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My architecture represents the response of the environment.


CO-CONSTRUCTIVE LANDSCAPE I believe that architects should be responsible for learning how to support the endurance of nature while meeting human requirements. My country, Taiwan, is a sub-tropical island surrounded by capricious oceanic forces, yet excessive land reclamations and tetrapods are implemented due to economic and defensive needs, which lead to irreversible damaged coastlines and marginal lands. In essence, these effects are caused by people-oriented construction, neglecting the coexistence of Mother Nature. Conversely, we architects must manage flexibly the balance between natural buffer zones and artificial land use. In my thesis project, I conducted a thesis research in the Chinese historical development of arts in order to better understand the transformation of oriental landscapes in this era. Chinese landscape paintings often speak to the dominance of nature over man, and it has made me realize that the unpredictability of natural forces is an integral part that co-constructs the architectural process. Therefore, my architecture represents the response to environments. To bridge these two completely opposing substrates, I have been working on projects that resourced environmental elements — including large urban renewals, military sound effects, and even the nostalgia that drives lust tendency — to allow building constructions to be a long-term sustainable solution. As an islander, it is my destiny to cope with oceanic forces throughout my whole life. While Shanshui paintings entail the concession for natural forces by leaving blanks on canvas, we architects should have learned lessons from natural destructions triggered by excessive artificial invasions. Embracing with this theory, each of the projects in this portfolio stands as a representative background of the site.


THESIS RESEARCH

https://issuu.com/baboo0221/docs/20151223_sansui_transcripts

Project 1.0

SHANSHUI TRANSCRIPTS The Redefinition of Hsihchu Harbor Advisor: Hsu-Yuan Kuo Awards:

2016 AILUS Awards by Taipei Architect Association / 1st place 2016 THESIS DESIGN AWARD / 1st place 2016 National Golden Award for Architecture / Honorable mention 2016 Cross-Straits Architecture Competition for Graduate Projects / Honorable mention 7th ISARCH International Awards / Top 43 Finalist 2016 YEAR 5 THESIS PROJECT

Program / Harbor Site / Hsinchu, Taiwan Area / 600000 sq

Since the research of Chinese Shanshui, I have noticed that artifacts which intervene in the environment graphically make dialogues — as a new vessel to define human and nature — that are akin to those Chinese artists’ memories of the sceneries which remind of them and subsequently transform into abstract Chinese Shanshui paintings. I wondered that such glamorous transcription could be potentially realized by architectures inserted into the nature. Located between mountains and seas, Hsinchu Harbor was at the mouth of Touqian River, thus it experiences environmental fluctuation like harbor siltation and the loss of sandy coast — impacted tremendously by strong winds and sand siltation. After the opening of navigation with Pingtan, new cultures and trading will combine with the existing industrial activities without influencing the original environment, in order to improve the harbor both qualitatively and quantitatively. To redefine Hsinchu Nanliao Fishery Harbor, my design was based on regional planning, aiming to stimulate the entangled landscape into an endless duration that could be accomplished by the ambiguous relationship between human and nature.


TRANSCRIPTION The major discrimination in landscape paintings between western countries and eastern countries is the purpose inside it — one depicts the reality, yet the other records the imagery. As a spontaneous transcription, Shanshui paintings evoke an utterly discrepant perspective to reveal the essence of the surroundings. By means of using several strengths of cement to record the capillary phenomenon, and utilizing acrylic to record the process of condensation, those images were assembled as a model which provided a succession of poetic spatial sequences.


SHAN-SHUI TRANSCRIPT

SITE PROJECTION / ANALYSIS It is the inappropriate inappropriate regional regional planning planning of ofthe theHsinchu HsinchuHarbor Harborthat that evoked my motivation to project my thesis research onto such a barevoked my motivation to project my thesis research onto such a barren site, which whichisisobstructed obstructedbybythe the massive land reclamation ren site, massive land reclamation thatthat was was implemented as a tremendous commercial harbor planning. implemented as a tremendous commercial harbor planning. Noticing Noticing the potential wetland ecosystem and the energetic natural the potential wetland ecosystem and the energetic natural forces such forces such as wind erosion and sand siltation, instead of planning as erosion siltation, instead of planning entire harthewind entire harborand in sand a business-directed way, the addedthe artifacts are bor in a business-directed way, I add artifacts to reconstruct a new designed to reconstruct a new landscape to reduce the gap between landscape reduce the gap between human and nature. human andtonature.

