From Presentation, to Architecture
My pursuance of advanced architectural design started from June, 2019. At the beginning, my territory of investigation was Architecture and Ecology. And the summer semester really offered me quite a lot of opportunities to discover the ecology topic with a variety of professors. In the first studio project, led by Prof. O’Donnell, we were requested to pick a type of garbage to reuse as the material of a pavilion. In that case, I chose bubble wrap and researched how this kind of plastic material could be collected, classified, decomposed, and reused. Ultimately, I designed a pavilion that was constructed using the original bubble wrap and melted-bubble wrap made modular. Whereas in the second design project, I learned about how to make a design through steps of collecting data, investigating building systems, and making a proposal. So, in a group of four, we ultimately contributed to the design of a pavilion with heat-sensitive multilayer aluminum that we proposed to create based on the collected data. Besides, in the final urban design project, we zoomed out the scale and aimed to see how interactive facade projection affects consumer experience and the urban streetscape. However, after engaging in three topics—from Ecology, Discourse, and Urbanism—, along with technical support from the course “Computational Thinking as Design” and the multi-topic lecture series from “Arch Territories of Investigation,” I reconsidered my TI selection, having found that I was not only interested in Ecology, Urbanism, Discourse and Representation, which were all attractive to me. Therefore, I finally switched the TI to Architecture and Representation since that would allow me to further explore presentation skills and techniques that could prove useful for ecology and urban design. Thus, in a series of Representation-relevant curriculums, I have studied not only methods of presenting the design, but also learned some new design logic through the representation of art pieces or architecture.
Master of Science
dissertation or thesis