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Thursday, June 23, 2011

Plans, Sections and Elevations

(Image Courtesy Sarah Lai)
I was born into a life set in complicated sections and big plans. With this secure base, i am expected to elevate from there, like my parents and their parents. Although some may let others build their foundations and exteriors for them, they are lacking one thing -stability. A building needs its own support system, but nevertheless, it must stand on its own core. So, here, i aspire to become my own architect and my own developer.

well first, it begins with a sketch. a plan of some kind. and then you move on to another. small, tiny steps. eventually you get there after the sweat and hard work.

"You have been asked to design a small non-denominational chapel.
The program is as follows:
Chapel 900 SF+/-
Small Foyer 200 SF +/-
Meeting Room 200 SF +/-
Office 100 SF +/-
Restrooms 120 SF +/-
The site is generally near the mausoleum on campus - but must be specifically selected by you. (The actual site must be west of an imaginary line that would be the extension of Lomita.)
The Chapel is a place for one to reflect and does not hold to any particular religion. "

it is odd to say, but nevertheless true, architects hold all the power. Most of the rules of conduct, which govern our actions unconsciously arise out of the architect’s design of space. In other words, if i were to build a tiny room with no windows and place you in it, you would feel uneasy, contained, trapped and vice versa. Everyday, you make decisions based on the design. A window in the ceiling forces you to look upwards and openings in the ground make you look downwards. you have to take the stairs because the elevator is blocked off by a wall. now, won't you agree with me?

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