Given enough freedom and respect, think and discuss with students under their logic, Chinese architecture students will show excellent creativity and completeness after 7 lessons in 2 month . In the short two-month high-intensity course process, students not only need to rethink how to design , care about creativity, but also need to develop a complete design logic to support the design process. Every student have to give a 20 minutes presentation and discuss every lesson, and they also need to learn various software by themselves. But what is interesting to students is that there is no right or wrong judgment in this course, and there is no paternalistic authority that is very common to Chinese tutors. We believe that such a teaching method is advantageous to students’ creativity and design technology. ——Project instructor Bear Shen
Tower of Ruins
This image focuses on the mechanical principles of the system, the mode of movement, the detailed design, and most importantly, the climbing path of the migrating human. The red curve in the picture leads the whole process of climbing upward and is also a process of survival struggle.
In this picture, I used the technique of line draft perspective to show the structure and working logic of the whole building. The whole huge building is both like a sculpture and a machine, operating according to the survival logic of different worlds. On the right side, I analyzed the process of human migration and extinction.
This image focuses on the upper part of the energy pool. The pit on the top of the building contains the world’s most valuable living resources. But when the top loads too much, the energy pool collapses, the energy leaks out, and the system collapses, and many greedy people end up at the bottom. The design of the outer wall of the energy pool draws lessons from the shape of the gladiator field, which indicates a tragedy about to happen.
In five-dimensional space-time, all the time lines overlap in the same space, presenting a composite state. It is common for five-dimensional organisms, but unimaginable in four-dimensional organisms. Time becomes a two-dimensional variable in this model, which makes the spatial form more unpredictable. When trying to express the appearance of five-dimensional space and time, the parametric design coincides with the setting of such variability, which provides the possibility of modeling.
The world we live in is a three-dimensional space and a one-dimensional time, called four-dimensional space-time. It’s easy to perceive and understand lower-dimensional things, but at the same time we keep asking: what should a higher-dimensional world look like? Suppose there is a stable binary system in the universe, one of which is in four-dimensional space-time, the other is in five-dimensional space-time, and the two are relatively static and revolve around the star as a system. Under such a system, what should the five-dimensional world look like to a four-dimensional human eye?
Standing on the four-dimensional planet’s land looked up at five dimensional space-time, close and distant. Countless buildings express numerous branches of time, they overlap in the same space and create countless different results.
In a relatively static binary system, the buildings of their respective worlds stand on the ground of their planets due to gravity. For another planet’s organisms, however, it is an upside down world. The gap of dimensions means the difference of cognitive limits. The higher dimensions cannot be understood by the lower dimensions. The sky tower that connects two planets is essentially a cross-dimensional wormhole because the distance between them is not the length of the line segment between two points but the distance across dimensions.
Student: Guo Zixuan
I have seen the personal narratives of psychopaths on Zhi Hu application, I have also been deeply moved by McMurphy in “Fly Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” I think mental disease is a field that is not well known by the masses. If we know more about mental illness, we can reduce the risk of getting sick and try to help them.
The philosopher Foucault once put forward the concept of “heterotopia”, which is dystopia because it comes from the real scene of society. To some extent, heterotopia is a collection of negative social spaces. So I was thinking, I want to create a heterotopia, a group of people that we normal fear, don’t understand or even dislike, that space belongs to them. In fact, many mental patients have a rich mental world, they have their own unique world view and view, like “genius in left, nutter in right”, many views are attractive and interesting. However, most of these fantastic owners are confined to white buildings in a few square meters of wards or even beds. Based on the terrible reality, I think, this world, this heterotopia is not confined to the behavior of patients, not confined to the real physical space, but more to explore their magical spiritual world?
Autism, refer to the movie “Ocean Paradise”. In a normal society, boy are living embarrassed and could not get along with others. But he likes water best. He likes everything about water, like rain, swimming and even bathing. I hope he will forever enjoy in his favorite blue world.
Narcolepsy and insomnia, refer to the film “Insomnia Notes”. Insomnia and somnolence are a couple. I compare them to a prince and a sleeping beauty in a fairy tale. Because of the lack or disorder of sleep, their sense of time is quite different from that of ordinary people. Boy acts a knight, fighting evil dragons, trying to regain sleep and kissing the sleeping girl.
LOVE IS LOVE
Student: Gao Zichen
In a society where heterosexuality is absolutely right, the LGBT community is like a semi-wet firecracker. People are curious about it, but they avoid it. The LGBT group, unable to find its own label, lives in the world’s curiosity, surprise and even discrimination. Through the language of architecture, some negative social phenomena are magnified, which leads us to reflect on our behavior and attitude towards LGBT group.
The whole building depicts a variety of scenes, negative space expressed in dark tones, such as observing their world with curiosity in dark space, hurting them in underground laboratories, and the shops using LGBT culture for profit. In these negative spaces, people more or less convey the wrong understanding of LGBT population, making it more difficult for them to get the right treatment. However, in the colorful positive space, all people live together in harmony. After unremitting efforts and struggle, people at the top where the elevator cannot reach established another equal ideal society, where all people have achieved happiness. Above all, each of us should not be different. We hope that each of us will work together to build a more friendly and equal society for the LGBT community.
