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YIYAO SU Student Number: 527913 Semester 1/2013 Group 5

Emerging form and clay model in Module 1

final scale clay model

Paper models of emerging form

My recipe to build my clay model is using rotation to form my clay model.

In order to build my digtial model, I have to firstly simplify my clay model into the model on the left hand side.


First, photo the views of my simplified model

Top view

Front view

I used tracing profile curve mothod to build my digital model. After build the profile cure, use commond crosssection and loft in Rhino to build the Rhino model


front view

top view

left view


Initial development on the model by paneling tool

At the beginging, I try to use different pattern in paneling tool to deal with my model without the light effect I just want to know how my model can be shown in the space.

Develop by combining the light effect

The light effect I want to achieve in my lantern is similar to the left building shown. When the light go through the hole, it form the 'hole' shadow.

However, the light effect that I want to achieve is not just like this. Like the right conner photo shows the light effect of my emerging form, when the light go through the holes of the lantern,the 'hole' shadow will overlap with each orther. Also, just look at the lantern itself, the light can be also formed by the holes and overlap with each other.

Develop by combining the light effect I start to build my Rhino model in 2D custom pattern

This is a very simple pattern used by paneling tool, but it is actually show clearly the effect I want to get.

Development of alternative model 1

In order to have the ovelap 'hole' shadow effec, I build this 3D custom and input it into paneling tool. However, this model do not have wel development in the light effect. But one things that I learn from making this model is that each plane have to build in triangle shape. Otherwise, the pattern will be twist and it cannot unroll into the perfect prototypes.


Model 1 light efect

Development of alternative model 2

This model it is really show the effect that I want. Each trihedron can forms its own overlap showshop by the circle in the center of the plane.

Prototype of model 2

However, when I unroll the model, there is a gap between each pattern, because there has the circle over the triangle. So the plane will be twist. So I have to rubuild the model with outh any circles in it and unroll it. And cut the circle individually.

Model 2 light efect

Development of alternative model 2

This 3D custom is based on the shape of my emerging form. The light go through each tubes and interact with each other

Prototype of model 3

Model 3 light efect

Week 4 Reading reflection

In Thomas Heatherwick’s presentation, I would like to focuses on the project of the U.K. pavilion in Shanghai World Explosion. Because Britain has the world’s first public park, so he wants to combine the vegetation in their design. Heatherwick describes that we cannot separate the main purpose of the building from itself. In other word, we have to consider how to connect the aims of the building to its design. There are 66,000 seeds have been put in the special hair and grow in a box. He combined all the hair together to construct the architecture. In addition, the hair are not the death things, they are alive. The hair can move with the wind and the sun light can go into the structure through the hair. At night, they can provide the light for the outer environment. This project is definitely shows how the elements of the structure create a good connection with the space by the light effect. In Scheurer and Stehling’s (2011) articles, they compare the differences between abstraction and reduction. Abstraction process shows the ways we go from a general ideal into a specific idea and throw away all the meaningless things. For example, in my Module 1 design, I refined my pattern and wok in progress to get my final ideation design. In order to get my final design, each step cannot be ignored. Differently, Scheurer and Stehling mention that reduction is the steps of rewriting the description without altering the content. After we get the refining initial model, we need to have a deeper development basing on it without changing any its important element. However, we still need to eliminate the repeated parts Reference list: Heatherwick, T, Ted talk, <>. Scheurer, F & Stehling, H, 2011, Lost in Parameter Space? IAD: Architectural Design, Wiley, 81(4), July, pp. 70-79

Module 2 desgin  

Module 2 desgin