hello, My name is Jing Liao and I am currently in my 3rd year of undergraduate studies. I believe the design process should be as playful as it is thoughtful and I am fixated on the stories that emerge from spatial explorations. I look forward to making your acquaintance!
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a suburban urbanity a machine for swimming scaffolding social a floating library
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professional and personal
education 2015 – 2020
University of Waterloo, School of Architecture, Canada — Candidate for Honours Bachelor of Architectural Studies, 2020 — Dean's Honours list for all semesters to present
experience Sept - Dec 2017
Architectural Intern at WXY Architecture + Urban Design, New York — produced graphic assets and marketing material using rhino, illustrator, and hand sketching for final concept presentation of significant revitalization project in East Harlem — coordinated and collaborated with colleague in developing and delivering key perspective renders for Resilient by Design competition
Jan - Apr 2017
Architectural Intern at plusClover, Hong Kong — produced construction drawings and coordinated between English and Chinese parties on and off-site during contracting process, ensuring project intent and progress remained on track for renovation tender — handcrafted physical branding prototypes and model of outdoor lounge scheme for initial and final concept presentations
First in Class Engineering Scholarship, University of Waterloo — achieved highest class term average in terms 2A and 2B
2016 – 2018
Exhibition of Exemplary Student Work, University of Waterloo —
1B, 2A, 2B projects chosen for annual show of 3 students per class
1B Outstanding Design Award, University of Waterloo — highest academic standing in design studio
International Experience Award, University of Waterloo — awarded for obtaining overseas co-op placement
President’s Scholarship, University of Waterloo — entrance average 90–94%
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autocad adobe cc (Ps, Ai, Id, Pr) rhinoceros 5 v-ray laser cutting grasshopper houdini
hand drafting sketching wood working model making
a suburban u r b a n i t y. * project in progress
What if we were to capitalize on the in-between, proximities, and energies of spaces? In the Greater Toronto Area, older residential districts have been economically and infrastructurally fragmented from the gentrifying urban core and the sprawling peripheries, creating islands of isolation in the city fabric. With the advent of both the Yonge-University subway extension and Finch West LRT, the area surrounding Finch and Keele is primed to become a significant transportation nexus in the future. How can the existing suburban area densify into the quasi urban node it is primed to become? The site incidentally captures a transition between employment and residential zones. Historically, development pushes industry out to the fringes of the city, generating further urban sprawl. However, hedonistic activity alone cannot transform the area into an engaging and diverse district. By superimposing residential ontop of the existing light industry and intensifying the site as a place for working, can an alternative forms of living, leisure, and spectacle be derived from the programmatic collisions of a more compact urban scheme. 3A Design Studio coordinated by Adrian Blackwell Masterplan phase with H. Carmichael, J. Drung, E. Duffey Finch and Keele, Toronto, Canada
I - Existing Site Analysis
existing figure ground
to York University
towards Humber College
future LRT station
towards Downtown Toronto (17 stops)
BUILT FORM Large buildings of homogenous use result from divisive zoning, too large blocks, and inappropriately sized lots.
LOTS lot sizes are too generous and large, creating no urgency for developments to build to street fronts.
STREETS & BLOCKS Too few streets of little diversity cut up the site into too large blocks.
ZONING mosaic like zoning fragments the existing site into distinct zones.
utility light industry commercial / office residential institutional
layered site analysis 9
II - Proposed Masterplan
Lessons from Diverse Urban Fabrics & City Blocks
new figure ground
NEW YORK CITY
Nakano City FAR 2.8
Greenwich Village FAR 4.8
Near Technische Universität München FAR 3.4
Flagpole shaped lots in Japan emerged from sale of subdivided lots due to high inheritance tax in the 1980s. Each lot was regulated to have at least 2m frontage to the street. This structure offers a strategy for increasing urban density by building in the mid block. New York has a general block size of 60 × 100 meters. Lot sizes are long and narrow with building frontages of 8 meters. Building typology is determined by adjacent roadways. Larger lots and buildings are along avenues while more an array of smaller storefronts face more intimate streets.
A typical Munich block consists of a solid, mid-rise perimeter facing the street which buffers smaller structures which were in-filled in the interior courtyard over time. The internal spaces are accessible via tunnels in the outer shell.
105 m 8m
BUILT FORM Each block is to have 3 different types of building. This physical mix is to accommodate social, economic, and programmatic mix in order to create a diverse neighborhood.
GREEN & OPEN SPACE Public parks are visually or physically connected across the site, creating the sense of expansiveness while remaining intimately framed by built form.
LOTS Lot sizes determined by frontage on facing streets - smaller lots face smaller streets and vice versa. The mid-block is to be in-filled with flagpole lots
STREETS & BLOCKS Diverse street types used to carve out grid blocks with unique edge conditions
ZONING Zoning should be a gradient, not a mosaic. Employment and light industry are to be preserved on the site while residential and commercial uses are superimposed on top
layered site operations 11
III - Building Details
section looking North
1 rooftop rainwater collection
r me sum sun
residential win ter sun
2 gravity driven plant filtration system
heat from machinery aids air drying process
water recycled for future washes
sludge waste collected for sequestration in concrete block manufacture 4
(l) section though factory and residential tower (r) detail section through residential tower 14
storage of purified water
high velocity winds attenuated
rooftop rainwater collection
O2 filter CO2 in floor heating aids passive heat exchange
gravity driven plant filter system
interstitial space activation
a machine for swimming.
