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The Sand Merchant

The Sand Merchant

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October 26, 2018 at 5:15 AM
Created by juliana.rademaker
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Dear The Sand Merchant group,

In the beginning, I would like to tell you that, in my opinion, your project proposal and it's topic it truly interesting. There are a few things which seem to look like great ideas. I love the fact that you took into account not only young people, but you didn't forget about those more experienced already professionally connected with the construction industry. Secondly, the belief that competition might be a "trigger for innovation in designing and constructing" is promising.

From my experience and interest in awareness rising actions, I think I can found some tips which you might find helpful. If I were you I would think about:

- what do you want as a form of projects submissions? (should it be technical or maybe only the idea counts)
- can you also perceive artists (here especially fine arts) as your target group? => In my opinion, quite often they can catch much more ideas (different from what we have) connected with any problem than specialists working in a particular field. BUT! You need to know that you shouldn't require from them 'specification or scientific research' (regarding laboratory work or demanding documentation, they prefer to act, create than explain what they did or want to do). BUT! Maybe it will be easier to find numerous abstract ideas in the competition and than inspire people by showing them what we can 'imagine' and than 'create' to change the way of life of others. Can you think about what they can propose? (Maybe city made from paper or a city which is not a city made with concrete, or a 3D printed city, etc...
- what would be the prize? Can it be something great as a possibility to construct your city with the cooperation of experts?

I want to attach a link to the TED speech of one of my favorite artists. Maybe you will find inspiring how functional and great (not only in terms of aesthetics) the art can be. My favorite is a 'moving roof'. I'm extremely curious about your opinion of this short talk. The link is below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PAy1zBtTbw

Congratulations guys! I really can't wait to see the final result of your work.

Best,
Maria Mruk
8 days ago
Thank you for sharing your amazing idea with me. Although I know that this project’s focus has been converted to creating a game instead of competition, I shall try to concentrate on commenting on the competition part since it is what the group has written in its proposal document.

In my opinion, creating a competition can bring about tangible outcomes through platforms where industry practitioners such as architects, engineers, and academia can work together to come up with alternatives to concrete material. In this line of thought, this would be a catalyst engendering a paradigm shift when industry experts and academia would be more aware of dire situations of sand resource.

With this in mind, I am curious about: 1) what incentives/means/profits can facilitate industry experts to join sand alternative competition/game, 2) what would be communicational methods in convincing academia for hackathons, 3) who would be responsible for running the competition/game in the long run (including finances), 4) to what extent the competition/game can have impact on raising awareness to public, and at last but not least, 5) what geographical area/countries/communities would be suitable to execute this competition.

I strongly believe that this competition/game has a great potential for brining the world to pay attention not only to sand depletion issue, but also to cooperate on creating viable alternatives to concrete and cement. I send my all due respect to Isabelle, Jeong Hyun, Juliana, Salima, and Stephanie, for initiating such a delightful and novel idea. :)
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October 26, 2018 at 5:18 AM
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November 2, 2018 at 12:03 PM
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November 2, 2018 at 12:04 PM
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I really like the idea of "paradigm shift" that is at the basis of your project. The idea of creating a game instead of a competition for experts is also good because a game could be more appealing and it can reach a bigger audience. However, I think the game-format could also present some risks. For example, the importance of this tool can be underestimated or its final objectives could not be very clear or not taken very seriously. Besides working on the design of the game and the concept behind it, I think it would be useful to identify a way to target the right "players", to advertise it in a way and in a context so the game does not lose its impact. Sell well your product!
10 days ago
Very very nice idea! I really love the way you make the sand crisis appealing by making it fun. The trailer is very exciting and makes me want to learn more about it. I see that you want to target different schools and the public, but it would maybe be more effective if you could find exactly where your project could end up, and which target group it would be addressed to. This would be useful notably for the real making of the game, as you may find that certain students might be more attracted to certain things while others to different things. I think it would be also a good idea to target already existing big construction companies to play the game (maybe through HR training etc), as current engineering or architecture students might not be decision-makers right now, but they often become trainees to big companies. Otherwise, I really love it, and can't wait to see the final product!
8 days ago
I really love the trailer! It made me excited and anxious to play! I think it is a great idea to raise awareness through games and fun. When playing the "testing game" last Friday, I could see how nice and effective a game can be when putting ourselves in front of real-world decisions, without actually being in "real-world".
I think one of the main problems against introducing materials other than sand is the argument that the buildings are safer with concrete. If you could propose an indicator of "safety" in the game, i guess it would be a really nice way to show that buildings can still be safe and environmental friendly. :)
I also think that you should do a partnership with the VR lab in Campus Biotech, since they were really open in developing games to raise awareness.
I wish you very good luck and persistence in the next steps, knowing already that you will build something great!
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November 4, 2018 at 3:36 PM
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The project is a great idea and an innovative way to create a *paradigm shift* ! ;) and the trailer is absolutely amazing!!!!
Keep up the good work!
8 days ago
Hope your game testing went well and that you were able to find enough people! Can't wait to see the end result!
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November 5, 2018 at 9:06 AM
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The project has undergone a very organic growth. The fine-tuning process from the initial idea around an award ceremony to what it is currently is quite impressive. Looking forward to seeing what shapes it will take next!
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