it because it was a super fun activity, and incredibly useful, not only to understand the “guts” of the machines surrounding us but unveil how easy it is to outsource materials from them. If I still had my computers with me I would have already opened them up and started classifying all their internal components, there’s so much potential in everything around us!
For some time I’ve been an active user of gathering street furniture, try to give these items a new life, but I never really thought about electronic-waste. I believe I was kind of afraid of it, I tend to be to the unknown, and it's been incredibly useful this week to face it with the guidance of all FabLab, and I mean ALL. I believe there were more faculties than students on the first day. It’s been amazing to see their interest in us, I really appreciate their attention. Also to be able to know all the team, I feel much more comfortable moving around, knowing the faculties, all the machines, a world of possibilities has opened!
Although the Almost Useful Machines course has been the most time-taking activity this week, there are a couple more things I would like to reflect on. First the design studio session we had on Monday, the collective design space. As I said last week it was incredibly useful to map the space, to make sense of my references and fields of interest. Putting everything in a collective way with all my peers was super helpful, to find out about other interesting projects and references as well as to start mapping relations within the class. It was difficult to just focus on one interest to form the relations, but I’m super happy and excited about the work we started discussing with Jana in our more artistic approach to communicate the design practice. We have started working on our projects and I’m confident good results are going to emerge for this first intervention. Sometimes I feel I would rather go alone while working on projects, but the conversation and discussion we had this week made me reflect on the importance of finding alliances to come up with better outputs! I’m super excited by the final idea we framed and others that have emerged while talking.
Finally, this weekend I’ve been working on the Furnish project with the Elisava team (I mentioned I was working with them). Saturday we finally assembly the final prototype on the street and I’m super proud of our work. I always enjoyed hand- working and building stuff, and the feeling I got when something is finally alive I believe it’s the main reason I wanted to become a designer. It has been too long since I worked on a big project to be placed in the public space, and this weekend I realise how much I missed it. I definitely have to work more in that direction!
Week 6 - Embodied 1PP Speculative Design
I was excited about the task we were assigned on Wednesday. I was looking forward to getting a personal experience in a 1PP design approach. I begin brainstorming and end up with the idea of documenting every object and the use I gave to it for 24 hours, to explore our relation object-use, and find new possibilities. I wanted to force myself to find new uses. I wrote a lot of rules and exceptions, to have everything ready for the following morning but didn’t go as I expected. I began the day with the experiment and from the first moment, the main idea was already collapsing. I didn’t know what I was doing. I felt detached from the experiment where I was meant to be the main subject. I couldn’t find a purpose either understand what I was doing. It seemed pointless, and I decided to go for a walk and have some fresh air to figure things out. Just walking and thinking started to feel right, I neither knew what I was doing, but it was a way to slowly figure out the experiment I was doing and reflect on the 1PP practice. I became a pedestrian for 24 hours, except 10 hours of the night that I spent on my balcony, because of the current curfew (and let’s face it, exhaustion).
It turned out to be a great experience. I come from a very practical background regarding design, from my studies and my former job. With this master, I’m trying to derivate to a more thinking approach, be more critical, speculative, and less pragmatic. Spending so many time outside, forced to walk, and think worked in that direction and actually ended up with lots of reflections, I’ll see if I’m able to capture them in the following paragraphs!
I also felt I was finding myself piece by piece in every step I made, moving in unknown neighbourhoods, finding new parts of my own city. At the same time, walking the neighbourhoods of my childhood, my friends’, where I was remembering, going back to memories, and experiences lived there. As I was walking around I felt assembling myself again from a very detached start of the day. Involving myself in the experiment made me more aware of my position, as a designer and as a subject. Understand better both parts to find more suited answers. This specific experiment was a practice to test this 1PP embodied experience approach, but I’m certain that with a much more clear purpose, while in a design process, it would result in much more rich outputs regarding the topic working on.
I found new opportunities while the experience, I will develop more later. When I involved myself in the experiment I was constantly reflecting on what I was doing and developing further my approach. I tend to overthink, and this embodied experience made me realise that the moment you become part of the system you can iterate much faster and better.
