Formatting A Research Project
When formatting a research project, whether for an architecture/design class or for an English class, the bottom line is that it has to look good. Since this is an open-ended architecture project, the ways to present the information for the Millennium Goals project seem to be endless.
Obviously, a person could choose to use the same format that has been used in almost every class for almost every project: a written report/essay. But, where's the fun in this? Sure, it gives a person the chance to be extremely organized and it makes the report look much more formal, but why does an architectural project final presentation need to be in the form of an essay? Answer: IT DOESN'T. Since this is a design/architecture class, shouldn't the final product be more of a designed and creative approach/presentation? There are many other forms a presentation could be in: PowerPoints, websites, blog pages, models, etc.
PowerPoints would be a great way to present the information and solution that needs to be presented in the final product. Not only do PowerPoints give a person easy access to display both text and images, they are incredibly helpful and organized for group presentations of the research. IF DONE CORRECTLY, PowerPoints can be visually appealing and provide a vast amount of information and images to help the viewer understand the solution to the problem for the project.
Websites are another way of presenting the information for the Millennium Research project. These, like PowerPoints, can be very visually appealing by neatly incorporating text and images on the same page. Websites also can include different links and pages so a group can separate the problem from the research and the research from the solution. Also, websites are more accessible than written reports and PowerPoints, so more people would be able to see what plausible solutions to the goals are. Websites are a permanent thing and could be updated with further research and thought after this class is finished.
Yes, that is a gold-plated MacBook with diamonds in the apple logo.
Similar to websites are blog pages, which are another possible way of presenting the information to a large audience considering most people are connected, or at least have access, to the Internet. And, since everybody in this ARCH:1701 knows how to create a blog page, this option shouldn't be difficult at all. Also, similar to websites and PowerPoints, this is an easy way of neatly displaying and organizing both text and images. Also, again similar to websites, are permanent things so these could continue to be updated as a group/person comes across more information; after all, these goals aren't going to be met by the end of May - it's going to take years to fulfill these goals and even longer to maintain the outcomes.
One final way of presenting the information that is gathered during the research of the problem is to model the solution, especially if a group is looking at the problem in the eye of the architect. If a possible solution is to build something, make a model of what you plan on building. If a group is looking at the response of the architect, this probably would actually be the best way of presenting the solution because it allows the viewer to see EXACTLY what a group is proposing as a solution. It isn't just a matter of TELLING how to build something and what to build it out of, it is a matter of SHOWING how the building will be constructed. It gives the viewer something real to look at instead of just hypothetical possibilities of solving a problem.