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WENJIN (DAISY) DAI

Cornell University B.Arch Candidate, 2021 Portfolio


Hello!

This is Daisy, currently a third year undergraduate architecture student at Cornell University. I believe in simple, thoughtful solutions to best address the complexities of various design challenges. With the critical thinking skills I gained from studying architecture and my passion for art and design, I enjoy seeking opportunities outside the classroom that allow me to contribute in addressing real world problems with my skillset while working with multi-disciplinary teams across campus.


+1 917 683 3558 wd232@cornell.edu

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE BDP Architects

Intern Architect, June - August 2018

Worked primarily through the design development phase of a mixed-use and retail complex in Chengdu.

Cornell AAP Association Junior Editor, 2016-present

Working with a group of 20 students to curate and publish annual publications focused on highlighting works from AAP student body, faculty, and alumni.

Anabel’s Grocery Graphic Designer, 2017-present

Collaborating with a multi-disciplinary team to better the non-profit grocery store that aims to solve food insecurity issues at Cornell by providing accessible, affordable fresh produce on campus. Designing necessary graphics for social media campaigns, in-store promotions and signage.

Cornell Building Community

Project Designer, 2017-present

Forming relationships with members beyond Cornell by assisting the local community on various design needs. Corresponded with Cornell Hillel to design and build a Sukkah in 2018 for the week-long Jewish holiday Sukkoh.

Cornell Design Connect

Project Assistant Architect, 2016-18

Drafted project proposals for a visitor’s center in Sterling, NY, and a classroom structure for Ithaca Groundswell Center’s Farm Incubator Program. Both are commissioned by their corresponding local communities. Collaborated with urban planning and environmental science students to conduct thorough analyses.

TOOLS Rinoceros, Revit Grass Hopper, DIVA

AutoCAD Adobe Suite

Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

Microsoft Suite

Word, Excel, PowerPoint

Hand

Sketching, Drafting (Analog), Model-making

Languages

English (native), Mandarin (fluent)

Interests

Illustration, Rock-Climbing, Skiing, Cooking


AN ORNOTHOLOGIST’S DWELLING Designed for an ornithologist and his wife, the dwelling aims to blur the boundary separating the interior space and nature,as well as to cause the minimal amount of visual disturbance for this gorge-facing site. The shifting planes of the structure not only separate public and private functions of the interior space, but also mimic the motif of the organic striations on the gorge rock facade. Vertical structural components blend into the surrounding forest, furthering the illusion of lightness. An additional volume is embedded into an existing natural crevice below ground to provide a quiet work and library space.

Katharina Kral

Advisor

Ithaca, NY

Fall 2017


Longitudinal Section


Ground Level Plan

Lower Level Plan


Exploded Axonometric Drawing


ITHACA

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HALL

Situated at the heart of downtown Ithaca, the concet hall provides not only a space for performances, but also a much needed indoor area for social gatherings in downtown Ithaca. The auditorium becomes a solid volume cradled within a network of ribbed trusses, which are then enveloped by a translucent glass enclosure. A suspended ramp wraps around the entire structure and allows the visitors to ascend in an eventlike fashion, while the stepped foyer below leads to a double-height public space and provide opportunites for visitors to socialize, relax, and even host informal recitals.

Joao Almeida

Advisor

Ithaca, NY

Spring 2018


Level 2 Plan

Level 1 Plan


Cross Section

Longitudinal Section


Exploded Axonometric


RIVERFRONT COMMUNITY CENTER

From site analysis, the neighborhood around the bridge Ponte Della Musica faces two major issues: a lack of green space and a loss of connection with the Tiber River. Currently, there isn’t anyway leisurely descend 8 meters down to the Tiber riverfront from the busy streets to access and enjoy the scenery near the riverbank. Therefore, I propose a community center that includes indoor sports facilities (swimming pool, basketball, badminton, fitness center/gym), class rooms, cafe, and a public library to provide the neighborhood a much needed public space for family-oriented leisure, exercise, and recreation.

