Our most recent class discussion triggered a number of thoughts about the potential improvements of the terrace. We went over some of the strengths, weaknesses and some possible solutions for a more user friendly space. The most evident strength of the terrace is the view, while the weakest link of the terrace may be accessibility. Personally, I think the seating issue is the first improvement we should address. Even when we first met with Orfeo on the terrace, I would have loved to sit and listen to him while enjoying the view. However, there was not enough space and I feel that this would be a necessary change.
It was really interesting to look at some of the previous work done by Umbra students. The booklet had some great ideas for potentially improving the terrace, though some of them seemed to be a bit of a stretch (mainly the climbing wall). Having said this, the most reasonable / interesting idea that I took away from the previous work was the lighting. Creating more light for the terrace while displaying a visually appealing object would be a win-win situation for everyone.
In order to conduct such change, it is important for us to listen to the voices of the community. As Jane Jacobs mentions in the reading, the people of the community are the real experts on what needs to be implemented to create a more sustainable place. They are the ones with the so called “vision” that will help influence progressive change within a community. If we want to affectively implement changes to better the community, we will have to start by simply listening to the experts. The academic experts are the ones calling the shots most of the times, but they are rarely the ones who deal with the results of the decisions made. For this reason, it is crucial that community members have a voice that will be listened to.
The terrace is full of potential and the opportunity to help transform this space excites me immensely. I’m excited to see what the future holds!