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Digital Design - Module 01 Semester 1, 2018 Ziyou Chen (886708) Sia + 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)

A diagram present the concepts which generate by building itself, it does not show building, but the relationship between the building and people. A diagram can included a sign or symbol to help the diagram to represent its function. Sign or symbol can only refer to one single thing, but diagram can content lots of different meanings.


Week One

Precedent Analysis

Right Elevation of the pavilion

Left Elevation of the pavilion

Top view of the pavilion

From the photo giving, I can know the general structure and the looking of the pavillion. To generate the pavilion, I used the top view first, to create the outline of the whole structure. Then, used the section provided to draw the size and used sweep 2 to connected them. For the opening and enterance, I used both top and elevation view to find their locations and manipulate their shapes.


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)

Burnham pavilion is built to celebrating the Daniel Burnham’s Plan of Chicago. This plan reshaped the central area of Chicago. Zaha thought the plan is all about ‘einvention and improvement on an urban scale and about welcoming the future with innovative ideas and technologies’. So she used tradtion cutting edge archietcture and engineering, which refer to the organizational systems of Burnham’s Plan. Also, the pavlion is aligned with a diagonal in Burnham’s early 20th Century Plan of Chicago. This pavilion is sit in Milennium Park of Chicago, the pavilion is used for multimedia exhibits on the future of Chicago, the inner smooth surface and white background allows it to act a good projection screen.


Week Two


Isometric View of Burnham Here is a isometric view looking from east towards west. What I did to generated this model, is, first draw outline of the structure from the top view and used section view to manipulate the size the each circle. To join them together, I used sweep 2 commend , I draw a center line between two circles and divide it to generate evenly distrubted points and used these points to created archs which connect each circle. For the opening and enterance, I used top view to generate the shape and located them, same as enterance, only I used elevations to do so, then trim them. By making the model, I can understand more about the inner space of the pavilion, and how the movement may occure within the sapce. For my pavilion, the threholds are the openings and enterance. These opening generate a ‘opened’ enclosed space, although people is within a structure, but people do not lose connect to the outside space. As lots of openings at the top, people can acturaclly play with the light and shadow which openings generates.


Week Two Diagrams

Circulation Diagram

Threholds Diagram

This diagram basically shows the movement of people within the open area and issue may occur durning the movement.

I used light and dark space to generate the threholds. Also, showed how people interruting within the space.




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I first used the top view and section view generate the circle structure of the pavilion.

Then for the inner solid wall I used section view to draw the inner structure.


Appendix Process

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To generate the skin of the pavilion, I first draw a central line between two circle structure then divide the central line to create evenly distrubted points, use these points to create a arch connect the structure. Finally, use sweep 2 commend to create the outer skin.

For the openings, I used top and elevation view to generate the shape and the size of opening, also, can know where to located them. Then extrucrv the shape to make a solid able to trim from it.




Figure 5: Finally, to join the inner solid wall with the outer skin, just loft them together.


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