After being briefed as to the specs of the Anam project, we gave short introductions and conferred over the ideas presented in the master plan document to gauge opinions and begin the dialogue. It was an immensely synergic atmosphere. When we broke off into our charrette groups, the fellows were allowed to migrate from group to group and contribute what they could. One individual, Charles, studying real estate appraisal, was especially helpful in explaining some of the issues of development and equity in the Anam region noting the lack of enforcement and communication of regulations on zoning and tree felling.
As of now, the Fellows are this repository of knowledge that have served as a bridge between our understanding of Anam and the reality of Anam. Given that there are many things in Anam that go undocumented, this type of word of mouth education almost seems very befitting for the project.
It’s going to be interesting to see if and how the dynamic will evolve as we are able to more fruitfully engage them with better informed design solutions or systems of implementation.