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Open Access Thesis
Master of Architecture (M.Arch.)
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Why do we design architecture? How we design it? Why do we design architecture in this way, not in that way? What‘s the most important characteristic for architecture? How we can identity if architecture has realized all ideas we proposed before? With these questions, with the help from kind professors, I found one interesting place - Cao changdi, Beijing, China. Luckily, I found one interesting street and noticed there are some problems here. I needed to figure out what exactly are the problems and try to solve the problems with architecture.
I found that relations and connections are missing at this street. They are supposed to be there, but they are invisible. Why not make them visible?
I tried to direct this design based on the user’s stories or experiences. My approach was to visualize peoples’ experience in a new architecture through story boards, or ‘frame’ of applying the film director’s skills and design minds to approach architecture.
Let peoples’ experience in an architecture become a movie. Applying the film director’s skills and minds to the design of architecture.
Space plays an important role in architecture design. What happened in that space is what is important. Of course, stories would happen in that space. Then what’s the story?
My thesis project would illustrate how three stories - visitor, villager and artist‘s experience help to direct the design.
Sigrid Miller Pollin
zhang, peng, "Art and Life - Make invisible visible in Cao changdi village, Beijing, China" (2016). Masters Theses. 386.