Becoming the instrument of design and the subject at the same time opened a lot of questions and lead to curiosity and research. What relations had what I was doing? Who else did it before? Why? What did they found? It made me think of the Greek philosophers such as Socrates, the Cynics, the Stoics, or Diogenes, that used the act of walking as a tool to think, converse, discuss, and question. Also, the Dérives of the Situationist, to just let yourself be guided by the environment and “combat the malaise and boredom of the society of the spectacle”.
Also, it led to new iterations. An experiment that started without a clear purpose made me think in my relation to the neighbourhoods and the city and arise new proposals, such as spending 24 hours in only unknown neighbourhoods, where I found myself much more aware, curious, and rediscovering my own city. Also on spending 24 hours just using, or using all, the new pedestrian adaptations (such as superilles) that the city council is promoting around the city and that are very controversial among the Barcelona citizens.
We were talking this week about externalising an experience and using the camera as a tool to do so, was surprisingly enriching. I didn't’ had much previous experience neither in filming nor editing, and I ended very happy with my result. The mere process of editing the video and putting everything together gave me a broad perspective of the whole experiment and made me feel quite realised of my past 24 hours. Also the rush in editing, because of finishing the experiment at 10:30 am and having to present at 3:00 pm, positioned me in a focused state and connection with the experience that led to surprisingly satisfying results.
The learn by acting/making/doing approach we experiment this week with both experiences, the Magic Machines, and the Embodied & First-Person Perspectives experience, was really rewarding and made me get out of my very usual overthinking state, I appreciate that. Also, I was happy to have the opportunity to test the role of prototyping as a means of inquiry, which I never had the opportunity before, and would like to explore further, as I realise its potential.
Following last week’s future professional identity, I’m going to continue with the “just go for it”, try to not overthink, act and iterate from there. Experiment through making. Using myself as a subject made me more aware of the design process and I believe using this approach on future projects can be very useful to have more power over it and be able to tune it up during the process. It can make you reflect on things maybe other subjects wouldn’t be able to transmit you as a 3PP or 2PP designer.
On Friday’s presentations, Oscar shared a nice reflection that I’ll keep in mind: “You don’t need to understand everything to start acting”, and I think it quite sums up my 24 hours experience, and really enjoyed it. Just act, reflect on it and iterate as a way to move forward.
I also will keep in mind Kristina’s quote: “Don’t edit and make at the same time”, which I also appreciate and believe is very important to keep in mind. I appreciate having used the camera as a tool during the experience, but dedicating too much time to it would have lead to a more alienating experience. It has lots of more applications such as in writing, sketching, and in the design practice in general.
I have a couple more reflections before finishing. First I want to remember the different mental states I experimented while walking in familiar neighbourhoods versus the unknown ones. How much more focused and connected I felt in the last ones and how can I extrapolate this feeling in other aspects of my work. I believe when we get out of our known tools/technologies/methodologies we are more careful about the process and can lead to better results than when we just stick to our previous knowledge or familiar approaches.
Finally, I appreciate the small conversation I had with Angella during our feedback meeting, where I asked her: “How do I know if I’m being detached and acting automatically during the experiment instead of being aware of it during the process”. Can we forget about the main purpose and turn it into a mere challenge? She answered me I would find out once I finish it, and even the answer may change during the following days, weeks, or months. It actually made me arise more questions (and had some food for thought for the rest of my walk) on how can we relate the rigour of the experiment, not only with the duration of it (as we commented on Wednesday class), but with the time from the moment of finishing in relation with our conclusions.
Week 5 - Hybrid Profiles
Week 5 already, time flies! I guess that's a good sign. I've really enjoyed this week. I got into that master because I was quite lost. I didn't enjoy my work and I needed a change, but still didn't have a clear vision on where to go. I was lost, but I knew that master was something I wanted to do, and I'm still sure about it. This week was useful to, somehow, in a "mandatory" way I was forced to actually figure things out about my future professional identity. The process offered by Oscar war really useful, and in combination with this week's design studio, it made perfect sense-. I liked the approach to compare to others. What amazing people have we met this week. I don't know if at some point I will get to be like them, but I'm certainly aiming for it. Each one of them, Markel, Saúl, and Sara were super inspiring! I already defined what I have taken from each one of them from a professional point of view, but in a more personal one, they have given me quite a lot to think about. Their approach to the design practice and to a professional-personal life is something I have to keep in mind. I'm gonna get a couple of things from each one that really stuck with me.
