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Monday, May 4, 2015

WEEK 8 | Communication

Team members knew what they were talking about and showed that they had a clear understanding of the subject. They provided real world examples to emphasise on points but it did not always relate to their project. They also referenced last week's lecture and made it relevant to the topic of communication which was a plus. There was also a slide that I appreciated, it was of a map of Sydney and it showed how far apart the team members lived from each other - I thought that was very relevant and it was something to emphasise on, how their proximity has affected their ability to effectively communicate with one another.
The powerpoint presentation itself could have used more effort, I spotted mistakes that could have been easily fixed such as colloquialism that should not have been used - "tatts"? And also inconsistent text boxes. The overall presentation was not very engaging, the beginning of the powerpoint could have been cut down to take less time - although it was important it went for a bit too long. The video on the Cheney model explained the concept clearly, the other video however did contradict with the topic and the way in which the group had communicated amongst one another.

Reflection on Oculus group

We have a Facebook page in which we collaborate in outside of weekly studio classes. Some members have met up outside of class to work on the project and some have communicated via Skype. We don't have a hierarchy in our group - rather we have people who are assigned certain tasks.
Myself - modelling crane
Matthew & Daniel - modelling truck
Dara - modelling excavator
Andrew - doing up the site in UE4
So in terms of collaboration, we work individually of each other but also dependently in which Andrew cannot proceed to import our models into the UE4 site without Matthew, Dara, Daniel and myself completing them first.
We have a presentation on Intellectual Property next week that everyone is contributing to via google docs - powerpoint presentation. After the final content is complete, I will be creating the presentation in InDesign to make it look more professional. As a group we have used past studio time to our advantage to discuss and collaborate on the upcoming presentation instead of working on our assigned tasks, which we work on in our own time individually.

Rob from Phillip Cox Architects
- What language do you speak?
You employ stone, wood and concrete, and with these materials you build houses and palaces. That is construction. Ingenuity is at work.
But suddenly you touch my heart, you do me good, I am happy and I say: "This is beautiful." That is Architecture. Art enters in. - Le Corbusier
- At a certain level, it can be completely concrete but on another level it could touch you emotionally.

- He compares what happens in the above video to the Grasshopper program that we use today - it has been done before, it is nothing new but it is ingenius.
- Design should be shared. Should aim to generate form rather than design.
- The system of design should be expanded, so that people can take away from it and build on it.
- Uses an example of a foetus to explain his intent - language is DNA, it is shared yet each cell does its own thing.


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