E-portfolio 2⃣️(UAL ISD BA Unit 2)

[ Film research 2 ]

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As a story that begins with “Harmony with Nature,” the Valley of the Winds clearly runs counter to mainstream environmentalism, especially the original environmentalist claims that nature is sacred and demands minimal human impact on nature. But Hayao Miyazaki did not deny the environmental protection itself. He just wanted to be more rational view of the relationship between man and nature. Nature is not sacred, life is. But without freedom, life is meaningless. How mankind treats itself how it treats itself. “transforming nature” is the same as “transforming mankind”, like human beings lose their divinity.

In this animated film, the most obvious conflict should be the competition for living resources between man and nature. It is confronted with the constant pressing by nature. Mankind has to keep fleeing and has to resist. It is eventually engulfed by nature. What is more ironic is that mankind’s constant self-righteous nature makes it impossible for us to survive. In reality, however, we are constantly purifying the land where mankind destroys pollution.

In reality, people often decide on the theory of succession. Even in industrialized society, the extensive economic activities taken by mankind have greatly changed the original state of the natural environment. As a result, all countries are gradually handling environmental problems and even throwing themselves into the environment for the cost of extracting natural resources, pollute the natural environment. Of course, some people put forward the slogan of nature protection. But think about it, how long human activities have been in the 4 billion years of earth’s time, how many lives have naturally been born and how many lives have died out. It should be said that the actions taken by mankind and be called “the protection of human living environment” action.

Only by letting mankind put aside his arrogance and rudeness, understanding nature and understanding nature in a humble and awe attitude. Then developing with nature can be the most appropriate way of living and arrogantly making the so-called “transformation” of nature and eventually so that humans could stop eating their own evil.

The theme of his life is the question of the relationship between man and nature and the ultimate fate of mankind associated with it. Both the ghost princess and the Valley of the Wind gave the same conclusion: The conflict has become irreconcilable and the road can not be seen in front of us. However, we will still cling to the clutter.

Miyazaki and Oshii are both lefttist elements of the Japanese student movement who witnessed the failure of idealism in Japan. Former comrades-in-arms gave up their soul and plunged into the torrent of the U.S. dollar in the bubble economy era. Just give up the ideal can become the world’s second largest economy, as long as the drift can buy the United States. What a beautiful future! The ideal towns and tombs in the comics actually refer to this kind of thing. The road has been arranged. You just need to obey the desire. Then the bubble economy burst, we finished together.

The Valley of the Winds inherited the pessimism of traditional science fiction, but still joined the idealist faith.

Hayao Miyazaki is actually very cautious and conservative in his creation of the “Valley of the Winds” animation. After his release of the movie, he said:

“I did not intend to portray Nausicajah as Joan of Arc, and I always wanted to exclude religion, but at the last minute it still turned it into a religious painting. In fact, I am very hesitant.”

True, who the Nausicaä is, neither the Protoss Princess Aquitaine nor the princess of the Love Bug in Japanese legends, but the French national hero Joan of Arc.

For religion, Hayao Miyazaki did not hesitate to punish spicy criticism, pointing out that one of its nihility and ignorance. But more interesting is that Hayao Miyazaki did not blindly reject religion.

What does this work mean for Hayao Miyazaki? It is Hayao Miyazaki’s fight back to the creation of the first fight, brought a turning point for his career. At the same time, it is also Hayao Miyazaki in fame still insist on continued creation of the work.

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E-portfolio 1⃣️(UAL ISD BA Unit 2)

[ Film research 1 ]

[ Upon time ago, humans believed that they conquered nature. But since the “seven days of fire” war, the human industry civilisation was collapsed. And then, about a thousand years later, the only remaining few human beings will be habit with insects of the vast forest which named “rotten sea”. –Film titles ]

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A long time ago, people have high developed culture and technology. They can fly on the sky because they thought they could control the nature. Human created those monsters called “Tormentor” to stop the war. But tormentors thought humans are bad for nature so they decided to destroy humans. Tormentors sparyed fire from their months. The fire burned for seven days and killed a lot of people. Tormentors left after they completed the mission…Gradually, new lifes were born in the new world. The earth breeds poisonous plants and huge insects. The surviving human beings yearn for the salvation of God.

