update for crit



I am working on the laser cut model of the building, the laser cut takes sometimes and below are the facades of the building only. So I am trying to get the existing factory model done by tues, which means the frame of the building, columns and slabs.

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refinedsugar process

Sugar making process in Domino Sugar Factory

  1. Harvested and delivery sugarcane to factory, which the loading was in the dock area.
  2. Wash the sugarcane, crop them in piece and press the juice out (the juice is so delicious, I used to drink it when I was kid in summer)
  3. Filter the juice and start the purification, including clarification and evaporation. Clarification is to remove both soluble and insoluble impurities (such as sand, soil, and ground rock) that have not been removed by preliminary screening. The final clarified juice contains about 85 percent water and has the same composition as the raw extracted juice except for the removed impurities. 2/3 of water is removed through vacuum evaporation in juice concentration.
  4. Crystallization in a single stage vacuum pan.
  5. Centrifugaling, seperate the raw sugar crystals and molasses. The final molasses (black-strap molasses) containing sucrose, reducing sugars, organic nonsugars, ash, and water, is sent to large storage tanks. Once the sugar is centrifuged, it is “cut down” and sent to a granulator for drying.
  6. Drying and packagaing



The channel in the raw sugar warehouse, the channel should be used to deliver the sugar to the packaging room.

Here are some interesting video list I found before  that related to the factory


Old advertisement about domino sugar factory in Brooklyn

It shown every rooms in the demolished part of the sugar factory. Through the rooms, I understood more on how the factory functioned.  1:34, the raw sugar warehouse, the black color in the channel pipe on the right is molasses, the sugar eroded the structures. From 2:45-2:51, the roof view from the building, the view is similar to the one from my building rooftop

Inside the Domino Sugar Refinery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, UntappedCities

from 1:31, 2 levels and its setting as the existing floors in my building

The truck delivered adventure I mentioned about few weeks ago


And the art exhibition in 2014, sugar sculptures by Kara Walker

1:34 “Nato Thompson from Creative Time, he said, “You have to see this. This place is totally filled with molasses.” Molasses on the walls, molasses on the rafters, globs of sugar fifty feet up in the air, just left over from this refining process.”

1:52 “It was such a cathedral to industry, and such a cathedral to this one commodity.”

The video is also showing the sculpture making process and during the exhibition period, her sugar baby sculpture were melting (she mentioned that in 7:36)


One thought on “update for crit

  1. Good research into the sugar making process and the footage of inside the factories is really compelling. Try to take screenshots and start to collage them alongside images of your model to capture what the lighting effects would be like inside the space. If the model is taking too long maybe keep it for after the cross crits and instead working on designing the experience of moving through your museum, the qualities of light, the sun pathway, the daylight study we discussed in tutorials etc. You want to use the presentation to convince people about the value of retaining this building as a museum of experience, a way to see the value of light and shadow and its ability to construct space – so think in terms of what material you need in order to do that. Simplify your portfolio layout so that those amazing photos of your models really stand out and are given room to breathe so that people can understand the spatial and light qualities of each space. Good luck and keep going for Tuesday but remember to rehearse your presentation and focus it on the project in order to get the most out of the feedback.

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