project 4

December 16, 2010

At the very beginning of project 4, the idea of module came up with simple geometric shape that can harmonize in the MOCCA, museum of contemporary Canadian art. The building of MOCCA is kind of dark and shady so that we wanted to add some colors that light up the building. Another idea that we considered was to create module, having meaning of art. An art can be variety meanings depends on a different perspective. Our module concept involves this meaning. We first thought of shape of hive, but we decided to make it simple as possible. As triangles put together, it can have grid. Our module has different height of triangle, but is an equilateral triangle. When looking from Queen Street, viewers only can see bunch of high quadrangle that block the inside of MOCCA. As viewers walk in the MOCCA, they can see how the module looks like. When seeing the top view of module, it is only seen grid. Our module makes different form at every angle of module because different heights of triangles were put together. Our module has made with copper. The color of copper is proper with red brick which the building of MOCCA has, rather than having white and black color that could be away from red brick.

mock up 2
mock up3
mock up 1

Project Four: Connor and Rebecca K.

December 15, 2010

The Module: A simple spiral.

Project 4 – MOCCA by Luca & Stephan Kovac

December 12, 2010

The “Origami Module” embraces cultural diversity. Inspired by the ancient Japanese craft of Origami, the module was first used to create spherical shapes called “buckeyballs” based on a molecular form of a 5:3 ratio of pentagons to hexagons. The module is created from folding a single equilateral triangle into this simple yet very stable form. The module attaches to other modules through the connection of any one of the 3 endpoints to form several geometric shapes such as squares, pentagons and, most commonly, hexagons. The triangular base of the module provides for a very structurally stable module and can support itself in the same manner as an arch and keystone. The structure that has been formed from this module has very strong curb appeal and is very inviting. Through simple modifications, the structure has been utilized as many other objects such as planters, benches and fire pits.

Project 4 MOCCA Module: Sara & Arezu

December 9, 2010


Click here to download our concept description


Final Module Artifact:

Grid (ground) without maze walls

Site Plan:

And lastly, the drawings:

Orthopgraphic and isometric module drawings

The Site Plan

The Street Elevation

The Section drawing

Perpective 1:

Perspective 2:

Project #4: MOCCA Module, Alireza Kabiri and Frank Loraso

December 8, 2010

Click here to view the “MOCCA Module” concept description

Here are our three different modules that we came up with:

We decided to go with the third module and expand on it to create our concept.

Here is our original artifact that we came up with:

We were displeased with this artifact as it did not achieve the effect that we were going for. We redesigned our connection and came up with this artifact:

This artifact is to the scale of 1:1.

Here is a close-up on the connection of each module:

Here are all of our drawings:

Plan Drawing 1:100

Elevation Drawing 1:50

Longitudinal Section Drawing 1:100

Perspective Drawings

Project #4 Ranhee Kim, Inwoo Lee

December 8, 2010

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Project 4: MOCCA – Eunice & Charlotte

December 8, 2010

The concept for the module was to cerate a simple clean geometric shape that could take on organic forms. Another idea was to create a large focal congregating seating area with the module. Therefore the material for which the module was constructed was also important. Metal was chosen because it complemented our concept well. The sharp hard metal is contrasted with the organic bean shapes it creates.

The module has been arranged to organize space by creating surreal wave-like awnings used for protection of elements and contemplation. The way the modules are connected in these two shelters are what sets them apart from one another. A tight weave created with the “plus sign” modules allows for protection of elements while the contemplation area has holes that allow sun to shine in. The big organic shape that is used to climb upon and sit, located near the entrance of MOCCA, is a congregation area.

Pictures of MOCCA

Project #4 Mocca Debbie & Ye

December 8, 2010


Adrian Blackwell

Model for Public Space

Adrian Blackwell’s Model for Public Space offers no single spectacle to arrest or direct attention. The piece begins with a simple drawing and an engagingly open-ended hypothesis about shared time and space. A Skilsaw-etched circle spirals outward to a thirty foot radius. Rings of plywood are propped up on supports in order to make a continuously unfolding ramp of bleachers that will hold the weight of walking, sitting, and talking. People enter, or stand at the perimeter. They hoist themselves up, navigate other bodies, make room for the newly arrived, watch and offer their reflections to any others who happen to be in the space. Some will arrive to participate in scheduled discussions. In this space, words can weave their way through the various levels, moving from beneath to above, falling inward, or floating across the centre. An ideal of social being cast in wood, Blackwell’s model looks like a speaker on its side, amplifying upward.