 

Lecture Journal(UAL ISD BA Unit 2)

[ Inflection ]

Week1 (6 Oct 2017)

Today we were introduced about an architecture called David Adjaye.
I really interested in his design concept. He said at beginning he was interested in what architecture could do, rather than in how beautiful it was. This concept of him made me both agree and disagree. In my opinion, human beings spent millions of years to design architecture’s shape and beauty but he tried to turn us back to millions years ago. Although the using is important, the beauty is also important.
Then he understood the creative of drive of architecture with Eduardo Souta De Moura’s help.
The other point I was focused on is that he has travelled many different countries to see many different design style architectures with his girlfriend. By the way, I like the Church of Light which is the experience of the new Japanese architecture designed by Tadao Ando. I believed that would give David Adjaye many creative ideas.
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After he became a successful designer, most of his architectures are sculptural using of materials and with strong inside against outside. He likes to consume naturel context, shadow, liquid and international styles.
His design let me start to pay more attention on the shapes of the space and the shadow it will product. I visited Germany this Christmas holiday and I realised that Greman buildings used a lot of squares in the design. Although they seem quite satisfactory they work well with sunlight, that allowing the sun to radiate the largest area into the interiors.
I think the cube is a very common space. But precisely it is so common so it has limitless possibility. Just like David Adjaye, I tried a lot of ways that I could think of to change the cube while keeping it as it was.

Week 2 (13 Oct 2017)

Today we were introduced about Alvar & Aino Aalto.
Their products always have a lot design about details. They like using day light and making relationship to each other, such as they used stone out door to connect with nature to improve the quality of light, interior or something.
I believe their characters which is keeping trying make them become successful.
Then I know about Assemble which is a design & architecture collective based in London.
By the way, I prefer some design details in “Together” (Lina Bo Bardi) and “Triangle Chairs”. The shapes in Together looks like sea wave which out of control. And the shape of Triangle chairs which is really a triangle.
After this lecture, I started to thinking the unusual shapes chairs.
In people’s perception, the most of the seats are square and round. Among them, the triangular chair surface rarely. The strange shape is rare.
Alvar & Aino Aalto is one of the founders of modern architecture, an advocate of the theory of human construction, as well as a design master and artist. Alva Alto is one of the important founders of modern architecture and is also the representative of modern urban planning and industrial product design. As an advocate of humanistic architectural theory, Alva Alto’s architectural style is based on the relationship between the building and the surrounding natural environment, the dimensions of the human body, the materials used, the elaborate design details and how to go On the basis of these broad issues of ingeniously placed light sources,
His works advocate human nature and naturalism, a good blend of people – building – nature of the relationship between the three, in the architectural creation, he first consider the needs of users, followed by his personal thoughts. As an architect, his purpose is to find a comfortable environment for people, whether civil or industrial buildings, do not give up this humanitarian thinking.

Week 3 (20 Oct 2017)

Today we were introduced about Atelier Bow-Wow.
I have to introduced myself that I addict in Japanese architectures and interiors. So I heart something about Yoshiharu Tsukamoto and Momoyo Kajima’s works before. Japanese rigorous, meticulous and the love to nature were showed by them.
Such as Ikushima Library. They cut in circle to let light in the library.
The design is not complicated but detailed. Just like them characters—make everything into the most.
They use nature light and natural light by changing the space of ceilings or other places. And in Nora House, they let me to start thinking why the sections are so important.
Then we were introduced about Álvaro Siza.
His Boa Nova Tea House inflected me really much. Like it’s tell me “Wow Tea house could be designed like this” Because the different angles of the garden and the relationship between small door and big space. The whole house besides the sea but connect with rocks cause it’s also on the mountain. The special part is that it has a little dark interior. The ceiling is really low so visitors should sit down to view the interior.
Another design is Leça Swimming Pools Avenida da Liberdade which has pretty landscape.
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Although the entrance is very hidden there are many interesting and useful details in. As said, his design let people go back into the landscape and the real world.

Week 4 (27 Oct 2017)

Well, today Angela Ford made a presentation about model house for us.
She listed many different models which made by different famous designers. Such as Lindsay Elgin, Gerry Judan and Alexa Meyerman.
So many details in their models. Just looks like real interiors.
The “Wasted Years” by Peter Chrisostomou, the “Street of Crocodiles” by Quay Brothers and the “Living Room” by Lori Nix showed me a kind of new world.
Angela showed many pictures to us and let us guess it is a real space or not. Every time I thought it must a real space then saw the contraction between the model and a real stuff (like an egg or a pair of glasses).

Week 5 (3 Nov 2017)

Today, we talked about Dame Zaha Hadid.
She took the visual deconstructed influence of Malevich and used it as the starting point for a London hotel design.
The most impressive design is the architectural landmark which stand above the congestion and intensity of Hong Kong. It’s said it centred on the creation of a “man made polished granite mountain” which symbolize the high life.
In my opinion, she is really good at using the aspect of a flat. Like many different cards stick together and turn 3D into 2D. She likes to use tough, strong and simple lines to design buildings and interior. Her architecture always gives the audience a very strong visual impact. Although the project is really dazzling people struggling, but she over-esteem for self-style and always constantly repeating her own way. Sometimes people even feel disrespectful about the region, location and culture because her design is too modern to connect with other buildings.
It is conceivable that if everyone is behaving in accordance with the routines of the older generation. Then it will be a happy situation. Government will spend less, designers will sleep earlier, and construction workers will work less. But precisely because of the existence of such a man, we can only see some miracles that do not seem to belong to this age, but also because of this industry growth.
As Zaha’ve said, “If you want an easy life, Do not be an architect.”
 Such a landmark man, the design industry her comments are also praise and criticism. Anyway, everyone who shoots her building with a camera should have affirmed what she had done, whether or not knows the name “Zaha Hadid”.

