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YANG DONGQI’S PORTFOLIO YANG, Dongqi Master of Architecture, Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning University of Michigan Email:

Preface & Contents

The Unintentionally Idealism

The Vertical Street

Commercial & Residential Complex Design

Ideally, the word “idealism” should be qualified in theoretical study rather than the actual design practice because in the chaos of modern society, the “ideal” condition is just a collection of subjectively- chosen features, which means these ideal models could not be qualified as “accurate” or “objective” . As an architect, I admire urban context and environment characteristics in the design process. However, in the context of Chinese cities rapidly expanding, quantifying or describing urban environment seems to be almost impossible. In most projects, urban context is a series of pre-settings of functions and themes rather than the existing environment. In this case, the practice of pattern study and typology study could only be described as the construction of a theme park: we create everything we believe is required by civilians. However, if we accept the fact that the current urban context of China is the ideal model, advanced or even aggressive method practices could be made in this reality of unintentionally idealism. This is the premise of most of my studies. In this works collection, I described my exploration of successively studying different kinds of design methods and introducing them into my previous works. Based on the study of pattern, urban system and typology, I gradually introduced techniques from different areas, studying the possibility of describing certain context of city and society with those techniques. In the last project, I tried to practice my study on a certain social issue. Since my studies are not tested in the real urban condition by civilians, this theory of method study should also be qualified as “idealistic”. That’s the reason why I named my portfolio “Idealism” .

The Study of Pattern and System


University Recreation Center Design The Study of Scenography

The Long-Shot

A Short Film of Jinmen Bombardment Jinmen Bombardment Museum Design The Study of Narrative Structure

Beijing Idealism

(Virtual) Reality Architecture Design The Study of Virtual Icon

Epilogue: Selected Works


The Vertical


The Study of Pattern and System Commercial & Residential Complex Design Site: Zhonggang Road Taichung Taiwan, China

Jun. 2013 - Jan. 2014 Academic Work in Tunghai University

The Vertical Street

The road network in Lugang was formed by both commercial and natural parameters. It was built according to the terrain, which at the same time fitted the requirement of commercial logistics.

Public Spaces In the high-density context, public spaces were required only in specific conditions. Schools, community centers, markets and squares were evenly distributed in town, and crossroads were sometimes used as public spaces.

Street Houses Street house is the most efficient type of traditional dwellings. With a compact, sophisticated space organization and the distinctive ability of forming street environment, it is the best house unit for commercial use.

Well-Preserved Streets With the fading of economic environment, the old street houses were gradually replaced by modern dwellings. However, with government regulation, the basic pattern of streets and houses were preserved.




Pattern Study: Lugang, Taiwan


Lugang is one of the oldest and well-preserved commercial harbor in Taiwan. The Jiewu, or Street House, with the street formation, presents the commercial nature of Lugang as a high-density residential and commercial pattern. 40 100

The Pattern of Houses & Public Spaces The Putou Street is one of those well-preserved streets, and the pattern of this street with even distribution of private and public spaces, active street environment and traditional street house blocks presents the basic form of the street with street houses

Pattern & System Study


Mass Market

Custom Design Handcrafts Mass Market

Fashion clothing



The Vertical Street

Haute Couture

Limited Home Made


Custom Design

2nd Courtyard

3rd Courtyard

1st Courtyard


1st Courtyard

2nd Courtyard

3rd Courtyard Supermarket Exclusive Shop Designer Shop

Living Room





Start-up Company

Living Room



Stores & Companies

Mass Market



Fast Casual Casual Dining


Private Front Yard Private



Family Style


Bedroom Bedroom

Back Yard

Front Yard









Fine Dining Back Yard Bar

Private Kitchen

Private Store









Movie Theater Study

Video Store


KTV Pottery Workshop


Bedroom Bedroom




Street House Area


Working Space Store Storage

Basic Pattern: Street House

The original space organization of street house was based on the traditional Chinese residence pattern, a space system divided by the unit of “courtyard�. In this case, a basic street house system of the most common 3-courtyard houses can be determined. In this system, all the necessary commercial and residential functions are included and well organized.

The Commercial Context


The site of the project is in the busiest district of Taichung. With the space organization and quality differ from the modern mall, the street house collection would and should contain unique merchant types, working as a personalized, distinctive supplement for the commercial district.

Recreation, etc.



Fast Food

Pattern & System Study


The Vertical Street

Volumn Evaluation By calculating the average direct normal irradiation of every volumn, an evaluation formula could be built to estimate the environment quality of the future project. Using the Galapagos program to calculate every possible combination of parameters, the best design could be selected.

Volumn 2 s2=900m2 Volumn 3 s3=720m2 Volumn 4 s4=1080m2 Volumn 5 s5=900m2 N=Numbers of Sunlight Rays Being Blocked


s=1st Floor Area h=Number of Levels




Pattern & System Study

Volumn 1 s1=1080m2



a 0.75*a

( The blocking-sunlight-rays parameter is the alternative for Ecotect normal irradiation for faster but less accurate Galapagos calculation)

