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Do Ho Suh: Passage/s

March 1, 2017 in CTS - Victoria

Do Ho Suh – Korean Architect

This exhibition was located in Victoria Miro in Victoria, London. This is an exhibition inspired by his peripatetic life, in this exhibition, there are many structures of building and also using fabric to made those structures.

People can see Do Ho Suh’s personal experience, this exhibition can cause many of overseas student and also overseas worker’s resonance. He was born in South Korea and went to New York to study, then lived in Berlin for a while and finally settle down in London. This exhibition is showing his new design of architecture materials of art, to let people see and learn the new things of architecture design.

All the structures have their own story, he meticulously replicating the architecture of the places in which he has lived and worked, such as the place where he lived in South Korea, Berlin, New York and London, his study place, studio. This fabric material structure gives form to ideas about migration, transience and shifting identities. This exhibition has some different with the others that he did before, these ideas are further conveyed in his Hub works. The connecting spaces between rooms, such as corridor and doors, this is showing the culture and the blurring of public and private, as well as reflecting on the passage of the artist’s own life, and the experience of a person who has developed roots in multiple countries.

Finally, I really like Do Ho Suh’s Work, I have seen his exhibition before, but I can see some more things in this show, I can see and learn many things from his works, how to show the meaning from his own work. Using different colour to make the exhibition more colourful and interesting, that’s what I wanna learn from

Industry research

February 28, 2017 in CTS - Victoria

Zaha Hadid, Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza

The building is located in Guangzhou, China, the Infinitus Plaza is located in the business district of Baiyun New Town, and will serve as a headquarters for the Infinitus – a health products brand owned by the LKK Health Products Group (LKKHPG). It will host a research centre for Chinese herbal medicine, as well as an exhibition centre and gallery.

This is the first project that she did in China, I have seen the process that from the beginning to the end, ideas, first sketch, and how she change the sketch into a design, the first sketch is just a floorplan and also some shapes, and I don’t how she change it to a structure. The way that I like her because her design process, present skills in the portfolio, her design features and also the practicality of her design, when people see her design people can see her name on the building.th_65d1300db123ce22f6e2569fb36764f8_zha_infinitus_guangzhou_0255-1


Shigeru Ban, Hermes Pavilion

This building is located in Tokyo, Japan, the concept of the pavilion was to create a structure easy to assemble and disassemble, all the structure made by 4 different diameters of paper tubes and connected with wood standard panels to create the horizontal elements. And try to show the Japanese style.

People called Shigeru Ban ‘Architect of materials’, he always try to find new materials to build building, to save the world and also materials which can easy to assemble and disassemble, and the way that I like him because the things he doing exactly what I like to do, materials, own style, to help people who need place to live, his design all very simple, but that always give people amazing feeling, every design that he did like to focus one practicality, for example, this project he focus on different shapes of material using and also Japanese traditional style.






Canary wharf field trip

February 27, 2017 in CTS - Victoria

The first thing that Canary Wharf gave was this area totally different with any other place in London, I feeling so surprised with that, because this is a business area so there is full of tall and modern building, luxury apartment and also the clear area separate, different public traffic, shops and restaurants there, that makes this look like a small central of London.

Firstly, there are lots of office building, that’s mean the buildings are private spaces, just allowed people who are working in that building to entrance, so that can control the quality of people in the area, so people won’t stay in a place for so long time. This is a business area so everyone is wearing the suit around the area especially male, so when I went there I felt a bit strange with that, because I was wearing sportswear. But this place is quite nice to visit because area is clean, place introduction is clear enough and also got everything here

Secondly the smoke problem, people are smoking everywhere in other areas in London, this is a bad habit of Londoner, but Canary Wharf is different, the design of this place makes people smoke in the same area, the designer put the design front the entrance of the shopping centre and also in the middle of the restaurants, the most easier part that people stay, people in Canary Wharf are more discipline.

Finally, I am quite like Canary Wharf this place, this is a different place with the other place in London, feeling so rest here, a different and new central, roads are clear, parks are private, transports have many choices, flow of people are good people won;t stay and stuck in the same place for a long time, and the main things is there have nice views.




Westfield Shopping Centre Stratford

February 27, 2017 in CTS - Victoria

Westfield Shopping Centre opened on 30 October 2008 and also is the largest shopping centre in the UK, and it’s located in Stratford station. There have 5 floors in the shopping centre, the design of the shopping centre is rectangle shape, shops inside and outside.

