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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Qinwei Gu

(student number: 888666) Xiaoran Huang + Studio 3

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)

In the reading, he suggests that symbols are signs and signs are made up by icons that shows formal representation, which are much straightforward, but the relationship between the signs and the content are arbitrary and immaterial. While diagrams are often be more abstraction, which diagrams often be simplify and each varies depends on what is been shown or developed, even simple diagrams can still content complex meanings and ideas. Diagrams often been organizational to show matters or space development. In general, diagrams act like a tool that helps people to visualized, understand and organize the performance, spaces and forms.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Figure 3: Extruded Surface Figure 2: Tracing and Creating Surface for Layer 2 Figure 2: Using Curve Interpolate Point to trace out the beam from the the Plan, the use command PlannarSrf to create surface in the top view. Figure 3: Rotate the surface in 180 degree vertical direction in perspective view, then Extruded surface with to 3.9 mm thickness, and use the scale command scale it to 1: 500

Figure 1: AA, 2015, AA Summer Pavilions Bad Hair , London, unkown, Figure 4: Blend the Extruded Surface

Figure 4: Using the Plan drawing in the top view and use the Bend command to blend the curved to create the curved beam.

The precedents provided have 8 images from elevations, sections, plans, roof plans, details of the joints. The precedents provided is quite detail for my pavilion model. I traced the beam and details from the plan for each layers and use the measurements provided on the image to scale my model. Then use the layer’s plan view and the measurement provided to blend my beam to a curved shape and use this create each layers. Using the roof plan to put each the layer I model in place. In the plan my pavilion have symmetric shapes, which I used mirror command creating then and use the lines on the plan sheet as the mirror line such as for layer 2 and layer 3. Placeing the elevation and section as well as some of image of my pavilion vertically at the back as a reference.


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)

One of the examples Herberger discusses that design should not be extreme in its functionality is the theatre lobby in Vredenburg Music Center. In this example, they have discussed to simply the form of tables, which they have design the top of parapets balustrades wider to act like the function of table and replace formal seating with masonry plinth as people tend to prefer have informal seating rather than formal seatings. In my pavilion Bad Hair also did not have formal seatings, but design wider the curved beam on the outsider to provided informal seating for visitors.


Week Two


Bad Hair Isometric This is a south-west isometric view for my Bad Hair Pavilion that I model in software called Rhino. When the model is complete, use the isometric command and select the south-west view to create this, then use make2D command to exported to Illustrator to clear up the lines works of the isometric view and set the line weight to 0.3. My first attempt I only model out the beams. but for my second attempt I model out joints as well as part of the nail to have more details of the model, which I used the boolean objects commands and pipers to create the details. Circulation could show the movement of people through and how people interacted with the building, and circulation can also refer as air, wind, water circulations. Threshold quite board that is the boundary and the transition of spaces like the urban environment and the building, opens and close, inside and outside. For example, the threshold that in my precedent could be the urban environment with the building, the openings that allow the sunlight to show through, the boundaries between each beams. The key concept for this precedent could be layers, joints and a bit symmetry of the beams. circulation and threshold could shown by diagrams.


Week Two Diagrams



Circulation Diagram

Threshold Diagram (Light and Shadow)

This Diagram show how people move and interact withe building from

This is my threshold Diagram that is going to show the light and shdow of the Pa-

an isometric view. The third layer shows the movment paths and the sec-

vilion. Since my pavilion have quite a lot of openings show in layer 3, which light

ond layer shows the primary and secondary circulation space and the

can easier come though and create shadow, like layer 1 the yellow line shows

first layer shows what people may do with the Pavilion.

the movement of a day, and showing the shadow when the sun is at 12 p.m.




Figure 5: Setting Up in Rhino in Perspective view

Figure 9: Mirror the Beam for Layer 2

Figure 10: From the top view bend the beam Figure 7: Details on the joints and nails


Figure 6: Layerout each layer bu using the plan view of

Figure 8: Make 2D and Exported to Illustrator to clear up lines

Appendix Process

Figure 11: Trace the plan of the Pavilion to create the base of my movement diagram

Figure 12: Make2D and export to Illustror to clear up lines and change line weight Figure 14: Exported the movement into Illustror. Use Live Paint Bucket in Illustrator to filled in colours and patterns for the movement area to edit and create the diagram.

Figure 13: Create circulation lines in Rhino




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Figure 15: In the Render view in Rhino Place a sun at 12 p.m. to create shadow on the model

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8 p.m.

Figure 16: Experiment with setting up sunlight in dierent time, to see the shadow direction to create the curved of the movment of the sunlight in the diargram

Figure 17: Using the Pen Tool in Illustor to trace the openings from the southwest isometric view


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