Group Model Making

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The only thing worse than model making is group model making. FACT

As part of our assignment, we had to produce a group model of 24 Travellers Rest in 1:50 scale using the existing floor plans. Despite my initial reservations this task really helped to familiarise myself with the layout of the property, I found being able to physically see the different floors extremely helpful. And although our model wasn’t exactly the neatest or by far the most accurate it still proved useful when later redesigning the spaces. Perhaps in the future when lecturers suggest ‘spending a few hours making conceptual test models help visualise your space’ I shouldn’t be so quick to reply with a look of disgust and inwardly cry laugh ‘you think I have time for that’. If I’ve learned one thing this year it’s to give time to things, if you want your projects to be as good as they can be – and as good as they look while you’re laying them out in your head at three in the morning when you should be sleeping – then you need to put the time in. If building concept models help you then it’s worth the extra time.

It’s undeniable that this project was made at least a million times harder by being a group project and yes, we all groan at the thought of group tasks but they do have their positives:

  1. Group tasks also allow you to form alliances in your class, people who can lend you the odd scrap of white card and have a spare cutting knife blade when you inevitably wear out yet another one.
  2. Also, so says the legend Bill Nye the Science guy ‘everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t‘. You can almost guarantee that half your class will also still be online at four in the morning approaching deadlines, so there’s alway someone to call on when your sleep deprived brain just can’t remember which brand of UHU glue it is that melts blue foam.
  3. Crits are difficult and stressful and when you’ve just had all your hopes and dreams (AKA your concept) shattered by your lecturer during a crit a friend helps. Even a look of mutual hatred for your lecturer is a glimmer of support when you’re standing in front of your work questioning every decision you’ve made
  4. Get yourself a checker. Someone you trust, whose work is of a similar standard to yours to check your work. Someone who hasn’t been staring at the same screen for countless hours will be able to see a lot more clearly the mistakes and imperfections in your work. Also, they’re much more detached from the work so will give an honest critique which although harsh and sometimes hard to take from a peer, is helpful.

Although it seems all group tasks are good for is testing how long you can bite your tongue for, they can be helpful if you’re open to them!

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