Engagement Methods

Hej! I am going to talk about my first assignment in my Urban Design Studio Course. Before our class dove into our main design project, we were required to do some analysis of our site in Nørrebro. The objective was to collect as much understanding about the site and its surrounding context before the initial design work began.

There are many approaches to conduct a site analysis:

  • Activity, Edges & Functions
  • Movement, Connectivity & Culture
  • Scale, Spatial Features & Context
  • Physical Site Model
  • Climate
  • Engagement Methods

As for me, I chose the engagement methods, in a groups of three. My group members were Logan and Emily. We needed to set up a temporary installation or an activity to engage with people currently using the site. The goal is to investigate how people respond with our intervention at the site. At the same time, how the intervention has changed the space.

After a few days of discussion and planning, we decided to construct a bench on site using unwanted wood pallets. This was because the site was lacked of resting spaces. On the day of the construction, we arrived at our site and saw lots of human activity. People were hanging out around the bench, vehicles were using the roads frequently, cyclists used the site for bicycle parking, and pedestrians walked around the site.

Different Types of Human Activities Occured at the Site of Nørrebro

First, we went to the nearest hardware store to collect unwanted wood pallets. After getting the owner’s permission, we brought a few unwanted wood pallets to our site.

Carrying Unwanted Wood Pallets to Our Site

Next, we deconstructed the wood pallets using claw hammer and saw. By deconstructing the wood pallets, we reused the remaining woods to construct parts of the wooden bench.

Deconstructing the Wood Pallets to Construct the Wooden Bench

Also, we painted the color cyan on the wooden bench.

Painting the Colour Cyan on the Wooden Bench

As we were constructing the wooden bench, the people around the site were curious about our activity.

People were looking at our construction

The people started to help and guided us on making the wooden bench. They taught us how to strengthen the wooden bench as a whole.

A stranger helped us on constructing the wooden bench

After about four hours, we completed the wooden bench.

The wooden bench is completed

After the completion of the wooden bench construction, our class had a picnic, which was beside our construction site. This is also our first picnic for our class.

Having a Picnic near Our Constructed Site

As we were eating, we observed our site. We were delighted when some people were resting on our constructed wooden bench.

Strangers rested on our constructed wooden bench

“People and human activities attract other people. People are attracted to other people.”

– Jan Gehl, Life Between Buildings

From this construction experience, we observed that people are attracted to the process of making a wooden bench as well as the use of a wooden bench as a resting space. In other words, human activity and resting spaces are important features to enhance the use of public spaces. Nevertheless, I learned that collaboration for this assignment was essential to make the wooden bench successfully. I can’t help but be thankful to my group members!

Group Members (left to right): Emily, Me, Logan

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