For this semester Integrative seminar and studio were linked and we were going to be working on the same topic on both the courses. So with a continuation to the first class of the day (integrative seminar) we had to read deeper into the problem our group identified “lack of recreational space”.
I started doing online research and gathered statistical data and interesting facts about how students need recreational activities. I made notes to support my research and then worked on documenting the information. I already gathered pictures and videos for documentation.
I documented the research as follows:
1. Problem identification
2. Primary research
3. Looking at potential empty spaces
4. Secondary research
5. Looking at other campuses with similar layout
6. Statistical data
Once each of us were done with our documentations, we were put into our seminar groups and each group had to pick an ecosystem and study it. Do online research, make sketches, take pictures and videos.
Integrative studio was a familiar subject, each of us had a basic idea of what we were going to do. Studio is a subject where you research, ideate and eventually create. The session with an in depth conversation about ecosystems, the ability of different organisms to coexist makes makes that place an ecosystem. There are natural ecosystems and unnatural ecosystems.
Natural ecosystems are forest ecosystems, dessert ecosystems, ocean ecosystems and so on. Each of us were asked to make a list of unnatural ecosystems, as many as possible. I wrote down: restaurants, social media, Mumbai local, plantation, apps, museums, airports, police stations, cargo ship and so on. Out of these our faculty chose five ecosystems. Mine were restaurants, Mumbai local, plantation, museum and catering. Each of us had to visit these places and do an in depth research about the place, starting from observing the place to taking pictures, videos, audios and making live sketches.
For the second part of the session, we were asked to go to one part of the ISDI campus and study the ecosystem there. I went to the library, on observing the space carefully and talking to the librarian, I had a clear idea of the system in the library and the problems that need to be fixed.
Later, each of us discussed our observations with the faculty and our peers. In the morning before college starts, the library is well organised and the books are categorised based on their genre but as the day goes on people pick up books and leave them in the wrong shelves. At the end of the day, this gives the librarian a lot of work. Students keep losing books and a lot of books go missing. These were the observations I made. Everyone shared their experience and observations and each of us put forth our point of view.