The Vertical Street System: Boundaries The street house system is an independent system that contains only one street, therefore the relation between different “Streets� is controlled by another system of environmental parameters. By controlling the formation of street house blocks with sunlight, the appropriate medium for street house system working in could be calculated. Concept Illustration: Blocks Morphing to Control Sunlight Between Buildings

a1=4.824 b1=6.724 c1=7.304 h1=16 a2=2.441 b2=1.451 c2=8.357 h2=12 a3=1.031 b3=2.809 c3=4.035 h3=8 a4=4.984 b4=0.305 c4=8.424 h4=14 a5=3.161 b5=6.979 c5=6.650 h5=18

a1=4.824 b1=6.725 c1=7.296 h1=16 a2=2.441 b2=1.452 c2=8.356 h2=12 a3=1.040 b3=2.809 c3=4.021 h3=8 a4=4.959 b4=0.305 c4=8.422 h4=14 a5=3.159 b5=6.979 c5=6.650 h5=16

a1=4.824 b1=6.725 c1=7.293 h1=16 a2=2.441 b2=1.452 c2=8.354 h2=12 a3=1.032 b3=2.811 c3=4.025 h3=8 a4=6.000 b4=0.307 c4=8.422 h4=12 a5=3.149 b5=6.979 c5=6.649 h5=18

a1=4.831 b1=6.743 c1=7.300 h1=16 a2=2.449 b2=1.455 c2=8.365 h2=12 a3=1.225 b3=4.327 c3=4.005 h3=8 a4=4.972 b4=0.297 c4=5.061 h4=12 a5=2.127 b5=7.000 c5=6.656 h5=18

a1=4.568 b1=3.505 c1=5.653 h1=14 a2=3.751 b2=5.035 c2=6.077 h2=12 a3=5.205 b3=1.788 c3=6.072 h3=10 a4=3.453 b4=1.383 c4=4.150 h4=18 a5=3.734 b5=1.728 c5=5.057 h5=16






a1=4.495 b1=4.138 c1=4.328 h1=14 a2=4.557 b2=3.189 c2=6.752 h2=12 a3=4.893 b3=3.685 c3=6.045 h3=10 a4=3.927 b4=2.340 c4=6.274 h4=14 a5=4.343 b5=4.260 c5=5.415 h5=14

a1=4.828 b1=6.727 c1=6.826 h1=16 a2=2.441 b2=1.452 c2=8.356 h2=12 a3=1.031 b3=2.809 c3=4.027 h3=8 a4=4.958 b4=0.305 c4=8.423 h4=14 a5=3.160 b5=6.978 c5=6.649 h5=18

a1=4.806 b1=6.527 c1=6.468 h1=14 a2=2.668 b2=1.576 c2=7.722 h2=10 a3=1.618 b3=4.273 c3=4.075 h3=8 a4=4.893 b4=0.680 c4=4.914 h4=14 a5=1.990 b5=6.809 c5=6.565 h5=16

a1=4.689 b1=3.391 c1=4.475 h1=14 a2=4.408 b2=6.408 c2=6.274 h2=14 a3=4.858 b3=1.611 c3=6.015 h3=10 a4=3.508 b4=1.422 c4=4.472 h4=14 a5=3.581 b5=2.185 c5=4.869 h5=14

a1=4.645 b1=3.124 c1=5.084 h1=12 a2=4.177 b2=5.322 c2=6.194 h2=12 a3=4.937 b3=1.702 c3=6.074 h3=10 a4=3.505 b4=1.401 c4=4.357 h4=16 a5=3.615 b5=1.867 c5=4.964 h5=16






a1=4.002 b1=3.326 c1=5.627 h1=10 a2=4.138 b2=4.603 c2=6.583 h2=10 a3=4.329 b3=3.200 c3=3.676 h3=8 a4=3.210 b4=1.509 c4=4.864 h4=14 a5=3.846 b5=3.070 c5=5.032 h5=16

a1=4.604 b1=4.960 c1=5.370 h1=14 a2=3.528 b2=3.403 c2=6.604 h2=10 a3=3.989 b3=3.830 c3=3.063 h3=8 a4=3.765 b4=1.549 c4=4.876 h4=14 a5=2.786 b5=5.953 c5=5.871 h5=16

a1=5.100 b1=5.735 c1=1.173 h1=16 a2=2.050 b2=3.072 c2=5.463 h2=10 a3=3.178 b3=3.730 c3=3.014 h3=14 a4=3.215 b4=2.800 c4=4.187 h4=14 a5=15.72 b5=3.161 c5=3.133 h5=10

a1=4.548 b1=4.768 c1=5.430 h1=14 a2=3.704 b2=3.727 c2=6.816 h2=10 a3=4.440 b3=3.669 c3=2.734 h3=8 a4=3.751 b4=1.408 c4=5.304 h4=14 a5=4.058 b5=4.604 c5=5.540 h5=14

a1=3.845 b1=3.249 c1=5.668 h1=12 a2=3.883 b2=5.062 c2=6.330 h2=10 a3=4.465 b3=3.188 c3=2.909 h3=8 a4=3.210 b4=1.074 c4=6.221 h4=14 a5=3.425 b5=3.766 c5=4.844 h5=14






a1=4.285 b1=3.766 c1=5.565 h1=12 a2=4.391 b2=4.808 c2=6.635 h2=12 a3=5.043 b3=2.480 c3=3.285 h3=8 a4=3.333 b4=1.348 c4=5.574 h4=16 a5=3.676 b5=2.593 c5=5.003 h5=16

a1=4.772 b1=4.944 c1=4.830 h1=14 a2=3.844 b2=3.342 c2=6.409 h2=10 a3=4.183 b3=3.895 c3=4.240 h3=10 a4=3.800 b4=1.454 c4=3.186 h4=14 a5=3.928 b5=5.260 c5=4.618 h5=12

a1=0.679 b1=7.572 c1=0.414 h1=12 a2=2.185 b2=8.914 c2=7.218 h2=18 a3=1.942 b3=0.669 c3=0.250 h3=22 a4=3.949 b4=6.916 c4=5.180 h4=16 a5=0.984 b5=4.913 c5=2.541 h5=18

a1=4.932 b1=6.652 c1=2.997 h1=14 a2=1.750 b2=3.055 c2=4.907 h2=8 a3=4.444 b3=3.351 c3=2.616 h3=8 a4=2.784 b4=3.721 c4=5.051 h4=14 a5=1.428 b5=3.097 c5=4.237 h5=14

