Initially out idea was a community in a village like form . We wanted to spread out the rooms so that the hotel would be viewed like a little town. However we came across other groups hotels and saw the similarity of our hotel to theirs. Consequently, we decided to change our idea.
Our Gaden city hotel is now one building that is slotted into a hole but not enclosed part of the landscape. It is through this that we conveyed the idea of hidden order in the Garden city. The rooms are in dormitory forms. In fact they are side by side and could be shown as boring like most dormitories. This was done purposely so that we could relate to the story where Halloway describes their way of life.
So basically our hotel that used to be spread out has come together as one and it was on top of the landscape which has now been embedded into the landscape.
Two vehicles were presented to us: a boat (powered by renewable energy) and a lantern (powered by non-renewable energy). The design of the boat consisted of a flat floating structure powered by a twisted rubber band. Their design was said to compliment their idea of dystopia, thanks to their futuristic design. However, the design of the boat itself had few aesthetic qualities and did not seem very functional. No videos are provided on the blog that show the actual vehicle working, even a smaller scale version that functioned would have been sufficient. Also, the 2D images that accompanied each vehicle are not put up in the blog, which does not allow us to further assess the work.
The lantern vehicle was quite innovative. They created a platform on the top part of the lantern that allowed the vehicle to drift nicely through the air. However, their final model burned down so they were unable to show it to us. Instead, they made a small replica which was well made and allowed us to see the ideas behind the vehicle. They emphasized the “flying experience” in the showing of this vehicle. We thought that was a bit vague since that is it’s function, and that was apparent to us.
The “boat” vehicle was explained to us as a form of “primitive travel”, which meant a return to the primitive lifestyle in their utopia. The lantern was the opposite, representing a more futuristic type of travel, which was more similar to their dystopia hotel. However, none of these hotels where shown in their drawings so we were not able to see the relationship between the hotels and the vehicles. One drawing pinned up had a map of the journey of the vehicles.
The transmaterial cards shown where quite original, since they were made out of the actual material they represented. However, they were not actual contruction materials from the transmaterial book, and neither did they have any information on them about the material. Apart from that, they were not A5 size. Overall it appeared the work and presentation lacked information and coherence.
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