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H a o Z h e n g

Spring 2019


01 Raising Waters 02 Farm to Table 03 Harvesting Sustainability 04 Some Stuff for Storage 05 Plan as Generator

06 Professional Work 07 Beyond Studio

Raising Waters

Location : New York, NY Course : ARC 408 Instructor : Angela Co Partner : Jessica Huang With an emphasis on sustainability, the New York studio program takes a closer look on the effects of climate change on coastal regions. We begin with the generation of forms through a series of tunneling primitive shapes. The resultant forms are continuously iterated upon also taking into account the ways it interacts with water. The final form is one that interacts with water from above and below and reacts in an over-flooding scenario. The project then takes the forms and adapts them to the site. Broad Channel, an area previously devastated by Hurricane Sandy, sits in the middle of Jamaica Bay in New York. The site is surrounded by marsh land home to dozens of fresh and salt water species which has been steadily declining as the result of climate change and industrialization. The area is home to 12,000 residents whose homes and streets are regularly inundated by the tides. Current government programs see to raise homes and streets to mitigate flooding. Our project proposes an effort to maintain the current ecosystem present in the area, provide access and emergency supplies in the event of another super storm, as well as providing an alternative to real estate and housing in the area decades into the future. A canopied catchments throughout the site first collects, sorts, and stores freshwater in cases of emergency use. Freshwater is also then diverted into a series of freshwater pools formed by berms to maintain wild life present in the near by freshwater pond created by Robert Moses. These pool’s level of salinity will begin to vary as its floods years round catering to a wider variety of species. The berms links the two highest points on the island providing access to the area as water continues to rise. In our master-plan projecting into 2100, our projects sees the network of pool and infrastructure expanding throughout the region providing real estate on top of and hanging from the canopy networks. The extending freshwater network will provide for the current residents and wildlife. Real estate is sold by purchasing canopies and pools; as the network expands so does the ecosystem for wild life.

Datum berms

Water collection

Elevated ground

Bridge highpoints

High Tide

Spring Tide

500 Year Flood

2025 2050 2100

2025 High Tide

2100 High Tide

2025 High Tide

2100 High Tide

FARM to table Location : Chittenango Creek Course : ARC 208 Instructor : Molly Hunker

A concept on natural and artifical punctures, this project features a culinary experience that emphasizes a farm to table experience with a restaurant, culinary research lab, greenhouse, and specialized storage rooms. The project takes precedent from the Bluewall Center in its use of puntures and treatment to landscape. In the farm to table design, the ground is heavily manipulated to allow a curving over-arching structure, which houses most of the program, to puncture in and out of the landscape. This change in views highlights the manipulated landscape as well as dramatize movement. Specialized program such as the refrigeration and storage room are placed underground to be naturally and more effectively stored, while program such as the restaurant and greenhouse are exposed. The landscape is manipulated so that meadow regions are depressed and surrounded to emphasize a more “natural� puncture, while more harsh and drastic puncture house special vegetation to accent the scavenger quality of the farm to table experience.

Precedent Analysis - Blue Wall Center Studio Gang Architecture

Soil displacement

Puncture lanscape

Puncture ground

Puncture vegetation

Harvesting Sustainability

Location : Onondaga Lake Outlet Course : ARC 208 Instructor : Molly Hunker

In a search for a more sustainable source of energy , SUNY ESF have been researching the potentials of willow plants as a biomass. In addition to being a locally produced and renewable source of energy, willow plants survive in less than ideal conditions, absorb pollutants within the surrounding soil, and act as a great sound and snow buffer. Situated on the Onondaga Lake outlet, previously heavily polluted by industries within the city, the biomass farms acts to clean up the existing pollutes within the soil and water, provide sustainable biomass fuel to the community, and serve as a research facility and museum to educate the surrounding community on willow plants and sustainable energy sources. The project develops on the concept of “punctures� to emphasize qualities of the artificial natural (natural spaces created through human intervention). Visitors get a complete experience of the land through the act of puncturing through natural spaces like the ground, trees, and ultimately the air. In doing so, visitors are exposed to a variety of perspectives allowing them to learn more in-depth through their senses. The bridge acts to bring observers through ground, tree, and air as the ground itself steadily declines populated with willows. As the outlets floods seasonally, the willows under the bridge will be watered leaving the higher structures, while in summer and winter months visitors can choose to explore along the bridge or directly within the willow fields.

