November 29, 2006


My understanding about Technopolies is an area or a city with high-tech industry. Technologies made our lives easier, and that we get used to it. We live everyday-life surrounding with communication, music, knowledge, internet, cellular phone, fashion, Ipod, news,and new technologies. Today, we have to agree that we cannot live one day without technology. If you walking around the campus, you will see that almost every student having an Ipod with them or talking on their cell phone. Even a watch you're wearing is an invention of new technology.

Communication is what we always do everyday.

Music (Ipod) is NEEDED in our lives, too.

How many times do you talking on the phone everyday??? One, two, three or ten times???

And... How many times or how long do you surfing the internet daily???? I believe at least once a day right???

So... We live with the technologies and technologies live within us. This is an example of Technopoly, Nokia N91. This new Nokia phone have all the "wants" that we "need" in our daily lives. Nokia N91 have 4GB that could hold up to 3,000 songs (replacing an Ipod), it is a cell phone (of course) in the use of communication, Internet access, and much more functions that we could use. It is an example of technologies and our daily lives need. All-in-one, Nokia N91. "Hear new, Feel new"....

November 8, 2006

Design and Mathematic (Carved Watermelon)


Watermelon is originally round and circular, square watermelon was invented by the Japanese farmers to save their space of the refrigerator. Square watermelon isn’t genetically modified watermelon. As it turns out, the watermelons themselves are entirely natural. Farmers insert the melons into square, tempered glass cases while the fruit is still growing on the vine. Watermelon itself is simply as a round, circular or long in shape, but some artists carved the watermelon into a piece of art for everyone to enjoy their artwork. This carved watermelon series show the relationship between design and the mathematic works from the artists and the farmers.

October 24, 2006

Opposition of Man and Nature


Chaitya Hall in Karli is a good example about the opposition of Man and Nature. This temple was carved into the hill side in the period of 50-70 AD. The Chaitya Hall faithfully replicates the forms and details of wooden architecture that provided its prototype, including the semicircular arched ceiling patterned after flexible bamboo structures. The hall is 45 feet wide, a difficults spans to achieve in timber. The workers drove two tunnels 150 feet into the cliff to establish the length of the hall. The interior and the columns of the hall were carved scenes from the life of Buddha. This is a well preserved cave temple in India. The Chaitya Hall represents the zenith in terms of design purity of this style of temple architecture. They belong to the Hinayana period of Buddhist architecture. The temple was built to worship their Buddha, and through many years, the temple is still there as a tourist attraction to everyone. It is a carved cave made by men of that periods of time to worship and as a respect to their Buddha.

October 9, 2006


My favorite flower is Rose. Any kind of roses. They're varying in sizes, and colors. Their height is about 4-5 feet. Roses give you a smell of natural fragrance, fresh, and comfortable. A bush of rose contains the root, stem, leaves, sepal, pistil, hypanthium, styles, ovaries, filament, anther, stigma, sharp thorns, and petals. It texture is smooth, waxy, and soft. Roses are protected by all the sharp thorn bards around them. The leaves of a rose are rough, thick, and sharp edges. The stem is long, surrounds by sharp thorns, thick and hard when touched it. The size of a single rose is about the size of a tulip. Framework- The framework is the pistils, and the stems. Clockwork- is the life cycle of the rose. It started as a small bush, with little flower buds, and then grows stronger with many pretty flowers blossom. Then when winter come, if we cut off all the stems and left the roots remain in the ground/soil, then the rose will bloom again when Spring come again. Phenomena- Why roses have sharp thorn barbs? Why the flower is really pretty but contain sharp thorns?

