Studio One, Spring 2015

Gestalt: A Negotiation of Publics

Yuqing Nie; advised by Jonathan Bachrach, Sara Dean, Etienne Turpin, and Kyle Steinfeld

Everyone has his or her own perspective regarding design. Some believe that this is the era for parametric design, while others believe that this is the era for tool driven design. In my opinion, I believe that human-inspired ideas best serve as the core of design. This type of human-inspiration cannot be simply replaced by data driven design. Formal design processes struggles to account for a quality of architectural design that are best left to human intuition. However they can be useful in these situations as a method of capture design intent after the design has been formulated.

Canon Objects

This Is Not Pipe

Rene Magritte statement is taken to mean that the painting itself is not a pipe, but the painting is merely an image of a pipe. Like what Korzybski mentions "The word is not the thing" and "the map is not the territory". What you see from data sometimes cannot reflect the real situation of the area you mapping.

Types of Coffee

With different content of espresso, milk and water, we could make various of coffees. The contemporary Nolli map is not a map with just black and white, but with multi-functions which are colored in diverse gray. Just like the types of coffee, components are still the same, but the properties have been changed.


Mobius, is a surface with only one side and only one boundary component. However, the Mobius strip is not a surface of only one geometry. Sometimes it means infinity. Like the parametric design tools could lead us infinite possibility of results.


If you treat white as the water, you will find out a vase as the stone in the water. On the contrary, if we point black as the background, then we will figure out two white human faces on the painting. These are all because of the how you chose the "water and stone" and the comparison. Just like publicness of privateness can be change easily, by the comparison.


The National Security Agency (NSA) is a U.S. intelligence agency responsible for global monitoring, collection, decoding, translation and analysis of information and data for foreign intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. According to the leaked documents, the NSA intercepts the communications of over a billion people worldwide and tracks the movement of hundreds of millions of people using cellphones, in addition to the various data sharing concerns that persist, research has pointed to the NSA's ability to surveil the domestic Internet traffic of foreign countries through "boomerang routing". Data truly benefit citizens a lot, at the same time, data and the modern tools could also spy on us and give us a big punch.

There's more!

Some other projects from this same class have been posted, as well as some interesting student work from this same year.