Farmland Diagram

Not Prime Farmland

Farmland if Drained

Potential Farmland

Prime Farmland

Dispersed program

Puncture ground, forestry, and air

Wondering path

Some Stuff for Storage

Location : Long Island City Course : ARC 307 Instructor : Greg Corso

While researching different storage facilities from data centers, libraries, to museum archives, a quality that stood out most were the dense fields that were produced by the layering of information and “stuff.� While a preferred method of storing is often away in a space separate from view, the most interesting and captivating is often seeing how these items are arranged and creates a visible field. So rather than designing a facility that houses items separately, the storage units are design to be transparent allowing passerby to see the contents within. The units additionally outline program spaces so that denser storage like lockers surround more private program. The transparent quality of these storage units allow for the units themselves to also be shops and small businesses to sell various goods. The porous spaces created by the layering of stored goods create a continuous field of stuff throughout the project allowing it to be exhibited also as a museum. The quality of porosity is again emphasized as void spaces which connects to the outside and flow throughout the building creating courtyards and outdoor spaces; ultimately, also allowing the space to be naturally lit.

Highly porous view

Medium porous view

Less porous view

Porous section

Three Reminders

Location : Florence, Italy Course : ARC 407 Instructor : Kyle Miller Partner : Jessica Huang Taking influence from Le Corbusier and his book “Towards a New Architecture,� this abroad design studio takes into consideration the three reminders highlighted: plan, surface, and volume. The studio was split into three phases each phase continuously building off one other but can also be considered independent exercises from one another. Studying in Florence, Italy, we took Italian palazzi as precedents. In the first phase, we generated a plan by collaging various Italian palazzi like Strozzi, Piccolomini, and Medici. These plans allowed us to accentuate elements of linear axis, inner and outer loggia, and courtyard. We sought to develop a plan that can be read as three distinct elements, the interior element, the riverside loggia, and the loggia along the longitudinal axis. From this plan, we generated a 3d form through a series of extrusions and wire-cuts in the x,y, and z planes. Similarly we should to generate a form that echoed this idea of three distinct elements. In the next phase, surface, we took the form we generated in and treated the surface. We applied the three distinct surfaces with marble, stone, and stucco, all elements derived from Italian palazzi. We treated the planar element with marble, the mass volumetric element with stone, and the relief with stucco so that it doesn’t compete with the two materials. Finally in volume, we treated the project we generated as an existing building and worked to develop it into a renovated gallery and community space. We worked to developed the previously neglected interior spaces to host exhibition spaces, offices, and cafes. Rotated tectonic elements were imposed to highlight hierarchical spaces such as entrances, loggia, exhibition, and conference rooms.

Collage plan

XYZ extrusion and wirecut with plan



The collaged plan, made in collaboration with Jessica Huang, took precedent from three particular Italian palazzo: Palazzo Medici, Strozzi, and Piccolomini. The main focus of the collage plan was to create two main axis through the building, one longitudinal and the other transverse, while maintaining a conceptual symmetry that existed in our precedents. Both axis would begin with an entrance through structure and courtyard and result into an open loggia.

Professional Work

Beyond Studio While studying abroad in Florence, Italy for a semester in addition to the our studio design course, I took an Introduction to Painting and Architectural Survey course. Introduction to Painting introduced foundamental principles of painting allowing students to study Renaissance techniques of chiaroscuro and later techniques of intensified color. The Architecture Survey course had students travel to varies cities in florence and sketch and diagram valued architectural sites. The sketches focused on formal analysis and organization of a built structure to investigate its underlaying principles. Here are selected works from my times abroad.

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