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Architecture & Interior Des
Lure In this project, my design intention was to create a connection that links Greville Street, Prahran Chapel Street area and the surroundings. I believe that Greville Street has a unique characteristic within this area, while it tends to be neglected by the visitors. To achieve â€˜connectivityâ€™, I am proposing a set of street installation, to integrate the rich cultural characteristics of Chapel Street with the Greville Street, therefore inviting more visitors into the street, increasing street recognition and activating the street as a whole. As part of the Chapel Street commercial area, Greville Street once was well known for its retro boutiques. The important factor in the street is the unit, which mostly are detached 1-2 storeys ranging from 18th century to contemporary. A total lack of uniformity is always the rule; the mixture of styles and materials contributes to the richness of the street. This cosmopolitan strip contains various amazing shops, colourful fashions, eclectic gifts, book stores, CD records and jewellery shops.
However, after several visits in this area,
owners in Greville Street complain about the
I found that Chapel Street always seems
high rent, which is as high as that of a busy
quite busy, even a little bit chaotic, but as
shopping strip. Also, some of the items sold
an offshoot of Chapel Street, Greville Street,
on this street seem rather expensive to most
however, appears to be disconnected from
shoppers. Overshadowed by Chapel Street,
the main commercial area. The whole street
it continues to be overlooked by shoppers.
is so quiet even in the day time, which is
Facing a dramatic fall in the number of shop-
completely different to Chapel Street. In the
pers, more and more of such independent
night, the lack of enough lighting makes the
boutiques have been replaced by chain
entire street so dark and dull, therefore totally
stores recently. The culture of “independent
unattractive to passersby.
design and retail” in Greville Street is therefore descending.
The shopper crowd “shopper stream” somehow passes it by, rather than flowing into it. With less walk-by traffic, the shop
In an attempt to overcome such difficulty that Greville Street faces, a set of street lighting installation is designed to facilitate the street. This design aims to lure more people to come in and explore the amazing shops on the street. On one hand, through a series of researches, which are based on public, street art and installations, I found the most successful â€˜attention grabbersâ€™ are those decorated in bright colours with a unique form or a shop selling an outstandingly fun idea.
On the other hand, prior to fabricating the lighting system, a mapping study model of Prahran area was made. By identifying the important points within this area, which are from both public transportation and commercial aspects, each of these points were connected to Greville Street on the map; following 3 steps, an interesting triangle-combined pattern was created eventually .
Key Commercial spot Train N Tram Bus
Key Commercial spot Train Tram
KEY COMMERCIAL SPOT Train
KEY COMMERCIAL SPOT
In order to convert this pattern from 2-D version to 3-D form, all the shops on Greville Street were categoried into five specific types: fashion retail (pink), restaurant/bar/cafĂŠ (green), hair/ beauty salon (blue), music/book store (orange), and the others (yellow).Each of the type is indicated by a particular colour.
FASHION RESTAURANT/BAR/CAFE HAIR/BEAUTY SALON MUSIC STORE/BOOKSTORE MIX
Each of the same type is then connected by painted aluminum poles and lure balls with their corresponding colours. These then weave together into the street fabric, forming up a certain pattern. This two dimensional pattern is then adjusted in three dimensional level, becoming a
Stores of the same type are then connected
whole eye catching scene.
by painted aluminium poles and lure balls with their corresponding colours. These weave together into the street fabric, forming up a certain pattern. This two dimensional pattern is then adjusted in three dimensional level, becoming a whole eye catching scene.
Apart from being a street decoration, the colors of the installation give visitors subtle information of where the stores are. During the night time, the lure balls will be switched on, becoming an even stronger attraction, by coloring the air above the streets, creating a vivid atmosphere within. The visitors will then likely follow the weaving lines of the lights, through which Greville Street attracts people from the main street, keeping the streets connected. As additiional elements to the local context, this facility will work as a physical connection between Greville Street and its surrounding areas, inviting more
people onto this discovering journey.
