Let’s start by saying that doing this blog was not the typical assessment for any class. I have never had submissions like these ones before, which made the process a lot more interesting. It was a relaxed-pace module, but at the same time so enriching and demanding. Having to exposure your writing style, the themes that interest you as Urban Designer, and reading other people’s point of view is what has made this blog from semester one, an unusual yet stimulating journey.
The lectures presented each week by on-field practitioners showed me a little glimpse of how things are put in motion in real life. It was like a showcase of the different positions and career paths you can undertake after completing this master’s degree. And the fact that the lecturers were so passionate about the themes they were discussing, is what truly made me realised you can end up finding and doing what you love for a living.
The wide scope and variety of lectures made it easier to find something I liked and developing it further, researching on my own, and then narrowing it down to my specific interest or to the path I wanted to take the reader through on my post.
Something that really amazed me was the fact that this module’s lectures overlapped with themes discussed in other classes such as Urban Design Seminars and Design Studio, where it was of great help to have additional and supporting information that links all classes together, which makes it a more articulated master’s in general.
One example I can mention is: At the beginning of the semester, professor Tim Townshend gave us an introduction lecture to Urban Design, where we went through a historical overview of this term. There, he presented a couple of texts every Urban designer must read, that emerge as opposition to Modernism. Among them was “The Image of the City”, by Kevin Lynch. I had to do a presentation for Urban Design Seminars about Kevin Lynch’s elements of the city. Going through the paths, edges, districts, nodes and landmarks helped me identifying those elements for the baseline analysis of our Design Studio project, from which I got a deeper understanding of those elements by having to identify them in a real environment.
At first, it was always difficult to start writing about something you like or find interesting, because remembering to keep in mind different things at the same time (references, on text citing, using relevant case studies, proper writing style), might be overwhelming for moments. But after you start researching and get to align the path you want to go with the supporting documents to it, it all goes smoothly. To help us for regularly posting, we did a schedule assigning dates for each of us to post at. We also had to remember posting regularly on Instagram and Pinterest, which made it more complex, but not complicated. I managed to post a couple of pictures on Instagram, and I realised it’s just a matter of organizing yourself to be able to do it all.
During this time, I also had the opportunity to Chair one of our first meeting, still with the help of Georgia and Simon, in which we learnt how to keep doing the meeting, but self-directed this time, with only students. It was challenging to keep students giving their opinions, but It definitely worked out, as we were able to address all the points discussed.
In conclusion, I really enjoyed being part of this blog on Semester 1. It was intriguing to think about what to write next, what lecture I will get inspired from to do further research for blog post, and it was really difficult to choose from all the other interesting posts from my classmates to make a comment of it.