Design Build Challenge: Day 8–Tightening up and Getting Loose

Most of our prototypes will be done and ready for testing on Friday. As well, short, story-based slide decks will be ready to go and practiced quite soon. With Friday at Fluxspace looming on the immediate horizon, we have to tighten things up in order to be loose and adaptable for our presentations. Jackson takes it from here:

Jackson B., Junior

Today, my fellow innovators and I continued prototyping our design, testing our design, and revising it to make it both aesthetically pleasing and realistic.  Evan and I attempted to discover a location for our park, which needs to be near the Hollywood/Los Angeles area.  While it has been difficult to find an area, we believe we have achieved this with a large empty grass space on West Cyprus Street, which is just outside the Compton Airport.  This is a massive breakthrough for our group as we have been attempting to discover a large enough area in the dense Hollywood to place a park, and we believe this street accomplishes that.  As we were accomplishing this, CJ began revising our original prototype to make it both more professional and aesthetically pleasing.  

This past week it has dawned on ushow meaningful this project is on both the life of Sixto and the community.  As an area that suffers from gentrification, discrimination, and possibly being a food desert, it is special to have the opportunity to provide the community with an outlet from these issues.  Our group is building a park with a stage and possible restaurant, but the community, and relationships that are built within the park are the bonds we are striving to create.  If Sixto’s community is stronger, it will be easier to push back against gentrification, discrimination, and help solve other social issues.  Knowing that our project may help Sixto’s community is a great feeling, especially knowing how much Sixto cares about this. 

Published by Garreth Heidt

Designerly Minded High School Humanities and Liberal Studies Teacher Faculty Mentor FIRST Robotics Team #7414--PV Retrobotics. Constantly learning, trying to be more a maker and less a consumer of culture. I believe in the infinite value of a liberal education and the power of design thinking to help make the world a better place.

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