Box Hill is a multi-cultural, colourful and enthusiastic suburb in Melbourne. It has a history over 150 years and there are so many amazing historical events happened in Box Hill It would be great to assemble everything in one place and show them to the residents from Box Hill and other suburbs. Centro Box Hill is in the centre of Box Hill and it is a transportation hinge and a huge shopping centre. My idea is to install a pavilion on the main street in Centro Box Hill to achieve the design purpose, and also apply the culture and historical features of Box Hill to the design in order to attract more people.
To create a pavilion that contains the cultural aspects and historical features, a timeline would be considered to be used as the key connection. Over 100 yearsâ€™ history from 1900 to 2009 of Box Hill will be divided into several parts (1920, 1945, 1980 and 2000) that represent the special features of Box Hill.
Different kinds of materials and forms are used according to the different time periods of Box Hill, tessellated tiles, timber, hole proof fabrics, etc will be used in the project. A concept layering the material one by one follows the timeline to combine them together. For the main part of the design, the timeline will be used and layered one by one throughout the whole building.
A scheme of simplicity and detailsing goes through the design. At the same time, the pavilion has the function of creating a better walk flow and walking experience for people. People will have fun when they walkking through the pavilion.
By designing this pavilion, Centro Box Hill will be a very interesting place for people to visit and whilealso providinge the convenience for the residents in Box Hill. It also contains the cultural aspects and mixes them together in order as one educational piece for the visitors to educate people.
Isaac Newton discovered that if one shines a white light through a glass prism, the light refraction inside the prism would generate a rainbow on the other side (Curious Minds, 2009). A prism, like the â€œRMIT Triangleâ€? is a three-dimensional space, and like a prism, the space exists as an area of transformation. 025
The brief of this project is to discover a place where it is not functioning properly. Thus, based on the current condition, a transformation is required to enhance the place. This place is accidentally found in the RMIT city campus, which is named â€œRMIT Triangleâ€?. It is an awkward space that has been created as a result of the juxtaposition of three buildings on the RMIT campus. This is an open space (for most of its part) and contains within it, irregular walkways in which its users have to zig-zag through.
This space is primarily used during the day,
who enter the site with the intention of be-
due to insufficient lighting at night. Most
ing alone are loath to share the space with
users would tend to avoid this space at night
others who come there for the same reason.
because they find it frightening. In addition,
Some make use of the uncomfortable elon-
the narrow staircase and alley-way act as
gated bench to study or sit by themselves
a wind tunnel, gusts of wind are trapped
and sip coffee. However, if it is raining, users
inside the space creating anxiety. One of its
can only use this space to walk through as
fundamental purposes is that it is a short cut
the seating area is not sheltered.
between buildings. Lecturers use the ramp in this space for transporting equipment between buildings. Through observation we gathered that the space is used mainly as an open area to smoke, think and be alone. Most of its users prefer to be alone; people
Much like a ray of light, both the users and
students stay on campus to work in the
wind bend their journey when they navigate
library. Secondly, the space is also ignored
through the space. Furthermore, RMITâ€™s
when the weather is unfavourable. It is within
exterior image is powerful through the use
the best interests of our users to create better
of strong and saturated colours whereas the
protection against the elements of rain and
colours in the site are softer, duller and less
wind. In dealing with these structural prob-
passionate. Thus the literal rainbow that is
lems, the space may be utilized in whatever
the exterior of RMIT already exists and the
condition or time of day. The proposal is to
space remains unique as it does not look like emphasise the idea of transformation. This
the rest of the campus. Within the develop-
extends passed the physical journey one
ment of this idea, we intend on grappling
takes when walking through the space to
the structural problems that exist within the
the spiritual and intellectual transformation
space. Firstly we shall make this space an
students experience when they navigate
accessible area for users at night as many
through their years at university.
In terms of the layout of the site, a slight alteration is applied on the current condition by considering the problems. The ramp has been removed from the central position, which aims to direct all the traffic flow to the irregular walkway, in order to reduce the sound level and the distraction of the open space to a minimum. A new and permanent ramp is placed in this walkway.
