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CARESSA SIU↘

Selected Works


CV↘

INFORMATION↘

Caressa Siu 1155 West 25th Street Chicago, IL 60608 312.523.6722 caressasiu@gmail.com caressasiu.com

EDUCATION↘

Fall 2011 2009 - 2014 2005 - 2009

Center for Architecture Science and Ecology | New York, NY Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute: School of Architecture | Troy, NY Lincoln Park HS: International Baccalaurette Programme | Chicago, IL

EXPERIENCE↘

2011 - 2012

Andrew Saunders Architecture + Design | Troy, NEW YORK

Spring 2012

Troy Architectural Project (TAP, Inc.) | Troy, NEW YORK

Luminescent Limacon, ACADIA | Digital Fabrication Research BOFFO Competition | Digital Fabrication Research POP-UP Chapel Competition | Digital Design Assistant Sartorial Tectonics | Lead Digital Design and Fabrication

Architecture Intern

March 2012

Smart Geometry 2012 Workshops + Conference | Troy, NEW YORK

Summer 2012

IWAMOTOSCOTT Architecture | San Francisco, CALIFORNIA

Summer 2013

Qua Spa | Fabrication Assistant Hexcell Fabric Ceiling, Heavybit Industries | Digital Design Assistant HexFrame Light | HeavyBit Industries | Design Mountain Dwellings | Lead Design Fluid Inc. | San Francisco Office Furniture + Space Planning Proposal Museum of Polish History | Facade Script

GRAFT | Beijing, CHINA

2011 - 2014

Gridshell Digital Tectonics, Redshirt Student Participant

Luxe Lake Masterplan, Chengdu | Landscape Design

RPI School of Architecture Office of Publications | Troy, NEW YORK Event + Student Work Photography + Archiving

"Material Manifestations" | Lead Graphic Design + Editor "Building Futures: Re-Envisioning the Hyde at Rensselaer" | Graphic Design + Editor

AWARDS↘

2010 2013

Founder's Award of Excellence Norman Waxman Memorial Award Rensselaer School of Architecture Dean's List Rensselaer Grant Rensselaer Leadership Award Federal Pell Grant


PUBLICATIONS↘

2013

2012

2012

2012

SKILLS↘

A. Saunders: “Material Manifestations: Material Performances and Affects of Shaker Artifacts” Forewords by Dean Evan Douglis, President of The Shaker Heritage Society, Starlyn D’Angelo and others. Published by The Shaker Museum and Library 2010 Saunders, A., “Building Futures: Re-Envisioning The Hyde at Rensselaer” Essays by President Shirley Ann Jackson, Dean Evan Douglis, Executive Director of The Hyde Collection and others. Published by Rensselaer Architecture and The Hyde Collection 2012 Ngai, T., Saunders, A., “Sartorial Tectonics: Installation for The Hyde Collection”, Constellations/New Ecologies ACSA 101, Project catalog of the 101st Annual Meeting of Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA), pg. 54-55. Ngai, T., Saunders, A., “Sartorial Tectonics: Installation for The Hyde Collection” Juried Project: ACADIA Synthetic Digital Ecologies: project catalogue of the 32st Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) pg 7277.

2011

Saunders, A., “Luminescent Limaçon” Competition winner: Lighting, ACADIA 2011 integration::through ::computation, project catalogue of the 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) pg 134-137.

Software

Proficient:

Rhinoceros, Grasshopper, VRay Renderer, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, Microsoft Office, MS Powerpoint, 3Ds Max, AutoCAD, QGIS

Basic: Bentley Microstation, Google SketchUp, Kangaroo, Processing, Maya, Revit, Rhino-CAM, Python Script

Misc

REFERENCES↘

Photography, Laser cutting, CNC Milling, Fabrication, Speak Mandarin, Speak Chaozhou, Understand Cantonese

Andrew Saunders

saunda2@rpi.edu (518) 763 - 4881 andrewasaunders.com

Ted Ngai

info@tedngai.net (617) 821 - 9803 tedngai.net


PORTFOLIO↘

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Shaker Museum & Library Visiting Scholars Collective Complex New Commerzbank Tower Museum of Polish History Luminecent Limaçon Sartorial Tectonics: Installation for The Hyde Collection HexFrame, Heavybit Industries Fluid Office Conference Booths Gridshell Digital Tectonics Mountain Dwellings Luxe Lake Masterplan Complex Machines Beijing New Towns


Shaker Museum + Library

Mount Lebanon Shaker Village, NEW YORK

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ANALYSIS

Shaker dancing shoes artifact

STRATEGY

Movement through Museum is choreographed like the Shaker dancing ceremonies. Also much like the performative aspects behind the fabrication of the dancing shoe. In the Museum, the envelope is constructed of a rule based tessellation based on the fabrication of the dancing shoes.


Performance Models Using a rule based system generated from an understanding of the Shaker dance movements and shoe fabrication process, tectonic tesselations were created as diagrams which also aimed to suggest the beginning of an enclosure and storage space.

