Hybrid Environments: Reflection

Meta-cognitive knowledge: I think my thoughts on this section are pretty similar to my last reflection in that I have confidence in my declarative knowledge yet realize that there is a lot of room for development in terms of procedural and conditional knowledge. I can identify thresholds and liminal spaces pretty easily but still need to consciously think about what roles they play in the environment. That probably comes with time, but I think getting better at realizing the roles certain things play in a space would help make designing environments more intuitive.

Meta-cognitive regulation: I was honestly pretty happy with how my project progressed. There were times when I tried something that totally didn’t work and felt a little trapped, but for the most part, I found it easy to find new ideas to try out. Honestly, I even found that brainstorming new ways to organize the space could be fun. As for making a plan, I mainly just went along with the steps in the project assignment because I thought the general movement of the different stages made sense. Looking at my exhibit now, I’m satisfied with the different interactions I decided to put in and the overall look of the space. I chose some unique interactions that I think help the audience become more immersed in the artwork and understand how the artist created the pieces. Of course, there will always be room for improvement, but for now, I’m okay with where I am.

Meta-cognitive experiences: I think I honestly got more motivated as we moved on with the project. At the beginning, I was really disappointed that we were focussing on another museum space, but when I realized how different this project was from the last, I got more interested. I also really liked the amount of freedom we got in this project as opposed to the last one, where we didn’t get to alter the physical space as much. Again, time management is not my strong suit, and I did have to pull some late nights to get my work done on time. My psychology test had an exam scheduled for the day of my presentation but overall, the external distractions weren’t as difficult to handle as last time. I also started creating checklists and writing in my planner to help keep myself on track.

Ultimately, I really appreciate the experience this project gave me in actually designing a space. I feel like I grew a lot through trying out different ideas and even building a physical model of a space for the first time. No matter what track of design I end up in, I will always keep the context of my design in mind.

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