New year, new semester. Time to tackle the thesis with fresh eyes. Over the break I took a step back from formally pursuing the thesis. It is funny how things develop when you aren't trying so hard. I spent the time with friends and family in Seattle and Portland and found that as people ask how we are doing in Vancouver and what I am working on, I start conversationally reinterpreting my thesis. I sent the thesis plan to a few people for input but mostly just talked with people about concepts of community. It was lovely. Back in the swing of things, it is time to get to work. Our new studio professor, Jim O'Grady, provides a wonderful new lens to view our projects. He has the experience and expertise to take our work to the next level. From a conversation with Jim, I get the impression that his goal is to take our lofty, academic research plans into an implementable reality. With backgrounds in design and business, he is guiding us to turn our thesis topics into viable business plans this semester.
Step one, a scenario ten years into the future. In class today we worked on building realistic scenarios of our professional and personal lives in 2021. It was a daunting task. For me, I had to spend some time getting formally reacquainted with my thesis. I found it was quite helpful to begin this type of exercise slightly removed because I am now able to set aside peripheral ideas and have a better understanding of where to focus.