There have different planning in the shopping centre, the rent and the size of the store is not equal, store next to the main entrance and also in the middle is the most expensive part in the shopping centre, the large store relatively medium and small cheap because large stores like John Lewis and Waitrose can make people stay in the shopping mall longer, and also there have two food court in the shopping mall, one is in -1 floor and one is on the second floor, restaurant in food court also can get some discount as well, because everyone need to have food after shopping or before shopping, so they also make people stay longer in the shopping mall, that’s why designers separate the food count into two.

When people feeling tired to walk inside, they can move to outside to have their shopping and food as well, there have a street of restaurant outside for them to choose, but the price will be more expensive than the food court, because the restaurants outside have got their own space and area so the rent will expensive then the food court. Also, the rent of the stores outside is expensive as well, there have a public and activity area outside so people can bring their children there or have rest after shopping, then have more time to walk around the area outside.

Finally, I quite like the design of Westfield, good shopping area, rest area, and also area classification is good, large store at the front and back, cafe everywhere, two food court, and nice communication between inside and outside.

2002 Semiotics

February 20, 2017 in CTS - Victoria, SEMESTER 2

The session explored the ideas of semiotics, deconstructing language, image and the relationships between things that allow us to communicate ideas with each other.

we first dove into Ferdinand Saussure’s theories on language and spoken words. He notes that language is a closed structure and system of signs that we as a group of people choose to agree upon. With this in mind, we can all communicate by being able to identify what objects and things people are talking about. This however is considered a “deficit theory” meaning that we identify objects by their negative relation to other objects using the same system; for example, a table is identified as a table because it isn’t a chair.

With this aside, the words we use to call things are as arbitrary as the objects themselves, this the reason why there a different words for the same object through different languages. This allows us to create a visual language, which is explored by artists such as Picasso; who in his “Bull’s Head” piece is made up of bicycle parts.



January 19, 2017 in CTS - Victoria


The National Gallery located in London’s Trafalgar Square was where this CTS lesson was held. Inside the gallery we worked in groups of four or five where we were given a quote and then a task relating to that quote to complete within a certain room. Below is all the quotes, tasks, rooms, images and outcomes of this visit.

Think about it:

“True design literacy requires a practical and theoretical understanding of how design is made and how it functions as a marketplace tool as well as a cultural signpost, which takes years of learning and experience to acquire” – Steven Heller.

Prepare a critical review of the space / environment. Explain why you think it is or isn’t a good example of its type. Identify and analyse its strengths and weaknesses, and make reference to other examples if appropriate.

Room 4, Germany





All paintings around this room are situated at eye level and spaced out accordingly / evenly around the room. There is natural light from the glass roof & spotlights for individual paintings to emphasise where you’re meant to be looking (at the paintings). There was a documentary about the national gallery which talks about the lighting, explaining that it is controlled so that the paintings themselves don’t get damaged. It is one just one of the design features within the gallery that is there to aid the artwork. Space around each painting is relevant to the size of the painting itself, for example the larger the image the more blank space there is around the edges of it. The benches in the room face towards what they want you to look at, the painting on the far right hand side wall has the whole wall to itself with a bench facing that wall. All the paintings are grouped by the artist who painted them and within that they are ordered chronologically.

Decisions, decisions

“Typography is what language looks like.” – Ellen Lupton

Using the attached extracts from Thinking with type, assess and explain the typography used in this space. Consider the anatomy, size, scale, classifications and combinations of the typefaces used, as well as the type’s character and the ways in which it contributes to branding and identity.

Room 23, Rembrandt and Rembrandt Shool






75Looking at an extract from the book ‘Thinking with Type’, we then analysed the description plaques for each painting within the room. We found that the text is very small and can feel crammed or squashed together, for someone with bad eyesight it could also be very hard to read at times. Making the text bigger and well spaced out with solve this problem and make it easier to read. The largest text on the plaque is the number for the spoken description / hearing aid, however this is not the most relevant part of the description. The title, artist, description and media should be sized in order of relevance. Speaking to one of the museum curators, he also agreed that the small text can cause a lot of problems for people trying to read it. There is no differentiation or individuality within the typefaces the match the paintings themselves, they all consist of a basic sans-serif font. When looking on the galleries website, it states that the typefaces used are designed for accessibility purposes rather than aesthetically pleasing to the eye, it is plain and simple so that they don’t detract from the paintings themselves.

