You've been gathering all sorts of information, and brainstorming creative options for your pocket park. Now it's time to put all the pieces together and make some final decisions. In the Develop Solutions step, your rough ideas come together with drawings and models that can show others your solutions for a new pocket park.

At this stage in the design process, architects will create drawings with specific solutions to be shown to the client. Schematic drawings, as these are typically called, help illustrate the big ideas and space requirements of the project. Schematic drawings usually do not include dimensions or other construction-related notes.

You may use any method you’d like to show your design (pencil, colored pencil, collage, physical models, or digital rendering software).

How do you Develop Solutions for this step of the design process?

Draw a sketch or use software such as Google SketchUp, AutoCAD, or Revit to illustrate your ideas. You can upload photos (JPG files) from your SketchUp model, video fly-throughs of your SketchUp model, or drawings (DWF files) from AutoCAD.

Here are a few suggestions for drawings and models:

  • Use cardboard or cardstock to build a rough physical study model or prototype of your shelter. You can’t really understand the shape of the shelter until you make a quick study model. Don’t worry about making a fancy finished model at this time. Instead, use cardstock, scissors, and tape to quickly create the large 3D form. See how it looks. Break off different sections, add new pieces, and try new ideas. Take photos of your model and upload them to this step.
  • Sketch or use software such as Google SketchUp, AutoCAD, or Revit to get the ideas out of your head to share with others.
  • Try out different ideas and preserve older versions of your work by making a copy of the file and renaming it. You do not want to lose a good idea later! Other people viewing your project — other students around the country, your teacher, and mentors — want to see how your ideas have changed over time. This means that while you're working on your digital model, you’ll want to be sure to keep re-saving it with a new file name every few days as you work through the steps.
  • Make a list of your ideas and associated sketches, or practice models. For your final upload you will want to write a short, effective paragraph describing your process and what you found. This will inform the direction you will take for the final solution.
  • Show your ideas to your teacher and peers for some feedback. You can also review your progress with the test group you may have interviewed and test whether your design would meet their needs or address their concerns. Learn from the feedback you receive and incorporate into your final design solution.
  • Do not leave work for the last minute! Going through a detailed design process requires time to gather information, develop ideas, and make improvements. This is difficult or impossible if you try to pull everything together a week before your project is due. Projects that are researched, developed, and well-executed will always stand out.

What should I upload in this Develop Solutions step?

  • Images (JPG, GIF) of your rough digital model.
  • An axonometric or perspective view of your model with people, which will help others understand the scale of your park.
  • It's ok if your model is still a work in progress.