About the work
1) How would you explain your topic to someone who is unfamiliar with planning?
The Healthy Communities section of planning is about the overall layout of the community. They planners focus on where the housing is in relationship to the grocery store, police station, parks, schools, etc. and try to make them easily accessible to the community and making it safe for people to walk to where they need to go if it is close enough.
2) Discuss how the art piece interprets the planning concept. What was the thinking behind the creation of the piece?
The piece represents the opposite of a healthy community, the important elements are just spilled out carelessly. There are no sidewalks to get the public safely to the grocery store, and it’s just an overall mess. That is the problem that the Healthy Communities element is directed toward.
3) What do you want people to get out of your piece? What information or idea do you want them to walk away with after viewing it?
I would like people to see how much thought it takes to create a healthy community. Planners cannot just throw a community out there and just expect people to accept it for what it is. They need to make sure that the community is a comfortable well planned space.
4) How did the collaboration affect the outcome? Did the planner influence the artist, and/or did the artist influence the planner? How so? How would the process have been different if there had only been planner/planner or artist/artist teams?
The collaboration made it possible for me to be able to create an art piece that represented the Healthy Communities element. Mitra did influence me a great deal with her personal experiences with the community where she lives in.
Her personal reflections were the ideas that helped me understand why this element is important in an easy way. The process would have been completely different if the artists and planners did not collaborate with each other because the artists would not have understood the elements so they would not be able to create a piece to correctly represent them. The planners might have had trouble thinking outside of the box and coming up with a creative way to represent such elements.
5) What did you personally get out of the experience? New information? New perspectives?
During the collaborations, I learned a great deal about planning as well as my planner! Mitra is an amazing person and is a great thinker. She was able to teach me about the Healthy Communities Element in a way that was very easy for me to understand. I honestly can say that I had never thought about the planning that it takes to create a healthy community, or any community for that matter. Knowing a little bit about planning now helps me to see how communities are laid out and respect the time and effort that it takes to create a working community.