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Synergizing ecological concerns with military programme at the Massachusetts Military Reservation.

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Harvard Graduate School of Design - 2012

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Lauren Micir

Adam Novak

Scott Liang

The Massachusetts Military Reservation (MMR) project was my first foray into the mind-bending concepts of Landscape Architecture. Such concepts include:

  1. Designing the annual cycles of site maintenance (the consideration of change over time is a core tenant of Landscape Architecture)
  2. Designing at massive scales, which necessarily involves synthesizing the needs of many disparate parties
  3. Understanding and accommodating animal species, esp. endangered ones, in our interventions
  4. The processes of natural restoration—in this case, remediating groundwater toxins caused by decades of munitions testing

Prototype

I then moved on to high-fidelity prototypes. I'd normally create low-fi interactive wireframes to test usability before this stage, but had to skip it due to time constraints. Nevertheless, here's a fleshed-out prototype for you to click through:

https://sketch.cloud/s/8VR5a

Below are the key screens for Khan Academy 2.0. The first three depict quality of life improvements for the Bookmarks, Course Contents, and Explore views. Notice how the tab bar has been reorganized and how Search has been moved to the Explore view.

Bookmarks, Course contents, and Explore

The next three screens depict a revamped Lessons view. Lessons now fly up from the bottom when the Resume button or Course list items are tapped. Under the About segemented control is a horizontal Course progression bar (I found this to be more useful than a list of video thumbnails, which are usually vague black rectangles, anyways). And underneath that is the transcript, which can be scrolled and tapped through with your thumb to navigate the video. The brand new Discussions segmented control provides Q&A functionality that is presently only available on the Khan Academy website.

The revamped Lessons view

Lastly, the following three screens depict a brand new Discussions view (for easy access to your questions and answers) and a tweaked Profile view. The added Streak element is well-suited for the short, spurt usage that Khan Academy 2.0 is redesigned to accommodate.

The new Discussions view and tweaked Profile

To view the interactive prototype, click here. I also translated it to Chinese here, but quickly realized its inadequacies due to how dramatically more information-dense written Chinese is.

Feedback Welcome!

That's all I could get done within the time allotment. But boy, was it a fun an enlightening experience. If you have any ideas or feedback, please feel free to reach out at hello@scottliang.com. I'd absolutely love to hear from you :). Cheers!