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cheem. don’t understand a lot of things.

  • If automation was initially brought to bear on tasks that were one or more of the “four Ds” – dull, dirty, difficult or dangerous….

The predecessor of NParks was called Parks and Recreation Department.

From essay by Jun Aoki

  • In crude terms, there are two types of architects – one type appreciates plastic forms as architecture, while the other type appreciates the atmosphere embrace within those forms as architecture. Needless to say, architecture is a physical environment that takes shape using materials. Essentially, architecture is a plastic thing. But if the plastic forms are considered to be the negative of the work, there is also the atmosphere contained within, or the positive of the work. With a negative-positive combination, neither can stand onits own. Yet even so, every architect places gravity on one or the other, and this differentiates architects into the ‘plastic group’ or the ‘atmospheric group’

From essay by Taro Igarashi

  • For architecture, which must always obey the laws of gravity to exist on our planet, the elimination of weightness is the ulimate drea. In Gothic cathedrals, for instance, even with their structures of solid stone, there are dematerialized, radiant interior spaces created in which the feeling of the stone material seems to have vanished> even Modernism, which was liberated from wall structure via the use of transparent glass, its abstract compositions that could retain form even when reversed, and its use of pilotis and other devices to elevate buildings, may well be said to ahve been seeking such a buoyancy.
  • … I was rather surprised by the conversation between Junya Ishigami and his assistants. They were going over the design studies and saying things like, ‘Which one’s cute?’ The focus of their value judgements was on ‘cute’.
  • It was in late 2007, when the project planner Tomoharu Makabe organized a design symposium called ‘Cute Paradigm’, that the theme of cute bagan making the rounds of the Japanese architecture scene.
  • But the members of Junya Ishigami’s firm are actually using the word ‘cute’ as they create. According to Ishigami, during his sojourn at SANAA, he often heard Kazuyo Sejima speaking of things as being ‘cute’.
  • Exterme Nature: Landscape Of Ambiguous Spaces (16 mm square pillars and girders. 8mm glass hung like a curtain, ordered specially from Japan as they could not be procured locally in Venice)
  • Architecture as Air: thin pillars 0.9 mm by 4 m tall


cuboid balloon


japanese pavillion



Structural  Engineering is the Art of moulding materials we do not wholly understand into shapes we cannot precisely analyse, so as to withstand forces we cannot really assess, in such a way that the community at large has no reason to suspect the extent of our ignorance. – Dr. A.R.Dykes

People are apathetic about politics because they don’t feel that they have the power to change anything.

Filmmaking, Scripwriting, Architecture: develop a narrative strung together in a smart, compelling, interesting way.

Montage technique of film. Splice together two very different moments/visual entities in a way that works.

An architect should be a good writer, a skillful draftsman, versed in geometry and optics, expert at figures, acquainted with history, informed on the principles of natural and moral philosophy, somewhat of a musician, not ignorant of the law and of physics, nor of the motions, laws, and relations to each other, of the heavenly bodies

Like many people, I was devastated to learn that Lebbeus Woods passed away two nights ago, just as the hurricane was moving out of New York City and as his very neighbourhood, Lower Manhattan, had temporarily become part of the Atlantic seabed, floodwaters pouring into nearby subway tunnels and knocking out power to nearly every building – an event seemingly predicted, or forewarned, by Lebbeus’s own work.

I can’t pretend to have been a confidant of his, let alone a colleague, but Lebbeus’s influence over my own interest in architecture is impossible to exaggerate and his kindness and generosity as a friend to me here in New York City was a reassuring thing to receive. I say this, of course, while referring to someone whose New Year’s toast a few years ago to a room full of friends gathered down at his loft near the Financial District was that we should all have, as he phrased it, a “difficult New Year”. That is, we should all look forward to, even seek out or engineer, a new year filled with the kinds of challenges Lebbeus felt, rightly or not, that we deserved to face, fight, and, in all cases, overcome – the genuine and endless difficulty of pursuing our own ideas, absurd goals no one else might share or even be interested in.

This was the New Year’s wish of a true friend: someone who believes in and trusts your capacity to become what you want to be, and someone who will help to engineer circumstances in which that transformation might most productively occur.

