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    1st year student working in progress

    Deli Zhao
    Nov 19, '11 11:12 AM EST

    already midnight at University of Tokyo now,1st year new students @ Obuchi lab are still working on their "generative mass production" project for the 1st stage design review on next monday.

    as a 2nd year student,i found this year's design research topic for workshop one(to design a material system for a "generative mass production process ")  is harder than what i have done in last year that was simply the "form finding" process.

    new students not only need to consider material properties but also have to design a "material tectonic system or device" to produce "difference" among each generation of the form, which generated "different-local" is going to compute a complex based on the emerged connections they gave.

    or in other words,1st form produced from the designed "material tectonic system" will be the next form's formwork. this "generative mass production process" gives an innovative strategy to reducing 60% construction cost from the conventional formwork in contemporary architectural construction process.

    so perhaps the most important thing for new students is that,they have to have the "material tectonic device" at first, then they can move forward to produce different generation of forms(by changing set-up/variation,etc) for potential  multiple  complex geometries.thus,it is harder due to it is a linear design process of this year's workshop-1's design tasks.contrarily,for last year's "form finding" design process we have done,if some guy was lucky during the design process who could directly get a proper "material system" even people didnt know what had been produced by simply manipulating local-global relationship within material properties.unfortunately,for new students,they can never have that kind of luck.again,if they dont have a right and clear "material tectonic system or device" at beginning,then they will never have the proper design outcomes for next step's design research requirement:"simulating the whole material tectonic process/behaviours in digital environment".

    for me it is so interesting to see their whole design developments.of course got to learn a lot from them.

    anyway,here r their working in progress images.....................






    • roger.vs


      Probably a lot of people have already asked you this, but while I was looking in the internet for advices to how to get in Toudai I found this blog. After reading a bit it just made my dream to get in there bigger, so I was wondering if you could explain to me how did you get in, or any other type of help. I'll be eternally grateful. 


      Roger ;)

      Nov 20, 11 4:31 am  · 

      Hi Roger,

      Thanks for your interest about Todai.

      Please first have a look here: where the website has the whole procedures for application of "G30 Architecture & Urbanism" program @ Obuchi Lab.

      I'd like to help if you have questions about the Obuchi lab's study and research.



      Nov 20, 11 11:36 am  · 

      Dear Deli,

      Hello and good day :)

      I applied for this year's Global 30 programme and went through the interview yesterday. It will be a dream come true if i got the chance to further my study in Japan. However I had queries on the course proforma for its 2 years master course :

      1. I find that the Master programme offered by Global 30 is quite different from the "normal" kind of architecture master programme .Can you explain to me how does the programme run in 2 years? What do u guys do and what subjects u guys take in each semester?


      2. According to the proforma, there will be 2 subjects that are compulsory in every semester, which are :

      -Research in Architecture 

      - Architecture Design (which has individual research in sem 4)

      May I know what are the difference between these 2 course?


      3. I know that all master students under Global 30 are under Obuchi Lab, which focus on computation design, where materials are researched  and finally being tested by building a pavilion.( I saw the dissertation done in a group of 2)  Is this research going to take up 2 years or it is only in one of the semester?


      4. Do u guys get to research on the topic of your interest for thesis. For example, I am interested in researching on Multi generation housing in sub urban area, do i get to conduct the research under a lecturer?

      Sorry for asking so many questions. Hope you don't mind giving me some insight on it !

      Thank you. :)



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