Peter Eisenman

Holocaust Memorial, Berlin, Germany

Berlin’s controversial Holocaust memorial designed by Peter Eisenman

Opened in 2005 after years of disagreements, the ‘monument to the murdered jews of europe’ is a stunning sea of concrete blocks situated in the heart of berlin.

The memorial itself is unlike any monument designed for Berlin so far. With the thousands of concrete steles lined up in rows across a 19,000-square-meter open area, it is slightly reminiscent of a graveyard. “The place of no meaning,” as Eisenman once referred to the site in the hopes of dispelling fears that he was trying to symbolize the death of the Holocaust, however is intended as a confrontation with the past. The visitor, who finds himself winding his way through the forest of steles, will be struck by how distant the busy city center seems, and how quiet and reflective – but not graveyard-like – the atmosphere is.

Eisenman has said the design should give the impression of an “undulating field.” There is no entrance or exit to the site; no prescribed path way through the steles. The uneven ground and the varying heigths of the steles are designed to create the sense of insecurity, but not overwhelming loss, Eisenman has suggested.

The memorial will also include a subterranean information center at the edge of the site which will house a permanent exhibition dedicated to six million victims of the Holocaust.


Site Model Photo:




Site Plan:

Front View from Queen St.:

Side View:

Critique of the FINAL project 4 – December 6, 2010

December 7, 2010

Sorry guys the photos came out quite blurry because of the light conditions in the classroom and (primarily I guess) because of my immaturity in photography :). But I hope you will enjoy looking at your wonderful presentations anyway. That was a great day for all of us and a very useful critique!

Project #4 Ainura/ Isabel

December 7, 2010

Click here to view the “MOCCA Module” concept description

Project #4 Ainura/ Isabel (Ting Yu)

December 7, 2010

say "CHEESE"!!

45degree front view

front view

the beginning of composition



the end of composition

45 degree view of MOCCA building


view from the yard

North West corner

West building


view from second floor window on west building


the artifact

site plan 1:100

elevation 1:50

section 1:100

perspective #1

perspective #2

Mock-up Experiments




Project Three; Connor Campbell

December 4, 2010

Project Two; Connor Campbell

December 4, 2010

November 29, 2010

Architectural Drawing Bootcamp

November 23, 2010

Click here to download my bootcamp presentation about architectural drawing. This self-directed package augments my earlier reference material on design drawing, and specifically addresses the Project Four deliverables.

Structural Engineering

November 10, 2010

Click here to download my first structural engineering presentation, “Forces, Failures and Strategies for Resistance,” and click here to download my second structural engineering presentation, “Lateral Load Resistance.”

Project #4 – MOCCA Module [ICE] – Rebecca and David

November 9, 2010


site model:

modular mock-ups:

We began with a desire to create something organic out of inorganic materials. We wanted to go even farther by using an inorganic shape that had flat sides and sharp angles. Our final module became a trapezoid volume.

module spatial design mock-up attempt #1:

This spatial concept was very intriguing and had the organic feel we were looking for. It was flowing and growing and felt surreal. We felt we achieved the feel and look we were thinking of, but we were having problems seeing how it would connect and arrange on a true-to-life scale. So we  moved on to create something simpler.

modular spatial design mock-up attempt #2:

This arrangement is more fluid and isn’t too overpowering. It occupies the space well without being intimidating. The way the modules stack feels organic but looks more organized and intentional.


orthographic and isometric drawings:

design proposal:

