Jacky’s Thoughts

During the workshop, a couple of people living in the Allston area came together to suggest ideas on what they would like to see in Library Park. At the start of the workshop, we gave the people who came here basic instructions and controls for the Second Life program like how to walk and look around so they could start getting a sense of how big the park is and what could how many things that could fit in it. Afterwards, the people were to choose between 5 categories; educational, creative, relaxing, contemplative, and playful; based on what they feel is the most important aspect to the park. With that done, the Allston residents began to throw down ideas on what they want, and Evan began to build an abstract model of whatever they said, giving the people a good idea on what it would actually look like if their ideas were used. With that done, the people were given a chance to comment and vote on whether they like a particular thing or not by placing down different flags; a green one being for, and a red one being against. When everyone finished, the lights lit up, and the workshop was officially over.
I think the building of the abstract models on Second Life worked very well. By doing so, the Allston residents were able to get a good idea of how much space would be used, and how the park would look like as a finished project. I also thought that the flag system was also very successful. It gives the people a chance to say what they want and what they don’t want, as well as an opportunity for them to leave comments to justify their likes and dislikes.

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