Working on our final proposal

We started the week in anticipation of our final design ideas that were floating around for our community action plan that we are going to implement. We all put our final input in for our short, medium and long term plans and proposed that LIGHTING will be our main concept which then got separated even further with SOCIAL LIGHTING, PHYSICAL LIGHTING and ECONOMICAL LIGHTING.

Our concept was based on the three main elements of which we identified lighting and how we actually proposed our interventions were that the one element of lighting influences the next. For example one of our interventions starts with economical lighting which is the recycling of materials in our region and that then gets taken to social lighting which we will use the recycled materials on the broken up pavement as mosaic and then the final step is taken to the physical lighting which we will use in the warehouse to get light and ventilation into the building.

Community Action Plan– We’ve layed out our community action plan according to our group colors and how they relate to one another; Short, Medium and Long Term Goals.

Community Action Plan



Urban Map-

This map just shows the surrounding areas.

Urban Map

The healthcare page shows part one of the healthcare brief which Ashley has given us and its basically just a record of the information we found on site.


Drainage Problems
The graphic talks about the drainage problem in our site, and how a simple pipe design can improve the living situation on site.


Lighting Concept
This graphic talks about the three organisms in our lighting concept. And how they all interact and influence each other. 

Lighting Concept

We started developing graphic images on some research methodology which helped us with our plans for our short medium and long term strategies. These graphic images are all represented all as different images and we will then take them all and combine them into one big graphic which still represents our region of the Denver informal settlement.

This map basically talks about


The organic map talks about how the Denver informal settlement uses the materials that are available to them at the utmost precious way and being very careful for what they use it for. The orthogonal map talks about how the settlement in some parts are at right angles and within the warehouses the shacks are all at 90 degrees so that they can get the most out of the space that is available to them. 


The free spatial  arrangement that grows up to have a certain identity of the community, the space that combines all the different aspects of site and the developing meaning of site that is well managed.  


This map is about the new and reusing of old existing materials and creating new space.


The map shows how government influences the tribal life in terms of informal settlements and how the settlement needs the government as is and how it further needs the government influence to grow in the future.


The horizontal plane of developments of neighborhoods is very top-down based (vertical) but informal settlements challenge this theory by being more fluid and organic, sprouting out everywhere from this “vertical” planes, creating their own “horizontal” planes that don’t fit in to this formal mold of society due to their limited resources. 


This map shows stable structures(brick and mortar) which is in yellow, and unstable structures (shacks ect) in red,(idea of fill and infill).


With our on going process of construction we’ve incorporated our 3 main elements of lighting which then still influences one another. At the moment our physical lighting concept is taking bricks out of a double skin building as there are shacks within the warehouse to create light in the building while still maintaining the privacy within the shacks. Our economical lighting is taking a skip which is already on site and dividing that into compartments for different types of recycling which will then get used in our social space. The social lighting area is taking what is existing on the pavement and building front and re-using those elements to create a friendly and green space and more so a barrier between the street and shops.

So basically our process informs one another to create a place where people could engage in and within it for it to grow in the future.

Below is our process of the 3 on going interventions with more detail shown.

Dark spaces of  our region which our concept is based on LIGHTING.

Detail of our on going process of construction were we want to take some bricks out of the existing two skin brick wall and re-use them in our sidewalk intervention for seating.
Details of the sidewalk intervention where we want to re-use the existing overhang and create a pergola barrier between the road and the shops for the people to interact with.
Construction Concept
Proposed Construction of all three interventions