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JOANNE PO-TSEN MENG SELECTED WORKS


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Yasuda Auditorium Tokyo, Japan


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Ephemeral Oasis Climb Soho Subverted [atmospheres] Owl in the Bark Weber County Library HQ Aventura Concierge Club

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Ephemeral Oasis | PennDesign | Critic Brian Phillips

EPHEMERAL OASIS COLLAPSING NATURE AND URBAN LIVING: WEEKEND NATURE GETAWAY IN PHILADELPHIA

Under the pressure of ever-growing metropolitans and pressing global warming, this project explores a new typology that collapses nature and urban living which allows for multi-integrated material system to engage human, stormwater, and wildlife occupancy and synergistic interactions within. As cities grow, the demands of urban life rapidly diminish the chance to explore outdoors on a regular basis and increase the time it takes to reach

nature. Most recent projects such as Governor’s Island The Hills in New York and Getaway House illustrate the burgeoning contemporary interests in providing urban dwellers with nature immersion for outdoor recreations while being steps away from urban culture and housing. The project seeks to create an urban oasis in Francisville, Philadelphia just north of city center - for weekend getaway to offset carbon footprints from travel and reduce travel time

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for weekenders in consideration of the already short vacation time. The project deploys layers of undulating material canopies which offer zones of systems that allow for diverse and opportunistic occupancy - human, urban wildlife, stormwater, and a variety of programmes. A threshold street edge resides in the project, which once crossed, brings visitors into a constructed immersive living and naturalistic environment.


Academic | 2016

EXISTING TYPOLOGY EXISTING TYPOLOGY 100 miles 2 hours 115 lb carbon

100 miles 2 hours 115 lb carbon

SYNERGISTIC NEW TYPOLOGY

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SYNERGISTIC NEW TYPOLOGY 2 miles 15 minutes 5 lb carbon

2 miles 15 minutes 5 lb carbon

60’ FLIGHT PATHS

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LIVE 20’ TREE CANOPY 0’ SIDEWALK -15’ GROUNDWATER

OPEN AIR PLAY

STOREFRONT

UNDERGROUND SPA

STORMWATER RESEVOIR

SHADED RECREATION TRANSIENT ANIMAL SHELTER

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URBAN WILDLIFE

OPEN AIR PLAY

TRANSIENT ANIMAL SHELTER

STORMWATER RESEVOIR

TRUSSSCAPE GREENSCAPE WATERSCAPE

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Ephemeral Oasis | PennDesign | Critic Brian Phillips

Interweave

Topography layers

Pressure

Interweave enclosure

Interweave

Topography layers

Pressure

Interweave enclosure

Topography layers

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Organic confluent enclosure

Topography layers

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Organic confluent enclosure

Organic confluence

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60’ FLIGHT PATHS

20’ TREE CANOPY 0’ SIDEWALK -15’ GROUNDWATER TRUSSSCAPE GREENSCAPE WATERSCAPE 19TH STREET

CAMERON STREET

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LIVE 20’ TREE CANOPY 0’ SIDEWALK -15’ GROUNDWATER

OPEN AIR PLAY

STOREFRONT

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SHADED RECREATION TRANSIENT ANIMAL SHELTER

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OPEN AIR PLAY URBAN WILDLIFE

OPEN AIR PLAY

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STORMWATER RESEVOIR

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LAMELLA TRUSS SOLAR PANELS

LAMELLA TRUSS SOLAR PANELS

POURED CONCRETE

TOPOGRAPHIC LANDSCAPE

TOPOGRAPHIC LANDSCAPE

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Interweave topographic canopy language Abstract spatial organization Materialization and architecturalization in section Introduce stormwater and pedestrian circulation Establish solid street edge and loose edge to integrate existing empty lots to greenery

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#07-08. Introduce stormwater reservoir and surrounding residence to establish visual connection. #09. Topography canopy massing #10. Site plan with a key map for indoor lodging and outdoor leisure programs


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lodge yurt outdoor recreation; animal habitat stormwater resevoir blackbox theater underground

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Ephemeral Oasis | PennDesign | Critic Brian Phillips

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#01. Trasverse section a #02. Assembly detail: Concrete pouring with ourdoor leisure, temporary animal shelter and stormwater reservoir #03. Assembly detail: Pile concreate foundation with lamella truss roofscape, skylight on existing soil. #04. Building facade assembly #03

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1 storefront 2 underground spa 3 temporary vacation lodging 4 green public open programs; transient animal shelter 5 public theater 6 stormwater occupancy 8’

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Ephemeral Oasis | PennDesign | Critic Brian Phillips