Our module concept is a trapezoid volume made from transparent acrylic sheets and is bonded by plastic solvent cement. Each module is 16.5 centimeters high. The module is arranged by stacking, overlapping and placing one beside another to create space and height. The arrangement of these modules organizes space by creating a place for congregation and contemplation. The arrangement implies a path leading towards the MOCCA entrance, creates a presence for the building from queen street west, and will interest visitors to spend time within the courtyard. It offers places to sit, reflect and rest, as well as shelter from the elements. the module is transparent but it also creates privacy for the property when arranged.

site plan:

longitudinal section:

elevation drawing:

perspective drawings:

final model:

sketch up renderings:

Project №4 – MOCCA Module (Alifia & Tanya)

November 7, 2010


Mock-ups of modules

The 1st space mock-up

Top view

Side view from Queen Street

and another view

the 2nd space mock-up

top view

view from Queen street


and another view

Drawings of the 2nd space mock-up

Plan 1:100

Elevation from Queen street 1:50

longitudinal section 1:100

Perspective drawings

Inside view facing MOCCA entrance

View from Edward Day Gallery

Evolution of the Artifact

Our welding process (that was the most exciting part of the project btw 🙂

Welding of the final model




Perspective drawings

View from the courtyard entrance facing MOCCA

View from MOCCA building facing entrance

Project #3 Sheraton Hotel

November 3, 2010

Click here to view the Sheraton Hotel link page

by Ting Yu(Isabel)  Chen

Medical Sciences Building

November 2, 2010

Building Review: Rebecca Kinghorn

Anna Kolesnikova: Project 3- “The Convocation Hall”

November 2, 2010

The Convocation Hall 2-3

Anna Kolesnikova: Project 3- “The Convocation Hall”

November 2, 2010

The Convocation Hall 1

Alifia Ali : Project 3 – Old City Hall

November 1, 2010

Old City Hall

Ontario Parliament Building

November 1, 2010

click to download, Ontario Parliament Building

project 3 : Ontario Parliament Building

November 1, 2010


November 1, 2010

Lizzie Jung

November 1, 2010

Hello 🙂 my name is Lizzie Jung and my Korean name is Hae won Jung. You guys can call me Lizzie!

My whole family moved to Canada six years ago from Seoul, Korea.

As an art student, my background of art is not that variety but i was born in artist(?) family.

My dad worked as an interior designer more than 20years and my mom worked as a designer for kids’ clothes.

My dad influenced me a lot but i liked art from my childhood.

I was SO happy when i got acceptance from OCADU in April.

Now, i am in Enviromental Design but i want to study furniture design as my minor.

In ten years, then i will be 28years old.

Honestly, i am not sure yet what i will do for my job in future

but i am sure that i will be an interior designer or furniture designer or maybe an architecture.

My dream is to create a space or a place where it makes people feel happy and warm their heart.

I know it maybe sounds funny…. 🙂 but that’s my dream!

I want to build a school for kids in Africa and i want to design a place where they can rest and

want them to grow in a better place with better enviroment.

To make my dream comes true, i will try my best and at the same time,

i will enjoy my life at OCADU 🙂

project 2: Artifact (proun#2)

November 1, 2010

AGO Tanya Ilina

October 29, 2010

link to the PDF file

link to the JPG file

Project 2: Rebecca Kinghorn

October 29, 2010

Project #3 Ainura Nifdalieva

October 29, 2010

Click here to view The Bata Shoe Museum site page

Alireza Kabiri :project:2

October 29, 2010

Project 3: OCADU

October 29, 2010

Click to view OCADU site page

Project 2: Sara Ghadaki

October 29, 2010

Project Three: Download – Eunice Siu

October 29, 2010

Innis College

City Hall Toronto

October 29, 2010

Toronto City Hall during Nuit Blanche!

Project 3 – Toronto City Hall

October 29, 2010

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Project #2

October 28, 2010

Proun 8

For the purposes of this assignment, I was given this image, “Proun 8”.

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Project #3: Architecture Building U of T

October 28, 2010

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Project #3 Philosopher’s Walk by Inwoo Lee

October 28, 2010

Click here for PDF version

Modular Design

October 28, 2010

Click here to download my introductory presentation on modular design, and click here to download excerpts from Asterios Agkathisis’s Modular Structures in Design and Architecture.

