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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2019 Eliza Lawson

992984 Dan Parker + Studio 12

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)

Diagrams are distinct from signs and symbols in their ability to prescribe the perfomance of space. Signs and symbols comprise formal representations and manifestiations of their respective dynamic objects, wheras diagrams play no representational role in relation to their dynamic object. Diagrams are defined as tools that describe relationships and prescribe performance in space, they are a tool to define an exact level of knowledge whilst being reductive in nature, as opposed to signs and symbols which are direct correlations of dynamic objects, and do not define a level of knowledge or act reductively.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Far left. Gaffney, Konishi. Pop Up Cities: Edinburgh Pavilion, 2016, photograph. March 15, 2019. pop-up-edinburgh/. Above left. SE isometric view, rhino. Above. Interior structure, rhino. Left. Plan, rhino

The Pop Up Cities: Edinburgh Pavilion was initially difficult to wrap my head around in terms of it’s structure. Konishi Gaffney Architects based the pavilion on the concept of origami and paper folding, hence the complex angles and directions of walls. Yet once I discovered the flow of creating each wall, they all aligned perfectly into an origami folded 3D pavilion. Understanding the structure, circulation and thresholds was possible once the internal and external structures had been completed, with wood cladding an extra detail to the aesthetics of the pavilion.


Week Two

Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture. Herzberger discusses 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)

Herzberger discusses the importance of suggestive spaces in architecture - particularly surrounding the thresholds and in-between spaces of designs. Creating spaces where the user interprets the function is important in increasing the available usable space and functionality of architectural space. The Pop Up Cities: Edinburgh Pavilion by Konishi Gaffney Architects represents an incredibly suggestive, geometric and conteporary space, whereby specific functions of spaces are not directly defined. By using abstract wall angles both vertically and horizontally, the specific function of the room is put in question, as it isn’t a traditional four-walled room. Further, threshold spaces such as the entrance way and the abstract seat leave room for interpretation and appropriation of use by the user.


Week Two


Pop Up Cities: Edinburgh Pavilion Isometric Diagram The isometric diagram I produced of the Pop Up Cities: Edinburgh Pavilion illustrates the structural elements of the pavilion, allowing an understanding of the spatial configuration and unique wall structure in order to determine information relating to the circulation and threshold of the pavilion. The modelling process was difficult to initally understand the form of the origami based structure, however once modelled, each face of the pavilion slotted together perfectly. The angles and placement of the walls I decided were important aspects to model exactly, as they would influence the feel and thresholds within the pavilion. Further elements such as the seat, windows and door I included due to their influence on circulation and threshold. Modelling allowed me to observe, deduce and learn the circulation patterns of the Edinburgh Pavilion, the defining feature of the pavilion is that it has only one entryway or doorway. This dictates the circulation in the everyone must enter and exit through the same opening, and once inside the areas of interest are the walls, as they contain viewing information and attract the viewers, thus influencing the circulation and creating a closed intimate space. The threshold too is largely defined by the single doorway, creating a clear seperation between the public and private space, this further extends to the ramp, easing into the private space, and the windows providing glimpses into this space. A key concept of the precedent study is observing how every element of the architecture in the pavilion affects either circulation or threshold, and defines the use of space in some way or another.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation area + areas on interest Circulation Diagram

Circulation paths

I created both an exploded isometric diagram and a circulation diagram including all the information on the same plane. Using two methods to portray the key information I found more digestible to look at, read and interpret. The circulation in the Edinburgh Pavilion is largely dictated by the single entrance and exit and the importance of viewing the information displayed on the walls. The entire ground plane could theoretically facilitate circulation, indicated in green; yet indicated in orange is a potential circulation path through the pavilion.


Week Two Diagrams

Thresholds between space

Threshold Diagram Public space

Private space

Similarly to the circulation diagrams, I created an isometric and an exploded isometric diagram to illustrate the thresholds of the Edinburgh Pavilion. The key element defining the threshold is the doorway, indicating the barrier between the public and private space in the pavilion, emphasised by the fact that it is the only point of entry or exit from the pavilion. Further the ramp and foyer-like area create a softened threshold that allows for a use of space existing between the definitions of internal and external. The windows too aid in breaking the barrier between public and private space, and inviting inhabitants of each into the others spaceww.


Appendix Process

Fig 1. The precedent study floor plan of the Pop Up Cities: Edinburgh Pavilion used for modelling, sourced from Konishi Gaffney Architects website.

Fig 2. Modelling the pavilion in rhino with only the structure of walls and floors present in order to understand and model the origami folding structure.

Fig 3. Modelling the interior details of the pavilion such as the seat and window frames.

Fig 4. Top view in rhino of the final modelled pavilion viewed as wireframe faces.




Fig 5. Side view of final modelled pavilion in rhino with wireframe faces, checking the angles of each face in the origami fold.

Fig 6. Final rendered SE isometric view of the modelled Pop Up Cities: Edinburgh Pavilion in rhino.

Fig 7. Creating circulation diagrams in Illustrator and playing around with isometric vs exploded isometric in terms of portrayal of information.

Fig 8. Make2D exported linework from rhino into illustrator of the final SE isometric view of the Pop Up Cities: Edinburgh Pavilion.


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