M.Arch II, The University of Texas at Austin | LEED GA
METROPOLITAN - "LINK IN" WASTHAFEN
Berlin Urban Design Strategy 2016 Fall Advanced Design Studio Team Work with Sijin Sun Adviser: Wilfried Wang
Cities were formed in specific, once natural settings. For Berlin, it has grown and shrunk in the recent past, and it is once again growing at a rate of about 50 000 people a year/ 500 000 per decade. However, the city elements like geographical situation, transportation, industrial zones, and vacant area obstacle the city expansion at a certain degree.
Westhafen is an old port serving Berlin since 1923 and located at the northwest boundary of Berlin inner city. With the metropolitan of Berlin, the site is separated by the river and railway lines which make it as an isolated island.
To fix the city fabric and expand the city sprawl of Berlin, the concept is to “link in” the site to the surroundings. First, focusing on improving the transportation situation. Rising the railway lines up as a viaduct and crossing the river with several connected bridges as well. Then, Green infrastructure is led into the site along the river as another “link in” element to connect the surrounding parks, forming a green network. Finally, based on the convenient metro system of Westhafen, land use system served as the third “link in” element to define Westhafen as a future hub to stimulate the development of surroundings so that to solve the increase of Berlin population in the future partly.
MATERIAL - WOOD HOUSING
Mid-rise Mix-use Design 2016 Spring “Timber in the City”: Urban Habitat Competition Advanced Design Studio Adviser: Ulrich Dangel Team Work with Kai Liao
The Lower East Side is traditionally a lower-class worker neighborhood and ethnically diverse section of New York. Rich with cultural history, urban fabric, and layers of development, this neighborhood is fighting the pressures of a fast-growing city. Wood Housing: Interactive Community celebrates the vitality and multidimensional community of the Lower East Side by referencing urban context, integrating with transportation infrastructure, and advancing mass timber construction.
The building is organized as a traditional perimeter block with public sunken plazas in the center. By connecting to the Williamsburg Bridge and the subway, neighborhood residents and visitors from other districts are encouraged to engage with the site, Essex Street Market, and Andy Warhol Museum.
Wood Housing provides central courtyards and generous outdoor spaces to foster an engaged urban community, cultivating an interactive environment for its diverse inhabitants and visitors.
One 388-square-foot print for a micro-unit, two pods for a one bedroom unit, two and a half pods for a two bedroom unit, and three pods for a three bedroom unit.
The modules are assembled in the fabrication shop and transport to the site, saving construction time, reducing impact to the site, and cutting down carbon emissions.
ORDER - SPIRIT OF LOUIS I. KAHN
Library Design 2015 Fall Advanced Design Studio Independent Adviser: Michael Benedikt
Kahn’s designs were rethought, reworked and reconceived, in short, agonized over with the same care and determination he devoted to his speeches. The meaning of geometry shows up in Kahn’s three important theories: nature & order, servant & served, and silence & light. Geometry is order, a way of design, but “form is always there”. “It is for the architect to derive from the very nature of things --- from his realizations --- what a thing wants to be”, Kahn said.
In the library design, I want to use geometry as a way to order a new sequence of library, a advanced reading idea but also following the original architectural logic. It may not be great, but should intend to be. The building needed does not yet exist but wants to. Number, relationship, and expression precede experience.
FUTURE CITY - TECH TOWN
2016 Spring ULI Hines Student Competition Honorable Mention for 2016 ULI Hines Student Competition 1st Place Award for Cogburn Family Foundation Award, The University of Texas at Austin Team Work with Michael Stolle, Letha Allen, Meng Wang, Sam Mysock, Zhun Jiao
Atlanta is the cultural, commercial and governmental capital of the State of Georgia. The city and the region have a history of racial, and economic segregation. The region’s sprawling manner of development has contributed to serious traffic congestion, poor air quality and high infrastructure costs. Midtown Atlanta was severed from Georgia Tech and Downtown by a highway, the Connector, in the 1950’s. Change has come to Midtown. New connections, both physical and economic, have developed with Georgia Tech and the business community. Now we must strengthen those connections while ensuring that all Atlantans will benefit from Midtown’s rebirth.
The Hub information center will serve as Tech Town’s “town square. A library Annex will teach digital literacy and provide digital access to people without an Internet connection at home. The courtyard and grounds will serve as an informal gathering space and also host organized events.
Tech Town will be a lifelong Community. Downsizing Baby Boomers will give none of the amenities of their suburban lives, and now enjoy a new walking community. Older seniors will appreciate the proximity to healthcare centers. Young families will enjoy short commutes, nearby parks, and convenient childcare, in a new and exciting compact city environment.
CONTEXT - LANE STORY
This design focused on the urban texture and context research of Xi'an ---- the oldest capital of China. It began with the development of the Xi'an city with the axis to design the Xi'an eastern metro City and then abstracted the basic architectural elements of Xi'an to connect with the traditional folk activities. The emphasis is the reappearance of the space and route to get a complete experiential exhibition.
PATH - TO RIVER
Hongyanmen District Urban Design 2014 Summer The Urban Design Competition Worked with Wen Qisheng, Ni kai, etc. Role: Modelling, Path&Wall Design, Analysis Diagram, Rendering
Chongqing, a city built on a hill. From the day it was built up, the mountain and river was in the blood. As the important dock city on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Chongqing in the past also undertook the responsibility of waterway transport in western China. From the pier to the center of the city,, going through the hundreds of steps, arriving at the foot of the old walls, then going through the walls to reach the city streets...... Such a unique scene of life undoubtedly represents a part of the traditional culture of Chongqing City.
However, with the decline of water transportation, the docks are into a depression. The community was built to instead the destroyed ancient city walls. And the road leading to the river gradually disappear. Although there are only tens of meters to the river, people on the mountains are hard to have a hydrophilic opportunity. This is our original intention of this design: designing a walk to the river!
This design focused on the path research in the community of Chongqing mountain, from the perspective of the city to connect downtown area and river plaza.Through the intervention of historical culture, community reconstruction study elevation treatment to format the city-level walking path to the river.
TECTONICS - SHELL
Medium-sized Stadium Design 2013 Spring Senior year design studio Adviser: Xuesong Wang Collaborator: Wang Chenghan, Yin Xiaoxiang Role: Design Leader, Analysis Diagram, Plan Design, Tectonic Design, Modeling, Photographs
This design focused on the shape and structure research of shell and applied it to large span space. It began with parametric design software, then developed with handicraft model and finally its structure and space are tested and verified through 3D printer.
The infinite division of circle tells us: enough division can reduce the difference in the segment, and eventually convergence. So we try to divide the shell to build standard component and reduce the number of surface subdivision build, bring convenience to construction. When down to 60*60, artifacts in [0.55, 3.00], the side length of the interval can be constructed. Under this subdivision level, then processing data, and return to the standard components as a whole.
DIMENSION - TREE HOUSE
Six-class Kindergarten Design 2011 Spring Sophomore Design Studio Adviser: Jie Zhang Collaborator: Chenhan Wang
This design put an emphasis on the dimension research of the kids aged 3 to 6. The process of the whole concept began with the minimum research of the dimension to create the suitable furniture and ended with a space maximizing the utilities and entertaining functions.
When I was a child, I always liked to go to the park with my friends and play games under the trees. We do a wide variety of activities over there, and the tree provided us with the best protection. This is why I want to make the events become the part of the building within the dimension of trees.