Our project group had a relaxed vibe on presentation day, we all had printed our designated posters the day before, had organised digital copies, arranged mounting materials and divided our 2min summary among group members. Our speech was as follows:
The world is becoming more ‘urban’ and the 'western-consumer’ lifestyle is spreading causing our current planet to become extremely unsustainable. We must commit to a series of achievable goals within a timeframe of 40 years to ultimate alter the way-of-life for communities, then eventually the world's way-of-life. Over this time period societies must learn to live in collaboration with a number of sustainable economic, social and environmental requirements and services; while striving for an equal balance between built-up and natural areas within our cities. Current communities shall commit to enhancing closed-loop services, environmental restoration of habitats, biodiversity and eco-systems through collective sustainable education, socialised sharing and lifestyle factors. Sharing is key because it can assist in breaking down society into more closer-knit localised community hubs. This is beneficial in providing richer and more diverse communities, it offers better opportunities for trade and resource sharing, reduces transport needs and ultimately helps develop a more sustainable future. Such goals, education and strategies will aid in reducing consumerism and urbanisation; and will loosen linkages between product usage, ownerships, resources and demands, becoming a key feature in developing self-sufficient communities. These schemes will introduce joint-ownership rights and it will equally divide and distribute responsibilities across all members, enhancing community spirit and social stability.
By the year 2050, the Woodford Folk Festival will become a regular and more popular celebration of sharing lore, environmental stability, de-urbanisation, diversity and human rights. The festival's past history, committed volunteers, current sustainable beliefs and future goals will aid in making this transition successful as sustainability is more than improving the environmental quality of an area, it’s about community development, decision-making processes, awareness, involvement and engagement. About reaching a common goal and maintaining a balance between economic development and environmental protection.
Woodfodia, built upon the principle of sharing. The communities are designed based on the famous pattern, the flower of life. It is important to create a greater relationship between people and the built environment where not only the building gives something to the people, but the people also gives something back to the building in return. The built form is designed is such a way that it allows maximum utilisation of natural energy resources. The surfaces areas towards the north east facades of the form are increased in order to absorb more solar energy. Its roof structures are to be used for agricultural purposes where people can yield various types of crops and vegetation, incorporating farming into the lifestyle of the building. Each of these communities will be designed with systems to collect renewable energy to allow them to function self-sufficiently, without depending on external sources for energy. This new lifestyle established in Woodfordia may start as a small contribution to sharing, but by 2050, it may be the story of people’s lives.
Feedback for the tutors was mostly positive; they liked our overall principle of sharing and the direction we took in exploring our ‘sharing’ concept. They complimented our timeline storyboard band extending across the bottom of all four posters. This timeline emphasised our overall architectural goal of de-urbanisation and integrating farming, sharing and sustainability within all future cities. Negative comments included our graphical presentation and diagramming, the boards did not visually represent what the text and the speech communicated. Improvements would include better graphical communication, diagramming techniques and possibly better co-ordination among members.