A sense of belonging

“The illusion of a social preference for light music as against serious is based on that passivity of the masses which makes the consumption of light music contradict the objective interest of those who consume it. It is claimed that they actually like light music and listen to the higher type only for reasons of social prestige, when acquaintance with the text of a single hit song suffices to reveal the sole function this object of honest approbation can perform. The unity of the two spheres of music is thus that of an unresolved contradiction.” – Theodor Adorno.

Identify the contexts that are at play in the identity of your group. These may be personal backgrounds, musical tastes, educational levels, affluence, nationality, languages or something else completely. How can you connect or relate these contexts to the space or place you are now in, or to an object within that space?

Room 43, Van Gogh and Cézanne







For this tasks we each spoke about our backgrounds and that made us realise that the individual paintings that we were interested in were influenced by what else we were interested in. For example, Elliot said that he had been to the gallery before but for a rave rather than to actually look around. He said that the paintings were all removed from the rooms before so that the equipment could be set up, because of this he was drawn to certain rooms within the gallery, and likewise specific paintings that reflect his musical influences as well. It was interesting to see why each person liked completely different pieces of art and how that related to their backgrounds.

Reasoned action

“Communication is largely formed by the unreasoned action. Therefore the formation of a concept which strives for a more independent forming of opinions, requires besides the analysis of the existing production relations an unceasing reflection on that empirical experience. in this way it will be possible, amidst the shifting and opposing corporate interests – and at the same time being dependent upon them – to develop politico-cultural criteria and strategies which will open new space for proffessional action in the media. Action starting from a non-authoritarian attitude towards the public and not concealing its own mediating role.” – Jan van Toorn.

Identify the ways in which media is present in this space, and the messages they are trying to communicate. To what extent are these messages overt or concealed? How could these messages be communicated more subtly or more overtly? How could the ‘mediating role’ of the medium be made obvious to the viewer?

Room 41, Manet, Monet and the Impressionists






This task was very hard but the conclusion that we came up with was that the artists messages are conveyed in the type of painting that it is. For example, a pointillism piece could be seen as more serious than one with long brush strokes, the artists themselves have painted to convey their experience so that the viewer can feel the same way that they did. These artists have painted their feelings rather than for realism. The typography around the room is very conservative, easy to maintain and simple, it is secondary to the paintings themselves.

Get outta here

“Multiple Signatures is an attempt at a collection not bound by the definition of our studio, in the form of a monograph; by a particular chronology; or by the limitation of my own creativity and insight. It is a project instigated by me but co-authored by many people I respect and admire, both living and in some cases, not.” – Michael Rock.

How would you present the experience of being in this space in a way that can be transmitted? Remember that transmission is not necessarily digital.

Room 34, Great Britain 1750-1850







The whole room has a very historic feel and gives an educational experience showing the range of different paintings, era’s, artists, information and styles that are within the room. There are many different ways that the experience could be displayed outside the gallery including making a website or video etc.

Some people have their own ways of doing this by painting within the gallery being inspired by the paintings that surround them:

Another example of taking the gallery experience outside of the gallery itself is that Turners painting featured in this room is actually going to be on the new £20 note. This is a perfect example of for this tasks. This is the painting that is said to be featured:



January 12, 2017 in CTS - Victoria

Today we was told that there would be no assignment this term for CTS but there would be a bigger one next term where our final hand in would be in the form of a catalogue.

Next year we will be able to select which CTS lessons to go to. We will pick 2 of those options, one per term. The assignment will be blog posts and an essay per term. In the third term, we will be deciding our final proposals. We will be creating a physical book in our third year as our hand in.

In addition to this, we were also told that we would only spend three weeks in the classroom this term; the rest of our time would be spent at various art galleries and exhibitions around London.

Here are some examples of last year’s catalogues:







We were also introduced to what is called the “design triangle”. It basically means that only two out of the three elements can be satisfied in andy design work. The three elements are:

  1. Good
  2. Fast
  3. Cheap

In the catalogue, we will have to include our ‘design rationale,’ which describes the reason why we have designed the particular product. We were told to get a British Library card beforehand as we are planning to visit the site in week 9 and possibly go inside.

