Select one of these events and, with extensive research, develop a scenario and a floor-plan that fully explains your concept for the event. Include as much of what is asked for as you can but, through discussion and the application of the creative process, develop and embellish the idea as much as possible. You can not do to much!
The scenario will describe the event as though you were "pitching" it to a client. You will present the scenario to the class (we are the clients), so have notes and rehearse your presentation; know what you are doing—I can tell when you are “winging it”. Try to think of everything the client would want—and more. The complete scenario should be typed (like a paper) and turned in for a grade.
The floor plan should be in 1/2 inch equals one foot scale. Use a piece of 20" x 30" poster board for your floor plan (that will translate into a building footprint of 40 feet by 60 feet). You don't have to be "precise", but you should use a ruler and measure things like sofas, doors, stairs, tables, etc. to be sure you are representing things in a more or less realistic scale. Maybe you want to make printer-paper cut-outs of the shapes of things (just rectangles and circles will do) and move them around on the piece of poster board to get your ideas worked out in scale. When you have what you like, trace around them, and then neatly draw the outlines with a sharpie and label them.
The research board should be in color, if possible, and be of locations, decorations, buffets, decor, seating arrangements, etc. If there is a "theme" to your work, have research that explains and supports that theme. You can use a 20' x 30" poster board for this, too.
These scenarios are not intended to be "real"! Imagine them as an expensive event for a wealthy client for some sort of party or event. There is something “uncomfortable” about each of the scenarios. You need to figure out how to deal with the more sordid or dangerous aspects of the project and how to present them to the client.
Use the processes we have used in class to brainstorm, create affinity groups, edit, and present. Be able to describe how you have applied the creative process to your work. Have some fun!
The Wake for an Organized Crime Boss
- Control of entrances and exits; enemies are everywhere.
- Quick exit for the new head of the "family" and his men should security be breached.
- The ability to accommodate a great many mourners. Though the slain crime boss was a cold-blooded killer who routinely beats his
pet gerbil, he was kind to the neighborhood children and their attractive young mothers . . .
- There should be thought given to control the flow of the mourners—everyone wants to get to see the body.
- There should be a sense of power and control here, almost majesty—certainly money.
- The relatives need to be seated with a view of the casket and easy access for all of the mourners to pay their respects.
- There should be food, lots and lots of food . . . at a respectable distance from the corpse, of course.
- The efficiency of a slaughterhouse in the guise of a sacred event.
The Grand Salon of an Exclusive European Discotheque, “Chez Diabolique”
- Lots of seating for the waiting patrons; this is a popular place.
- Secluded places for chat and flirtation, as well as open spaces for dancing and mingling.
- There should be a bar—definitely a bar. All the latest mixological creations are on hand.
- There should be control of the entrance; no "undesirables" should get in.
- Perhaps a "transitional space" to help the Freudian's in the group adjust to their new "free-thinking" environment?
- Many exits to many rooms for many . . . encounters.
- The club owner should have an office (possibly and observatory?) to keep tabs on things.
- Music: Live as well as DJ?
- The possibility for quick escape and a quick disposal of incriminating substances in case the gendarmes pay an unexpected visit.
- The efficiency of a slaughterhouse in the guise of a pleasure dome.
Scenarios for an Unlikely Event