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FINAL PORTFOLIO ARCHITECTURE 101 Amanda Ramadhani Spring 2016

CO What is your sign? Journey of Discovery Wall of wonder : Constructed model • First iteration • Second iteration • Third iteration • Fourth iteration • Fifth iteration • Sixth iteration Spatial Journey Precedence Research : Structural Approach Site Analysis Program Analysis Tessellation Constructed Model • First iteration • Second iteration • Third iteration • Fourth iteration Final Project



Step One : Generating Ideas First Generation

Second Generation

I started with finding three words that best describe me. Then, I search the images and themes that related to it. Which are : - Cheerful : pompoms, megaphone, cheerleader, bright colors - Adventurous : nature, calm colors - Curious : reading, various colors focused into one center point I made three literal signs. (1,2,3) I found these assignment was fun because of how I kept exploring to develop better outcomes. I played on the use of Chroma colors on my signs. I bring different intentions with the shapes and cuts of the edges. However, there are still sloppy cuttings, and colorings. The opportunities, is to explore more on design process. such as developing messages to more complex collages, and overlapping. Also, generate the ideas of abstract.

With the confusion of the design language, specifically “Aesthetic+Unity +Balance” actually means, I continued developing on creating an abstract collage. However, it didn’t turn out how I imagine it would be. The weaknesses are still shown. The analogy of the sign didn't quite delivered. I should've not combine pictures with drawn materials. The threats that I experienced is that I thought and applied “what if ”(s) so much, that I didn't pay attention to details and design language of what represents me on the sign.

First Collage

Third Collage

Second Collage

Fourth Collage

First 3D Sign

Step Two: Creating the design On the design process, developing our messages through design language was challenging. The first 3D design that I created used playful colors, well crafted, and considered the use of materials. However, the message was not delivered, I wasn't being thoughtful enough to consider what the audience would get from my sign. The threats was to come up with something that was abstract and aesthetically designed, instead of literal design. The second generation, I was focused on developing the message about myself to the intentions of the audience. I also considered the structural integrity of how it should be perpendicular to the wall. I took the opportunities of creating meaningful metaphors of my self. The threats were time management and structural process. Those affects of the neatness of the design and brainstorming ideas. Also, I didn't let my sign evolve in related way with my previous one, instead, I started over.

Second 3D Sign


In Search of Lost Wonder The experience and emotions of my Journey from North Beach all the way to Baker Beach were joyful and enlightening. Especially when I thought back of reasons I took the photos, “why did I pick from this perspective?”, “ what was I focusing on?” and so on. The parts of my journey that makes me special were enjoyment from every step that I took. With the use all five of my senses, I was able to distinguish the moods and emotions that every places have. I have learned that, those aspects also affected by the people who live in and use hat area, so that the place could serve as it best to comfort the people and bring them joy.

City Lights Bookstore

CURIOUS AND CALM Washington Park, North Beach

The City Lights Book Store was the warmest most welcoming place for people who love to read. With the use of my eye, ear, and nose I was able to defined that, its decent style of the place with the minimal place was beautifully designed and created the mood to just sit, read book, and enjoy the peacefulness.

Washington Park has the mood of calmness, yet busy at the same time. However, the combination of this, park and car street, was what makes it different. While I was sitting at park, I could feel the sunlight coming through the branches of the trees, the calm feeling from the Peter and Paul Church. I could see the peak of the skyscrapers. I could smell the tasty smell from the cafe(s) and restaurants at the columbus avenue. and lastly, I could hear the bird tweeting combined with the sounds of cars and busses.