a1=5.244 b1=5.681 c1=0.146 h1=14 a2=3.337 b2=3.870 c2=6.806 h2=12 a3=2.490 b3=1.537 c3=1.341 h3=18 a4=2.358 b4=4.367 c4=8.056 h4=14 a5=0.358 b5=1.860 c5=5.569 h5=18






a1=4.697 b1=3.365 c1=5.173 h1=12 a2=4.109 b2=5.782 c2=6.159 h2=12 a3=4.933 b3=1.837 c3=3.275 h3=10 a4=3.495 b4=1.529 c4=4.761 h4=14 a5=3.782 b5=2.701 c5=5.007 h5=14

a1=3.784 b1=4.286 c1=5.681 h1=12 a2=3.873 b2=3.028 c2=6.479 h2=10 a3=3.659 b3=4.055 c3=2.796 h3=8 a4=3.559 b4=1.172 c4=5.719 h4=14 a5=3.817 b5=5.392 c5=5.594 h5=14

a1=4.896 b1=5.170 c1=1.377 h1=18 a2=1.979 b2=3.345 c2=5.137 h2=14 a3=2.822 b3=4.363 c3=6.929 h3=14 a4=3.338 b4=2.818 c4=3.792 h4=10 a5=1.611 b5=5.577 c5=3.881 h5=6

a1=4.624 b1=4.988 c1=4.680 h1=14 a2=3.879 b2=3.246 c2=6.308 h2=10 a3=4.441 b3=3.952 c3=4.617 h3=10 a4=3.813 b4=2.286 c4=2.657 h4=14 a5=3.896 b5=5.425 c5=4.388 h5=12

a1=5.183 b1=6.799 c1=1.237 h1=14 a2=1.620 b2=2.689 c2=4.443 h2=6 a3=4.946 b3=3.583 c3=2.414 h3=10 a4=3.333 b4=2.195 c4=3.628 h4=16 a5=2.629 b5=3.561 c5=2.260 h5=12






The Vertical Street

The facade area is divided into “private areas” and “advertise areas” based on its angle and distance to the most active area of the site, or the “Hot Spot”. Different areas were equipped with glass panel or responsive closed panel to control the space quality and advertising effect.

South Facade of Volumn 4

Hotspot for Volumn 4 South Facade: SHIN KONG MITSUKOSHI Bus Station

Facade Units The responsive closed panel is the daylight controlling unit for private street sections. By controlling the opening distance of each unit, a comfortable environment could be maintained throughout the day.

Electric Motor

Motor Frame

Guide Rail

Panel Frame

Wood Panel

The Vertical Street System: Facade In the commercial & residential complex, facade system controls not only the indoor environment, but also the advertising effect. By using different facade unit in different places, both private spaces and public demonstrations could be considered. Concept Illustration: Facade Unit Controlling the Sunlight

Opened Unit

Closed Unit

Facade Unit In Different Conditions: Fully-Closed, Half-Opened, Fully-Opened

Pattern & System Study

Facade Direction

The Vertical Street

By simplifying street model with the standard street house block and the one-side street model, a replicable model with identical street environment could be made for further formation.

Vertical Street Formation When the street model is raised and twisted, blocks were packed at the center while the street becomes a continuous medium space between houses and environment.

Rapid Transit Elevators and stairs are placed in the public spaces between houses for vertical rapid transit. Covered by public space, the rapid transit system would not interrupt the experience of the street.

In-Between Transportation Bridge spaces connect every independent street system from different levels. With gardens, playground and other public spaces, these bridges also work as the indoor and outdoor venues.

The Vertical Street System: Street The main character of the street system is the possibility of meander. With only two directions to go and the choice for staying or changing to another street on each end, a successful street system would have little interference to our activities. To replicate such experience in a vertical system, the problem of path continuity should be solved first. Concept Illustration: The Idea of Vertical Street: A Continuous Street To The Top

The Outcome

The result is a vertical system with no interruption to people’s activities. It should create possiblities rather than limiting functions, and that would be the basis of spontaneous activities.

Pattern & System Study

The Simplified Street Model

The Vertical Street

The street system generates blocks with 4 different levels. By adjusting 2nd floor height and depths of each room, a self-adaptive basic block unit with continuous space is made for future development. Unit E01

Unit E02

Space Organization Based on the street house system, space in the basic block is divided and arranged with different functions and qualities. By seperating private spaces from public spaces with their levels and directions, a full-function block unit is formed.

Unit E03 Atrium

Private Space Stair Case


Public/Private Space


Unit C01

Block Fitting When basic blocks are fitting into the volumn, rooms are replaced by outdoor spaces based on the position and the depths of each block to create various street spaces and maintain the space quality of blocks.



Unit C02 Unit Unit E01

15≥a≥9 14.4≥b≥6

The Vertical Street System: Blocks The original street house unit system contains the possibilities of reorganizing space functions, and this organized randomness creates the unique street environment. By condensing the original system into a more conpacted house unit, connections between houses, environment and people would be preserved in the vertical street system. Concept Illustration: Blocks: The Showcase of Activities



End Section

Unit E03 15≥a≥9 0<b<6 or 20.4>b>14.4

b 20.4-b

Central Section

Unit E02

0<a<9 or 24>a>15 b≥6 0<a<9 or 24>a>15 0<b<6 or 20.4>b>14.4

Unit C03 Unit C01

Unit C02 Unit C03 Unit C07

Unit C04

Pattern & System Study

Blocks Adjustment

The Vertical Street

Pattern & System Study

The Result The combination of volumn generation, facade system, street system and block system is the result of this vertical street formation, a high-density commercial & residential high-rise complex that extends the original street house context and the street culture of Taiwan.