“Modular constructs appeared in architecture many centuries ago. They fulfill the necessity to subdivide structural elements in order to achieve easier, faster and cheaper fabrication, transportation and assembly of build entities.”

Project Four: MOCCA Module

October 28, 2010

Click here to download Project Four: MOCCA Module.

Mid-Term Quiz:

October 27, 2010


Using an opposite element to emphasize something and to create interest and drama.

This Photo has contrast that is created by the shadows and light, the saturation shows contrast between colors because red-orange and green are directly accros from one another on the colour wheel. The contrast gives impact to the picture and creates intensity.

This bronze sphere sculpture shows contrast because the smooth large object has parts of its surface torn away, the resulting space is less brilliant and less reflective, also the change in depth plus the use of rectangles and squares inside and around the inner sphere are contrasting shapes creates beauty through contrast.

Mid-term Quiz — Eunice Siu

October 27, 2010

There are a few degrees of representation, especially in sculptures.

1. Representational puts the subject into great detail that allows the whole sculpture to appear lifelike. With additional knowledge to the sculpture, it allows the viewer to further understand the sculpture. However, without knowing the exceptional detail to sculpture, it changes the original meaning to the context.

2. Abstract sculptures have essential elements that have been extracted from the existing pure physical form. Although it is not an exactly figurative to the context, it still has traits that fall still fall under a recognizable source.

Terracotta Army

Representational Sculpture

This is a representational sculpture because one must know the extensive detail, especially its context to understand the true meaning. Also, the detail of the army also make it seem as if it is alive.

An example of abstract sculpture is Timepiece by Myra Mimlitsch-Gray. She used mechanisms of a clock, pendulum and a montronome to create a composition defining time.  [Launching from Imagination.]

Midterm Quiz – Function

October 27, 2010


Function is one of the most important things a designer should pay attention to because has a big effect in a design. It defines the purpose and helps the designer choose the materials needed that can make their design both functional and esthetically pleasing.

Example 1:

Bob Evans, Force Fin Variations, 1990-present.

Bob Evans analyzes the needs of swimmers to create a Fin that is both appealing and functional for swimmer.

Each and every one of these Fins have a different purpose. Multi Force Fin is used to train swimmers legs.

Excellerating Force Fin is for Scuba divers. It gives them the more power.

& The Force Fin is is for snorkeling.

Example 2:

Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona Chair, 1929

This chair was designed for the German pavilion.  Not only it is beautiful and shows modernism, it is also functional.

Mid-Term Quiz: Line

October 27, 2010


The line is an essential element of design.  It can be defined under four categories:

  1. A point that is in motion, creating an illusion of a line,
  2. A series of consecutive points,
  3. A connection between two or more points,
  4. An implied connection between points.

Lines used in design vary significantly based on their orientation, length, size, and most importantly shape.  Lines are not restricted to be anything that is straight, and attribute to the unique quality of each line.

Two examples of the line being used in design are as follows:

M.C Escher, Relativity, 1953.  Woodcut.

In this work by M.C Escher, the element of line creates a structural image.  The strong use of perpendicular lines implies order and repetition.

Kenneth Snelson, Free Ride Home, 1974. Aluminium and stainless steel.

This outdoor piece employs line in a simpler form, using straight pieces of metal to create an abstract piece of art.

volume – Lizzie Jung

October 27, 2010


A volume is an enclosed area of three-dimensional space. Some familiar volumes are cubes, cones, cylinders, and spheres. It is the size, bulk and dimension of a particular object. In a painting a volume is represented with light and shade and usually in spatial situation to make the object looks not flat.

Industrial designers often use a variety of polyhedra which is a solid figure having many faces or multifaceted volumes. Sometimes volumes can be surprisingly strong.

The volume takes an important role while the size and shape of an interior volume, the specific amount of enclosed space is essential to all containers from architecture to glassware.

Example 1

This artwork contains a picture of a glasses and a litter of wine. The narrow cylinder and two wine glasses provide weight and stability by taking little space on the table. By showing the shades on the glasses and the wine cylinder, it created the volume to the object itself.

