Currently I have 3 'directions' I am considering, and they all need further researech before I can really narrow it down and choose a direction and a project. It requires me to look into what is already existing in order that I won't be spending time solving things that already have a solution.
1) From the meeting last week with Dean and Barry they introduced the topic of accessible washrooms that can be collasp-able, and more accessible for the wide range of disabilities. So not focusing on only one disability, but to further consider the accessibility and user friendliness of festival washrooms. As current port-a-potty's are designed for the construction industry.
I was also thinking of using trilight systems to create a large scale festival washroom - as many structures currently used in NCC are made from trilight structures, and they also have a whole lot of these parts in storage. If we're thinking of reducing cost - it's nice when they already many of the parts.
Look into: Collaspable washrooms; septic systems?; Washrooms in refugee camps?
3)Designing products that allow disabled workers and volunteers to be a part of the festivals. The reasoning for this is - from the readings so far - I've learned that having a staff / artist that are disabled working / performing will draw in visitors that have disabilities (http://odi.dwp.gov.uk/docs/wor/leg/legacy-full.pdf). This allows festivals to be truly community minded, and have positive health and social outcomes for people with disabilities. Having a disabled workforce, will also remove/ affect the general public stigma of disabilties (people's views that people with disabilties are dependent on society and not contributors) (Legacy London - 2012).
Naturally, if the site is accessible and usable for the staff, it would be accessible for the customers.
1. Can accessible festivals create/ increase employment or volunteering opportunities for disabled?
This would improve social stigma of the disabled to be a constructive part of society. Raises self image, confidence, etc...
> Look into the self image/ confidence of those with disability
> Look into result of contribution in raising self image and confidence
> Look into the outcome of raised self image and confidence
> Result: How can we design to allow the disabled to play a greater part in assisting in festivals.
> Why? why work in festivals? why not? That can be their interest!
2. What are the services available? How can these services be accessible for user as customer and as worker?
> catering, cleaning, hotel and leisure, waste disposal, customer service and security, working behind camera, organizing committee, performers, disability - on screen: (increase visibility - acceptance); construction,
2b. > Look at what employment opportunities exist for disabled.
3. How can we transfer indoor accessible services to an exterior setting?
4. What are the differences between indoor public space? and indoor festival?
> the number of people, their excitement, business > crowd control
5. What existing products are in market to help disabled work?
Support: By having disabled individuals participate in festivals, it will attract disabled individuals as visitors. If the work environment is accessible, the entire event would be accessible as well.
- promote activity to the inactive
- getting outside - provide incentive to get outside
> The question this answers is: How do we attract a larger disabled demographic to attend festivals?
> Why do they NOT attend festivals?
6. Where can an individual with mental disability work?
7. Look into pre-exiting assemblable; quick set up washroom.
8. What are the barriers that prevents a person with disability to participate in society?
9. What are the patterns in disability, pattern of disposble income in those with disabilities?
- what do the disabled like to do? (activities)
- how does physical recreation relate to their physical, emotional and mental health?
10. Economics: What is the dispoable income of the NCC? How much would they/ could they spend?
> What are the economic benefits of investing in festivals? would they get return on investment?
> Who does purchasing?
> What do they consider when purchasing?
> Who is involved in planning and running of festivals?
> what are the roles and responsibilites?
> What technology is out there (for aiding those with disabilities?)
> What washroom tech is out there?
> What materials will maintain sanitary?
> collaspible parts?
13. Health Factors
> How to maintain public health?
> what factors determine people's view fo cleanliness? sanitation?
Goals for this week: 1. Answer these questions! 2. Look for opportunities to connect with the community! Who can I connect with? 3. Commit to a direction! (that's the goall!!! - but commitment issues!!! ahhhh)
Questions for Bjarki:
1. Am I on track in terms of research?
2. Should I be specifying a particular disability? is it unrealistic to try to address several disabilities?
3. I would like the end-product to be sustainable, besides material and packaging, do you have other suggestions on sustainable practices? (I will keep looking and researching but if you have a direction for me that would help! :) )
4. In terms of the research presentation, what do we need to cover? There is only two of us in this group, so it's difficult compairtevly to cover as much ground as other groups who are double our size. We're looking into research that would be applicable to our project, so do we present the research that aligns with the direction we are taking?