Blocks Section Bridges Section Sketchs of Vertical Street Activities

The Vertical Street

Pattern & System Study Residence

Business and Residence

The seperation of commercial space and residential space is not physical but time related, therefore different atmosphere of the same space would be created in different time, and that would be the fundamental of the lively street environment.


Replicate the Natureâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Order Whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fascinating about pattern and system is that with simple rules of space order, a system could output complicated results. That would also be the mechanism behind the formation of a community: a collective activity with independent pattern of each person. Therefore by studying and developing the pattern of a certain system, we could anticipate the outcome of our behavior. This Vertical Street project is a study of street patterns, but the outcome could also present a certain kind of collective consciousness, the wisdom of people adapting the environment.

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The Study of Scenography University Recreation Center Design Site: Tianjin Polytechnic University Tianjin China

Feb. 2014 - Mar. 2014 Academic Work in Tianjin University

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By introducing stage design methods, students could be encouraged to perform by certain themes of space design. While keeping the main function of a recreation center, spaces were concentrated to create a grand outdoor activitiy area for spontaneous performances. The 24/7 outdoor stages could be the first place for students to show their creativity and energy.

Scenography Study

The campus design of Tianjin Polytechnic University is the perfect sample of modern campus design in China. With limits of both time and budgets, new campuses were designed with a economical rather than cultural design code, and students were considered as units wandering in the university rather than independent personalities. To enlighten such campus of repetation and heaviness, this recreation center should encourage and guide students to bring creativity and vitality to the campus by themselves.

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Stage Properties



Street Performances The stage of street performances is built with activities and few gadgets. By marking transparent boundaries with clothes, instruments, cases or even nothing, the activity of performing could create a space of its own.

Club Performances Club performances require a kind of stage with physical bounds but little activity limits. Performers and audiences are seperated, and people are spontaneously performing or guided by DJs.

The Big Band A standard big band stage contains all the elements of a stage for formal performances. With clear boundaries of stage, properties and auditorium, both performersâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; and audiencesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; activities are limited and clearly guided.

Stage Plays Stage plays require custom-made stage properties, set construction and scenic painting for different contents. Isolated from the audiences, stage plays construct their own spaces of story telling.

Theme Plays With a specific theme to illustrate, stage design of a theme play has no limits from regular stage structure. Making their own theaters or blending in the environment, these stage designs are one of their own.

Scenography Study

(back) Stage

The Study of Scenography


Reherasal venue requires specific lighting design to ensure that performers would not be disturbed by external environment changing. Using clerestories with different angles to control diffused light, the changing of sunlight could be neutralized.

The basic functions of a recreation center are the indoor performance and its related functions like rehearsal and storage. By directly connects rehearsal venue to the music hall, this performance flow could keep the backstage activities running smoothly and independently.

Audience Flow Waiting Space

Performance Event Auditorium


Scenography Study

(back) Stage

Rehearsal Venue

The Regular Flow

Performance Flow Rehearsal Venue

Rehearsal Venue Section

Indoor Public Space

Traffic Space



Music Hall Model: Stage Plays The Grand Stage Model: Stage Plays & Theme Plays The Chamber Model: The Big Band





Classical Music Chorus Opera Drama ... Live Performance Music Festival Grand Ceremony ... Chamber Music Big Band Talkshow ...

Street Performance The Stage of Light Unplugged Performance ... Model: Street & Club Performances Meetings & Career Talk Office & Grassland Party ... Model: Stage Plays

Outdoor Shade Space

Indoor Performance Oper-Air Performance Structure Explode Rehearsed Performance Spontaneous Performance

The Performance Flow The music hall is just a part of the full performance flow. While most of the formal performances are held in the music hall, open-air stages will be activated by studentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; unpredicable performances. Every stage has its specific design for different kinds of activities.

Office & Grassland By dividing office functions with different boxes, a multi-level space system is created for outdoor activities. With few modifications, users could create spaces for various of events.

Space Extension

Scenography Study

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Scenography Study

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1. The Stage of Light 2. The Chamber 2. The Grand Stage

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Scenography Study



The Stage of Light Plan

Carnival Mode Stalls with independent waiting areas

Music Festival Mode Independent stages with audience areas

Spontaneous Stage Design Street performance is the most creative and unpridicable performing form, therefore the stage design for such performance is not about making limits but encouraging rules breaking. Using six kinds of light panels to cover the whole square, performers could create different size of stages for special purposes.

Open-Air Concert Mode Stage and back stage area with front seats and audience area




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The Expanding Stage The lake in the campus could be more than scenery. By introducing activities and extension spaces of the performing stage into the lake, certain themes of performances could be explored to encourage creativity of spontaneous modifying spaces.



Scenography Study

Live Concert

The Long-Shot

A Short Film of Jinmen Bombardment

The Study of Narrative Structure Jinmen Bombardment Museum Design Site: Jinmen Island & Taiwan Strait Fujian China

May 2013 - Jun. 2013 Academic Work in Tianjin University UIA- HYP Cup International Student Competition in Architecture Design Proposal


07.29 Air combat between the PLA and the KMT. 08.04 A broadcast propaganda of attacking Jinmen and Matsu to liberate Taiwan with brutal force had been announced to demoralize the army in Jinmen. 08.05 The PLA began to concentrate army, navy and air force in Fujian. 08.06 The Republic of China’s Ministry of National Defense announced the war footing in TPKM. 08.07/08.14 Air combat between the PLA and the KMT.

Scene Shot S# C#




Morning, cloudy with a bit of rosy dawn. Shadows are still covering the entrance. Concrete walls beside the tunnel look cold and frosty. Looks tired and nervous, the man is looking at the sky, deep in thought.


The cold wind breezes through the tunnel. He turns around, decides to walk in and not look back. Deeper he goes, darker the tunnel feels, but the light at the end seems warm.



