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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Kang Jing

Xiaoran Huang, Studio 03

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)

Signs including icons, indexes and symbols. icons express quantity of dynamic subject, physically traces; indexes refers to physical trace of an action manifest influence of dynamic object; symbols refer to its dynamic object through a formal representation. However, diagrams do not display representational rule.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Top left: layer 1 Top Right: layer 1, 2, and 3. Layer 2 and 3 are exactly the same in term of structure but layer 3 is slightly larger so that it could be on top and overlap with layer 2. Left hand side: Layer 1, 2, 3 and 4. AA Pavilion, Bad Hair. Accessed on 11th March 2018. blog/aa-summer-pavilions


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)

The author believes that design should maximizes utility through increase possibility for people to seat, for instance. In this pavilion, the extended flat edge, and the ends that curve upwards, allow people to seat on. Aditionally, there are also place for people to lean on. It is also possible for people to go into the interior though openings. Thus, this pavillion is successful in engaging interaction between people and the structure.


Week Two


AA Pavilion - Bad Hair The components of this pavilion are symmetrical and each layer is symmetrical as well. Construction whilist modelling is not an easy process. The difficulties I encountered is that there is a missing part of layer 1components. My solution is to use the section drawing, then extrude curve. Admittedly, my diagram is not very accurate but I have captured the essence of this pavilion in my model. For the structure, I have modelled each components according to the drawings, and join them together by making reference to the plan view. By analysing the drawings given, it is clear that each components are made of plands of woods, so I modelled the layer joints and the texture, even the nails. Although an adult may not really come into the interior space due to the height of the structure, we cannot ignore the possibility of children going into the interior space. Assuming this structure is stable enough, it is possible that people can actually lean on the ends of layer 2 and 3 or even seating on the curved ends of layer 4. Being a pavilion which looks like an intallation, it is inevitably that the bounady of exterrior and interrior is blurred. However, it allows lights to come in through the openings. The treshold could also be the “in-between� sapce bwtween each layer. The four layers are different in form, thickness and most importantly, height. The space created due to difference in height and stacking of various form is fascinating to look at.


Week Two Diagrams



The diagram below demonstrates the circulation paths, which is mainly around the circle and exxtending outward. The diagram above shows the main circulation area.

The treshold of this pavilion include the space where allows interaction between the structure and paeople, as well as the sapce between the external and internal that allows light going through.





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