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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Tongxin Zhao (812022) Han Li + Studio 17

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)

According to this reading, signs and symbols both play a representational role for their dynamic object, but diagram does not. A diagram is precise to a space. Examples about diagram can be a specific location, a scale or a temporal frame. What is important to a diagram is the correlation in space, but according to the examples about signs and symbols in this reading, they can exist in an abstract space. So this is why diagram is different from signs and symbols.


Week One

Precedent Analysis



Rhino was used in order to model my precedent. The left image is about Zumthor Section, and images on the right hand are Plan view, Elevation view and Section view about the model in Rhino. What i used in Rhino are loft, offsetsurf, make 2D and so on.



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)

My precedent study is about Zumthor - Serpentine Pavilion, this pavilion allows for an appropriation of use since this design has many advantages about its function. Details of this pavilion are ingenious so that the circulation of it is good. And at the same time, the threshold of this pavilion is also helpful to its functionality.


Week Two Isometric

Zumthor - Serpentine Pavilion

Modelling process: Using loft, offsetsurf and many other techniques in Rhino. Seats and doors were modelled in more detail since they were small but significant parts of this model. I think circulation is a key element that should be considered when designing a building. And threshold is also very important since it directly influences the rationality of one design. So the key concept of this precedent study is telling us the importance of circulation and threshold about one design.


Week Two


Circulation Space and paths

Components of structure

Above are images about circulation space and paths, arrows can show the walking directions about paths.

Above are images about components of this building. They are roof, walls and foundation of structure.


Appendix Process

The first image shows the step after finishing tracing the structure that provided. And the second image shows the step when i tired to loft each part of this structure.


Appendix Process

The first image: some mistakes during the process And the second image: finishing the whole structure in Rhino


Appendix Process

These images are about final result after finishing everything.


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