By Alia Taqi
April 11, 2013 – Yesterday was an exciting day! We, Team ASUNM presented our hard work of one and a half years, and compiled it all into 36 eye-catching boards, 5 very intricate models and 2 thought-capturing videos at the Desert Botanical Gardens. Not only has this been a life changing experience of learning the trades of the industry and collaborating with different disciplines, but will also continue to impact our work through the coming 5 months until the BIG DAY. I would like to thank everyone who attended the event. To those who were not able to come, we continue to be grateful for all your help and hope to see you in our next events. Without your supports, and care for giving college students a chance to make their project come to life, we would not be able to reach where we have today.
The day began by preparing the exhibit materials to transport them to the venue. The boards, stands, Resource Furniture’s Goliath and Cubista, and the delicate models were packed up in to a few cars and taken to the Botanical Gardens. With the help of many team members, the exhibit was set up, the linens on the tables and the slideshow running with smooth music in the background. The team ran back home to get all dressed up for the exciting night. The weather was mild with clear skies and a cool breeze. Perfect for An Evening with SHADE.
At 6:00 p.m. on the dot, our distinguished guests began to arrive. They were welcomed with smiles and handshakes at the welcome table, and were invited to sign in. After grabbing a drink, they were again greeted at the door to the exhibit and admired the well-designed boards and detailed models. The team members mingled and made the guests comfortable. After a little while, we presented our team video and updated animation walk-through to everyone. The Senior Policy Adviser of Sustainability for the City of Phoenix, Colin Tetreault, gave a speech on the SHADE home being a part of Phoenix Renews after the competition. The Director of The Design School at ASU, Craig Barton also presented kind words and great news to the team. After a standing ovation from the amazing work on the videos, there was more mingling, eating, and laughing with the students and guests.
The evening was definitely a success for the students’ efforts. Having all the work displayed in one space was a very nice thing to see. It confirmed why we are doing what we are doing. Even though we have been through tough times, we pulled through and made it happen. And last night, it really showed. The guests were excited by the enthusiasm of the team and the quality of work produced. I hope that everyone enjoyed last night as much as I did. Hopefully we will be lucky to have another chance at showing our community professionals what we are made of.
I am so proud of all the hard workers in my team. I am lucky to be a part of a collaborative student lead project, and have made life-long friendships because of it.
We are Team ASUNM and we are going to Irvine, California to win!
Photographed by Ali Abbaszadagen