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Water Renaissance


Urban Deisgn in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia


The Break Space


Redevelopment in Long Island City, New York, U.S.


Drive-Less Life


Urban Design in Poughkeepsie, Hudson Valley, U.S.


Other Works


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Water Renaissance

Urban Deisgn in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Team Work with Yuan Qin, Zhen Hua, Zhou Wu spring studio(Professor: Kate Orff, Dilip da Cunha, Fitsum Gelaye, Geeta Mehta) Spring 2020

Kechene located at the north edge of Addis, it is a place that forest, river, and human habitat are physically hydrating with each other. The mountains and rivers shaped the complex natural environment here, and the people settled decades ago. But all of these resources are not being effectively used. Our project is a combination of several water, eco and local economy related programs, targeting providing community benefits for the majority of craftspeople and artisans.

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5 people died in recent 3 years due to flooding and the broken bridge.

We are suffering from water scarcity, and we come here to fetch water every week, we need to wait in line for a long time, and carry these heavy buckets back home. Uneven Distribution of Water Resource: Flooding & Water Scarcity River as a very important part of the natural environment here, the speed and destructiveness brought by topographical factors, is a major threat. Erosion is also intensified by this. It is worth noting that there are three bridges within the site the yellow dots that are vulnerable places of flooding.

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We use shembeku as firewood for our pottery making industry.

Shembeku is an invasive plant, it destroys the soil, causing severe erosion, exerting a negative effect on the local ecosystem. Invasive Species: Shembeku Kechene was suffering deforestation before 2000 due to human activities and the increasing erosion of river water. And the local government has tried to improve the situation by introducing eucalyptus. But because of their over nutrient extraction Planting of Eucalyptus has exacerbated the problem instead of solving it. But it does become an important source of firewood and building material for local people.

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I can make up to 12 pots a day, and have a net monthly income of about 2,000 br. For every liter water I use, I need to pay 2.5 to 4 br.

We weekly consume 5 tons of water which accounts for a significant portion of our production costs.

Crafts Economy People living here are engaging in small family-style industrial production. They make coffee pots, they weave clothes. But the problem is even though the whole community lives next to natural resources, but have to depend upon buying bare necessities: People living next to the River still need to purchase water. People live next to the forest but only use it as a source of firewood. They live next to the city but need intermediaries to sell their goods.

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Unbalanced Relationshhiop What within the current relationship between economy, water, and ecosystem, apart from physical connection, are only negative interactions.

Strategy Based on this, we are proposing a design concept that connects these three systems organically, and makes them into positive resources for each other. And we have three different parts of connecting. The blue a basic Natural resource connecting, targeting making full usage of the natural resources water, plants reducing the cost of production and living. The yellow Market connecting, Improving work organization and opening up existing markets. And the white Human resource connecting, this one is to let the residents acting as both producers and consumers creating a more sustainable economic cycle. And we will have these three strategies to be detailed explained for next.

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Fig1.People fetch water and gather at contour trenches.

1.Check Dam 2.Contour Trench 3.Public Toilet 4.Skip Point 5.Shembeku Planting 6.Local Tree Species Planting

Fig2.Public toilet with local material.

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Fig1.Living&Production Unit work in the existing market.

1.Living&Production Units 2.Renovated Co-ops

Fig2.Living&Production Unit work as pottery making place.

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Fig1.Riverside Park with kid's space and market.

1.Corridors 2.Living&Production Units 3.Walkway 4.Riverside Park

Fig2.Living&Production Unit work as public space for the neighborhood.

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Fig.Scenario of the wooden-bridge site

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Fig.Scenario of the concrete-bridge site

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Fig.Scenario of the stone-crossing site

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Fig.Scenario of the wooden-bridge site

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Fig.Scenario of the concrete-bridge site

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Fig.Scenario of the stone-crossing site

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For a larger scale, the three bridges we mentioned above would perform synergistically as seeds connecting the three systems of water, ecosystem and crafts economy, work as generators of eco services, handicraft industry, and grow into the whole region. We also believe the trilateral relationship based design would fit in with other sites along Rift Valley that would make them benefit from surrounding natural resources.

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The Break Space

Redevelopment in New York, U.S. Team Work with Pratibha signh, Nina Ndichu summer studio(Professor: Tricia Martin, Nans Voron, Carmelo Ignaccolo) Summer 2019

Currently development is undergoing in Sunnyside Yard above the Long Island Rail Tracks in the centre of Long Island City.The proposed development is to be on a deck whose height ranging from as low as 10 feet to as high as 100 feet. What we want to do is prevent the rising yard being a barrier which seperates urban space on two sides of it, as well as make the space for all people to resist the gentrification trend.

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Fig.Existing neighborhood and context of the Sunnyside Yard

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Green Space


Fig.Existing conditions of Sunnyside Yard


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Fig.Strategies to activate the boudary

Fig.Programs on nodes of the boundary betweeen the rising Sunnyside Yard and the surrounding neighborhood

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This site is facing IBZ(Industrail Business Zone) area, our implementation focus on provide more sharing work spaces integrated with green spaces, parks, retail space, to improve the life quality of people who live and work here.

Fig.Existing condition of the site

Fig.Section of the intervention part-Lab Park

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Fig.How the new Lab Park work in differnet scenarios

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Fig.Rendering of the Lab Park

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Fig.Rendering of the Lab Park

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This site is in the traditional residential neighborhood. We want to provide more space for children, for the old, and for the community. We try to connect the rising deck and the existing sidewalk with stairs programmed with interactive installations and exhibitions. Fig.Existing condition of the site

Fig.Section of the intervention part-Kids' Park

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Fig.Rendering of the Kids' Park

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This site is next to CBD of Long Island City. Taking the complicated 3D transportation system into consideration, we want to improve the walking environment for pedestrians, and create more public space as well.

