All posts by Atcharapa Atamasirikul

Tutorial with David

Today I had a great chance to have a tutorial with David after I
updated him the feedback yesterday and I found that it was extremely helpful.

Feedback:

  1. From what I have done and try to do, I could consider the reverse environment from nature which is already multisensory to somewhere or something that not multisensory. I could think about something not multisensory that already exists and try to make it multisensory. So I can give people multisensory experiences that can make them relaxed and reduce their stress in their everyday life environments.
  2. Considering the environment that not too obvious like traveling environments such as tube or bus stations.
  3. Thinking about the target audience. Testing with different age groups and let them tell me which age group should be my target audiences. (My intervention works the most effectively on which group of target audiences)
  4. In another way, I could look for the potential of using VR or Ar combine with sensory. I could think about games or phone accessories that can help people more relax. This will be the good chance for me to contact and collaborate with some VR/AR¬†organisation¬†to create the new thing that gives people new experiences. Or this could be a proposal that I can pitch to a company then it will be my intervention which I can gain efficient feedback.¬† Will they buy it? If they don’t, what I can improve and develop?
  5. Scratch and sniff is a good example of the sensory thing. I could explore how to use the concept of it to combine with the new technology then it can become the mixing between old school and new school.
  6. I could merge the first way (reverse environment) and the second way ( VR/AR) together by choosing the best part of 1 and 2 to develop further.
  7. I should look for the potential of using my graphic design skill to work with sensory. This can be the good chance for me to try new thing and can develop to be my career in the future.
  8. I also ask him about the presentation¬†because I quite worry¬†about my communication skill. David give me a great suggestion and make me feel more confident. I should visualise¬†and practice. I could start with the question and the reason behind it. Then talking about something went wrong, what I’ve learned and how I make the difference and improve it.
  9. The important thing is evidence. I should document everything and put on my learning log.

After the tutorial with David, I feel so excited and motivated. This quite challenges me and my abilities.¬†I would like to see what I can do and how far I can go.¬†Next step I could do is research,¬†research, research!!¬†and also think about what I could do and what organization I should contact. Let’s do it!!

 

Tutorial with Richard

Yesterday I had a tutorial with Richard which quite helps me to board my ideas and not confusing myself.

Feedback:

  • For my survey, Richard suggested that questionnaire is quite limited. More powerful is to organize an immersive experience and get their feedback.
  • About my intervention, I‚Äôm getting away of multisensory idea.
    Getting the whole thing back into our familiar world of social media, picture, and selfie. I should focus more on the word ‚Äúmultisensory experience‚ÄĚ. Organising the intervention that gives people the experiences.
  • From my intervention, I could broad my idea out with the word
    ‚Äúmultisensory‚ÄĚ by avoid using the sight and use other senses
    more.
  • I need to get some organize beyond my survey, contacting some
    organization and getting people to do something and let them tell
    me what works for me.
  • I‚Äôm too focusing on the artifacts. He suggested me that event and process intervention are more relevant to my question.
  • It‚Äôs too early to worry about the end of the course
  • Richard also encouraged me to be brave and more confidence.

 

Next Step:

  • One intervention in London (If I could organize)
  • I‚Äôll back to Thailand next week. I will do at least one intervention.
  • I‚Äôve contacted some experts in Bangkok, but my idea wasn‚Äôt clear.
    I will clarify my idea and contact them again.
  • Action research with Bangkok people.
  • Try to improve my communication skill.

 

Into the park

This two months I frequently visit a number of parks in London. Regent’s Park is the popular parks that people like to visit. The reason for this is it combines large open spaces with tree-lined pathways, formal gardens, and children‚Äôs playgrounds. Regent‚Äôs Park is pretty well stocked, already boasting boating lake, open air theatre and this month it provides free¬†outdoor exhibition call¬† “Frieze Sculpture”.

These sculptures can attract a lot of people both Londoner and tourists. I have talked to some people visiting the park, most of them told me that they come to see the sculptures. These sculptures were created by 25 international artists and provide great experiences to the visitors. This made me not surprised why so many people came to visit this park.

Sculptures in Regent’s Park

 

People’s activities

 

I saw people of all ages came to this park. Most people came here as a group and couple, only a few people came alone. I think the parks gather the small communities in the city. The popular reasons for visiting the park are for chilling with friends and spending time with families or couples in the peaceful environment. I should consider more about people relationship to investigate the way to promote urban open spaces.

 

Playful Garden

Indirect Sunlight

An immersive sculptural garden installation by Glasgow based artists Laura Aldridge and James Rigler. From 12th July ‚Äď 23rd September, NOW Gallery populated with a series of playful sculptures, transforming a space into a rural retreat, a space for contemplation away from the hustle and bustle of the capital.

