Portfolio of Becky Ziqing Xu
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Hello! My name is Becky Ziqing Xu. Iâ€™m a graphic designer and an architecture student at Cornell University exploring disciplines of architecture, art, sociology, and business to create socially in luencial designs. My architecture designs strive for cultivative dynamic interactions among the contexts, the programs, the users, and the public. My artistic horizon also includes performance art. I am a passionate dancer that attempts to translate the rhythms of dancing into the design discipline. One of the ultimate goals of my architectural and artistic expressions is to bring sense of belongingness, happiness, and inspiration into peopleâ€™s life and their communities 4-11
Volem: to fly The project is an aviation museum at downtown Ithaca. My design uses the triangular coffer roof and truss columns to create a strong load-bearing structure that allows a flexible floor plan. It also enables diverse skylight opportunites. The interior contains two ramps, created from a peeling motion from the ground: one for services and the other for exhibitions and entertainment. The latter ramp is by the river thus giving visitors views towards finger lakes and surrounding. Under the ramps are enclosed programs or tunnels, which connect two sides of the buildings and guide views towards major attractions at the opposite riverbank.he design also preserved the original passanger walk at site, letting the public to enjoy the river side without entering the building.
Embraced This project is to design a public bath in Rome south-east to the Baths of Caracalla. My design used a curve to direct view towards Caracalla, divide the site into low public space, bath complex, and a water landscape. The design has a water part and a dry service part, and they are connected with stairs. With a great consideration to resolve the height differences among the three ends of the site, I designed entrances at all three parts.
The Box: Aquatic Center The site for aquatic center was in Ithaca. The design concept was to combine three layers of water experience into one entity. The top layer was open to sky for competitive swimming; the middle layer was enclosed for steams and warm baths; the recreational pool at lowest layer was half indoor and half extended to the river. The spatial experiences altered between contraction and expansion. The concrete walls and floors with long slim slots and the flying beams provided structural support and guided peopleâ€™s view. The top level connected with the hill side of the site. Visitors entered the building through a ramp into middle level. The lowest level was landscape design and was open to the public. A small extension of the building on its east was another public cafe space. There were two circulation cores at the west side of the building: the square one for dry feet, and the rectangular one for wet feet. 20
Vertical Cemetary - A Place to Reflect The design process began with analyzing machiya house and glass house by Lina bo Bardi. Next, I combined the two analysis into one conceptual design. It was confined and guided in a 3D gride. The two levels of components, including openings, main circulations, and private circulation, were transformable. The final part was to immerse the conceptual design into a hill site that faces water. The design was adapted to the horizontal top and the vertical elevation of the site. The grids merged and became structure. Concrete and glass slabs created enclosed spaces for either private services or more public functions. Most of the space remained open the the environment to connect the visitors and the cemetary with the nature.
Analysis of Glass House by Lina Bo Bardi
Analysis of Machiya House
-two types of context -two kinds of structural systems: steel columns & plates and load bearing walls -circulation separated into public and private
-3D grid with tatami mat (6â€™ by 3â€™) as modular -flexible configuration of tatami modular -walls and openings correspond to the change of tatamiâ€™s positions
Combination of the two precedents into one conceptual model, using their architectural characteristics
The Worm: This project studied the flexibility and elasticity of wormâ€™s body and designed a device that resemble such characteristics. The device became informative to the creation of space.
Group Drawing with Silvia Galdamez and Dominika Michalska 32
Structural Model (group work with Jing Wang) Being fascinated by the humanitarian concepts, material innovation, and structural efficiency of Shigeru Banâ€™s Temporary Studio, my partner and I decided to re-create a 1:200 model. We analyzed its arch structural form, load bearing components, and connection details, and we modified some of the details for the model-making process 36
work of Jing Wang
Selected Graphic Design Works 40
Portfolio of Becky Ziqing Xu 2018