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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Rong Wang 875859 Dan Studio6

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 and Symbols may represent a certain object and cannot show spacial relationships. By contrast, diagram has more style and can show non-physical things, like path, circulaton, threshold, density, etc.


Week One

Precedent Analysis



1. Overview of Barkow Leibinger - Serpentine Summer House. 2. Finished decking and process of making roof, adjusting each point. 3. Four views of process, from top, northeast, front and left. 4. Finished model in 5 layers.



The process of modeling this pavilion is not hard but need repeat process. Tracing line from top, extrude curve and offset surface to give thickness. It has automaticly divided into five layers. The top layer is the most complex, need showing control point and keeping adjust each points to make it accurant which need time and patience.


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)

For this pavilion, it has decking against the wall allow peolpe to sit on and have a rest. At the same time, people enjoy shadow in summer, standing under roof. As well, as a sculpture, they look around and visit it.


Week Two


Rhino model of Barkow Leibinger - Serpentine Summer House I choose northeast view cause I think this view can well show each elements in this pavilion. I choose a thicker line for the top layer of roof and walls to emphases the importance of these two parts. At the same time, showing nagetive and positive space made by these curves rather than mess. Through modeling, pavilion was observed in detail which make it easier to think which part would attract more people, the path and area they walk through. Threshold also defind by the structure, in this case, I think which could be roof and wall. Key concept of he precedent study could be firstly, developing modeling skills; then, analysing the structure function and how circulation and threshold indicated in this design. Threshold formed by wall and roof. It has two main paths and circulation area which are formed by roof and wall.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation area

Area formed by the back of walls Main path

Circulation of summer pavilion

Threshold of summer pavilion

This diagram shows two main paths and circulation area which are formed by roof and wall. People look around or find seat, so one main path formed by seats. The area formed by the back of walls may attract less people.

This diagram shows the Threshold formed by wall and roof.The semicircled wall may make people feel security as well lead peolpe’s view. As this pavilion located in London where cloudy and rain a lot. Meanwhile, from photos in the Internet, real shadow of pavilion is thin and useless. So the significance of shadow have not mentioned in threshold.




Circulation analyse made in Rhino.

Threshold analyse made in Rhino.


Appendix Process to diagram circulation

How people moves

Path and circulation area in Rhino


Appendix Process to diagram threshold

This area with roof but formed by the back of walls, was considered without the threshold.

Shadow may be a weak point in terms of threshold.