PD 4: ( Atmospheres – Peter Zumthor )


As I am a really indecisive person, reading just the first few pages actually kind of little convince me that once we see something, be it or not, we kind of already have the yes and no percentage separated clearly. 

Magic of the Real:
Looking at the example the author gave us it make me think of things in another perspective. Something we look at an object or in product design case a product. We often look at it individually then think hmm how I am able to create something like this but never have i think of creating something the the atmosphere this product have in an environment. 

The body of architecture:
Even though in the article the author talks about using the material in an certain items to create a space that could touch his body. But for me it makes me wonder instead of the material inside the item that created the space, what if it is a more direct approach the material inside an item that have direct connection or even contact with body. Will it be able to trigger someone emotion feeling?

Material Compatibility:
I feel like material compatibility has a certain link to the idea of “the body or architecture” it is the idea of how certain material work together, or even in some case one material itself with some twist to it, it could become something different that could eventually affect the emotion of the person if he/she comes in contact with it or enter a space with surrounding created by this material. 

Sound of a Space:
To me, it interlink with the idea of an environment. Sometimes even in us, like my peers in PD some listen to music, some listen to drama/movies, some listen to natural sound like rain or waves. We seek for this sound because it reminded us of a certain environment that able to helps us stay focus. Or some of us do work at home in the living room with the TV on but not even watching, sound in environment can affect someone emotions. It can gives familiarity and make people feel safe at certain point.

The Temperature of a Space:
The temperature of a space can greatly affect someone. Especially since we are living in Singapore, the hoe temperature out door is possibility of making someone frustrated and or annoyed. Taking the trip to eco garden as an example, sometimes because it is too hot we would think of finding shelter, or even exiting the place, in result we might missed interesting thing inside that we could spot if we stroll through the park in a cooling weather. 

Surrounding Object:
Surrounding object kind of remind me of art pieces. When we walk into certain place the art pieces immediately gives impression of the place to someone, Take example of hotel lobby, some hotel have big installation of art pieces greeting us the moment we walk in whereas some have only potted plants, I am not sure if its physiological by we do sometimes feel that the art piece lobby probably give the high end feelingt we have to the hotel.

Between composure and seduction:
It reminds me of spatial planning, making use of a space you could indirectly lead the user the way to walk. Just like in product we could in cooperated it into a space combining it, it can somehow leads the user to interact with it in a certain method,

Tension between interior and exterior:
To me, exterior and interior acts as a two way thing, you could make use of the interior to block someone off from exterior or you could work them together where you can still see the exterior when you inside. just like what the author mention regarding the women sitting in the room facing the window. It reminds me of our bench a little bit, the panels similarly works in a way like the walls that block off the exterior, but this time round instead of total remove the visibility of the exterior, but we work them together by making use of the panels. So to give the user some kind of “interior” space without cutting off exterior.

Level of Intimacy:
It reminded me of the perimeter test that we do for our project. Infact at certain point I think that perimeter is really an important factor for us designer, weather you are a interior designer or even a product design that you have to consider the perimeter you product is going to be place in.

The Light on Things:
Light is a big big big influence factor in design feel. Not only in product design but in film, photography or even 2D. It can gives 2D work a three dimensional look, providing emotion and mood to audience in movies and photography, Lights plays a big roles. Even in this project, many groups have concept that make uses of natural sunlight to creates an emotions or mood for user in the Jurong eco garden.




PD 4: ( Another Scale of Architecture – Ishigami Junya )

Another Scale of Architecture

Till now most of us have seen architecture as an individual construction. Most of the time we separated them from the natural environment and only observed it on its own, not taking note of the natural environment of sometimes even ignoring the natural environment. However it is interesting to put them together in consideration and compared them or even joined them to create an “environment”. Sometimes like the article mention we could look at the natural environment, then reconsider the scale of the architecture and recreate it into another perspective which like mention an environment. Also it expanded the possibilities of artificial architect, making it possible to become one with the natural environment or even to create a total new “environment”

PD 4: ( Prototyping Takram )

Prototyping Takram

As a design student we are often ask to do prototype prototype prototype. But many of us always have this wrong conception of doing one prototype to test out our ideas and also to show our professor was enough. Learning from what the book mention, it is always beneficial for us – the designers to create more prototype. We can even do simple dirty prototype created by paper or even sketches. It is definitely plus point if you could do amazing sketches but most importantly like the book mentions, finding the purpose of the sketch. if it helps you to convey ideas or jot down the way of improvement then nice sketches is not always essential. 
Also it always not always about spending huge amount of money, but more of letting the designer observed how the prototype i being use and what people experience with it are. An interesting topic mention in the book is movie prototype. We often think about it as creating a video, creating an animation or promotional video for our product. But not necessarily think of these videos as prototype. Actually the function and purpose of the videos are similar to the 3D prototype we create, it helps us to easier convey our ideas to clients and also showing the user perspective of it. 

PD 4: ( Fukasawa – Embodiment )


I really like the sentence where Naoto Fukasawa mention Being on the creative side of things, I try to design not from the perspective of creating something new, but rather from a viewpoint of helping people realize something that they actually knew already I like this sentence because it reminded me when my group was doing the eco garden project. We are stuck at finding ways and be creative to create an unique “enclose” environment that could help create the solitude environment our group wants to archive. However, like the sentence sometimes is the small gesture that we already embodied in our daily life that show this idea of the solitude space that we want. Such as simple putting down the armrest. Even for us when we realize this we also go “oh” yaaaa that we are already doing it and knew already just the we are so focus of coming our something new, but forget to actually look at our daily gesture that already show us the hint to what we are looking for-something we already knew.

Sometimes as designer, it is not about always creating something new. Just like he mention take the environment into consideration, look at the surrounding as it is also an important factor when designing an object but also not forgetting what is the role of this object portraying.

PD 4: ( The Infraodinary )

Readings Reflection:

It makes me think about think about things in a different angle, especially first paragraph. Usually we think about things in a positive manners, like plane exist because we want to travel, news exist because we dig and are curious of other people life. But thinking in the negative manners like what the writer did, I start to think about situation and things in an opposite side. Usually we take many things for granted not paying much attention to it as day passes bye.
Slowing our pace and notice our surrounding, we would realized many things happen for reason. Even in design, the tiniest detail are added in for a reason.

PD 4: Curiocity ( Initial Ideation Idioms & Haikus )

Initial Ideations Idioms:

  • Learning, Adoptive, Pet, Experience
  • Twenty-four, Hours, Day, Night
  • Send Letter, Show Feeling
  • Connect People


  • A full day of shift, 
    I  gain one full day to myself,
    So whatever I want.
  • Something is waiting for me,
    I express myself and gain connection,
    Being welcome with affection.

Weiming, Lee Hwa, Rachel