Example 2

Ballon dog by pop artist Jeff Koons

This three dimensional sculpture actually has volume and the viewer can notice the volume just by looking at the photo. The shades which it created itself makes the sculpture more round and add more volume.

Mid-Term Quiz : Connection

October 27, 2010

Part I

Connection– is a method that helps to connect/joint design elements .There are two types of connection in tree-dimensional design: visual and physical. Visual connection – helps to combine different planes in one composition. Physical connection – join design elements which makes them stable, functional , strong and flexible. For example, it can be connected with contact, junctions and joints.

Part II

Example N1: The Squeegee by Schrab Vossoughi, Christopher Alviar and Paul Furner would be the best example  of junction; it connects flexible planes and  cylindrical volume.

Example N2: Another a good example of the connection would be the door that joints with the doorframe by door hinges. That connection is called joint connection.

Alireza Kabiri“Mid-Term Quiz: [Kinetic Form]”

October 27, 2010

Kinetic Form is a kind of form that represents or contains motion in it. It’s simply any form that has movement in.

1.One example of Kinetic Form can be Water fountains. In the picture below there is a fountain and if we imagine it as an sculpture, the shape of it changes depend on the amount of water and its path. Therefore, a motion is being created which makes the piece a kinetic form.

2.Another example of Kinetic form can be David Fisher’s Dynamic Tower. As it can be seen in the picture, each level of the tower rotates around the middle axes of the tower which causes a change in the whole buildings shape. The motion created through the rotation of the levels makes this building a kinetic or dynamic form.

Mid Term Quiz – Proximity

October 27, 2010

Proximity – In design, proximity or closeness creates a bond between people and between elements on a page. How close together or far apart elements are placed suggests a relationship (or lack of) between otherwise disparate parts.

Bill Viola, Slowly Turning Narrative, 1992, Video/Sound Installation

Slowly Turning Narrative is a great example of utilizing proximity because the viewer is surrounded by the screen. It consists of a 9′ x 12′ screen that slowly rotates about it’s central axis with a projection of children on it, a projection of a mans face to the side and warped mirrors that reflect the projected images to create an overwhelming impact on the viewer. When the viewer is within proximity of the artwork, the viewer is able to enjoy the work to its full extent.

Bill Viola, The Veiling, 1995, Video/Sound Installation

The veiling is a series of square shaped veils aligned in a sequence with different projected images projected on each veil. When the viewer is in proximity, the viewer is able to experience the the artwork to it’s full extent because the shapes merge together between the transparent veils and create a mesmerizing effect.

Mid-Term Quiz: [Scale and Proportion].”

October 27, 2010


Size relationship of the object with its surroundings.


Ratio of the object’s measurements in relationship with the object itself.

Example 1: Giovanni Bologna’s Apennine. Proportion is used to create an experience from the designer’s idea and influence the viewer’s emotional impact.

Example 2: Douglas Coupland War of 1812. Commemorative sculpture depicting the Fort York attack. The unrealistic scale of the object grabs viewer’s attention as something out of ordinary and makes one reflect on the sculpture’s intention.

Midterm Exam : Section

October 27, 2010


A section in reference to orthographic projection is applied when a component (slice) of the article requires exposition.

Tanya Ilina: Plane

October 27, 2010

Plane is an area of two-dimensional surface which has certain extension and position in space. Planes are the shapes that combined to make a three-dimensional structures.

Red Blue Chair 1923 by Gerrit Rietveld.

“Canine” by Alexander Calder (Sculpture)

Mid-Term Quiz: Presence and Absence.

October 27, 2010

Presence and absence

Presence and absence, presence is defined as an important aspect of physicality; similar, in the dictionary, presence is defined as a state or a fact that is being represented. Absence can explained as an expected object that will cause a great impact for design. In the contradictory, unlike presence, absence is a state of being away or not being presented.

In this picture, it is absence because it is solid inside, it does not show any presented space.

In this picture, is is being seen as presence because there is actually space inside that is being presented.

Mid-term Quiz: Additive Process

October 27, 2010

What is additive process?

