October 19, 2014 at 12:03am
[MH17 Memorial Competition]
The Wall Must Not Be Forgotten.
The wall is a statement for the site; it celebrates the freedom given to the site that was once under the strict security control due to its military related activities. People of Amsterdam are now able to view the wall vividly from the Nemo Centre across the water, reminding themselves of the new proposed green space available in the dense urban fabric of Amsterdam.
The wall is a statement to the victims of MH17 tragedy; it creates a corner of silence for memorial service to be held, with Amsterdam cityscape acts as the backdrop of it. A small gallery is situated on the ground floor of the wall, where documents and records of the tragedy are available for public access. On the upper level, one experiences the tall and narrow walkway with victims’ names being carved on the concrete wall. It hints the great amount of pain and lonely hours that haunt people who are related with the tragedy. Small holes are designed on the outer wall, allowing visitors to look out to the city. At night, light shine through the small holes from the inner wall, creating the ‘sea of stars’ when one views it from the city.
An idea that will forever remain in my sketch book due to my sudden financial issue.
[Glasgow Institute of Architects]
A night in House for An Art Lover with fellow GIA student winners.
September 30, 2014 at 7:55pm
[ARCHIPRIX BIENNALE 2015]
Finally it is done! Feel free to have a wee look.
Polemic Architecture : Proposal of The New French Parliamentary Quarter
My ‘democratic’ floor plan made it to the Architectural Review folio! What a great news to start my week.
September 24, 2014 at 12:00pm
[ARCHIPRIX BIENNALE 2015]
printed the A2 panels today, and they look good! Can’t wait to send them over to Madrid! Thanks Craig for the printing and mounting work.
Print number 2 in my new Celestial Cities collection. Mercury, the messenger to the gods, was first spotted by the ancient Assyrians and Babylonians as it fleetingly appeared in the morning and evening sky.
See the full collection and buy prints here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1623436576/celestial-cities
Something that is simply stunning to look at.
[RIBA President’s Medal]
The portfolio case is ready to be sent out from the MAC to London for the best project nomination. It is made of hard card in navy blue with white cardboard sides and wrapped with a red ribbon, abstractly representing France in colour.
September 10, 2014 at 10:08pm
[Scottish Referendum 2014]
Architecture for Politics, in conjunction with Scottish Referendum 2014.
August 23, 2014 at 10:27pm
Polemic Architecture: Proposal of New French Parliamentary Quarter
The thesis explores interdependent relationship between architecture and politics. Architecture has been playing vital role in materializing political power through its physical appearance, decorated with excessive ornaments solely based on architects and political parties’ favouritism in symbols and representations. The thesis was first inspired by Palace of Versailles which is the symbol of French monarchy. What kind of architecture would best represent democracy? Browsing through the contemporary designs of political institute, one can notice that they demonstrate various architectural styles, such as Louis Kahn’s modernism and Enric Miralles’ deconstructivism, all constructed in different forms and materials that represent, in architects’ perspective, the country and its national characteristics.
My thesis argument is a critic to the inflexible style-driven architectural design of contemporary parliaments. Architecture of politics should be neutral; it allows intervention of political agendas into the generic space where people live and play, thus represents the nation through public realm. Taking Disneyland as reference, political agencies are allowed to impose new representations to the large-scale political institutions, propagating its influences through spatial intervention. It will not be permanent; these representations change along with the transformation of ruling party and its political movements.
The final chapter of the thesis envisions the benign and sinister scenarios of the new French parliamentary quarter based on the will of political powers. With the projected scenario of EELV’s win in French Election 2022, the parliamentary quarter takes on green political movement by transforming into a waste management centre in order to project sustainable future of France. On the other hand, the parliamentary quarter denatures into a dystopian world where fascism totalitarian took over the country. War and torture mask the institution with agony and sorrow of the people.
‘Vive La France!’
The 3D collage demonstrates articulated narratives about my thesis. The enraged immigrants in Paris suburbs took over Paris city centre after years of discrimination and urban apartheid, forcing the French political institution to move out from the city centre. Vals Europe is chosen to be the site for new French parliamentary quarter, which is where Disneyland Paris is located. The political quarter will juxtapose onto a series of urban walls that was proposed in 2009 under Le Grand Paris Project. The final chapter of the thesis envisions possible scenarios of the new French parliamentary quarter based on the will of political powers, either in the benign utopia of EELV or the sinister world of totalitarian regime.