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MINGXUAN QIN Portfolio 2019 Architecture | Urban Design Harvard Graduate School Of Design

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MINGXUAN QIN Contact E-mail: qmxtalent@live.com mqin@gsd.harvard.edu Phone: +13056322770

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EDUCATION Harvard University | Graduate School of Design Cambridge, Massachusetts| Aug. 2018 - May. 2020 Candidate of Master of Architecture in Urban Design Pratt Institute | School of Architecture Brooklyn, New York | Aug. 2014 - May. 2018 President's List in Fall 2014, Spring 2016, Spring 2017 Dean's List in Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Fall 2016 Graduate with Honor University of Miami | School of Architecture (transferred) Miami, Florida | Aug. 2012 - Jul. 2014 Dean's List from Fall 2012 to Spring 2014 Provost's Honor Roll from Fall 2012 to Fall 2013 President's Honor Roll in Spring 2013 Zhejiang University | School of Engineering (transferred) Hangzhou, China | Aug. 2011 - Jun. 2012

SKILLS Software Rhinoceros AutoCAD Revit Sketch Up Lumion Adobe Photoshop Adobe Indesign Adobe Illustrator Grasshopper Python Script for Rhino Vray for Rhino Maxwell Rendering ArcGis MathCAD Fabrication Wood Fabrication Streel Fabrication Cement/Plaster Casting Robotic Fabrication Language English Mandarin

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EXPERIENCE Teaching Assistant Pratt Institute Undergraduate School of Architecture Brooklyn | Aug. 2017 - Dec. 2017 - Teaching assistant for second year design studio. Instruct students and help the professor on pedagogic strategies. Architectural Intern Trace Architecture Office Beijing | May. 2015 - Aug. 2015 - Worked on schematic design, 3D modeling, physical models and diagrams as a team member of Huan-dao High School project. - Worked on schematic design, 3D modeling, physical models. In charge of the design of the roof and facade as a team member of Sanya Experience Center Project. - Worked on 3D modeling and physical models as a team member of TiensTiens Cafe project. - Design for the physical model display in the office. Architectural Intern and Researcher K/R Architects Beijing and New York City | Jul. 2014 - Nov. 2014 - Research and weekly presented to the office on Beijing Urban Design and Planning History. - Worked on schematic design as a team member of Xianyukou urban renovation project for Chengnan Project Exhibition. - Took minutes of the meetings and writing the report with the Chengnan Project Exhibition participants. In charge of negotiating with the exhibition organizer. Architectural Intern Atlier Li Xinggang in China Architecture Design & Research Group Beijing | Jun. 2013 - Aug. 2013 - Worked on physical models of the Subway Line 4 Entrance. - Worked on physical models and AutoCAD drawings of Jixi Museum. - Worked on physical models of Hainan International Convention and Exhibition Center.

AWARDS Acupuncture Top Honors (Runner Up) Of Degree Project Design Award 2018 Awarded By Pratt Institute, Undergraduate School Of Architecture Miami Resiliency 2013 First Place awarded by AIA Miami and U.S Green Building Council Capture Wind: A Wind Farm in the Tropopause Editor's Choice in eVolo 2015 Skyscraper Competition. Published on Archdaily and eVolo official site.


CONTENT

01_ACUPUNCTURE:

Intervention in Urban Village

02_URBAN AMAZON:

Corporate Headquarters as Catalyst Of City Life

03_CO-WORKING HOUSING: as VIRTUAL as it is REAL

04_URBAN GRADIENT:

Transition by Weaving

05_COLUMBIA BOATHOUSE:

Idle Program

OTHER WORKS

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01_ACUPUNCTURE: Intervention in Urban Village -Jan.- Apr. 2018 -Collaborator: Tianyue Xiao -Instructor: John Szot, Karen Bausman -Site: Baishizhou, Shenzhen -Pratt Institute | Degree Project -Top Honors | Degree Project Design Award 2018 by Pratt Institute | School of Architecture

