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Reflections Hadiza Djibring

Process: (Challenges, Flow of Assignments)

During the Semester going through building and designing from a great scale to a smaller scale to a smaller scale the most challenging thing was dealing with the scale of the project which as design students we do not encounter throughout the semesters. The assignments were very consecutive and comprehensive mostly because of the past examples that were uploaded on open lab which helped the process very much.

Happy City:

It was very interesting how much we could integrate our courses in the department with other departments. Having the faculty come in and have talks with us was very important and helpful in figuring out we shape the minds of the population through our structures and through that creating a happy city.

Client Interaction:

It was very informative and exciting to have the experience of dealing with a client for our project, and also it helped me realize how easy it would be to have miscommunication from the client to the architect when doing the initial interview the client might not be as specific as we want them to be so we as architects will have the responsibility to make sure there is no misunderstanding.

Master Plan VS architectural focus

It was a challenge for me at some point to go from bigger to smaller scale and from smaller to big scale, but i learned a lot during the process and i would not do it another way. We did need to have a lot more time on the master plan because we didn’t know how to make big scale master plans and needed time to figure it out.


Thank you for the experience,

Hadiza Djibring

Design 7: Urban Design Reflections

Process: Doing the neighborhood analysis of our own neighborhood is good because we got the feel of how an urban neighborhood works and how a block is in the neighbor.  Also doing a study of other urban neighborhoods is good because we start to understand how other planners were successful. Doing these processes I for one took elements of each and tried to incorporate it to my teams master plan. Reading Jane Jacobs was really good, she was someone who wasn’t in architecture that had a strong influence on the city and how the social sustainability plays out.

Happy City was good but i feel like i got more from reading Jane Jacobs than the Happy City.

Team work i believe went well. I had a team of really hard workers. We definitely balance out. Where someone had a weakness, it was another’s strength.

The Client interaction was good because it brings the real world to the school world but i believe that the clients have to be more inform about the process and the project so the student can get a clear understanding of the program and what the client wants.

Master Plan vs Architectural

I believe connecting the master plan with the architectural was good. Because it allows us to understand how to design a building that interacts with the site. And how the site and the surrounding elements affects your building.

Design 7: Urban Design Reflections

I had a great time being apart of this class. This design was much different. I have been so used to the design of small spaces. Dealing with a large massing and site required much education and time. It challenged me to design outside the box. Designing the programs and the outside field was new and i feel should be introduced in other designs. I feel students are not prepared enough for large sites.

The process we took into urban design was good. It was necessary and I’m sure it will help future students.

The readings helped. I feel reading about how others deal with designing site plans helps me with my process. I used several books to gain ideas for this urban design.

Teamwork was different. This was a first, but it worked out. It gives us a hint of the real world because teamwork is in every office.

I feel we worked with the master plan and our site more then the given program. We didn’t focus enough about the client. It was a fantastic project but with enough time…the clients work would be finished with plans and all. Overall I enjoyed dealing with a large site. I have been in the Architectural field for quite sometime and must say, Its hard work and extremely different…but enjoyable. One last thing this school overall has to focus on is structure/detail and the regulations of designing a building.

-Daniel Savoca

Personal reflection HAPPY CITY

When we had a minute to write about what we think happiness is, i wrote goals and pursuing them, accomplishments and completion. Which is very design studio based, directed towards completing the work than looking through the process of completion which is not very much directed or focused towards happiness. After this discussion when designing for an environment i will not think only of how the people will experience the space but how it brings them towards enlightenment or more important how it brings them closer to HAPPINESS.

Principles Guidin Design


This is a critical item that will be guiding our design mainly because the site is on a waterfront and will be the first to sustain damage from incoming storms.


The goal is to easily guide the inhabitants of our site through the created paths in the neighborhood by creating tighter shorter streets and encouraging bicycles usage and implementing a main road though the site.

Green Spaces

we will be adding public green spaces and private green spaces to improve irrigation throughout the site.

Multi-Use buildings

A mix of usage in buildings to add variety and add to the neighborhood’s infrastructure.


Green roofs, reduced run off and water usage, improve irrigation, add sustainable practices.

Gathering Space

Add Squares, Parks, community center, library art galleries and shops.

Hadiza D.  Horacio M.  Manu S.  Yuhui O.

Team VIEW – jenniferV, Isaiasg, Elizab, & Walkiriac – Principles

Transportation – how to attract people to the site?

To attract early families and young adult to live at the site.

Analyze and understand circulation and hierarchy of importance and relationships of uses.

Easy circulation throughout the site for bicycles, cars and pedestrians

Incorporating existing neighborhoods and buildings

Keep the style and feel of Brooklyn and try not to modernize too much.

Flood resilience and Storm awareness

Provide a right ratio of commercial and public area with residential