Archive for September, 2010

Architecture Culture 202 Exhibition Booth: Barcelona Pavilion

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 30, 2010 by vincentloy

Ahh, finally, it’s the day of exhibition for Architecture and Culture 202 (I mean yesterday, sorry for posting this late due to busy day despite this assignment is completed)…it is a group work which each group selects a building and showcases how that particular building reflects modernism in the exhibition booth.

At first, the exhibition is planned to be at the gallery at plaza, which is at second level. After considering difficulties of moving booth into that area, the location had changed to the courtyard. For my group, we had selected Barcelona Pavilion, a great masterpiece by Mies van der Rohe and we had spent around two weeks on setting up the booth for the building.

It has been really hard works and effort put on this booth, which costs us around RM4000, wow…that is too much, and crazy, right?! Yes! Indeed….we didn’t expect that the budget used is so unbearable, and now we are like in state of bankruptcy. Thanks to all the reflective materials we bought, as well as some materials that are not needed anymore. I think we are the group with most expensive booth ever.

There are only around 15 booths set up on the day of presentation, which around 20 booths should be expected. Some are very creative, very interactive and very fantastic, with good craftsmanship and brilliant ideas! Despite our booth which consists of only three planes of different qualities on a base, our booth achieved some good effects from reflection too, which is what we are aiming for!

The most important thing is that the booth must showcase Barcelona Pavilion very well, and easy to be understood! Not many people dare to walk into the space of our booth, maybe because it is too glary, reflective and maybe elegant inside…haha…we even did a booklet regarding the booth…ohh, yes, we are proud of our own masterpiece! Thumbs up to ourselves whom manage to finish it well with a good outcome and feedback as well!

Our booth is basically of three independent planes (show free plan concept) of three different qualities (tinted reflective, mirror-like, and transparent). The presentation board of five concepts including pictures and drawing are included on the clear transparent acrylic while the 3D models of column detail and free plan would be on the side of dark-tinted reflective perspex at the back to be adjacent with the board in front. The mirror-like structure at the end seems to create spatial illusion, while the column at scale 1:2 is placed at the front corner to complete the structure, especially seen as four columns by reflection.

Simple yet captivating! Less is more! Famous quote by the architect, Mies van der Rohe!

Very very busy!

Posted in Interesting Encounters on September 26, 2010 by vincentloy

Sorry for late update for my blog here! I have been very busy these few weeks, since it is already the mid of my semester. This is really no more honeymoon days for us as architecture students! Many deadlines are approaching, for all assignments from ALL modules! And YES, I have five modules!

There are many submissions for this coming week, just to remind myself:

Wednesday: Architecture and Culture 202 – Exhibition booth submission. (have not completed!)

Thursday : Architecture Techniques 202 – Interim submission for 2 explorative models. (have not even started!)

                     : Building Science 202 – Group report on Building Services (over 150 pages long!)

Friday: Architecture Design 202 – Site Analysis (my part – video!!!, I’m not good in multimedia!)

One more thing, Monday (tomorrow), I got an exam, calculation! Building Technology 204 (Structures) Mid Term…shit! Have not even start revising, eventhough it is of only one question, but a question that took 2 or more pages to solve! Crazy!

Bye…off to continue my assignments!

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 22, 2010 by vincentloy

There are many names for this Chinese festival!

Mid-Autumn Festival, Mooncake Festival, Lantern Festival or even Full Moon Festival!

However, everyone would be celebrating it in the same way…

For children, they gathered, they played; fireworks, lanterns, candles and eating mooncakes.

For adults, they gathered, they worshipped, they chat, they eat mooncakes, they witness their children playing candles and lanterns.

    

However, this kind of annual tradition is getting much lesser, usually ignored, even including my family and I. Recently very busy with my assignment, but since this day is so important in Chinese calendar, hence I must find some time to update my blog here to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival together with the readers, coincides with the header of this blog for the month. This day reminds me of my childhood memories of playing together with my relatives at night! Really wish to get back to that moment, childish but I like it!

After the work that had just ended at around 5am midnight, we saw the lovely full moon, representing the festival very well, even without lanterns, candles or mooncakes!

Happy Malaysia Day!

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , , on September 16, 2010 by vincentloy

It’s not National Day! That one is over not far ago for this year!

It’s Malaysia Day! It’s different with our National Day that falls on 31st August every year. This one marks the formation of the nation called Malaysia in 1963, consisting of Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak while the National Day which is usually known as Independence (Merdeka) Day marks the independence achieved by Peninsular Malaysia in 1957.

  

So basically, Malaysia is only 47 years old, even less than half a century, still a young country, and yes, still a developing country, unlike Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc that have became developed nations long time ago. Our target is on year 2020, which coincides with Wawasan 2020 set by our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir that is well known in world of politics. Let see whether it will be a success (mission achieved) or not?

September 16th, for this year seems a bit different. First of all, it is the first time 16th September is declared public holiday for whole Malaysia eventhough it is such an important date to all Malaysians! Everyone would be happy with one extra holiday (but it is already in our semester break, wasted!). Secondly, I heard quite a lot of fireworks at 12am just now, something like on the eve of Merdeka night. More atmospheric this time!

Anyway, have to continue on our assignments despite the current semester break we are enjoying now, for only one week! Happy Malaysia Day to all Malaysians! Satu Malaysia!

Origin of the word ‘skyscraper’

Posted in Architectural Territory with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2010 by vincentloy

Everyone who is no stranger to me definitely knows that I’m quite a big fan of skyscraper, not mainly because it is tall, but its presence that dominates the surrounding built environment and symbolises a vision of reaching up to the sky. Recently, it seems that I had abandoned my habit of loving skyscrapers due to busy days with typical architecture of modern houses and public buildings of multi-purpose.