08.20 The PLA navy gathered in SanDuGang , ready for action.

“Well, I can’t stand here the whole day. Hope it won’t take long to walk through it.” “Oh, freezing...”

09. (Medium close-up)The records on black monuments are unreadable, so he decides to move on to the first room. 08. (Arc left, keep the actor in the frame) 07. (Hold still until the actor walks) 06. (Truck left and full shot) He is blinded by the sunlight. When he could finally look around, he realizes that he is surrounded by monuments of bombardment records.



05. (Medium close-up) He walks into the square and stands still, covering his eyes with hands.

The sunlight pierces through the gap at the end of the square and blinds his eyes. He hurriedly covers his eyes with hands, and when he is finally able to look around, he realizes that this is the square for monuments of bombardment records.

“Why do they put that gap at the end? The sunlight makes it impossible to read these records! ”

04. (Medium shot, follow the actor) 03. (Medium shot, wait until the actor goes further) Through the darkness in the tunnel, he walks into the sunlight. 02. (Arc right, follow the actor) He decides to go to the museum. He turns around and walks into the tunnel. 01. (Bust shot) The man is looking at the sky, deep in thought


Those records are just shattered phrases, and the sunlight makes them even more unreadable. He is confused of the true meaning of these monuments, so he decides to get in to explore the museum.

“How did it start? These records are not connected. Or it’s just the result of something much more complicated? I wonder what I could find out in the building. ”

Narrative Structure Study

The Long-Shot

History Timeline


Scene Shot S# C#

08.23 The PLA began to bombard Jinmen with more than 57,000 shells. More than 200 KMT soldiers had been killed. 08.31 The USSR Pravda threatened the U.S.A that the threat to the PRC equaled to the threat to the USSR 09.01 The Liaoluo gulf naval battle: The PLA gunboat destroyed the “Tuojiang” gunboat. 09.03 The U.S.A 7th Fleet began to protect KMT navy supply fleets and announced that they would not enter the extent of territorial waters.





The first room is dark and cold inside. Besides those freezingly white artificial light, even the sunlight that lightens up the sharp pyramid-like statues at the center of the room seems cold. Every angle in this room is sharp and gleaming in the pale light


The light makes his face looks pale. His eyes reflect this horrific scene, which makes him hesitate to go further.


The whole path goes around the statues, forcing him to look closer. Giant glass wall stands between him and the statues, reflecting everything glowingin the room and making the statues seem even more mystic.

“I suppose it’s the warzone in here, but there’s nothing. Should there be weapons or something putting in this freezing room? ”


Next room seems bright and warm, so he walks straight into it. He takes his last look at the dark room. Those statues are still shining in the pale light.

“Well, I guess a battle this small couldn’t left anything worthy to show. But it is war after all, someone would remember it... ”


“Is that the statue for this bombardment? Or it could be a piece of shrapnel piercing the ground. It looks evil, that’s for sure.”

09.11 The army in Jinmen attacked Xiamen railway station with heavy cannon fire and injured PLA soldiers.

Narrative Structure Study

The Long-Shot

History Timeline

16. (Arc left) He takes his last look at the dark room, and quickly walks into the next room.

15. (Medium close-up, follow the actor) At the end of the path, light from the next room brightens the exit. 14. (Medium close-up, follow the actor) The path goes around the statues, forcing him to observe these pyramids pointing at the sky.

13. (Medium shot, hold still until the actor walks) 12. (Over shoulder shot) Being Shocked by the dark and terrifying scene, he still decides to go further. 11. (Close-up) His eyes reflect the sunlight brightening the sharp statues at the center of the room. 10. (Camera goes through the window and long shot) He still looks confused after he gets in because the room feels even more scary than the square.




09.15/09.18/09.24 Air combat between the PLA and the KMT.

09.30 The U.S.A Secretary of State announced they will retreat part of their army if a reliable ceasefire could be settled. 10.01 Jiang Jieshi disagreed to decrease army on the island and the Republic of China would defended Jinma to the last. 10.03 Air combat between the PLA and the KMT.


History Timeline



The second room is brighter, but the light is still pale. Rough surface of the walls diffuse the light, but those boxes floating in the room seems shining.He walks in, wondering what’s in the box.


There is nothing in the box. A pair of fluorescent tubes lightens the box, but he can only see through the box. The reflections inside the box make it looks like a time tunnel.

“Nothing in here either. If it is the actual battle, there has to be something. ”


All the boxes are empty. He walks across the room, trying to find one box with something to present, but he found nothing. Then he smiles, realizing the empty boxes are the exhibits.

“I guess it’s all about politics then. Nothing about that deserves a box in here. Irony. ”


He looks back at the pale room with floating boxes. Glowing in the light, those boxes seems weightless, but their black marble material seems heavy and unignorable.

22. (Arc right) Standing still for a while, he decides to move on.

21. (Arc right) He stops to look closer, smiling at this idea of empty boxes. But he suddenly realized its meaning, so he immediately stops smiling.

20. (Truck right) He walks across the room, noticing that all of the boxes are empty. He realizes these empty boxes are the exhibits themeselves. 19. (Medium shot, hold still until the actor walks)

18. (Medium shot) He looks into the exhibition box, but could not see anything.

17. (Full shot) Finally walks into the light, he is relieved but still confused. He looks around, wondering what is the theme of this room.


Narrative Structure Study

The Long-Shot

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The hallway is brightened by light tubes on the wall and ceiling. At the end of the hallway, sun shines into the window and make the black marble wall looks warm and friendly. Those light tubes are placed in a certain pattern that seems like a timeline.


Reflections between walls expand the space. When he looks at the wall, his reflections seem numerous. He could hardly distinguish the actual hallway from those illusions.


