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Contact Info 510-409-7970 TianyuGuan@berkeley.edu 2669 Le Conte Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709

Education B. A. Landscape Architecture University of California, Berkeley 08/2010-05/2014 (expected) Overall GPA: 3.7/4.0

Skills Adobe Suite AutoCAD Rhinoceros V-Ray GIS Model Making Drawing&Drafting Photography

Languages English Mandarin Chinese

Experience Hargreaves Associates San Francisco, CA Landscape Design Intern 02/2014-present Assisted with design development of two large-scale ecological planning projects. Created renderings, diagrams, and CAD drawings. (Tianjin Yujiapu Haihe Ribbon Waterfront Park, China; Twinwood Estate, Texas.) Developed 3D concept models for a custom steel sculpture in Tianjin, China. Prepared graphics and digital presentations for client meetings. Hood Design Studio Oakland, CA Landscape Design Intern 09/2013-12/2013 Developed renderings, vector drawings, and physical models for residential, urban, mater plan, and streetscape projects throughout the United States. (University of Chicago North Dormitory landscape design, Chicago; Pearl Street alleyway renovation, Philadelphia. Opa Locka streetscape design, Miami; Cooper-Hewitt Gardens redesign, New York City.) Excelsior Action Group San Francisco, CA Designer 10/2011-present Redesigned a single storefront for an Excelsior small business client (Construction finished.) Created illustrations for poster, magnet, and signage for neighborhood revitalization projects. Conducted material and construction research needed to complete pro bono designs. Design for America Berkeley, CA Publicity Coordinator 02/2012-05/2012 Worked with a team of seven to develop a prototype dustbin which prevents food waste in campus cafeterias. Led design prototyping and graphic design workshops for over 50 college students and community members. Maintained affiliate outreach materials and built up relationships with local media/organizations. Sprouts Cooking Club Berkeley, CA Graphic Designer & Photographer 10/2011-08/2012 Created outreach materials, including digital photos, advertising flyers, marketing emails, and official website. Captured and processed images for cooking classes which promote healthy eating habits among children. Collaborated with a team of eight for a scholarship fundraising auction attended by over 100 guests. UC Berkeley Blake Garden Kensington, CA Gardener 03/2011-12/2011 Nurtured a variety of plants, resulting in gaining direct landscaping & botany knowledge in Mediterranean climate. Guided local community residents around garden and introduced the history of Blake Garden.


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Why Why Landscape Landscape Design? Design? “

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I perceive landscape design as an antidote for the “porcupine dilemma” out-

ter; but, as they began to prick one another with their quills, they were obliged to

lined by Schopenhauer. Modern times witness a dissolution of physical distance,

disperse. However the cold drove them together again, when just the same thing

but an accumulation of emotional one. Urban settings can be vibrant yet stressful,

happened. At last, after many turns of huddling and dispersing, they discovered

where human porcupines huddle and disperse, trying to find a proper distance from

that they would be best off by remaining at a little distance from one another. In the same way the need of society drives the human porcupines together, only to be mutually repelled by the many prickly and disagreeable qualities of their nature.

each other. Nature helps disarm urban hostility, when incorporated properly with understandings of the site and of the people. I believe that, with its iridescent and manifold characteristics, landscape design possesses the magic to relieve social tensions and to ignite sincere communications.

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The Approach

As a result of the site analysis, I formed my initial vision of the urban park--a space that reflects the mixing and blending quality of the neighborhood. Specifically, the park should combine various activity areas and meet the need of different groups of people. To achieve so, I tested with vegetation density, programmatic placement, and topographic adjustment.

Planting

Program

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The Idea

SPORTS PARK

TURF TERRACE

Inspired by the original topo, the current land uses and the surrounding community components, the project takes form of two terraces of different height, divided but also connected by a twisting

FLOWER FIELD

“wall”. The vocabulary of forms embraces the concept of interconnectivity, shown through the

VERTICAL GARDEN

fluid pathway network, the interweaving of contrasting ground surfaces, and the smooth transition

WELCOME PLAZA

between varied functional programs.

CLIMBING WALL WOODLAND

URBAN BEACH

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The Future

The potential of the New Ground Urban Park is beyond the city block defining its boundary. By restoring the broken urban fabric, the park inspires and stimulates renovations of other decayed blocks nearby. By creating a green civic hub, the space works as an activity fulcrum of the Hayes Valley neighborhood.

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Sutro Baths

Tsunami Memorial

The Site

Destroyed by fire in 1966, the once popular swimming complex Sutro Baths leave its current audiences with scattered ruins of concrete walls, blocked off stairs and passageways.

