Lian (Harvard GSD M.Arch.I)

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    Thickened Wall

    By Lian Chikako Chang
    Feb 17, '10 5:53 PM EST

    So, to conclude our first project, we hauled all our models out to have a "round-table" discussion, in which talked about how they represented "bottom-up" processes dealing with the unit towards the whole, and how the investigations at the level of the unit and aggregations were more successful than our attempts at forming wholes (pavilions, or minimal enclosures). This wasn't a criticism of us so much as a discussion of how the project was structured and where our collective efforts were generally focused. One of our profs said there were only four kinds of pavilions: 1. vaults, 2. vertical and folded walls, 3. continuous modulated surfaces, and 4. space-filling systems out of which parts were eroded. Mine was the fourth category.

    [I should add here that if I was asking for more talk in my last post, we definitely got it today, and it's clear we'll keep getting more of it this semester, especially if we ask. This pleases me.]

    And our second project was introduced today! It's an integrated modular system of facade, book stacks, and reading carrels in a "thickened wall," which I find exciting because it deals with both program and tectonics, and within a limited scope that hopefully we can manage. I've decided that my starting point for the project will be "Santorini," and I'm gonna try to stick to my guns with this (albeit open-ended) single starting point. I'll let you know in four weeks whether this strategy helped!

    Thanks for reading!



    • awkeytect

      sounds like a good starting point...
      I took some pictures of some construction in Santorini last semester - dont know if they'd be of help, but I'd pass them along if you are interested.

      Feb 18, 10 4:14 pm  · 

      just came upon your blog tonight...which has been an absolute pleasure to read..your writing is very clear and insightful. looking forward to more, especially in regards to this aggregation studio

      Feb 19, 10 5:42 am  · 
      Lian Chikako Chang

      Thanks, awkeytect!

      Feb 19, 10 9:49 am  · 
      Lian Chikako Chang

      Hey supersupao, thanks so much!

      Feb 19, 10 12:33 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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