Group 22
PARKTOPIA

Parktopia seeks to conduct a fundamental re-examination of parks for LEAF. We will try to get new fresh ideas of what parks mean to societies through studying how parks are presented in literature, pop culture and social media in different countries and interview people from different cultural backgrounds to get a more personal point of view on what parks mean for different individuals. After these studies we will find abstract and artistic ways to present our observations.

Nayeem Zuhair Hussain S / Nadia AS / Thomas C / Sofia Aida Maaria P / Laura B

LEAF (Landscape Environment Advancement Foundation) is an organization intended to undertake and further research in areas of Plant Material, Landscape Design, and Environmental Sustainability.

PRACTICE IDEOLOGY

The work that LEAF undertakes is designed to inform the design profession, and its fields of interest in a real, impactful manner.
This is done not only through the final outcomes, but also through the process, methods of data collection, documentation, and data representation.

The foundation has expanded the areas within which it undertakes work - looking at ideas of urban development and management, the design and refurbishment of public spaces, undertaking studies in governance and administration at the level of the country, and even creating models to integrate art into the fabric of the city.

Outside of the independent research projects, and impact projects that LEAF undertakes, it also functions as a facilitator for collaborative projects, adapting itself continuously to the many roles it chooses to perform.
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By redefining the idea of a park, new understandings and methods are considered which can promote a different approach of firstly viewing a park and then how does it enhance the user experience and relationship on an individual level.

Is it possible to invoke memories of the past through the park? The existence of culture, can this be emoted through a park? Are parks limited to just a few benches and open green spaces?

How do parks preserve and invoke the identity of a place and portray this to perhaps teach, experience, and feel in an age where parks are generalised.
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Within our project we will be studying how parks are represented through different media by studying them through pop culture, social media, films and poetry. After these studies we will create abstract diagrams and use artistic methods to present our observations.

Our team will be able to pick up skills such as:

Abstract visualisation
Alternative research approaches
Sketching
Diagramming
Different visualisation techniques
Networking with partner company, LEAF, and other BA, MArch and MLA students

Alongside these methods, we will be presenting our ideas using abstract techniques which can be done by sketching, painting or drawing. We will also be using softwares such as:

Photoshop
InDesign
Illustrator
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:20
Meet our Team- Laura Bucknall

Education & Experience:
BA- Oxford Brookes University
Work Experience- PRP Architects, Summers 2015-2017
Part 1 Placement- BPTW, Greenwich 2018-2019
March- MSA

Skills & Interests:
Watercolour Painting and Oil Painting, Rhino and visualisation, Photoshop, Indesign.
I am interested in deigning at a human scale, creating moments in a buildings journey that are immersed in and inspired by nature. All my university projects seem to have had concepts that surround water and nature. I'm excited to see where this event takes these concepts and ideas.

Hobbies:
Snowboarding, travelling, painting, going to festivals and testing all the pub gardens in my area.

Ideas about parks:
Parks have become far more valuable than ever before. I think the idea of a park is to allow anyone from any culture, age, disability and location to experience the euphoria that is a clean, beautiful, safe outdoor environment.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:21
Meet our team- Tom Cooper

Education & experience:
BA - MSA
Part 1 Placement - SimpsonHaugh, Manchester
MArch - MSA

Skills & interests:
Sketching, Photoshop, InDesign, Revit, Rhino, Grasshopper, AutoCad, Lumion
Interested in incorporating nature into architecture and computational thinking

Hobbies:
Rock climbing, Skiing, mountain biking, travelling

Ideas about parks:
A park is provides a place and its people with nature and a space to relax in a variety of ways
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:21
Meet our team - Nayeem Shaik

Education and experience:
BArch – Nottingham Trent
MA – MSA CPU Ai

Skills and interests:
Photoshop, Rhino, Lumion, illustrator
Interested in 16th-century Italian architecture and the influence of space-making

Hobbies: Reading, Debating, Travelling, Cricket

Ideas about parks: A place for solitude and reflection which helps us to disconnect from the rush of our daily lives.
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:22
Meet our team- Nadia Alshawi

Education & experience:
BA - MSA
Part 1 Placement - Allison Pike, Manchester
MArch - MSA

Skills & interests:
Photoshop, InDesign, Revit, Rhino
Interested in digital cities and landscaping

Hobbies:
Hiking, traveling & reading

Ideas about parks:
A park is a place where you can go to be surrounded by nature and wildlife
Posted 2 Mar 2021 13:22
Meet our team - Sofia Pamilo

Education & experience:
BA - MSA

Skills and interest:
Painting, Hand Drawing, Photoshop, Indesign, Illustrator, Sketchup

Hobbies:
Kickboxing

Ideas about parks:
I’m originally from Finland and I think my nationality has a strong influence on how I see parks. They are areas that shouldn’t be too controlled by humans, rather they should be spaces where people and wildlife could coexist as equals, in balance.
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