Hello Again Fellow Bloggers! Welcome back to Project VENTURA! Just in case it has slipped your mind, here is a brief refresher. My name is Maya Nunez and I am a part of the Vedastein Design Company which consists of me and the crazy redhead panther Sierra Melomo. Project Ventura is an amazing opportunity we are engaging in, where students are creating a teacher commons area out of a used Sovereign 30’ airstream trailer from 1977. Since we are creating a teacher’s common’s area then it just seems fit that we get teachers input. Over this last week we have been in client meetings asking our clients (teachers) what we can do to make the trailer the best teacher’s common area that will meet their needs as teachers. Early on in the project we were assigned six teachers to interview and get their thoughts on the project. So far the Vedastein Design Team has interviewed three of our clients which are Andrea Clark, Anah Wiesma, and Kelly Neal. In these interesting interviews we have learned much about not what only our client want, but also ideas that would be great to incorporate into the trailer no matter what. Like the wonderful Mrs. Clark who has her heart set on having purified water station. We also learned some funny things, like how Mr. Neal is too tall for the trailer and can’t really stand in it. (Deepest apologies Mr. Neal, you will miss out).
Moving on, last class period on 11/1/13 we decided to finally name the airstream trailer which will now be called ‘The Sliver Whale’ or ‘The Whale’. The wonderfully interesting name comes from Gus who said the trailer resembled a whale making the name fitting.
The Struggle of the Day- We are working on sketching the interior and exterior of airstream in perspective drawings. A perspective drawing is when you take a pencil and hold it out to measure the lengths and widths of the airstream and draw it on paper. So, the Vedastein team and other design teams spent 90 minutes drawing the airstream which was the struggle of the day for everyone.
So, in class we are also starting our inspiration walls which are when we get to create a colleague of things that gets our brains churning with ideas for the interior design. I am very excited for this because it is the creative part of the project and I am excited to see what ideas we come up with. Unfortunately, Sierra and I’s inspiration hasn’t been completed yet so no pictures right now, but they will be up soon. The point of an inspiration wall is to get ideas flowing out, kind of like lava out of a volcano. For this project there are endless possibilities and we don’t want to limit ourselves. Along with working on perspective drawings, we are also working on the floor plans so we can finally start getting a feel for where everything goes. In the original floor plan there are things like bathrooms and a bedroom shown, which are very unnecessary to include for this specific space. By knowing the floor plan we can also be able to change it into a better floor plan for a common area. Things we can do are like, eliminating the bathroom and bedroom would open up a lot of space which can be used for others things like the tables which the teachers will need in this commons area. Also the walls wouldn’t be needed; we want this space to be as open as possible in order for teachers to be social and comfortable. Also color is a very important part of the designing process because color is what gives the room a certain feeling. Last year in Introduction to Engineering (IED), we did a brief lesson on what different colors make you feel. I suggest that we do a warm clamming color, this way teachers see the trailer as a relaxing environment and a safe haven to escape rabid school children. Again we want enough space as possible so having a bunch of cool cabinets would also make the area trendy and give the teachers a place to store things. So, there are some doubters out there that think this airstream is too small for the amount of teachers we are building it for. However, this past weekend I got a chance to read an article published on the Hoffman architecture website titled, “Learning to Live in a Small Space, Painlessly” and this article proves that as long as we plan ahead and use our space effectively that we can be able to make this space comfortable and roomy.
Sierra and I are really enjoying this project and can’t wait to keep pushing forward. So to finish of this blog post for today, I was doing some fun research this weekend and stumble upon so designs that would perfectly fit for this common area. Please take a look. Also if you have any ideas feel free to leave a comment. See ya in a couple weeks.