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SHAN-SHUI TRANSCRIPT

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REGIONAL PLANNING Kneading the existential separated street blocks

and roads with new nature system, I uplifted the SHANSHUI SCAPE public spaces by semi-artificial elevated lawn, thus The left image is a succeeding sequence of the were vendor activities on the original flat harbor be path able below the elevated lawns.public All theand wayprivate north,areas. people perceive to distinguish The circua series of unique scenarios triggered by the intertwined terlation seems not only unequivocal but also finely rains, and realize of human wouldroads ultiattachedthat to the the domination nature system, and asphalt mately succumb to the mother nature when they arrive at the are reduced to its minimum. northern ruins over the jetties.


SHAN-SHUI TRANSCRIPT 2016 YEAR 5 THESIS PROJECT

UP / COMMUNITY CENTRE SUSPENDED ON KITING HILLS MIDDLE / BIKE PATHS CROSSING OVER THE MAIN ROAD DOWN / INTERIOR IMAGE OF ELEVATED LAWNS

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REGIONAL PLANNING Kneading the existential separated street blocks and roads with new natural system, I uplifted the public spaces by semi-artificial elevated lawn. Thus activities on the original flat harbor would be able to divided into public and private areas. The circulation seems not only unequivocal but also finely attached to the nature system, and asphalt roads are reduced to its minimum. The sand accumulation made by lawn activities and the change of the light and shadow were all symbolic and spatial. Vividly and continuously, the progressive succession perceived in the entire harbor region is down to the smallest detail.

LEFT / SYSTEMATIC PLANNING DIAGRAMS RIGHT / TIME PHASES OF CONSTRUCTION PROCESS


SHAN-SHUI TRANSCRIPT 2016 YEAR 5 THESIS PROJECT

CONSTRUCTION PROCESS I begin with the reduction of the siltation beside the harbor, construction frames would be settled to collect the excess mud and thereafter transform those substrates into semi-artificial lawn. After the construction process, the frames which are for workers or earthwork might turn into pavilions erecting between elevated lawns. The construction ceases in the year of 2030, thus remaining the left to be taken over by the nature, allowing the natural effects to put down their traces on the artifacts to portrait and extend an endless variable masterpiece. 14


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SHAN-SHUI TRANSCRIPT 2016 YEAR 5 THESIS PROJECT

LIVING LANDSCAPE Human has been tempted by the pure mother nature for centuries since the prevalent technology and progress industry monopolized our daily lives. As a boundary of civilization and nature, terrestrial land and massive water, two different cultures, Hsinchu Harbor is suggested to balance and negotiate those paradoxes and synthesize such a complex into an endless scroll painting.

TOP RIGHT / IMPACTS OF NATURE FORCES DOWN / DETAILED SECTION OF ELEVATED LAWNS


TREETOPIA 2015 ILLUSTRATION

Project 1.5

TREETOPIA

Indulgence of Taiwanese forests expansion This is a consecutive depiction of the expansion of Taiwanese wild forests. The unpredictable unruliness becomes one of the major elements that propel the architectural process. Those illustrations aim to pursue a prediction of both the growth paths of trees and the weakness in artificial structures.


Project 2.0

ROUND UP CAMPUS

Vertical campus of NCKU architecture department Advisor: Maw Chang Yen Awards:

SHINJINSEN 2014 in Taiwan, Far Eastern Architectural Young Talent Award / 1st place SHINJINSEN 2014 in Asia / Honorable mention

2014 YEAR 3

Program / Education Site / Tainan, Taiwan Area / 4270 sq

What should an architecture department act like? The National Cheng Kung University Department of Architecture, located between the perplexing urban interfaces and urban renewal boundaries, stands out as a nontraditional campus building to serve both the public and the education. In order to release the urban density and to reconnect the gulf across the Tainan Train Station, the campus, comprised of educational areas and community spaces, no longer act as an insular and heterogeneous space in the urbanity. At the premise of Underground Railway Project beside the site, the campus is opened to compensate the closeness of the vehicle underpass toward the downtown. As a mediator between the public and the campus, the project integrates the intricate hierarchy of architecture education in two different dimension — horizontal publicness and vertical functions. It is the space of exhibition and presentation that offsets the drawbacks of the lengthy vertical circulation in such high erection. To extent this point, the projects are conducted in a spiral arrangement to reach the optimal balance between functions and urban issues.


SITE ANALYSIS & HORIZONTAL PUBLICNESS By the virtue of the Railway Underground Project, the site — connecting the new community and the Banyan Park in NCKU campus — was permeated through by the main urban green belt. After the removal of the campus walls, the ground floor open voids function as public entrance to serve both students and the community. It is those breaks of either the physical walls or the urban issues that implicate the flows and the congregation of the public.