Vertical Logistics Community in the Age of Artificial Intelligence
With the development of artificial intelligence and logistics, the physical stores has gradually be replaced by the combination of e-commerce and logistics, and some of the tasks of goods distribution and delivery have also been replaced by artificial intelligence and unmanned transportation vehicles. The era of intelligent logistics has brought convenience to human life and a revolution in lifestyle: The logistics tower as the era monument standing in the center of the building is the only view that humans living in the building’s outer space, which is only supplied by logistics pipelines and drone supplies, can see through the window. Whether humans control the flow of things or logistics constrain people’s actions? Wish that when people notice the precarious living state hanging on the opposite side of the grid, can they reflect on their current lifestyle.
▼物流塔分流层效果图，Logistics tower’s division floor renderings
Jumping Rule——the Last Game of the Lightweight
Introduction: “In fact, people’s life is the same: in the feeling of their misfortune at the same time others are more unfortunate than their own.” “–Zhu Deyong Comics” When I jump off the 11 floor. “. Nearly 80% people will regret the man who fell to the ground and was conscious among those who jumped to the light. Most people’s last words: “Come on, call an ambulance!” “I’m so sore, help me.” “… …this program is located in Tokyo, Japan, and with the increase of social pressure, the suicide rate in Japan remains high. And in Japanese traditional culture, suicide is a kind of behavior that is responsible for failure, a form of apology.
Purpose: To let the living people cherish life more. I positioned the building as a romantic place for “pilgrimage,” like the Golden Gate Bridge, to attract jumpers to this last “game.” The building consists of platform, tentacle, net pocket, prayer space, dead Word showroom, Rebirth Garden and so on. The rules of the game set at 50% for the chance of relief, to put an end to those who want to experience bungee jumping, to ensure that the use of the crowd is all ready to jump to end the life of the people, and the people who were rescued to see the body on the ground will feel the value of life, to obtain a real rebirth.
Student: Liang Yue
动物园里的猩猩生无可恋 但游客很快乐。动物按照人的意愿被限制自由 限制活动区域。其实人类更像是处在动物园中的动物，生活被限制在小隔间中，而不自知。
The orangutans in the zoo are unlovely, but the tourists are happy. Animals are restricted to their free range of movement according to human wishes. In fact, humans are more like animals in zoos, where life is confined to cubicles without knowing it.
This is a fictional city. In this world, human behavior is confined to a huge cage, and human beings are forced to live, work and socialize as animals.
Cyberpunk City – The Human Tragedy and Comedy
The work chooses the urban city in Cyberpunk culture as its foothold. In Cyberpunk’s world outlook, the city has developed into a technology boom, but people’s lives become even worse. The conflicts of social classes, the break of emotional ties between people, and the transformation of human organs by science and technology all make the city more and more lost. What the work wants to show is the portrayal of people’s life in this world outlook, and give us a warning to people who lives in this time of rapid development of science and technology.
▼城市全景，Panorama of the city
Brave new world
Student: Tao Jiahuang
▼人类孵化与设置中心，Human incubation and setup center
The birth of genetically edited babies makes me wonder if humans want to breed humans like animals. This idea was described in Adols Huxley’s “Brave New World”: humans were “processed” in “incubation and setup centers” and were set to five different levels before they were born. Gene settings allowed them to live in their own class without thinking about it. The motto of the world is “Society, Identity, Stability”.
I conceived a brave new world city, where human beings attempt to become the Creator. Human beings use limited thinking to erase the diversity of the world, and use the “gene” which is the core of life created by nature to create a low-level order that can be understood by human brain. Whichever class the people here are edited into, they are nothing more than experimental products in test-tubes or flasks.
▼美丽新世界之城，Brave new world city
Mobile carrier Olympics
The ultimate weapon for world peace must not be a more destructive or powerful weapon, but something that can arouse the common concern and recognition of human beings. The scheme itself is a weapon and exists as a medium to open the human mind.
和平还是战争？Warfare & peace
奥运即为和平象征，圣火是其具象符号。 航母本身为战争武器。 两者冲突的结合体，承载着沉重的历史，和对未来憧憬。
Symbol of Peace – Olympic Games
Aircraft Carrier-the Strongest Weapon Collection on the Earth’s Surface
Is it really the right direction for those new weapons, which are claimed to be developed for world peace, to cause more and more life-and-death partings and more and more flesh-and-blood blurring?
The Olympic Games are the symbol of peace, and the torch is its concrete symbol. The carrier itself is a weapon of war. The combination of the two conflicts carries a heavy history and a vision for the future.
