Thursday, May 6, 2010

Villa Wolkonsky, Rome

Yesterday's lecture brought me some memories which made me smile... The Villa Wolkonsky was my family home for 5 years. It was built over an ancient aqueduct and so the walls where the aqueduct ran through were very thick. From the dining hall there was a door which opened directly on to the aqueduct which used to cause us much amusement as it looked as if the door led to another room but instead it landed you in a rather precarious position atop this aqueduct! Visitors might ask, "Where is the bathroom?" ...

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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Clients

"Never before in my political life have I been taken so seriously as a woman as in the past few months. ... In return, I have publicly recognized my feminine identity to an unsusual measure."

Andy Eckardt, MSNBC: A woman chancellor for Germany maybe?, (16 Setptember 2005). [accessed 7 June 2010].

"We have a responsibility to bring peace and harmony to our lives and the world."
Miranda Kerr, Lifestyle Magazine in Daily Telegraph, 10 November 2007

"When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the the closed door that we do not notice the one which has opened for us."
Helen Keller, [accessed 5 May 2010]

Monday, May 3, 2010

Final Sketchup model - Hawking/Darwin

My final Sketchup model was adapted from my earlier examples. When I combined the two axonometrics I was not engaged as they did not hold much appeal in their combined form. I developed the models further trying to maintain true to their original conceptual design and came up with the above axonometrics which create a more interesting silhouette.

Reflection on slide from lecture

This slide appealed to me as the shapes are similar to those found in the studio I designed for Darwin with the rectangular prisms joined by a framelike structure. I find the concept of physical structure with abstract structure intriguing ... ie the relationship of that which is tangible and with the space around it. Both physical and abstract structure rely on each other for their existance. It is interesting in the picture how the solid geometry is emphasised through the linear geometry which are in contrast to each other but work towards highlighting the form of the other. This is a direct connection to electroliquid aggregation and extends itself to shadows, without which solid form tends to float in space without depth or meaning. In science, magnets attract each other through opposite forces. The chinese talk of yin and yang. In contemplating our environment, we need to consider that which makes something have it's being ... without ugliness there is no beauty.

Shadow Play with my axonometric

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5 Images of studios

"Natural Selection has chosen the human race to advance science and technology to such a degree that we are beginning to control not only our own destiny but that of the entire planet. Natural Selection will also define our success or failure. "

Darwin's studio to the lower left of the picture is rising up towards Hawking's studio. It is stepped upward to indicate development in evolution with a 'link' joining the two prisms indicating how natural selection has allowed the progression upward.

From Hawking's studio the vista stretches all around. The distant undisturbed horizon reflective of the future development of evolution which has no bounds. The studio hangs in suspension as if caught in an airwave of technology yet at one point touches the uplifted cliff face indicating it's connection to the earth. The studio is elevated to gain the best connection tothe technological highways which are invisible to the eye.

The studios are connected by a long thin platform. The length indicates evolution progressed steadily for a long time . The sudden uprise at the end of the platform reflects the small length of time man has been on the planet and the developments he has made, particularly in the last 100 years. The structure then develops outward, less connected to the earth. The uncertainty of the rise and fall of the structure reflects the future success and/or failure of man's endeavour to control science.


Darwin's lower studio ramp to the meeting place is short and steep, lined by rocks as an indication of the foundations of science and evolution.

The ramp from Hawkins studio takes a longer journey down to the meeting place indicating through distance the enormous development technology has taken. The meeting place falls around the long platform joining to the two studios. The platform passes through the meeting place at it's datum as it is a fundamental to the journey of evolution. The meeting area itself is somewhat protected from the elements by the rising landforms around it, this is to protect the clients and their discussions/thoughts/revelations in evolution so that they may flourish and develop.


DARK: Indicates the complexity of technology and how it interconnects and weaves. It's organised yet irregular waves reflective of how technology behaves.

MEDIUM: The star shows the beginning of a new form, lines reflect the relationship and connection between developing forms. It's repeatition indicative of the natural selection process.

LIGHT: The simplicity of this texture reveals the beginning, almost like that of a single cell at the start of life. Used to connect development areas between the studios.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Studios in Crysis Environment

This is a view of the studios from the ramp. The structures are placed evenly on a level playing field as both studios reflect elements of evolution of which the foundations are the same. Darwin's studio is placed on the datum as it's foundations begin at the start of evolution. Hawking's studio has a structure which elevates it's main body to a higher level of Darwin's to impress the advancement in technology which has taken place in the last 100 years.

As we can see in this slide, the two studios essentially have the same distant views. They have been designed like this as their focus is both towards the future and is essentially the same being that of evolution whether this happens naturally or by design of man. These views are without horizon reflecting the ongoing evolution which holds no bounds.

First Pair of Axonometrics

Studio Hawking

The idea behind Hawking's studio is to reflect that of technology through airwaves. As such the design is aimed towards that of an aerial to encapture the airwaves.

"The world has changed far more in the past 100 years than in any other century in history. The reason is not political or economic but technological — technologies that flowed directly from advances in basic science."

Studio Darwin

The central platform in Darwin's Studio has evolved through a variation into that of box. As this box has a purpose to provide shelter it continues to be replicated.

"I have called this principle, by which each slight variation, if useful, is preserved, by the term of Natural Selection."

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