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Plazas PLAZA FLUXA / 03

2015 SASAKI DAY Student Award

HEAT IT UP! / 11

COLDSCAPES // Adapt Design Competition Honorable Mention

CANAL ZERO PLAZA / 13 mbla office work

BRAMHALL SQUARE / 17 2017 Bramhall Square Competition

Residential LEILA RANCH RESIDENCE / 25 mbla office work

ST. BARTS PRIVATE RESIDENCE / 31 mbla office work

Urban Design 58 FORE ST MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT / 35 mbla office work

ANTI-TETRIS CITY / 39

reTH!NKING Architecture Competition//Big Urban Crunch


CONTENT

Park OWL ADVENTURE PARK / 45 2014 SASAKI DAY Student Award

Furnitures INSTALLATION / 53 EARTHSCAPE Office Work

PLANTER BENCHES / 54 mbla office work

Drawings And Studies HAND DRAWING RENDERINGS/ 57 Gridley House Landscape

DESIGN STUDIES / 58

Study notes on the works of Fernando Caruncho

TREE STUDY / 59 Photo Transfer


PLAZAS


PLAZA FLUXA

Chicago, IL 2015 Design Workshop Studio: Surface Instructor: Prof. Mary Pat McGuire 2015 Sasaki Day Award

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SITE PLAN

SITE ANALYSIS

The compact city context results in a dynamic micro-climate--- shady and windy. Considering the multiple usages and changing ecological condition, the new design will keep the spatial openness, and interact with the motion of the air.

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PERFORMANCE: The two layer surfaces create a stage for both water and people. WATER PROCESS: Water on the top layer collects toward one edge and enters the bottom layer to buy more time for evaporation. STAGE 1: The intensity of the mist is determined by the level of the water below. STAGE 2: When there is too much water on the second layer, the overflow will drain back into the urban drainage system.

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SURFACE PERFORMANCE

Mesh Metal

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SUMMER SURFACE PERFORMANCE

Transparent Mist

WINTER SURFACE PERFORMANCE

Warm mist + Snow melting

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HEAT IT UP!

Boston, MA 2016 2016 COLDSCAPES//Adapt Competition Honorable Mention Team Member: Yuqing Wu In the United States, around half of all energy is wasted annually. Rather than being discharged, this rejected energy could create a safe and fun urban scape by supplying the fuel for a snow-melting system. This idea aims at designing different winter scenarios based on snow accumulation stages: When snow is light, snow partially dissolves and creates certain patterns such as a labyrinth, forming a temporary urban meditation space. When snow piles up, the underground heating system shapes snow into various types of landforms, building a winter playground for people to climb and sled. The concentrated energy can generate a camp fire coming out of the ground, providing warmth and a space for people to gather around. Ultimately, the underground snow-melting system interacts with snowfall to provide sure footing for people and brings happiness to a winter city.

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LIGHT SNOW

HEAVY SNOW

FREEZE

SNOW PATTERN

SNOW LANDFORMS

BONFIRE


Sledding

Gathering

Urban Bonfire

Vending Cart

Snow Pile

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HEAT

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Commute

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Meditation

Labyrinth

Dog Walk


CANAL ZERO PLAZA

Portland, ME 2016 MBLA.INC Office Work Architect: Canal 5 Studio Tasks: DD (Site Layout Study, Paving Layout and Material Study), CD (Site Plan, Material Plan, Construction Details)

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The redesign of this urban landscape strives to improve the overall quality of the space, improve light conditions, strengthen physical and visual connections to adjacent streets and other spaces and enhance pedestrian movement through the space. Diverging from the surrounding red brick façade, all hues of the materials are light in order to brighten up the north facing concave plaza. All careful design considerations are unified into a simple layout with various types of sitting areas and redefined vertical space, but the paver arrangements add in subtle randomness and dynamics.

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PAVING

All paving throughout the plaza is to be Freshwater Pearl granite and Woodbury Gray granite, two light gray stones from Maine that have distinctive and rich grain. Both of them have the same finish so that they look similar when they are dry. However, Woodbury Gray Granite tends to become much darker in wet condition than Freshwater Pearl granite does, creating rich color pattern for the overall plaza on rainy or snowy days.

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MONOLITHIC BENCH

Freshwater Pearl Granite could be found everywhere on site: paving, wall veneer and step slab. All the events of geologic history and carving process combine to give the material its character and structure. A massive monolithic stone from the same quarry has been placed at the northwest corner adjacent to the steps, presenting the natural rock formation and celebrating craftsmanship of human being.

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BRAMHALL SQUARE Portland, ME 2017 2017 Bramhall Square Competition Honorable Mention

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RESTORATION COMPLETED.

HISTORICAL PARK 1905 General Plan For Park System Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architecture DISAPPEARED HISTORICAL PARK 1905 General Plan For Park System Olmsted Brothers Landscape Architecture

MONUMENT SQUARE CURRENT MAJOR PARK

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SITE ANALYSIS FUNCTIONALITY / ACTIVITIES

SLOPE

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CURRENT: ON-SITE TREES

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PROPOSED: TREE SHADOW PAVING

SURFACE / GEOLOGY

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SITE PLAN

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HARDSCAPE - BIKE RACK, STAIRS, OUTDOOR DINING, BUS STATION

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ROCKSCAPE - TREE SHADOW PAVING, ROCKY SURFACE, VEGETATION

WINTER - INTERACTION OF SNOW AND ROCKS

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RESIDENTIAL


LEILA RANCH RESIDENCE

Aspen, CO 2017 MBLA.INC Office Work Architect: Stephen Moser Architect Tasks: SD (Site Analysis, Design Concept Development) DD (Site Design, Grading Study, Planting Design, Pricing Set)

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The design aims to create a lush garden that looks different from the surrounding landscape. We use plants that are similar height to the natural plants but boldly different in color and texture, clearly defining the living area against the natural landscape. The hardscapes negotiate the site’s grade changes along the building and provide enough room for outdoor activities.