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lodging storefront; cafe creek; stormwater storage transient animal shelter public theater 16’

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Ground floor plan Typical lodge unit plan Typical yurt unit plan and packing formation Interior unit render

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Ephemeral Oasis | PennDesign | Critic Brian Phillips

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#01. Sectional perspective showing a multi-integrated material typology human living environment, animal habitat, and stormwater management into the design. #02. Street view render #03. Public scenic lookout - hill within a hill

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Academic | 2016

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Climb Soho | PennDesign | Critic Kutan Ayata

CLIMB SOHO A CLIMBING GYM IN SOHO RESPONDING TO PROGRAMMTIC REQUIREMENTS THROUGH FORMAL STRATEGIES

This is a study of how formal geometric strategies are deployed to fulfill user programmes - and the geometric negotiation between served and service space. The formal articularion such as vertical and corbeling walls provide interesting challenges in climbing experiece, Meanwhile, the inclined walls are dull for climbing experience and thus are formally adapted to service/ mechanical spaces. Traditionally, the discipline of architecture (as well as the arts) has always been preoccupied with questions of representing/recreating/redefining/embodying “nature”

through various strains of its histories, i.e. from Baroque, Rococo to Art Nouveau, from Modernism, to Biomimicry, The two most common pitfalls of all such aesthetics can be summed up as follows: either the design aims for a simulacrum, resulting in literal interpretations of “what is commonly assumed to be natural” or aims for juxtaposition through absolute abstractions to posture against “the nature”. Both these positions reflect the presumption of the commonly embraced nature/culture divide. This project seeks to operate away from the nature/ culture divide and

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design for qualities and experiences for the indeluctaible modality of nature - the sublime and grandeur. The formal narrative provides a seemingly fitting brick building of two normalized facades, while the glazed third facade exposes the subverted interior where two buldging objects intersect and further provide a transition of climbing experiences (from belay to boulder climbing). Interior concrete finish takes inspiration from the water smearing effect of Half Dome over time and creates a figure/ field effect with climbing holds


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Climb Soho | PennDesign | Critic Kutan Ayata

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#01. Ground floor plan #02. Level 2 floor plan #03. Elevation Render on Canal Street

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Climb Soho | PennDesign | Critic Kutan Ayata

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Exterior Brick

Interior Stone

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Longitudinal Section Skylight parapet detail Exterior gutter miter connection detail Exterior and interior climbing profile design diagram in relation to difficulty


Climb Soho | PennDesign | Critic Kutan Ayata

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#01. Interior atrium connected buldges - rope climbing and boulder #02. Exterior climbing lookup #03. Physical model - Exterior glazed facade #04. Physical model - Interior object within stack sectional condition #05. Physical model - Atrium stone holds and skylights

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Subverted [Atmospheres] | PennDesign | Critic Annette Fierro

SUBVERTED [ATMOSPHERES] A NEW PERFORMING AND VISUAL ARTS CENTER AT DELAWARE RIVER WATERFRONT, PHILADELPHIA

Can we truly tell what is nature versus artifice? This project deploys pneumatic structure and blended lanscape to engage various degrees of enclosures and atmospheric qualities which provide corresponding microclimates within in-between spaces of various programmes blurring [nature] artifice. Under the premise and philosophy of medieaval carnival, Subverted [Atmospheres] explores the constructed

experience of carnival: a two-world condition where inner utopia - a daydreaming state of mind - is temporarily subverted into outer heterotopia. Inspired by the image behind of moss growth in tension with concrete found on project site, the project manifests and explores through a tension and negotiation between nature and artifice in combination to different atmospheric qualities. The performing arts complex seeks

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to blur nature and artifice through lightweight structure a blended texture of landscape where various degrees of enclosures provide corresponding microclimates/ in-between spaces which lends itself to various programmmes. The in-between spaces integrated with landscape offers a disguised milieu where patrons fall in and out of nature[artifice]. And creates a precinct of subverted urban oasis.