The long wooden bench is replaced by a collection of comfortable triangular-shaped chairs. During the design development process, we recognised the fact that the space was an outcome of pure accident. We decided that the accident could become spaces for the furniture, and it would only be appropriate for the pieces of furniture to be triangles of different forms and sizes. Therefore, an experiment was conducted, which was intended to create some â€˜accidentsâ€™. A variety of triangles were made out of paper and dropped into the space to mimic an accident. This action repeated until we got the most ideal result we expected.
The over head shelters are also in triangular shape and permanently fixed on the surrounding walls, in order to allow the space below to be fully protected from the natural elements. In order to guide the rainwater to an appropriate direction without affecting the users, each of the panels is adjusted into a specific angle, and overlapped. Moreover, by taking this advantage, primary colours are adopted for the panels, since the secondary colours will be created while they overlap.
The third and very subtle part of this project is the secret concealed in the brick wall. Inspired by the “light and shadow effect” projects/ street installations, a number of triangles will be randomly placed on the brick wall. During day time, the trick could barely be revealed to the users while the shadow of the text “one and more” will only appear when the light projects from underneath at night time. This element emphasises the idea of “occasionality” once again. The general colour of the painting around the sculpture would change according to the artificial light that would be used to create the effect.
Bio-railway Station Since the earliest times transport has given rise to particular architectural forms. Architectural and urban forms are generated as part of the transport systems (bridges, tunnels, roads, streets, runways, harbours). Theyhave also created unique building types, warehouses, tollgates, depots, stables and more). This design project aims to explore architecture in the service of transport, and will explore imagery, form and movement as it seeks to develop innovative design solutions for some of the emerging transport needs of the 21st Century. Bio-railway station Transportation is one of the most important tools to connect people with the world. In terms of a metropolitan city, railway system works as a basic infrastructure delivering the most people from one place to another. If the entire city could be seen as a human body, the railway network could be the flowing system of the body. Thus, all the railway stations play the role as â€˜cellsâ€™, which link together and ensure that the body function smoothly.
Cafe Toilets Stairs & Escalator
Express Super Market Rest area Columns
Toilets Ticketing Bike Parking
Elevator Book Shop Shop 1 Staris & Escalator Shop 2 Ticket Box Columns
Stairs & Escalator Seats
Green Living Qua
arter Japanese architecture, originally influenced by Chinese architecture, and then integrated their own culture and the Western influences within to form a new distinctive architectural language. The history and profound meaning of the Japanese architecture are always valuable to explore and study. Prior to start designing this project, a clear understanding of the Japanese Machiya house is needed in the aspects of history and architectural manner through a series of researches and analyses.In order to understand the essential concepts and ideas inside the design and construction of the Machiya house, I sought for the different factors that were behind the process of the development then adapt the advantages to the future Footscray sustainable residential design.
Footscray is a suburb, situated 5 km west
inhabitants, and also to improve the image
of Melbourne. With my design, I intended to
of the local community and living condition.
create a commercial and residential typolo-
By repeatedly applying this modular house
gy of middle density ----a green living quarte on the selected site, I intended to achieve a on a specific site in future Footscray area.
brand new and modern green living quarter.
To achieve this goal, as well as adopting the essential elements-----INTERACTION, FLEXIBILITY, SIMPLICITY, and SUSTAINABILITY, which all come from the case study of Japanese Machiya house into my design as a significant part of the design consideration; I am proposing a modular sustainable residential house, therefore to encourage the interactions between
Before designing the house, numbers of rules are set up, thus the proposed house need to be designed according to the rules strictly.