My second trip was to Presidio all When I took a rest on my little hike at Presidio, the way to Baker Beach. All five of and sat on a huge trunk, I was able to identify a my sense agreed on the mood of tiny plant that grew on a huge tree trunk. The these places : fresh, relaxing and plant, that was highlighted by the sunset, brought epic. On this Journey, I paid more the feeling of not giving up and keep growing. attentions on details. I found that The shadow of the tiny plant that was watched there are lots hidden parts of the by its leaves was amazing, The fresh air nature that could create beautiful completed the experience of my Journey. patterns and/or amazing changes by itself. In nature, I wouldn't be fully It was sunset when I went down to Baker beach, and clearly amazed with the sense the reflection of the beautiful ‘Cotton Candy’ sky of space and place of nature, if I caught by the water of the ocean that left by the wasn't using all five of my sense, wave. A beautiful pattern on the sands also which is what special of this journey. created by the wave as it went back to the Some of the details I found it really ocean. This magnificent view sums up my joy of interesting. living.

Presidio Park



FIRST ITERATION For our first iteration, we are asked to make a wall that reflects our last assignment, journey of discover. I took inspiration from my discovery to Baker beach. I was confused at the beginning but then I chose my theme. My first iteration was inspired by the concept of the wave. So I made the stacked up same curve shaped cardboard to create sense of walking along on the beach. With a window opening and a seating area on the side, balancing the wall was the threat. Therefore, I created an overlapped roof to balance the weight on the right and left. I added light effects that come laterally between each the cardboard layers. My aim was to form space that express the tranquility and joy an ocean wave could bring.The thickness of my model failed to completely achieved that. I could have a hierarchy that emphasize my design intention.



REFLECTION After the presenting my first iteration in class, I was really confused on creating more events and spatial experiences along with making it with parallel walls be more abstract. I felt like I succeed on creating more events because of the clear pathway that I created with the wall position and opened roof. However, my second iteration of design did not quite achieve the excitement that I wanted to approach as I mentioned in the narrative. I think is very weak on becoming more abstract and creating parallel walls.

First Narrative Walking through this wall brings “go with the flow� kind of feelings when we walk along the beach. In a sense, it brings a peaceful, joyful, and relax walk. This wall is located at the entrance or exit gate a building where people could walk along and through this wave curved wall and take rest along their walk. Supposed the wall is located at the exit gate at a station, as we walk to the exit gate, we are welcomed by the feeling of the wave along the beach approaching us, which is implied on the low right side of the wall that leads to the floating seating area. The wave flow back and forth, our choice is usually stay and enjoy the feeling of coldness of the ocean water, which I implied on the floating seating area where people can see the wide view in front of them and from the openings of their side and back. People might also choose to keep walk along the beach. Gradually, the height is starting to increase until it creates an opening roof as the tube of the wave. As we turn and leave the gate, walking through this wave which lead us end of our journey. The right side of the wall also gives a little peak of the right view, that give a feeling of curiosity and want to explore more on the other side. The end of the journey leads to three choices, end the journey, explore the other side from what we see from these walls, or take a rest and enjoy the view like from the floating seating area.


Plan View

Elevation I

Elevation II

Elevation III


I felt like my third iteration was the most failed one because of the really rough model that the class nor myself were astonished by it. My intention was to basic, wave, again, and I didn't developed in both, my design construction nor the narrative. My third iteration did not quite express my narrative. What I like about my third iteration is the light effect on the surface that is created by the repetition of the wall and the openings on the roof. I also attempted to create different levels of the floor so visitor could feel different experiences. However, after we presented in class, I learned that my design model has limited spatial experience. Creating different levels is not enough for visitor to experience different space and events. One way to fix it is to exaggerate our design intentions by creating contrast and paradox.