At the end of the hallway, he could finally get warm in the “It’s quite dazzling in there, but at least I get sunlight. No matter how the hallway space warmer now. ” mesmerize him, it finally comes to an end.


The sunshine lightens up the whole room through giant windows. He can see the ocean “Wow, what is that? clearly, but another Wait......” thing in the room draws his attention. He walks straight to it.

“These light tubes seem like marks on a timeline, but the reflections are quite disturbing... ”

29. (Medium close-up) When he walks into the next room, he can’t believe what he sees. He is shocked, and then he can’t help smiling.

28. (Medium close-up) Through the hallway, he walks into the next room.


History Timeline

10.06 The PRC Secretary of Defence Peng Dehuai published “A letter to Taiwaness compatriots”, announcing that the PLA will ceasefire in Jinmen after Oct.6th to allow a free and fully supplyment of goods and materials, but the U.S. army’s pretection was abandoned. 10.10 Matsu Air Combat 10.12 The PRC government annouced that the ceasefire will continue for two more weeks. 10.20 The bombardment on Jinmen started again because of U.S. army’s protection of KMT.

27. (Low-angle shot, hold still until the actor walks by) 26. (Low-angle shot) At the end of the hallway, he sees the ocean through a window. He is relieved by the sunlight.

25. (Arc right, frame in) His reflections on the wall seem numerous. Such illusion almost mesmerizes him. 24. (Arc right, frame out) The reflection on the wall expands the hallway, making the space infinite in extent.

S06 23. (Medium Shot) He walks through the hallway, wondering if these shining lines on the wall are a kind of timeline.


Narrative Structure Study

The Long-Shot



36. (Zoom out to a full view of beacons) Three beacons are floating in the storm.





There are two walls covered by monitors. Every single screen is rolling different kinds of footages, and all together those screens make the whole wall alive.

“Monitors? ”


He takes a closer look at those monitors, it seems that those footages are from all around the Taiwan Strait. Most of them seems calm, but there is one camera floating in the storm.

“Are these footages from beacons? Oh, there is one or two in the storm right now. I should go downstairs to take a closer look.”

35. (Big close-up) It seems that this camera is floating with other cameras, or some kind of beacons shining in the dark.


34. (Zoom in) All the screens are playing footages of cameras floating on the ocean, and there is one in the storm. 33. (Waist shot,frame out) 32. (Waist shot) There is one screen that catches his eyes. On the other side of the screen, the storm is coming.

31. (Arc right) There are stairs to go down, but he chooses to stay on this floor for a moment. He goes straight to the giant window in front of the wall 30. (Full shot) He sees walls of monitors. The image on the screen seems constantly changing. He steps up to look closer.


On the other side of the screen, it seems that there are few beacons floating together. The shape of beacons is vague but visible.

10.23 U.S. Secretary of Stage John Dulles leaved Taiwan and published the China-US Joint Communique to maintain that Jinmen, Matsu had a close relation in defense with Taiwan and Penghu.


History Timeline

10.25 The PRC Secretary of Defence Peng Dehuai published “Another Letter to Taiwaness Compatriots” to announced the ceasefire and a die-out bombard sequence. The end of Jinmen Bombardment The start of a new relationship between Taiwan and mainland



Three beacons are floating in the ocean, shining in the darkness before the storm. It is impossible to see either the mainlaind or Taiwan. It could be the original battelfield, but there is nothing but these beacons in here.

Narrative Structure Study

The Long-Shot

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43. (Long shot) He touches the black stone wall, realizes that this is the wall in the hallway. He starts to think about the scene inside the museum, smiling. S07




Camera lens reflects the scene of upcoming storm.


He finally figures out where are those beacons. They are at the actual battlefield, but there is nothing in there. The whole monitor walls are the panorama of the strait.


The sun warms up the whole rooftop, and the concrete walls are wetted by the moist sea breezes. Monitors under the skylight are glowing, covering everything with a touch of supernature.


Those black walls seem abnormal, but the materials are identical. “It must be that wall in the hallway.” Those are the walls in the museum, piercing through the roof.


42. (Arc left) He finally gets out of the museum, but hesitates to go further. He finally manages to move his feet to the end of this journey.

41. (Pedestal-up through the skylight) He climbs up the stairs behind the screen wall, and realizes he could go straight up to the roof.

40. (Medium shot, hold still until the actor go to the stairs)


39. (Through-lens to the museum) He gets downstairs to look closer, trying to figure out where are those cameras.

“Looks like everything about the battle has been washed off. 56 years are not long, but...”

38. (Big close-up of camera lens)

37. (Quick pan and arc right to the second beacon)


Narrative Structure Study

The Long-Shot

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The rough concrete walls and floors make the square like a canvas for sunlight. The sun gives everything a soft golden touch. In front of the grand stairs, the wall decorated with polished stones reflects everything on the square.

The Long-Shot


At the end of the rooftop, stairs lead him to go down. It feels like the journey is coming to an end.

44. (Pedestal-up and tilt down) He looks downstairs, but the only thing he could see is an empty square. 45. (Pedestal-down and arc left) He walks downstairs, still trying to find another man to talk to.



It is clearly the end of this journey. The square is empty. The only thing that looks alive in here is the bright sunshine.

Narrator : “I believe no one would like to stay in here after that experience. Everything that museum has recorded suppose to be lost in history. It’s a small battle between two parties, and few people were lost. But someone should remember that, remember once upon a time, there was this unnecessary battle, and innocent people were sacrificed. ”

The sky looks warm. Maybe it’s not warm, it’s just too cold in the museum in that journey.

Narrator : “But after all, tomorrow is another day. Maybe we should just let this museum remembers everything for us. Yes, that’s the purpose of designing this museum, to remember everything. Everything... ”

46. (Waist shot) But he could not find anyone. He has to keep everything in mind. He stops by the wall and starts to memorize everything he just saw.

