Day 2 of Nexus Maximus
The feedback from our faculty advising put us back into brainstorm mode at the end of the first day. We immediately decided what elements need to be altered to make the privacy cube function to its fullest capacity. This included a consideration in shrinking the portable, temporary space in width and including an alert mechanism for emergency situations as well as openings for aeration and light. Our research showed us images of refugee made shelters from tarps and sticks or salvaged poles and considered what displaced individuals may find comfortable about this setup as opposed to other alternatives. Keeping the issue of privacy at the forefront, in our reconfiguration brainstorming we dove further into exploring smaller units for single individuals that would allow sleeping space and some room for personal items, as well as family-sized units and they could be connected and best utilized with the height dimensions we agreed on.
Today we also discussed more about the personal attachment we wish to make with the project – how will the story be compelling and generate the interest in the product we believe will be an asset to displaced individuals. We identified our users and clients. We reaffirmed the problem we are addressing and tried to identify other smaller, ancillary issues the temporary shelter would provide in its design. Outlined also were the goals of our project – all of the visions we hoped to see should the shelter come to fruition. Despite the group having many obligations throughout the day, we were still able to highlight what each of our majors has bought to the group – interior considerations, self-care as well as an overall sustainable design.