So what can I say about this module, what should I say, what is prudent to say?
Here’s a nice post:
and with that out the way I suppose we should get on with the not so positive post…
Let me start by saying that this is the most amazing exercise in futility and time wasting I have experienced in four and a half years at Huddersfield university. At least in other collaborations the topics were relevant to the course. So let’s see if we can work out the point to this module.
From the brief we had to form a collective with a range of skills, decide how the business works and is set up and work ethically to investigate the health and wellbeing properties of materials, their affects on lights and sound, how they look and feel and how these affect our emotions and promote creativity and health. From this we had to develop plans for a biophilic working or leisure environment.
Why? Other than to generate ideas for a company that we’ll never be paid for I see very little benefit to this project. If anyone has made it to an MA without some experience of working with others collaboratively or even better in a real job in the real world I’d be very surprised and that is what this felt like. A make-work activity with a nod towards giving students some semblance of work experience. It is meant to help us learn about group processes and collaborative working but I can honestly say there was nothing new here. In a collaborative group with a set project of interior design their is little motivation to do more than the minimum. A range of briefs to choose from may have alleviated this a little.
As in all groups some work harder than others and there are always outside influences pulling us away from the uninspiring work, so there were times when tensions arose within the group, but through a bit of simple communication these were sorted. We decided early on not to assign job roles and instead chose tasks and put our names to them which on the whole worked.
My next gripe, as I think I mentioned in a previous post, was with the very concept of biophilic design. At the time I called it a distinction without difference and weeks on this still strikes me as all that biophilic design is. A marketing gimmick to sell what all good interior designers and architects do anyway with a few extra plants thrown in for good measure. Beautiful, light, acoustically sound environments don’t need the biophilic tag, they are already doing it and anyone with a slight awareness of mans impact on the environment, the anthropocene, will try to work in an environmentally sympathetic way.
The one good part of this module, and the reason I chose it, was the sessions with the BBC. Their knowledge and advice was exceptional and something that I can take with me but unfortunately it does not make up for the failings of this module. In future, I’d like to see this module scrapped and just have the BBC as general guests.
So in summary, it’s a pointless module but we’ve gotten on with it anyway and done the work. Sometimes that’s all you can do.