December 14, 2008

On Monday we watched a film on the three architects, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, and Daniel Libeskind. Out of the three architects, I thought Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum Berlin was the most interesting and has a meaningful thought behind. When they first show the inside of the building, I had the feeling of fear since the building is so dark. Afterall the building has a hidden history of German Jewish of what the Jews had gone through.  The building was open to public in the year 2001. It has the shape of a zigzag and the main building is cover by a thin layer of  zinc. Libeskind uses term such as “voids”, an empty space, which connects the old building to the new building. There are five voids and one of the five void floor is cover by “Shaleche” (fallen leaves). The shaleche represents ashes. The buidling has three axis, continuity, exile, and dead end. The two other axis crosses the continuity axis. The axis of continuity is the longest axis of the three and opens to a staircase, which the stairs are from the basement to third floor. When one walks on the staircase, it gives the person an idea of the path is difficult to walk but one has to continue moving. The axis of exile leads outside to Garden of Exile, which the garden is like a dead end. The exile is like a lost of reference point and the only way out is going back the way you came. The garden has 49 column and the wall is tilted. The axis of the holocaust is a dead end, which the path gets narrower and darker as one move on. The axis leads to a black door that leads to the Holocaust Tower. The only light in the Holocaust Tower is a single narrow slit high above in the roof. The three axis represents the three realities the Jewish experience in Germany.




December 6, 2008

This week we have went to the library to watch a film. The Bauhaus was founded by Walter Gropius. I think the building is very interesting, since it is build with glass walls. It is interesting how he borrow the idea of assembly line and builds the building in a year. It is very creative of him to build small balcony in the student housing, so students can easier talk to friends on the balcony or arrange to meet at places. It is also interesting how the building stays in its original way, after so many people try to change it looks. One of the idea was to make it like a nazi symbol and I thought it was interesting and funny at the same time, since the first time they showed the building in plan view, I thought it looked like a Nazi symbol expect it was missing a few lines. Now the building is part school and part museum. The Siza School has four line up building facing river. Some of the building looks like faces; one of them looks like a happy face. I did not like the building very much, since I did not like how the other parts are organize and shape. I did not like the narrow windows, since it makes the inside look very dim. I thought he is very creative with the shape of the building to make lighting effect.


November 30, 2008

This week we had read and discussed about the Scale and Proportion. The reading is about scale, proportion, mathematics, music, golden section, human body, perception, Utitruvian man, etc. We have focus our discussion on music and architecture. In music there are wave length, harmony, scale, rhythm, beat, form, texture, pattern. Whereas in architecture there are also similar situation, such as there are pattern, scale, texture in a building. In music, texture is the how you play the music and the result is the feeling it gives you. In architecture, the texture you see can give you different impression.


November 23, 2008

This week we have talked about harmony/balance, scale, proportion, and measurement. We have partner up and draw our partner’s face, hand/arm, full body, step, and arm span. We then went outside to the Diego Rivera Theatre and use the body parts to estimate the height, width, and length of the building. For example, how many steps long and how many bodies tall is the building. By doing this exercise, I get to see how many spaces a person receive when he/she is inside the building and also how many space above the person will receive so he/she won’t bump his/her head.

HW: Proportion

Proportion is the harmonious relationship of parts to each other or to the whole with respect to magnitude, quantity, or degree. In architecture it is the relation between elements and a whole. “Proportion is a correspondence among the measures of the members of an entire work, and of the whole to a certain part selected as standard. From this result the principles of symmetry, without symmetry and proportion there can be no principles in the design of any temple; that is if there is no precise relation between its members as in the case of those of well shaped man.” -Vitruvius


November 10, 2008

This week we had talk about formative ideas and did an exercise. A formative idea is understood to be a concept which a designer can use to influence or give form to a design. For the exercise we used column, plane, cube, half dome, and cylinder to design the building in plan and elevation view. We have worked with structure, form, balance, massing, light, symmetry, and additive and subtractive. I found the exercise to be a little difficult because I have trouble arranging the object in the plan and matching the elevation view.

Homework:Peter Eisenman

One of his old work is HouseVI (Frank Residence). He has created a form of from the intersection of four planes, subsequently manipulating the structures again and again, until coherent spaces began to emerge. The structure of it has a methodical manipulation of a grid.  One of his new work is the University of Phoenix stadium. The basic form of the design takes it cue from a barrel cactus and offers alternating vertical slots with smooth panel.


November 1, 2008

This week we went to the library and watch an informative powerpoint. This week we have moved on and have a different look of architecture. We have learned about analysis layering whereas building is achieved only through a rigorous development use of analysis and layering as tools. Some graphic elements that we learn were parti, stucture, natural light, symmetry and balance and additive and substractive. After the powerpoint we have watch a short clip of Joshua Prince-Ramus. I thought the film is very interesting, it is interesting to see how they come up with the design and predict how the building will look like in the future in different angles. Also the way the library was designed in the film was very creative and the inside very satisfy people’s needs. For homework, we are suppose to draw MOMA in plan and elevation.


October 24, 2008

This week we have went into our group and drew the six sides view: a,b,c,d,e,and f on the chalk broad. The drawings are supposed to be abstract drawings of things in our area. My group’s statement is Elevated energy, nature symmetrically standing, since our area is located where there are stairs and plants standing symmetrically and growing tall. After the six drawings, we did a two page drawing of the six views into one in our notebook. Also we added details to the drawing. I thought the assignment is fun, but in the end I learn that we are not actually building the building.


October 12, 2008

This week we have talked about the designs: geometry, rhythm, repetition, direction, vertical, horizontal, and solid/ void. We are supposed to sketch in the box a, b, c, d, e, and f of different view of the building. My group decided to revisit our site to have a close look of what kind of elements we can use to build the building. The elements that are in our site that we can use to build are flowers, rocks, twigs, and branches. Since we have different view, we decided to have each of us to do a sketch of what to build.

Observing the site

October 4, 2008

This week we have talked about the rivers and tides and were assigned to an area to observe the surroundings. The area my group got is near the library where there are stairs to walk down to.  We notice that the temperature is warmer when we walk down the stairs. As we sat down on the stone seats, we notice a nice view. The elements I saw was trees, grass, flowers, and stone. I wonder what kind of building we can create from these.

Rivers and Tides

September 27, 2008

This week we have watched Andy Goldsworthy’s Rivers and Tides. I find the film to be very interesting. I never though one can create so many beautiful artwork with things in nature. He had build an artwork with thick sticks and when the tides come, the tide carried the sticks away. It is interesting how the sticks slowly come apart as the water carry it farther and farther away. He mentions that he have to shake hand with the place before he starts to work. Also when working with the stones, he said the stones are speaking when it doesn’t fit. Also he mentions nature is what creates things and also takes things away. It is also interesting how he observe the water flow and notice its uniqueness. He used leaves to see the pattern in the water flow. We see that when one end of the leaf is blocked, the other end of the leaf will find its way and continue with the water flow. I think the rivers mean growth, time, and change that flows in nature. It is unpredictable how it flows and does the things it does. The are no real start or end on where the river lies, since all the water are connected. The serpentine represents the flow of life, whereas color and energy flows through all things. Which color is the expression of life.