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Architecture Design Studio: Air 2013 Semester 1

Yun Wa Lai 531600 Tutorial Group 14

Introduction My name is Yun Wa and I come from China. I am a third year student major in architecture. I like aesthetic objects and therefore I am interested in model making and drawing. I have tried to learn different designed software like Rhino, Revit, AutoCAD and Google sketchup. I hope I can produce physical aesthetic designs and show them to people. I have learnt Rhino since last year from the virtual design class. Rhino is powerful design tool which can generate different form of designs by drawing curves. The lantern on the image is my virtual design. I am looking forward to learn grasshopper in this semester as grasshopper has many strong commands to create abstract structures like voronoi pattern.

The idea of my design is about water movement. I chose water to be the designed element because water is the central elemental force of nature. Water can be various forms in different states. The inner life of water can be portrayed easily by its flow-form which is constructed by a series of curvy line.

When I was graduated from high school, I did not know anything about Architecture. I joined this faculty because I thought Architecture is something about art and drawing. In my first year of university, I hate architecture because of its heavy work-load. However, I was inspired by toyo Ito’s designs in my second year. I began to get interested in architecture. Toyo’s aesthetic design give me a feeling of comfort and natural.

Architecture as a discourse

This architecture was designed by my favorite architect, Toyo Ito. This design reminds me giant vessel. Ito Toyo developed an organic architecture using an interlocking system. This system allows all the structural walls of the building to be connected together. The walls themself become the main structure of the building to take vertical and horizontal loads. Most of his designs are composed of geometries and natural elements which create a new aesthetic theory of architecture. By observation, we can learn any form and structures from nature and see what they do to optimize energy efficiency. This organic design is a good example which both wall and column becomes one body as the structural part of the building. This design reduces the material cost and also optimizes the structural space of the building.

When the surface is built by a few circles, its shape is not clearly seen. The shape becomes more obvious when more circles are added. The surface becomes more concrete when the density of circles is high. Grasshopper is able to control the number of grid very easily using its slider command.

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