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China

Woman in Swimsuit

Zhang Fan

A junior in the Department of Environmental Art and Design, Academy of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University.

1.Introduction:
Hello everyone, my name is Zhang Fan, from China. I am a junior in the Department of Environmental Art and Design, Academy of Fine Arts, Tsinghua University. Environmental art design is an interdisciplinary major in China. We study architecture, landscape, interior, furniture and other types of design, I am very interested in space design and hope to make contributions in this field in the future.


2.When and how were you first introduced to architecture?
I was born in Beijing. When I was young, I came into contact with the Forbidden City, the temple of heaven, the summer palace, the Old Summer Palace and other places of interest. After entering the environmental design major in the University, I had a deeper understanding of architecture.


3.What is your design philosophy?
I think that architecture is the accommodation of human activities and gives people a humanistic environment. Therefore, the motivation of architecture creation should be based on human needs and human spirit. I think the language of architecture is the spatial order. Space can stimulate people's feelings and affect people's consciousness. The buildings we design should be consistent with the people we serve and the emotional spirit we need to express.Just like Frank Lloyd Wright said, architecture should be organically developed and grown from the internal space, from the inside out and from the essence, just like the growth of natural animals and plants. I think that only in this way can we break the traditional square box architecture to achieve the freedom of external form.


4.What does architecture mean to you?
I think architecture for us is a work expressed in the language of space, just as artists use painting to express their spirit. I think architecture is a concrete form that combines our thoughts and aesthetics with abstract things such as society, humanity and the spirit of the times.


5.Briefly explain your design process and your perspective on the role of architecture in healing the human mind.
In order to take into account all aspects of children's life as much as possible, we have set up three theme lines. The family theme line in my charge is divided into two parts, one is a warm shelter space and the other is a functional behavior space. The first three small spaces imitate the form of nests, and through the extrusion of space and soft materials, give children a hug, create a sense of security for children, and make up for the instability caused by the lack of family affection. The second half of the behavioral space aims to gradually guide children through external means, and then gradually guide children to face up to their feelings and explore the correct development direction of family affection.
I think that architecture, as the accommodation of human activities, has a great impact on people's behavior, emotion and even spirit. Excellent architecture can heal people's hearts. I think that a series of elements such as light, material, scale, shape, spatial relationship, and activities carried by buildings play an important role in healing people's hearts. At the same time, some memories and feelings of love and warmth in our life, sheltered cubs in nature and warm nests can also become our inspiration for architecture to heal people's hearts.

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Bunnies in Burrowland by Fan Zhan, Lanting Jing, Yufeng Liao

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Bunnies in Burrowland by Fan Zhan, Lanting Jing, Yufeng Liao

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Bunnies in Burrowland by Fan Zhan, Lanting Jing, Yufeng Liao

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Bunnies in Burrowland by Fan Zhan, Lanting Jing, Yufeng Liao

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