When people live in cities for a long period of time, the idea of leaving the hustle and bustle behind is either very appealing or totally unthinkable. Between crowded streets and overflowing public transport networks, life can be pretty hectic in the big cities. One of the main reasons that many people dream of getting away is because everything tends to move a lot slower. Being surrounded by nature and greenery has been proven to reduce the levels of stress and depression. Rather than waking up to the sounds of car horns, much more likely to wake up to birds singing. Compact Living; Lightweight; Space
Expression; Space Function

The ideas that form the basis of the project, seek to explore and reveal the issue of compact living. It has been about limited space, movement, distribution, and very much concerned about human comfort and adaptability. Its design will Identify and differentiate several functions of spaces through design. Furthermore, it is essential of accepting the human behavior and the psychology of space within the limited area.
The use of progressive materials should complement the sleek design and quality of design to this escapade dwelling for ‘smart living & working’ environment.
This is to incorporate the artist privately owned workplace in designated space established within the artist’s residence (home office) to conduct their business tasks on a regular basis.
You are to design a combine space; a workplacewhere the end-user can work and live under thesame roof, with considerations on how to fit it all inand yet achieved good comfort. This task shall givean idea how to cope with small spaces; living in a
small space means to focus on good organizations well as design. The most important things to keeping mind are the functional needs, communal needs, personal needs, and privacy needs.Different combination of living are known by creating different plans of the space and using your creative mind to create multifunctional furniture.

The space given will be a two-20-footer shipping containers where you can configure the
layout according to the site. The location of the project is in located in between the Royal
Belum state park that you have identified earlier [location and its surroundings] to determine exactly how your ‘escapade living’ is placed. There are also some issues like how to survive and daily activities that need to be address before we can start with the design.

20-left2 X 12000mm [L] x 2400mm [W] x 2850mm [H]

The units will design on the ground/cantilever/attachment using lightweight materials for private
use as:
Double Occupancy; Temporary home & working spaces; A specific user/profession & environment

* You are allowed to utilize the “inbetween spaces” of the containers as well as being part of
the whole design ideas.

In exploration of the space, you are to acquire knowledge on the functions of the space then form, define space characteristics by functions, aesthetic and environmental considerations. Give an expression and emotions to the space derive from the keywords that you have obtain from the previous projects. Obtain information on space requirements and programming of spaces. Execute colour and graphical representation of ideas and proposal of the design project






Sample Board:

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Project 2 : Inter (Active) Artist Essential

If the greatest naturalists and expedition leaders had not kept meticulous logs (travel journal, captured pictures, materials collection) of their adventures, their stories have would never been told. A portable casing that can keep the writer’s essential supplies organized & secured while on the move give an extra mile of the writer’s journey experience.
As for the artists, that you have research on may have many of their own basic and/or unique tools, medias and other supplies as part of their artwork’s essentials. By identifying these tools & items will give an advantage in designing the artist essential casing that is also portable, easy to bring along anywhere to their desire places.

The casing design may looks normal and ordinary as per existed casing have in the market.
However, for this project, it will be a custom design special made for the selected artist only and have its multiple functions and aesthetic value transform from the artist’s keywords derived from their artwork collections (done in the previous project 1). It will be a unique design owned ONLY by you!
Using different mechanisms to expand the portable casing from concealed to opened Sliding open; rotate; swivel; folding; rolling; assembling; inflation; modular; etc…

1. Able to preliminary defined the design elements from the keywords subtracted from the
previous project onto the design proposed.
2. Able to understand & apply the multifunction mechanism onto the small object design.



Listing all the tools, art media and other supplies as an inventory of
the artist’s essentials.
As per picture above, you may do the list in visual method; pictures,
sketches and identify their name and sizes.
Be SMART & CREATIVE the way you do the inventories!


Do research on the possibilities of designing the portable casing;
select few of examples as your case studies.
The study is mainly to identify of the workable mechanism to achieve
of functional operable for your portable casing design to expand
open and to close to its original shape.


With the aid of many sketches and few of study models, you are to
propose several ideas of the portable casing design that custom
made for your artist.Must apply AT LEAST min three (3) different mechanism in the design.

Continue reading “Project 2 : Inter (Active) Artist Essential”


On the 1st day of the 1st week, lecturer gave us an assignment about the artist, we were required to draw a piece of paper which written artist’s name. Surprisingly, I drew an artist named, Lyle Owerko who is a photographer and filmmaker.

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To more understanding about him, I did research of him including his background, career, artworks and so on. After that I did a mind map to simplified it.


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In the mind map, i wrote about his follow the timeline since year 2001s, 2006s, and 2010s. In 11 September 2001, there was a series of 4 coordinated terrorist attacks by the Islamic terrorist group al- Qaeda on Unite States on the morning, Tuesday. On that time, he just came back from a trip to Africa, he worked with NGO organization ( non-government organization ). He heard the 1st plane hit from his apartment and he heard noisy sounds, sirens, screams, smoke and so on. When he arrived, he took photos. Among them were images of victims who had jumped themselves from the towers to end up their life, they called jumper. After that, people in order to commemorate the jumpers they built statue of the jumpers. Lyle keep questioning to himself about them and he considered those victims are good people and he preserve at least a distinct representation of their fate.

