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  • Spring Porfolio

    Posted on May 10th, 2013 Ge No comments

    Here is the link to my spring portfolio page.

  • Moving Forward.

    Posted on May 8th, 2013 Ge No comments

    Today during our group discussion, there is one question got asked a lot. “What elements can ou bring forward into future projects?” I find this question very interesting because I have never looked my projects in a continues way. Although I do believe that every designer subconsciously use experiences from previous projects and move on to the next one.

    I think the most we learn about each project is materialities. I know I have been documenting my experiences with different materials. Material, form and structure are always related terms. There are forms that only certain materials can perform. It is a very important knowledge for us to have moving forward.

    Another thing that i have learned this year that will help me in he future is how to understand and interpret a prompt. None of the prompt is randomly picked. There is always connection between the requirements.  For example our recent “linear, planer and solid, Capture nature light” Capture light is more the functionalities aspect to the design. Linear, planer and solid is the form aspect. At the beginning I thought” dots make line, lines make plan and plans make solid.” I thought it would be easy to corporate these three elements together. However it turns out to be hard to be able to suggest all three without making one of them very literal or too much a stretch.

    There are many other thing I have learned this year that will help me in the future.

  • First Year Competition –Review+Materials

    Posted on May 5th, 2013 Ge No comments

    During mid-March, we had a first year competition. The prompt given to us was to build a structure to illustrate interior and exterior, structure and non structure and connections between materials. We were given a sheet of bristol,  a 1/2 inch wooden dowel and another material of our own choice. We have five days to finish the assignments. I used chipboard as my third material. Here are some pictures of the final product.

    first year big first year compertition first year sideI tried to corporate three materials together, which is one of the reason why i picked chipboard. Because of te color and qualities chipboard have makes it easier to construct with bristol and wooden dowel.

    However, as the pictures have shown, there are some constructions problems. The angle that I picked out and the way the dowel interact with the other two materials are too much for chipboard to take.

    For future projects, I think it is important to learn both the potentials and limits of the material. I have always been pushing the possibilities. Sometime I feel like I am asking too much from the material. It could be a good thing to explore material but it is also important to learn about the material. Instead of physically bending, cutting to achieve the form, If I know enough about different materials, I could have a similar finish qualities.

  • Hallgrímskirkja–Iceland

    Posted on May 4th, 2013 Ge No comments

    7077074641_9b49f12ba2_zHallgrímskirkja is the largest church in Iceland. It is 73 meters tall and it can be seen anywhere in the city. It is designed by  Guðjón Samúelsson, the state architect. He incorporated iceland’s landscape into his design. The actual construction lasted for 39 years, it starts in 1945 and ends in 1986. It is a very important landmark in Iceland. The design of Hallgrímskirkja is often compared with Grundtvig’s Church in Denmark.

    20-Unusual-Churches-PII-grundtvigs-churchThis church is designed by Jensen-Klint. Due to the style of the building, it is recognized as one of the rare examples ofexpressionist church architecture. Because the unique appearance, it is without a doubt, one of the important landmark.

    The reason these two buildings interest me is they are examples of the combination linear, planar solid.  It is hard to combine those three elements without making one of the elements “awkward”. However, these two are great design examples.

  • Material–Clay

    Posted on May 1st, 2013 Ge No comments

    Couple weeks ago, we had a tile project. We created a pattern on computer which later turn into clay tiles.  I had some experiences working with clay in high school. I have learned that clay is very tricky material to work with. The advantage is that it is very forgivable in comparison to wood, metal and plastic. As long as the clay is not fired, we can always make changes to it and even reclaim it to start over. However, clay has a memory. All the manipulations we did to clay will be shown in the piece. All the shrinking when they dry can change the form too. I am experimenting with clay for my lineal, planar, solid project. I am cutting strips of clay and placing them on top of each other to create a plan and suggest a solid volume. DSC_0646.JPG

    As this picture shows, the clay are sitting on top of each other. Originally, I didn’t plan on fire the structure but in order to have a glossy finish looking, i decide to fire it, which means the connections between the strips become very important.

    Clay is very easy to look messy/unfinished since it’s so easy to make any changes to the form. Any additional force add onto clay will leave a mark. In the further exploration, I am going to be extra careful and try to have a clean finish.