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jasmine li

architecture portfolio Cornell University Bachelor of Architecture, 2011


academic

work :


plan cut

elevation view


studio: artificial matters professors elena manferdini & amber bartosh

synthetic walnut

artist inspiration

NESTLED IN VENOUS ARTICULATED HILLS,

12/2011 - 09/2011

reminiscent of the slippery walnut shell, sits a glittering form in the fog. The structure and its surrounding landscape is proposed as a pavilion in the Milan 2015 Expo. The material intention of the project is inspired by “Artificial Rock,� a series by the Chinese artist Zhan Wang. By working sheets of stainless steel directly onto the rocks, the viewing stones, long associated with aesthetic harmony, become shiny and fake. The mirror-like surface, having still the natural texture and contour of the stone, yet a distorted reflection of reality, symbolized an idealistic material of modernity. For the pavilion, light activates the process of the material effect. In daylight, the skin takes on the appearance of an excessively polished metallic varnish. The look of opaque resin then dissipates as the interior illuminates, revealing a translucent and milky quality at night. The futuristic finishing process reimagines construction materials with hyperrealistic effects.

animation stills

aerial view


walnut cut

section cut

circulation diagram


exhibition site

landscape detail

SITE CONTEXT


component development

component array


STUDIO: MONOCOQUES PROFESSOR WINKA DUBBELDAM

SKIN

MOUTH

The stratum contains cells called CHROMATOPHORES, pigmented granules contained within an elastic, filamentlike compartment of the cell.

The beak is the only hard part of its body, and thus its only restriction on its movement. So an octopus can move through any hole the size of its beak.

MOUTH

SKIN

Since its opening in 1847, the East River Park

05/2010 - 01/2010

has absorbed large and localized improvements. Despite visionary master planning, encroaching urban expansion continues to threaten its existence. The project capitalizes on this instability of the site and resistance to finality in proposing a skin that responds to localized opportunities. Using octopus morphology as inspiration, the monocoque is conceived from the dually-functioning double-layered “smart skin” tentacles, which is a device for both movement and camouflage. The octopus reads its surroundings and adjusts its body in response. In its intelligence, there results a hyper-redundancy, which in turn, allows for the multi-functionality of its body. The dynamic camouflage generates the form.

Shellfish and crabs are eaten by using these two tools to break through the shell and then injecting a toxin to kill the prey. The radula scraps against the hard surface, while the papilla drills through it.

The dermis contains the flat, ellipsoid LEUCOPHORES that reflect light of all wavelengths and at every incident angle.

Chromatophores clustered in the middle appear light and lets light in. Even distribution of chromatophores appear dark and does not transmit light.

OCTOPUS MORPHOLOGY

stratum dermis

Even distribution of chromatophores appear dark and does not transmit light.

DECENTRALIZED NERVOUS SYSTEM OCTOPUS MORPHOLOGY

Chromatophores clustered in the middle appear light and lets light in.

DECENTRALIZED NERVOUS SYSTEM

TENTACLE

SUCKER

TENTACLE

SUCKER

Movement is produced by contractions of transverse, longitudinal, and oblique muscles. Typically there is a high length to width ratio.

Muscular organs that lack typical systems of skeletal support are called MUSCULAR HYDROSTATS.

ELONGATION: transverse muscle contraction SHORTENING: longitudinal muscle contraction BENDING: is simultaneous andoflongitudinal Movement produced bytransverse contractions transverse,muscle longitudinal, and contraction oblique muscles. Typically there is a high length to width ratio. TWISTING: helical or oblique muscle contraction ELONGATION: transverse muscle contraction SHORTENING: longitudinal muscle contraction BENDING: simultaneous transverse and longitudinal muscle contraction TWISTING: helical or oblique muscle contraction

This system can produce diversity and complexity in movement. Deformations can occur at any location and simultaneously atthat multiple locations. Muscular organs lack typical systems of skeletal support are called MUSCULAR HYDROSTATS. This highly localized system requires specific neurological control. For the is achieved through in a This system can octopus, produce this diversity and complexity decentralizedDeformations nervous system: of at its any nerves are in and the movement. can 1/3 occur location brain, with the atremaining 2/3 distributed in its body and simultaneously multiple locations. arms. This highly localized system requires specific neurological control. For the octopus, this is achieved through a decentralized nervous system: 1/3 of its nerves are in the brain, with the remaining 2/3 distributed in its body and arms.