Second Narrative

Wave of Tranquility

My design represents the tranquility and stability of a wave that we could feel at the beach. This piece is located in an opening park where the audience is seeking for shades. At first sight, the most significant aspects would be the vertical shape of a wave that stand perpendicular to the higher floor. As we wondering how to get there, we found a path that is slightly escalates to the sheltered area. The path represents the flow of the wave that goes back and forth as well as the depth of the water. Following the path, we arrive in a space where we could feel the tranquility of walking below the wave that is created by the shape of the glazed roof. The openings and and shadows create the crystal effect on the floor which bring the peacefulness as we are walking through it. To encompass the width of the roof, the rhythm and repetition of the wall creates opening on each side. As the wind flowing from one opening to another as well as from the entrance, we could peak the vistas surround us. At the corner of the building we are welcomed to take step out of the wave and look further the vistas of the outdoor environment. As we continue walking on the path, we finally arrived to our first destination that caught the viewer’s eyes, the vertical shape of a wave.The openings on the wall create the unique shadow on the floor. At the end of our path, we could look back on where we started and enjoyed the vistas from the other side from higher level.

Design Process


For my fourth my fourth iteration I really try experimenting my understanding from the notes that I took in class. How different spatial experience can occur from: - displacement - openings/ - repetition - elevation of structure recess - parallelism - intersections - arrangement - indentation - alignment - articulation For the design process, I started with a simple circle and starting to divide it into different section. Using the notes I was trying to balance the complexity and simplicity of my model. I began drawing possible structure by drawing different plan views. I practiced displacement, indentation, repetition of form, intersected with different shape of structure.

My hypothesis was to developed my design intention in parallelism, repetition, and hierarchical layers, horizontally and vertically. My goal was to create a form that express excitement with the balance of simplicity and complexity.


Plan View


Front View

I found the process of making this is really fun. I did a lots of experiment of displacing, adding and subtracting structures. Starting ideas with drawing plan views and elevation was really helping me through the process. I wanted to make the structure really light and has ‘floating’ effect. It was challenging to create that. I tried to do intersecting but the structure was to large so I changed it into beams. But it didn't fit the complexity that I want. So, I created a path that rise to low to higher level. After the class presentation, the class found my model as I expected to be, journey of excitement because of the dynamic of the structure, very welcoming open space, and many events that the path way gives. However, I realized that I am still weak at creating a neat model with the proper structure that supposed to hold other structure. I am working on to improve that through out this month.

Third Narrative

Loop of Freedom


In the middle of scenic meadows, there is an amorphous building. Once I approached it, apparently it was a pavilion that seems unfamiliar. When I stood under its roof, I felt small and powerless, but somehow I also felt excited from the dynamic of the structure. I wanted to find out why I felt two contrast emotions when I set foot here. Then, I was determined to step into the ramp that led me to explore the higher lever of this pavilion. As I walk through, I can see the sights on my right that seemed to be heading somewhere, or maybe the end. Suddenly the view was enclosed by high rising walls. I continued my journey to a balcony which was out of the loop of the clear path and seem to have dead end. As I walked toward the dead end, it turned out I was on the hill. This monumental pavilion has blocked the end scenery of the meadows. I was surprised and excited to find out more. I return to the loop of clear path and walked up the stairs that felt threatening. But I kept walking. At the end of the loop, I got to the top floor. I can see both sceneries the scenic meadows and the view down the hill. Up here, I find the answer of why I felt two contrast emotions in the beginning. Without experiencing both, bad and good side of life, I will not achieve the freedom that I have been seeking.

Plan View

Front View

Plan view

Elevation II


Elevation I

Elevation III


Horizon Houses by Lebbeus Woods

Story Board

Clarity of an Open Space Circulation La Maison des Fondateurs Architects: BIG Architects

Qualities : Simplicity, Serenity, and Balance Spatial Experiences: Orthogonally structured, different elevations create different views, transitions from one shape to another

AROUND Pavilion Location: The Kings’ Garden (Kongens Have) Gothersgade , Copenhagen Architects: Mikkel Kjærgård Christiansen and Jesper Kort Andersen

Qualities : Relaxing, enjoyable, and exploratory Spatial Experiences: Walking through the exterior sunshades, space in and outside the shape of the structure, the exposed structure

Qualities : Fluidity, Exploratory, Sophisticated Spatial Experiences: Spiral lifted structure, overlapping that responds to the cite, continuous separation of the roof

Ytong Culture and Activity House Architects: ABOUTBLANK Architects

Qualities : Various events, perfect harmony of productive and comfort Spatial Experiences: Concentric displacement of the circle sections, variety of recesses on each walls, rhythm of the shape

Qualities : Welcoming, Attractive, magnificent Spatial Experiences: The use of the artificial lights amplify the circle roof and other shapes on and around it.

