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Christopher Li | Portfolio


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School

Architectural Designs

Professional Urban Design Design Competitions

Art

Culinary and Performing Arts


School Minimal Glue Roxbury East Boston Rising


Minimal Glue

Brooklyn, NY, USA Urban Qualities & Materials at Pratt Institute Developments in the digital age have created an ease of access to architectural media and precedent. The shift of architecture in the cyber age questions architecture and its representation as a medium; can we create new design strategies and generate new spaces from found architecture?


Blending

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Mash - up Process

A thorough precedent analysis of BIG’s VM House and Herzog & de Meuron’s Beirut Terraces preceded a collaging exercise of both plans and sections. The explorative process generated new spatial conditions through different collaging techniques leading to a unique vocabulary of collage, or mash-up.

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The VM House and Beirut Terraces offer unique housing typologies with differing circulation and spatial qualities. The VM house proposes duplex units, while the Beirut Terraces create large sprawling terraces. The combination and intersection of the two unit typologies generates even more possibilities.


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Generated Spaces

The Mash-Ups lead to a strategy called “Strapping.” The straps are extensions of existing plans - single units, pairs of units, extensions of existing spaces, or fragments of spaces. The straps generate a new approach to circulation.

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Minimal Glue

As an object on site, the strapped floors are loosely hung on a thickened structural minimal surface. The space, or “trunk�, acts as glue for the mashed up floors. It is both spatial and structural, connecting the public realm to the apartment units while blurring the distinction.

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Surrealist Provocation

The facade strategy mimics the intern organization of the units. As a visual registry of the units behind the skin, the butt glazed Beirut terraces and traditional curtain wall system of the VM house express themselves through a play of mullions and extrusions and glass color. However, the facade is deceptive as it is purposefully out of scale, distorted and skewed to imply the “glitching� mash- up internally.

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Roxbury East

Roxbury, MA, USA Housing and Aggregation at Northeastern University A semester long investigation of housing typologies. The project began with a housing prototype, then a study of potential sites, and finished with an implementation of the prototype on site. Site implementation was in collaboration with Felipe Tejeda


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Reimagining How We Live

Our role as designers is to connect people. The built environment is a vehicle for human interaction. The ultimate focus of architecture should not be on merely constructed works, but on the countless lives that interact with each project. Unfortunately, twentieth century urbanization has lead the design field away from this goal. The Multi-Family Home J:&!F$2(7"B,-72@!Y*-&

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Identifying an Urban Center

A thorough analysis of Bostonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s neighborhoods, development, and existing urban nodes reveals the potential for a new development on the eastern edge of Roxbury. Urban Fabric

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Creating a Center

The four city blocks in Roxbury East are developed through a series of massing moves. In order to site the project, existing conditions of the adjacent neighborhood are addressed. The project aims to create a new vibrant neighborhood while addressing programmatic and urban requirements. The site provides new residential housing, a variety of public uses, and institutional spaces.

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Unit Aggregation

The new housing modules are like small neighborhoods. These neighborhood modules are then aggregated to create a new vision for the city; the split family home becomes neighborhoods, the neighborhoods become a new urban condition. The connection and intimacy of a split family home is introduced at a new scale. Space is shared and interaction is generated with adjacent units and vertically with units above and below.

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Roxbury East addresses a common contemporary problem - the double loaded corridor. The modern apartment building lacks a personal human scale. Roxbury East uses the community driven intimacy of the Boston â&#x20AC;&#x153;multi-family homeâ&#x20AC;? as a template for better living conditions.

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Boston Rising

Boston, MA, USA Comprehensive Design Studio at Northeastern University A thesis project focused on developing sustainable and structural strategies to address environmental, cultural and technological change in the coming decades


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The Problem The twentieth century gave rise to a monumental growth of cities. But overpopulation, poor planning and changing environmental conditions leaves the urban environment unable to respond to changes in the near future. How will cities of the future grow intelligently?

