2) Explain who your design is for. Who makes up the particular community? (You may have to do some research or think back to Ms. Chan’s talk)
My design is generally made for refugees. In particular, children. We have incorporated several playful aspects that are fun and designed for younger people. We have also taken the liberty to include classrooms and a library to make sure nobody is deprived of their education. The community also consists of parents, so in general, our community center is one for families to enjoy. We have outdoor areas along with a swimming pool for we know Hong Kong can get very warm.
3) Explain what your design is inspired by. What ideas and inspirations helped shape your design? Use specific examples from your model to share.
Our design wasn’t inspired by anything in particular. I was sick the day we started drawing the floor plans, and when I returned my partner had a completely different idea of what we were going to do and we later decided to stick to simplicity and modern architecture. Everyday architects are designing something new, and we are able to see the changes they have made over the years. They have started incorporating more glass into the buildings along with adding more skyscrapers. We decided to stick to the modern theme and built upwards because Hong Kong is a crowded place where open space isn’t easy to find.
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 our building to be somewhere where there are surrounding buildings, but not anywhere near Central or Causeway bay, for they are too busy. Somewhere around Sai Kung or Clearwater Bay where the air is cleaner and it’s not too busy.
5) Explain why your building is relevant. What needs are you meeting and how are you doing that?
Our building is relevant because refugees and finding places for them to stay is a problem in Hong Kong due to our limited space and growing population. In our design, we offer shelter, food and water, community space where people are allowed to stay and hang out, classrooms, places where literature is available and housing.
6) How are you addressing the need of beauty in your design? (How is your design contributing to making life more beautiful?)
Our design is definitely addressing beauty by having all windows surrounding the building and including a rooftop garden and pool. I think living in a beautiful place will definitely help with the feeling of comfort and safety.
7) What design element are your most proud of?
The design element I’m most proud of is we have a huge glass cylinder going up through the building. I feel we’re incorporating modern design with community. At the bottom on the ground floor, we plan to have the cylinder the main community area and have it stretch up to the ceiling to define the space and take advantage of it.
8) What design element needs further refinement and improvement?
The design element that needs improvement is the building itself. I wasn’t cautious enough with my measurements and the floor almost seems to be getting bigger the higher up it goes. Although it looks cool, I feel it would be more slick if it remained one rectangle going up.
9) In your opinion, how important is architecture? Provide a definition of architecture and explain its relevance in your life and in our society.
Architecture is the art or practice of designing and constructing buildings. It is relevant to me because living in Hong Kong I am always surrounded by buildings. Hong Kong is densely populated and not a very big island. In order for people to live here, the buildings we build have to go upwards in order not to take up too much space and still house many people. Being in Hong Kong means I travel quite often for it is a very international city. I travel all over Asia and get to experience different forms of architecture and how it changes due to culture and economy.
1.) Who is it for?
I think it’s for anyone who comes to appreciate it. It helps the art and photography learners get inspiration. It’s for middle school and lower primary students and teachers to come and enjoy the peacefulness and nature that lives there.
2.) What is the design?
The design follows the lines of a zen garden with the plants, the waterfall, and the rocks/pebbles. The elements come together to create a calming sensation.
3.) Where is it?
It is located on the third floor of the middle school. It can be seen by both the lower primary and middle school art rooms, the chef room, the outdoor eating area.
4.) Why was it made?
it’s a nice environment to be around. Also, this area was bare and not used enough, also, it helps create a better view to the students in art class and chef class.
5.) Do you notice anything that could be improved about the space? Add your critique about the space.
I think that they should create places where people can sit, so they don’t have to just stand around. If there were sitting places, this would be a place where more students would be able to go to hang out and socialise.
Evaluate your overall work by examining your idea (how did you develop your idea to completion?) and technique (how successful was your technique?)
