Saturday, February 25, 2012

Time to Get back in Action....Design process

asalam sem6,
welcome back to the studio!! after 1 week mid term break hopelfully you guys are ready to continue our museum project.
ok, straight to the point...
last session one of the firm in your class showed me a cadd drawing of museum layout ( complete with door opening & windows). i was shocked to see that they 've already advanced to that level since your BDI is still 'kucar kacir!!
the point is that you need to go along with the proper pocess of design in order to develop your idea. 1st thing is to develop BUBBLE DIAGRAMS.
a Bubble Diagram is a GRAPHIC VERSION of your design layout. it is used to show spaces, circulations and spatial relationship.
while you develop your bubble diagram, you should consider a few aspects such as site analysis, case studies, references and other datas in order to built up your building layout. based on that, a prelimilary design concept can be established. Definitely, comments & LOTS & LOTS of crits sessions will help to develop a good bubble diagram and eventually can produce a good design.
remember...GOOD DESIGNS ARE NOT PRODUCED IN A SINGLE be prepare to work extra hard if you want to prepare good design....
By monday 27 feb 2012 we hope to see some acceptable preliminary layout using bubble diagrams. Dont just limit to 1 diagram least each FIRM MUST HAVE 3 ALTERNATIVE BUBBLE DIAGRAMS.
Also...dont forget your REVISED BDI (boombastic,fantastic,mr. lova-lova ideas)!!!
see ya on Monday guyss!!!!

Sunday, February 19, 2012

2 PASS or not 2 PASS, that is the question?

Salam Sem 06,

Apa Khabar semua?

Hope everyone is enjoying their studio classes. I understand SDP is still around to help out with your mental training. TQ to them and hope all of you use this opportunity to the max. The industries POV is extremely Important, learn from them. The museum project sounds Interesting and challenging, all the best with the competition and may the winners be from PUO!

I was reading the last post by EnYusri, interesting, let ask all of you a question and I do hope you will answer it honestly, no strings attached:

Which is more important to you as final year students, to pass the programme or to learn via exploration?

"Yang mana lebih diutamakan, sekadar lulus atau menimba ilmu melalui penerokaan"

Watching out for you always,


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

CengkeRang Phobia & a Day with SDP

assalam Sem6,
A very tiring day last saturday 11 Feb 2012 when all firms presented their masterplan 5 BDI.A good effort from you guys but STILL the results were not-very-satisfying FOR GROUP OF 5 student.
Overall i personallly believed that you guys still do not work as a team YET. Most masterplans presented seems 'undercooked' and the BDIs were done not in fully-hearted manner.MAJORITY OF BDI USED 'CENGKERANG/SEASHELL' as a metaphor with the image of a museum look like a GIANT KERANG or TERUMBU KARANG!!! <---- become a phobia to me!!!!
it was totally opposite from my design input regarding 'how to generate ideas' which i stress on the ESSENCES of idea for building design NOT direct translation of an idea (remember the 'Ikan' & 'Picnic basket' building?)...
As mentioned, you should 'digest' your mind with ideas which are fresh and new and combine it with a good research and study. Remember...let your mind wander on potential ideas and use your senses to develop it. Dont stop thinking....ask yourself questions about the idea and try to find solution for it.
last monday 13 feb 2012 we had a very interesting session where Studioplan Design Partnership (SDP) came to the studio and gave some valuable advise and comments. To me,it was a good 'eye-opener' moments when AR Raja Azman, En Mior, En Kama, En Rais & En Jai gave their thoughts and views during the masterplan & BDI presentation. You listened to comments from another perspective, he INDUSTRY point of view which were very inspiring.
It was not surprising when SDP commented on the selected BDI which is believed is not very strong. They also threw some questions that are to me has good points regarding the idea.You guys are lucky as we are still in the early stage of design and there are some time to consider your BDI.....
Just like what AR Raja Azman said; "...if you want to fail..., FAIL in style..." meaning dont be sorry or sad when you have great ideas but failed the subject, at least you have tried something different rather than you playsafe and gave an average effort just to passed the subject.
In my words, better to fail with efforts on boombastic ideas and extravaganza conceptual rahter than fail because of incomplete work or late submission....AT LEAST YOU FAIL WITH PRIDE!!!
enjoy your mid term break and see you again with new energetic spirit.......

Friday, February 10, 2012

Melaka Urban Study Videography - Superb Effort!!!

asalam sem6,
on wednesday 1 Feb 12 we all watched 7 videography on urban elements and it was very entertaining. you guys did a VERY good job in composing a interesting video.Unfortunately i tried to upload one video but failed (maybe too large)..
Overall, we were satisfied with your effort.hopefully you all could understand better about urban study based on the video.By using video/movie,it make it easier to explain our result/research/data to an audience. In general below are some comments from us:
Good storyline with nice effects - made your video look profesional
too much relying on video-no other references - only 1 group did a layout plan which better explained - other just show video & statement only.
interview - 1 group did interview 1 tourist - excellent!! this show that you have confidence
we believed you guys had fun doing the task as we enjoyed watching it. hopefully you can improve more in the stage -THE MASTERPLAN & BDI

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Klebang Submarine Museum - Site Analysis Presentation 01022012

Asalam Sem6,

yesterday we had a session where site analysis of our project being presented.Below are several comments for your next course of action :
SITE - need to show entrance road from Jalan Klebang Besar to our site, to indicate initial site measurement (based on hoarding), no indication of site context.
NEIGHBOURHOOD CONTEXT & LEGAL - 'pulau' could be potential landmark, river condition- can it be used for our design? , Bistro - status on operating hours - day/night?, Dataran 1Malaysia - very likely to be linked to the site-How?? Proposed Water theme park - another good potential link - access/entry possibility
MAN-MADE & NATURAL PHYSICAL FEATURES - empty land can create endless possibility - go figure out how to grap this chance.
CIRCULATION/SENSORY/UTILITIES - good examples of parking layout - to include bus layout, suggest suitable utilities -office layout/toilet/surau/foodcourt etc - more images to support your research. Sensory - not enough informations - should cover visual/sound/smell, pollutions-suggest ways to overcome the problems
CLIMATE - get your NORTHPOINT right!! important to know sunpath as our main exhibit IS outdoor (remember??) it shall affect your design orientation. Good review on weather & tempreture - meaning design shall need LOTS & LOTS of shading in our site.

Overall, site analysis ISN'T just collecting datas & facts or just taking pictures of the must know how to digest all infos and make an appropriate synthesis. Meaning you should able to UNDERSTAND and able to give respond/output of the task.

As mentioned in studio, please revise & amend all analysis before printing out. All analysis shall be in A3 size paper and shall be pinned on display board behind our studio.....