The Banana Case

Analysis & Research Projects

Master Thesis,  WS14/SS15

Instructor: Peter Ruge
Second Supervisor:  Krassimir Krastev

What is a Banana case?

The name of my project banana case comes from a typical Chinese joke. For a long time, we called the overseas Chinese ‘banana’. Though they have the same yellow skin as us, we have significant disagreements based on different growing backgrounds, the identity issues are under-researched but unignoring problems for further discussion.

There is a magic invention from Japan used to keep the banana fresh called the banana case. I used this as the title of my project, trying to design relax and comfortable cases for my young bananas in the realms of the unreal world for them.

Why the Banana case?

It has already become a hotspots issue for immigration from developing to developed countries. In this indeterminate change, I take the sample of the teenager immigration as my target group based on not only my background but also the challenges of special language and social conditions based in Germany. The aim of this project is to design a multi-language Campus for Chinese teenagers immigration (10 to 18 years old) who settle down in Germany.

How I did build the banana case?

I began with the research of two countries in completely different historical processes. the first overlap point I found was in medieval, both countries suffered from natural disasters and tried to escape from the reality by dreaming in new kinds of literature. In Europe, it is presented by dream poetry. The master is Geoffrey Chaucer who is well known as the father of England literature. And in China, it developed into a dream opera. “Peony Pavilion” is one of the masterpieces of this period.

I used a mater piece of literature, “Peony Pavilion”, as the structure of my project, which abstracted my project into four separate investigations: (1)Journey; (2) Nightmare; (3) Seek; (4) Reproduce.

I tried to present my idea and also my design in the dynamic process in order to prove the brief of our studio “On the Move”.

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