I'm gonna start with Merkel. From him, I take three really important things. First the search of your values and purpose, and how they have to define you as a person and professional, and how I have to always keep them in mind. Also, they have to be constantly reviewed and updated, according to yourself and your context. Another thing is his approach towards collective design and the worker's coop model he works on, which I would like to explore more and keep in mind in my professional career. I want to get in contact with him regarding this, I need more information, it's something I've always have had in mind and I want to start working on it.
From Saúl I loved his speculative and experimental approach, and how he (and his studio) manages to do these projects regarding the more "professional" ones. I loved his concept of objects to express ideas and projects to arise conversation and discussion. His artistic approach also got into me and I would like to improve in that sense and keep working on applying and improving it.
Form Sara, well, first of all, her energy! What a woman, really amazing. Also her approach to research through making. That I have to start applying it more, get more hands-on and "dirty". She made me really enjoy her activity, she is a great teacher also and really got me hyped in the experiments with biomaterials.
From this week I also want to reflect on the conversations I have had with some of my peers. It's been nice, and useful, to be able to express my thoughts and listen to theirs, really useful. I'm also realising I'm starting to develop a great interest in research in design, especially in design processes. I would like to use more of my time on it, reading articles and learning from them. One of my main outputs from this week is that I believe I'm starting to think that my FMP it's gonna be focused on this, do a project but really experimenting and researching in the design process. We'll see because as Markel said, I will have to keep reflecting and updating my purpose. It may change, who knows, but here is where I stand now.
Week 4 - Material Craftivism
After last week's intense Bio-Zero course I wanted to start this week more organized, focused, and managing better my time. At the beginning of the week, I contacted Kate, as I said last week, to try to improve my writing skills. She gave me a couple of tips and some interesting links on this topic. For this week I'm trying to be more organized with my refections, go step by step, and try to end up with a better week refection. It's gonna take time, but I'm confdent that I can improve on this topic.
From this week I end up with fve good experiences. The frst of them was a talk I had with a friend. She is a teacher and I interviewed her for a side project from the master. It's the Furnish project, organized by IAAC, ELISAVA, and UPC. It's a European project of open urban furniture. I'm involved in the ELISAVA team, also Morgie from MDEF is there! We are in the design process and we wanted to be able to include schools in it because the project is aimed at them. So, back to my teacher friend, I and Morgie are involved in developing a protocol of contact with schools and decide to interview close people in the educational feld to help us. We developed two interviews this week, one with my friend and the other with a Morgie's friend. We got really good feedback. I'm not only happy for this particular project, but I really enjoyed and found super useful these expert interviews, and realize the power of this type of approach to design. I'm defnitely gonna be more active in these practices in future projects. Communication is key!
I also got time this week to refect on the roles of prototyping exposed by Oscar in last Monday's Design Studio. It was good to have time to come back to some projects I did in the past. I believe that refecting on them with a diferent focus has been a great experience, to analyze things that, while developing the project, I didn't really think about. I know I don't have much experience but I think I ended up with a couple of good references. I am curious about my peer's projects, see what roles of prototyping they have used in the past and how are they expecting to use the ones that haven't tried yet.
Another good thing this week was Jose Luis lecture Defning Issue of our Time - Planetary Crisis and further discussion. The lecture was great, the format was very good and easy to follow. I have to say the content of the lecture was a little bit depressing, but that's not his fault, that's all humanities... The lecture was full of very good references and I really enjoyed the further discussion on Wednesday, although is super complex, and we are not solving it on zoom, he, Mariana, and my peers had some great refections and was very interesting listening. I'm excited by the next lecture and the discussion after!
This week's course was Anastasia's Material Craftivism, it's been a rollercoaster! On Tuesday, after the two hours we had as an introduction to biomaterials, I was already amazed, so many projects going on and interesting ideas developing already. Thursday we had the practical session where Anastasia got hands-on on the materials. I haven't had time yet to experiment myself but looks like fun and with a lot of opportunities to explore. I have to dive more into biomaterials, as I only know the basics, I want to understand them better and their uses. I feel like sometimes we force our self to use bio-modern- experimental-thinks and maybe more simple and traditional approaches are more appropriate, but material innovation is defnitely interesting and I want to dive into much more, understand better the uses and benefts, and try some hands-on experiments!
