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final reflection

the neighborhood analysis was a great assignment because it taught me neighborhoods relate to one another. Main streets divide neighborhoods and how parks have a big purpose on design.  it taught me scale on neighborhoods and how a design of a building relates not only to the block but to all the neighborhood.

the block analysis was great because it helped me understand the scale of one block and the houses within the block. it helped me understand the streets around my block and also how greenery is placed in a block. the sections really helps me understand the heights of the buildings and the relationships within the sidewalk and streets.

the reading seminars and happy city assignment helped me understand how a neighborhood can change the mood of a person. reading the ideas from  le corbusier and jane jacobs it helped me open my mind of how we should design for the experience of people and not just on the structure. also it helped understand how ambitious we should be when we design a neighborhood at a large scale or a small building in a block.

the client interaction was a real life experience but i feel like we need to be focused more on a specific program or even build our own program because at the end of the day it was a scramble and we didn’t focus on much on client but we focused on the master plan itself. i found that it was a greater and better task by designing what is around the site and the streets and buildings.

the project itself was great and group work was amazing. it was an amazing experience to work with the professors and my teammates and the class itself.


Reflection on Happiness – CP

happiness has a lot of meanings and people can have different opinions on happiness. for me happiness depends on the situation of my family. i was raised with a family oriented  mindset. we would always be together in tough times and “happy” times. we would fix our problems together. i didn’t know how valuable this was until my sisters moved out the house. now its only me my dad and we miss them but nothing is given in life for eternity. so i found out that i value happiness after  certain things happen and not at the moment. therefore i needed to change my mindset on happiness and value it at the moment and not when its gone. i use this same philosophy with my design and in architecture. we could never be the great architects from the past but we could become the greatest architect for own life and professional practice. us as architects should be happy with our design and not try to fit into other peoples thinking and believe. we need to trust or design to the point where even if other people don’t it or appreciate it,  we are satisfied  and confident about our work and design no matter what other think of the project. we should never try to fit in, we are our own architects.

Site Visit

the site seemed to be huge when we were standing inside one of the industrial  city buildings. the views are incredible- view to the water, statue of liberty, the skyline and so on. there is a lot of potential on the site for a real project. even though the site and streets seem to be lonely it could grow to a populated area.