循环还是浪费？Waste & loop
Abandoned Mobile Island: End of Retired Aircraft Carrier Olympics = Abandoned Venues
As the crystallization of the highest technology of mankind, the abandonment of Olympic venues and aircraft carriers is regrettable. They are combined to achieve the purpose of recycling.
Non-existent——A hinted space of dream and reality
Student: Chen Dongyan
If you can record a certain mood of a person at an important moment, this mood can be brought in again after a long time, but not be faded because of the time. When people start to have dreams, it is an important moment. It records two sets of photos of people’s reality and their dreams. The contrast shows the time and space that dreams and reality do not exist at the same time. Photographs as a way of recording are the time derivatives of space, the compression of space at a certain point in time, and the unfolding of these photos is a spatial activity of various experiences in the process from reality to dream.
The motion mode of time is extracted from the movement mode of the human body, and the time is presented in the form of space. In the process of moving from reality to dream, people will experience different mood states, and space will be guided, that is, different time points in the same space. These time points are presented in mood states at various experiences.
The Circus of War
Student: Han Jinmeng
War is the gap between peace, and the cruelty that exists in war accompanies the whole history of human civilization. With the outbreak of the World War, the circus went from the heyday to decline. The circus performance became an anesthetic for war-tormented people to temporarily forget their pain, and thus infected with heavy and crazy. And the war is, in a way, a grand performance as well as a high-sounding show. A few people manipulate the battle for the benefit of hiding behind the scenes. They commanded the army with grand slogans. However, the soldiers and civilians in the war, whether as actors or spectators, can only play their roles involuntarily in the context of war.
▼Flag by Otto Dix，旗帜图案来自奥托 迪克斯
The wandering circus contains a series of crazy battlefields, where the individual consciousness of the actors is dying out, and the audiences here lost in the illusory world. Only those at the top are awake, have a way out, and possess the switch to change the world. Almost everyone in the war is a joked clown. Who utilizes them to irony the sad war, and when can they get a moment of redemption?
▼整个设计以三维模型构成为主，The design work with 3D model
City Exterior and Interior
Student: Jin Ningyvan
Our city looks peaceful and orderly, and people are busy with their lives. In fact, everyone has their own desires hidden in their hearts. Cities also have different forms. Will it be a better or worse world when everyone’s dreams come true one day? In the different forms of urban surface, we need to find a balance between the openness and restraint of social civilization.
The Catholic doctrine holds that human nature is evil and that there are seven sources of evil. When people’s desires are satisfied, new ones will continue to grow. The totally unrestrained world seems to be the perfect world. In fact, greed, violence and darkness grow wantonly in every corner. Seven evils are transformed into different urban forms, which is an absurd world.
With the rapid development of science and technology, human beings gradually step into the era of artificial intelligence. Hawking once predicted that if human beings excessively rely on artificial intelligence, when artificial intelligence is fully developed, it will probably lead to the extinction of human beings.Because everything has two sides, if the robot has its own thinking and purpose, once out of control, disaster will immediately come…
▼系统结构分化图，Diagram of system structure differentiation
One day in 2030, a wave of awakened AIs created such a ” paradise” for human beings, where people don’t even have to walk and think. The only thing they can do is to enjoy themselves, because the AIs have provided to human beings everything they want, but the only condition that human beings need to do is to go to the core area regularly to repair and update equipment.Human beings are creative but tend to be lazy creatures. This is exactly where AI uses them, using their laziness to attract people, and using their creativity to multiply AI troops…Human seem to enjoy themselves, but they actually live in pipelines, unable to go out. While AI can not only penetrate into every corner of the system, but also go to any space outside the system without constraint..
▼机械心脏局部效果图，A partial rendering of the mechanical heart
▼管道局部效果图，Partial renderings of the pipeline
Student: Wu Xiaofan
Till the year of 2018, the marriage rate is declining year by year.Promoting and helping young people to engage in proper communication has become a noteworthy task.
Given changes in hormone levels before and after a person’s love, divide the coexistence into three stages: desire, attract and reliance.
According to these three stages, form a unique spatial sequence. Help people who step into the building to fall in love step by step.
Living with devil
Student: Liu Zeyu
▼在城市边的扁虫聚合单体，A Platyhelminthes tribe lies near the city
Human beings never stop seeking new places for living, South Pole included. The IceCube Neutrino Observatory is a detector for the deep rays in the space located there and designed for working for decades. However, it seems that the sensor goes downhill after a great discovery, resulting in the worse accuracy of the data. Decades after that, spills of the Unidentified Split Object are found around the original equipment during a routine inspection. When scientists analysed the DNA of the creature, they discovered that it was a mutant of the Platyhelminthes and that its DNA fragments had been supersized by energetic neutrinos decades earlier. Faced with increasing land use constraints, a mad scientist wanted to use it as a carrier for people to live in the ocean and modify it for better living quality.
▼聚合体向城市的“入侵”以及聚合体内部空间，The invasion to the city & The interior space of the tribe
▼聚合体内的日常生活，Daily lives in the tribe