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The Solution

In order to create a thriving city in the 21st century, the city must grow upward. Boston Rising is a proposal for a new vision of the urban environment. Phase one begins with a pylon structure that holds the program of the contemporary city. It is engineered in anticipation of the second phase, bridges. In phase two, programmatic bridges connect the pylon structures; creating a horizontal city. Once the bridges are in place, a new datum for the city is created. Growth above the city is phase three.

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Phase 1: Pylons

The four city blocks in Roxbury East are developed through a series of massing moves. In order to site the project, existing conditions of the adjacent neighborhood are addressed. The project aims to create a new vibrant neighborhood while addressing programmatic and urban requirements. The site provides new residential housing, a variety of public uses, and institutional spaces.


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Phase 2 + 3: Bridges and New Datum

In order to create a thriving city in the 21st century, the city must grow upward. Boston Rising is a proposal for a new vision of the urban environment. Phase one begins with a pylon structure that holds the program of the contemporary city. It is engineered in anticipation of the second phase, bridges. In phase two, programmatic bridges connect the pylon structures; creating a horizontal city. Once the bridges are in place, a new datum for the city is created. Growth above the city is phase three.

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Professional Master Planning Land Art Generator Initiative Push The Grove


Blue Moon Bay

Dubai, UAE Blue Moon Bay is a 300,000 m2, 11 hectare development in the heart of Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Business Bay. The proposal, part of a short intensive design competition, addresses Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s housing shortage in conjunction with larger urban needs.


The site sits on Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s newly dug canal and epitomizes a crucial decision in Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s development. How will Dubai develop towards a walking, human scale city? Through a series of people driven conceptual moves, parking structures are buried and a large central park and plaza create a new essential role in the cities developing canal walk. A new datum of the city is created atop parking structures, through a continuous ground floor park. The existing canal promenade is pulled into the site and manipulated to enrich a complex experience.

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The Green Spine

Dubai, UAE The Green Spine is a 130,000m2 project in Dubaiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s developing Central Business District. Conceived L MASTER PLAN as a key connective site in order to create a strong CBD, the project imagines a multi-layered landform building that acts not only as a park on the ground and roof, but as a spatial and programmatic attractor and link.

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The park spine is extruded to 12m to maximize connections to the podiums of the surrounding development. This also allows for program within the spine; creating a horizontal building.

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A series of plazas are developed with community facilities and programmed spaces in order to activate the spine. The green spine becomes the focus of the development and key selling point.

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The ground floor network penetrates the spine to allow traffic flow across site and pedestrian access to spaces within the spine and below it.

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This development proposes a strong vision of the potential of Dubai. In order to combat already detrimental design practices and infrastructural elements, it is essential to create a connected city with human scale space. These spaces and connections must accommodate a vision of dynamic cities. 125


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The Green Spine is comprised of an elevated walkway, programmatic elements within its depth,

The elevated walkway provides a series of programmed spaces, The elevated walkway pedestrian connections, seasonal provides a series of events and recreational activities. programmed spaces, pedestrian connections, seasonal events and recreational activities.

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Program exists within theparking, splitcommunity includes facilities for the adjacent levels of the green spine datum. buildings and a variety of Creating new vertical connections retail. These spaces can be to the above datumaccessed and the from the elevated traditional ground plane.

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Godolphin Estates

Dubai, UAE Godolphin estates is an enormous scale. At more than 2,000,000 m2 the project consists of three distinct yet connected parts: the Docklands, Godolphin Estate, and the business park.


Docklands Typologies

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Urban Canals

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Green Pockets

Traditional Docks

Such a large development, in the heart of Dubai, requires a unique approach. In order to create a successful architectural framework, a thorough typological study was undertaken to generate a series of types across the site. All of the types focus on a human scale connection to natural spaces - water or park space. The typologies explore potential interactions entirely lacking in Dubai.


Park Typologies and Qualities Park Frontage

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A series of factors were considered to explore typologies. The generated park space, circulation, views, program potentials and other factors informed architecture. As a precursor to resolved architectural solutions, the typological study is essential in creating a consistent and adaptable framework.


