Category Personal

Design Files: Mustard Yellows in Vietnam

Architecture in Vietnam is unexpected, unique and quietly wonderful. It stands strong and grounded within the moral values of the people it is built for, and by. Culture and respect for history is integral to it, and peoples’ simple, grounded lifestyles thrive within it.

After long, hot and sweaty days of exploring temples, palaces and marketplaces, I would come back to my bed and close my eyes, still seeing golden behind them, still feeling the bumps of mosaic dragons on my fingers, and still feeling the silent serenity of plain yellow walls in my mind.

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Design as Reinvention

It is interesting, the idea that designers are those who innovate. Creators, pursuing the avant garde, inventors. That when we create, our ideas are our brain’s children, brand new and groundbreaking. Upon reflection I realize that our ‘creations’ are, rather, reinventions of what is already in existence around us. This post is simply reflecting on the train of thought that has lead me to this conclusion, and some further memories that confirm it.

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We do not bring anything into existence that does not already exist, at an elemental or material level, just like no matter or mass can be created or destroyed; it simply gets reused, recycled and conserved. We do not ‘create’ anything new. Yet, we bring into existence a new combination of forms and ideas that may never have been combined, or reapplied in that way, before.

Suburban Infill Housing Project

My work for the first semester of second year undergraduate architecture.

Like in a multitude of growing cities in the world, Adelaide needs to be ‘infilling’ suburbs to meet the needs of a growing population. Students were to take two sites from an existing suburb in Adelaide, treat them as a whole, and experiment with creating dwelling and commercial entities upon them to increase density.

The Importance of Context

An exploration of how a single space can be morphed by the conditions outside, and what this means for design.
What is without will always, gently or severely, alter what is within.

Inspired Architecture

As I progress through my education in architecture, I am learning many important skills, including those one would expect – drawing, designing, communicating, building… and one that was not at all anticipated. It consumes me in the most delightful way, and it is not only relevant to study, but echoes continuously in the background of […]