Additive process is one of two main construction methods used. It is the process of using glues, joints, stitching or welds to connect separate parts into an artwork. Assemblage and modeling are examples of two additive methods.

An example of an artist using the additive process can be seen in Joseph Cornell’s series of evocative box structures, such as his Untitled (Medici Princess). This is great example of an artist using the assemblage method of the additive process. This method involves using objects and images  that were originally created for another purpose and creating a work of art.

Another example of this process is handmade pottery, such as this jar. This is made through using the modeling method of the additive process.This method involves pinching and pulling of a pliable material to create both functional and sculptural objects.

Midterm examination: Elevation-Ting Yu (Isabel) Chen

October 27, 2010

Concept: Elevation

In architecture, the side view is identified as “Elevation” – the external, vertical plane of a geometrically projected object or structure.


This image clearly represents the all four elevation (sides) of the structure

Elevation does not have to appear in architecture.  Every object has elevation(s).

Alifia Ali: Midterm Quiz

October 27, 2010

A Form is defined as a physical manifestation, shape or configuration of something. In design, form and function always come together. This helps us to define form more clearly. The visual or physical part of the design is the form while the concept and purpose behind it is its function. Hence we can conclude that everything that is three dimensional has form because it is physical.

My first example is a shell. It is organic design. It is a form as it is physical and it occupies a shape.   

My second example is a man- made architectural form; a rather gigantic pyramid that also serves the purpose of being a building.

Mid-Term Quiz – “Subtractive Process”

October 27, 2010

SUBTRACTIVE PROCESS is a construction method in which an artist removes matter from a larger mass. By removing the material, the artist gradually reveals a sculpture or object within the mass. All of the desired elements of the mass are what is left to create this final piece.

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October 27, 2010

Rhythm is achieved with the variety of repetition of one or more elements of design that creates a feeling of organized movement.  

The repeating circles are presented in turn to give a sense of organized movement: small, medium, large circles, half circles, etc

The variety of elements and the sequence of alternating waves in the picture create rhythm. The curve lines of the waves give a sense of movement and flow to the overall design.

Midterm Exam: Balance

October 27, 2010


There are two main components of balance: physical and visual.

Physical Balance is a structural necessity; meanwhile, Visual Balance is an aesthetic.

You can create visual balance through absence as well as presence, introducing ideas of space that intertwine with the principles of balance.

One can use balance in many different ways including Asymmetrical Balance, Symmetrical Balance, and Radial Balance.

Asymmetrical balance can be dramatic, but it creates an equal composure between even the most different elements. (size, colour, weight, texture) And can add tension with deliberate use.

Using Symmetrical balance a calmness is achieved in the composition, due to the same visual mass on both sides.

Radial balance can be achieved when visual elements connect at a central point. This is often expressed with circular or spiral forms, and can use colour, shape, and other elements.

Mid- term quiz: Jason Wong

October 27, 2010

Permanence and Tangibility

Permanence means the duration of the objects and tangibility means the texture of the objects that you can see and touch, which means the object has to be existed. In art and design, permanence and tangibility have to be well considered because artists and designers have to deliberate what kind of materials they are going to use in their artworks and projects. They have to think about how long their artworks and project can stand and the feature of materials may change because of the chemical affect. For example, in picture 1, the surface of the whole building has totally changed after a long time. Therefore, artists and designers have to consider what kind of materials they are going to use in their work.

Also, tangibility always gives people different kind of feeling when they touch the surface of the artworks and projects. For example smooth surface always give people an elegant feeling, such as, picture 2.

Mid-Term Quiz: Plan

October 27, 2010


A plan in its most used form is any process used to achieve an goal. The word as it relates to design generally refers to the plan view of an architectural drawing. It has no perspective and simply shows the walls, the floor or ground and anything that rests on it. It is as if you cut horizontally across the site just a few inches above floor level. Design plans usually refer to architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture disciplines.

This plan shows the surface of the ground around a structure. All trees, plants and other foliage are represented by the surface area they cover and each has numbers that relate to a separate legend that indicates which specific plants are intended to go there.