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Ordering The rhythmic and systematic beliefs of the Shakers were prevalent even in the fabrication and the use of their ceremonial dancing shoes. Being used only a few times a month during the dance ceremonies and following a rigourous and precision driven fabrication process, the ceremonial Shaker dancing shoes was a manifestation of the Shaker commitment to order and rules. The ordered lifestyle of the Shakers can be found in the choreographed movement through the museum and in the formal resolution of the facade through a modular system that populates the enclosure based on a rigorous rule set.

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Visiting Scholar Collective Complex Troy, NEW YORK

ANALYSIS STRATEGY

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Craig Ellwood's Case Study House '53 As a continuation of spatial penetration and spatial transparency in relation to activity along with a new concern for the environmental aspects of the design, courtyards are introduced and understood to be the active voids of the 24 unit housing complex for visiting scholars and their families. As the courtyards descend into the complex, they bring light into the interior but also become zones of visual or physical interaction between inhabitants of different units - sometimes both.


Trope Diagrams Studying Craig Ellwood's approach to transparency and the idea of overlapping envelopes in relation to visual and physical restriction in his design.

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Courtyards Courtyards split not just the two main blocks of the housing complex but also the individual units within. Thus, creating spontaneous visual and physical interactions between different inhabitants.

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New Commerzbank Tower Frankfurt, GERMANY

ANALYSIS STRATEGY

Norman Foster's Commerzbank Tower In a redefinition of the core, the structural elements of the tower are moved to the perimeter to allow for a formal resolution of a tower that responds parametrically to the climatic and social demands of the site. Through its formal intrusion into the main social, service and circulation troughout the tower extending and introducing the rich green belt of Frankfurt vertically into the sky and previously exclusive and private skyscraper typology.

Mittelalterliche Stadt Old Medieval City Center

Wolkenkratzer Skyscrapers

In collaboration with Krista Glanville + Mae-Ling Lokko + Nicholas Winter. Hauptbahnhof

Train Station

Pedestrians Routes Biciycle Routes Vehicular Routes

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Main River


Core Distribution+Circulation

As the form of the tower shifts from program to program, the core also shifts in form in order to capture climatic energies for distribution throughout the tower and also to bring the Frankfurt greenscape into the tower. The core domain varies from level to level, from program to program sometimes punturing the skin of the tower and sometimes nested within the programs.

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Ground Floor

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Office Floor


Sky Lobby

Residential Floor

Between Offices and Residential Floors

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The Museum of Polish History Warsaw, POLAND

STRATEGY

The building redefines a museum by exploring the potentiality to overlap the gallery and circulation halls as one space in contrast to the traditional programmatic separation of the two. Through this, the occupants are never in a permanent state like the historic Polish boundaries. Instead they are always in an area of transition. The Museum of Polish History challenges traditional hierarchy or creates a multiplicity of hierarchies. This multiplicity and areas of overlap allows the museum to utilize and explore the intersection between the three site programs - Skarpa Warszawska Park, the museum and the Trasa Lazienkowska highway - and the three main occupants of the building itself- public, private, and the park. This is done by both inhabiting the landscape, and by the park tearing through into the main core heartscape of the museum. In collaboration with Dorothy Underwood.

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Cores

Concrete Slab Drop Beams

Fins Stud Walls

Truss on every other floor

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Scale: 1:200

A106

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DU_CS

DU_CS

Plan 4

12_07_2012

Final Set

Plan 3

Scale: 1:200

12_07_2012

A105

Final Set

MUSEUM

MUSEUM

OF P OLISH

OF P OLISH

IWAMOTOSCOTT_ARCHITECTURE

H ISTORY

IWAMOTOSCOTT_ARCHITECTURE

H ISTORY


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Plan 2

A10 Scale: 1:200

IWAMOTOSCOTT_ARCHITECTURE

H ISTORY OF P OLISH

MUSEUM

MUSEUM

MUSEUM

OF P OLISH

OF P OLISH

H ISTORY

H ISTORY

IWAMOTOSCOTT_ARCHITECTURE

IWAMOTOSCOTT_ARCHITECTURE

12_07_2012

DU_CS

DU_CS

DU_CS

Plan 1

Plan 0

Plan B1

A103 Scale: 1:200

12_07_2012

Final Set

A101 Scale: 1:200

A102 Scale: 1:200

12_07_2012

12_07_2012

Final Set

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Final Set


Pseudocolumns

Glass Steel Fins

Mesh Guardrail

Native Polish Plants Growing Medium Filter Fleece Drainage Layer Waterproofing Raised Steel Floor

Concrete Slab

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Luminescent Limaรงon

ACADIA 2012: Design + Fabrication Competition: Lighting | Andrew S. Saunders Architecture

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ANALYSIS

Flemish Dutch Ruff

STRATEGY

Drawing from the luminescence characteristics and folding of the Flemish Dutch Ruff collars, the Luminescent Limacon is created using computational design to create a diffused lamp adapting the characteristics of Dutch Ruff collars.


Drawing from folding techniques of surfaces from textile and fabric designs, a folding technique for each units of the lamp was generated to be nested within each other. Through an offset nesting of the pieces, an eventual twist is created. After a series of material studies, HDPE and white plastic rivets were used as the final materials as they allowed the most luminosity , rigidity, and flexibility to the lamp.

