DD03 studio tutors:
David Lin (Zaha Hadid Architects)
Tony Zhao (Zaha Hadid Architects)
Research on the solar system; Panic a little!
Nature is always more imaginative than us! We learned that the solar system’s terrestrial planets (Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars) are like twin siblings. They formed at the same time (about 3.6 billion years ago) and experienced many common growths and catastrophes. We are just lucky to live in an oasis that has temporarily escaped the fate of fate.
Not so alien after all:
Compared to other worlds, our planet is not unique; their composition, structure, and chemical elements are almost the same. 1) Today, we find that Mercury closest to the sun, there is still a large amount of water ice in the polar regions; 2) Venus used to have the same vast ocean and delicate atmosphere as Earth, especially like the environment of Venus high atmosphere is very close to the Earth’s atmosphere; 3) The Martian environment was once more humid and habitable than Earth; 4) Europa has underground oceans and underwater hot springs. Of course, there are more and more data returning from on-going space expediations.
From scientific facts to architectural concepts:
The challenge is to put forward convincing architectural proposals under reasonable physical criteria, especially related to the living environment period and associated parameters, such as planetary gravity, temperature, pressure, climate, atmospheric wind, geological activity, solar radiation, fundamental design conditions. These fascinating scientific knowledge provide a fertile foundation for innovative architectural concepts.
Geometry explorations driven by extreme activities:
Since, we position the studio to investigate and propose architecture designs that are reachable at a predictable time from the perspective of technological theory; before 2050. Most crucially, we must question our preconception of architecture related to travels, it means we need to untrain ourselves as earthling architects then we must imaginatively digest extreme conditions on other planets with romance and playfulness. Our studio speculates on a future space tourism/ vacation industry. We ask students to design a small-scale vacation hotel with corresponding local vacation activities.
Outer space architecture representations:
We hope to face the real space environment and challenges. The technology we have combined with the appropriate imagination to re-imagine the problem of survival in outer space and design the lifestyle of outer space, instead of avoiding the issue by distant deified technology, so that we can give more references to the realisation of interplanetary species in the future.
Prior knowledge of 3D modelling is preferred for this workshop, the studio will also provide Modo software training. We will mainly use Rhinoceros 3D for concept/massing designs, V-ray for rendering and as well as Modo – Mesh Fusion for procedural 3D modelling. Students should install the software mentioned before the workshop.