Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Beijing Summerschool - Day 5 - Engineering Phase

We are already into the engineering phase. So day 5 is about to technical drawings, defining the details the connections and everything else we have to know to actually build these concepts.

Our Mini Dr. Bucky Lab visited the students and checked the different concepts, he was impressed and happy as you can see ...

The evening ended with a lecture from B.L.U.E architects, a very famous japanese architect who runs his office in Beijing. He presented a very good story about his experience with working in Hutongs and showed his amazing projects. The seminar room was filled till the roof and when he stopped everyone was rushing towards the front to get a picture with the star ...

Day 4 - Karaoke

ok, we did not started with Karaoke but with designing our multi function street furniture concepts. Splitted up in 3 different groups everyone was busy, sometimes in the wrong direction - the idea always should become more simple, more clear and sharper but having so many people involved in the design process it seems to be normal that everything becomes a bit chaotic in the beginning.

Its also the first time they design something for poor people in need - therefore a fancy design has no value if its not connected to a practical design that will work properly and withstand the abuse within the hutong.

But we still have 2 days to design and engineer theses street objects and the concepts itself are already great, so the design will also follow that paths....the session was ended by Lin Hai he studied in Delft too and runs now an office in Beijing.

While the day was quite usual there was a special evening : Dr. Bucky Labs Birthday - seems to be and ongoing thing that he celebrates this in the company of students somewhere in the world.

Mara and the others from the organizing team rented a karaoke bar and we had a beer, pizza and a wonderful birthday cake the way the students can sing much better than our crazy professor ...

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Day 3 - working in groups

3 groups has formed after the elevator pitch. We are now working on a bench, a set of multifunctional boxes and a system that allows to be used in multiple ways - some sort of a puzzle for the streets.

Here are some impressions of our work

Monday, August 14, 2017

Day 3 - elevator pitch

After just a couple of hours we already had our elevator pitch and the students presented their individual ideas. Now we will form groups and will develop the best ideas to be build later in 1:1 scale.