Studio Air Jun Li 526496
I am a third year architecture student of Melbourne University. Unlike many architecture students who had their goals to become architects when they were still quite young, choosing architecture as my major is more like a coincidence for me. However, it has changed me a lot in terms of perceptions about the space and interests about art and other areas.
Encounter with Digital Architectural Design
The first time I used Rhinoceros software to design was in the Virtual Studio in my first year. From the studio, I learned a lot different ideas about architecture and art. I embraced the new idea of digital architectural design and become interested in the iterative geometry and negative spaces, which I did study during the studio.
Toyo Itoâ€™ s work Grin Grin Park in Fukuoka The project seems to expand the discourse of architecture as architecture is not just buildings. It can create spaces for people walking through, sitting and chatting with others, which reinforce the connection of people in the community. It can be democratic as all people can use it like a park. The complexity it created can enrich the experiences for people and we can imagine the further influences that the project may have on peopleâ€™s daily life.
Ar chi te ctur e a s a D i s c o u r s e
The continous spiraling shapes merge with the undalation of the topography, manifested the complexity and variations of the projects. This generates various path for people to experience and they can even walk on the exterior to get interesting views of the park. The form was generated and tested by using computation simulation. The digital technology makes the testing of the different opportunities more effective so that the optimization of forms become possible for designers. In this way, digital technology assists designers to rationalize variations of forms for them to make decisions and it also give designers more freedom to think three-dimensional surfaces to blur the boundary between interior and exteiror.
Different from Toyo Ito’s idea to creat forms that mergy with its surrounding, Steven Holl is interested in the experimence of porous forms that interact with light, bluring the forms and creating interesting shadows, which is quite different way to make architecture talk about its surrounding and change people’s perceptions about the spaces. Digital technology creates new way for designers to create fusion between building and its surrounds, Steven said that there was no vanishing point in Alvar Aalto’s works as they integrated into the buildings’ surroundings. In the new era, the Steven Holl’ porosity theory also creates the effects that can capture the change of light and create fusion of forms.
NYU Department of Philosophy Faculty Offices and Graduate Student Offices, Seminar Rooms, Periodicals Library and Lounge with a Ground Floor 120seat Auditorium to be used by the NYU Faculty of Arts