Fig.Existing condition of the site

Fig.Section of the intervention part-Art Park

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Fig.Rendering of the Art Park

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Drive-Less Life

Urban Design in Poughkeepsie, U.S. Team Work with Yi Zhang, Yao Yao fall studio(Professor: Kaja Kuehl, David Smiley, Justion Moore) Fall 2019

This project is a hybrid system to reduce the emission of private vehicles. We encourage emission-free shared vehicle system, make existing buses replaced by smaller, more frequent shuttles, and cars replaced by shared autonomous electric vehicles. We aim to improve public transportation infrastructure by building new bus stops integrated with public space and urban life.

205.61 (MMtCO2e)





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Fig.Carbon emission map in Hudson Valley

Fig1.Carbon price for different transit method



Fig2.Ratio of car ownership in NYC POUGHKEEPSIE



Carbon Emission (Metric ton/sq mile ·year) 50,000

Population Density Legend (Population/sq meter) Populationdesity_NY&P desity 0.000000 - 0.000020 0.000000-0.000020 0.000021 - 0.000055 0.000021-0.000055


0.000056 - 0.000115 0.000056-0.000115 0.000116 - 0.000226 0.000116-0.000226

0.000227-0.000406 0.000227 - 0.000406 0.000407-0.000707 0.000407 - 0.000707



0.000708 - 0.001065 0.000708-0.001065 0.001066 - 0.004141 0.001066-0.004141 0.004142 - 0.029946 0.004142-0.029946

Fig3.Ratio of car ownership in Hudson Valley

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Fig.Relationship betweeen transit mode and carbon emission-case study

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Fig.Toward a new transportation system: better public space network, new emission-free vehicles, more pleasant experience

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Pilot Site 1


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Pilot Site 2 c

Pilot Site 3 b


Improved Bus Stops Pick-up Spots Pedestrian Friendly Street 5-min-walk radius

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Fig1.Bus stop network proposal in downtown Poughkeepsie i


Fig2.Renovation of Maplewood bus stop-better stop for the neighborhood, new living room for the community


a. Improved Bus Stop(With Deli) b. Grocery c. Community Library d. Community Garden e. Dining Hall f. Playground g. Walkway Connecting the Neighborhood h. Bicycle Parking Area i. Front Square j. New Pedestrian Way k. New Bicycle Lane

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Fig.Transit Hub bus stop renovation This bus stop is in the Poughkeepsie transit hub, where the traffic is relatively busy, making it unsafe for pedestrians to walk. We reorganized the site, enabling people to walk through the whole site. A fast food restaurant is also planted in the waiting hall.

Fig.Rendering of the new Transit Hub bus stop

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Fig.Dongon Street bus stop renovation There is only a sign next to the road in the existing stop, even no pedestrian ways. We proposed new walkway and zebra crossings, and combined cafe, waiting room and green space to the stop.

Fig.Rendering of the new Transit Hub bus stop

1.Reading New York Urbanism Team Work with Yi Zhang Professor: Carmelo Ignaccolo Summer 2019

Fig.Footages of the video

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Other Works

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2.Rethinking Tourism (Research of Fall Studio) Team Work with Hatem, Alvi, Xinyue Liu Professor: Kaja Kuehl, David Smiley, Justion Moore Fall 2019

Fig1.Growth in traveler spending

Fig2.Relationship between farming, ecology preservation, and tourism in Hudson Valley

Fig.Proposal of the future tourism in Hudson Valley

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Fig.Scenario of the future environment-friendly sightseeing agriculture

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3.Datamining the City Team Work with Guangwei Ren, Rui Wang Professor: Violet Whitney Fall 2019

Towards A Sponge City An interactive model of the floods formation and simulates how precipitation, drainage system, green ratio would collectively influence flooding in the city. https://medium.com/data-mining-the-city/towards-a-sponge-city69698288bc94 Fig1.Scenario when municiple drainage system and green space works

Fig2.Scenario without green space: flooding alert

Demographic Structure and Urban Facilities An interactive model of the evalution of infrastructures’ capacity with increasing population and changing demographic structure. https://medium.com/data-mining-the-city/demographic-structure-andurban-facilities-8b99271dfc41 Fig.User interface of the model: By swifting the scroll bars to control the percent that different age groups account for in the whole population, the circles change.

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Fig1.The More People Interact With Commercial The More Value Generated

Fig3.From Simulation To Real World

Fig2.How does street furnitures create commercial values

Fig4.User interface: drag the icon into the street window to create your own street

My Street — Simulation of Crowds and City Economy on Customized Street Furniture Nowadays, public space in our city is too crowded with advertisements in order to gain commercial value in short time. The depressive feelings given by enormous and shining billboards actually make pedestrians less willing to wander on the street. While a rational street furniture design is always ignored, which could benefit our city in long term. Our target is to provide a kind of street simulation platform that formulate rational evaluating system and provide great interaction for users that can really change our street from digital screen to real world. https://medium.com/@gr2624/my-street-simulationof-crowds-and-evaluations-on-customized-streetfurniture-949ae8c8318c

Team Work with Sophie Lee, Hala, Peizhe Fang, Yanan Chneg Professor: Vishaan Chakrabarti Fall 2019

Fig1.Location of the proposal-South Louisana

Fig2.Flooding-the biggest challenge of the city

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4.Theory of City Form

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Fig1.Prototype of city plan

Fig2.Conceptual section of the city

Individual Work Professor: Kate Orff, Dilip da Cunha, Fitsum Gelaye, Geeta Mehta Spring 2020

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5.Ecology System in Addis Ababa (Research of Spring Studio)

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Shuo Han '20 MSAUD Columbia GSAPP  

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