Then we went through what visual essays are and looked at some examples. A visual essay uses images along with words in order to:

  1. Tell a personal story
  2. Argue a claim
  3. Explain a literary text
  4. Illustrate a social problem

This is an example taken from the university’s selection:


Finally, we outlined the main things to think about and what is important whilst doing a presentation:

  1. Communication
  2. Confidence
  3. Organisation
  4. Subject Knowledge
  5. Interpretation
  6. Key Theme / Idea / Message
  7. Body Language
  8. Pace
  9. Tone of Voice

Achieving sustainable design

December 2, 2016 in CTS - Victoria

Sustainable designs are achieved through sensitive designs, energy saving: full use of solar energy, using energy-efficient building envelope, and reducing the use of heating and air conditioner. Using nature ventilation to set the air-cooling system can cool the building effectively in summer using the prevailing wind direction. Moreover, saving resources, when designing buildings, constructions and building materials, we need to consider the fair use and disposal of resources, to reduce. The green outside of the building goes back to the nature, and emphasizes the fusion with the environment around the building, so that we can protect the natural environment.

There are a variety of sustainable building strategies and methods in the design, construction and operation. The initial plan is to choose the overall building site. The basic factors to be considered are include in the design living or users health, comfort and safety are associated with indoor environment conditions; features within the site. As well as considering whether the building is in a suitable location, and orientation within the site and protects the vegetation. Moreover, it improves resource utilization.


Inside the building, without using harmful materials and decoration material, that can make the living environment comfortable and healthy. Green building should be made of natural materials, for example, wood, bark, bamboo, stone, lime, paint etc., and the materials need to do testing to ensure that are not harmful to humans. Green building also according to geographical conditions, solar heating, power generation and wind electric power generation, to make fully use of renewable energy. According to geographical location, environment and weather, to use materials in a right way, and use materials from the location that we want to build, for example Japan is rich in bamboo, so that the cost when building will be relatively low.

Sustanable design

December 2, 2016 in CTS - Victoria


The sustainable design, “green design” or “Eco-design” – another ways to call this kind of design- is a special design, which aims to achieve economic, social and ecological sustainability.

There are some characteristics of buildings that have embraced green architecture. A building that has been built by a green architect will have its ventilation systems designed in such a way that they are efficient in both cooling and heating.

Several materials are used in green architecture with the aim of ensuring that the environment is conserved. Below are some of the materials that are used in green architecture.

Sustainable Design searches for the disuse of non-renewable resources with places, products and services that reduces the environmental impact and associate people with nature.   This kind of design deals with projects at a micro and macro scale; it can start by the designing of a small artifact and continue with the planning of a huge city or maybe a country. Research in sustainable design is multidisciplinary, it is important for engineers, architects, urban planners and/or even politicians.

Achitecture and Urban planning have a huge relation and responsibility with Sustainable Design, because both care the wellbeing of people who are going to make a life in its creations. So urban planning and architecture have methods and techniques to design sustainable cities, communities and buildings. Sustainable design will bring to us a better quality of life in different aspects like cheaper and better houses, better transportation, more public spaces and saving money by saving energy.

Eco Friendly Construction Methods and Materials

December 1, 2016 in CTS - Victoria

There is an urgent need to address the great challenges of our times: climate change, resource depletion, pollution, and peak oil. These issues are all accelerating rapidly, and all have strong links with the building industry.

There is a growing consensus from scientists and the oil industry that we are going to reach peak oil in the next twenty years, and that we might have reached this point already. Global demand is soaring, whilst global production is declining, and oil is set to become increasingly expensive and scarce. The building industry is hugely dependent on cheap oil, from the manufacture and transportation of its materials, to the machinery and tools used in demolition and construction. In the UK, it uses vast quantities of fossil fuels, accounting for over half of total carbon emissions that lead to climate change. The built environment is also responsible for significant amounts of air, soil and water pollution, and millions of tonnes of landfill waste. This is a situation that clearly needs to change.


With the inevitability of declining fossil fuels, and the threat of global climate change, reducing our energy consumption is an essential survival strategy. Choosing to build green saves energy. The low embodied energy of green products ensures that very little energy went into their manufacture and production, with a direct reduction in carbon emissions. Eco friendly design methodology can further reduce energy consumption by minimising energy inputs for heating, cooling and light, and incorporating energy efficient appliances. Saving energy for the occupant also saves money – an issue that will become increasingly important as the cost of fossil fuels inevitably rises in the near future.

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