Ribbon Chapel Location : Hiroshima, Japan Architects: Hiroshi Nakamura & NAP Architects

Qualities : Sophisticated, Peacefulness, Panoramic, Spatial Experiences: Freestanding spiral structure unified as a wall, roof, and floor (stairs), the spaces in between create opening for the space in the middle,

Water and Sculpture Hills ICHIHARA Architects: Kumiko Inui

Busan Opera House Architects: Henning Larsen Architects and Tomoon Architects

Sixth Iteration

Kits Of Parts Elevation view

Plan view

Perspective view

Strengths : I am developing on systematic thinking for constructing my model. Instead of adding new shapes and form like what I did on my last iterations, I am using the repetition and hierarchal technique. I developed on my design thinking. It is still based on curvilinear shape as the back bone, but instead of continuously following one curve, I added other curve that is tangent and crossing the main curve. I also managed to construct horizontally as well as vertically. Weaknesses: My intention to build strong on repetition is not strong enough because it did not have one main center that could be the point of rhythm. Many sections and parts are unfinished due to time management. Weak presentation in class.

Threats: My threats was my own paranoia and time management, so I kept on making and thinking. Crafting skill also a threat for me but I am learning daily. Constructing without any intentions, and I end up restarting again. Opportunities : Whenever I am stuck, I would learn the vocabulary from Yahoo groups, and then I started to apply it on my design. After the class presentation, I decided to developed my design on SketchUp. Using matrix along with the kits of parts helped me answers my confusions on what to do next. I experiment those on my SketchUp and I would construct my model. I also need to develop my design language and intentions of my design by reading and experimenting .

From Right Top: Perspective1 Perspective 2 Plan View Front Elevation View

CONCLUSION Architecture 101 is such a fun and challenging class! This first 8 weeks, I learn that working hard, reading and not procrastinating are really important. I have learnt so many different perspectives about ‘design’ and still curious to know so much more. At first, I was worried that I would be the only person who do not know anything about design and constructing architecture model. But as weeks pass by, we are all on the same page. I love how everyday I come to class, my classmates and I always have conversations about constructing the model the night before and how frustrated we are but we are still curious why doing this and that doesn't work. Sharing and the constructive criticism in class really helps on understanding and reflecting our own design as well as other people’s design. This is my favorite quote in this class, “The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw.”-Havelock Ellis. It doesn't have to be perfect and don't be afraid making mistakes ,the most important thing is you try your best effort to do it.

RESEARCH EXPLORATION Tel Aviv Museum of Art by Herta and Paul Amir


Bloomberg Pavilion Project by Akihisa Hirata

Inspiration #1 : The use of light to enhance the structure

San Telmo Museum Extension by Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos, San Sebastiรกn, Spain


Starbucks Coee at Dazaifutenmagu Omotesando by Kengo Kuma and Associates


SECTIONING Centre of Marrakech by Barkow Leibinger

ContemPLAY by McGill School of Architecture students

Inspiration #2: My research is focused on structure of the installation or building that lets natural sunlight comes through and emphasize its structure. I also focused on how it is constructed and how the joints combined together with different patterns of repetition.

PRECEDENCE RESEARCH : Inspiration #2 : Cave

Inspiration #1 : Beehive

EXOtique project from PROJECTiONE

Parametric Celebration Property

Honey Dome Voussoir Cloud

Corrugated Cardboard Pavilion by Miguel Arraiz García & David Moreno Terrón, Valencia – Spain “Kids are lost like bees” The Beehive House at the PNE, collaboration between architects DGBK, West Fraser forest company and PCL construction.

