Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Munching on biscuits and doing diagrams

I've taken a step back from designing my plans and have focused again on the programme of the building.  I feel like I need fatten up the information and make it more plausible and thought through. The above diagram describes the options a visitor has on arriving into the building. Starting at Foyer/Box Office, where you can find out what plays are going on at the theatre or the function rooms and what time the sewing classes run at the workshop. They can then proceed to the marketplace, library or the cafe, via the circulation space of the dressing up box. The diagram shows how all the spaces link up and rely on each for performance. For example, the market place helps to source the clothes for the dressing up box, which are then used for fabric at the workshop, which then get turned into costumes for the theatre productions. As lame as this sounds, it was actually quite exciting to write out this programme, as it helped me understand the spaces and what activities can take place in them.

This drawing shows the life cycle of an item of clothing, starting with the cotton being picked in the fields, its transportation across the world and into shops. I did this diagram to show the possibilities of reclaiming clothes after their initial use and how my building can provide solutions to the re-use of clothes. The options right now for clothes after they go into the skip, is either that they are sourced by vintage shops and sold at quite a high price, sent to charity shops where they are sold at a reasonable price or where they are sent across the world by charities to people that need them. My idea is that the marketplace in my building sets out to do all those things and more. As well as donating clothes that the market place doesn't sell to charity, some of it will feed into the 'dressing up box', where the workshop will pick them up, dismantle the fabric and turn them into something new and usable such as fancy dress items or costumes for the theatre. As well producing these items, people taking the classes at the workshop are learning new skills such a sewing which is a benefit to the community.

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