For the second week we had to develop our initial ideas, moving on from overall research to focused research on the more preferred solutions from the clients and ourselves from the first critical session.
With further research into each individual’s field of expertise, we started to have daily group critical sessions, where we would present what we have done each day, then willingly accept any barrage of opinion from anyone of the team. This would help us critically assess ourselves, such that we would think about any ideas or problems further. An example of this is the idea of cutting slopes, installing small vertical bamboo retaining walls then planting vegetation along the horizontal sections. In our own critical session we realised that the type of vegetation would be important – if we use bamboo, socially, it could help the area by using it as a resource, but whether another type of tree gives more binding to the soil requires further consideration.
We are beginning to see the merging of the several fields. With the water supply issue, to pump water using a well requires electricity, which will then affect how much electricity we require to San José de Costa Rica. Another example is the structural design will dictate the surcharge upon the slope, hence affecting the slope stability.
The team members and their tasks over the week are as follows: