Wednesday, November 3, 2010

VIS ADVOCACY | Rnd02 Prototypes Meetings

Last week I was fortunate enough to meet with Gil and have a critical brainstorming session pertaining to the most recent prototype for the most recent definition of my project. Overall, Gil was drawn to the idea but ultimately concerned about the safety issue and whether it can be resolved through this system. Another approach could be that the focus is simply getting kids and their families out and active in their community and providing a provoking means to do so. Gil was also kind enough to generate a list of open areas within the community, public and private, that might facilitate this idea of playable areas in Rosedale, the largest obstacle at this point is determining whether on not these properties would be willing to participate.

He also gave a lot of insight towards the construction and stipulations of the new CVS Store being built at Rainbow and 43rd in the Spring. With the agreement to build the CVS, they were required to meet certain standards with RDA, one being a "pocket park" that will be a public space maintained by CVS. Gil mentioned the idea of my system being implemented in such an area, and he was really attracted to the new formation of the creative play generator and there was talk of it being a physical installation at such a place. With this idea, each generator would be customized to the space it lives in; consideration would have to be made towards equipment and its access, as well as, vandalism and destruction.

Overall, it was a very positive meeting and sparked some great new ideas and accomplished the goal I had in mind with the meeting; gaining a better understand of the safe or lack of safe open areas in the Rosedale community and how they might embrace this system. In an effort to do so directly in the community, I also posted these signs in hopes of getting some feedback on the matter.

Earlier this week I also had the opportunity of meeting with Jane, Heidi, and Joshua which generated some great information and ideas about my direction. They were also very intrigued by the creative play generator platform and saw it being something that plays a very crucial role in the community whether it be in the household, or out in the community. It was also mentioned to take into consideration the areas attributes as well as considering multiple players and their roles and the conflicts that may arise. Joshua also mentioned creating an "objective" so that there is some limited direction to the play; ideas of taking from game standards to create new ones turned into a great idea (play with a jump rope and ball with the rules of soccer).

The largest attraction to the project was the idea of the platform being an installation with a physical, playable space. A relationships with the churches could be made so that they check-out "kits" for these spaces that would provide the equipment and such. From this idea, Jane mentioned the church owning a lot down the street which proved to be ideal for this system, as well as Whitmore Park which is privately owned by another church that would most likely be willing to participate. The installation would unify the space and branding would effectively connote the space and its boundaries.

So, after these meetings there is a lot to consider, most importantly, whether this system's interaction exists at an individual or collaborative level with a found or provided space. Consideration could also be paid to indoor vs. outdoor and the seasons, as well as, building more ownership in the idea with a name generation system. Whether an installation is feasible at this point is another consideration; however, reaching the community at individual levels and branding of locations is a viable option that could likely have the same effect.

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