LEFT / THE EXTERIOR IMAGE OF THE DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE RIGHT / THE COURTYARD BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING


ROUND UP CAMPUS

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VERTICAL ARRANGEMENT The educational space usages are besieged by the publicity in vertical arrangement — the public auditorium above, and the public hallway below the studios. In exterior perspective, the outer form of the building reflects the spiral arrangement of the studios with a concrete void of service core surrounded by the outer circulation. In addition, it is the spiral arrangement invigorates interactions over different grades, opening lectures and discussions among instructors and students.

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Project 3.0

INTO THE SUNLIGHT A journey through pilgrimage routine Advisor: Jiang Le Jing

2014 YEAR 3

Program / Sacred space Site / Tainan, Taiwan Area / 2136 sq

As an atheist, Le Corbusier has created salient sacred spaces as Couvent de La Tourette and La Chapelle de Ronchamp, such invaluable architectures could even change the world. Since then, I believe that architecture could speaks louder than the red tape of religious creeds, embodying the essence of any religion with narrative atmosphere and routines. The Christian church locating in the center of Tainan, constrained in an irregular site and besieged with cultural legacies like Confucius Temple, confronts the indifferent boundary of tourism and pilgrims. Since Christianity has played an imperative role in Tainan’s region and Taiwanese history, it is necessary to create a spiritual ascription for everyone and simultaneously maintain the rituality of Christian church. It is the delicate pilgrimage routine that triggers the interaction between secularity and holiness, penetrating the solid concrete bearing walls with graphical and traceable lightings, as a journey into the sunlight.

LEFT / EXTERIOR IMAGE OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH RIGHT / PLANNING PHASES


SITE ANALYSIS & TRANSCRIPTION Ironically, it is the erected thick bearing walls that create an opened-church to subvert the alienation of the foreign religion. By slightly deflecting the axis from the parallels of existent street housings, such an arrangement could ideally utilize the floor area ratio of the site. To me, church is the bridge of sacred and secularism. Therefore, The lighting system is based on contextual elements which fill the residential routines — including scenarios through the arcades and alleys — which connect two parallel worlds. UP / 3 MAIN LIGHTING SYSTEMS DOWN / THE PILGRIMAGE


INTO THE SUNLIGHT

URBAN CONNECTION Even though the religion itself may not draw people’s attention, the building does. Both the restaurant and the accommodation counter are public connections that lessen the alienation between unfamiliar religion and people; people could get a sneak peak of the spatial complex while chatting with clerical staffs. The main hall is lifted above the ground floor, where could only be reached via the pilgrim route from the entrance through the corridor. Due to the abnormal height, the architecture’s height descends from the middle to both sides, pressing close to the dimension of both the adjacent buildings and the pedestrians.

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SECTIONAL PERSPECTITVES 2014 ILLUSTRATION

Project 3.5

SECTIONAL PERSPECTIVES Reflection of Taiwanese cityscapes

To me, architectural process should all begin with sectional perspectives. Sections are lines that separate and connect those parallel spaces.

The internal space of architectures is comprised of a set of consecutive sections, and each of them could be related a spatial communications between the building itself and the environment.


Project 4.0

S.O.S (SHAPE OF SOUND) Korean DMZ underground bath house

Co-worker: Yi Feng Huang, Fei Min Chang Contribution:

Primitive Design, Programmatic Concept, Hand drawing, Composition

Awards:

2017 ARCH OUT LOUD_Finalist

2017 INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION

Program / Bath house (Air-raid shelter) Site / DMZ, Korea Area / 250000 sq

Located in the boundary of Korea, which is surrounded by various sound and unpredictable conflict, the bathhouse is designed to collect sound intelligence. Since WWI, auditory devices has been virtually used to detect the hidden enemies, thus it is significant while people’s vision deprived. Therefore, the bathhouse divides sound-transmission into different dimensions — it converses the vibration of cable into dynamic partition and water ripples vertically, and continues the circulation experience by appliance of whisper wall horizontally. Comprehensively, the bath not only redefines the boundary to soothe people’s tension, but also serves as a shelter to protect the crowd during emergency periods.