Hence, it’s time to get back a little bit to skyscraper on this blog once again. Skyscraper rules!

There is actually no clear or exact definition of ‘skyscraper’. Defining the word is quite subjective. Everyone will refer it to as structure that is tall (but how tall it should be to be classified as skyscraper???) Arguments and debates came here, which involved many parties and corporations like Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH – responsible mainly in listing official world tallest buildings list), Emporis Standards Committee, etc.

Most cities define the term ‘skyscraper’ empirically. Hence, even a building of only 80 metres tall can be considered a skyscraper if it protrudes above the existing built environment and changes the overall skyline

The word “skyscraper” originally was a nautical term referring to a small triangular sail set above the skysail on a sailing ship. The term was first applied to buildings in the late 19th century as a result of public amazement at the tall buildings being built in Chicago and New York City. The first skyscraper was for many years thought to be the Home Insurance Building built in Chicago, Illinois in 1885. More recent arguments point to New York’s seven floor Equitable Life Assurance Building built in 1870 and it was arguably the first office building built using a kind of skeletal frame but it depends on what factors are chosen and even the scholars making the argument find it academic.

The structural definition of the word skyscraper was refined later by architectural historians, based on engineering developments of the 1880s that had enabled construction of tall multi-storey buildings. This definition was based on the steel skeleton—-as opposed to constructions of load-bearing masonry, which passed their practical limit in 1891 with Chicago’s Monadnock Building. The steel frame developed in stages of increasing self-sufficiency, with several buildings in Chicago and New York advancing the technology that allowed the steel frame to carry a building on its own. Today, however, many of the tallest skyscrapers are built almost entirely with reinforced concrete.

A loose convention in the United States and Europe now draws the lower limit of a skyscraper at 150 meters (~500 ft) .A skyscraper taller than 300 meters (~1000 ft) may be referred to as supertall. Shorter buildings are still sometimes referred to as skyscrapers if they appear to dominate their surroundings.

The somewhat arbitrary term skyscraper should not be confused with the also ill-defined term high-rise. The Emporis Standards Committee defines a high-rise building as “a multi-story structure between 35-100 meters tall, or a building of unknown height from 12-39 floors” and a skyscraper as “a multi-story building whose architectural height is at least 100 meters.” Some structural engineers define a highrise as any vertical construction for which wind is a more significant load factor than earthquake or weight. Note that this criterion fits not only high rises but some other tall structures, such as towers.

The word skyscraper often carries a connotation of pride and achievement. The skyscraper, in name and social function, is a modern expression of the age-old symbol of the world center or axis mundi: a pillar that connects earth to heaven and the four compass directions to one another.

Competition for taller buildings, and even race for the tallest began on the West, from cities of skyscrapers’ birth (Chicago and New York City) as early as from 1900s till 1990s for almost a century. However, the geographical domination ended when Petronas Twin Towers (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) were built in 1998 as world tallest buildings, marking the beginning of Asia reign in world tallest (next tallest was then Taipei 101 and finally current world tallest, Burj Khalifa, Dubai).

This geographical transition is accompanied by a change in approach to skyscraper design. For much of the twentieth century large buildings took the form of simple geometrical shapes. This reflected the “international style” or modernist philosophy shaped by Bauhaus architects early in the century. The last of these, the Willis Tower and World Trade Center towers in New York, erected in the 1970s, reflect the philosophy. Tastes shifted in the decade which followed, and new skyscrapers began to exhibit postmodernist influences. This approach to design avails itself of historical elements, often adapted and re-interpreted, in creating technologically modern structures. The Petronas Twin Towers recall Asian pagoda architecture and Islamic geometric principles. Taipei 101 likewise reflects the pagoda tradition as it incorporates ancient motifs such as the ruyi symbol. The Burj Khalifa draws inspiration from traditional Arabic art and flower. Architects in recent years have sought to create structures that would not appear equally at home if set in any part of the world, but that reflect the culture thriving in the spot where they stand.

Last picture of the post; I love this! Very inspiring!

Movie Review- Resident Evil: Afterlife

Posted in Miscellaneous with tags , , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by vincentloy

It is movie adapted from a famous video game of zombie-killing by a cool woman. There is already a franchise of it, beginning from Resident Evil 1 till Resident Evil: Apocalypse, Resident Evil: Extinction and finally this time the current released movie: Resident Evil: Afterlife.

    

I did not watch all the previous films of this franchise so I do not know much of the background of the story, like the girl’s background, the Umbrella Corporation, etc. What I know basically is there is a girl with super strength and skills in killing those undeads. I also heard before of the famous video games, and same thing, I did not play the games too.

Hence, this movie is fresh for me. The main actress, Milla Jovovich portrayed the character very well, much like how Angelina Jolie portrayed for her assassin characters. Hence, I like her acting, her short hair this time suits her well in the film. The storyline always goes like this, a group of people trying their best to survive, but finally only few are left to safety. There are some scary scenes in the movie, something suddenly popped out and can freak people out, hence not suitable for people with heart attack. Many scenes involving bullets (firing from guns) and too many scenes involving slow motion like Matrix. It is still worth watching, out of 10 points, I rate this film 7.0.

It’s been nine years after horrific 911

Posted in Explosive News and Results with tags , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by vincentloy

Today we remember the tragic moment,

that happened exactly nine years ago,

The most unexpected and unwanted event,

911 that turned the site into ground zero.

It’s a big news that leave us in shock,

the collapse of the towers put us in sorrow,

The images of the terrifying scenes came in flock,

for Americans and rest of the world it’s a big blow.

Nothing else we can do except to pray,

for the sacrifice of victims beneath the rubble,

Speechless and we have nothing more to say,

Days have to go on for all the people.