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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Hao Yun

(900487) Siavash Malek Studio 20

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)

From the undrestanding of Zeara-Polo, diagram has the ability to describe relationships and prescribe the performances of space. In the 1960s, the beginning of diagrammatic practoces started to separate from the the iconis similarities between the diagrams and the building, some architectural deisgners preferred using icons and signs to express the relationships between concepts and forms. On the opposite, for pragmatism, diagram is seen as a projective, but not a mediating tool that constructs the real, producing not only new organisations but also new sentation and moods. From the contents of semiotics, the diagram does not belong to logic of the representations, like the other signs, but aiming to bringing new world, which can allow the emergence of another poossible world.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Image 1: NE Isometric image for basic Burnham Pavilion Outisde structure Image 2: NE Isometric view of the structure Image 3: NE Isometric view of interior space Image 4: NE Isometric when cutting the top

Comment on the process of modelling your precedent using the images provided. From the plan of Burnham Pavilion, it is very difficult to analyse the interior space of this building. I used the image of Firstly, I used two images, the overal plan image, the section A&B to trace the lines of the peices of Burnham Pavilion, then I used Command ‘Sweep 2’ to create the surface between these lines, the outside construction of Burnham Pavilion can be seen, then I created the interior space of it. Finally, I put the interior space into the ourside space, conenect them, the model of Burnham Pavilion was finished in Rhino.


Week Two

Reading: Hertzberger H. 2005. The in-between and The Habitable Space Between Things, from Lessons for Students in Architecture. Herzberger discuss 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)

From the view of Hertzberger H, the architectural design should not be extremely complex but simple. From the example of “IN BETWEEM�, the pavilion design provided for this child is efficient and has the feeling of being home. The child can feel that his mother is nearby. This design does not use simple plan to provide independent space for this child, but also give people an exciting feeling. From this example, design should not be extreme in its functionality, but also give an appropriation of use. Also, MONTESSORI SCHOOL is a good example, the entrance of this kinderegarden provide much convenience for parents to meet with their children , like waiting or saying goodbye. Low walls and a sheltered corner provides a good roof place when raining.


Week Two


Zaha Hadid - Burnham Pavilion This isometric image shows two entrances of Burnham Pavilion. From this view, the overal shape of Burnham Pavilion can be clearly seen. From the left and right view, there are two entrances separately, visitors can come into it smoothly. There is a special design point, this constrcution has many opening on its top roof. Through these opening hole, light can come into the interior space, providing enough light for visitors. This opening hole does not only increase the light of Burnham Pavilion, but also make the interior air fluent. For the structure of Burnham Pavilion, it has three separate spaces, the middle space the largest space for visitors, the another two space connects two main entrances.


Week Two Diagrams



This diagram is for the movement of visitors, the curve represents the visitors, arrow has the meaning of visitors walking.

This diagram represents the structural elements of this construction, including the outside structure, the glazing and solids. The glazing creats the interior space of Burnham Pavilion, the structure represents the outside construction, connecting these two parts can create the overal Burnham Pavilion.

There are some opening on the top of Burnham Pavilion, so the lights of this space is very enough, which can attract more visitors come here.





Appendix Process






Fairs, M. (2018). Burnham Pavilion by Zaha Hadid Architects. [image] Available at: [Accessed 11 Mar. 2018].

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