Unit 4: Community Center for Refugees in HK

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Written Reflection:

2) Explain who your design is for. Who makes up the particular community?

Our design was made for the refugee community in Hong Kong.

3) Explain what your design is inspired by. What ideas and inspirations helped shape your design? Use specific examples from your model to share.

The residential part of our design was inspired by pyramids since we thought it would be unique as well as improve stability. The pool was just a regular square one and we used blue plastic sheets to use as the water.

4) Explain where you envision your design to be located (in Hong Kong) AND how that shaped your building design (Think back to Mr. Leung’s talk)

I envision the design to be next to a beach since the beach is part of our design and  provides recreation for the refugees.

5) Explain why your building is relevant. What needs are you meeting and how are you doing that?

Our structure is relevant since we are meeting various needs such as shelter, security, health, recreation. Recreation is provided from the beach, the pool, the hot tub, and the playground. The building and the security guards give security and shelter while the gym helps the refugees remain healthy.

6) How are you addressing the need of beauty in your design? (How is your design contributing to making life more beautiful?)

One way the design addresses the need of beauty is by having nature e.g., a beach and trees. Another way it addresses the need of beauty is through symmetry. All of the buildings (the gym, the building where the refugees are staying, security stations) are symmetrical.

7) What design element are your most proud of?

I am probably most proud of the trees since I spent quite a while to make them and it turned out well.

8) What design element needs further refinement and improvement?

In order to improve the design, I think we could’ve been more precise when measuring the foam boards since they’re not exactly all aligned. For example, I could’ve measured more accurately while making the security buildings since one building is taller than the other and the windows aren’t the same.

9) In your opinion, how important is architecture? Provide a definition of architecture and explain its relevance in your life and in our society.

I think that architecture is really important since it can be useful in many different ways. Without architecture, we wouldn’t be living in buildings and obviously wouldn’t be as comfortable as we are now. Also, we wouldn’t have the sense of security that we do with architecture.

Unit 3: Book Art – Final

1. Evaluate your overall work by examining your idea (how did you develop your idea to completion?) and technique (how successful was your technique?)

For this project, I cut the same shape; a rectangle, out of around 100 pages or so and drew an outline of the Jerusalem skyline, then stuck it under the rectangular frame. The technique that I used to cut out all of the pages was just using a ruler as a guide for the first page, then using the first page as a guide on how to cut out the rest. At first, I found it difficult to cut the pages, as they kept on tearing in the wrong places, but after changing the angle of the blade, it worked and the cut was clean.

Unit 3: Book Art – In Progress

1. What are you doing to transform the book?

I am cutting out a rectangular frame out of the pages from the book. In addition, I will also add a drawing of the Jerusalem skyline since that’s where the main character, Habibi moves to.

2. How are your ideas original?

My ideas are original since I’m creating something that I’ve never seen anyone else create before. Although people may have also made a frame from the book paper, I’m taking it one more step further and actually adding a drawing of something that’s significant in the book.

3. What techniques are you using to create your sculpture? (Collage, newspaper form, diorama, etc)

I am kind of using diorama since I created a small space with the book pages and added a colorful scene in it.

4. Evaluate your craftsmanship – how much care and attention to detail are you putting into your sculpture?

I am putting care and attention into my sculpture by adding small details in the drawing such as different colors and small outlines. Although I could’ve been more careful while cutting out my frame since it’s not the neatest.

5. Evaluate your time management – how are you using your time?

I managed my time pretty well since I got everything done and completed without wasting any time.

6. What improvements could you make?

As mentioned above, I could’ve made my edges neater and more clean.

Unit 2: Pottery (Coil Pot)

1.) How have you chosen to represent the theme “The Sands of Time” in your coil pot? Explain with examples.

I have chosen to represent time in my coil pot by making the structure have different shape. In the beginning, my pot is thinner, then gradually gets wider, then gets thinner one again. This represents that in the beginning of your life, you most likely don’t have many problems, but as you grow older and attend more things such as school, life may get harder. The spirals at the top represent that after you’ve graduated and become older, life will get easier once again once you’ve completed all the goals that you wanted to complete in your life.

2.) How is your coil pot different from your lantern? Give 3 explanations.

1. The way that the two are made are different. For the coil pot, you had to first make a round base and then add multiple layers of coils and other designs onto it. For the lantern, you just start out by having a base and simply putting a slab of clay on the sides of it.

2. My coil pot has different designs, such as coils and spirals, while my lantern only has carvings in it.

3. My lantern can have gaps/carvings in it, since it’s only for a candle, while the coil pot can’t, since water can escape from the gaps.

3.) What improvements could you make to your work?

I would definitely make sure that the walls of my pot was thicker, since it’s kind of slouching at the moment and also add more designs on it to represent sands of time. In addition, I would probably want to think of what I want to make in the beginning, and stick with that idea, since I kept on changing my ideas repeatedly during the making of my pot which resulted in it not looking really good.

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2.) Describe what you made:

I made a sketchbook for my semester two sculpture class.

3.) What is the purpose of your sketchbook in sculpture class?

I will be using my sketchbook for mapping out ideas for projects, sculptures, and anything that is necessary for this class.

4.) What are the benefits of making your own sketchbook vs purchasing a mass produced sketchbook?

The benefits of making your own sketchbook rather than purchasing a mass produced sketchbook is that it would be more creative because you’re starting from scrap by actually putting the pages together, sewing them together, and finally decorating it.

5.) What would you do differently to make the sketchbook?

I would have probably made my sewing better, since there are some parts where there’s two layers of string instead of one.

Two Interesting Sculptures

The first sculpture is called the Knotted Gun and is located in Turtle Bay, New York, USA. I found this sculpture interesting because it could have several meanings in it. The gun is knotted, which means that it can’t shoot. This could be addressing the gun violence issue in the U.S.

The second sculpture is called Break Through From Your Mold and is made by Zenos Frudakis. It is placed in Philadelphia. I found this sculpture interesting because when the statue is inside of its mold, it looks like it is keeping to itself, since it’s body is kept close together. But as the statue moves out of it’s mold, it looks like it is feeling freer.