If you were to walk through an architecture school today – and I don’t recommend it – you’d think that the height of invention was to make your building look like a Venus flytrap, or that mathematically efficient triangular spaceframes were the answer to everything, every problem of space and habitability. But this is like someone very good at choosing fonts in Microsoft Word. It doesn’t matter what you can do to the words in your document if those words don’t actually say anything.

Lebbeus will be missed for his formal inventiveness: buildings on stilts, massive seawalls, rotatable buildings that look like snowflakes. Deformed coasts anti-seismically jewelled with buildings. Tombs for Einstein falling through space.

But this would be to miss the motivating absence at the heart of all those explorations, which is that we don’t yet know what the world is, what the Earth is – whether or not there even is a world or an Earth or a universe at all – and architecture is one of the arts of discovering an answer to that question. Even flat-out fabricating an answer to this, meaning that architecture is more mythology than science. But there’s nothing wrong with that. There is, in fact, everything right with that: it is exactly why architecture will always be more heroic than constructing buildings resistant to catastrophic rearrangements of the earth, or throwing colossal spans across canyons and mountain gorges, or turning a hostile landscape into someone’s home.

Architecture is about the lack of stability and how to address it. Architecture is about the void and how to cross it. Architecture is about inhospitability and how to live within it.

Lebbeus Woods would have had it no other way, and – as students, writers, poets, novelists, filmmakers, or mere thinkers – neither should we.

Geoff Manaugh

Writer and editor of BLDGBLOG

There are many things I will miss: the people definitely, the art classes which we sorely lack in SUTD, the grass patches so welcoming to lie on, and the bustling environment where people passionately pursue their interests. Being back in Singapore for less than a week, scenes of Boston still replay vividly in my mind. It’s also strange to note that combinations of letters and numbers such as N57 and W20 can stir such emotions. This is a trip that I definitely learnt much from and will not be able to forget! Hopefully, some of us will be able to head back one day, and it is this thought that makes departure less depressing.


  • Use the vertical plane tool to draw a plane, and adjust the plane (F10 to turn points on) till you like the curved surface


  • Curves>Curve from object>Create UV Curves. Create a tessellation pattern which you like.


  • Curve>Curve From Object>Apply UV Curve. Kind of like projecting the tessellation onto the curved surface. Remember to explode and Delete Duplicates (Go to ‘Select’ Tab and Select Duplicates)


  • Make sure the lines are on one Lines layer and the surface is on a separate Surface layer. Then run the UV code in python, using the correct Search Radius for the code(Number of Edges)
  • Can adjust the following parameters: Panel Height, Panel Thickness (depends on material used), Gap Distance (Depends on joints used), Panel Offset. Enable either line 32(Board Snap) or line 33(Textile Snap) of the code depending on which type of joints is used. Can flip the surface to flip the side on which the elements are formed.


  • Laser cut the 2D strips and assemble!!!

2014-01-09 14.10.07 2014-01-09 14.35.19 2014-01-09 14.35.26 2014-01-09 14.22.16 2014-01-09 14.32.10 2014-01-09 14.32.29  We then broke into teams to work on structures of varying sizes and purposes. Some teams are working on 20m high spaces in the URA gallery, and 3 x 3 x 3 m community exhibit spaces. Our teams was supposed to design a 3.87 x 3.87 x 2.6 m space meant as a corner exhibit booth. We decided to use a horn toroid shape and use quad panelling.  We used the panelling tool(can be installed separately) to form the grids on the surface. Panelling tools>Create Panelling Grid>Surface Domain Number to create lots of points. Then Panelling tools>Panelling from Grid>Panel 2D Grid. 5 Another useful tool we learnt to create irregular geometries uses a program called NetGen. Save a 3D file as .step and go to NetGen File>Load Geometry. Then create mesh, and export mesh. //I N S A N E L Y  C O O L 6

Arranging the models outdoors for a photoshootPhoto 13-1-14 5 41 48 pm 2014-01-14 17.16.24 2014-01-15 15.25.37 2014-01-16 14.08.55 2014-01-16 17.34.33 2014-01-16 17.34.40 2014-01-16 17.34.48
Compression testMetal Sheet component after testing

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