The green cycle path that runs through the heart of Thyssen-Krupp Steel’s large industrial site offers visitors a chance to pass through a monumental industrial landscape. Still in operation, 24 hours a day, here one is lost in time and adrift in history. Continue reading Landstrich
Cai Kai is a new media artist but quite familiar with design, since he used to earn his life by doing “day job” in design companies. Now, with the other partners, he opened his own firm: Network Party. Continue reading The Chosen Wall: Studio Network Party
Thanks to the big window facing east, our bedroom is filled with sunshine from early morning till noon in clear days. During the period of not being too cold, say from late spring to early autumn, we would open the window and let our pillows sunbathe there. Continue reading Instant Holiday
In front of the building we live, there are three trees, standing in snow. We collected some snow and made a pot for the smallest one. Then it stood in a pot but not snow. Continue reading Tree Pot
Castagneti is the name of the street where we live. We’ve been here for more than 4 years. This project was done two months after newly settling in the area, during the Christmas period of 2013. Continue reading Auguri, Via Castagneti!
In a limited time of site survey, architect collects information by observing, taking notes, sketching, photograph, video, and so on. Returning to office, information were transferred into reports, diagrams and maquettes. Together with other more detailed information like photos, maquette, serving as the most integrated representation of the site, assists architect to grasp the site entirely. More often than not, maquette is physically separated from the site it represents in this working process. Continue reading Rooming a Space
Elaine W. Ho went to Hong Kong for two weeks and left the work-live space of HomeShop on Xiaojingchang Hutong to Tao. As an exchange, Tao was asked to make the residency term a means “to finish a project here”. His architecture internship at the firm Limited Design consisted of working from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays including the commute, which meant that only sleeping hours were spent at HomeShop. As it happened, this project was inspired by just such a relationship between time and space. Continue reading Temp Space & Time-plot Ratio
We made Cold to celebrate Yoko’s birthday. Yoko had been thinking for having a pinwheel for a long time. Therefore we decided to DIY some and put them together in a meaningful way.
It was just another autumn-like summer day in Valsassina, wet and chilly. A trembling character came into our mind. It was 冷 (lĕng), a Chinese character meaning cold in English. We made it out of pinwheels and put on the wall where strong wind arrives. In this way it materialized man’s sensation of ‘cold’ in an interactive way, and at the same time make the room even colder… Continue reading Cold
Tao got an iPhone from his uncle ages ago. It ended the old and good days of using his b&w NOKIA. Tao had thought to get a cover, but the price made him hesitant. Continue reading Cover Me!
We designed the logo of a Canadian trading company belongs to Yoko’s old best and best old friend. Continue reading H.R.
It was in third year of our undergraduate program, a new café opened near our dormitory. Soon, it became a gathering place of students. They came here for dating, chatting, reading, and making theme party occasionally. The owner, Zhang Fan, was also an university student, majoring in marketing. Continue reading Sticks
In response to the theme “re-appropriation” of MIAW 2010, we wanted to dig out some hidden values in the campus. In the building of architecture school, during breaks, people chat outside the classroom while lean against handrails, on which coffee cups or coke tins can always be found. People do it naturally. But the performance of handrail could be better. By just adding wooden boards, we found the potential of handrail lying in its width. Finally, it was proved to be highly welcomed. Continue reading Pausa Café
In considering easier and faster construction during emergency period, we tried to minimize an individual’s private space into two insulated boxes, one vertical and one horizontal — it is like something in between tent and sleeping bag. Boxes could be arranged in various combinations, hosting family in different sizes. Public spaces are naturally created. Continue reading Emergency Shelter
“What do you think you are looking at?” We asked friends and colleagues with the picture on the right. Paper-cut? Red envelope? Package for Spring Festival gift? Wedding invitation? None of them really did the answer we had expected to hear—the mounted Chinese character Fú (福), a traditional way of celebrating Spring Festival. We were shocked about this since we had thought confidently that nobody would misunderstood it, but the fact gave us a solid slap. It urged us to review our design strategy completely, which brought us our second proposal. —Now, it would be good to talk about the things that happened prior to this very moment. Continue reading Fú
Snowing! We made a snow cat in 15 minutes before going to school. Continue reading Snow Cat