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Heirloom Architecture, 2016

University of Toronto; Architecture

Advisor: John Shnier,

Master of Architecture

Related link: Heirloom, the idea

The Pursuit of Permanence
There is beauty in legacy. When artifacts endures through generations, it becomes sentimentally and culturally substantial. The familiar heirlooms can offer dimensions of meaningful agencies, robust performances , resilient versatility, and idiosyncrasy through craft. My premise is, the path to permanence can be found through one or more of these dimensions. 


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Idiosyncratic Craft
Idiosyncratic Craft

Craft is the skillful and artistic expression of physical objects; it is the cornerstone of permanence. Excellent craft isn't limited to the fashions and functions of a zeitgeist; it can range from dense ornamentation to ultra-fine minimalism. (ie. Great Pyramid of Giza, 2560 BC; Orvieto Cathedral, 1591; Farnsworth House, 1951; Innovation Tower, 2013)

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Meaningful Agencies
Meaningful Agencies

Spaces should have anthropometric relevance. Whether it's encouraging cooperative programs or building with tactility in elements like unfixed seating areas. We begin to love a space when we can populate memories and sentiments through agencies. (ie. Ryerson Student Learning Center, 2015; St Lawrence Market, 1844; St. Michael's Cathedral, 1848)

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Robust Performance
Robust Performance

Serviceability is the specifications behind the 'machine for living'. It describes the effectiveness of habitation, the insulation against foreign elements, the processing of waste... It can be demonstrated in mass, strength, circulation, or any number of energy consumption criteria. (ie. Robarts Library, 1973; Evergreen Brickworks, 2010; Eaton Center, 1977)

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Resilient Versatility
Resilient Versatility

Physical resilience can accommodate change with sustainable ease and feasibility. Like books in a bookcase, there is spatial system to adapt with the dynamism of shuffling books. (ie. London Aquatics Centre, 2012; Centre Georges Pompidou, 1977)

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The Catalogue of Permanence
This is a design tool intended to keep designers perspective of the larger retrospects of excellent craft, starting with the Colosseum at its base. When we begin to master the technologies of today and tomorrow, we can develop a generation of craft with new materials, new forms, and new methods of making; it will embody super-speed, super-accuracy, and super-resolution.

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Catalogue of Permanence; Heirloom Architecture; Legacy of Craft; Thesis, Tommy Tso
Catalogue of Permanence; Heirloom Architecture; Legacy of Craft; Thesis, Tommy Tso

The Fragments of Permanence
In a series of drawings, I've re-imagined various architectural elements. These nine formal paradigms investigate the potential for permanence

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Fragment 1: New Pyramid
Fragment 1: New Pyramid

The New Pyramid is an expression of performance by mass. This is a fragment about performance, agency, craft and versatility, in that order.

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Fragment 1: New Pyramid
Fragment 1: New Pyramid

There is an immutable quality to large construction units. It is reminiscent of landscape; consequently, the exterior is a playscape for the agency of rock climbers.

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Fragment 1: New Pyramid
Fragment 1: New Pyramid

The bluff-like exterior is crafted with precisely-fitted units, freeing its interior for grand and versatile cavernous spaces.

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Fragment 2: Silly Putty
Fragment 2: Silly Putty

The Silly Putty has a versatilely malleable and imperishable envelope. This is a fragment about versatility, agency, craft, and performance, in that order.

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Fragment 2: Silly Putty
Fragment 2: Silly Putty

Inhabitants can assert their agency by molding their own bay windows for sitting, exhibiting, or for a peek at their neighbours.

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Fragment 2: Silly Putty
Fragment 2: Silly Putty

Equally malleable, the slab is a versatile armateur for any forms of agency. This blobitecture is supported by a forest of impossibly thin columns.

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Fragment 3: House of Stairs
Fragment 3: House of Stairs

The House of Stairs is a place of agency through discovery and play. This is a fragment about agency, performance, and craft, in that order.

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Fragment 3: House of Stairs
Fragment 3: House of Stairs

The stair element performs as an external and internal structure while also enhancing the circulatory performance.

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Fragment 3: House of Stairs
Fragment 3: House of Stairs

The simple repetition of one element is juxtaposed by the intricately crafted joint details.

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Exhibition 

Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto; December 16, 2016

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Heirloom Architecture, 2017
Heirloom Architecture, 2017

Exhibition @ Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto; Dec 16, 2016

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Heirloom Architecture, 2017
Heirloom Architecture, 2017

Exhibition @ Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto; Dec 16, 2016

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Heirloom Architecture, 2017
Heirloom Architecture, 2017

Exhibition @ Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto; Dec 16, 2016

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Heirloom Architecture, 2017
Heirloom Architecture, 2017

Exhibition @ Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto; Dec 16, 2016

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Heirloom Architecture, 2017
Heirloom Architecture, 2017

Exhibition @ Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto; Dec 16, 2016

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Heirloom Architecture, 2017
Heirloom Architecture, 2017

Exhibition @ Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto; Dec 16, 2016

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Heirloom Architecture, 2017
Heirloom Architecture, 2017

Exhibition @ Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto; Dec 16, 2016

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Heirloom Architecture, 2017
Heirloom Architecture, 2017

Exhibition @ Daniels Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto; Dec 16, 2016

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Heirloom Architecture, 2017
Heirloom Architecture, 2017

CNC Milling

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Heirloom Architecture, 2017
Heirloom Architecture, 2017

CNC Milling

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Heirloom Architecture, 2017
Heirloom Architecture, 2017

CNC Milling

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