This plan shows the architectural plan view of a structure in Buffalo New York. The plan shows all furniture, appliances, doors and walls. It does not, however, show the ceiling or wall lights because they do not intersect with the floor.

Making Links and Sharing Files

October 27, 2010

For instructions on how to make a link, click here.

Sharing files is a little harder. Your easiest option is to sign up for a file sharing service. I’ve successfully used Box in the past, but there may be better choices these days. Try to find one that doesn’t bombard us with ads. Once you’ve decided what service to use, you’ll need to figure out how to extract a URL that points to your file. On Box, you select Share > Get Link to File to get a URL that you can then paste into your link.

If you’re feeling particularly clever, there is another way, that is harder but arguably better. You can also share files using the OCAD Webspace. Just as you all have the ability to make your own blogs, you all have dedicated webspace. . . why not use it? This option isn’t for the technologically faint of heart, but it does teach you a great set of web skills.

Mid-Term Quiz

October 27, 2010

Listed below are essential concepts extracted from Chapters 7, 8 and 9 of Launching the Imagination. You have each been assigned one concept from the list. Please perform the following, posted to the blog.
  • Define the word, as it is employed in design. Employ a dictionary, but paraphrase the definition, clearly and concisely.
  • Provide two examples of the concept, as it is employed in design. Only one of your examples may be from Launching the Imagination. Illustrate your example with both prose and image.

As always, check the box beside the “5.0 – Mid-Term Examination” category provided. Title your post “Mid-Term Quiz: [your assigned concept].”

Your blog post will be evaluated for its correctness, clarity, conciseness and curation, and this evaluation will be part of your Participation mark. Your post is due at 20:15 on Tuesday, October 27 — in one hour! If you need one of the Academic Computer Studios, click here.

Alireza Kabiri Project 3

October 27, 2010

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October 27, 2010



Project 3: 1 Spadina Crescent

October 26, 2010

Medical Sciences Building- UofT

October 26, 2010


October 26, 2010




Presentation-October 20th, 2010 :)

October 26, 2010

Project #2 Ainura Nifdalieva

October 26, 2010



Final Design

Project #3 Ainura Nifdalieva

October 26, 2010

Bata Shoe Museum

Project 2 by Inwoo Lee

October 25, 2010

Mock Ups


Final Mockup

Project two: Jason Wong

October 24, 2010

Mock- Up 1

Mock- Up2

Mock- Up 3

Mock- Up4

Mock- Up 5


Final Project

Project Two: Alifia Ali

October 24, 2010

Project Two: Proun 10

October 23, 2010


Proun 12: Debbie Wu

October 23, 2010

The First Mock up

First mock up

2nd mock up

3rd mock up

4th mock up

5th mock up

drawing 1

drawing 2

drawing 3

drawing 4

drawing 5

drawing 6

Proun 2- Ting Yu(Isabel) Chen

October 23, 2010

My super fun/functional  “Straight Line Plotter”

Proun 3 Tanya Ilina

October 22, 2010

The 1st mock-up

The 2nd mock-up

The first set of drawings

Final mock-up

Final drawings

Finally, here is the actual artifact!

Project#3 Philosopher’s walk U of T

October 22, 2010

Project Two: Frank Loraso

October 22, 2010

The Proun that was assigned to me was Proun 8.

I had trouble with this Proun, as many of you probably had with yours. After many mock-ups, my concept was pretty clear to me and then I ran away it. The concept that I eventually came to was two blades cutting something, or in other words, scissors. From there I just tried to make the most Proun-like scissors I could think of while staying true with the original drawing. In the end I believe my artifact successfully conveyed my concept  and I hope all of you saw how I extracted that from my Proun.

Here are my Mockups in order of when they were made:

Now here are some isometric drawings of each of the mock-ups:

Here are some drawings of the translational parts of my finished artifact:

Now I’ll show you some orthographic and isometric drawings of my finished artifact:

Here is my final artifact:

Thank you and I hope you enjoyed my Proun-like scissors.

