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Design development - Implementation

1)   The Painting of the heart would be located in middle of the location, to symbolize the "heart and feel of the community" and establish it as the central point of our design. It would also represent how the community's needs are at the core focus (heart) of our project.

2)  A trail of lights leading to the tiles would symbolize the displacement of individuals in the community and their want and need to reach out. We wanted the installation to be striking and illuminating not only in the mind but also in a sensory experience, which is why we wanted to add lights. 

3) We wanted to create three designs concerning the arrangement/ embedding of the lights, which would make up the light trail leading from the heart and to the individual tiles.

  • Solar/Rechargeable/Photocells embedded in concrete → drill holes (mason’s drill) and insert photocells

This design would be 2D. The lights would be embedded into the concrete and replicate the design of the heart and its roots. The lights would either be glowing-in-the-dark lights or lights that have solar cells embedded in them so that they would retrieve their energy from the sun. The lights would be spaced out to look like a mosaic or tessellation, to give a contrast to the installation.

  • Hanging lights → Have the lights hang from the already installed poles;
  • Adhesive Light strips → Have the ability to attach/remove them to the surface; 

We wanted to come up with two other alternative designs since the location we chose belonged to the Pittsburgh Penguins and we wanted to also keep the options open for design and installation, so that if we were to present this idea to the community the idea would not be set, and the community could consider our idea and then implement it how they wished.

4)  Tiles - Sensor:
  • For this tile we wanted a compressible box to simulate the actual augmentation to the existing sidewalk. The real tile would most likely be made out of cement with a cast iron top.
  • Our tile is a large button encased in wood. Once the switch’s circuit is completed, a python script pipes the terminal command to start "omx player" and load our video.
  • The video is stored on the Raspberry Pi, a mini-computer,  and linked to the projector.
5)   Video projection:
  • We wanted the video projection to be the most immersive and impactful which is why we decided to implement various pieces to recreat the scene:
  •  Music + Recreated scene + Animated silhouettes + Interview transcript + QR code

6)   Online architectural interface - Modelo:
  • (Below) Here you can see where the houses and shops used to be, as well as the locations of tiles.

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