In limited time of site survey, architects collect information by observing, taking notes, sketching, photographing, taking video, talking to locals etc.. When they are back in office, they make sense out of them, giving birth to report, diagram and site model. By then, the whole team can get a good understanding of the site especially by look at the site model talking about the site, away from site.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!
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
Jin was Tao’s best friend in his childhood. Enrolment at different universities separated them in two cities, one on the north side of Yangtze River, the other one on the south. They were not far from each other in terms of distance, but the contact between them was almost lost.Continue reading Huoban
At the starting point of the lovely cycling path stretching all the way from Pasturo to Taceno, there is a Mari.
It leans to one side of the path. All the ending points of the path have two Mari, except this one. Soon, we found the missing Mari lies on the river bed nearby.Continue reading Snow Mari
The second house we lived in Milan was a super tiny one, about just 20 m². Small as it was, everything had to go vertical: Washing machine on top of fridge; bed on top of a balcony in between bathroom and wardrobe, connected to the living room with a moveable wooden ladder; orange tile on top of bathroom, indicating you could sit there eating watermelon in summer; of course, you could lie or sit or put things on top of wardrobe too.
Although it was so small, it had almost everything to support our life: except fridge and washing machine we talked before, there are a tiny balcony, a ceiling fan, an oven, a shower room, a bidet, and so on. We loved it when we saw it the first time.Continue reading Lamp A