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Design Thesis form(solve) by Mind Map: Design Thesis
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Design Thesis form(solve)


Current Issues

Greying Population, Wealthier Citizens, Cosmetics / Plastic Surgery

Medical Hub as an economic Driver

Tourism as source of foreign income, Medical Tourism Figures

Mandatory Greenbuilding Regulations

Crystal Ball

Pervasive use of technology, Computational Design (concept/schematic), Input, 3d Scanning, Output, Digital Fabrication, Building Information Modeling (D&D/construction), Evolution, 1) Symbols as graphic entities, 2) Layers to structure data, 3) User Application Languages, 4) Associative Cross-hatching and dimensioning, 5) 3D wireframe and surface modeling, 6) Solid Modelling, 7) Integrated rendering modules, 8) Parametric Solid Modelling, Intelligent Information, Cost schedule of materials, Relationships btw building elements ( Parent / Child ), Thermal Properties, Smart Building Management system (Post-occupation), Thermostat control, Night Purging, Solar Tracking, Light pipes, BIPV

New paradigm, Thinking 4D, Building lifecycle, Environmental Concerns, Designing Relationships, Evolutionary Design


Medical Design International

Hybrid Urbanspace

Gleneagles Medical Centre

"Hospital of the Future"


Site Parcel

Urban Design Guidelines, People Mover System reserve of 19m, public plaza integrate with the primary and secondary pedestrian routes as well as the public side tables and the open spaces on adjacent sites., contiguous pedestrian shelter from the CCL entrance/exit to the primary pedestrian route, Covered Linkways & walkways, coverage of the built up or enclosed areas at first storey of the proposed development shall not exceed 60%, minimum 7m wide double storey high linear urban lobby to serve as the barrier-free primary route for pedestrians, Retail or F&B uses up to 2000 sqm GFA shall be provided along this key pedestrian spine link, Pedestrian Overhead Bridge shall be maximum 6.0m wide with minimum 4.0m clear width for circulation. intermediate structural supports for the bridge shall be located only within the green buffer area of parcel LX-2-15., Action zone shall be connected to the through-block pedestrian spine and to the pedestrian overhead bridge across North Buona Vista Drive, 100% Built-to-line along North Buona Vista Road 70% Built-to-line along PMS reserve 50% Built-to-line along LX-1-2, The maximum height of the development shall not exceed 125m AMS, Landscaped sky voids shall be provided on the higher levels of the development fronting North Buona Vista Road and PMS reserve. An area equivalent to minimum 2% of the total GFA shall be used for provision of sky voids

GFA Requirements

One-North Masterplan



Medical Suites

Serviced Apartments / Hotel

Shopping Center / Retail

CAD Tools


Grasshopper, Pattern to Panel, Surface Sub-Division for Panelisation, Tower Twister, Wave Weaver, Solid Slicer, Quad Paneliser, 3d Polkariser, Excel-Link

Rhinoscript, Call Ecotect, Save/Load Ecotect Mesh Data, Voronoi Tessellation, Boolean Difference






Luascript, Start/Save Simulations


AHP model

Cellular Automata



20081007, MIT Simmons Hall, Parameters

20081014, Visual Images to illustrate design technique, MVRDV - KM3, Program Requirements, Paragon Medical, Issue with coming up with the initial form, Workflow diagram for Interim

20081114, Thesis Brief, Think about zone relationships, Thesis Prep Presentation Outline

20090113, Schedule, Green - Environmental Factors

20090205, Refine Thesis Qn, Sky Void Typologies

20090217, Sketch Design of a single Cluster, Add Central Void to allow for ventilation on both sides, Try rules for single tier

20090303, Tweak Cellular Automata Rules to get other non-rational alternatives, Start Site Model, Think about relationship of program and sky Parks, Rework Diagrams to Show Clarity, Esher Visual Illusion, Values for Simulation, Seperate different Iterations of simulation results

Interim 20081021

CKM, Document Process for presentation, When is the architect's intervention, What is the input, What is the evalutaion criteria

KK, Is there a final result, Job Interviews, Take on an existing brief, Can it be universally applied, Site specific environmental context, Site specific urban design guidelines

Others, HLM studio, Agent Based Pedestrian Simulation, Maya script, Parameters, Gravity, Contour/Slope, Kinetic Energy, Targets, Point of Interest, Point of Convergence, Point of Divergence, Critique, What is simulated might not take into account real beheaviour, The simulation is just like another architect's tool, is it relevant to the design process, Numerous Parameters, Returns on Time, Does the intervention affect the initial results, therefore creating an unstable state, Urban Program, Localised Site, Designing footpaths, Space Syntax

