Post-Brescia Movie Production!

The post-Brescia rush to complete the presentation was insane with lack of sleep and full-on movie production on the go.

Following our return from Brescia we were pretty exhausted; some of us had submitted an essay in addition to the dissertation statement hand in and the BU1 Urban Analysis presentation of the Upper Lea Valley the week before, leaving very little time for sleep. However Team Coconut Curry went into full production mode in the BUDD room.

The transformation group assigned tasks to move beyond the definition and develop a set of criteria. We decided to create a stop motion picture meaning the movie would comprise a series of photos put together using a standard movie making software with the added soundtrack and voice-overs. On the first full working day we completed the questions for each category and then regrouped to collate the information together.

Collectively we listed a set of principles using generic language that we hoped to narrow down more specifically. The principles were broken down into guidelines or strategies which were further broken down into a set of questions that would become our criteria for analysing the transformative nature of Baan Mankong. The aim was to use this methodology to strengthen our definition of transformation. In order to fill the scope of social/cultural, environment, political/institutional, economic or spatial/land use issues we linked the principles to each. We recorded this process using the camera to take a snap after every changing moment on the whiteboard.

Team CC regrouped to review what each sub-group had been working on so that we collectively knew how we were progressing. The actor group used the web of institutionalisation to explore the complexity of relations between the various stakeholders in Baan Mankong. The team was also exploring ways in which to represent the actor diagramming in a more 3-Dimensional manner. It was interesting to see how the actor mapping had progressed from the matrix to something more visual since the last time we met.

Our presentation of the principles and guidelines to the team left them confused as to what we were doing! We explained the logic of how we were trying to develop criteria by even drawing a diagram but on reflection I guess the uncertainty perhaps stemmed from the phrasing of the principles and guidelines and how that would transform into a clear set of criteria. It was suggested that the principles would have been stronger if they took were based on beliefs and codes as opposed to actions, using the UN Declaration of Human Rights as an example.

The presentation would consist of three short films; the definition of transformation broken up, the criteria for assessment of transformation, and the actor mapping. The script needed to be prepared for the criteria and actor mapping as both required voice-overs. The definition of transformation would comprise scrabble and magnetic letters forming words and phrases with musical soundtrack.

The following two days were full on production-mode (minus lectures) with the final stages incorporating sleep-overs at Parvathi’s to ensure that everything was completed. Team CC’s new HQ became the student lounge at Parvathi’s halls of residences. It was an interesting and intense period of work. Everyone was busy creating paper origami, wheels and folders, taking photos of the various processes, drawing diagrams and caricatures and finding time out to eat and refreshed. Re-energised we continued shooting scenes for the movie through stop motion photography and fiddling around sketched paper icons. The final stages were the trickiest; recording the voice-overs and the final editing and compilation of the video.

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Thanks for reading!



About Sadiqa Jabbar

Salams/Hi there! my name is Sadiqa Jabbar and I am an Architect and Urban Designer at MEB Design Ltd. My architectural interests lie in sustainable projects that benefit the community at large with a positive social impact; projects that make a difference to people no matter the scale. My experiences at various architectural firms and stint at freelancing have drawn me to schemes in a variety of sectors most notably community, education, healthcare, residential and ecclesiastical. My research has enabled me to appreciate the sensitivities of communities in London, Delhi, Karachi, and Bangkok.
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