October 20, 2008

Today we sketched our model of the SITE.

We are focusing on the Unity (Central) and the Movement of the buildings and paths.

Statement: Blown Set Orthogonally Secluded.



October 6, 2008

Today we get ready to build our site model.

We analysis the Landscape-texture and scale.

For the Design, we might use the Direction, Repetition, Vertical, Horizontal and Solid/Void motheds.

Here are the Site Plan I sketch, Materals we pick from the Site.

My idea of the Model,


September 29, 2008

Today We did the Site Study. What we analysis are basically the circulation of the site, the landscape of the site and relationship of the site and the surrounding buildings.

Here is our gourp statement:

Orthogonal shrubs set in secluded zones.

2008*West Coast GREEN (Part ONE)

September 27, 2008

Today I went to the 2008 West Coast GREEN show in San Jose Convention Center. I was so exciting to see the showhouse especially because I went to the West Coast GREEN show last year and it was so great. The Showhouse was designed by LAWRENCE Group. It named SG BLOCKS harbinger House.

This Showhouse is a spectacular and visionary example of innovative and affordable residential design. Literally, at its core, the 1,700 sq.ft two-story home is made of reused shiping containers, a living example of Value-Cycling, the act of taking a product that has fulfilled a primary purpose and finding another use for it without spending significant new energy and resources to convert it to another use. Every aspect of the home’s design, material selection and features were considered to assure the home’s Green Point and LEED for Homes honorary certification.

I think this Harbinger is so awesome. I like the structure, the form of the house. Especially it was made by all the green materials. I will talk about more new products I learn today in the later posts.

Here are some pictures I took for the Harbinger House.

This is Me and the Showhouse exterior.

This is the Master Bedroom. There are 3 big windows in the Master Bedroom. The views must be great at night. The air easily come in and out. I think that’s very nice design.

This is the Living Area.

This is Kitchen. The Kitchen connect to the Living Room. Again, I think it did a very good job on saving energy because it does not need to much lighting in a room.

This is the Balcony. Although it is very interesting that placing the sofa outside, but I guess it can’t apply to outside until it set up the canopy.


September 22, 2008


Today we watched the Documentary called “Rivers and Tides – working with Time” which was created by Andy Goldsworthy.

It was so interesting to see how Andy description on site and the use of space for his designs. I have done lots of the site analysis in Arch 24 and Arch 25. As an architect, it is very important to do a site study before making any design. Because our buildings are built on the site, we could not ignore it.

Here are the things I dropped down from the documentary.

The relationship between Water and the Stone, River and the Sea.

Understand the materials.

The plant and the Earth (relationship)

Movement (river, stone, wall)

My conclusion: In my exploration, I think one of the main concerns on site study is people, the circulation of the people. The relationship between the people and the buildings and the sites.


September 16, 2008

Fibonacci, Leonardo of Pisa

Leonardo of Pisa was born in Pisa, Italy in 1170. He was considered as “the most talented mathematician of the Middle Ages.”  He invented the Fibonacci Sequence. The Fibonacci Sequence of numbers means each number after the first two is the sum of the previous precious two numbers. As my point of view, I think it creates parrtens. 0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34, 55, 89…

The higher up in the sequence, the closer two consecutive numbers of the sequence divided by each other will approach the Golden Ratio which I think is significant. The Golden Ratio can apply to any of arts. Many artists and architects have proportioned their works to approximate the Golden Ratio. The Golden Ratio is approximately 1.6180339887.

The golden section is a line segment sectioned into two according to the golden ratio. The total length a+b is to the longer segment a as a is to the shorter segment b.

The golden section number is closely connected with the Fibonacci series and has a value of (sqr5 + 1)/2

Golden Proportion,














One of the most spectacular examples of the Fibonacci Series in nature is in the head of the sunflower.
Scientists have measured the number of spirals in the sunflower head. They found, not only one set of short spirals going clockwise from the centre, but also another set of longer spirals going anti clockwise, These two beautiful sinuous spirals of the sun flower head reveal the astonishing double connection with the Fibonacci series.

More examples like,


September 15, 2008

Here are the drawing I response to the research i did for Fibonacci

The Sunflowers are the Golden Section in Nature

The patrhenon is also the Golden Section


September 15, 2008


Today, we discussed the Geometry in process the architecture design. I have finished arch 24 and 24 last year. Mapping plays one of the main role in design.

i, making observation, putting in perspective for understanding

ii, map as a metaphor, “Nothing can remain immense if it can be measured.”

iii, Geometric sacle used to give meaning to maps, help us visualize and conceptualize.

iv, Constrains can inspire artist to be creative in new ways. Literature has structure – form – constraints – creativity.

v, Realism vs Postrealism

vi, The way we look at thing is not natural. You don’t lose when you restrict, you gain. That’s true of all Arts. Perspective is a distortion of Reality. A image can imply reality.


September 8, 2008


On today’s Arch 48 Class, we discussed about the topic of observation of architecture. I think Architecture Experience is significant important to a building. How people might experience the buildings is one of the major concern when we design a building. It is the relationship between people and the building, and also it is the relationship between the building and the site.

We had compared the HARD and the SOFT. I think ceramic could be categorize to Hard and Soft. When the ceramic formed with the square-tpye, that is Hard. But, with the curvilinear shape, it could consider as soft.

For the reading Experiencing Architecture, I think there are lot of phrasees are improtant.

“Architecture is not produced simply by adding plans and sections to elevations. it is something else and something more… it must be experienced.”


September 8, 2008

Hard & Soft drawings

This is Hard. I think all the materials with hard surface are considered HARD. like buildings, bridges etc.

On the other hand, like this drawing- tree. I think it is SOFT.