47. (Tilt up, frame out)


The End


Narrative Structure Study



BEIJING Idealism The Study of Virtual Icon Jun. 2014 - Sept. 2014 Personal Design

(Virtual) Reality Architecture Design Site: Laoshan Mountain Bike Course Beijing China

Site Condition Timeline 2003.1.14 2003.10.24 2005.8.18 2006.5.15

Photo Shoot Filming

Making the “Icon” Photos

In 2008, the Beijing Olympics triggered an architecture boom across the mainland. When we witness masterpieces growing around us, we were mesmerised by the striking modern design.

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After the Olympics, we were forced to face the result of this dashing architecture experiment. Stadiums were abandoned because most of the olympic sports didn’t have a solid mass base in China, and since the reconstruction will be expensive enough for most of the investors, slogans and daring plans must be made to attract capitals. And that will be the start of another experiment.






The Physical Icons

Sharing Experience

We can not deny the attraction of an iconic design, but at the same time, do we really need another icon for Beijing beside the rich history of our capital city? In such a metropolis with millions of people living in, do we really need to fill every public space with stadiums and high-rises rather than parks and squares? Maybe this addiction to mass construction is the illness of ourselves.

Ornamental Landscape

(the visual effect)

Civilians’ Reaction Positive Negative

The Beijing Idealism project trys to offer a kind of placebo for such illness. By recovering the site of the abandoned Laoshan Moutain Bike Course to a city park and community center, the new building and landscape design would become the traisition between urban context and nature. On the other hand, to fit the requirement from the original project brief: replacing the bike course with an iconic Ice-Skating and Skiing Center, a virtual-reality project fitting the physical experience of the real project will be presented for the striking visual effect. This architecture “icon” will be spreaded like the Bird Nest and the CCTV Tower and has the similar advertising effect, but it will be cheaper, replaceable and most importantly, much more “unreal”.


Landscape Effect

General Activity Living

Urban Landscape


(the function)

Environmental Function


Physical Experience

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Public Activity

Hopefully, by making this virtual icon of architecture, people will rationally examine the radical architecture experiment and once again admire the beauty of reality.

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(the unlimited visual experience)


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Feel Reaction






(the irreplaceable physical experience)


(Virtual) Reality Study

Beijing Idealism


The Garden

Ground Floor Plan

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With few barriers, people could freely walk on the ground. Since recreating landscape is the goal, bounded paths are unnecessary. The path in the reality is just a vague concept of possible activities, a basic guide for function assembling.


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Community Center

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Theater Conference Room Meeting Room Community Office

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Recreation Center

Activity Area: Path

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The most “active” parts of the project would be areas near the elevator room, and by carefully forming landscape, placing barriers and changing materials, people’s activities could be gently bounded in these areas.

Playground Garden

The Landscape Path-03

Activity Area: Ground

Although most of the functional parts are placed underground, at the center of the site, the same place the virtual skating rink would be, a special scene is designed to express certain emotions. At the end of our journey, a statement must be made.

Basement Plan

Restaurant Study Room Meeting Room Office Playroom

The Reality: An Ideal Evolution

(Virtual) Reality Study

Beijing Idealism

Amphitheater Study Room Outdoor Gallary Playground Garden

In the reality, buildings should blend in the environment to create space for landscape reformation. The result, therefore, would be a landscape design with a transparent box floating on the ground, while other functions of the building being organized under the landscape.

Garden Playground Gallery

In the virtual reality, certain visual experience could be created for any required function of the building. The second floor is lifted for the independence of three functional regions, and by following the original flows design in reality, the experience could be physically real yet visually supernatual.

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Skating Rink

The floating paths create the visual bounds for controlling peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s exploration. In the virtual reality, peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities are guided and physically limited to prevent unexpected bugs.


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Activity Area: Path

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Beijing Idealism

Activity Area: Second Floor


The Icon: A Virtual Illusion

Unlike the second floor, the ground floor is just a scene with limited interactions. Visually this is the entrance of the building, but physically this is the end of this unrealistic journey. This is the calm before the storm of reality.

Ground Plan

Elevator 01

Elevator 03

Elevator 02

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Center Area: Pivot

(Virtual) Reality Study

By replicating the physical experience, the activity area in virtual reality does not need additional limitations. But with the freedom of changing materials, lights, weather and even the speed of time, the virtual project has unlimited possibilities of functions and visual effects.



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Beijing Idealism

(Virtual) Reality Study






Three elevator rooms are the entrance to the virtual reality. Unlike the peaceful, quiet design in reality blending in the environment of Shijingshan, the virtual reality is compelling and dominant. It should conform every rules of a successful advertisement.

Beijing Idealism

(Virtual) Reality Study






With same architectural elements and identical physical experience, two worlds were seperated only by visual effects. If we take off the glasses anytime, we would see the identical scenes. Is the reality confusing with the virtual reality, or the other way around?

Acceleration Adjustment

Velocity Adjustment

In the virtual reality, the concept of velocity is presented by visual movements, which means in the virtual uniform motion, our bodies could move slower or even keep still while experiencing the velocity with our eyes

Acceleration is the body experience that can not be simulated, but it can be adjusted in certain degree. By changing the visual acceleration, physical experience can be neutralized.


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By detaching visual perception from physical experience, our body can be fooled in certain conditions. When we could immerse ourselves in the virtual reality and experience the idea of a architecture icon, what would be left in the reality?

(Virtual) Reality Study



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Visible Walls

In the exhibition center, where the real landscape design is precisely copied, walls are tangible. Bloopers are protecting us from hitting walls. We need the imperfection to keep us safe.