TESSELLATION DAL Canopy Design / Digital Architectural Lab

Swoosh Pavilion by Architecture students in London

Gallery of ICD/ITKE Research Pavilion / University of Stuttgart

Kokoro Shelter FireFighter’s House by Tokyo-based architect Masaharu Takasaki

City College of San Francisco Ocean Campus Batmale Hall, 2nd Floor Courtyard 17 May 2016 Weather temperature ; 53 F to 77 F Average Precipitation : 3.5 inches Possible Wind direction : From the West



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Sun Position on Wednesday, 17 May 2016 (Presentation day)


Batmale Hall



Social Sit and Reflect Interactions

Beauty (B)




Unexpected (U)




Inexplicable (I)




The branches of the tree create dramatic shadows on the ground - the site is flat and covered with dirt, is not hard concrete - site is located on higher elevation than other sites so it provides view from both west (creative arts building) and east (field and residential district) direction of the Martson Ave - The elevation also create little dramatic drop from the north perspective -




Design Ideas for tessellation: I want to focus on the reflections of the branches which as it best at noon. I plan it to be an open roof design so the tree can also be natural ceiling. The entrance of the path would start as an social interactions because of the unexpected. I also want to build around the two trees which can support the framing of particular part of path or nodes.

The site provides natural ceiling from the three trees which also implied triangle frame - The site has dramatic drop from the north perspective - Compare to other sites, it has a clear view to enjoy from shaded area - The challenge for the site is the slope. The installation would need more support on the construction -

Design Ideas for tessellation: I want to focus various functions of the trees, such as framing the site and natural ceiling for the installation. I plan to build around the trees and create an intersection for every aspect of the design. Under the shade area, instead of value the mysterious, I plan to bring the joy of it.

SITE 2 N Tree








located on sloped area and lowest elevation compare to other sites on hill sides. Allow different elevation for the entrance, community space, nodes and paths it provides a clear view of the San Francisco residential districts without worrying other installation block it. The site also has interesting reflections on the surface ground. Some are different shaded areas and some have sunlight at certain part of the area The dramatic drop can also be other opportunity to develop an aspect of the design

Design Ideas for tessellation: I want to focus on the reflections of the different shaded area and clear view.






Back View

Side View

Top View

Strength : I explored many different ways and try to make it to be my own original way of tessellation. The two entrance at the end of the structure is not symmetrical, yet still correspond to each other. From the outside, they would experience threat because of the structure that looks like an armadillo skin that would attack and roll on you at some point. Yet, when people get into the installation, the would feel release because I create opening to let the light come in.. It creates unfamiliar reflection on the surface.

Weaknesses : The joints between trapezoid shapes are different and not connected. It is not measured correctly. The only thing that make the structure stand is glue. My intention to create threatening feeling is not fulfilled Opportunities : I intended to do tessellation without know the actual meaning of it. When we discussed it in class, Shawn and I come up with the definition of tessellation 1. create repetition of shape(s). *Edges of shape may vary to create no gaps. *If it overlap, it would have to have a repetition of overlap and same connection or joint. 2. Connect one edge to another It would have been better if I did some researches and measure thoroughly. Consider other option for the structure to stand not only with glue.

This iteration is my other ways to explore tesselation. I cut each part of a long rectangle shape and attach it together. It is really weak because it is strong enough to hold the bending part, so I used a lot of glue to solve this. So the structural integrity is depending on the glue on the end points of the structure. However, I liked how dynamic it looks if I attached the endpoint asymmetrically, which makes the structure little bit tilted and create a space under neath. Some of the opportunities that I can explore are to find ways to create more balance structural integrity by creating extension, put weight, or place it more steady.

