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Zhifei Chen University of Minnesota College of Design BDA Program


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Value Drawing and Sketches

Design Fundamental two

Digital Rhino Modeling

Conceptual Frame


Value Drawing Time spending: five hours for each drawing Fall 2012 As part of architecture designing, we were using different technique of sketching method, contour drawing, value drawing and perspective drawings which focusing on different view of architecture. Here are some of my value drawings which focusing on the relationship between light and shadows of the architecture.

Values are the different shades of gray between white and black. Use values to translate the light and shadows into shading in order to show the depth of the space.


When I drawing these I put more stress on showing the contrast between different materials by using pencil. These projects allowed us to think of and construct space relative to how light and materials interacted with structure surfaces


Design Fundamental Two Time spend: four months for all the projects

Spring 2013

In terms of investigating, analyzing the spacial relationship of architecture structure, we beginning with knots, piano wire, paper board and digital rendering to understanding the complex relationships between different size of spaces

(K)not Architecture Volumetric Model Rendering


(K)not Architecture

I choose this knot since it has both simple lines at the side and also complicate part at the center of the knot which give the knots a sense of space or arrangement using wire.


DF2 PROJ 2B WIRE FRAME EXPORT ZHIFEI CHEN TA: WINDY

DF2 PROJ 2B VOLUMETRIC MODEL EXPORT ZHIFEI CHEN TA: WINDY


Volumetric Model


Rendering


Digital Ceramics Time spent: one month

Fall 2013

This project we investigating the intersection between modern digital tools and fabrication processes and age-old materials of casting ceramics. Focusing on Rhino and Grasshopper to generate digital model system for different purpose. The idea of my model system is directing view, which by changing the size and direction of my model in order to change the eye view. There are three type of tiles in my system and basically I repeat to using these three patterns of tiles and forming the final model system.

Disfunctional site Modeling


Disfunctional site The disfunctinal site of the stair is that the privacy is less at the basement of the stairway. people at the bottom can be easily seen by the people above. The conceptual scherm I made is an ideal barrier which prevent the sight from above in order to increase the privacy downstairs


2 1/2 Axis Facing

Horizontal Roughing

Horizontal Hill Machining

Plateau Machining

Final Plaster Model


Modeling


Conceptual Frame Time spent: one month Fall 2013 This project establishes the methodological framework through the paper folding and cutting in order to investigate the interaction between human and space. The process of this project involves the manipulation of paper including bristal board, museum board, diagraming the relationship between models and the external factor such as light, passage way or the global movement of your model. From the investigation of the external elements and the geometrical shape of the model itself in order to find a conceptual frame of buildings in the future

Paper folding and “Parti“ diagram Six parallel section cutting model Inhabiting the section


Paper folding and “Parti“ diagram


Six parallel section cutting model


Inhabiting the section

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Value Drawing and Sketches

Design Fundamental two


Digital Rhino Modeling

Rhino Rendering


Portfolio final draft dec 9th