HKU MArch Summer Elective. ARCH7406

Mar 8-Mar 12, 2021
11 participants/5-week
Woodwork tutorial/CNC and CAM software tutorial/Lecture series on theory and culture of design & making

Architects and Their Chairs

Design & Fabrication

“The chair is a very difficult object. Everyone who has ever tried to make one knows that. There are endless possibilities and many problems – the chair has to be light, it has to be strong, it has to be comfortable. It is almost easier to build a skyscraper than a chair.”

 

- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Nearly all modernist architects have designed their piece of furniture, many of which have condensed and manifested their design idea (a house) into a chair. In our summer elective, we shift our focus from the broad and complex realm of architecture to a concentrated design problem: A Chair.

This elective can be broken down into three domains: theory, making, and design.

The theoretical issues around furniture design, involving the body, the tool, and the material, would be discussed through lectures and seminars; the making session asks students to fully immerse themselves in the wooden workshop, to grasp the culture and knowledge of craft; the design process requires an expansive and iterative search for optimized solutions, gradually evolving students’ own design from classical chair precedents.

The analysis will be conducted through diagraming, shop drawings, and detail drawings. The modelling process will be assisted by woodshop tools, 3D printer, CNC router.

This elective can be broken down into three domains: theory, making, and design.

The theoretical issues around furniture design, involving the body, the tool, and the material, would be discussed through lectures and seminars; the making session asks students to fully immerse themselves in the wooden workshop, to grasp the culture and knowledge of craft; the design process requires an expansive and iterative search for optimized solutions, gradually evolving students’ own design from classical chair precedents.

The analysis will be conducted through diagraming, shop drawings, and detail drawings. The modelling process will be assisted by woodshop tools, 3D printer, CNC router.

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