I want to end this week's refection with Tuesday's Mara Balestini lecture on Collective Intelligence and the Future of our Cities. She presented very nice projects where collective intelligence and citizen participation have been key to develop solutions. The projects were really inspiring, and I'm starting to believe my fnal master's project will go in that direction. I took some good notes and food for thought but I want to end with something Mara said: The frst stage for collective intelligence is raising awareness, but the second is engaging citizens in the process, one can't work without the other.
Week 3 - Biology Zero
This last week has been intense and fulflling at the same time. Lots of new information, lots of learnings, and new interest developed.
I was happy to be introduced to the clubs IAAC is ofering. Since it was the frst week I haven't had an insight into the rest of the clubs, but for the moment I feel very motivated for the Make Club. Rhino and Grasshopper have always attracted my attention, but I had never the time before to start digging in and learn. This frst session with Edu and Josep was very useful as an introduction and to understand the power this software has and what can be achieved. I'm looking forward to learning more, although I know it's gonna be a long journey, and start applying it to real projects. I feel super excited about the next seminars and to be introduced to the rest of the clubs in the following weeks.
It was nice meeting with Tomas, Oscar, and Mariana again. This frst session of the Design Studio got my attention. I had never before refected on the role of prototyping. It was a nice experience having to think about some of my past projects and how it was applied then. I'll have a deeper refection regarding prototyping but, as I'm writing this, I feel a lot of new information has come and I have to dedicate time to research more and digest. I got quite interested in the prototype as a research archetype. It's something I have looked forward to exploring and give it a try. For me the biggest output I got from this frst seminar was the "What? So what? Now what?". I feel it has a lot of potential in lots of aspects and I'll try to start using it more often to question everything, refect, and become with better outputs! I'm also realizing that design research is such an interesting feld and I'm expecting to get more information in that direction from Oscar. There's a lot to learn from him and the rest of the faculties.
Well, that was the core of the week. And what a week! Núria and Jonathan are exceptional, they form an amazing team. Biology was one of my pending subjects. Since high school I hadn't done any learnings in that direction as I got in a design and technology feld, I had it pending. And I am glad to have been through this course. I was a little skeptical at the beginning of the week, I felt we were going very fast to a lot of new concepts, but Friday afternoon, it's gonna sound cheeky, I felt new. I realize the potential of it and the importance of scientifc literacy. I have a couple of friends that have careers in the biochemistry and biology feld and I feel I have to repeat all the conversations we have had in these past years regarding these felds to understand everything that they had told me about and I didn't get. I haven't fnished the submission from the course yet, but I have started working on it. I'm planning on having a collection of notes to be able to come back to them any time I feel I need them, be able to continue moving with enough knowledge or at least literacy and to dive deeper into certain subjects. Having them as a basis.
The insights of life are fascinating, I know we haven't even scratched the surface of how everything works, but being exposed to all this new information changed my perspective in a lot of aspects. Realizing how much we know (and how much we still have to discover) and how powerful we are to change things in our favor. Núria made a description of a hacker that really resonated with me, "A hacker is someone that has enough knowledge of a system to break it apart and rearrange it again". I have to admit some things got me into an ethical dichotomy. Ethics in that feld is super complex and it takes a lot of research, knowledge, and understanding to be able to have a frm opinion. It's interesting, not only in biology but in a lot of aspects, where design is involved in. I'm becoming more aware of how important is background research before performing an experiment or proposal. I'll have to have this in mind in the future. The course also was useful to develop a lot of expectancy in this next week course, Material Craftivism, and see how the learnings from this past week get applied in materials, a feld I haven't really got into but that I feel I'm going to enjoy a lot and I can wait to start with Anastasia, we'll see this week!
This is the third week and I feel we are starting to move faster. I'm happy with it, I'm super excited about everything I have been introduced to so far. With the experience of these frst weeks, I'm also starting to realize where I should improve. I'd like to get better at my writing, I feel I have a problem expressing everything I want in the correct form, I'm planning on contacting the communication team from FabLab to see If they can give me some articles or readings on that topic. Also, I have to start organizing better. Every day I end with lots of links, articles, books, projects I want to explore and I know I have to have all this information well organized to get as much from it as I can. Also, use better my day to dedicate enough time to everything. I think little by little I'll be able to adjust these things and be more comfortable every day.