Aldridge and Rigler hope to introduce a sense of wellbeing and discovery by creating both a metaphorical and physical garden that appeals to the senses ‚Äď the sound of water, the smell of the earth and the rustle of vibrant fabric in the light breeze. The sense of refuge and recovery that embody memorial gardens, romantic landscapes and even the humble allotment will be plentiful within the sculptural language of Indirect Sunlight.



 

Today I visited this mini-exhibition or an indoor urban garden. This sculptural garden installation quite tempting because of the usage of color and materials that are unlike the ordinary garden.
Unfortunately, I didn’t go there in its workshop time. So I can only walk around and observe this small garden. I like this installation but I didn’t connect to the sensation that much. Anyway, I suppose that this is an interesting platform that can apply to the bigger garden which could touch people feeling more effective.

Essential oils workshop

Yesterday I missed the tutorial with David because I had already booked the¬†essential oils workshops ūüôĀ¬† Personally, I’m interested in the scent. I also look for a possibility to use a knowledge about the odor that I gain to develop my project.

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The first workshop (paid) was in the afternoon. There were around 12 people join that workshop. Emma, the speaker introduced herself and¬†let us introduced ourselves. Then she talked about how to extract essential oil from plants and flowers and how we can use them in our daily life. I got information about the healing power of each scent and¬†how essential oils affect our wellness in everyday life.¬†I had a chance to smell a¬†different kind of essential oils that I’ve never know before. I also have a chance to DIY my own essential oils. But it’s the easy one, just combined the scents that I like together to make my¬†own scent. Emma also taught us how to use essential oils to make natural skin care and cleaning products. From my observation, essential oils are often used in the house. I asked Emma could we use essential oils for outdoor activities. She gave me some example such as bug spray and hand sanitizer. I’m looking for how to use the healing power of essential oils to enhance people’s mood in public space. But there are a lot of factors that I have to concern such as allergy and how to control the odor. I have to do more research and see if I could blend scents in my project.

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The second workshop (free) was in the evening. The workshop was at Planet Organic. There were few people attend this workshop.
Carol, the speakers brought her own set of essential oils. She talked about the brand and why this brand was different from others. She let us smell each essential oil and told us about its properties¬†and didn’t forget to tell how great was that brand ūüôĀ At the end of the workshop she asked if someone wanted to buy some product from her. I felt disappointed¬†in this workshop. Actually, it’s not a workshop, it’s like a direct selling. Anyway, I thought at least I gained a little bit knowledge and some strange experience here in London.
Bye bye, free workshop. LOL.

Scotland

I just came back from Scotland today. I had a fantastic experience there, especially with the fantastic landscapes.

Edinburgh

I have been in Edinburgh for 2 days. It’s a very lovely city, full
of nature and green space. I explored some natural areas in
Edinburgh¬†such as Holyrood Park,¬†Arthur’s Seat, and¬†Prince Street Gardens and asked people I met there these questions :

How often do you come to green spaces?
Why do you come to green spaces?
What do you feel? Can green spaces reduce your stress?

Most people I interviewed were Scottish. They come to parks quite often in the summer because the weather is nice and it quite easy to access due to there are so many parks in the city. Regarding natural attraction, they come on average once a month. The reasons for coming to the green space are fresh air, enhance their mood, enjoy the views and clear their mind form busy work. They feel relaxed, fresh, recharge and calm. Everybody told me that the park and green space can effectively relieve their stress.

I thought how lucky people here that they had a fantastic nature among constructions in the city. People can go to take a rest after work, don’t need to spend a long journey to take part in nature.
Various kind of green spaces themselves, not just only park, provoke people to spend time there. I wish I could stay here longer. But the big journey still waiting for me on the next day.

Holyrood Park
Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s Seat
Arthur’s Seat

 

Highland

“Please tell me “It’s not a dream”

I rented a car driving¬†to explore Highland. I fell in love and enjoyed the spectacular¬†views there. The mountains and fields seem infinite. Gigantic loches and¬†spacious clouds¬†blew my mind. I haven’t know why I was so happy and cheerful. I felt like I’m in the painting, not a real world. People I met there were really nice and open. I saw
smiles on everyone’s face ūüôā

I had conversations with travelers who I accidentally met there.

