“How has the way I understand/communicate my capstone evolved over this semester or year?”
Out of all the seniors in the ENVS program, my capstone has had one of the more dramatic changes in the last year. I have spent the last couple years looking into the role of urban green space within cities; however, after a taxing semester, I realize that there wasn’t much more I could write about it and I was not confident that I had anything new to say in the confidence of a Capstone project.
However, this opened up a new opportunity to look into the role of earthquake resiliency. This jump was not as drastic as it may seem. From my time in New Zealand as well as geology classes at Lewis and Clark, I’ve spent a decent amount of time during my college career looking at earthquake resiliency. In addition, while I had a new topic many of the ideas theories from my first Capstone plan such as social equity, city zoning, and planning, the historic ties to human-built landscape carried over quite easily into this new field.
Within the context of my capstone after it changed, so primarily the semester, I think the biggest change throughout the project was my overall outlook. What I mean to say is that when I started this project, I did so with a somewhat pessimistic view on our ability to prepare for earthquakes as well as treat citizens equally. Looking back at the current iteration of the project, it is much more matter fact solution-oriented lending it an air of optimism that I didn’t necessarily have come into the project. I think the biggest reason for this is that when I began the project is done much of the research but not engaged with it on my own. While working with this information it gave me a much more purposeful sense of what can be done.
Also feel one of the major changes that my capstone went through was that I actually realized there was a point to it. Before, I knew the topic and questions I was going to ask but I didn’t have much direction outside of that. Having my options limited through the complications of the semester as well as carrying out the project itself, allowed me to focus and create a precise project. In both iterations I wanted to do too much and I believe this current situation allowed me to to the distraction valve and focusing on what mattered.
Despite the significant changes to the project over the last few months, I feel that this is the best Iteration of my capstone and I am proud of the work I produced.