Hello! It’s me :)
MDes Seminar One/ Context and Perspectives For Design in Flux
Hi! This is Angela Wang :) I drew out most of my fun facts in the diagram below. I also tried to visualize my story though the “my interests” section – take a look and I’ll elaborate more later in this post.
My family has a history of migration – grandparents from China to Burma, parents from Burma to Taiwan, and myself from Taiwan to America (so far). While I failed to pick up Burmese from my parents, I had a healthy exposure of multiculturalism through the form of food, art, music, and countless exciting and terrifying stories told by my immigrant parents. It wasn’t until I was older that I realized that this unique background fueled my interest in people, specifically how people interact with their surroundings and how these interactions shape them.
Growing up, I was also obsessed with math. The clear and rational connection between questions and answers in math was attractive to me, and so was the sense of achievement I got from solving math problems. When I went to college, I thought architecture was the golden intersection of my interests in both people and problem solving. At the time, I wanted to create a spatial experience for people that was functional and beautiful. The experience in my mind was an single-direction one.
Year four in architecture was when I found that spatial design addresses only a small component of a person’s everyday experience. I turned to city planning to learn about how people’s lives were constrained or optimized by the evolving societal structure. As I practiced as an urban designer, however, I found myself substituting a thorough study of people’s needs with the “golden principles” (walkability, transit-oriented development, multi-modal connection, active-use, open space, etc.) in order to leave time for studies on regulations and environmental constraints.
Eventually I was determined to re-center myself to my main interest – people. At CMU, I want to learn in depth about the interaction between people and their surroundings, specifically how individuals’ behaviors change when they have control over their interaction experience. In addition, I am curious about the kinds of societal shift that can happen with all the complex interactions happening amongst people.
That’s it for now! I hope to revisit this story throughout the course and I’ll make sure to document any changes of my “interest” as I move along!