Werner Goehner

Advisor

Rome, Italy

Fall 2018


The site takes place right below Ponte della Musica, along the bank of the Tiber River and overgrown with grass due to the lack of use. There is also an existing skateboard park that will be incorporated into the design. By expanding the side walk along the edge of the street, the neighborhood is pushed towards the riverbank, and ramps are used to guide the visitors to gently descend the 8-meter

Original Site Map

drop. The riverfront, much like the landscape, is carved in at places and extruded at others to provide a variety of different experiences along the river, such as kayak harbors, observation docks, etc. Besides the walkway along the riverbank, the outdoor area is dotted with few landscape interventions such as a sunken amphitheater, with much left for the visitor’s interpretation to be freely used.

New Site Map


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D R A W I N G M E CH I N ISM Visualization of the Trickling of Time

The mechanism - an extension from a studio

stool - attaches to the user’s ankle and foot in a fan-like fashion. Intricate vessels containing various colors of frozen, diluted ink are attached at the mid-calf, ankle, and toes. Small openings at the bottom of the vessels allow the melting ink to drip onto the ground. As time passes, the melting ink mark the subconscious sways of the user’s legs: Circular splatters indicate a static state; Short, delicate markings indicate subtle movements; Longer, more wild streaks mark irregular sudden movements of the legs. Several runs with different users produce a wide variety of colorful paintings, through which the users’ subconscious habits can therefore be deciphered.

Luben Dimcheff, Val Warke

Advisors

Fall 2016


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In collaboration with Grace Chen, Jenny Yi, Davis Zhu

This project explored the possibilities of creating strong three-dimensional volumes using only sheets of paper, a medium that is typically viewed as weak,flat and two-dimensional. Initial esearch involved using various operation words to create four unique modules. One unit, the “dumpling�, was ultimately chosen to be further developed for its outstanding structural integrity. The usage of box-morph on Grasshopper generated the final column design with complex and morphing geometric shapes and spans 9 feet (270cm). Material testing determined aluminum flashing as the final medium.

Sasa Zivkovic

Advisor

Fall 2017


Small Scale Assembly

Column Design Iterations


Folding Method for 1 Module

Assembly Process

Module Grouping Iterations


N E T - Z E R O

F U T U R E

In collaboration with Ami Mehta, Jenny Yi, Grace Cheng

To achieve our goal of designing a zero net energy (ZNE) building, we explored tested, and combined strategies from massing to self-shading facades. The end product is a zero-energy tower where the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the total amount of energy produced on the site. Tests and simulations are performed using DIVA and Grasshopper.


New York has an average monthly Global Horizontal Irradiance (GHI) of 3.93 kilowatt hours per square meter per day (kWh/m2/day). Energy generated = H*A*PR*r*S H = 3.93 kWh/m^2/day

r (solar panel efficiency) = 20%

A (Total PV Area) = 1508m^2

S (Shading coefficient) = 0.3

PR (Performance ratio and coefficient of losses) = 0.75

PV yield: 890,000 W/day


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a Building Community Project

The challenge proposed by the Cornell Hillel was to design and build an innovative Sukkah that meets all the restrictions laid fourth by Judaic Traditions. We constructed the structure on the Arts Quad – the heart of campus – to unite the Cornell community in celebrating the weeklong Jewish Holiday of Sukkot.

Building Community

Spring 2018


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Junior Editor

ASSOCIATION is a student-run annual publication celebrating and capturing the culture of students, faculty and alumni at Cornell College of Architecture, Art, and Planning. As the Junior Editor, I am responsible for the creative input during the process of the design and layout of the unique annual issues of ASSOCIATION. This includes the designing of the form of which the publication takes in, the layout of the selection of students and alumni works, and communicating with the contributors and the publishing company.


Volume 10 - Fall 2018

Volume 9 - Spring 2018

Volume 8 - 2017


A N A B E L’S

G R O CE R Y

anabelsgrocery.org

Branding / Graphic Designer

Anabel’s Grocery is a non-profit organization aiming to provide nutritious and affordable foods for all Cornell students through a student-run on-campus grocery store. As the Graphic Designer of Anabel’s Grocery, my responsibilities include creating consistent graphics that evolve, enhance, and maintain brand identity for the organization. This includes designs for a variety of marketing assets; large format graphics, social media content, digital ads, brand collateral and many other miscellaneous design needs.


ANABEL’S GROCERY | BRANDING TEMPLATE LOGO

ICONS

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