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Midterm Learning Portfolio Archtecture Design Studio 101 Spring 2013 Jerry Lum

Lili (Cathy) Mao


Objectives To design with clear intents, and execute them through well crafted physical models. To achieve greater hierarchy and balance To avoid the obvious and embrace asymmetry To incorporate simple and complex To create readable concepts not just to myself, but also the audience. To design better through the learning of tectonic language To explore more ways to craft model such as various material and laser cutting


Iteration #1

objective : I wanted to achieve a sense of infinity, movement, and balance through my model. This continuous curvilinear strip envelops itself as some edges of the strip touch and are attached to each other. The continuity of the strip that externes beyond where two edges meet creates the sense of infinity. The same time the touching edge redirect your eye to follow a different pathway which create a sense of movement. When you look at the model as a whole, there are two distinct variation in density and complexity. In the bottom right picture, to the left side of the model, there is this single long strip with larger arch that is stretched out to create simple void. To the right of the model, there are several shorter strips with smaller arch that wrap and touch at the edges which creates complex form. Yet, there is a sense of balance because they are relatively the same size and angled facing each other. Weakness: The edges where two strips meet are arbitrary. Even though they are attached at where there are to create various density and complexity, there is not a readable pattern to it. It need more different line weight to create better hierarchy. The questions is does it really speaks infinitely motivated, timely organized and blissfully optimistic?


Iteration #2

Objective: to explore other ways create curvilinear qualities and to also reveal some characteristic of being timely organized. My mistake was abandoning my previous work because I didn’t satisfy the semantic aspect of my design principle despite the success that I have made. When I thought about the term “timely organized�, the shape of an square and sharp 90 degree angle came to mind. With that, I stacked many square shaped boxes to create a hosting wall and attached square shaped staircase to one side and several rotating square shaped staircase on the other. On top of that I planted a spiral wire down right through the hosting wall and attached square shaped planes evenly spaced along the curvilinear wire. The square shaped planes are arranged from big to small as if it grew out of the hosting wall. Weakness: I lost all the good qualities that the first model had and gained nothing but arbitrary.


Iteration #3

objective : retrieve the curvilinear quality and explore more ways to work with cutting, interlocking and folding to create complexity and unity. I created this seemingly complex and unified model with creating a more readable pattern through the use of material, shape, size, and orientation.

weakness : lack of structural integrity. The halved circle shaped wood pieces are glued to a cutted rectangular linear strip with one side attached. By doing that, I was able to bend and orientate the wood at any angle. However the wood pieces refuse to stay at its intended angle because there is no support to hold it up against gravity. The orientation of the wood pieces are arbitrary because I failed to recognize the relationship between gravity and weight.


Narrative + iteration #5

This is a 30 feet by 30 feet cube shaped structure with only 3 planes that meets at one corner. As you walk up to the disclosed side of the structure you can spot a vertical wall that spirals in and up toward the ceiling and the roof also has a spirals that reaches up toward the sky. Immediately, you can connect the dot that the spiral within the cube is reaching out through its roof. it is as if this vertical support wall is trying to grow through the roof and sprout. it visually invites the viewer to come in to examine and be apart of it.


Iteration #5 & #6

objective : explore more ways to create more dynamic forms with the curvelinear element along with repetition


Scale and Proportion Study By injecting harmonic, golden (nature’s ratio), or Fibonacci/Modular proportions into my design, it helps to creat beauty. The following diagrams are the result of slicing and sectioning following certain proportion, scale and ratio.


Iteration #7 The pathway that leads to the entrance is enhanced by the square pavements that invites people in. Through the entrance into this 20 feet tall open space that has square shaped window closer to the ceiling that complements the square pavement in the outdoor. This open area gives a great sense of space thus creating a monumental feel to it. To the right side, there is a 2 level space. The upper level is to provide a tranquil environment. The balcony and the vertically pitched outward window panel are there to promote a relaxed experience.


iteration #8

objectives : To create a frame structure and a site that response to each other.

I successfully created a frame structure that has defined structural intention by using different line weight. It is elevated on a hillside. Weakness : the materials i used were arbitrary. The space within space seems unclear and lack complexity. The build and the site does not really speak to


iteration #9 with frame structure and a site that response to it. success : the structure itself is a balanced asymmetrical design. It compliment with the site. the use of different line weights give a clear order. The structure itself is a balanced asymmetrical design. It compliment with the site. the use of different line weights give a clear order. Weakeness: lack of differentiated elements with material and color. entrance is not defined and scale is unclear.


Answer to the question i proposed earlier: The word architecture suggest a building that live and breath. architecture as a language must have both syntactic (grammar) and semantic (meaning) aspect. The syntactic aspects are the design elements such as points, line, shape texture, space, size, value, and color, as well as the design principles such as hierarchy, balance, rhythm, and unity. Only through these considerations, I can then create a design with details to accurately carry out my message which is called the semantic aspect. Great living architecture carries out message and meaning. It is very important to design with a conscious mind.

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