When the sucker is pressed against a surface, the flexible outer margin of skin conforms to it, forming a seal. Then the radial muscles contract, and the walls of the acetabulum and infundibulum get thinner, forcing the circumference of the cup‐shaped acetabulum to increase, increasing the volume of the acetabular Since the infundibulum sealed When the sucker chamber. is pressed against a surface, theis flexible against a surface, water can't get in;forming so the same of outer margin of skin conforms to it, a seal.quantity Then the water muscles in a larger chamber reduces theofpressure, generating radial contract, and the walls the acetabulum and suction. Relaxing the radial muscles, or contracting infundibulum get thinner, forcing the circumference of the the circular muscles, reducesto theincrease, volume of the acetabulum and cup‐shaped acetabulum increasing the volume releases the grip.chamber. An octopus can a respectable of the acetabular Since thegenerate infundibulum is sealed amount aofsurface, force with thiscan't mechanism. against water get in; so the same quantity of water in a larger chamber reduces the pressure, generating suction. Relaxing the radial muscles, or contracting the circular muscles, reduces the volume of the acetabulum and releases the grip. An octopus can generate a respectable amount of force with this mechanism.

TENTACLE MOVEMENT

TENTACLE MOVEMENT

octopus performative traits analysis

SITE ANALYSIS MANHATTAN WATERFRONT GREENWAY MASTER PLAN, 2004

Shellfish crabs eaten these tools to break through The beakand is the onlyare hard partby of using its body, andtwo thus its only restriction onthe its shell and then a toxin kill the prey. The scraps against the movement. Soinjecting an octopus cantomove through anyradula hole the size of its beak. hard surface, while the papilla drills through it. There are two parts to its mouth: the RADULA and the PAPILLA.

stratum dermis

octopus skyscraper

There are two parts to its mouth: the RADULA and the PAPILLA.

The distribution of pigment in the stratum determines whether the layercontains is visible or obscured. Thedermis stratum cells called CHROMATOPHORES, pigmented granules contained within an elastic, filamentlike The dermis contains the flat, ellipsoid LEUCOPHORES that compartment of the cell. reflect light of all wavelengths and at every incident angle. The distribution of pigment in the stratum determines whether the dermis layer is visible or obscured.

SITE MAP

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site map

site aerial view

existing site conditions


component array

perspective view


cluster section cut

perspective view

cluster detail

perspective view


fire house in landscape concept

fire house longitudinal section

fire house cross section

FIRETRUCK PARKING

OPEN TO BELOW

APPARATUS BAY

GEAR STORAGE

WORKSHOP MEETING ROOM MECH BREAKOUT ROOM CONFERENCE ROOM

HOUSEWATCH DRYING STATION

GOLD ROOM

ADA

OUTDOOR DECK

ROOFTOP FITNESS AREA

KITCHEN

DOCUMENTATION

OPEN TO BELOW

RECORDS ARCHIVE

OUTDOOR ROOM

OPEN TO BELOW

JANITORIAL CLOSET

COMPANY OFFICE

CLOSET

LOBBY

CLOSET TOILET

REST ROOM

CLOSET

BEDROOM

COAT RACK

OUTDOOR DECK

FITNESS CENTER

PARKING LOT

LOUNGE

LAUNDRY ROOM

TRAINING TOWER

TRAINING TOWER

SHOWERS

LINEN ROOM

LOCKERS

BEDROOM

RESTROOM BALCONY

BEDROOM

BEDROOM

BEDROOM

BEDROOM

JANITORIAL CLOSET CLOSET

fire house ground floor plan

fire house upper level plan

BEDROOM


studio: fire house & program x professors craig dykers & liz burow

brooklyn mosaic

site photographs

The city grid tends to marginalize poorer

12/2009 - 09/2009

neighborhoods, where large vacant lots dominate. Residents of Brownsville, New York, are among the politically powerless, living in one of the highest concentrations of low-income housing projects in the city. Despite its poverished perception, the area is historically rich, culturally vibrant, and racially diverse. In the re-design of the town fire house, herein lies the opportunity to give back to the community, giving a space for these positive aspects to be expressed. The overwhelming scale of the urban block is cut with intersecting walkways, giving pedestrian access that is also distanced from the traffic and noise of the parkway. The resulting collection of differently sized lots is then surfaced with varied ground material, such as grass, pavement, or straw. Families, community groups, or organized activists may repurpose this land for recreational and social use. Those who live in the typical housing project types usually share one large outdoor space with many other people, and so are unable to personalize it and unwilling to use it. With this proposal, an informal garden of diverse personalities and histories can be created.

legend open space and outdoor recreation commercial / office buildings site community district boundary line one mile radius of site transportation routes subway stop library swimming pool basketball court

eight blocks map of recreational use & transporation lines

OPEN SPACE IN BROWNSVILLE?

