Lian (Harvard GSD M.Arch.I)

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    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Dec 17, '10 1:47 AM EST

    Hello Archinect!

    For my class on Pynchon, we were supposed to write papers, but I got permission to do an animation instead, then I made a book.

    Here it is.





    The cut-out shape is of a V2 Rocket, which is the overarching (heh, if you excuse the pun) image in Gravity's Rainbow. Whether the rocket is getting ready to launch (pointing up) or on its way down (pointing down) depends on which side of the book you open--and the cover features the character Gottfried for the former direction and Slothrop for the latter, since their narratives relate to the rocket in these ways.

    And THAT, together with this primitive rendering for our rendering class, concludes my work for the semester:


    Some classes are still going strong, though: the On the Bri(n)ck class (taught by Ingeborg Rocker) is busily assembling their pavilion in the pit, and I also have a bunch of classmates in a class called Refabricating Prototypes who are spending the night in the project room. Have a good night, guys. I'm looking forward to seeing the results this weekend.


    Thanks for reading!

    P.S. If we were all cute and feathery, architecture school would be like this:


    • Roberto Costa

      nice work. is the book a flip book? that duck video seems to have come out of an Al Gore's climate change presentation

      Dec 17, 10 5:18 am  · 
      Lian Chikako Chang

      Hey, thanks Roberto! Yes, it is set up as a flip book, although the weight of the pages--a fairly thin mylar--is not really optimized to handle it that way.

      Dec 17, 10 10:49 am  · 
      Smokety Mc Smoke Smoke

      Cool!!!! The anti-Zak Smith. I wrote something on Pynchon for a landscape class at Princeton:

      Dec 17, 10 9:41 pm  · 

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This blog was most active from 2009-2013. Writing about my experiences and life at Harvard GSD started out as a way for me to process my experiences as an M.Arch.I student, and evolved into a record of the intellectual and cultural life of the Cambridge architecture (and to a lesser extent, design/technology) community, through live-blogs. These days, I work as a data storyteller (and blogger at in San Francisco, and still post here once in a while.

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