Adv Studio IV Jeffrey Inaba
Team with Joann Feng
Form creates specific thermal effects. The project takes interest in how the three dimensional characteristics of a building puts an impact on the thermal conditions inside.
The crucial driver for the architectural form of the proposal is the site. The architectural form of a “virtual bridge” started from a number of urbanistic and environmental factors in parallel: the building’s internal activities’ visibility from the subway track and the surrounding, passive cooling and natural ventilation. The linear, thin bar shape running from east to west optimizes cross ventilation during spring and fall, continuous overhang on the south side provides shading and the concrete roof serves as thermal mass during winter.
As the horizontal slabs are the architectural datum, the layout of partitions can be irregular and playful. The partitions frames the relationship between the inside and outside, the building and the surrounding. From top to ground these vertical elements becomes chaotic, breaking its threshold and expand outward to from large, non-directional public spaces.
“The studio will ask students to address these three programs (salt facility, sewage retention, and environmental education center) at the scale of a master plan for the site and its surrounding context, with the goal of finding possibilities for coexistence between the infrastructural, industrial, and cultural programs of the sewage tanks, salt facility, and education center. At the scale of the building, students will focus for the semester on the design of the education center, which will incorporate a program of event spaces, classrooms, galleries, and offices for the Gowanus Canal Conservancy.”
- Studio Brief.
Core Studio III LOT-EK
Team with Joann Feng
No Time to Waste re-imagines a new system of housing as living inside a black-hole that swallows all kinds of household waste, so that waste can be disposed everywhere in the living spaces. The architecture, comprised of layers of sloped plenums that handle solid waste, waste water, and liquefied food scraps, perform like a sponge that maximizes disposal interface while minimizes the distance between living and waste disposal spots. The project proposes living within a decentralized disposal zone, and through gravity waste is then transported to a centralized waste sorting facility. The project renders the two sides of habitation: a suburban, mountain village on the riverside and an urban canopy on the city side hovering over the street: the duality of the two urban façades of living within waste.
Core Studio I Galia Solomonoff
Studio Brief III / 2013.12
Intention: A Surface Serves Both Sides
City Beach tries to create a mild place for Sunday afternoon water recreation. Started with site selection, the project locates at a place where no shadow being cast in the afternoon. Although liquid is always flat, but the ground that holds the liquid can be dynamic to fit different kinds of activities. When goes deep, it holds water, and goes up it become dry area like beach. Same happens to the underground area. By doing that, it is to stretch the pool to footprint size without changing the water volume.
The ground floor contains all programs except the pool area. Facing the Columbus Avenue, the 4:1 rectangle ration resembles the Frederick Douglass housing apartment and New York city block.
Photo Credit © John Vink
Core Studio I Brief III 2013.11
Intention & Design
I started from concerning the security problem, but end not as the only goal of the project.
The reason to set up the public toilet is to just provide the place in case you come up with something. However the reason prevent from setting up, the major one, is just the security problem. For example, illegal use like drug use, and other uses other than bathroom like homeless man occupation.
First I want to solve it in a technology way by building a machine that build up the space when used. However, you basically can't prevent people from doing anything inside, it's a privacy concern and also, you really can't see through it.
So I switched my direction, instead of building something only for bathroom use, which I failed, I'm thinking about having this place attracted to public, introducing more public activity so as to keep the space with people, serve as a witness and reduce some negative use.
So I'm basically doing what a park already does, by introducing recreational space and sport exercise space, to change the public toilet into the accessory of its area, not just a toilet. I'm doing this form just by stretching the grass into the area, and build several exercise gym fixtures in between. These are the two witness of the toilet. And this is not enough. I'm thinking about to put all the toilet facility into some solid opaque sculpture like unit. And warp them with this form built with frosted materials. If you sit inside, you will notice the environment is inverted, like a iOS 7 control center blurring everything. This is another way of reducing the privacy.
And finally, the central tube is solid, both provide the ventilation, and also I'm thinking about a structure to maintain the two glass and membrane surface.
That's all. The toilet will be, will appear to be a part of many things in one area.
Architectural Drawing & Representation I
Advisor: Josh Uhl
MArch I Fall 2013
Capsule 1972 was the original project designed by Kisho Kurokawa. It was a time when computer was far from well known by public, let alone the Internet. TVs, radios and magazines were the major news publication media.
The drawing is an attempt to achieve the 70s magazine style.
Every age has a capsule that people feel free to imagine the future. Imagination is always based on current reality, that’s why the visual is always outdated. Due to the import of creative form software, and emerging building techniques, the new future currently in mind is basically a series of curved surfaces.
Theoretically, it is impossible to vision what the people in the future imagine their future. However, it is true that the scale and functions of architecture will always stay the same with the biological and social character of human.
Core Studio I Brief I 2013.9
Advisor: Wenhui Hu
BArch Undergraduate 2011
Intention: From Melt to Fusion
The project seek to create new core instead of modifying the exist core of the district, for the simple reason that the exist core is dying. By creating the new complex, the project manage to transfer the core to the tower itself.
The melt down of the blocks marks the beginning of the fusion of the core. Previously, The street is dominated by car flows, pushed the square to get smaller. The center of the square is nothing but a small land mark.
The site is surrounded by two old walking streets. The mall lies under the blocks inside an actual building.
Advisor: Dehong Gao
BArch Undergraduate 2012
Intention : Exposed Details
In 2011, I went to Beijing and paid a visit to the “Galaxy Soho”. The project was under construction at that time. One thing that surprised me was that in the construction site, I found the steel structure sticking out the white fluid surface. It was the first time I discovered that architecture was always showing the best side. When current technology cannot match the futuristic aesthetics, it is used as the backstage to support the mask. When there is a technology breakthrough, the aesthetics is the technology itself. I believe the minimalism will become the styles of structure and form due to the technology. But it will take a long time, and will coexist with other styles. Although obsessed with the aesthetics of steel structures and complex modules, I insist the future lies in a more simply way, at least on the surface. The project seeks to combine two distinguished materials and constructions together in one site, presenting a picture of maybe the last try of structure exposure.
Around the Main Entrance
Different functions were distributed and wrapped into multiple pipes and capacitors with distinguished length, structure, diameters and transparency.
The stadium is an interior space, realized by the upper pneumatic structure and ground floor supported by arches. The descending of the ground and ascending of roof creates the height of the main hall.
Advisor: Shifen Li
BArch Undergraduate 2010
Collaborated Project / Lead Designer
The past 150 years of Dalian is a history of ruins, even in peace time, let alone several wars. This project brings out an attitude towards the ruins: we can built on it, but we can never wipe it out.
The project is not a renewal project, it’s a restoration of the elements right from the ruins. The real estate dealer already did some for us: the site is a mess, but we will make it more.
Since 1839, Dalian served as a perfect port for colonies as well. After 1949, the government torn down most of city’s old buildings.
The surface is used as both a urban park and a part of the museum exhibition. Cut in three levels of scale by 8.4m, 4.2m, 2.1m, the surface can serve various kinds of activities to the citizens. The site is divided by a chess board like grid with 13 section each directions of 169 squares.
A 8.4 unit with four column, is the minimum unit of the structure. Note that the unit is self-independent to neighbors.
The palace is the main part of the museum. The under space of each remain building serves as the exhibition area, connected each other by a huge underground, forming a continues walking experience.