What if infrastructure was a more visible and celebrated aspect of our lives? A Machine for Swimming is a collision of three distinct elements which together become a public pool complex to celebrate infrastructure. On the ground, a productive, terraced landscape works to filter and purify lake and storm water for the natural pool through phytoremediation. Traditionally, filtration is spatially condensed to be hidden from view, but the expanse of this soft system will argue for a new attitude - that landscape can be used as a visual way of disseminating information to the public as visitors are encouraged to explore and witness changes in water quality descending from the elevated walkway. A large machine tower acts also as the primary lobby and vertical circulation into the pool complex, bringing swimmers down a winding tour around pumping and storage tanks. The floating donut form houses research labs and public amenity captures views of sport and laboratory research in its inner courtyard, activities only possible through the heroism of natural and mechanical machines.
2B Design Studio coordinated by Lola Sheppard Ontario Place, Toronto, Canada
ground floor plan
first floor plan
section through machine tower
Stratiotes aloides “water soldiers”
Hydrocharis morsus-ranae “european frogbit”
heavy metal removal
Sparganium eurycarpum “bur reed”
Lemnoideae “duck weed”
Typha “cat tails”
Eichh cras “water h
hornia ssipes hyacinthâ€?
section through diving pool
pondmussel habitat & fine filter
section through productive landscape and pools
topography and circulation axonometric 25
What if housing could adapt to our changing human lives? Inspired by its namesake, scaffold housing is informed by the temporary and ever transforming aspects of public and domestic life. The project aims to provide flexible multigenerational housing for new Canadian families, with a three dimensional grid consisting of cubic modules of 3 by 3 by 3 metres becoming the organizational logic of a megastructure. Pre-fabricated panels can then be added and rearranged to the scaffold-like megastructure to redefine space and accommodate changing lifestyles and new residents as needed. The public spaces house varying seasonal pop up events using the same system to prevent off season stagnation. Human lives are dynamic and challenged by constant change and so should the buildings they inhabit.
Featured in 2017 Projects Review Exhibition: Superposition 2A Design Studio coordinated by Adrian Blackwell Bloor St and Bartlett Ave, Toronto, Canada
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e tur c tru as g e -m
o ati ltr
sections looking north
th w o r -g
+ 3 - 5 yrs
+ 3 - 5 yrs
+ 1 - 2 yrs
+ 1 - 2 yrs
ws o d
wi The prefabricated modular system allows groups of users to customize their dwellings to suit their shared and personal needs and budget, encouraging neighborly familiarity and coordination. This also allows the building to expand upwards as families of the original residents immigrate in the future, intensifying at the pace of its urban surroundings making scaffold housing sensitive to changes in the lives of the residents and the city itself.
A privacy 100 x 966 x 2800
B single 100 x 966 x 2800
C double 100 x1932 x 2800
section looking east
A sliding 100 x 1932 x 2800
B folding 100 x 966 x 2800
A translucent 100 x 966 x 2800
B solid 100 x 966 x 2800
2900 x 2900 x 200 mm
kit of prefabricated modular parts
sample unit plans - upper floor
sample unit plans - lower floor
a floating l i b r a r y.
What happens when a library is lifted? This vision of a new library for the Toronto neighborhood of Parkdale is governed primarily by two concepts seeking to improve upon typical typologies of public buildings and to create a more engaging building section. The first operates on how the building interfaces with its site, physically lifting the library up to open the ground plane for public activity. The second deals with the creation of more exciting relationships between different levels in the interior by using shifted floor plates and volumes of program.
Featured in 2016 Projects Review Exhibition: Bearing 1B Design Studio coordinated by Lola Sheppard Parkdale, Toronto, Canada
typical typologies of public space...
...a new typology
+accessible +space efficient
typical building section...
-same ceiling heights -no cross relationships
expand / compress
...a new building section
+different ceiling heights +cross views & relationships
5 - adult education - classroom and language
4 - childrenâ€™s library - stacks and tutoring
3 - quiet zone - group and individual study
2 - general library - stacks
1 - general library - media
0 - public space
section looking south
section looking east
professional and personal.
Professional Work: WXY Architecture + Urban Design Supervised by: Cristina Ungureanu & Rob Daurio
During my internship with WXY studio in Manhattan, I worked closely with the project leads on La Marqueta for EDC which seeks to revitalize the historic market and food scene that occupies the underside of the Park Avenue viaduct in East Harlem. One special task I was privileged with was that of creating a diagrammatic axonometric that captures the spirit of the project for a brochure that was to be publicly circulated. I experimented with graphic ideas and independently streamlined my workflow in Rhino and Adobe Illustrator to accommodate revisions and deliver two fully colored illustrations on schedule. 48
Grasshopper & Digital Fabrication Exploration
m for brep input. hickness of domes 9 mm (1:50), 45 cm (1:1)
th yo a n u k ! t. e.
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Jing Liao Portfolio 2018