Week 6 (10 Nov 2017)

Today, we talked about Charles and Rae Eames who made significant historical contributions to the development of modern architecture and furniture.
They are not only interior designers but also product designers.
But actually I did not get too much ideas from them works.

[No lecture on 17 Nov 2017.]

Week 8 (24 Nov 2017)

Well, we talked about Luis Barragán. His work has influenced contemporary architects through visual and conceptual aspects.
In an essay on the subject, Timothy Brittain-Catlin mentions the “innate puritanism among clients of architecture,” architects and their “embarrassment of confronting color,” and how “Modernism tried to ‘educate out’ bright colors.” So, while the debate on color in architecture is far from being a new one, it is not finished, and probably never will be.
But Luis Barragán is one of the 7 architects who weren’t afraid to use color. Among them, the color of his building is the purest.
“While Barragán’s work makes use of whole planes splashed with bright, contrasting colors, it is never uncomfortable to look at, even in the Mexican summer sun. Expanses of creamy pink and bright orange at right angles to each other, a sunny yellow corridor, rust-red running into earthy grey, a solid chunk of scarlet against fresh blue, a lilac wall behind a dusty green cactus – these are a few of the many sights to behold in Barragán’s projects through which he sought to capture his obsession with “serenity, silence, intimacy and amazement,” the region’s culture, and the surrounding landscape.” — (https://www.archdaily.com)

[ Summary ]

Well, during these lectures I known many designers not only interior designers but also architectures, product designers. For myself, I like to use simple shapes to create new complex peculiar shapes.
I have learnt the idea of using shadows from David Adjaye. I have learnt how to make simple design with same cope and even can stacke on top of each other by Alvar & Aino Aalto. I also learnt how to change the light and space just by changing shapes by Atelier Bow-Wow and Álvaro Siza. And so on.
Through these courses, I identified my design direction in this short-term. I found my favorite style, but also focus on developing this style. I tried to pay attention to the structure of the buildings and the application of the figure of those buildings in my life.

 

1Jun2017 Interior Design

Evaluation

For the final major project, we need to have two themes for our work and finally chose my favorite one. I chose “ancient witchcraft culture” cause I think for the space and form design which I have lots of ideas with. Also I learnt how to use different designs in previous project and I knew that how to design the ceiling by researching the concept.

My theme is ancient witchcraft culture. The issue what I found is that movies are cartoons stress the justice is always right and evil is always bad. So what I hoped to achieve for this project is let people realise that there will never have any absolutely correct or error. In another words, Nothing is right and nothing is wrong. The Sanxingdui Museum and the author of the 《Tomb notes》inspired me. I will try to solve the problem by researching the difference between white and black witchcraft. And the fusion of two different things which are opposing with each other.

Finally, it was a challenge to me, I didn’t make a children hospital interior by myself, so I want to try it. First, I made some pieces of mind-maps and mood board to let me have a clear mind. After that I researched two interior artists, a restaurant called Alice In Wonderful Cafe, two Chinese hospitals and some disable people.

During the trip week, I went to the Gaudi Museum in Barcelona. I found lots of designs about porcelain. Different countries have different styles so I want to focus the interesting furnitures in my work.

After that I went back to my hometown China and enjoyed the Easter Holiday. I faced many social phenomenon in two different hospitals. I realised that no matter which country or what culture is, people’s nature has no difference. Because all of my parents and my uncle, aunt are doctors, I touched some truth that people didn’t face to face. In another word, humans are avoiding to face this truth. No matter how developed science and technology, people are helpless before they die.

After that I started my final design, it inspiration come from germs properties. So it seems to choose germ as my theme is appropriate. At the same time, the elements of germ: ductility, no fixed shape and some germ will have a radioactive shape will also be the great ideas for my design.

Actually when I finish the design, I have learnt how to use sketch-up to make 3D models and make  elevations or take photos in the modern.

In future, I would like to do it again to make it more complete if I have more time. Maybe it will be a new children hospital interior fashion in the future.