INTRODUCED VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vr6vXfgvPV0

Project 5.0

PIRANHA FLOWER

Taichung Red Light District upon urban enclave Advisor: Chih-Yin Chien

2015 YEAH4 OPTION STUDIO

Program / Red light district Site / Taichung, Taiwan Area / 13000 sq

This is a conceptive red light district which embeds into Taichung City center, challenging the thresholds of exotic cultures and urban borders, and subsequently ignites the sense of lust deep down below our consciousness. As an enigmatic piranha flower that lures people dangerously, the architecture is composed of fabric structures — which symbolizes and mimics the sexual unclothing actions — and bathing systems. Traces of bathing and encountering strangers were projected onto the fabric surfaces layer upon layer, absorbed by the flirtatious piranha transforming its appearance — to escape from strict regulations as an equivocal industry which lies in the grey area of the society. After haunted by two fatal fire disasters and the Ghost Ship myth, Taichung First Market has been occupied by those foreign labors recently as urban enclaves, due to the proximity to Taichung Train Station. At the premise of the homesickness, eroticism enjoyment is the major way for those labors to release their repression of freedom. Hoping to bring back the prosperous images of the district, the bathing house is served to graft discrepant cultures, thus redefines the essence of Taichung City into a place that both radically respects discriminative cultures and histories.


LEFT / EXTERIOR IMAGE OF TAICHUNG FIRST SQUARE RIGHT / THE SITE, A STREET FEATURES ELECTRONIC GOODS

SITE & HISTORICAL ANALYSIS In retrospect of the history of the First Square, the foreigners occupied the gloomy building after the damage of the big fire (the Ghost Ship Incident). The site — a street features numerous electronic supplies — is right beside the Taichung First Square. As an extension for the foreign labors’ relaxation, obscure and dense shops serve as a primary facade for the eroticism enjoyment (porn industry). We extend the existent housing structures, the bath house elects above the street, and manipulates its water system by circulating the water into the Midori-gawa.


PIRANHA FLOWER

CAMOUFLAGES & HINTS 2015 YEAH4 OPTION STUDIO

A quaint series of camouflages and hints were contrived to protect the bathing house. Certain elements were utilized to mask the porn industry from prosecution, while the stains on the fabric implying the intrinsic spatial events. A sequential duration of the bath house was designed to ensure its existence. Due to both the flexibility and the lightness of the fabric system, the bath house is able to reconstruct against prosecutions.


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FABRIC RESEARCH Instead of implementing the fabric system in general structural perspective, or making it remaining on the stage of interior design, a soft spontaneous system was devised to reinforce the interaction between audiences and the bath house itself. The research of dress design (tailor) aimed to discover the new fabric structure which exempts the need of steel lining, hence the ultimate form which derives from the fabric itself but not the contour of the solid structure, which were only utilized as a basic perpendicular structure to suspend the softness of draperies.

UP / DUPLICATION OF RESIDENTIAL ROOFS (THE BATH ENTRANCE) DOWN / SIGN BOARDS & BLACK MARKET


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PLACEBO FOR FOREIGN LABORS After finally entering the bathing spaces, humid and intimate atmosphere supersedes the dry air outside the structure, enchanting people’s minds with mysterious darkness. With voluptuous pleasure ignited, the labors are allowed to enjoy the mental liberation and consolation. More than just a red light district, the bath house protects the territory where the labors seek their freedom in such an urban enclave. With this placebo, foreign labors soothe their homesickness.

UP / PET ROOMS AREA DOWN LEFT / PATH TO THE OUTLOOK DOWN RIGHT / PUBLIC BATH BENEATH THE STEAM ROOM


APPENDIX 01_AGAINST THE GRAVITY, GRAVITY ZERO Articulation of Membrane Fabrication (Prototype), 2012 Advisor: Hung-Hsuan Shen

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1 / HILLSIDE DEVELOPMENTS (FLOORS ADDED) 2 / PROTOTYPE MODEL

PORTABLE PROTOTYPES This project aims to develop a portable prototype which could be adapted to any kind of geometry or environments. The structure is depicted by the landscape, and it speaks the land formation by following the geometry. It starts with two separate but related systems — one tangible, one hypothetical. The temporary structures are erected along the terrains or hillsides, while the morphology of the membrane system is defined by the frames. With high adhesive quality and portability, the structure could be used for emergency or temporary uses.


02_IMAGERY VS. REALITY Sketches “after“ journeys, 2014-2017

IMAGERY LANDSCAPES Hand drawings are strong and expressive, and they speak of individual perspectives. During my trips, I loved to document the scenes when I was back home by relying on fresh memories. Instead of recording the reality, I loved to bridge the status quote with potential elements which I sensed in the atmosphere via consecutive illustrations.

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2018 MLA Application portfolio  

Co-constructive Landscape --- This is the architecture portfolio (2014-2017) of Yun Ting Tsai for school applications. Have been accepted by...

2018 MLA Application portfolio  

Co-constructive Landscape --- This is the architecture portfolio (2014-2017) of Yun Ting Tsai for school applications. Have been accepted by...

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