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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Curtis Wright

949190 Chelle Yang - Studio 2

Week One

Reading: Zeara Polo, A. 2010. Between Ideas and Matters.

According to Zeara-Polo, the diagram does not play a representational role in the design process but provides an organisational and can have a performative quality depending on how it is deployed. Explain how Diagram is different from Signs and Symbols? (100 words Maximum)

The diagram differs in function from signs and symbols in multiple ways. Firstly, its maginal/unitary element whereby precise spatial information can be communicated. Secondly, signs and symbols are suited to communiating static concepts- the location of an object, bathrooms, directions etc- while diagrams can better cover spacial concepts and denote dynamic features such as density, frequency, interval etc., functioning as “a tool that describes relationships and prescribes performances in space.�


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Isometric of rect. prism

Fig. 1. Aires Mateus, Radix. 2012. Source: Nico Saieh, 2012, Digital Image. Available from: archdaily, (accessed 2nd of March, 2018)

Right view of prism with volumes cut 3

Plan of prism with cutting objects

Week Two

Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture. Herzberger discuss how design should not be extreme in its functionality. Use your precedent study to explain how the pavilion allows for an appropriation of use. (100 words Maximum)

According to Herzberger, an architecture whose extreme functionality restricts its use to a set of applications is intensely functional, yet loses the “minimum of utility“ that built structures should have. The precedent study is appropriate in its’ use as a public pavilion for multiple reasons. Its’ unique form provides an interesting place for passers-by to interact with and explore. Its’ situation next to the water provides a nice view from in and around the structure. Also, the south-east corner of the structure which hangs over the old maritime stepping helps to include a seating feature from the environment to allow people to sit and rest while taking in the view of the age-old Arsenale.


Week Two


Radix A pavililion of originally boxed form has 2 spheres and an ellipsoid subtracted from it. At first the model looked challleging, but upon understanding the way it was created, the process became more simple. The hidden lines were included as the rectangular form did not communicate much from an isometric viewpoint. Whilse modelling I found there to be many modes and methods of circulation, especially such an open-plan structure that includes a spectacle like the water nearby. The threshold is not too exclusive in this design, with most of the strucutre being accessible from any side. The interior thresholds are key to the structures unique aesthetic. The inclusion of the stepped base in the modelling process helps add a spacial and circulatory dynamic to the design. The key concept of the precedent study was how the form of built structures impact on their threshold and circulatory possibiilities.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation 1:200

Threshold/Permeability 1:200

The circulation paths people may take using the structure.

The boundaries and spaces people encounter in navigating the structure




Radix plan and section

Initial rectangular prism

Radix section Plan of prism with cutting objects


Appendix Process

Isometric of final base

Shape used to denote circulation area where paths occur

Lines used to denote circulation path


Shape used to denote inaccessible area (threshold information)

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