Project 3: Toronto’s old City Hall

October 13, 2010

Architecture Building

October 12, 2010

Project 3- Sheraton Centre

October 10, 2010

The lobby

outside of the cafe

Project 3: OCADU

October 7, 2010

Assignment 1: Linear form – Alifia Ali

October 6, 2010

AGO – Tanya Ilina

October 6, 2010

Project Three: Royal Ontario Museum

October 6, 2010

Click here to view my tour guide page about the ROM.

For more info about the ROM visit their website.

Innis College, U of T.

October 6, 2010

Leslie Dan u of t building

October 6, 2010

Project #3 – The Royal Conservatory of Music

October 5, 2010

photographs of the building:

the final poster:

to see the pdf file of this image, please click here

Ofra Lauferman

October 4, 2010

Ofra Lauferman
Environmental Design
In ten years I hope to be working as an interior designer, living in Spain!

Introduction: Sara Ghadaki

October 3, 2010

So I know this is super late, I meant to post this weeks ago but saved it as a draft. anyways..

My name is Sara Ghadaki and I’m in ED.

In 10 years, I see myself having a succesfull career as either an interior designer or fashion designer; whichever one takes off.


Launching the Imagination, Chapter 9

September 29, 2010

Click here to download Chapter 9 from Mary Stewart’s Launching the Imagination.

“The combination of tangible material and aesthetic complexity gives sculpture a unique power. Like an alchemist, the sculptor transforms ordinary materials into conceptual gold.”

Launching the Imagination, Chapter 8

September 29, 2010

Click here to download Chapter 8 from Mary Stewart’s Launching the Imagination.

“Artists and designers use each element very deliberately. Extensive exploration and experimentation are used to determine the best means of integrating disparate parts into a cohesive whole. Dozens of drawings or three-dimensional models may be produced before an idea is finalized.”

Design Drawing

September 29, 2010

Click here to download my introductory presentation on orthographic and isometric drawing conventions, and click here to download excerpts from Francis Ching’s Design Drawing.

“In design, drawing systems provide alternative ways of thinking about and representing what we see before us or envision in the mind’s eye. Each drawing system involves a built-in set of mental operations that directs our exploration of a design problem. In selecting one drawing system over another to convey visual information, we make conscious as well as unconscious choices as to which aspects of our perception or imagination can or should be expressed. The choice of a drawing system is as much a question of what to conceal as it is a decision about what to reveal.”

Project Three: Case Study

September 29, 2010

Click here to download Project Three: Case Study.

Addendum, October 6: OK, so the route was a little overambitious. We didn’t manage to visit every site. Even if we did visit your site, please do the following. Create a blog post that features 1-3 images that are representative of your experience of your assigned site. This will likely need to be images that you’ve taken yourself. As always, title your post “Project Three: [your site’s name],” and check the box beside the “3.3 – Project Three” category provided. Be prepared to present your position with regards to your site during class sometime in the next few weeks. Do this by Friday, October 27 at 18:30 or you will be penalized.

Addendum, October 27: We’ve fallen behind with the deliverables for this project, which (in this case) is fine — we’ll get there. You have now submitted a hard copy of your final draft. Your final task for this project is to post your final draft to the blog as a downloadable PDF file as part of your existing Project Three post. Click here for instructions regarding how this is done. Do this by Friday, October 27 at 18:30 or you will be penalized.

Lizzie Jung

September 28, 2010

Project One: Jason Wong

September 22, 2010


September 22, 2010

Hi, My name is Jason Wong. I am major in Environmental  Design. Hopefully everything will go well, LOL! I am from Macau ( I think not many people know where it is) it is beside Hong Kong. It is very tiny city like a dot in the world. LOL…

That ’s Me, LOL

it is hard to say, I think I may not be stay in Toronto, but I don’t want to go back Macau.

I think I need to learn more in my future….. Yeah! just learn, keep learning, because my tutor ( but I think she is my master, LOL) always says, ” YOU HAVE A LONG WAY TO GO, JASON.”

The Visual Thing that Give Me Inspiration:

There are a lot!

My favourite place that gives me inspiration

The old japanese Anime movie AKIRA

Hayao Miyazaki is my idol who always gives me inspiration