-Guess who’s posting for this week?
BAM and we’re into week 4 of ALP. How time flies and it’s almost 1 month since we came to China. Progress has been rather good (at least we know what we’re doing, or at least we know what WE’LL be doing) as we have a solid plan on how to move forward.
A plan for the software infrastructure for our plant wall
After a few evenings of research, I came up with a software infrastructure where we can add whatever functions we want into our wall, as we still have not finalised the little details on our interaction part, which is to improve interaction between coworkers in the office using our plant wall. TA approves of the plan and off we go shopping for components and plants for our prototype.
Rainy morning, as we come to shop with our TA Wenqi. We walked into a number of shops, looking for plants suitable for hydroponics as that’s what we intended to do with our plant wall. In the end, we bought a couple of plants in small pots, and 1 in a big pot which can be separated into smaller pots later when we have our prototype pot ready.
Our next step from here would be to delicate specific tasks for members (I would be working on setting up the software infrastructure for our interactive platform) and work on our prototype. 1/3 of ALP has gone by and we actually do not have much time (and money), need to start cracking once the parts arrive.
Went to 云栖 Bamboo Forest on a nice Saturday morning and it was a very beautiful and refreshing place. A good chance for us to get in touch with nature and its wonders, just like this 530 year old tree I hugged. We even saw a 1000+ year old tree, and there are many others like it further down.
Ok this isn’t really related to our theme, but this really is a beautiful place with the soothing sound of flowing water and the cool nature air. We could get a feel of how nature is like and all its soothing sounds, and probably get some ideas on how we can incorporate some more nature into our plant wall, to make the office as soothing as this without actually turning the office into a real forest.
The coming weeks won’t exactly be easy, but we are taking it one step at a time and try not to overthink things. Personally, I’ll like to start experimenting with the software infrastructure once we get the components as this is a rather new experience for me (setting up a network with a database server). But I hope our path forward would be as beautiful as the path in the above photo, and enjoy the rest of ALP as a team (theme).
-Fok Jun Yi