g’day & chao, i have something to share

2017 was a bit sloppy. i wanted to blog well about architecture & my experiences but i lacked consistency and motivation to write.

i know i need to edit this after writing.

this new year, i have a drive to get this up & running again because:

  1. i want to explore a lifestyle & career of writing, blogging, freelancing using the power of words, stories as a communication tool.
  2. i want to see how ‘passive income’ works (it would be great if i could make a little bit of money so i can feel a little bit secure financially). i am turning 24 later this year and i have yet to have a proper/formal/professional paid job 😦
  3. experiential prototyping & reflections – 4 years of learning about architecture is a lot! architecture now is interconnected with other experiences of my life – i have a gazillion of synapses in my brain that connects links with architecture to film, to environmental sustainability & philosophy and so on… (i need to get it down because my brain gets tired & hot from the information storage!)

like i said, i have to re-write this again some other time.

i made the move to switch from google blogger to wordpress, hoping that a cleaner, more intuitive interface will help me write consistently, well and honestly.

cheers for growth in 2018 & i will see you in the comments – i want to build a community of graduates, students of architecture, design/architecture/interdisciplinary professionals to engage, talk about, dialogue about architecture, your experiences and in connection with the world.

from a vietnamese-australian milennial girl who lives in melbourne (very privileged to live here!), who graduated, who is volunteering, and writing about these experiences in hopes of something to build, branch out, create connections, allow conversations, something to evolve out of it.  

j-nguyen

17/01/18, 8:01pm

 

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Designers/architects as local community leaders

G’day & Chao. Greetings,

I don’t know why but the thought of ‘blogging’ or ‘writing’ on this platform was not on my mind lately. II’ve been going out in life in different branches and have not kept in mind about the ‘reflection’ process…

I wanted to talk about my current involvement with a young adult committee group in my local community, Brimbank Youth Ambassadors (BYA).

Now, just coming out of university with a worldview revolving around design and the built environment, I was flabbergasted with the notion of the authority of ‘young adults & the community.‘ In architecture school, I was told that we could be ‘designers’ or ‘architects’ who have the power of designing spaces for society to use/inhabit. BYA brought be a new perspective – a perspective that any young adult can be a ‘designer’ (beyond designing spaces) – a collaborative and interdisciplinary voice to make community better, thus improving our prospect of flourishing in local community and society.

Sidetracking a little, a little before my graduation ceremony, I have looked in community work/activities and saw BYA advertised in my local library but I didn’t apply because I thought I lacked ‘leadership’ skills like public speaking etcetera…

http://brimbankyouth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/BYAbnw-300×225.jpg

I’ve attended two meetings so far and I feel like I can breathe a little more, have my mind opened a little more and I can hear myself a little more.

Now to give you a little behind the scenes, this is a bit strange (like all things life are strange). I wanted to connect and join with an ‘interfaith/intercultural’ group with young people who want to explore this area. I contacted the number who ran this group in my suburb but told me the lack of interest caused the group to end. She then referred me to another group (young adults – still good) and I turned up to their meetings.

I am trying to say that I would not have the courage to sign up for this in the first place without the chat I had with the ‘Youths Officer.’ (no online form, no interview/CV hand-in I had to do). Amazingly, I thought this would be the opportunity for me to grow – I am still working at my local council. Being involved with this BYA group means I get to witness and experience the processes, principles and structures of ‘local government.’

What is BYA?
Group of young people in Brimbank who have a voice, who cares, who wants change in community!

Keywords/phrases I’m picking up…





^ Brainstorming session with my group:
1. From our experience, answer: Why should we give a voice to young people in Brimbank?

I forgot exactly what I wrote but it had something to do with valuing multiculturalism, having a space to talk about personal/social issues in community and social justice.

2. Categorised notes under umbrella headings/themes: 



^ Cleaned up the brainstorming & notes to form a model that BYA can implement and follow as our guiding principles when we get out there and make change!
Note:
Something interesting I found when we were sharing our ideas and writing them down was the ‘kind’ of language we used to describe it. It wasn’t much about the BIG words like accountability, equity or agency, it was the VERBS:
– provide
– facilitate
– advocate
– ensure
– prevent
– be…
This is still new to be but it sounds like activism… local politics… 


How can this be implemented in my alternative architecture career?

At university, we looked at big projects. We took them on on a large/top down approach – I mean architecture/design industry knowledge and then pushing down to micro scale. 

Working with local community with ‘young adult’ issues made me think that the role of architect/designers should start from a manageable and smaller range- starting from our family, neighbours, local community then engage outwards to our bigger and broader society. What do you think?

I want people to understand the language we are speaking – so shouldn’t we engage the community with issues we CARE about first – personal-community-level-understanding and advocacy and not push design solutions that are too TECHNICAL to understand. 


Next steps…

I don’t have a plan of how long I will stay with the BYA group but I think I will stay with them in 2018 too. Maybe I can touch on ‘environmental/climate change’ issues young adults can be involved in (social media strategies/events) or… broaden out of architecture and work with themes of social issues of cultural identity and expression, mental wellbeing …


i’ll remind myself to write soon,

see you in december.

j-nguyen

‘Hamburger’ interdisciplinary thinking

25/08, 11:53am

I just thought about a ‘hamburger.’ (This is my favourite food by the way, how about you?)

Okay back to the subject of the post.

I want to portray what I mean by ‘interdisciplinary.’

I like hamburgers because it tastes great. Why? Because when all of the ‘elements’ are placed together, with the combined different spices and flavours, it tastes ‘whole’ and of course delicious!

So I’m trying to be ‘syncretic‘ with various fields, disciplines, skills that can be attributed to an ‘architect.’

I aim to relate to an architect that has many, diverse, skills, disciplines and knowledge to create an ‘all-rounded’ burger with different elements to help create new and deep solutions to the ever-changing and interconnected society and even world.

Does that makes sense?

^ first draft