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Subverted [Atmospheres] | PennDesign | Critic Annette Fierro

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FOOD MARKET

THEATER HALL CONCERT HALL

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VISUAL ARTS CENTER OUTDOOR THEATER

SW (12%) COMFORTABLE 41% COLD 62%

FREEZING 47%

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COOL 55%

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NW (22%) brackish water mosquito breeding

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Brackish water study Summer solar exposure study Relative humidity level Wind-relative temperative study Section program allocation External program allocation and circulation per microclimate study #07. Internal program allocation and circulation per microclimate study #08. Section b #09. In-between nature and artifice public space

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2 1 landscape transition: sports, leisure activities 2 thermally conditioned blurred space: flexible public space 3 brackish water: mosquito repelling plants

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Subverted [Atmospheres] | PennDesign | Critic Annette Fierro

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#01. Ground plan; various degrees of enclosures serviing various programmes 1 black box theater 2 shopping arcade 3 concert hall 4 performance center 5 visual arts gallery 6 thermally conditioned blurred public space; flexible programme 7 landscape transition; leisure, sports activities 8 artist housing #02. Longitudinal section #03. Ariel render

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Owl in the Bark | PennDesign | Critic Simon Kim

OWL IN THE BARK PHYSICAL PROTOTYPE OF TETRAHEDRON-FLEXAGON SOUND SENSOR ROBOT CONCEALING TECTONIC TRANSFIGURATION THROUGH CAMOUFLAGE SUPERGRAPHICS

Owl in the Bark is the physical prototype of sound sensor Arduino robotics which studies the concealment of tectonic movements through a combination of camouflage supergraphics and tetrahedron-flexagon transfiguration. Began with the exploration of blurring forms through patterns while simultaneously exploring transfiguration possibility of tetrahedron-flexagon and Arduino sound sensor, we arrive at a robot [owl] capable of transfiguring from one form to another at the reaction of detecting different sounds, all while disguised in surrounding environment. Published in SuckerPunch 2015 Group: Joanne Meng, Gary Polk

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Fabrication | 2015

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THREATNING

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Sound sensor tetrahedron-flexagon robot transfiguration in relation to artificial emotion Camouflage transfiguration catalog Sound sensor robot fabrication components

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Owl in the Bark | PennDesign | Critic Simon Kim

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Fabrication | 2015 ARDUINO TRANSFIGURATION SEQUENCE IN CAMOUFLAGE

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#01-05. Physical model documentation: tectonic movement camouflaged under figure-field effects #06. Documentation of sound sensor model movement sequence of transfiguration and camouflage

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Weber County Library Headquarters| Prescott Muir Architects

WEBER COUNTY LIBRARY HQ A HEADQUARTERS LIBRARY RE-POSITIONING TRADITIONAL LIBRARY FOR COMMUNITY EDUCATION IN DIGITAL AGE

Recent research indicates that exceptionalism in practically any field is place-based and a product of a rich and diverse cultural exchange that typically happens in what’s called a “third space”. That is not the office or home but a forum that is open to a diverse public more than just an eco-chamber of like- minded people. This is the prescription for community libraries as they reposition themselves from a facility to conserve and circulate books to one that is fully digital. Anticipating a resilient future for libraries, Weber County Libraries replaced a traditional branch library with a new Headquarters Library located in the rapidly expanding pop-

ulation center of Roy, Utah. Thus the new library provides considerable emphasis on community- related elements especially those that serve a broad audience. The building includes a black box theatre, a public gallery, flexible multipurpose rooms with a catering kitchen, a digitally sophisticated conference room and cyber café. The program includes a secured public reading garden that show-cases indigenous plant materials, xeriscaping and a performance amphitheater with a focus on a community gathering forum. The central natural lighted space suggests a historic reading room that opens to the south facing porch, amphitheater

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and garden beyond in a seamless spatial sequence. During off hours, these public amenities can be directly accessed when the library is closed and the collection secured. In essence there are two buildings within one. The reading room and satellite departments are built with a raised floor that can be easily transitioned from collection storage to digital stations and resource centers. The library showcases to the public its digital prowess by displaying its automated book retrieval system and machine room, as well as the library system’s central data center.


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Weber County Library Headquarters| Prescott Muir Architects

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Wall section at Multi-purpose room Headquarters library entrance exterior Custom door into private staff area Children’s area


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Main Floor plan Typical perimeter relief detail Typical perimeter relief base detail Information, check out area Main Floor sculptural stairway Blackbox theater


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Weber County Library Headquarters| Prescott Muir Architects

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South curtain wall detail at lower roof Tile/ LVT floor finish Outdoor amphitheater Passive skylight


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Aventura Concierge Club | Slade Architecture

AVENTURA CONCIERGE CLUB CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENTS FOR A VIP CONCIERGE CLUB AT AVENUTRA MALL IN FLORIDA

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Curtain Wall Render Ground Floor Plan Break Room Elevations


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Professional | 2017

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Banquette Details Millwork Details Ceiling Details Conference Table Details


Joanne Po-Tsen Meng t 1.510.894.5700 e potsen.meng@gmail.com

Work sample Joanne Po-Tsen Meng, March 2018  

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Work sample Joanne Po-Tsen Meng, March 2018  

UPenn Master of Architecture work sample

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