Week 2 - Atlas of Weak Signals
Barcelona is my city. I've never lived anywhere else, but Thursday Mariana really helped me see it from a new perspective. For starters, I'd never been to Valldaura before, neither the part of Collserola we were hiking. Going up there (and down) in this super feld-learning approach really helped me saw things diferently.
The multiscalar journey was really helpful. It made me realize how disconnected I'm while moving around. Just observing from another perspective helped me realize many things and be more aware of my surroundings.
In my multiscalar map, I focused on the territory. I've always known the region, the city, the neighborhoods, but I hadn't really refected on it before. How we are organized, how we connect, produce...
While we were at the top, looking to Vallès and all its industrial facilities I wondered how could we reorganize production, redistribute it, and took the pressure of a certain area, same with the population. Catalonia is an example but it could be extrapolated to all of Spain, where the population tends to create grate density areas and abandoned areas. As walking down back to the city and started looking at smalls suburbs in the city limits, how is the city connected within itself? Why are we letting neighbors apart, how should we redistribute people and resources to fnd a more homogeneous society and a more equal one? The refections kept going in that direction, territory, and connections within. I ended up with a refection. Young people live very much connected globally, but apart from their closest. The other way around older people live more connected to their neighbors but completely isolated from the whole territory. How could we merge this into more local but at the same time global relations between people?
I'm concerned I only focused on one aspect, territory, and I want to explore more. I'm defnitely repeating the exercise alone or with a group, and maybe try to focus on other aspects, but the hike really helped me in developing a new refecting methodology I'm willing to apply more and more usually.
Also, it was nice enjoying a day out, where while walking we were able within the group to chat and know each other more. There's so much I can learn from my classmates and especially Mariana, she made really interesting refections during all the hike. Mariana suggested doing another hiking and I am taking her word, I defnitely want to repeat!
Week 1 - Bootcamp
This first week has been intense in terms of input information. What are we doing, what's gonna come... I feel very motivated for getting hands-on in the coming projects. I have gotten to know the faculties, super interesting people with great thinking. I hope some of this can stick to me during the program.
The assignments have been challenging, but I'm happy with them. The forced refection they have implied was useful, to know me better, to know where I am, and to know where I'm going. Really liked getting started with this Digital Garden. The reading list regarding them was super interesting, in a way to question how the internet is used right now and how it can be used. I don't know if I'm getting there yet, but I assume as the course goes one I'll be able to improve it little by little.
The assignments, as said, were quite challenging. I guess sitting down and refecting in oneself always is. Take this text as an example.
The first assignment, Whats my fght?, I have to admit it was more complex than I expected. It was divided into three parts, Why you are here? (in the master), What's your fght? and Where do you see you in ten years? The frst question was easy to answer, to sum up, I needed a radical change in my life and to start tackling my concerns! The second answer was much complicated. I don't have a clear focus. I have many interests, many concerns, and I fnd new super interesting projects daily. I need to fnd a focus, but I'd like to believe it will become clearer as new information and knowledge comes. The last question was the trickiest! Ten is a lot of time nowadays, things change so fast, and I have to admit, I also do. I'm always looking for new things and fnd new interests really quickly. I believe as my fght becomes clearer every day, so will my future and my path in life.
We had to other assignments, refect on My new me, and Mapping my domestic laboratory. I think refecting on My new me was super good. I didn't had many problems making the refection, how I present it was another thing. I really enjoyed looking back, pre-COVID, going to my camera roll on my phone, made me remember good times I had forgotten, and summing up how I changed since February was interesting. I had problems thou rendering my ideas, I've lost practice. I'm expecting the comments from the faculties, especially the communication team, to see where I can improve and present better in the following projects.
Mapping my domestic laboratory wasn't as easy. I started making a list of what I have available but it was difcult for me to fnd connections and extract a clear output. But it was nice placing a hole map of my city and start looking for my resources and seeing physical connections between spaces, people, and tools.
The documentation capsules we got during this frst week to start setting up this webpage were challenging but interesting. I had coded HTML and CSS before and going back to it was a great experience. Also, I've had an interest for some time in the GIT system and I'm super excited to get more into it.
Before ending, I would also like to comment on how great I feel with my classmates. They are such an interesting group of people with lots of potential. I'm happy to share this year with them. I would like to start sharing links to connect all our digital gardens and create a great network with them. Will see how it goes. In one sentence, great week, and super excited for the next and following!