Thursday, March 4, 2010

Research on Materials and Sustainability

Types of Materials and their Properties
- Fabric > Soft and Insulating
- Nylon > Strong and Durable
- Mud and clay > Good thermal mass
- Rock > Good insulator
- Thatch > Good insulator
- Brush > Flexible, strong
- Ice > Flexible, strong
- Wood > Flexible, strong
- Concrete > Strong
- Metal > Strong, flexible, long-lasting, hard
- Glass > Hardest except for diamonds
- Plastic > Floats, can be soft or hard, long-lasting
- Cement Composites > Strong, hard, long-lasting
- Foam > Floats, can be hard of soft, thermal properties

Fabric > Polar Fleece
Nylon > Clothing
Mud and clay > Therapeutic baths
Rock > Foundation for buildings
Thatch > Roofing
Brush > Paintbrush
Ice > Sculptures
Wood > Tables
Metal > Poles
Glass > Windows
Plastic > Telephone
Cement Composites > Flooring
Foam > Thermal usage (ice)

What does it mean by a sustainable environment? Give an example of one.

Sustainability is the capacity to endure. In ecology the word describes how biological systems remain diverse and productive over time. For humans it is the potential for long-term maintenance of wellbeing, which in turn depends on the wellbeing of the natural world and the responsible use of natural resources. An example is the long-lived and healthy wetlands and forests.
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What does it mean to have a sustainable product? Give an example of a sustainable product and state the reason.

It means that the product can be replenished at a faster or comparable rate than it is being consumed by the human population. It must be able to support sustainable development that is the development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It must at least support social, environmental or economical needs. These are the three pillars of sustainability. One sustainable product is newwater. It is a breakthrough for the process of desalination, and is a feasible and quality plan. It might develop more economical value when fresh water becomes scarce. This national tap of Singapore means that we will not meet a crisis when our neighbouring countries stop supplying water for us.

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Friday, January 29, 2010

PIES Analysis

The Stroller

Physical- Makes it more convenient for the parents when they have to bring the child out, as they do not need to carry the child the whole time.

Social- Parents would not be tied down by the child when they attend an event like a friend gathering, as it would be difficult to interact with their friends if they are carrying the baby.

Emotional- For the comfort of the baby, as he or she would cry if uncomfortable.

Intellectual- The toys on the stroller






Waiting for a bus at a bus stop

Benches should be available so that

we will not be tired out. Indoor stations with air conditioners would be good.

There should be a television situated at the stop. This would provide more knowledge to the people.

More buses should be deployed so that we would not need to wait for such a long time and get irritated.

We might be late when we meet up with our friends(if the bus is not on time)

Waiting for a train at the railway station

Install a water drinking corner at the station so that we would not become dehydrated. Singapore has very hot weather and we need to stay hydrated.

Broadcast educational shows on the television sets instead of advertisements.

Will not feel irritated if drinking corners are introduced.

When you watch the television shows,you might interact with others who are also enjoying the show.

Waiting for a plane at he airport

More comfortable chairs. If you are transferring flights,you will probably feel exhausted and sleepy. You will need to have some rest while waiting.

Give newspapers before you board the flight to keep you occupied and learning while waiting for the plane.

You will feel irritated when there are you are tired and there are no comfortable chairs.

There should be interactive gaming stations where people can meet new friends.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Different Types Of Drawing

Just as the written word is essential to the poet and writer, the algorithmic formula is imperative to the mathematician, drawing is the essence of the artist and designer’s expression.

As an effective means of communication and thinking, drawing operates on many levels, and it is important for the artist and designer to not only comprehend these differences, but to also achieve a certain level of skill in the discipline of drawing. Drawing can be a tremendously empowering tool for communication and thinking. This article will briefly explore and loosely define the many different approaches, or types, of drawing.

In thinking about drawing methodologies and their respective purposes, apparent are at least eight distinct categories, including:

1. Life Drawing: drawing as a means of expression; drawing from direct observation, as in still-life or figure drawing.

2. Emotive Drawing: drawing, like painting, as an expressive way to explore and put forth feeling, mood, self, time, and so on; drawing as a sensitive expression of personality.

3. Sketching: drawing in order to explain or actively think through a problem; drawing through the act of visualizing; drawing actively and loosely.

4. Analytic Drawing: drawing as a way to dissect, understand and represent; drawing from observation.

5. Perspective Drawing: drawing as a way to represent volume, space, light, eye-level (horizon), surface planes, and scale.

6. Geometric Drawing: drawing as a means to precisely represent all aspects of construction; drawing that shows measured scale, true sides, sections, and a variety of descriptive views.

7. Diagrammatic Drawing: drawing in order to investigate, explore, and document concepts and ideas; drawing as an active design process where ideas evolve due to adjacencies and happenstance.

8. Illustration Drawing: drawing in order to document; drawing to clearly state and render intent, style, size, color, character, effect, and so on.

Friday, January 15, 2010

Definition of Theme-Environment

Environment is the ever-changing substance that withstands life in all forms. It is where we carry out our lives and interact with each other. Our environment also determines the future ahead of us. This crucial role links each and everyone of us,bringing us to the discoveries of new technology and advances in our life.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

What Is Environment?

It is the natural world or ecosystem and includes all variables that comprise the Earth's biosphere.
The environment is a fluid dynamic thing,changing constantly.
There, living things are influenced and modified in their growth and development.
Your environment will shape you.
It is the world where we live,work and interact with each other.
All surroundings of a living organism,including natural forces and other living things,which provides conditions for development and growth in a community.

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Environment is the surrounding atmosphere and condition for existence. It is an essential natural process or an outcome of occurrence, There are two types of environment, one is negative and the other is positive.

The negative and positive factors have to join together to form an environment, for example, mother and father to give birth to a child and the negative of energy and the positive of energy are joined together to produce electricity. In the system of environment, both negative and positive factors have integral role to play. (Where negative dominates outlines its systems and where positive dominates forms its own.)

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Lai Ziying, Khit Sue Lun, Loh Cheng Ngee

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Define the theme-Environment

It consists of nature and humans working together and interacting with each other.It is our surroundings and everything around us. Though it comprises of many different surroundings, they merge as one and will affect each other.
Ziying, Suelun, Chengngee

Define: Art, Design, Media and Technology

Our Group discussion is-It is to use the four to create works of art, communicate with others, present our ideas and projects when admt is combined together and using technology to do things in a whole new way.

Cheng Ngee, Zi Ying, Sue Lun