Guest Crit


MTC, Thesis too complex and complicated, Reduce Scope, 5 Attributes of a good planner, Visionary, Socialist, Must have breath and depth of knowledge, "A Loving Heart for people", The Loving Heart

PH, Change PMS route into Building, Tiered Retail Goundfloor

WW, Transfer floors 8m for 100m cantilever, Cross-bracing on facade instead of sheerwall, Mega Column at corner, 600mm for soil / 300mm for slab, 600mm-1000mm columns

JH, Water, Volume of water tank = 270units x 30 m3/mth / 30days, 5x4m Water Pump Room, Electricity, 8x3m Main distribution Rm (Ground), 2x1m Switch Rm (per floor), Aircon, 15x8m Chiller Rm, 8x6m AHU (per floor), Fire, 500m3 Sprinkler Tank, 8x8m Pump Rm, Rain, 50m3 Rainwater collection tank, Others, 0.6-0.8 false ceiling

Thesis Prep 20081125

HB, No 'Spirit', Vision?, Architecture Program does not link with software Program

TTK, Wrong, Hospital too complex going to ground the project

Interim 20090210

HB, Services / Circulation Not considered, Need to set thesis assumptions clearly in the begining

TTK, Scripters only work for 'God'-like architects, Suggests Single Use Art Muesum

TBK, No point generating rubbish for the designer to correct later

Dennis, Consider Permutating Clusters

Interim 20090310

TBK, Color Scheme too dark, Need to demonstrate feasibility of design

JLEM, Locate different types of apartments around sky-parks, double access, Consider EW Site Orientation and Location of Voids, Block Sun and allow cool air for cross ventillation, Circulation, Different elevator shafts, Access to apartments / corridors, Household shelters, Use of staircase core, Shaping of Voids, Maximise light and ventilation access to apartments, Views to key vistas

KN, More Constrains, More programming Might not yield solution


Internal, TTK, Technically Fail as plans dont work, Should have done single use buildings - ie laboratories, HB, Despite many many designs , it is the designer that gives intelligence to the design, Feedback is important because you might never know you are driving off a cliff, KN, Process can be done manually , but it is time consuming, resolution of sharp edges, TBK, technical issues, depth of slab for sky-garden, lineweights, Plans do not show intention of sky-gardens, Process is linear, sometimes designers work backwards

External, CB, Project is about shape grammer, Bedrooms with internal views, Project could be better expressed as decay of a large mass, Disconnect between plans and perspective, Prevailing wind direction not considered, TGB, Forget about machine, Architects must design good plans, Spaces have no human scale

Algorithms : Design Techniques 'Form + Solving'

Form - Generating / Finding

Traditional, Line,Edge,Shade (Trend), Precedent Studies (Vernacular), Classical order (golden ratios)

Emergent, Re/Generative Processes, Fractals, Bio Mimicry, Morphogenetic techniques, L-system, Cellular Automata

Problem / Space - Solving

Multiple-Criteria Decision Making, Elements, Goals,objectives & criteria to be achieved, Size and Complexity of problem, Amount of uncertainty present in the problem, Needs to be fultilled, Constraints & requirements associated with and affected by decision, Degree of Risk and uncertainty in the nature of the relationship btw elements and consequences of decisions, environment which the decision must be made, Multi-Attribute, Multi-Objective, experience and background of the decision maker, Risk-Seeker, Risk-neutral, Risk-averse, Purpose, help decision maker to think sysmatically about complex decision problems and improve quality of resulting decisions, Methods, Weighted Scoring, Buying a Car, Perference-based Techniques, Multi-attribute Value Theory MAVT, multi-attribute Utility Theory MAUT, Buying Lottery with win/lose probability, analytic hierarchy process AHP, Selecting Best Job, Using AHP & GIS to select best site for waste incinerator, Outranking Methods, Goal Programming, Minimization of labor in Production of Goods

Geometric Solving of Constraint Problems, Critical Path Method, Gantt Chart, Voronoi Tesselation, Average Neighbours <=6, Delaunay Triangulation, Landform approximation, Graph Plotting, Finding Maxima and minima for quadratic equations



Solve Units


Spatial adjacency