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SECTIONS

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Viewing Garden

Triangle Courtyard

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GUEST BEDROOM TERRACES SECTION

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We try to figure out a way to conceal the drains by disguising the drains as adjacent stone paver or by confusing the observer with a subtle paving pattern. In order to find out a workable solution, we tested the color of different stone finishes, trying to explore a paving pattern with the respect to the area of the drain openings we need to provide for each paved spaces.

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PLANTS SHOULD BE LUSH BUT LOCAL. IRRIGATED FORBS OR VEGETATIONS NOT TO EXCEED 6” IN HEIGHT.

PLANTING PALETTE

Epimedium grandiflorum Bishop’s hat

Sedum rupestre‘Angelina’ Angelina stonecrop

Bergenia cordifolia Heart-leaved bergenia

Sedum rupestre‘Angelina’ Angelina stonecrop

Galium odoratum Sweet woodruff

Anemone multifida Pacific anemone

Convallaria majalis Lily of the valley

Sedum acre Goldmoss stonecrop

BLENDING MATERIALS

OVERLAP Plants blending without clear boundary.

NO OVERLAP Plants blending with clear boundary.

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1’ Diameter Pot

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Convallaria majalis Lily of the valley

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Epimedium grandiflorum Bishop’s hat

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ST. BARTS PRIVATE RESIDENCE St Barthelemy Island 2016 MBLA.INC Office Work Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro Tasks: DD (3D Modeling, Grading Study, Rendering)

SITE PLAN

GAZEBO SECTIONS

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MODELING AND VIEWS

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URBAN DESIGN


58 FORE STREET MIXED USE DEVELOPMENT Portland, ME 2015 MBLA.INC Office Work Architect: Perkins + will Tasks: SD (Landscape Planning, 3D Modeling, Rendering)

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SITE PLAN

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Private Public

Movement Places

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Historic Commercial Marina

Residential Waterfront

Stair Plaza Courtyard

Terrace Shared Walkway Lawn

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ANTI-TETRIS CITY

Nezahualcรณyol, Mexico 2015 reTH!NKING Architecture Competition//Big Urban Crunch Team Member: Shuangshuang Wu

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Our strategy for future urban growth is simply to start overlaying programs and space on top of existing urban grids and to extend it three dimensionally into a dynamic urban fabric. The existing buildings at the site are self-built by residents, which we think brings a strong identity and diversity to this community. We want to keep the spirit of spontaneity and give local people the freedom to grow their cities by following “Anti Tetris� rules. The new cities will build upon but at the same time transform the existing urban grids. This strategy with limited regulations and controls, celebrates the spirit of self-built and will guide the local community to develop a sustainable urban space.

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OVERALL STRATEGY ENCOURAGE VERTICAL GROWING “Informal” Urbanism (Self Build)

CONTROL URBAN SPRAWL

CONTROL URBAN SPRAWL

THE GAME OF ANTI-TETRIS TETRIS

ANTI-TETRIS

The right way to play tetris is filling in, which results in an impermeable surface. Current horizontal sprawling situation looks like a scary tetris game. All the buildings crowed together leaving no room for public space.

The wrong way to play tetris results in a porous surface, which is ideal for the city development. Since the horizontal city development is done, the anti-tetris rule could be used in city`s vertical development.

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REPETITION

NEW URBAN UNIT

“TETRIS” BLOCKS

NEW URBAN FORM

Stretches of proximate 8m x 56m plat have formed the current urban grids. We studied the current urban grid to inform the new building unit dimension and the “rule“ of Tetris blocks.

The new urban unit would be roughly 8m x 8m x 8m, which might be a simple two-floor unit.

The new urban units form tetris blocks and follow “Anti-Tetris” rules: no more than three continuous units along any directions (x, y, z).

The new development will be sufficient for mixed uses: commercial, residential, institutional, public infrastructures and will have enough opportunities for green open space.


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The new urban fabric will start to overlay onto the existing urban grid. As the city grows, this under layer can transform to different functions: pubic transit hub, public space and etc.

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The air circulation of the new housing organization relies on the circulation cubes between the blocks. Urban trash will also be collected through the multi-functional cube.

4 SPONTANEOUSLY ADDING Local communities have the autonomy to develop their own cities as needed. Rules needed to follow for a mix-used and dynamic urban space.

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PARK


OWL ADVENTURE PARK Monticello, IL 2014 Design Workshop Studio Instructor: M. Elen Deming 2014 Sasaki Day Award

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BUILDING PLAYGROUND - BUILDING NESTS AS OWLS DO The method children use to build their playground is bionic with the respect of the process that owls reuse others’ nests. It is not only a playing process, but also a learning process.

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41

31

21

11

01

9

8

7

6

5

4

3

2

1

1

1

BUILDING PLAYGROUND

3’

2

1

2

1

1

50X

70X

BEGINNING OF THE PLAYGROUND

LABYRINTH

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FURNITURES


INSTALLATION PROUD FUCHU MARKS, TOKYO

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ALL IMAGES and TEXT © Earth s c a pe


PLANTER-BENCHES LADD LIBRARY, ME

ALL IMAGES and TEXT © m b l a

4'-0"

6'-0"

2"

1'-4"

2'-0"

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DRAWINGS AND STUDIES


HAND DRAWING RENDERINGS Gridley House Landscape Suburbia Transformed 3.0 Student Category Selected Submission

57


DESIGN STUDIES Study notes on the works of Fernando Caruncho

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TREE STUDY Photo Transfer

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