The Interim Presentation

The time had come to screen our presentation and become the audience of our BUDD and UP colleagues. It was show time!

The lights in the South Wing Garwood Lecture Theatre were switched off, the curtains drawn and our three short films finally played. Apart from the initial problems with the sound the films were “very creative and entertaining”. The irreversible nature of the definition was something that caught Caren’s attention who found it a very interesting and important notion. The criteria needed to be refined as they seemed more like strategies. This was a fair comment as it was something as a group we struggled with. The interpretation of the web if institutionalisation of the actor diagramming was well received as was the physical nature of how it was conceptualised into an object.

One of the drawbacks of the presentation was the speed at which the imagery progressed, as it did not leave much time for people to make notes or read what was happening, fair comment. We needed to review the mentions of housing policies within Bangkok and there were concerns of our early judgement on the notion of exclusion within the Baan Mankong Programme. Another important observation was the lack of Bangkok visible in our presentation, it seemed vague and had the potential to have been anywhere in the world.

The variety of definitions of transformation was interesting as I thought that although all the four groups had different entry points and phrased differently we all came up with the same conclusion that transformation comprises catalysts of change that included people and their rights to the city and the notion of citizenship and varying degrees of power relations. The variety of presentation formats on show was good and I felt that everyone could learn something from each other. Both BUDD groups complimented each other’s presentations. Camillo suggested that the information presented would have been more complete with a combination of the two teams.

The presentations were very interesting and feedback constructive. Meanwhile we continued with the madness that was March with the final few pending submissions and exams. Team CC met again one final time before the break to review the feedback and plan our next moves as we progress onto the next stage of the project. We’re all looking forward to some rest over Easter – relative calm before the term reopens and preparations for the dissertation outline submission, next presentation and the field trip begin!

It will be interesting to see what other BUDD members thought of the processes of the field work so far.

Thanks for reading!

Sadiqa

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