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  • 1. SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, BUILDING AND DESIGN THE DESIGN SCHOOL FOUNDATION IN NATURAL BUILD ENVIRONMENT NAME: JAKE SIA CHYI SERN STUDENT ID NO: 0314396 TOOL SELECTED: SPONGE WORD COUNT: 480 ENGLISH 2 (ENGL 0205) WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT 1: NARRATIVE ESSAY LECTURER: CASSANDRA WIJESURIA SUBMISSION DATE: 14TH NOVEMBER 2013
  • 2. The first thing I did to determine what object to use as 'the tool' was to observe my surroundings carefully and pick an object that is suitable. The first location that came to mind was the kitchen because I spend many a time there enjoying a hearty meal with my family and also because the kitchen was one of the suggestions in the brief. Once I had found a location, I then browsed through the large array of cooking and dinning utensils that varied from the forks and spoons to the pots and pans. Then I remembered something that was always sitting by the sink, the sponge. I told myself that the sponge is a neat piece of equipment that is used regularly so why not. I decided to use the sponge as my object because I am familiar with it as I spend most of the days washing the dishes. The sponge's brand is Scotch Brite, a well known brand in the field where cleaning products are concerned, where its quality is to be considered the best or at least one of the best. As I observed the sponge up close at the kitchen table, the first thing I caught was that it had fine edges resembling a cuboid or more or less cubic in shape. Its top side is covered with a layer of coarse dark green and the rest of the sponge is bright yellow and smoother than the green side. Its whole surface was covered in tiny pores which only allowed element such as water and air to diffuse through it. As I lifted it up, I had noticed that it was as light as a feather, similar to lifting thin air itself. However when I added water, I began to feel the weight resting upon my palm. I squeezed the sponge and felt it get lighter once more. I then smelled the sponge. Turns out the sponge have both the aroma of detergent and the stench of cooking oil since the sponge
  • 3. is closely associated with such substances. The sponge always came in contact with tap water hence its temperature is likewise considerably low. When the sponge is dropped it produces close to no sound at all but when thrown into the basin makes a little 'thump' sound. However, when the sponge is full of water and thrown into the basin, it produces a deeper and louder sounding 'thump'. My sponge was already quite worn out so it cannot maintain its solid shape very well and is rather wobbly than compared to how it was when brand new. Of course due to the frequent usage of this sponge, its bright yellow colour has turned slightly brownish because of the dirt stains. I wouldn't say that my sponge is a unique sponge rather it is just like all the other millions of sponges in the world.