1.5

acres per 1000 residents

citywide median ratio

2.5

acres per 1000 residents

NYC DCP (Department of City Planning) goal

0.00047 acres per 1000 residents

Brownsville ratio

} 0.0012

acres per 1000 residents

2.4x

increase in land for the community if vacant land is used for open space and recreation

study model

analysis of recreational space vs. vacant land


elevation view

perspective view

sketches

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instructional pamphlet

connection details

unfolded envelope with graphic application


studio: pre-re-post professor aleksandr mergold with julio torres-santana, fay shuoan zhuo, and wendy yang

cinema outpost GET DRAWN INTO THE EXPERIENCE OF MOVIE-

08/2009 - 06/2009

going with the Cornell Cinema Outpost. Faced with low attendance rates, the campus film and exhibition program, which showcases alternative cinema, required a mobile tactic to advertise its presence on and off campus. In this proposal, two semi-circular walls are constructed from corrugated colypropyrene sheets, and deployed on the campus quadrangle to enclose a small viewing context. The outpost launched at a public reception at the end of the eight-week studio. study model

outpost reception


STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS OVERVIEW

steel grid system, west facade

bar cone, steel + hangers

reinforced concrete, cinema block 3 main slanted columns

steel frame and glass, the crystal

circulation, stairs supported by hangers and slanted columns

REPORT

UFA CINEMA CENTER > COOP HIMMELB(L)AU > BOLLINGER + GROHMANN > DRESDEN, GERMANY structural system overview

1998

REPORT

UFA CINEMA CENTER > COOP HIMMELB(L)AU > BOLLINGER + GROHMANN > DRESDEN, GERMANY 1998

SITE THE CINEMA IS PUBLIC SPACE The cinema is connecting the two disparate neighborhood streets. It is conceived as a important intersection of two urban vectors drawn across the city. In dealing with financial problems, one option European cities have taken to is selling its public spaces to private developers. Buildings are then erected without little thought to the urban development. With the UFA Cinema Center, Coop Himmelb(l)au wanted to create public space by deconstructing the building mass into structural pieces that are energized and densified by the urban lifestyle it engages. In this sense, the UFA Cinema Center is not solely a cinema but public space for the city. CANTILEVER AND INTERNAL SLABS The cantilever system functions to free the space below for pedestrian traffic. The main material of the cantilever is composed of reinforced concrete, its interior consists of simple walls and slabs, as illustrated in the longitutinal section about of the western face of the building. As shown in the diagram, the cantilever stands 3 floors high, holding dead load of the concrete as well as theatre live load. The cantilever is to behave like the diagram, but is stablized due to its small radio of its length versus the length of the rest of the building. INO UFA

RUNDK

ROOF SYSTEM Snow loads are supported by a series of trusses (in red) with a series of I-beams (in blue) lying above, running in the opposite direction, these forces are transferred downwards onto walls, then to the ground plane.

REPORT

ST. PETERSBURGERSTRASSE

UFA CINEMA CENTER > COOP HIMMELB(L)AU > BOLLINGER + GROHMANN > DRESDEN, GERMANY 0

DESIGN

10

20

25m

1998 SITE PLAN

ARCHITECTURAL CONCEPT

REPORT

UFA CINEMA CENTER > COOP HIMMELB(L)AU > BOLLINGER + GROHMANN > DRESDEN, GERMANY

1998

DESIGN

As the programmatic fundction is inserted, the urban design concept evolves, making use of the media form it houses to enliven the architecture. The cinema seats 2600 people in eight cinemas; it receives 150,000 people daily.

CINEMA BLOCK AND CRYSTAL The cinema program is packed into the concrete unit, aptly named the CINEMA BLOCK. Connected to it is a glass-enclosed volume acting not only as an entryway but also as a public throughway; this foyer-public-square is known as the CRYSTAL.

ELEVATOR

“THE SCULPTURES... DIVIDE THE FOYER INTO

SPATIAL SEQUENCES

ENTRANCE CANOPY

WHICH DISSOLVE THE CENTRAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE SPATIAL EXPERIENCE

tells you what movies are playing

MEDIA SHAFT

LIKE A VIDEOCLIP.”

URBAN COMPLEXITY Suspended within the Crystal are bridges, ramps, and stairs expressive of dynamic sequences These sculptural pieces bring people up into the sky and animate the space for people below.

ELEVATOR SHAFT

- COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

Two columns, ELEVATOR and MEDIA SHAFT, growing from the ground and anchored to the concrete walls, support the steel frame. In addition, the SKYBAR is a double-cone suspended from the steel frame with tension cables and connected to an accessible ramp.

