"Staging" is the temporary assignment of dedicated work space, assigned in 2 week increments, on the floor to: install a project, work on an intensive build, conduct user testing, or demonstrate a project. IT IS NOT a table assignment for the entire semester nor a quiet work and study space. Staging has conditions that apply -- please read on...
"Conceptualization" and research are not part of Staging -- please be ready to build, document and move on! recreating the library experience is contrary to the
request and requirements.
Staging Space is limited to the highlighted areas -- this is why we can only support temporary assignments for building, assembling and user testing. Thesis students are not guaranteed space - you must apply and meet the same criteria as is spelled out in this help page.
Locations: Staging will take place in the highlighted areas above - basically in the Hallways and Japanese Area. No projects will be assigned to the Lounge. The lounge will remain an open and collaborative space with support for approved events and class assigned space (i.e. microgreens gardens).
Scale: A note about scale. The floor can only handle so many projects in development at one time. This is why there are time constraints. There are also scale constraints. For instance, constructing rooms, closets or large tables may not be supported unless careful consideration is taken - i.e. the build is collapsable, movable, etc. In most cases, these types of projects should be built off floor.
Project Storage: If you are requesting staging space for project storage only, you should be using the Storage Request Form to request a spot in the Japanese Area for your project. We will do our best to find an orderly way to store larger projects while you work on them intermittently in the Shop or Lounge.
User Testing and Show and Tell: If assigned a staging space, you MIGHT be required to be available for user testing by outside visitors or prospective students attending open houses or group interviews. If you are assigned a space, early appointments can focus on you talking with visitors about the project's current state, explaining its concept, your design principles, the intended user scenario and demonstrating measured progress. If you plan to eventually submit the project to the Show, or user feedback is critical to your Thesis, this might be really valuable to you.
The Spring Show: Submission and acceptance to Staging DOES NOT automatically carry over to the Spring Show. You must still associate your project with the Show venue once open and follow all announced and published deadlines.
The Current Map will be shared with students assigned space via Google Docs