Student Team: Janelle Schmidt, Yushan Jiang, Alex Mingda Zhang

A project co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media and Atelier Cho Thompson.

Week 11 began with a final team shift. Because of the timeline of the brief, all but one of the original On Family Brigaders’ (Ivy, Vicky and Huy) finished their work at the end of Week 10, leaving Janelle, Yushan and Alex to complete the final deliverables. Since previously first-year M.Arch.1 students didn’t join the project until the beginning of Week 6 (to fill the hole in their hearts that Building Project was supposed to fill), the Design Brigade Phase 2 extension (where we…

With the week ending in our final presentation, how can we efficiently represent all of the project comments we hold dear?

Student Team: Janelle Schmidt, Huy Truong, Ivy Li, Vicky Wu, Yushan Jiang, Alex Mingda Zhang

A project co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media and Atelier Cho Thompson.

This week was capped by our final client presentation where we explained our final deliverables and the reason for their phasing. The plan was for us to have the audience of The Towers CEO, Gus Keach-Longo, two of our New Haven mentors, Eric Epstein and Peter Newman, and…

As we near the end of Design Brigade, how can we review and edit our designs to reach our initial goals of campaigning against boredom and safely reinvigorating Towers community engagement?

Student Team: Janelle Schmidt, Huy Truong, Ivy Li, Vicky Wu, Yushan Jiang, Alex Mingda Zhang

A project co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media and Atelier Cho Thompson.

In this penultimate week of Design Brigade, the On Family team had several external meetings. These meetings included discussions with our clients from the Towers (Becky, Dawn and Gus), critics from Yale (Peter from Dwight Hall, Elihu from…

How might our project evolve with physical constraints while also expanding into digital space?

Student Team: Janelle Schmidt, Huy Truong, Ivy Li, Vicky Wu, Yushan Jiang, Alex Mingda Zhang

A project co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media and Atelier Cho Thompson.

Moving into Week 8, the On Family team was looking forward to meetings with fabricators, representatives from the Towers, and specialists who could help us flesh out our narrative trail. However, as the week progressed, our team was only able to be on call with a few local fabricators. These meetings turned out to be…

Student Team: Janelle Schmidt, Huy Truong, Ivy Li, Vicky Wu, Yushan Jiang, Alex Mingda Zhang

A project co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media and Atelier Cho Thompson.

After last week’s client meeting with Jesse, Dawn, and Gus from the Towers, we reconfigured our project into two sub-projects. Of these two sub-projects, one is focused on producing a printed guidelines packet containing guidebooks and stickers for residents and administrators. The other sub-project continues the On Family Team’s work on developing the Towers Trail in the Towers campus. …

How can we design a beautiful, exterior intervention that promotes safety and wellbeing for community residents, visitors, and staff in the time of COVID-19?

Student Team: Ivy Li, Yushan Jiang, Janelle Schmidt, Huy Truong, Vicky Wu, Sasha Zwiebel, Alex Mingda Zhang

A project co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media and Atelier Cho Thompson.

Building off encouraging feedback from mentors last week, this week we continued working on developing the exercise trail and the resting and gathering pods, culminating in a client review on Friday with The Towers. …

How can we refine and visualize our design ideas?

Student Team: Ivy Li, Janelle Schmidt, Huy Truong, Vicky Wu, Sasha Zwiebel

A project co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media and Atelier Cho Thompson.

Design Work Under Way

This week, we developed our proposal to present to a group of our mentors at the end of the week, including Daisy Ames, Myles Brown, and Starling Childs. …

With our initial concepts green-lighted by our client, how do we close in on a design proposal and design language as a team?

Student Team: Ivy Li, Janelle Schmidt, Huy Truong, Vicky Wu, Sasha Zwiebel

A project co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media and Atelier Cho Thompson.

For Week 4, the On Family team got to work processing client feedback from the mid review as well as from the resident survey. With client approval on the presented ideas, our team sat down to discuss the proposals that we wanted to continue with — continually referencing our…

Moving forward, how can we synthesize our research and translate it into design?

Student Team: Ivy Li, Janelle Schmidt, Huy Truong, Vicky Wu, Sasha Zweibel

A project co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media and Atelier Cho Thompson.

Map of current COVID-related conditions

Moving From Research to Design

Entering Week 3 with gathered research and an additional site visit, the On Family team set off to start the first round of design ideation in preparation for a midpoint review with the client at the end of the week. Given the nature of this work is both remote and a team enterprise, our…

Visiting the site, visualizing what we know and preparing for the work ahead

Student Team: Ivy Li, Janelle Schmidt, Huy Truong, Vicky Wu, Sasha Zweibel

A project co-sponsored by the Yale Center for Collaborative Arts and Media and Atelier Cho Thompson.

glimpses of our virtual whiteboards comprised of photos, notes, diagrams and references

As our team continues to expand our initial inquiries from Week 1, we are also beginning to crystallize what we are learning about the project site, context and community. Our first action of the week was beginning our spatial and social research at the Towers.

Site Visits

Last Saturday, two of our team members visited the Towers senior living residences in New Haven, Connecticut. The pair equipped themselves in masks and gloves…

‘On Family’ — A Design Brigade Team

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