October 2, 2006

Meaningful Place

This is a picture of a harvesting time in Vietnam. Vietnam, my father’s land. Why do I think this rice field is a meaningful place? Here is the reason why. Rice is the main export agriculture in Vietnam. Rice is also the main food in every meal in Vietnam. Whenever there is hurricane, flood, or tornado these farmers are suffering from these natural calamities, their income of the whole year hurt badly and they lost everything. Their whole year income is depending on the harvesting of the whole year. Some family sent their children to school in the big city; they depend on those harvesting days for the school tuition fee. Whenever drought happens during harvesting year, the prices of everything are going up like crazy. They only can eat yam all year (which is really cheap in Vietnam) to save the rice to sell for money. They work hard from early morning to late at night to wait for a good year of harvesting. They work hard then anyone else, but earn so little of money than everyone. This rice field is meaningful because it is the saving account of many college students, who’ve been waiting for when they’re in college. This is their future, their dreams and their support. For all the people in Vietnam, rice is the important food in every meal, is these rice field don’t exist, how much money they have to spend to import rice from other country? Whenever I look at the picture of a rice field, I always think of Vietnam and always think it is a meaningful place and so important to us Vietnamese in United States. It reminds us about our father’s land and where we’re come from. Our home country.

September 26, 2006

Social Design Issue

I don't know what is your social design issue is, but I think for me is the education at a small Vietnamese School at Phat An Temple on Dale Street. What are we doing at the Temple? Well, there are many Vietnamese children were born in the United States that don't know how to read, write or read in their native language (Vietnamese). We're there every Sunday to teach them Vietnamese. The students at the Temple are all ages from 7 all the way to 25 years old. These children were born in the U.S. and they know nothing about their father's land. Their parents too busy to teach them so they send their kids to the Temple for the Vietnamese Volunteer help them with their native language. We spend 3 hours on Sunday every week to teach them how to write, read and speak Vietnamese. It is very important for those kids to learn about the history of their native country. How could you describe yourself and who you are when you know nothing about yourself and your history. That is why they must know their roots, where did they come from and who are their ancestors. It is also neccessary for them to speak Vietnamese because that is how they could communicate with their grand parents. Because not all of the Vietnamese elders could speak English. It is hard for them to learn English as fast as the kids learning Vietnamese. To help he students learn about history, the language, custom, and the Vietnamese tradition, we spend 3 hours every Sunday to teach them Vietnamese. It is really excited to listen to them speak a little Vietnamese in "Vietnamese/American" voice. It is also enjoyable to heard them sing, speak and tell some jokes in their Vietnamese voice. We teach all year round no matter if it is snow storm or heavy rain. The classrooms are very little, but there are a lot of kids. We all having a hard time listening to their voice and our voice, but we didn't give up. We tried our best to bring them some education about their native country, and their history. The volunteers worked really hard, but we never think it is a waste. We know that every Sunday, by giving 3 hours to the kids, we know that after class, they can go home and tell their parents or grand parents that they've learning something new in Vietnamese at school today. That's make us all happy and keep going to the Temple for volunteer.

September 16, 2006

Midtown Energy

First of all, how do you define "energy"? I think energy as an exertion of vigor and power or the capacity of a physical to do work. What I mean here is that when I'm walking down on Lake Street and Chicago Avenue, I could feel the "energy" come from everywhere around me. The energy of life, transportation, atmosphere, lights, electricity, fuels. Walking down to Midtown, make me feel like the day never end to these people around here. It is a very busy street and the crowded never end. Cars, shuttle bus, trucks, vehicles running at all time. Restaurants open late at night, lights are on at all time. The streets look really busy with all those people walking at all time, doing there own business and busy with there work. Traffic seem like "rush hour" at all time, and even worse than that during rush hour. I got stuck by the green light for so long tried to make a left turn. Since now, there are so many diesel vehicles on the road, it pose a significant risk to air quality. Nitrogen oxides aggravate respiration problems, and take away the clean and fresh air of the city. If we could change something to make our environment better, why not save some energy that we've wasted through the transportation and lights for entertainment. Does every restaurant needs lots of light for there signs and advertise? I don't think they need all those light on for all day. It is a waste of electricity. And since there is a Midtown Transit Center on the corner of Chicago and Lake Street, why don't we use those shuttles instead of those diesel vehicles. The city will give us a better sense of entertainment of a big, busy street if we could control our waste of energy around us. Use those energy that we wasted to do something else for the society is better.