+ As many green spaces as possible + As many open spaces as possible 7
+ The views could be seen by as many rooms as possible + As many sharing spaces with the neighbourhood as possible 4
+ Clear separation between commercial and accommodation area + Clear separation between public and private area 3
Ground floor 1 Shop 2 Accommdation Entrance 3 Living Room 4 Kitchen 5 Dining Room 6 Tea Room 7 Toilet 8 Courtyard 9 Back Street 10 Car park 055
Bedroom 2 Bathroom
playing are Terrace
First floor 1 Shop 2 Bedroom 1 3 Bedroom 2 4 Bathroom 5 Playing Area 6 Terrace
Second floor 1 Master Bedroom 2 Master Bathroom 3 Storage 4 Study Room 5 Terrace
Roof top 1 Skylight
Green Roof Middle Courtyard Back Street Plant Box Wall
Rather than adopting the flexible partitions inside of the building, the â€˜slidingâ€™ concept could be applied outside. A sliding wooden fence is designed to enable the flexibility of the sharing space in the whole community.
In most of the circumstances, the middle courtyard of each house is the private area and separated while the fence is closed. Once the resident wants to have more interactions with the neighbourhood, the courtyard will become a common space, and is connected with the next door by sliding open the fence.
In order to reinforce the concept of ‘green living quarter’, a ‘plant box’ wall is introduced as a part of the design element to decorate the west external wall. The plant box wall could absorb the heat from the Sun, moreover to make the views of outside more enjoyable for the inhabitants.
3X3 Hospital Waiting Area
Hospital architecture is acknowl-
ing areas are always the first place
edged as one of the most complex for majority of the patients or visibuilding types. It is constituted with
tors to wait for their diagnosis and
a multitude of individual or related
treatment. Waiting becomes an
services and functional units. They
inevitable procedure through the
can be mainly concluded into 6
whole hospital experience. Hence,
categories, which are administra-
the qualities of these places tend
tive functions (reception, staff
to determine the first impression of
office), diagnostic and treatment
the patients or visitors of this hos-
functions (clinical laboratories,
pital. Yet, in a hospital, it contains a
imaging, emergency rooms, and
variety of waiting areas for various
surgery), bed-related inpatient
purposes than a single one, so
the different design strategies are
functions, service functions (food,
needed according to the require-
supply), and research and teach-
ments of different users within the
ing functions(Robert 2010). Among
all of these hospital service and functional units, arriving and wait-
In this project, my design intention is to
room, and an outdoor garden. By doing so,
create harmonious environment in the
I am aiming to tackle the problem between
hospital waiting area, in order to fulfil the
requirements of different usersâ€™. Based on a series of research and the user centered design, I believe that what the patients desire in terms of hospital is a welcoming place and somewhere they are able to feel calm and comfortable, rather than a traditional, institutional and cruel place. To achieve this goal, I am proposing a hospital arriving and waiting area with a collection of the supplementary components, for instance reception, nurses station, consultation
It is consist of three triangles, which are all in
design. By fulfilling this purpose, I had tried to
different dimensions. Each triangle repre-
trace the outline of the model from different
sents a specific group of user, and every
angles; additionally, I had disassembled all
point can be seen as one of the needs of
the triangles, and attempted to discover the
the users. From the model, although three
best and ideal pattern.
triangles are all connect together, which implies the current condition of the different user groups in hospital waiting area, they fit with each other uncomfortably.
Since this conceptual model embodies the problem existing in the waiting area, what I did in the next step was to find out a pattern, which would form the base of my following
Connect Connecting is one of the dominant strategies adopted in the design development phase. By connecting the points in this geometric shape in a logical way, the pattern can be divided into individual parts, and used as a reference to plan the layout of the interior space. Moreover, this method shows a sense of connectivity between users.
Fold This method is used to resolve the ‘shape angles’ problem, which emerged in the original pattern. Since the shape angles are not desirable for planning the whole space, I need to remove them.
Extrude “Extrude” is the strategy I used to apply on all the internal partitions and furnishing. The forms of furniture were derived from the elements, which extracted from either the lines or shapes of the final pattern. Besides, all the sizes of the furniture are extruded into a standard level to satisfy users’ requirements.
Entrance & Arriving
Constructional detail: Precast concrete Timer board cladding
Communi c ati o n Design
Sustainable development is a dynamic process which enables all people to realise their potential, and to improve their quality of life, in ways which simultaneously protect and enhance the Earth's life support systems.
