Designing on human scale
A group effort to start a village combining our skills and using natural materials only.
Specifically for me, constructing a functional willow shelter.
All the people participating in our village project, each had an interest and practice, contributing to the village in some way.
Starting this project my goal was to make something big and meaningful with people. Working together was my biggest learning challenge. You can’t build a village alone so this was the perfect moment. When working on projects before (even in group dimension) I worked mostly solitaire. This meant I was focused on one thing and only reached out for help if I was in trouble or if it was too late.
When working in the village I stopped having a direct goal to work towards. This made me more aware of the here and now. I was working more in the moment with the people around me, helping where I was needed, assisting, giving ideas, acting and reacting. Working became more fluent and inclusive. I even noticed I was more aware of my surroundings. I filmed insects, because they were so fascinating to me. I was looking at building solutions that I would normally only see when I was asked to look at it. It was more of a natural way of working. This taught me a lot about how I position myself as a designer.
In the next projects I want to position myself more as an actor and reactor on things that occur around me. Opposed to doing the things the way I want to.
Take a look at the project below