• Wabi-Sabi: Everything and nothing at once

    Wabi-Sabi is a very complex design philosophy. It is an aesthetic style, it is a way of life, and it is both journey and destination. While it is the most definitive form of the Japanese design aesthetic and philosophy, ┬áthere is no way to define it. By defining it, the essence of Wabi-Sabi is lost, …

  • The perfect(?) 10.

    I have always found myself aligned to Dieter Rams’s ten principles of good design. ┬áBut after last week’s class, I realized that we all interpret it in different ways, and thus it instigated me to analyze and break down what these 10 principles truly mean. Here is what I understand: 1. Good design is innovative: …

  • The Royal Festival Hall and Modernism, a brief dissection.

    To associate the Royal Festival Hall with modernism, one must first understand what the defining aspects of modernism are. Subsequently, one must understand the usage of the Royal Festival Hall, past and present, in order to form the connections between what and why. To begin, we shall define modernism in architecture. According to Sudip Bose, …

  • Modernism,Post Modernism, Ultraviolence.

    After today’s class (301014). I could not help but notice the similarities between the decline of modernist architecture in Britain, and the residential environment depicted in Stanley Kubrick’s movie, “A Clockwork Orange”. Based on a book of the same title written by Anthony Burgess in 1962, one could probably say that the parallels drawn were …

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