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Naseel

Riyadh, KSA Design in the Middle East requires rapid development at unimaginable scales. This project in Riyadh creates an entirely new district of Riyadh with over one hundred-thousand future residents and Naseel hundreds of new built works. The scale is an opportunity to push diagrammatic thinking to its limits. Project

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A central road navigates the topography. The winding road creates a series of experiences and views across the site as it links communities.

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Green spaces add another layer of experience along the trail. Central and local parks activate the space for residents. Minor trails create an outdoor living experience and secondary network.

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Each neighborhood development hangs off of the central trail. With a unique character, the neighborhoods write the story across the site.

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PARKS AND MINOR TRAILS

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A hillside community driven by a central scenic route. Connective green spaces, active living, innovative outdoor experiences. Figure 7.1â&#x20AC;&#x2021;Option 1 Design Principles

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A series of diagrammatical approaches created variant organizations across the site in conjunction with the natural environment.


Located in the north-west of the capital of KSA, the project scope and potential was open. A nearly blank site with loosely defined programmatic requirements, called for a far reaching approach that conceived not only the spatial and planning qualities, but the demographic and economic changes of Riyadh.

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Land Art Generator Initiative Freshkills Park, New York, USA Top 50 Entrants


The Loop

The Loop is a land art installation in Freshkills Park. Intended to be a transformative space, the Loop demands visitors to engage with Freshkills Park, the loop boardwalk, and nature as a whole. A once barren landfill, Freshkills Park has taken on a new identity, the Loop allows visitors to experience the built environment, learn from renewable technologies first hand, and seethe vast beauty of Freshkills.


Push

Detroit, USA, Competition with Kripper Architecture Studio, 2013 Push is a proposal for a new skyscraper in the heart of Detroit. In hopes of regenerating the failing city, the project is the center piece of new downtown Detroit. By using one simple idea, a push, on a multiple scales, the massing and facade create unique spaces and unique programmatic opportunities.


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Massing Strategy

“Push” Effect

Facade Strategy


The Grove

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Competition with Felipe Tejeda for Building Trust International The Grove is a celebration of bamboo. Inspired by the beauty of the bamboo forest, The Grove Pavillion, demonstrates the architectural and structural capability of the traditional material through a modern, organic, flowing form.


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Art The Culinary Arts Bboying Poetry


Culinary Arts

For the past two years Christopher has been training in the culinary arts in Paris. His time in multiple French kitchens has culminated with his arrival at Alain Ducasse’s prestigious three michelin star restaurant “Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee”


Bboying Christopher has been a practitioner of bboying commonly known as breakdancing - for more than twelve years. He has traveled to several continents to compete, learn, and spread his love of hip hop.


Poetry

Poetry is a key outlet of Christopher’s artistic expression. With aspirations of publications in the near future, Christopher continues to write and express himself through the written word.

On endings (From a kitchen in Paris) When things end they go quietly They don’t go boom Or bang their way clunkily through the hall When they end they just end There’s no grand commotion Like when I left my home Or I left another city I waited for the boom, the snap, the noise I tried to make one even with everyone I knew But it just fizzles slowly out back to calm Even when things go quick Like when my dad left Even that in those little moments They went slowly and calmly We weren’t calm, nor quiet, We railed, we screamed, we woke the neighbors But he ended slowly Like all things


Backwards Motion When you drive on the highway from, Where you are and where you want to be, And you find yourself staring out the window, At tired green trees and soiled buildings, Youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll notice, If you look hard enough, Your world sits still: The rumble of the engine, And the rolling of tires on wet asphalt, Are the lullaby, And rocking cradle. Beyond the glass in front of you, As you sit static, It is the world that moves violently, Backwards. As I get older: I write poems, That are less and less honest. Today, my father is dead. I am not his prince or his heir, I am not enlightened nor brave. I am his son, And the world moves violently.

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