16May2017 Contextual Study

Witchcraft is the fourth of the sacred of Hinduism, which dates from Iron Age India, with purposes such as harming an enemy of winning a sweetheart. In parts of the Philippines, Kulam is a popular witchcraft belief. The Mangkukulam is the Filipino version of a witch or sorcerer, who recites spells and mixes potions, sometimes using the equivalent of a doll. Superstitious folks still attribute certain illnesses or diseases to kulam, especially in areas where the people are treated by a herbal doctors. People believe it can heal the disease and punish the bad guys. So it is not only the culture which be proud by the local people, but also the spiritual pillars of people’s lives.

Today, these witchcrafts still exist in different parts of Asia. Although Belief in the supernatural is still strong in certain parts of India, and lynchings for witchcraft are reported in the press about 200 times each year.

Most countries have regarded witchcraft as an ancient culture. One of the most peculiar is Japan. Japan still exists in this career. In Japan, the Onmyouji is responsible for the transmission of witchcraft career. The yin and yang division had been divulged by observing astrology since ancient times, which is very similar to that of ancient Chinese witchcraft. But Japan as a country which has a hundred ghosts and other myths and legends. Its witchcraft can also surrender monsters to protect people.

Unlike ancient times, more and more people choose to understand witchcraft in a more scientific way. Such as Yunnan Province in China, witchcraft as an ancient cultural has been shown to ordinary people. I have been there about ten years ago. Many villages in Yunnan Province are located in the village so there are plenty of snakes and spiders. The wizards told everyone to build a tall building in order to accept the protection of God by living closer to the sky. The buildings are protected by high pillars and protected from insects and beasts. And also to avoid the people to ill by the water on the ground. It can be seen, the purpose of witchcraft is only one, that is to let the human survival, whether ancient witchcraft or modern witchcraft.

9May2017 Contextual Study

Perhaps the Asian witchcraft is not known than African witchcraft or European witchcraft, but it is still an important derivative of ancient witchcraft. A great example of how this can work is to look at Chinese conceptions of witchcraft. Even though the great mystical sages weren’t always martial artists, there was a clear belief that witchcraft and mind were connected.

Chinese witchcraft is deeply entrenched in elements of mysticism, religion and art. Its purpose is to curse one’s enemies using magic. Witches are often considered a humble career, and the ceremony is often performed by older women. Chinese witchcraft influenced Japanese onmyodo.

 

But unlike Chinese witchcraft, Japanese witchcraft is popular with people. This is the result of the different rulers of the two country governments. Since ancient times, the Chinese rulers like to put pressure and intimidation on the people so that they could consolidate the purpose of the rule.

However, the Japanese rulers liked to achieve the purpose of consolidating the rule by giving grace to the people and making people grateful to him. In Japan, the shamanistic religion Shinto has always been widely accepted along with Buddhism, so the Japanese never attached negative connotations to witchcraft, and the word “witch” may often be used with positive connotation in Japanese language. Whether it is used to suppress people or win over people, witchcraft is always indispensable for the rulers to control the country.

So in the north of Asia, witchcraft is an indispensable part of the ruling country as a connection between yin and yang religion. The people of North Asia worship its mystery. For them, witchcraft was also a foreign culture long time ago. However, for people in Southeast Asia, witchcraft is their unique noble culture.

2May2017 Contextual Study

After that, under the brainwashing of those wise men, people got reason to attribute anything they do not understand (or do not want to understand), any incident or occurrence they cannot explain, to witchcraft. Also people attribute to witchcraft issues or ‘forces’ for which they are not contented with their rational or commonsensical explanations.

Simple sorcery or the use of magic accessible to ordinary people, such as setting out offerings to helpful spirits or using charms which can be found in almost all traditional societies. Prehistoric art depicts magical rites to ensure successful hunting, and also seems to depict religious rituals involving people dancing in animal costumes. Witchcraft, the practice of contacting spirits through dream work and meditative trances, is probably the oldest religion.

According to Prof Bolaji Idowu, “In Africa, it is idle to begin with the question whether witches exist or not…To Africans of every category, witchcraft is an urgent reality.” So the belief in witchcraft is strong and widespread in Africa. The witchcraft mentality is dominant and informs popular thought, understanding and interpretation of phenomena. But the belief in witchcraft is not peculiar to Africans. Many people in Africa often make this mistake of thinking that witchcraft is ‘original’ to them. From other essay, I understand that 22% of Australians still believe in witches. I don’t know if they believe in witches the same way Africans do. But whatever the case, the belief in witchcraft is found in other cultures of the world.

Witchcraft in Africa is different from the European witchcraft. When people talk about the European witchcraft, people usually associate it with magic. Not only the famous film named “Harry Potter”, but also the famous holiday named “Halloween”. But few people would connect the witchcraft with Asia together. Most european people in the 16th century and 17th century believed that God had an enemy called the Devil, who was very powerful. They believed that witches made a pact or agreement with the Devil and agreed to worship and serve him. Witches then used magic to harm animals or humans. In Western Europe witch trials reached a peak in the late 16th century and early 17th century then declined.