I think I did okay on my book. It wasn’t what I had in mind and I’m not entirely sure I like this one more, but I’m proud of my work because I know I tried my best, and it was a lot harder than expected. My ideas developed because I finished my maze before others finished theirs, so I had time to work on the back and front cover to add more detail.
What am I building – The leaning tower of Pisa
Where is this located – This is located in Pisa, Itlay
Who is the architect – The architect is Bonanno Pisano
When was it constructed – Construction started in 1173 and finished in 1372
Materials used – The materials used were marble and stone
History of my architectural form was During World War II, the Allies discovered that the Germans were using the tower as an observation post. A U.S. Army sergeant sent to confirm the presence of German troops in the tower was impressed by the beauty of the cathedral and its campanile, and thus refrained from ordering an artillery strike, sparing it from destruction. Numerous efforts have been made to restore the tower to a vertical orientation or at least keep it from falling over. Most of these efforts failed; some worsened the tilt. On February 27, 1964, the government of Italy requested aid in preventing the tower from toppling. It was, however, considered important to retain the current tilt, due to the role that this element played in promoting the tourism industry of Pisa.
Purpose of my architectural form – The purpose is to attract tourists to Pisa
Memorable features – This building stands out because it is on a slant, and it wasn’t originally supposed to be like that, but because of it, it has become more famous
1.) To transform the book, I am carving in a maze and painting over it to bring out the details.
2.) My ideas are original because I came up with it and I’m doing things I have never done before.
3.) The techniques I’m using are cutting and painting
4.) My craftsmanship isn’t as good as I would like it to be and I wish I paid more attention to detail.
5.) I am using my time really well and have made great progress.
6.) Improvements I could make include working on details within the maze and editing rough patches throughout
This is unique because there is both negative and positive space within the sculpture and it has a variety of details.
This is unique because it shows the setting and makes the book alive by making the sculpture 3D.
This is unique because it shows the problem presented in the book and is a good literal representation.
1.) I have chosen to represent the theme “Sands of Time” by incorporating ivy crawling up the sides of my pot. I feel that having this represents sometimes there are actions and things that may cover up your past or troubled times, but that doesn’t mean that they’re gone, it just means that something beautiful has come over. Also, within the coils, I have different spirals and spheres imbedded within the sculpture. I feel this represents impacting times in my life and that they will always stay with me, even as my life goes on.
2.) My coil pot is different from my lantern because my lantern is one main piece of clay with cut outs in it, but my coil pot is constructed of many small pieces of clay put together. Another reason they’re different is because I had more freedom when constructing my lantern, I feel this because we didn’t really have any boundaries. On the coil pot, we had a few rules that we had to follow, and it was a little harder to express myself. Another reason they’re different is because I spent more time and effort on my coil pot, and overall, I am more proud of it than my lantern.
3.) Some improvements I could make to my work is that when constructing, to really focus on the shape I’m making, and the top of my pot is not even and that kind of bothers me because I tend to like things really neat.
The Expansion by Paige Bradley
Background Information – Paige Bradley conceived this piece when she first moved to Manhattan. She was startled by the power of the curators and the critics, and if she wanted to stay in the fine art field, she knew she had to join her contemporaries and make ‘contemporary’ art. She took a perfectly good wax sculpture – a piece she had sculpted with precision over several months – an image of a woman meditating in the lotus position, and dropped it on the floor. She then cast all the pieces in bronze and assembled the pieces so they floated apart from one another. Then she brought in a lighting specialist and they built a crazy lighting system to make it glow from within.
Materials – Bronze with electricity
Why I find this interesting – Although the sculpture is cracked, the woman is still at peace and is letting the electricity inside her shine out.
Emergence by Sayaka Kajita Ganz
Background Information – The artist made this piece using only recycled items because she says her working process is reminiscent of her experiences growing up in several different countries, of being disconnected from the place she was born. So she goes around and finds discarded objects from people’s homes and gives them a second home.
Materials – Recycled materials
Why I find this interesting – This piece of art is proof that you can use any kind of materials to make a beautiful piece of work.