Tuesday, June 15, 2010

First draft of table, not yet level. Also the base of the table is not yet functional.
Second draft-without the landscape acting as support for bridge

Second draft- no balestrade. Experimenting with different textures.

First draft- experimenting with how the structure might work and colour.

Images of the office spaces

Side view of Angela Merkel's space

Top view of Helen Keller's office

Internal space of Merkel's office

Frontal view of Merkel's office and elevator

Monday, June 14, 2010







I tried to upload it all as one file, but it wouldn't work and kept saying it was too big so had to resort to uploading each component individually.

Changing views on elevators

Merkel elevator

Keller elevator

Keller elevator keys: 'p'- down
'n'- up

Merkel elevator keys: 'l'- down
'y'- up

Side on view of the bridge and offices. This shows the support structure of the bridge whereby the rock faces act as beams that hold the bridge up. It is also supported by cables that attach to the rock face. The colours and textures in the scheme have been used to work with the landscape.

This image is an oblique upshot that depicts part of the table, both elevators in motion and the bridge in the far background. The idea behind the table is that the outcome in one's journey can only be a formative one because one knows where they started or came from and can see their progression. Resultingly the table is hollow in the middle and allows one to see its base and support. The cyclical shape is inspired by the bridge, again to emphasize the developmental nature of a journey. The position of the meeting spot is in sight of the bridge to allow for this retrospective process to occur. The elevator in the forefront is Keller's elevator, whereby I have tried to represent the freedom and ability she has created for herself despite all odds. The shape creates great shade and light and movement to evoke feeling. In the background is Merkel's elevator, in a pyramid shape similar to her office. The elevator is as enclosed as it is open to represent the dichotomous nature of her power(see below). Both elevators travel quite a long way to emphasize the physical aspect of the journey.

This is a view of Helen Keller's office and elevator. The idea for me was that Keller's journey to power is a more personal one than Merkel's as her power is totally her own. Her journey to power is about overcoming adversity and making her weaknesses work for her instead of against her. Her power is therefore greater than most people as they play to their advantages whereas she has had to make her disadvantages uniquely advantageous. Her office is therefore very large as I believe her willpower has overcome her disabilities to the point where she can be totally self sufficient- her mind and thus her spirit are unrestricted and therefore I have tried to create a space that would utilize elements such as light and shade and wind to evoke feeling.

This is a top view of the bridge. The idea behind the bridge is about the journey to power. In undertaking such a journey, one seldom knows where one will end and therefore the outcome is largely unexpected and unknown. The outcome however is goverened by the choices and directions one takes along the way, and whilst the journey may be different for everyone, the destination is often the same. Therefore my bridge attempts to allow for different routes that lead in the same direction. Similar to a journey, the path is not always obvious.

This image is of Angela Merkel's office. The office attempts to represent the seemingly paradoxical nature of Merkel's power. She is undeniably a very powerful political figure and yet because she stands for the public (voted in by the public etc), her power is not really her own and is governed by many people and circumstances. Her power and journey to power are therefore very public-the office is extremely open and allows one to see both in and out. This openness can also be perceived as intrusive as Merkel's power is always subject to public scrutiny. The scale however is very large for two reasons-I wanted to show the impact of her power and simultaneously to serve as a constant reminder of her role as a representative of a much larger group of people. Additionally, she would not spend much time in the office as her role is more of an active public role and therefore her office is more symbolic.

Keller elevator keys: 'p'- down
'n'- up

Merkel elevator keys: 'l'- down
'y'- up

Textures used in final design

Table inspiration

Bridge inspiration

Bridge in Abudhabi , Zaha Hadid

Tomb in Petra

Saturday, June 5, 2010

An extraordinary life begins with just one step. Nothing is easy...you have to be really strong to withstand it [as] there is an enormous amount of rejection. [Yet] something within me tells me that i shall succeed beyond my dreams. History presents no case like hers. She has managed to hold it together [and] has had to steer through some difficult times, but remains very popular. [One] does not need to rely on charisma to break with tradition, [to] establish[ed] [oneself]...rise[ing] through the ranks...

Henceforth I am resolved to be myself, to live my own life and write my own thoughts [as] she is known for her pragmatism and ability to compromise. She inspires confidence [as she] believes it is nice to be important, but it's more important to be nice. [To] embrace[d] life enthusiastically [and not] lose sight of yourself in the process.

To be [my] absolute best, it is certain that my own thoughts [are impacted by] those I read... because what I read becomes the very substance and texture of my mind. Some people underestimated her [but] she was chosen to lead [and her] profit was that she knew how to rejoice. [She] lived everyday from the point of view of gratitude and appreciation. [Thus] her renown, he said, will [would] endure a thousand years.

Source: "Profile: Angela Merkel," World news: Europe, BBC NEWS http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4572387.stm (accessed on 24th May 2010).

Source: Di Cant, "Miranda Kerr Interview," Fasion and Design, Our Brisbane: love where you live, http://www.ourbrisbane.com/shopping/fashion-and-design/miranda-kerr-interview (accessed 24th May 2010).

Source: Cynthia Ozick, "What Helen Keller Saw: The making of a writer," The New Yorker http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2003/06/16/030616crat_atlarge?currentPage=3 (accessed on 24th May 2010).

Valley inspiration and initial stages

Bryce Canyon

18 one and two point perspectives

Friday, June 4, 2010

18 one point perspectives