- Future Annual Report 2000
In Australia, food waste contributes the largest proportion of all types of waste in the landfills, there are more than 5 billion worth of food have been discarded there annually. However, food waste does not merely cause massive financial losses, but also as a host of natural resources losses. Food waste is acknowledged as one of the most harmful factor to the environment, the environmental impacts are substantial from air emissions to water usage.
This project aims to promote rational food consuming behaviours and attitudes to international students. We revealed that the awareness of food waste issue among international students is relatively low. Additionally, we found that international student prefer to dine out rather than eat at home.
As one of the solutions to tackle the severe food waste problem, we are proposing a restaurant (a channel for student to engage with a healthier community), which incorporates with a kitchen (promote sustainable cooking skills with local and seasonal ingredients) and a garden (promote that food waste could be utilised by decomposing), in order to promote a sustainable lifestyle.
Infinite Infi nite Infinite Kitchen Garden
cooking skills fertilize grey water collecting
rain water collecting
organic waste harvest reuseable water
.Raise the public recognition .Increase the brand values . Advertise & promote the
. Attract the potential target users
This logo is based on the shape of â€˜infinityâ€™. It is consisted of two oval shapes in the same size. The left side oval with a slightly light green is designed as a fork, which represents the parts of the restaurant and kitchen. The other oval in a darker green colour is designed as a tree, or can be considered as a tree leaf, that implies the garden and composting parts of this project. They are connected and make the whole logo more harmonious, which means all the functions
are intimately linked together, at the same time, dependent on each others. Moreover, it symbolizes the relationship between the food and environment. In addition, three different colour themes are developed, and could be adopted in a variety of circumstances.
Gallery .Permanent .Portable
About food waste Location link Facebook/Twitter link
Recipes .Vegetable .Meat saver .Seafood .Bakery .Beverage Best portions .Daily portion .Party portion Top tips .Fridge tips .Reviving tips .Freezer tips
Composting techniques About plants .Plants .Grow guides .Sowing calendar Shop .Plants .Herbs .Organic seeds .Equipment
Forum .Food recipes .Kitchen .Gardening .Green .Events Member login Facebook/Twitter link
Events .Restaurant .Kitchen .Garden News About us Contact us Facebook/Twitter link
Location link Facebook/Twitter link
Cooking class .Class types .Timetable .Video clips
The intention of designing this website is to create a virtual community, where a multitude of purposes is contained. Firstly, general information and background of the organization could be found through the website by the users. Secondly, this website offers users an opportunity to have a longterm interaction with our restaurant, as well as with other users. In terms of public awareness, the name, brand and identity of the restaurant could also be enhanced.
Restaurant Recipes Best portion Top kitchen tips Cooking class Location Join us at :
Food Gallery Events About food waste
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April 10’ March 10’
March 10’ March 10’
Garden Restaurant Composting techniques Gardening tips About plants Shop Location Join us at :
Restaurant Composting techniques
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Gardening tips About plants
Organic seeds Equipment
Location Join us at :
Bay Leaf $1.00
Garden Infinite club
Restaurant Composting techniques
Shop Location Join us at :
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Organic seed Equipment
Join us at :
Bay Leaf $1.00
Other stuff Kitchen
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Infinite club Kitchen
Infinite club Other stuff
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Restaurant Kitchen Garden
Infinite club Events News
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Garden Permanent vertical garden Drip irrigation system
Vertical plant garden Twining Plants Tendril Plants Rambling Plants
Cages, neting, Teepee, Strings, Poles Catch water basin
Vertical plant wall garden Asian Herbs, Vegetables, Fruits, Flowering Plants
The aim of our garden is to promote the appreciation of food among students, we believe that our garden will raise their awareness of food waste, as well as the environmental impact that we wish to
Pots, bottles modular containers
focus on. Our garden will provide local food consumption that might help to reduce food mile, global warming and preserve the environment. Other than the garden, we address practical knowledge about composts , as unavoidable wasted food can be recycled and compost can feed to the soil.
