During week five, we participated in Felicia Lowe’s VR adventure of Angel Island. It was incredible to experience a place that I have personally never been to before, but would be interested in going. It was cool to see a complete 360º view of the island, and the camera was able to capture the intensity and eeriness of the island even though we were miles away. The various poems on the wall seemed really intriguing to me, and I hope to see it in person one day. In the afternoon, we visited the PUC offices, and gained some perspective on wastewater management in SF. In some ways, it was similar to how Hong Kong manages their waste, and goes through the same process (primary, secondary treatment and UV rays/chlorine) but in other ways, it’s different, because Hong Kong also has a few underground wastewater treatment facilities.
On Thursday, we went downtown to SPUR to brainstorm the extremes of what Chinatown and SF would look like in the future. It allowed me to think about the four different ways that Chinatown could end up, whether it would be high economic development and high populations or the complete opposite, where it would be low economic development and urban blight. All the pictures reminded me of my neighbourhoods in one way or another, both good and bad, and was fairly eye opening into what could potentially happen if we weren’t careful enough.
– Guinivere Yeung