Field Day – Evolution

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking that created them.”A.Einstein

SESSION 7 RECAP: What an energizing experience camp has been over the last 7 weeks. As we approach the last week of this inaugural session of Field Day, I am excited to see what lies ahead. At the heart of this entire experience is a desire to connect girls to each other and women leaders, share the unique worldview that landscape architecture provides, and provide engagement during this time of social distancing. Thank you all for sharing that with me.

MayaLin-16x9We started this week by discussing Maya Lin, who on camp day in 1981, won the design competition for the Vietnam Memorial as an undergraduate. Of the power of the work, Lin wrote, “I like to think of my work as creating a private conversation with each person, no matter how public each work is and no matter how many people are present.” In sharing these stories of growth and success, we hope to better connect the campers to the process of design and to their own creative agency.

The focus of this session was the topic of evolution, the process of converging on a solution. If the first part of design is making sure that we are designing the right thing, the second half makes sure that we are designing things right. To do this, we discussed tracking progress and defining what success looks like, particularly if the social and environmental goals extend beyond the bounds of a project.

Brittanie ReddSPECIAL GUEST: Last week, we were joined by Brittanie Redd, a Principal Planner for Land Use Strategy in the Division of Long-Range Planning in the Department of Metropolitan Development for the City of Indianapolis. Her professional focus is on creating equitable experiences in public spaces, particularly through citizen planning workshops that break down participation barriers to civic engagement. Her experience has been in both the municipal and private consultant side, giving her helpful insights to working on public spaces.

ACTIVITIES: Our main activity this week was called “forced connections”. By combining familiar objects -such as buckets, capes, sponges, and watches – in atypical ways, we continue to reinforce looking at problems from unique perspectives and building the creative capacity of the campers. We also briefly ran through a “moonshots” exercise called “wishing” to both focus on issues important to the campers while also removing any implied boundaries to their ideas.

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