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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Yidong Chen

858223 Junhan Foong + Studio 13

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)

Zeara Polo analyzed Deleuze and Guattari’s work, conclude that signs are representational, which means, we could tell what is there through reading them; while diagrams are with imagination, it could be not showing the existing but demonstrating how space would be developed. As defined by the author as ‘a tool that describes relationships and prescribes performances in spaces’ and ‘does not necessarily contain metric or geometric information’, we knows that as compared to a symbol or a sign, a diagram has a stronger link its space and there is a greater freedom of expression, hence a greater range of application.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Left: --- Photograph of the actual pavilion; Right: --- Three figures showing haw the first layer was constructed.

Reference: Folding Architecture, ‘AA Summer Pavilion’,, 2015 By studying the construction drawings, it is found that the structure is with four layers and hence a general method was developed to ease the process of modeling. Firstly, with correct dimensions, model one beam in the bottom layer. Then according to the data in the drawing it is rotated three dimensionally. To complete the first layer, the one beam modeled is mirrored and rotated, matched with the drawing. All other layers applies the same method of modeling.


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)

I understand Herzberger’s idea as that design should not be limited by how it should work. Demonstrating the appropriate functions is the minimum requirement for a design; a design should possess aesthetic value. For my pavilion, Bad Hair, this value is demonstrated through several sectors. Firstly, the calculated angles of rotation of each layer separate the space and create four entrances, not obvious but could be easily discovered via experiencing. Secondly, it generates a feeling of messy dried hairs. We could see the messiness from the plan, while people inside would experience the shadow further performing this idea.


Week Two


Bad Hair Model_Isometric View This isometric view displays the complexity of the structure. Yet through studying its construction drawings, there are several rules adopted by the designers, such as rotation and mirroring, easing the modeling process as well. In this model, some details are omitted while the necessary ones are displayed. During the reading of drawings, it is discoved and then drawn that the width and thickness of the beams between layers are varied. Moreover, as each beam is a connection of three to four segments, cutting lines are hence drawn onto the beams to suggest this. The circulation flows through the pavilion via the four entrances. These entrances are defined by the in-between spaces of the beams( mainly between the fourth and the first layers’ beams). It is doubt whether people would like to stay inside the pavilion as the structure allows decent lightings through it, while there is not organized sitting places inside. Nevertheless, the foot of the beams would be considered as places for sitting. Hence the circulation is more about to go though it, sit on it, rather than stay in it. Due to the high permeability of light and the implicit way of introducing entrances, the threshold of this pavilion could not really be defined through light and shade. However, applying the idea of in-between space of public and private, where people could have a short pause, the threshold could be determined at the foot of the pavilion, where people could find their seats.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation Diagram

Threshold Diagram

This diagram shows how people approach and leave the pavilion.

This diagram shows how the structure interacts with light, generating shadows and suggesting the in-between spaces.




Modeling the first beam While modeling each beam, drawings were imported as background bitmap into Rhino, allowing more accurate drawings of lines. This shows how one beam of the first layer is aligned to the drawing.


Appendix Process

Aligning_Plan After all layers had been modeled, by importing the plan drawing, it was convenient to check the alignment of modeling. Small changes were done to improve the accuracy.




Aligning_Elevation The same technic was then applied for the elevation to further improve the modeled structure.


Appendix Final Model

Rendered Perspective_Sun On Sun option is turned on to help with the study of shades and permeability.

Digital design module01 journal  
Digital design module01 journal  

Module 1 journal for Digital Design, ARCH20004@Unimelb.