Tangible Walls

(Virtual) Reality Study

Beijing Idealism

On the second floor, spaces are visually limited. Bloopers are the reminder of the virtual reality. We need the imperfection to keep conscious.

On the first floor, we are forbidden to explore the scene. Bloopers are the exit sign of virtual reality. We need the imperfection to get us free from illusions.

Invisible Walls Intro



Bloopers Awake

The virtual reality is physically limited. We tried to stay in the illusion as long as we can, but eventually we would hit the wall. The world of digits will be tore apart. It may seems like bloopers, but it is the end of our journey.

By detaching the symbolic meaning of this project from its physical experience, we may finally be able to see it through. An icon is temporary and replaceable, but space will last and change through the time. The meaning of â&#x20AC;&#x153;iconicâ&#x20AC;? could be misinterpreted, but the physical experience never lies. The icon never last, but the reality remains. Move on or try again? It is our decision.








Selected Works & Résumé

Community Center Design

Lanxing Cup National Student Competition, Honorable Mention

Apr. 2013 - May. 2013 Collaborative Work With Yan Jin Concept Design & Renderings

Working as the start point of the famous floating bridge in Ganzhou, China, this community center connects people on both sides of the river while keeping itself almost invisible to the city context. By hanging the whole structure on the river levee, this project is my exploration of creating space for the over-developed urban context.

Yin Que Shan Street Mixed Use: Linyi, China

July. 2014 - Sept. 2014 Concept Design, Serie Architects Beijing Concept Design & Design Drawings

The Oasis:

A Sunlight Distribute System

May. 2014 Personal Work

International VELUX Award Project The project “The Oasis” is designed to distribute and convert solar energy received by the building. The extend roof would collect sunlight and create shadows underneath for public activities. Part of the light received would be converted to electricity, and with optical fibre, the rest could be transmitted to the underground plaza and rooms. By classifying and bending the fibre, the path of sunlight could be controlled to give the whole building brightness.

PV Panels Lenses Optical Fibre

Indoor Space Lenses Open-Air Space Steel Column

Yin Que Shan Street Mixed Use in Linyi, China is a commercial complex project I designed in Serie Architects Beijing. Located in Lanshan District, Linyi in Shandong province, this project is a part of the city reconstruction plan. With strict limits of capacity rate, I tried to create multi-level public space for both commercial activities and residents’ recreation. And by introducing traditional Chinese pattern into facade design, this project could bring modern facilities into the old town without breaking its urban context. (Renderings of the project are made by professional designers in Serie Architects Beijing)

Selected Works


The Bridge Harbor:

Ancient Building Survey: Dule Temple In 2012, we conducted ancient building survey on Dule Temple, Ji Xian, China. In this survey, we used rulers, cameras and other traditional equipments rather than scanner and other modern surveying instruments. We made hundreds of sketches on site to record details of architecture structure and buddha statues. As the principal of surveying “Shan Men”, or the entrance temple, I made detailed records on the whole building in sketchs and numbers. The final drawings were also drawed by hands. My drawing of Shan Men’s south elevation is currently presented in the exhibition of Tianjin University’s ancient building survey history. (Left)

2013 New Year Concert Publicity Materials Collection: Poster, Program Guides, Tickets and Commemorative Badges

Graphic Design Works As the graphic designer of publicity materials and later the vice leader of Peiyang Symphony Orchestra, I designed all of the publicity materials in 2011 and 2012. From posters to badges and T-shirts, our materials were widely acclaimed in the campus.

Selected Works


2011 Autumn Music Concert Poster Collection

YANG Dongqi B.Arch, Tianjin University, China M.Arch, University of Michigan, US Birthday: 05/14/1991 Age: 23 Email: Tel: (734)-353-2442

Résumé Skills:

Education: School of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China

Department of Architecture, Tunghai University, Taichung, Taiwan

Sept. 2010 - May 2013 Jun. 2013 - Jan. 2014

▪ GPA:4.0/4.0 ▪ Studio Grade: 4.0/4.0

School of Architecture, Tianjin University, Tianjin, China

Feb. 2014 -



1998 - Present

Professional training

Graphic Designer

Peiyang Symphony Orchestra for Peiyang Symphony Orchestra.

Principal of Woodwind Section Chief of Clarinet Section ▪ Performed solo sections of clarinet parts.

July 2014 - Sept. 2014

▪ Guided rehearsal and performances of clarinet section.

▪ Participated in the feasibility study of Zhengzhou Coal Plant Industry

▪ In charge of rehearsal managing, checking-in and music scores management of woodwind section.

▪ Designed

Peiyang Symphony Orchestra won the first prize of the instrumental music group in National Art Exhibition Activities of College Students. (From over 2000 universities, only 32 groups entered the final)

Planning, completed a 200 pages feasibility study report.

and completed the drawings of Linyi Yin Que Shan Street Mixed Use concept design.

Awards: Honorable Mention

2011 - 2012

Peiyang Symphony Orchestra


Lanxing Cup National Student Competition,

2010 - 2013

▪ Designed posters, leaflets, videos, T-shirts and other publicity materials

▪ GPA: 3.42/4.0 ▪ Required Courses GPA: 3.46/4.0 ▪ Design Studio GPA: 3.74/4.0

Beijing, China

1999 - 2005

Professional training

Campus Activities:

(Untill Oct. 2014)

Intern, Serie Architects Beijing

Table Tennis

Vice Leader 2013

Peiyang Symphony Orchestra ▪ Responsible for publicity activities planning, online publication platform

and publicity materials managing and checking-in for rehearsals.

▪ Independently planned and managed “The Glorious Years: Peiyang Symphony Orchestra Graduates Party” .

2012 - 2013

YANG Dongqi's Portfolio  
YANG Dongqi's Portfolio  

For Master of Architecture application. Final decision: Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan. YANG, D...