This post is principally to share notes about the unMonastery design meeting I had on Friday 13rd September with Antonio and Rita.
During the next week, students of the course “parametric architecture” will be working on unMonastery to design furnitures, installations and architectural elements with parametric tools (more info in French on my blog). For that, It would be very helpful to have 3d of the building. @antonioelettrico told me that a sketch-up model exists (probably made by someone called Mike?).
Ben, could you help with this?
It would be great if I can have any additional drawings (I only have plans) by this Friday (20th September) as the workshops starts next week.
TRIP TO MATERA
In this weeks I’ve been talking and blogging a lot about Edgeryders and unMomnastery and I involved a lot of people in the process, such as @urbanohumano, @skotperez, my students and many others at superbelleville coworking and Mutinerie . Some of them are consequently coming to LOTE and they ask me a lot of questions about the whole project, such as :
Will our trip be really payed by the organization? And if yes…why?
I don’t know the answers. I know that they were payed last year.
Rita suggested me to ask @noemi : Noemi, can you help me with this?
ROOMS AND SITS FOR LOTE
We have been talking about possible layouts for the conference room and I highlighted the need to have a more organic distribution of the sits instead of having a typical frontal classroom like indicated in the images here. I understand this like a drawing Antonio made to calculate the number of people we can have in the rooms instead of a real design intention. Antonio and Rita confirmed me this point.
Perhaps we should have both models : some rooms with a conference-like layout and others with a more circular geometry of sits encouraging active work and collaboration (like in the photo I’m attaching below of the coworking space The SYNC). We mentioned the possibility to design some prototypes for sits in collaboration with local institutions. Rita mentioned a few of them and she will contact them.
I self-designated myself ad a “Facilitator for design and dispersion”. I understand my role as it follows (I’m writing this points as I would like to receive your comments if you don’t agree with something).
- My responsibility is to have an overall view over all the design discussions (about rooms configurations, furniture, architecture) and be able to translate this sprawled conversations into a decision when it is needed.
- If I am asked to make a decision, I have to explain my decision to the community.
- I will work as a consultant in the design process, using the empty design approach I’ve previously describe here.
- I also have to facilitate dispersion, in order to maintain the process and the design flexible enough to have the right equilibrium between fonctionallity and messiness.
How many energy I am asked to put into this?
I don’t have much time, even if I struggle to create empty space in my agenda.
My participation and my involvement will strongly depend on the days and the months. For instance, in October, I will be traveling around Italy to talk about unMonastery and spread the news of the project (more info about my trip in italian here). During this period, a big part of my energy will be available to follow the design process and preparing LOTE. On the other hand, at the moment I am completely overwhelmed and I think information overload is already a main issue of the edgeryders platform. I am absolutely not able to process every mail and notification that I receive.