Empathy interview day [BW2] – KAYLA

The schedule for today was super intensive. Multi-task including 5 x 5 exercise, model building, empathy interview with major stakeholders and presentation at the end of the day.

It was the first time we run 5×5 design exercise in this workshop with all the Chinese students. I can felt the tension during the exercise. During the 25 minutes, we went throught all the five stages and finally came out with a brief model built with very simple materials: cardboard, construction paper, PVI glue, post-it notes, toothpicks, paper plates, plastic cups, Q-tips, tissue paper, pins, etc. For all the architects and landscape planners in our group, the model was kind of funny. But no one believed everthing including brainstroming, ideation, model making were all finished in 25 minutes. 

After we presented our brief idea, we had rush lunch, and then got on the bus to visit our empathy groups.

The interview with government and company went well. We generated valuable information from all different departments. Girls in my group from DUT prepared a question list that we wondered. And we separated as two small groups to participate the meeting with two departments from the government. Me and some of our u.lab friends end up with face to face interview with Mr.WANG who represent the company which own the land we are developing our design with.

Between Chinese Mandarin speakers and my English speakers friends, I turn to be a translator and massager. And it provided me valuable opportunity to talk to deeply with Mr.WANG. He paid full attention to us as a little group of overseas/international  design students. The conversation was interesting in terms of having people asking questions from different angles.

The diversity different people in the team all played important roles during the interview even the clear language barrier was there, and translation was slowing down progress. We all got the chance to think border and carefully. Before the interview actually happened, I wasn’t sure people in high positions (government, urban planning department, company stakeholders) would like to pay attention to students and junior designers. I was pleased and impressed by the outcomes and couldn’t wait to share everything with the other of 2 members in our group.

After dinner, we went back to our room to share our findings with everyone in the class in very short presentation. All the information would be used for our improved concept proposal over the coming days.

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