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Introduction

Inspired mainly by the ruins on site, the Sutro Baths Tsunami Memorial is dedicated to those beloved ones lost in tsunamis, but more importantly it is dedicated to the sweet homeland ruined by ocean waves.

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The Idea

Inspired by the site’s unique landscape, the memorial uses gabion cages filled with ruins collected on site and from other tsunami-hit places as its main construction material. The ruin pieces contained in the metal gabion cages, seemingly infinite in amount, embody the large quantity of homeland destroyed by tsunamis. However, by reusing and unifying these individual pieces into a entire new structure, the memorial spreads a positive message of rebuilding homeland out of ruins and ashes and encourages visitors to envision a bright future.

Lost Homeland Gabion Cage 3’x3’x3’ Memory New Structure

Nostalgia

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The Form To harmonize with the natural surroundings, the formal language of the memorial is drawn primarily from the site. The verticality of the cypress tree trunks, the lunar phases, and the ocean waves patterns all influence the linguistic choice of the memorial.

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The Walk Walking into this rustic open space formed by the gabion walls, one is invited to interact with the landscape, original and built alike. Integrated into its landscape with its gabion cages, the memorial initially seems to dissolve into the Sutro Baths ruins. Walking through this coastal area, the memorial emerges gradually along the flows of the original topographs, five curvilinear, rustic, gabion stone walls, rising from the earth one by one and accumulating on top of each other. Approaching the memorial, the ground slopes gently downward and the series of walls emerging one by one, growing out of the earth, pile up and converge to a point up and ahead. Like an ocean wave or the phase of the moon, the wax is followed by a wane resembling the former, in the other way around.

New Pathway Network

New Sitting Terraces

New Viewing Points

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American Steel Studios

Sculpture Plaza West Oakland

Introduction

Comprised of two warehouses in the highly industrial West Oakland district, American Steel Studios is a space in which local artists and makers create and inspire. Over time a com-

The Inside

munity has emerged, becoming the creative playground to a multitude of skill sets and industries. Suffering from soil liquefaction and toxic heavy metal, the open land adjacent to American Steel Studios is currently serving as storing space. By restoring a healthy soil landscape, the new plaza creates new sensory, cultural, and spatial experiences for both local community and outside visitors. Media: laser-cut acrylic & acetate print The Outside

...But what happends below the ground?

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Site Plan

Context Map showing surrounding public green space & soil liquefaction condition

Programs+Activities Planting+Softscape Paving+Hardscape

Above the Ground

Street Map+Context

A 3-D collage piece combining plan, diagrams, and renderings, The final representation is inspired by the creative spirit of the American Steel Studio. By layering up clear acrylic sheets in order of activities taking place both below and above ground, the model exemplifies the “palimpsest� character of a landscape enriched with urban development history.

The front side shows three proposed program zones--a commercial corner, a skateboarding park, and a sculpture plaza. By creating unexpected urban spatial experiences, the carefully-choreographed space will reintroduce both local residential neighborhoods and outside

The Front: Above the Ground

visitors into a predominantly industrial area.

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The back side demonstrates ecological strategies that can be used to clean up and stabilize soil on the polluted site. Mechanical strategy: Remove the extremely toxic soil away from the site. Biological strategy: Create compost piles on site to further clean up and infill nutrition into the ground. Vegetative strategy: Establish a planting palette which helps address toxicity, regenerate soil, and develop truly sustainable urban spaces. The goal is to create an urban ecosystems that is hospitable to plants, animals, and people along time.

Below the Ground Mechanical Strategy Biological Strategy Vegetative Strategy

The Back: Below the Ground

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Lower Sproul

Plaza UC Berkeley

Introduction

The Lower Sproul Plaza gives visitors their first glimpse into the University of California, Berkeley campus. This rather conceptual and experimental redesign proposes an adventure through the plaza, an adventure resembling a college education experience--starting from confusion and chaos, ending with enlightenment and reassurance. Media: ink & acetone

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Art Works

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3. “Up Here, Right Now“, charcoal

2. “The Impossible Balance“, pencil

4. “The Life and Death of an Agapanthus“, prismacolor

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The future

Campus Introduction

Let’s fastward to 2035...what would the future world be like? What would the 2035 University of California campus be like? I imagine the future world with a dramatically rised-up sea level and respond to it with the idea “reconnection“ in mind. The final design takes form in a second-hand book. Carved page by page, the voluminous book transforms into fluctuating topography. Architecture becomes part of the landscape, conveying a sense of integration in a disconnected world.

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