Front View


Back View


Front View

Top View

Side View

Reflection This iteration is my first attempt to create site specific design model. I intended to place the model at the edge of the site (wall, pic. a). The purpose is to create threat for the “drop� feeling there. The open frame was from my inspiration, beehive. My purpose was to frame different views of the west and the south. After class discussion, my classmates like the open roof structure and how the reflection would be cast on the wall. However, the structure has weak structural integrity. In addition to that, the wall and the octagonal shape did not quite connected because different size of octagonal. So, here is my lesson, I should consider different types of joints to create strong structural integrity, explore more opportunities to utilize the site to be more site specific design, and think about the materials for cost effective and time efficient purposes.



From Left to Right : North Side view Top view West side view


FOURTH ITERATIONSITE SPECIFIC DESIGN Strength : Our group decided to build around the tree. I intended to frame the view and create a clear path for the people to discover. I explored different type of walls with sectioning and tessellation to provide different framing of the view from different side. I created open roof structure to le the branches of the tree to be a natural ceiling. So, it would be more engaged to the site and the surrounding.

From Left to Right : Tree First Perspective Second Perspective Entrance Perspective

Weakness : • It did not have strong structural integrity for each different type of the wall. • The structure does not let the area to provide Opportunities : its best spatial • Explore different abilities to be experiences. not too literal. • The transition from one • Consider other ways to engage structure to another is with the site, for example the use not smooth enough to of the tree as the central angle of create beauty. the structure. • Consider the materials to create solid structural integrity


Project Manager

: Amanda Ramadhani

Design Coordinator : Minh Hoang Accountant

: Paloma Santos

Site Coordinator

: Buse Gündoğdu


: Shawn Cheng Khang

TEAM ROLES We began by deciding tasks that each different roles would be responsible. This lead to rules of engagement. Our rules of engagement is based on what we agreed upon, and may have changes if it necessary. These rules give us ideas on how to communicate clearly, participation policy, solving conflict to keep our construction process smooth and effective. Along with this, we collect our schedule to figure out when is the best time to meet. We also create Facebook group chat for our communication and google drive for shared photos.

Afterwards, we estimated our groups project timeline. we listed all the activities that we are going to do and due dates that we have to be finished on.The project time line is divided as 3 phases; -phase 1 is design and planning when we had discussion on team design concept and deciding which model -phase 2 is pre-construction when we came up with kit of parts, estimating the budget, and purchasing materials -phase 3 is construction and finalization when we did the construction and discussion along with it. We filled this out as we work on our project. Next day, we went to courtyard to observe the site.

Construction Process

Design & Planning


Construction & Finalization

SITE OBSERVATION Our first site observation as a team, we discovered and specify some significant aspects : - Existing view, north view of the trees, south view of residential area - The single tree - View of the sky - The surrounding area, sloped and flat site - Shade, natural ceiling from tree branches

TEAM DESIGN DISCUSSION AND On our first design discussion as a group on Tuesday, April 5, we discussed about our team design intentions, such as the metaphor, program analysis, diagram and theme. After site observation, we decided to use the tree as our main focus. We consider different reasons: site specific, strong metaphor, the existing view, and the natural ceiling that it provides from the branches. We were planning to build around the tree and also using the sloped area to create more tensions and excitement to our design. For the structural approach, we decided to use tessellation or sectioning, but we did not limit any other structural approach if they want. So, for the next meeting, we agreed on bringing our first design iteration as a group with a narratives and SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis.

By Minh

By Paloma


By Buse

By Amanda

The next meeting, Thursday April 7, we brought individual design and present it to our group. Our main focus was the same, building around the tree, but we had different ways of approaching it. As the discussion and presentation went on, I took note in our Facebook group chat and record some of our discussion. After presenting individual model, we identify the weaknesses and the opportunities that we could improve to the design. We also discussed about the possibilities and non-possible design, and how to solve it. Our next step was to go to the site and try to apply our model to the site. We talked about what are the possible materials that could be use for this and that model, what is the estimate budget, whether it would be too expensive or not, and time management. After long consideration, we did not find any design that fits our intentions. So, we decided to create another model for next meeting on Tuesday.