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In 2006s, he went to Africa traveled with Dr Jeffery Sachs for Millineum Promise project. He took photo and recorded the life of Samburu in Kenya.

In 2010s, The Boombox Project is published by other people and the author is Lyle Owerko. Lyle Owerko interested in music and he fascinated in audio playing. He took photo of boombox and collected hundred of the boombox. The Boombox as an Iconic device that influenced by hip hop, break dance, punk and so on.

Then I did it in infographic and show it to our lecturer. I add on the latest information that is first solo exhibition eagle hunter. He travel to Alta Mountain, Mongolia.

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Info-graphic ( butter paper )

This info-graphic kind of messy and need to arrange it properly.

So… I did second info graphic…that looks more neat than before and it accepted by my lecturer.

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Info-graphic ( butter paper )

Final outcome of info graphic: 

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IA Design Assignment 3

Model 5

For the model 5 , we were required to do a context for model 5, I did some research of my Malayan tapir on the context of zoo in and out of Malaysia. I did a pond for the model 5, I cut the foam board in 3 layers which represent a pond.




Model 5 and Model 6

There are some part have changed is the fitting area, add on 1 more layer for the context (pond) and also add on the sunken part on second level from model 5 to model 6.

Photos can be show below are the comparison/difference between model 5 and model 6.


Front: model 6 Behind: model 5

Model 6

For the model 6, we need to do fittings such as table, chair, cabinet and so on.

There are some photos I took  below.




All students must done everything on that day.


Final Review Day

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Final Look of Panel

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I was so happy after I done everything, thanks to my lecturer and my friend give some suggestion/ opinion and help me. Thank you!






















Thanks again to my lecturer and my friends who kept helping me and encourage me to explore more about the interior and exterior design on the model. I really enjoy for this module and I learned  a lot of things. Finally, it is the end of the semester 1. Happy Holiday !



This assignment focuses on investigating historical works to not just enrich student proficiency in architectural language, design and ideas but most importantly to develop and hone students historical and architectural criticism skills. Through the study of an existing building (from a list issued by the lecturers), students will be able to communicate and expand their own architectural vocabulary and develop design concepts. In a group of 7-8, students are required to conduct precedent study analysis on specific buildings via site visits and through on-line forum discussion, sketch analysis
journal, verbal and digital presentations. The precedent study analysis project should help clarify questions of “why” the case study is historically, culturally and architecturally inspired and “how” the design concepts derived from the past have influenced and/or been reflected in the case study, and by extension how these can be developed and expanded to be creatively and innovatively integrated
into a prospective design project.

In developing students’ historical and architectural criticism skills the objectives of the project are:
1. To introduce basic architectural theory through a consideration of intentions, concepts,
patterns, disciplines, architectural language and contextual relationships.
2. To creatively and innovatively develop and expand the design concept derived from the
precedent study analysis.

Learning Outcomes:

1. To produce building analysis which document intentions, concepts, patterns, disciplines,
architectural language and contextual relationships.
2. To produce graphical development, expansion and elaboration of intentions, concepts,
patterns, disciplines, architectural language and contextual relationships in developing
architectural critics’ skill.


A precedent study is an effective approach in learning architectural history as well as an essential research stage for any architectural design project. To be a good architect it is crucial that one thoroughly understands what came before a successful architectural creation. Precedent studies provide understanding of these contributing factors. The information learned from this process will give architects wisdom to create architecture that is at par or even better than what has come before. In addition, precedent studies might also reveal reasons for design failure, thus giving designers that understanding so as not to repeat the same mistakes.


The study of precedent requires students to gather architectural information, so that they truly
appreciate the essence of the building; have in-depth understanding of the building systems at work,
as well as recognize the series of important elements that realize design aspects of the building.
Each group is required to collectively address the questions below :

1. i. What is the main function of the building?
ii. What was the concept or philosophy of the architect or founder that makes the
building significant / meaningful?

2. i. What were the major influences of a historical era of architecture on the building?
ii. How does the context, building period and evolution makes the building significant
and meaningful?

3. i. What is the form or shape of the building?
ii. How does the form or shape of the building connect / contrast / derive from a
historical era of architecture

4. i. What were the materials and construction technology or method used?
ii. How do these materials and construction technology or methods compare / contrast
with the historical methods from the ‘influencing era’?

Submission Requirement

Part 1. Precedent Study & Analysis Sketch Journal (25%)
You are required to generate in-depth precedent analyses that include the accounts listed below:
1. With reference to a historical timeline of an ‘influencing (or contrasting) era’ of historical architecture, generate a comparative analysis of the contemporary Malaysian example vis-à-vis the identified ‘historical era’
2. With reference to the era in question, critically analyse the contemporary Malaysian example for its differences and similarities compared to the ‘historical model’. Assess the positive and negative aspects of the modern example versus that of the ‘historical model’.
3. Keep a hand-written & hand-sketched record of your findings in an A4 ring-binder. These should be brought in for discussion and formative assessment with your tutor at every weekly
tutorial session.