MEDIA SHAFT

SKYBAR

ELEVATION

SECTION

PROJECTION SURFACE

site, design, & structural analysis diagrams

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elective: structural systems PROFESSOR mark cruvellier with viktoria chuyu wang

ufa cinema center in designing the UFA Cinema Center, the firm

05/2009 - 01/2009

Coop Himmelb(l)au wanted to confront the issue of disappearing public space in European cities. The concept that dynamic spatial sequences should be defined by tangents and diagonals, rather than axis, inspired this case study on using structural systems to express design intentions. The Cinema Center has an inside-out dialogue with the city of Dresden, sustained by the design of structural components that attribute to the contrasting materiality and the dynamic urban sequences. Sculptural pieces suspended within the glass-enclosed volume bring people up into the sky, animating the space. In addition to analyzing the structural systems of the building, my partner and I produced a scale model of these design elements using a variety of techniques, including soldering and 3-d milling. model view

photographs

model view

structural grid


perspective drawing

unfolded section model


studio: secret societies professor mark morris

two faced ECONOMIC PRESSURE AND SHRINKING RANKS of

12/2008 - 09/2008

members have compelled many secret societies to sell their headquarters. In the fictional studio narrative, a consortium has formed to occupy an unbuilt parcel behind a former lodge hall in Skaneateles, New York, to house their various organizations. The proposal clarifies the duality of the constituent public and private programs, such as charitable works and secret rituals. The transparent exterior wraps large spaces while a concrete veil shelters the private ritual chambers. Symbolic stairs and sliding doors connect the programmatically opposite spaces. Two faรงades are thus created, colliding light and heavy, transparent and opaque, a concept conceived in the sketch modeling process. The project asserts a relationship between the insider members of the secret societies and the outsider tourists by defining what can be seen from the outside against what cannot be, as well what is known against what is not.

circulation model

sketch model


ground floor plan

basement floor plan


third floor plan

second floor plan

view from roof


detail view of housing & supermarket plan

ground level

upper level

site plan

housing RENDERINGs

extruded pattern

site model


STUDIO: SUPERBIA PROFESSOR DAVID SALOMON

suburban patterns SOMERVILLE, NEW JERSEY, LIKE MANY American

05/2008 - 01/2008

suburbs, is aesthetically monotonous, culturally dull, socially stratified, and economically wasteful. In the recent past, mixed-use developments proposed by the New Urbanist model have failed to produce strategies that adequately undermine the hierarchies of public ceremonial spaces and private taxable ones. To generate new suburban patterns, this project referenced Hilbersheimer’s New Regional Pattern, which proposed separating infrastructure, residential, and commercial programs. Understanding habitual suburban activities as variations within a pattern, this translated into the design of a mixed-used supermarket and housing typology. In the resulting “superbia,” the supermarket acts as the throughway, connecting the main street to the train station. The street grid, density distribution, housing units and supermarket layout all reflect the layered complexity discovered in the pattern composition.

precedent & SITE analysis

extracted pattern

translated pattern

pattern detail

pattern on site

supermarket & housing


1. Project line from point to edge of shape. 2. (Eliminate the two shorter projections.) 3. Score along perpendicular red dotted lines. 4. Reverse surface. 5 Score along dotted lines. 6. Fold.

section drawing

folding technique

model detail view

axon drawing


studio: villa savoye iterations professors aNDREA SIMITCH & PAUL ANDERSEN with viktoria chuyu wang

pilotis conditions

villa folded var 01 9.78 m floor 1, 2, R free-standing

The seminal Villa Savoye prompted the investigative analysis

of Le Corbusier’s architectural principles through a series of iterative transformations. This iteration, informed by paper-folding, transformed the house as an integrated system. Critical folds based on the existing structure generated slanting and floating qualities. Through analytical diagrams, drawings, and process models, the final iterations allowed for comparative evaluation. Normative conditions of entry and egress became blurred, while the re-organized program imagined a bizarre environment. As a result, the villa circulation proves more dynamic. var 02 6.88 m floor 2, R free-standing / functional additions

