– Re-read your blog posts, and review your final digdoc.  With the advantage of distance, experience and hindsight, what strikes you as worth noting and commenting upon?  Are there any patterns that you can  discern in your experiences with the designed and built environment over these 16 weeks?

I want to comment on how the quality of the works differ depending on the time that I have spent. For instance the drape drawing or the model for exercise 2.5 are the result of hours of working. There are also many other works that I have took the time to work on and these drawings and models were significantly better than the works that I have done in hurry or took less time one. So from now on, I will be putting effort on all my works so that I can be satisfied with myself.

– Do you discern a cumulative growth in learning (in confidence, in skills, in understanding, etc), and/or in yourself?

By the end of CFY Fall 2011, I discern not only growth but also changes in myself . I learned the significant importance of time management after finishing one semester of studio and I feel that from now on I would have less problem finishing my work by managing my time better. Also, I learned how to cooperate with others from exercise 2. Doing a project for weeks with other person was surely different from other group projects that I have done in high school. To considerate another person for such a long time was hard and again, time management was hard because I had to finish my part of work on time. Nevertheless, I feel I am now more ready for any group projects since I have more experience now.

– Tell us which was your favorite exercise and why.

My favorite exercise was exercise one. It taught me the rudimentary skills which would become the base of my works that I will be doing for the next few years at College of Architecture. From exercise one, I liked the especially the charcoal drawing. It was my first time to use charcoal to draw but it did not only teach me how to use charcoal. Charcoal drawing taught me the importance of light and shade in a drawing. Also in order to catch the intricate differences in shades on an object, I had to train my ability to observe things. This exercise could also be explained as excessive observation. By the end of the exercise, I finally learned how to delineate something exactly how I see with my developed ability to observe. This is why exercise one, which taught me valuable lessons and skills, was my favorite exercise throughout CFY Fall-2011.


An awesome idea to reuse an old suitcase and a pillow into inspirational bed for pets. The orange color and the pattern of the pillow match up really nice and for someone who own a dog would surely find this novel idea really exciting. This also made me nostalgic because I recalled on my dog that I have left in Germany with the rest of my family.

On the website, the maker specifically wrote down the instructions on how to make this dog bed and the cost is only about 10$. This is really economical and stylish to have it in your home. Also the tools needed to build can be used without professional skills and those are:

  • Vintage Suitcase (hard shell)
  • Tools (hammer, screwdriver)
  • Pillow and Pillow Sham

Everyone has an extra pillow and a old suitcase that they do not use . Hence this is really practical idea of using them and turning into a dog bed.







Link of the video: http://vimeo.com/23290522


My favorite winter sport is snowboarding and the word “primitive” caught my eyes. In the video, Corey Smith shows how he made all the snowboards. He first carves a plank of wood into right size and the uses some kind of paste to glue cloth pieces on the board. The production of these simple snowboards ends with painting on them. The design of the snowboards are all experimental and were not designed following the rules of Physics or after considerate calculations. So ” Some of the boards were incredibly functional and some were purely conceptual”. Nevertheless, I was fascinated by the agility of some snowboarders on these primitive snowboards. For instance the small boards in the picture would allow the snowboarder to curve, although it might be harder to balance on it. Some boards look similar to surf boards and I would like to try out how that snowboard would be.

I tried to find the joints, hinges, zippers, and etc. in my daily life and what I came up with was first the bus stop signs that I see everyday in front of my dorm. Interestingly it had many joints and the first three photos show the different joints used in bus stop sign. First of all, the two photos depict how the “Tech Trolley” Sign is attached to the pole. The panel is inserted in between two openings and it is fixed with screw.  The third picture shows how the map of the bus routes are attached to the pole. It is simple again screwed up to the pole. The fourth picture shows the zipper of my bag.  Finally, the last picture shows how the bar on the wall is attached. A metal clasp is put on the bar and two screws were used to stick it on the wall.

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This capsule is invented by a Japanese company called New Cosmopower. When I first saw the image of the capsules, I was shocked because it was just the same capsule that I saw in a comic book. The image from the comic book is also in the slideshow above. I think it is truly a novel idea to actually invent such a protecting capsule in real life.

The name of this capsule “Noah” is taken from the Noah’s Ark which was also a shelter from the great flood. Right now, the New Cosmopower team is inventing a capsule that can protect up to 6 people and 12 people.


 I personally liked the atmosphere in the studio where everyone is struggling with the same problem and discussing it with one another to solve it. Also, talking about our exercises  taught me new ideas from other peers which helped me to progress while I was in the studio. One unforgetable memory from doing Ex.1 was someone playing the Disney songs at 2 in the morning and people singing along… It was a fun experience and I guess it will be for the next few years at the studio.