Part 2. Digital Analysis Presentation (25%)
(10 minutes)
The digital presentation should consists of illustrative and abstractive diagrams, drawings and annotations of the precedent study that compares it to its influencing ‘historical era’. The drawings should include actual and conceptual floor plans, building sections, analysis diagrams and sketches expressing clarity and in-depth investigation of the precedent studies. Precedent study and the analysis presentations should be digital reproductions of original, strictly hand-drawn and handwritten information from the sketch journal in Part 1. For the digital presentation, these should be supplemented by original photographs and/or videos of the Malaysian study taken/produced by your
student group. You should find as much information on your assigned building as possible. Some projects have more information available than others. Your assignment is to provide an in-depth analysis of the building and provide thorough reflections of the questions listed in the subsequent section.
Analyses should include answers to the questions below:
1. How does the building reflect the spirit of the time and place for which it was built?
2. How was the building influenced by a given historical era of architecture (or for eras that do
not directly influence, how does the building contrast with a given historical era)?
3. How did the contrasting influences of a Malaysian site and a historical model affect the final
architecture of the building?

Student are to select and conduct analyses of the following from # 1 to 5 and are to synthesize the
design concept Partí of # 6.
1. Concept and Architecture analysis (i. Architect and/or Building concepts, ii.
Architecture/Style/Identification of Place, iii. Person-Container-Social relationship)
2. Building massing analysis (i. Material and Structure- geometry of making, ii. Geometry –
alignment/anthropometry/social geometry/ideal geometry)
3. Circulation Analysis (i. Circulation to Use-Space, ii. Natural ventilation)
4. Spatial Organization analysis (i. Spatial planning & Landscape/Site Siting, ii. Building
sequence and process, iii. Public vs. private, iv. Axis, v. Symmetry/Asymmetry & balance, vii.
Repetitive to unique, viii. Additive and subtractive, ix. Hierarchy)
5. Building plan-section/elevation analysis (i. Plan to Section or Elevation, ii. Natural light
penetration, iii. Significant architectural element)
6. Partí – Culminates and Summarizes (i. gesture, ii. essence, iii, dominant idea, iv salient
characteristic of the building)

Submission Requirement:

Review and assessment/submission date: Week 12 (22 Nov 2017)


GOH CHONG YUE (0327827)





VINCENT LIM (0333484)

WONG CAI YING (0327196)

WONG JIA WEN (0329320)

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Full Presentation slide can read below

Hope you like it!


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IA Design Assignment 2

Interactions Between Human and Animal 

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These are the activities that allow to interact between human and animal. As a worker who taking care of Malayan tapir. Activities that  I can do to Malayan tapir are feeding, check up, caring, bathing and observing.

Transformation Process  Model 1 to Model 4

Base Model Ideation

This is my base model ideation. The model I did was inspired by my animal, Malayan tapir. For all of my model we were required to use 6 keywords of 3 tangible ( teardrop, short round, long flexible)  and 3 intangible ( anger, playful, isolate). The formal organisation I used is radial form. The language I used for my all models is geometric.

Model 1

For the model 1 ,we were required to use polystyrene foam cut it in 4m x 4m x 4m using 1: 25 scale and do our model. From this model we learned mass.

Base Model Ideation model 1 to model 2.

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Model 2

For the body of the model, it show the keywords of teardrop shape, the shape of aeroplane wings repeated show the keywords of playful and anger. The entire of my structure has shown the keyword of short round.

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Model 3


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I use modelling board to do my model 3. There are 2 level ( upper and lower part ) Upper part is enclosed and lower part is semi enclosed.  My model is radial form.

Base Model Ideation model 3 to model 4.

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Model 4

For the model 4, I removed the shape of aeroplane ‘wings’ because it shown isolated without the ‘aeroplane wings’ , the roof shown the keywords of playful and anger. Teardrop shape can be see if look from top.


IA Design Assignment 1

For Assignment 1, we were required to choose an animal which have only exist in zoo Malaysia.  I decided to choose Malayan Tapir as my inspiration. The reason I chose Malayan Tapir is because the skin is monochrome and it is cute whenever they play in the pond or run, they are kind of shy animal.

1.1 Sketch Note

First of all, I did research and study about Malayan tapir and compile all the information into sketch note in A3 size cartridge paper. I draw and colour the sketch note in order to show the different information with different colours which is easier for me to remember.

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A3 Sketch Note

After that, I redraw it in A2 size which is only black and white without colours. I used different style of sketch note to apply it on A2. A2 sketch note is more clear and neat than A3 sketch note.

Final Outcome :


A2 Sketch Note

1.2 Poster

I also did the research with more detail about our inspiration. We were required to find 6 keywords of  3 tangible and 3 intangible for each of them. I transform them into poster.

3 keywords of tangible :

  • Teardrop
  • Short Round
  • Long Flexible

3 keywords of intangible :  

  • Playful
  • Isolate
  • Anger



1.3 Anthropometric

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There are 12 activities I drew of what I did for  my daily life .

1.4 Ergonomic

From 12 activities, I need to choose 3 as my exploration for human figure.

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