On Tuesday, April 12, unfortunately, many of our team members could not attend due to certain reasons, Paloma and I were sick and Buse had work emergency. But based on our rules of engagement, “if member could not come to discussion or construction, he or she will be contacted through video call, if necessary�. So, I had the chance to discuss our design with Minh and Shawn through video call. I did not have that much time due to poor connection, but we continue discussed it through group chat with photos and explanation videos. After long discussion, we decided that model to be our final team design due to its abstract and dynamic structure that it has.

On Thursday, April 14, all the team members attend the meeting. Since, we had decided our design, we start to identify the materials that we would need, the estimated budget, the possible joints, the program, and metaphor. We observe back and forth to the site to make sure we could engage with all the existing views and areas that the site has. We were confused about the joints and the steps of we could build around the tree.So, we asked Jerry, our instructor, for guidance. So, here is the note that we took during discussion. After discussion, we finished to estimate the materials that we need to start construction next week. We also came up with rough timeline with the tasks that has to be done for next four weeks. We also observe the material that we had in the department.

Facebook Groupchat 4/14/2016 1:10pm MINH’s Design : Strengths: -reflecting the tree, -tree as natural ceiling, - different perspective - High level of abstract, order, hierarchy, bleak, consistent, it satisfies the program better, it respond more than just a tree, Opportunities : Add mirrors for interactions, Provide seating area, extensions to the ground (single or double), holes with slide, rotated "foot" Consideration angles, different types of fabrics and how it will connect to each other, cutting edges the elasticity of the wood (how flex is it ), the strength of the woods, connecters (screw , rope, tree fabric materials, Measure the tree ( branches of the tree, )\ Weight ( keep it light, keep it contrast with the existing site, tree, not concrete, solid) temporary existence but stay Reflective surfaces, reflective MYLAR structural integrity for the prototype : resource ( time and materials) triangular cables, use tensioning as joint, inaccuracy of measuring







Team Design Drawing by Minh, Design Coordinator

“Embraces aura of the tree that sees the modernity and antiquity of the human world�

KIT OF PARTS Lumber : 4”x4”x12’ 1x 2”x4”x12’ 6x 2”x4”x8’ 15x 0.6”x2.3”x8’ 12x 0.6”x1.5”x8’ 24x

rogram Diagram

Screw : Spax Multimaterial ½” 3lbs Connection: 3 inch Metal Angle Milter saw 12”



Home Depot, Colma Saturday, April 16,2016

CONSTRUCTION AND TOOLS SAFETY REFLECTION: •Pay Attention to what you're doing •Don’t be distracted and do not distract each other •Keep the work area safe to avoid freak accident •Check electricity safety : Use power tool as it is, use proper gauge, external cords •Develop good personal work habit : common sense, exercising, no loose clothes •Mental health checklist : keep it balanced •Circular Saw safety : keep area free potential hazard, dry, dust; properly set up the god and operate properly. •Miter saw safety : 1)use of wood and wood-like material only, 2)check the stability, 3)plan your work, 4)hold on the fence, 5) use clamps for short materials,

PRECEDENCE RESEARCH : DESIGN AND JOINTS Building design around the tree The Open Structure by Thomas Lommee

In Praise Of Nests and Other Things by Thomas Savage

Types of wood joints

TEAM PROGRESS #2 On April 19, we started discussion about how are we going to do construction, and we decided there are three main points : joints, main frame, and accents pieces. So, we explored the joints and discussed the researched that we brought.

This is our design coordinator, Minh’s ideas to do the joints. We did not have any tools to do the first and third type of joints, so we only did the second one, end lap joint.

