And so it begins...

Hi there, Bradley Cantin here. Welcome to the INT 521 Master of Interior Architecture prototyping blog! We are team of seven graduate students and one associate professor, each of us bringing something diverse to the team. At the start of the semester Professor Milagros introduced the Mesa Prototyping Festival to our studio. This festival will feature twenty temporary prototypes created by various local artists, architects, designers, students, urban planners, and others. This festival will activate public space to engage the community to be part of a connective and vibrant experience in downtown Mesa.

Our team’s overall goal is to demonstrate how culture and play intertwine with one another. We will be creating an installation that highlights our findings and provides an experience that promotes play. In addition to this project, Professor Milagros has partnered our studio with an elementary school located in Mesa to help shape our project through a hands-on approach. Throughout this experience, we will be putting on numerous exercises to engage with a group of 6th graders. These students are a vital role to our overall success. We will be testing ideas and extracting data on how the students     view culture, play, family traditions, and so forth. This information will help guide where we lead our design development.


Our first week consisted of grasping the overall ideas of what culture and play are as individual identities and how the two concepts correlate together. Our research consisted of looking at other successful prototype festivals in the country and around the world. Each festival demonstrated a story, stood for a cause, and created an experience through a specially designed environment. Each team member was responsible for bringing prototype images that they thought would help spark ideas for this project. This allowed us to see what others gravitated towards in their research and demonstrated various ways a prototype can create an experience, whether that is done using physical materials, audio, or meandering through the space. We also looked at how we as individual team members view culture and play. It was an interesting exercise because it allowed us to understand what was below the surface of each of us, and how we viewed culture and play as we grew up.


Entering into week two we all felt as though our brains were spinning, either from previous conversations or exercises in studio, there were so many ideas that had begun to spark. Now we have arrived to the fun part of design, the beginning stage! This part of the process is typically known as schematic design. Our ideas are still be shaped, as we attempt define what our scope of work is, and identifying what our goals are. 

Bradley Cantin