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150.00

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289.55

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190.96 100.00

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50.00

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100.00

440.96

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8.27¬

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189.55

50.00

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100.00

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Sartorial Tectonics: Installation for The Hyde Collection Glens Falls, NEW YORK | Andrew S. Saunders Architecture

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ANALYSIS

Flemish Dutch Ruff

STRATEGY

The installation made of 1224 pieces of folded developable HDPE plastic was created for the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY. The installation was the center piece of the exhibit which created an immersive environment that divided and exhibited the student work.


Each of piece of the installation is different - to create a gradient luminosity for a distribution of weight, rigidity, and opacity throughout the structured installation. Therefore each piece was digitally unrolled and milled separately using a total of .400 sheets of HDPE.

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profile of unrolled developable surface

In addition to be digitally unrolled onto a planar surface without distortion for milling - each piece was unrolled with embedded holes and slits for quick assembly. No other documentation was needed to instruct the construction.

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HexFrame, Heavybit Industries

San Francisco, CALIFORNIA | IwamotoScott Architecture

STRATEGY

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Continuing the interest in the creation of a three-dimensional object through the technique of folding and manipulating a planar surface, the Hex-Light proposed a cage-like lighting system would could be easily assembled by the bending thin precut metal sheets into hexagons without the need for welding. Each module could then attach to its neighbor to create a network.


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Fluid Office: Conference Booths

San Francisco, CALIFORNIA | IwamotoScott Architecture

STRATEGY

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In order to divide the openness of a office floor at Fluid, conference booths were proposed. These booths were more than a barrier but also act as places to meet and generate new ideas through collaboration. Because of the nature of conversing and collaborative work, plywood and homasote were used to dampen the sound and provide privacy.


The flexibility and modular nature of the design allowed for the creation of porosity and an adjustable work environment.

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REF

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Bike Rack

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B

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6.5993

Moved Hotelling

Meeting Booths

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6.1278

4.0835

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Ping Pong

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Library

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Bike Racks

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B

DW

DW

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6.5993

6.1278

4.0835

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Ping Pong

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Library Meeting Booths F

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Bike Rack

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B

DW

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Moved Hotelling

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6.5993

4.0835

6.1278

D

Ping Pong

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Library

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G

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Gridshell Digital Tectonics Troy, NEW YORK | Smart Geometry 2012

STRATEGY

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Working on the Gridshell Digital Tectonics Cluster at the 2012 Smart Geometry Conference in Troy, NY with Mark Cabrinha, Andrew Kudless, and David Shook, we constructed a 11m x 7m x 4m gridshell out of straight wood laths. Parametric tools were used to integrate the workflow between material usage, material performance, structural integrity, and geometry.


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Mountain Dwellings

Watsatch Mountains, UTAH | IwamotoScott Architecture

STRATEGY

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A design study for a phototypical 12 to 18 unit dwelling with retail ground floor spaces in the Wasatch Mountains in Utah. The buildings formal resolution responds to the dramatic mountains around it and to the extreme weather conditions. Various iterations of massing, unit configuration, clusters, roof conditions, and fenestrations were studied based on the site conditions.


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Luxe Lake Landscaping Chengdu, CHINA | Graft - Beijing

STRATEGY

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Taking into consideration the large scale of the project, the landscape of the project was designed to create smaller meeting areas and walking paths for occupants - creating sanctuaries within and in between the buildings and highways.


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Complex Machines Troy, NEW YORK

STRATEGY

Through the creation of a complex machine through the development of behaviors for a complex system of agents, these drawings show an emergent behavior based on a study of fabric manipulations such as twisting and folding, the violent bouncing of agents against once another, the scaling and change of velocity and rotation of each agent based on proximity to its neighbor allowed for this emergent behavior. In collaboration with Betty Chen.

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Agents bounce off of each other at 90 degrees upon intersection.

Upon intersection and bouncing, a surface is generated between agents - forming a relationship.

When agents reach the boundary, they return on the opposite position on the frame returning to the drawing.

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Beijing New Towns [work in progress] Beijing, CHINA

STRATEGY

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The construction of living systems into the existing urban fabric of Beijing that hacks into the existing infrastructure to provide housing within the city for the growing population of migrant workers. Thus, negotiating the urban and rural identity crisis faced by millions of Chinese in the rapidly modernizing Chinese cities. These living units built by this group of new urbanites is accomplished through hacking construction sites and through an open knowledge forum and shared experiences as dictated by the hacker code of openness, sharing and decentralization combined with traditional Chinese values and modern Chinese attitudes. Following from the Chinese tendency to copy, the system will be able to spread throughout the city based on necessity. As a result of the temporal nature of the migrant worker's jobs, these living units must also be temporal and mobile. In the construction and spatial organization of these living units, communities will begin to form - promoting coincidence, sufficiency, comradary, and innovation within the system itself and the existing area around them.

Rural Beijing

Inner Suburbs Beijing Proper

Outer Suburbs


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