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ABOUT ME I am Ying CHEN, a third-year architecture major at Univer-

sity of Melbourne. I come from the largest and rapidly developing country in the world- China. I grow up in the background that urbanization seems like be completed as if blink. The architecture in China has evolved dramatically in these years, which raises my interest.

Through the study of virtual environment, earth studio as well as water studio, I gain the technology to use the software, such as rhino, sketch up and Auto CAD, to complete my design in digital way.

A.1.1 Precedent Project


Yijie Dang, Tom Tang New York City, USA

The past competition entry of

Tree define the agenda of Fresh Kill Park program is that restoring the nature by manmade interention with the inspiration of three as a symbol of renewal and the interconnectedness of all things. It not sucessfully expand the future possibility towards sustainability but also response to the site, including its current situation, historical elements and demand of inhabitants.

Considering the current soil

situation of the site is not deep enough to support large roots of the trees with a wide canopy, they creat an articfical tree with recycled industral balloons and PVC pipes, whose canopy can be increased by the sun, to satisfy the need of shadowing that the inhabitants expected and refer to the history of the site as landfill cap.

Tree brings a brand new ap-

proach to future. The electricty energy will be collected while the balloon sway and the PVCs branch bending with kinetic generators, piezoelectric generators and LEDs. At night, the balloon reduce its size and glow as a sculptual. In this way, it expands the a new method to achieve energy efficiency in term of both practical and experienced factors.

A.1.1 Precendent Projects

RMIT DESIGN HUB -- Photovoltaics Sean Godsell RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia, 2012

It is hard to miss the building that located at the

corner of Melbourne city as its impressed façade. This new RMIT design hub is designed to provide accommodation various design research and postgraduate education within the warehouse structure. This building adopts warehouse structure to allow more flexibility and possibility to the space usage according to different situation need. This means its future function areas division does not tie with the current design plan. The design hub has lots of environmentally sustainable design features and has achieved a 5-star Green Star Education Rating in environmentally sustainable design. It involves in strategies of water, waste and recycling management. Nevertheless, the focal point is the outer skin of the

building, which adopt the automated shading that includes photovoltaic cell, evaporative cooling and fresh air. Especially, the photovoltaic effect can turn the soloar radiation energy into current electricty. This technology enhances the performance of this hub in designing future. This means in this way, the internal air quality and the energy running cost is reduced, which is meet the requirement of future design – sustainability. Furthermore, the photovoltaic cells of this hub is designed with the capacity to be upgraded solar energy evolves by replacing photovoltaic panel as research, in order to achieve the aim that generate enough electricity to run the whole building. Although, its conversion effieciency is still limited by technology today, but the design has the potential to apply further advanced technologies to improve the efficiency in the future.

A.2 Precendent Projects

ICD | ITKE Research Pavilion ICD / ITKE University of Stuttgart Stuttgart, Germany, 2011

As the focus of this project is the geometric arrangement of sand dollar’s plates and their joining system, the computational design process is around this theme. The characters of sand dollar morphology force the design of pavilion meet the fundamental properties, such as Heterogeneity, Anisotropy and Hierarchy. A closed, digital information loop between the project’s model, finite element simulations and computer numeric machine control is a basic requirement for designing, developing and realizing of the complex morphology. As form finding and structural design are closely interlinked, it becomes an approach to turn the complex geometry into a finite element program for analyzing and modifying the critical points of the model via the optimized data exchange scheme. On the other hand,

This is a project designed by Institute for Computational Design (ICD) and the Institute of Building

Structures and Structural Design (ITKE), together with students at the University of Stuttgart to integrate the biological principles of the sea urchin’s plate skeleton morphology into architecture through various methods of computation. Hence, the possibility of effectively extending the recognized bionic principles and related performance to a range of different geometries is maximized, due to the process of computation.

the designers used the computation to test glued and bolted joints experimentally and included the results in the structural calculations at the same time. The production of the plates and finger joints of each cell were operated university’s robotic fabrication system. The architects set custom program to provide the basis for the automatic generation of the machine code (NCCode) for controlling an industrial seven-axis robot in the computer model. This means through this technology, economical production of thousands of geometrically different components and finger joints freely arranged in space can be made. Then the participants can combine these prefabricated module cells, which were joined together following the robotic production, into the final construction work.

A.2 Precendent Project

As Autumn Leaves

Laboratory for Computational Design (LCD) Beijing, China, 2013


“ s Autumn Leaves” is a spatial installation located in a historic Hutong in Beijing, which is designed and built by students of the Laboratory for Computational Design. This project reflects the ephemerality of nature through investigating the leaves falling in autumn. In order to achieve this agenda to show the pattern and geometries of leaves falling, the designers adopt the computational process to explore the variation and adaptability within the system of geometric growth patterns and geometries related to natural logics and materials. The students of LCD used parametric design tool not only for

defining systemic and formal languages but also cataloging and locating components for ease of assembly. They adopted laser cutting technology to fabricate individual acrylic components digitally, pre-assembled them into ‘families’, and then aggregated the pieces on site. As the structural integrity can be solidified via tensioning of the acrylic ‘Leaves’, which refers to bending the components inherent to the material, the LCD set up a modeling program based physics to generate and evaluate wind and gravitational forces in the installations. By hybridizing material and spatial research with advanced structural calculations AAL float above, around,

and through existing spaces. Tensioning of the acrylic ‘Leaves’ through bending, inherent to the material, solidified structural integrity. Designers used physics based modeling programs to generate and evaluate wind and gravitational forces in their installations. Through the computational design process, the designers float above, around, and through existing spaces as they hybridized material and researched spatial with advanced structural calculations.

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