Field level 4 : Research

The problem i have found that occurs a lot in very urban areas is there is a general large quantity of rubbish is produced by a city everyday and the rubbish its self is not very well recycled . This was due to my journeys for through the housing area of Cardiff where the rubbish outside of houses tend to start smelling after a couple of days attracting mice and bacteria ,which could ultimately increase your chances of getting ill .

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Field 1 Research

How would I define a city ?

The ways I would define a city would an urban area surrounded by large populations and involves cultural and some sort of social order creating a more civil way of life . Also a city in general has a certain standard of living , depending on people own perspective can be considered a higher standard of living with much better advancements in technology and opportunities . But people can argue that areas such as the interactions with one and another in much worse in a city environment due to higher population causing less of a close tight community and not having everyone’s opinion be taken into account.

A city can be also defined by its wealth , and the way this works is that with a well off city the life style and living standard is much better .And by having cities have this aspect creates an image for themselves ,however a city with wealth will always have its downside .For example London a very wealth and well respected city has the uptown image of the city wear the wealth is shown in its full glory and then you get the upper east end of London where crime and poverty is clearly shown ,causing a clash between the images in which Cities like London betray themselves as .Which could mean that a city can be defined as a community built up on the control having the a variations of wealth to the community to allow a mixture of standard of living to exist .


Migration is defined as a movement by people from one place to another with the intentions of settling in a new location .People who migrate into cities always have the same intentions which is to improve there standard of living (there are arguments of people moving out to improve there lifestyle but this is specifically aimed at people moving into cities) through better jobs opportunity and the culture .The people would be identified as people who can be improved or want to better them selves by moving to a more urban environment ,with such a wide range of people in the world who now live in rural areas it is very hard to try and identify the appeal of city people .

There’s also the development of resources being imported in to cities in which has had a rumble effect on the culture and development over the years changing the cities appearance . An example having tea leaves being imported into cities such as London creating a national beverage and England being identified as being the land of tea drinkers. Also the development of new materials which help the development of cities such as the materials used for roads making them more visible and smoother for safer transportation .

In the past when industrial revolution was set in place there was a huge migration of people who would move from villages to towns and then to cities in hope of seeking work . The reason why this happened was because production of food and resources had suddenly become much more efficient due to advancements in machinery , creating an increase interest for poorer areas to move to more urban environment .


Power and technology involved in a city environment  has started developing over the years with the development of seeing the disadvantages of certain actions such as the case in the industrial revolution where the pollution had started to take a total on the city environment .This had accrued from having fossil fuel being burnt at an excessive amount causing clouds if smog being developed in cities causing thousands of death . Now regulations have been put into place to control the amount of pollution created e.g Clean air act (1970).

Religion is a powerful factor for a city environment because the effects of religion can control the development in which can accrue in a city ,an example will be the Vatican  where the population is religious creating distribute against technology causing them to become less technical in terms of development . This however has created the area in roman to become more artistic in the way where there are much more churches and monuments in the city area ,where as in London where there are more modern technology and but less culture .

Producing a mindmap to try and keep and open mind


Field 1 Introduction

Introduction – brief

The brief of the course involves me identify what defines a city and trying to differentiates a particular city from other cities or surrounding non city space ? .This could be argued involving the differences between cities trying to identify what creates the identity of the city itself  .

The brief also requires us to really observe every detail in the city , taken into account of the past and what could potentially be the future for a cities development and image. How does the city or the particular part of it feel ? A multisensory experience in the city

Detailed design brief

The aim for my project is to produce a product which helps influences citizens cultivating in the area of Soho located just Outside Hong Kong capital and currently inhabiting over 3 million . The aim in to produce a product for a city environment to improve the conditions of standard of living in the city area .The idea is to produce a product in which can produce positive social impacts upon the urban community with the function of being sustainable ,this can be through the process of improving the quality of life through reducing the amount of pollution produced  through the massive amounts of fossil fuels being used. The main target market will target a wide range market in order to have a more strict impact ,so for instance people who uses public travel for everyday use . Their income will be rather dis spendable , so the cost of the product is not overly expensive so it can not be affordable to the average person income .



Starting the year I was introduced too many different methods of producing a design and at first was rather overwhelming due to the fact i had to take in so much information in such a short period of time. This however had became much more bearable as the year developed on because I had gotten used to the living arrangements and gotten into a routine and balancing out my time . The first exercise I was given was to design a product in which can be used to improve future life and this had become very helpful to me because I had a chance be very creative with my ideas having no boundaries and having my peers work to compare with had helped me in my designing process by me drawing inspiration from there work. One piece of work in particular was a app design ,which caught my eye because the design matched what I wanted to produce for future reference.

Another skill I had learnt was from the introduction to the work I was given , this really helped refresh my mind in how to use certain tools and was given a better understanding on how to make certain shapes .Also with the introduction I was introduced to many different machinery such as the 3d printer and the CNC machine and these machine were explained very well on how they work and what design process you would use these for. For example I was given a demonstration on how to make a bracelet using the 3d printer and the outcome was very impressive due to the fact that the machine was capable of producing a product with properties such as elasticity .Also the tutors had given us team building exercises which had given me an idea of what it was like in a product design team in an industry, One of the exercise was to create a tower using  the bare minimum of materials and the aim was to create the tallest tower . During this exercise I had decide to let my team decide what to do while I give advice and help as much as possible . My first suggestion was to create a tower in which had more stable than length to ensure we have a final product ,However my team wanted to do maximise the production of the tower to be tallest . The exercise ended with us losing the exercise which made me want to take a more hands on approach in the next team challenge so we will not fail. The experience in the whole had taught me to become much more vocal and not to be afraid to protest my opinions . The term then carried on with multi team challenges and what I have learnt were my class mates strength and abilities which will help me in the future if I want to create a product in which it has certain aspects in which im not so keen one to be done by my team .

Other the term I was also introduced to different cad programmes and how each programme have different properties and benefits for my design being able to design in a more clear 3d aspect allowing the designs to be explored in a more detail manner .One example of this is being able to place the product in different angles and view so when trying to display the object in a certain environment will help make the product more clear and the purpose and the features . Another programme that had been introduced this year that I have learnt was key shot a programme which allows high resolution rendering and learning how to really make the product come alive . The tutorials in which was given to us did help in the short run but I had found the best way to really become experienced at using this software was just to keep experimenting with the different options and way to manipulate the shape on cad. Also when producing the product on cad has allowed me to get a better understanding on how I would go buy making it by producing exploded views with cad and ensuring the measurements of the cad model are to scale .

On the other hand I was given the chance to try rendering using marker pens by hand I found this process much harder because the quality can never compare to cad rendered images but I have learnt that this method can be used for quick sketches which help you get and idea of the product before using cad. Also when learning marker rendering I have learnt the different perspective of drawing I could produce such as orthographic or two point perspective drawing Ect . Also i have learnt to use marker rendering to help show different material properties by creating a metallic shine on certain parts to display its a metal .