Post Midterm Cognizance

Today we presented our preliminary frameworks for the City of Vernon to a varied jury. The jury consisted of SWA Laguna Beach & Los Angeles, ELAC, Duane Mcleod of LA Forum, and the new adjunct professor.
In synopsis, our project dealt with creating a new dynamic within the exclusively industrial City of Vernon. Other teams have proposed new systems of infrastructure, readjusting industries and creating a more humanistic approach to worker housing for a better quality of life, for us, we kept our roots firmly intact into the industrial world of Vernon and proposed to promote Vernon as a producer, a new industry that will emerge from “the ground up.”
We had beneficial feedback that reinforced our decisions in the process of coming up with our narrative and in retrospective, a lot of the development of our narrative was thanks to our WDI experience last quarter. When dealing with a multifarious audience, we’ve realized that the guiding principle reigns supreme. The story is what gets people.
As early designers dipping our feet into the shallow end of the design pool, it is important to know the story. Know what you’re dealt with, what you see, your vision, and most importantly what the vacancy of opportunity will leave for the future.


Perusings of Placemaking

DAY 1: Expect the Unexpected
Today is the day I left the realm of WDI and the imaginative possibilities with no restraint to the future and have entered what I like to call, The Jungle. In reference to famous novelist Upton Sinclair, I see the introduced design site (City of Vernon) and the industry of meat packing, processing, packaging, rendering, and all other phases of creating product that arrives at your grocery store to be relevant to Sinclair’s The Jungle. Although the narrative of the book reveals the hardships of workers during the Industrial Revolution, some truth regarding the physicality of capitalism coming into fruition in the landscape of Packingtown is similar to the city of Vernon. Like Packingtown, the city of Vernon is represented through the companies and the capitalistic ventures of a developed society. If there was anything to learn from the introduction to the unique landscape that is the city of Vernon, it is that opportunities lie in the unexpected, they may lie above us, below us, to the side of us, but they will rarely cease to exist right in front of us.

DAY 2: The Verbs of Vernon 
Vernon seems to be a site of stagnation but movement at the same time. We have given undeniable characterization to non-living parts that seem to be moving and creating more impact than the people themselves. The city of Vernon contains verbs maintained and upheld by the helms of modern machinery. These verbs that are exemplified within the landscape have classification such as packing, rendering, packaging, manufacturing, and making etc. Amongst all these things that seem to convey characteristics of a living organism, the breadth of the residents within Vernon seem to be lacking in number. Having extrapolated these evident facts, the new question to pose for this Industrial Landscape is… is it really suited for the people of this city? Should we placate more importance on human life amongst the mode of machinery? Are there potentials of creating a place that inserts memories or at the very least, impact upon its visitor? Currently all these inquiries are yet to be discovered, but they shall soon be revealed by looking at the verbs of Vernon.

Detachment Through Self Reliance


Recent Update:
Upon reading the context “The Infrastructure of Contemporary Landscapes” (Shannons & Smets) an excerpt that became a striking point of reverie, titled Detachment Through Self-Reliance,  utilizes mans challenge over nature and mans need to organize it.
In reading, the status quo of man “civilizing” nature is very much an evolutionary as well as historical construct that has been archived for many many years. Even man’s conquer over foreign landscapes outside of the Earth is also an accomplishment that humanity seems to obsess over and recreate a multitudinous amount of times.
If, for example, we were to switch roles and let nature take over man’s will, feelings of uncertainty and fear would certainly arise. It takes me back to a piece of literature I read in high school by Jon Krakauer called Into the Wild where the protagonist of the story completely relinquishes himself of all human constructs and decides to embark on living off the land in Denali, Alaska. The resolution of the story entails the protagonist dying amongst the wilderness in complete and utter detachment of human society and thoroughly only relying on himself in order to carry out the simple means of just living.