Archive for September, 2008

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.

Hw: Fibonacci, Leonardo of Pisa

September 21, 2008

Leonardo Fibonacci was the first to introduce the Hindu- Arabic number system to the West. In his book, “Liber Abaci”, he describes the rule of mathematics, such as adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing numbers. His book also also attested to the thoery of quadratic equations. His problem that led to the intoduction of the Fibonacci number is: How many pairs of rabbit can be produced from that pair in a year if it is supposed that every month each pair bears a new pair which from the second month on become productive? From the problem he discovered the Fibonacci number which is 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34,55,……. The formula from the series is F(n)= F (n-1)+F(n-2). From the Fibonacci number he obtain the Golden section, which is taking the ratio of the Fibonacci number. 1/1,2/1,3/2,….

A Rigorous Geometry

September 20, 2008

This week we had went into groups and read a section of the A Rigorous Geometry. The article mentions that mathematics is manmade tools that help us understand our world. We make observations and put it in perspective for understanding. And nothing can remain immense if it can be measured. Geometric scales helps up visualize and conceptualize and give meaning to maps. Perspective is a distortion of reality and an image can imply reality. When you draw three dots, you can image a triangle.

Hw: Hard and Soft

September 14, 2008

For hard object, I chose to draw a cell phone, since we uses it everything and can feel the hardness of the surface.

For soft object, I chose to draw the shape of the mug, since during the process of making the mug, it is soft. Also the curve of the mug it considers soft/smooth.

Experienceing Architecture (Basic Observations)

September 13, 2008

This week, we have went to our previous group and discuss on the article, experiencing architecture. I learned that architecture must be experienced in order to learn about it.  For example the author mention that the children had a better understanding of the church than the tourist; the children uses the wall to play ball, which they are experiencing the hardnest of the wall. I also learned that building should be well planned in order to keep with time as long as it stands. A good architecture is when it is utilized the way architect planned. An object can also be hard and soft at the same time, it is usually base on own preference. For example, during the process of making a cup, it is first soft when made then turns hard.