Thursday, October 29, 2009

Atlas of Colour Workshop

Material Modeling Workshop: Deconstructivism

The task is to make both poster and model to interpret the word econstructivism. The poster was an attempt to communicate how the
humanity has been deconstructed through the progressing of
urbanisation.I used images of people interacting with natural objects,
to communicate the close relationship between man and nature in
the past. With the sharp and aggressive shapes built upon them,
representing the dynamic progression of urbanisation, which
separated man and natural world, the poster achieved to represent
the deconstruction of that relationship. Similarly, the model was
made as a whole been broken down into sharp pieces, which also
evokes the shape I used for the poster.

Material Modeling Workshop: Aspect of the City Materiality

The materials of the sandstone steps, which include a rough surface, create a sense presence, by its strongly accessible texture. Touching them by hands, a granular sensation can be clearly felt. This imperfect texture, on the other hand, evokes a contrast between the normal materials applied widely in city area, such as steel, granite or aluminium, which contains more 'humanity' than these perfectly smooth materials. The interplay of textures and human activities, altogether build an oasis that encourage relaxation and chaos.

Material Modeling Workshop: Aspect the City Text

The aspects of city I have chosen are the steps of Hyde Park. The steps serve as boundaries yet extensions of the Hyde Park, as it is an elevated space resting next to the busy CBD area.The height of the steps approximately reaches your hip, with two slopes on the top of them. It can be estimated that the width of the steps is almost the length of an A2 paper. There are blocks as high as your arm, which divide the steps into sections. Also such blocks serve as stops of the linear steps, creating a sense of rest. With the scale described above, the steps form a continuous shape which separate streets and grass. It bounds the sitting area of the park, and builds the park as an ‘outside’ place in contrast with the busy transportation of the City. However, as the scale is relative to people’s, it can be seen a place to engage human activities. The pictures shown in the collage, includes the possible activities such as sitting, leaning-on (both hip and arm), squat, walking on it, or just simply jumping onto/from it. Determined by the location, it naturally provides places to rest for people waiting buses near Hyde Park, which enhances the relationship between the urban context and people’s daily activities. Furthermore, various activities it engages, make the steps not just physical presence, but a ‘stage’ that contains tiny pieces of urban life, with the basic adaptation to human body.

Material Modeling Workshop: Aspect of the City

Based on the understanding above, I selected several activities that engaged with the presence of the steps to display the accessibility in terms of approachable scale and materiality. By tracing the texture of the sandstone and my own hand on it, I attempted to highlight the ordinary yet pleasurable relationship between human body and the Hyde Park steps.In terms of the model, my idea was to 're-construct' the steps essentially. While remaining the rough shape of the appearance of the steps, the interplay of different volumes and materials suggests various bits of urban life.

Material Modeling Workshop: The Fold

The model was conceived to reflect on Gilles Deleuze's thought on 'fold' and continuity. A series of pyramids formed a flow of plastic shapes, which represented the cohering matters. As constructed by 3 triangle planes, the pyramid can be connected hence extended, which suggested the dynamism of the physical world. By playing with the negative and positive space, I intended to build a contrast between elastic and plastic shapes, in terms of the infinitely growing essence of matters.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Architecture in Motion Workshop: Final Submission

The concept of this animation is the movement in the Red Centre.
When I sit in the studio, I find it interesting to just watch people
walking by outside of the door. Hence, I use this contrast between
people who sits still and the rests who keep moving to illustrate
movement. In the animation, the movement of people, slide door
and changing directions of the shadows altogether make an
emphasis of that sense.