Co-Garden is a design service that challenges the lack of availability of green spaces for the public spaces in central London. The aim was to find ways to provide awareness to the problem that we are facing, as well as offering a solution for allowing anyone to have their own personal green space.
Adobe Illustrator, Adobe After effects, Adobe Premier, Carpentry
HMW find a solution to bring different groups of people together, while retaining personal space when needed?
The first steps that my team and I took for researching our selected are was to visit the location during the day and also at night time. We wanted to just observe the surroundings to learn how the area operates and what activities take place.
From the research that I gathered from the group research stage I was able to decide on a specific area to focus on for my independent development stage. Since there was an invisible division between two types of residents and I wanted to focus my interest on this area to find a way to bring the both communities and the general public together.
My ideas consisted of sociable portable spaces that allowed anyone to socialise in a public space. My ideas ranged from tree statues that light up when it senses motion to a portable garden space.
To test out my final product I took it out to the original location where my team and I first did our research, Jacob's Island. In different spaces in Jacob's Island I created a pop-up installation with the portable garden and waited for people to interact with it. The installation went very well, as the general public interacted with the product in various ways, sitting on it, standing on it and rearranging the flowers that were places on the product.
For the final out for this project I create a rentable portable garden that can be setup and arrange in any formation that the user desires. The garden's key feature is portability, which allows it to be placed in any public space and can also be enjoyed by any amount of people.
While working on this project I had the great pleasure of collaborating with people from different professional background and how we all utilised each other's strong points to learn about our subject. It was very enjoyable taking the research from the group stand and using it for the independent development stage, where I thought of many different solutions, but in the end choosing the one that would benefit both individuals and groups.