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A tail of the free Bus day 0

IMG_0040 Date: 10th/5/2016

Date: 10th/5/2016
Time: 12:30
Starting Location: free bus stops out side of innovation campus
Ending Location: University bus bay
Company: Jane

Tuesday arvo after my tutoring with my tut I set out to meet up with Jane who I agreed that we would meet at the agreeable time of 12:30 at the front of innovation campus. We were fresh with idea’s and eager to get into the project as only the week before we where thrown together and still deciding on how we were going to approach this task at hand. We figured that we would serve food to the people at the bus bays but as we went along through the day we discovered that probably wasn’t the way.

Meeting up with Jane we decide to ride the bus and talk with the passengers on board (after a brief moment of deciding what we were going to do). We would do this in two parts where one of us would have a yarn with them and what would be nice to have during and pre there bus ride and we discuss about our assessment to them and get their opinion. While that was going on the other person would take photos of the conversation between there partner and the other passenger.
IMG_0039IMG_0042We passed the camera between each other and took turn talking to the other passengers until we came to a stop where I would hold the camera (because I knew how to use it) and Jane would be in charge of talking to the other people (because she’s normal and I’m not when talking to other people), it was a mutual agreement and we found this way a lot easier to power through each people we encountered. It also gave us an understanding of both or strength and weakness of how we approach the next encounter out on the field.
We road the bus for about an hour which is the full loop of its journey but we had to stop as Jane discovered that sitting in a moving metal tin did not agree with my stomach (sorry but yes I suffer from motion sickness, not pretty). So we stopped the task at the uni and decide to call it before we could complete the full route. But in the end we had received great result in both the people we talked with which inspired us to come up with something solid for the task but most importantly we came to release that our idea is related to that of a pilgrim and in most cases of the idea of ‘all road’s lead to Rome’.IMG_0052IMG_0044

How natural is the natural environment? Part 2: Walking to International House

For my first walk, I decided to walk to International House student accommodation.

I had two reasons for choosing this location;

  1. I use to live there during my first year of University
  2. A lot of people use to say how relaxing and natural the walk was to and from uni was when I was living there

    To help document this walk to see if I could get to International House by only using the ‘natural environment’, I used my mobile phone to take pictures and to track where I walked.

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    To track where exactly I used an IPhone App called Strava. This App was fantastic to use, not only did it show where I was walking, it also was able to tell me how far I walked and how long it took me.

    Before I started my first walk I assumed that I was going to have to walk on a man made structure between 5-10 times. I know there is a lot of roads and footpaths around, but I believed that if I structured a derive around my gut feeling and following where there was lots of grass, I would be able to get to my destination without encountering a lot of obstacles.

    Although I had a lot of faith at the start of the walk, the harsh reality soon became very evident. By the time I had reached the halfway point, I had already stepped on a road or footpath at least 20 times.

    By the time I had reached my final destination, I had encountered roughly 50 obstacles. To be honest I was very surprised that the number was this high. I understand that the area is densely populated and a high traffic area, but 50 obstacles is a lot, especially when your main goal is to avoid them.

    Throughout the walk my main two obstacles were having to cross roads and facing driveways that were to long to jump over.

    Hopefully this video will help to show the many obstacles I encountered when trying to travel via the ‘natural environment’.

How natural is the natural environment? Post 1: Introduction

Walking

For millions of years the earth in which we live was a natural wonderland, trees covered the mountain-side and animals wandered the vast landscape.

Now days, earth is very much a different place and the ‘natural environment’ is anything but natural.

As a collective, humans have made major changes that are seemingly irraversable, and there is no denial that the ‘natural environment’ is being destroyed more and more each day.

In order to find out exactly how little remains of our ‘natural environment’, I plan on following one rule.

I am only allowed to walk on the ‘natural environment’ to get to my destinations, e.g. grass, dirt, rocks.

By following this rule, I feel as though I will be able to get a good idea of how humans have effected the ‘natural environment’.

The way in which I will carry out the process and documentation is…

  • Pick a number of locations around the Wollongong area
  • Start at my house and walk to these location
  • Document how many man-made structures/obstacles I encounter on my walk/s
  • Any time I have to walk on concrete, roads, footpaths or any other structure that has been made or placed by humans, it will count as obstacle

This strategy has been developed from two key areas;

  1. My personal interest on how the ‘natural environment’ is constantly being transformed
  2. The walk we went on with the Waterways of The Illawarra (WOTI) group

By combining my personal interest with the structure of how the WOTI group carried out their walk, I want to see if it is possible to get from one place to another by only walking on the ‘natural environment’.

To make sure I get a good feel for the impact humans have made, I will conduct four walks that lead in four different directions. By repeating/iterating the process of walking around different areas and analysing the ‘natural environment’, I will be able to understand the relationship between social intersections, human activity and the ‘natural environment’.