Dripping irrigation system
water line from rainwater tank
bamboo poles 3rd loop garden
2nd loop garden
tree trunk seating
1st loop garden
Recycle grey water - gardening - water conservation
Rain water harvesting - gardening - water conservation
Upcycle construction material - shipping container - smart to build - reduce construction waste to site
Organic waste collecting - decompose for fertiliser
- energ - safe
Catering Kitchen which will be used for cooking classes will convey the cooking techniques; especially conveying the skills to reuse leftover food or over rotted vegetables and fruits. It promotes cooking over dining out among students and increases the appreciation of food.
een cooking utensil
- building orientation setting
Fresh and local ingredient - harvests from garden
wasted food storage
Compressed bamboo fibres flooring
(Bamboo XL 2010)
Natural constructional materials - bamboo - rattan
Stronger connection with nature
- minimise impact to existing environment
Recreational space - providing both private and public space - providing indoor and outdoor dining experience
reuse material - furniture - shipping container
Donation - over prepared food
Advertising - advertising board - plant in pot
Food container - promote reuse - cut down waste
The permanent and portable restaurant both attempt to change the influence of peers on food consumption pattern among our target users. It also provides an interaction space for students to better bond to the community.
Food storage Modular
- keep food fresh
- transported by bike - seat - flexible structure
Kitchen and restaurant over view
bamboo finished louvre
bamb with m Pivot opening up to 90 degree
boo finished louvre moniflex sandwiched
food storage cutlery storage plants display shelf
digital food scale plants display shelf cutlery storage
Modular mechanism exploration
(The Y-Frame 2010)
digital food scale (Pzeri 2010)
Portable restaurant trailer like detail
food storage cutlery storage waste bin
Potato plate 1950mm
(Hirsinger, Q & Ternaux, E 2006).
(Hirsinger, Q & Ternaux, E 2006).
The 3rd Force
Volunteering is a wide sector which
volunteering works. Volunteering
needs to be more organized and
organization is often called as ‘non-
systematic on delivering services
profit’ organization, and considered
and value during volunteering.
as a part of ‘the third’ sector. The
Volunteering can be simple and
name of ‘The 3rd Force’ tries to
easy for everyone. By providing
express the concept of ‘the power
an accessible and entertaining
of volunteering’. It aims to provide
channel, volunteering could be
a platform, which centralizes
popular in every community.
all the information of existing environmental care organizations
‘The 3rd Force’ is a volunteering
that are needed for both of those
service organization in the future
who want to be a volunteer, or who
2032, which aims to create a
are looking for volunteer services.
service system of environmental
THE 3RD ORCE ‘The 3rd force’ is intended to involve as
and most passion that are supported by the
many people as possible in the volunteering
fresh blood of the new volunteering group,
industry in the future. We will use these
which is represented by the lightest blue.
words, Passion, Trust, Respect, Enthusiasm,
This conceptual idea is similar to the physical
and Together to interpret the concept and
characteristic of “flame”: the outer flame is
spirits of this organization. In order to ensure
with the highest temperature witha darker
the delight and valuable experiences the
colour, while the inner flame is opposite to it.
u 'FLAME' is adopted as the outline of the Passionate Enthusiastic Sincere Trust Respect Together
logo, which intend to show the passion of both 'The 3rd Force', and the volunteers involved. Moreover, ''BLUE" is used as the theme colour. This logo is consisted of 3
THE 3RD FORCE
different blues. The darkest colour represents those volunteers with the most experiences
ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERING SERVICE THE 3RD FORCE
ENVIRONMENTAL VOLUNTEERING SERVICE
THE 3RD ORCE
THE 3RD FORCE
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Smart card is a special identity for the member of â€˜The 3rd Forceâ€™. It records the
personal information when you receive it after you register online. Members can use Smart card in the hub or other voucher machines to obtain the voucher or look for
voluntary jobs on the interactive information board. The size of the Smart Card is quite small comparing to a usual bankcard or membership card. You can keep it on your NO.1234567
key ring with its amazingly tiny size.
Published on Oct 3, 2010