  • An old couple that we met at a viewpoint of Ben Nevis. They told me that they drive from Yorkshire twice a year to relish nature here. They are a very lovely couple in my thought. They brought their own chairs and coffee to sit together, have a conversation and enjoy the view. I pretty wondered why they come here that often because I heard that Yorkshire also have a number of nice natural attractions. They told me that Yorkshire is nice but here
    is different. Nature here is abundant. It really fulfills their souls. They can have a real relax and a peaceful time together without worrying about messy surrounding.
  • ¬†A Spanish backpacker¬†who travel here to celebrate his own graduation. I met him¬†when he hitchhiked in the Ben Nevis area.
    He told me this was his first solo travel. I asked him why Highland, he told me he would like to be surrounded by nature¬†to clear his mind and find himself. But that was just his beginning. He told me that sometimes he thought¬†that why he’s there, wet and alone. But at least he enjoyed an amazing view and nature here.
  • ¬†Two London backpackers who hitchhiked at Ise of Skye. They were high school friends who want to adventure and spend time together in the natural places. They said sometimes life in the city is too stressful and complicated. Surrounded by nature can energize and boots their mood. I asked them that if traveling there can reduce their stress. Both of them said, “absolutely yes!”
    Because sight, sound, and scents of trees, grass, flower, and fresh air can make them calm and breezy. Moreover, they also felt more connected with themselves and the people they met.
Ben Nevis: An old couple from Yorkshire
Ben Nevis camping point
Glencoe
Isle of Skye
Loch Morlich

Although many people love living in the city because of the
convenience, they still want the power of nature to restore their spirit and boots their emotions. A lot of people choose to spend money to escape from the city and explore the nature. Why is that? This question provokes me to explore how to improve urban green spaces to attract urban residents and finding the potential to stimulate city dwellers to make the full use of the green spaces in their city in order to enhance their mental well-being and benefit them in another way.

New Q and I

QUESTION

My research told me that people didn’t observe their stress when the went to the parks. The key thing is they feel more relaxed ( which can help relieve their stress (for a while)). This makes¬†me consider more about “emotion”. The power of nature has¬†a positive impact on human’s emotion. It has the power of healing even sad, furious, or, nervous. I also focus¬†on parks which are the public green spaces in the urban areas that people can easy to access. My keys¬†element still remains as nature, city dweller, and mental well-being but my question change to :

” How can parks¬†create connection¬†between
city dwellers and their sensory
in order to¬†enhance their emotion? “

 

INTERVENTION 02

I found that it quite hard for me to invent something here due to I didn’t have any¬†connections and I haven’t contact any expert to advise or support my intervention. I also lack confidence to contact people ūüôĀ but I will try more and do my¬†best.

I decided to do a mini-intervention. I went to Regent Park observing people. Then I asked around 30 people to take a photo¬†of where in the park that makes them fell the most relaxing or feel good and a short reason why then sent to the email that I created for this project “oohmyparks@gmail.com”. I told a little bit about my¬†project. Some people denied to do¬†but most people looked interested and said that they will take the photo and sent it to me.

At the end of the day, I only got 2 emails.

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2.

 

In the beginning, I felt so disappointed because everybody seemed so interested and would like to do this. But after I read the emails I felt good as at least I can make some people connected to their emotion, observed the environment around them, and felt more relaxed. Personally, I thought my intervention can be a half survey and a half intervention. If they did it, I would get more information about what makes people relax and They also have more time to introspect themselves and more connect to nature as what I would like to be.

I should find the way that can get people to engage more and create something tangible or concept that can touch people enough to encourage them to participate in my intervention. Moreover, I should practice and develop my communication skills to communicate effectively with my target audiences in order to make them clear about my project and my objective. Another important thing, I should clarify my question and what I would like to achieve to make it easier to develop this project further.

 

Urban Greening


Half of the world’s people now live in urban areas.
By 2050, this proportion is expected to grow to 66 percent.

– The United Nations –

Why we need green spaces

There is a clear evidence base to show that green space benefits people’s health, both physical and mental – including the reduction in stress and pressures in the modern world.

Providing adequate green space within our urban areas is therefore paramount. We need to preserve, enhance and promote existing green spaces and create new spaces.

From the research, I absolutely agree that green spaces have a huge positive impact on¬†the city dwellers. As I’m here in London, I found that Londoners enjoy going to the park and there are a number¬†of parks here. Comparing¬†with Bankok which is my hometown, people don’t enjoy going to the park that much. This is because of a low number of green spaces in Bangkok. People find that it hard to go to the park during the day because of transportation and the weather is too hot.

So now, I’m thinking about what can I do :
promoting existing green space
create new green space

Then I have to ask myself questions :
How can I encourage people to enjoy green space in their city?
What will it be? product? event? …?


Shinrin-yoku / Forest Bathing

I found an interesting study, Shinrin-yoku,¬†a term that means¬†“taking in the forest atmosphere” or “forest bathing.”¬†It was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

The idea is simple: if a person simply visits a natural area and walks in a relaxed way there are calming, rejuvenating and restorative benefits to be achieved.

Currently, Shinrin-yoku has come to the UK. There are many sessions in London that invite people to experience the
connection with nature in order to enhance both mental and physical well-being. I’ve never had a chance to try but I think this is a great case study of engaging people with nature – including multisensory experiences.