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Surface/Analysis/Box Components

The tool of box components is described as decompose the box objects into its component parts, which from my understanding is dividing the box data into planes, x, y, z-axis data to further use. For instance, I created a morph surface with one modular brick. I decompose the box into its x, y, z parameters. and then, i used the z parameter value and input it into the morph surface box, which means in the morphing process, the only thing is determined by the modular brick is its height. the final modular wall/surface will have the same height as the brick. It is quite helpful you always create a bounding box for the geometry, then use the box components. — Boer Deng

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“Why TALL”

“Why Tall” is an international student design competition in 2011. The competition picked up on the 2011 CTBUH Seoul Conference themes, seeking to find innovative ideas to shed new light on the meaning and value of tall buildings in modern society form the themes of green, safety, and humanity.  The competition saw over 200 submissions from all over the world and awarded 3 of them. The First Prize winner ($5,000), “MultipliCITY” (Harvard University/Tongji University) was voted as the most visually compelling of the Finalists, intended for a site in Shanghai. The jury was compelled by the tremendously dramatic image the project presented (see images). There are no restrictions on site, program or size.  The chose Shanghai as the site as it is the city that can be representative of a typical urban environmental issues.

I found this competition and the winner project interesting because “why tall” is truly an honest, comprehensive and thought-provoking question. The tall building typology is no longer just an instrument of financial exploitation but toward a development of highly concerned with its impact on the city, the environment, and the urban habitat. The winner project rose up the notification of the increasing high rises in lots of modern cities caused the result of no natural sunshine and non-efficiency in an urban environment. They relink the current lifestyle and highrise development mode and develop a new kind of urban life mode “MultipliCITY” to stimulate the sustainability of the highrises.