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Beijia Gu 1st Year Portfolio Pratt Institute School of Architecture


Content

Spatial Transformer

Design I

Design I

Design I

Machinery Joints

Memory Hatbitat


Found Landscape

Echoing Density

St.Nicholas Church

Design II

Representation I

Built Ideas

Design I

Design II Design II

Representation II

The Bridge

Finney Guest House Analysis


Machinery Joints Instructor: Christoph Kumpusch Basswood Model

To explore the tectonic within wood joint model. To not only look at the representation of the built joint but also the way they were design. The three woord machinery joint are designed with language word pair by investiigating the meaning and origin of the words,Inspired by The introduction chapter of The Thousand Pleatue.


Space Transformer Instructor: Christoph Kumpusch Basswood Model

The spatial transformer was designed to archive a tectonic architectual expression through a series of performative movement. It is related to the generating process of human’s memory. Our memory is generated from the individuals, which being the center of the memory and depends on various types of personal or shared experience. Our memory is formed by momentoes. And individual rearrange them into certain order in which ways we are able to have a constant recognition and awareness of ourselves and the outer world. The action of the space transformer is inspired by thiis type of intellectual progress in a tectonic level.


Space Transformer A space transformer looking for relationship between human’s memory and space circulation The performative structure is activated by small joints in order. Inspired by the introduction chapter of The Thousand Pleatue. That the formation of spatial experience is generated in a similar manner of memory.


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1. Final stage Transformer 2. Stage one Transformer 3. Stage two Transformer (looking for momento) 4. Stage three Transformer(Momento reform circulation)


Aerial view of the habitat A combination of conflict; a language of blockage; a movement towards conmunication


Spatial Memory Habitat Instructor: Christoph Kumpusch Basswood Model

The definition of home and dwelling changed over time and individual. In the first chapter of The poetic of space, home(house) is presented as “a privileged entity for a phenomenological study of the intimate values of inside space, provided, of course, that we take it in both its unity and its complexity, and endeavor to integrate all the special values in one fundamental value.� Home as a psychological term at the most of time do impress its inhabitant as a emotion medium while the term house as a physical being of home translate our memory from space to emotion. In combine with the discussion of memory, the second phase is to find the awareness of each inhabitants and their spaces. The transformation shows how the separated module tend to communicate and be intervened with each other. The dynamic form of each individual spaces now become the fragment triggers of the ensemble’ s memory to look for the systematic logic to encounter the concern of invisible power. and a logic,


Mental Switch Memory as a connection is meant to have a order. However, the nature of human being’s brain determined that in most case our memory is being stored as a fragment momento. Such fragment trigger the sleeping memory to vital story like rhizome, principle of “connection and heterogeneity. any point of a rhizome can be connected to anything other, and must be The memory of home(dwelling) can bring up our childhood, sadness, happiness and so on by visualization, smelling, sound and versatile ways. That says, our dwelling in a way defined our memory by playing a medium that transferred the information.

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1. Transformer stage one -conflict 2. Transformer stage two -attampting 3. Transformer stage three -open minds 4. Battling Plan(stage one) Photoshop drawing 5. Final Stage: Leading to communication One-point Perspective, Ink on Mylar


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Ink on Mylar Drawings(36�*36*) Photography 1. Aerial Axonometric Drawing (3rd stage) 2. Axonometric Drawing (1st stage) 3. Section drawing (3rd stage)


The Undiscovered Country Instructor: Robert Lee Brackett III Moulding landscape

The probes returned three digital scans of the harshly geometric continent, the only presumed inhabitable land on the distant world. Each scan is a color and light spectrum analysis observing three distinct scales of atmospheric distortion of the alien land below. In order to determine the most significant locations for our initial footings you will each propose a study in your respective zones exploring the temporal relationship between the tectonic morphology of the landscape, the atmospheric influence of the alien daylight cycle, and our transition from sky to ground. Careful consideration must be paid to the acclimation of new arrivals to the light cycles and geographical / geological conditions of the new world. To establish a Critical correspondence between the body ritual, natural phenomena and spatial development of the architecture. A


Landscape Light studies Photograph. (Winter Lighting)


The Undiscovered Country Instructor: Robert Lee Brackett III Moulding landscape model In order to determine the most significant locations for our initial footings you will each propose a study in your respective zones exploring the temporal relationship between the tectonic morphology of the landscape, the atmospheric influence of the alien daylight cycle, and our transition from sky to ground. Careful consideration must be paid to the acclimation of new arrivals to the light cycles and geographical / geological conditions of the new world.