05/2007 - 01/2007

var 03 a 6.88 m floor 1, 2 free-standing, engaged mix / grid

var 03 b 3.98 m floor 2 free-standing / affected grid

var 04 2.90 m floor 1 free-standing, engaged mix

paper folding studies

elevation views

structural diagram

model perspective view


model perspective view

section cut

approach to view movie screen


studio: BOUNDARIES professors aNDREA SIMITCH & PAUL ANDERSEN

drive in theater BOUNDARIES, DERIVED FROM THE OVERLAY of

09/2006 - 12/2006

an offset grid, edits the gently sloped landscape, only defined by tree cover and an adjacent road, and terminating at the riverside. The ground becomes staggered to achieve a hierarchy of privacy levels and views, creating space for the program requirements of a drive-in movie theater, while delineating navigable paths. The concession stands and bathrooms are tucked underground, allowing the artificially generated hills to be occupied as additional viewing in a park atmosphere. Entering directly at grade level, visitors pass by a long retaining wall, as the landscape swallows and spits them out. Dramatic pathways bridge lovers and sightseers to the water edge. Multiple projection surfaces and circulation routes highlight the experience of intersecting sight lines.

framing

enclosing

viewing study models

site collages

site plan

site plan overlays


professional

work :


professional work the statler hotel & watg with lea matejova

hospitality interiors 4'-73 4" 43 8"

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05/2008 - 03/2008

Unveiled in 2010, the new design featured a platform bed with a floor-toceiling upholstered headboard, which needed accurate measurements to standardize the millwork dimensions. The layered academic and commercial functions, as well as past renovations, resulted in the difficulty of documenting the dimensions in otherwise typical stacked rooms. My partner and I completed a package of drawings, along with cross-referenced Excel sheets, to reflect existing electrical, mechanical, and lighting fixtures, and field measurements for the 153 guest rooms and adjoining hallways.

2'-7"

The Statler Hotel teamed up with WATG to modernize its interiors.

electrical & mechanical elevations & plan

suite 902

model room 717

room 306

typical room type plans with ceiling lighting & cornices

room 312

room 326


professional work perkins eastman

isb mohali campus THE INDIAN SCHOOL OF BUSINESS (ISB) hired Perkins Eastman

12/2009 - 09/2009

as the design architect for a second campus in northern India. The new campus draws inspiration from the existing Hyderbad campus, especially in the use of Indian sandstone, while bringing in modern elements relevant to the rich architectural history of Chandigarh. Residences for 1,200 students and 120 faculty members are organized into small community clusters with facing verandas. I produced a set of study models using the laser cutter machine, which were used to present the design intent and site layout to the client. Further, I also worked on drawings for the interior renderings and site plan.

elevation renderings

campus aerial view

models of student & faculty housing blocks


professional work fx fowle

sap headquarters The headquarters expansion and corporate

01/2010

interiors for software company SAP, located in Newtown Square, PA, complements the existing structure while integrating the office campus into the topography and preserving views of the wooded site. As the first LEED Platinum building of its type in the mid-Atlantic region, the project was documented for magazine and website publication. I prepared and edited the construction drawings and diagrams, while also organizing information regarding sustainable strategies, such as its brise soleil and green roofs. To date, SAP Americas Headquarters holds 8 awards.

booklet pages


professional work fx fowle

city regenerative I prepared a booklet for FXFOWLE to submit

01/2010

this competition proposal for architectural design awards and publication. Sited for the Nordhaven district in Copenhagen, Denmark, the competition brief called for urban planning and innovative architectural strategies to create a dynamic, unique, and sustainable city. The new city district is expected to house 40,000 residents, create 40,000 jobs, and provide access for 40,000 bicycles. The proposal City Regenerative, connects urban infrastructure, extends existing waterway, and weaves open space through a series of neighborhoods and commercial nodes. City Regenerative has received design awards in un-built master planning projects from the MIPIM Architectural Review, World Architecture News, and the Boston Society of Architects.

booklet pages


professional work perkins eastman

academic village THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK (CUNY)

08/2010 - 06/2010

existing conditions

anticipates a new state-of-the-art facility for its student body in Jamaica, NY. Higher enrollment rates at York College has outpaced the ability of campus facilities to deliver student services. Perkins Eastman proposed several clustering options to unify the disparate parts of the urban campus and create a village atmosphere. For the client interview, I organized and managed the construction of a site model using the laser cutter. The model shows the linkages between the building elements and the new public space formed in the different options. site analysis & schemes

site diagrams

site model with option inserted

views of site model

outdoor village

indoor village


professional work private client

rental options Client wanted floor plans of living options

08/2010 - 06/2010

for a two-story apartment in Chelsea, New York. I used measurements from original construction documents and sketches of updated renovations to produce the existing layout. Additional drawings showed the modifications needed to accomodate the options of either increasing the square footage value or only renting the basement level.

first floor plan

basement floor plan

basement floor plan

option 1: MINIMUM rental sf.

option 2: maximum rental sf.

first floor plan

basement floor plan exisiting conditions


PORTFOLIO