Construction process



April 21

May 3

April 26

April 28

May 5

May 10

TEAM PROGRESS #3 On April 21, we continued to build the main frame from where we start on Wednesday. Some of the challenges that we faced was the adjusting structure with the slope around tree. The main frame was pretty heavy when finished built it. It consist of, two piece doubled-12’ 2x4, and one piece longer than 12’ 4x4. To adjust it with the slope, we had to move it around for almost five to seven times, even though it was only one or two steps different. We thought that we miscalculated and have to start over, but thankfully not. So we moved on to the next challenges!

We continued to build the first cube, the most challenging one because we have to surround the tree without hurting it. There are specific angles that we have to be aware and also keep the structure to be all 90 degrees angle so that it becomes a firm cube. Furthermore, we also had to decide what type of joints that would be strong enough to hold the cube structure. For some of us who weren’t familiar with the construction had to have really brief explanation of the next steps of the construction. So from this point, we had time to divide the tasks of which person do what.

On the finalization process, we continued to add the accent pieces. At first, we haven’t figure out the design because we shift our design from the small scale model. So, our design coordinator had come up with four design with accent pieces.

Because of the time limit, we didn’t have enough time to apply any of those design. We tried to imply one of them (1) to see how it would look, but it didn't come to an agreement. So, in the last minute we created extensions for the accent pieces to create the sense of that the physical aura of the tree kept growing even though its unchangeable.

We continued to build the second cube, third cube and fourth cubes. The problem wasn’t building those cubes, it was about where it should be positioned. The reason behind it because we shift the design a little bit from the small scale model. So we almost had 3 days of discussion, in person and in group chat, about this particular problem. The main point that we discussed was about what changes or adjustment should we do to keep the structure respond to the site, program analysis and narratives. So, we decided to build the cube more randomized to have more floating effect in order to keep our dynamic aspect of it.

BUDGET Given the $250 Gift card from the department, the materials left over from last semester, and tools from team member, we were able to be resourceful and end up with $98 left over.


We started to prepare the presentation a week before the date. Due to Buse’s hand got copper tunnel, as a team we agreed upon designating her as the one who would be responsible for presentation, so that she could help with the construction whenever she feel better. Each of us had different part of the presentation that we had to submit to Buse. Amanda : Program Analysis, Site Observation, project timeline. Buse : Presentation, Research, Photos Minh : Kit of Parts, team model graphics Shawn : joints, construction challenges Paloma : budget, Narratives From these individual tasks, we would bring it to group discussion at least once a week. All of submitted out parts of the presentation organized by Buse, we were all really amazed by it.

Finally, May 17 the presentation day has come. The Jurys were UC Berkeley Graduates and Amily from Architecture Department. We had got great feedbacks and also learned a lot from their constructive criticism. The Jury loved the graphic of our presentation, how it related to the theme of our installation, the model, sketches that shows the process of our construction briefly. When we showed our previous small scaled model, they really liked it because it has more different materials and thickness on it that creates different experiences. For the suggestion, the transition from the installation to the seating area is needed, rather than just put boxes around the tree. Overall, we as a group are really thankful to have them as our judge. We had the chance to learn more from them and be proud of what we have achieved.


CONCLUSION Architecture 101 is always going to be my favorite and most memorable class. All the hard work and challenges that I went through on this journey, from not knowing what design is to building an installation in four weeks, is a priceless experience that I am really proud to be apart of. I had the chance to develop my skills on communicating, and presenting my ideas with my fellow classmates. Not only the materials I learn in class, but also learning from and with others, which was really enjoyable because we share stories and discoveries. I became more confident to pursue my education majoring win urban planning. I would like to thank Professor Jerry Lum for always supporting us to achieve our goals and being patience with all of us through out the semester. I wish I could keep our class’ memories in a jar and open it when I miss them. Thank you for Jerry for lighten up the path for me and taught me amazing things that I really love to explore, on my first year here in college. Lastly, I hope that all of us would continue our journey to reach our goals because this is just the end of the beginning, that would open more doors for us to explore.

Thank you for the amazing spring semester!

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