Landscape Photograph and rhino rendering (lighting: Winter late morning)


The Bridge Instructor: Robert Lee Brackett III Paper Model on existed moulding landscape

Bridge represent connection,movement and direction. It’s a theshold character that is used tilized to connect aparted land. It is occupiable space though being designed to be inhabit in active movement. It is an iconic element that represent a direction of progressing through. The bridge itself is a static existence. However, with the inhabitant’s movement given to the bridge, it becomes dynamic and alive. My intention for my final project the watchtower is to design a bridge system that utilises the three characters of bridge by being mapped by a constructed poem.


The Bridge


The Poetic Episodes Instructor: Robert Lee Brackett III Moulding landscape model

This long journey won’t end until they know where they supposed to be. In the front there is unknown the way back home has been left in shadow But they have to keep marching anyway.

A bridge sometime appears in their sight, A bridge holding Serpent’s apple. Look out on a winter’s day with eyes that know the darkness in their soul. The brave soul shall face The Cowards, fade When no hope was left in sight they watch the bridge that’s outside On a starry night, one took his risks as heroes often do. The Warrior then head off towards the bridge A long long journey, the heart of hesitate may never will. But there is hope. Suffered for his sanity but never regret what he chose Running in the bloody thorn of silver rose Lying crushed and broken, on the virgin snow With a glance to the far distant, he smiled. Covered by the winter shadow The undiscovered world is shining its gloss.


Cage Cell (static)

Bridge Cell (Dynamic)_Parallel con-


The Blurring Space Instructor: Robert Lee Brackett III Moulding landscape model A bridge is typically treated as a way of connecting the separate. It is way of visualising the invisible communication between the aparted objects. As a node that is always constructed in between, bridge will never be presented as a clearly clarified object. It is a mixture of both lands and its own existence. It’s a undefined blurred area where the static and dynamic element merged into each other and create a new inhabiyable space. The design method is to rethink the process of the blurring and address the process to cooperate the epsode within the poem

Blurring_Piercing Action

Blurring_Merging

Blurred Space


Echoing Density Instructor: Jeremy Calvarho Ink on mylar Drawings

The final drawing was to use all the drawing techniques(Auxiliary/Secondary auxiliary/shadow projection, etc) to illustrate/ re-interpret and help understand the concept in individual’s studio project.


Echoing Density

• Definition -Echoing 1) A repetitive pattern with certain logic. 2) A reflection of energy/potential according to it’s responds to another object/ force. -Density 1) The amount per unit size 2) The spatial property of being crowded together (condensed) • Personal Comprehension Echoing as a quality of sound has a nature of dispersive while density is defined as objects being gathered together. The term Echoing is better presented as in negative space. The idea is to show the conflict between the two terms and to point out the communication created by the echoing objects by applying the idea density in the drawing without breaking the sense of echoing.


Echoing Density, Ink on Mylar.


The Finney Guest House Analysis Instructor: Otto Ruano AudoCAD and Adobe Illustrator Drawings

The Finney Guest House Paul Rudalph Florida(unbuilt) PRODUCED BY AN AUTODESK EDUCATIONAL PRODUCT

To produce individual drawing that unpack the logic and proposal behind the Finney Guest House.


Finney Guest House Analysis Instructor: Otto Ruano AudoCAD and Adobe Illustrator Drawings

The Finney Guest House can be looked as a series of transforamation of a simple box. Grids played a essential role in assigning the structural member. By manipulate the grids system, using the interraction between sturcture memers(wall and columns),Paul Rudalph was able to break the representation nature of this house, which is an extreme linearity; the simple xy axis direction that’s brought by the deconstructed box, and recreate a different U-shape circulation. The term pervacy is also refined as the presnetation of awareness rather than enclosure.

The Finney Guest House -Sectional Perspective (1/2”=1’0”) Beijia Gu Representation II-Midterm Prof.Otto Ruano


The Finney Guest House Axonometric Explosion Analysis AudoCAD and Adobe Illustrator Drawing


Built Ideas Installation The Built Ideas Group Chip board model and Photography

An proposal to the ruined church on the site if world trade center by Greek architect and architecture professor at Pratt Institute, Theo David.


Built Ideas Installation The Built Ideas Group Chip board model and Photography

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