Shenzhen is a city of collision between the village as the residue form of collectivism and new forms of commercial dwelling under capitalism. The same as plate collision produced Himalayas, this collision is epitomized by a boundary between the urban village and the gated community. This boundary is physical between the distinct urban fabric of Shenzhen. Compared to the clean and regulated luxury apartments on the other side, the urban village seems chaotic. The inhumane density impedes sunlight and ventilation, which brought about unsanitary conditions and danger to the tenants. However, urban villages are very diverse. Migrants from all over the country gather with their own cultures and thus created abundant street life, which enriched local commerce and draw plentiful consumers. The urban village behaves as a collective community with internal contacts under the same collective memory of experience. From agricultural village to urban village, it is this collision that catalyzes this transformation. Meanwhile, the physical boundary restricts the urban village within a defined perimeter, which compels an inward growth. With the modernization and the booming of economy, urban village kept adapts itself to the thriving city. This collision is a continuous process even till today, which have always been exerting external forces to the urban village. Although the boundary blocked these forces outside, urban village have been reacting to the surroundings through its own internal forces. As a result, it develops into a compact and overly-populated area as aforementioned today. This collision is a variable, so does the urban village. Therefore, through 30 years development of Shenzhen, urban villages are the only places that witness and records the history.

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This collision has also solidified the barrier of social mobility, which produced a social boundary between the floating population and the citizens in Shenzhen. Working in lower- levels, it is very difficult for the migrants with low income to join the mainstream consumer society. Therefore, they are marginalized. The facades on the crowded streets in urban villages are the embodiment of this social boundaries. As discussed above, the flourishing street life attracted many outsiders, but for insiders in the narrow alleys and tiny cells behind the prosperity, they are isolated from the urban society. Despite of this, on the other hand, this boundary provides the foundation for the diverse subcultures in the urban villages needed for them to thrive. Within the boundary, urban village hold too much tension caused by the collision. This project proposes a therapy of acupuncture. It means to penetrate the city on certain points, in and around the urban village, to release the pressure and let it bleed out, permeating through the boundary and finally become the connection of the contrasting urban fabric and distinct social class.

Chaotic Space

Active Commercial

Intersections

Entrance

Open Space

Road System

Division Centers

Sythesis of Point Selection

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Links and Penetrations

Visual Connection


POINT A POINT B

POINT C

Master Plan

Based on urban morphologies and fabrics, and syntheses of curent conditions, a system of point-line system is established on urban scale. The residential buildings at scattered points within the urban village are selectively replaced with social infrastructures, which provide piblic space such as, dining space, exhibition space, theatre and playground. These spaces bring together the mi-

grants of urban village and residents from the rest of cities. A series of elevated corridors between selected points are inserted, which penetrate through the existing buildings. These corridors restructured the circulation, bridging the internal programs with the rest of the city. The urban village turns out to be more open to the city of Shenzhen and serve people from outside.

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The points and lines, public infrastructures and bridges, activate the dead zones and enhance the vitality of commerce alongside, intensifying the street life. Buildings in the urban village are homogeneous. Complex alleys and streets always confuse people in the village, preventing them from exploring the unknown area. Our social infrastructures are designed under the same formal language to serve as the icons of different area all over the village. These icons would orient people to walk through the village and enjoy the street lives. Meanwhile, these infrastructures give the urban village a distinct identity, the unique metal assemblies create a sense of unstableness. It reflects the atmosphere of urban village while it also stands out in contrast to the surrounding buildings. The continuous and repetitive moments would make this village impressive to the rest of the city.

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POINT A Public Dining Space In some areas of the urban village, restaurants and food stalls are congregated. However, the insanitary and tiny dining environment cannot satisfy the cosumers. Under such circumstance, the intervened structure provides clean and sapcious dining space, which benifits both the catering business and the consumers. Meanwhile, visitors from the outside would be more willing to come to Baishizhou to enjoy the food here. Moreover, other public programs such as open theater and playgrounds for children are also addressed in a building like this one.

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POINT B Mixed-use Space Markets in the urban village always activate the surrounding business by increasing the pedestrian volume. However, food trucks and vendors often block the streets and smudge the floors. In this intervend structure, the ground level is elevated for vendors and peddlers to gather. Bars and tables are on upper levels for dining as well as social activities. There is also observation points on top level for visitors to experience the unique sceneries in Baishizhou.

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POINT C Residential Renewal In the redevelopment process, some buildings are selected for demolition to allow new constructions of this project. the residents live in thoes buildings will be rolocated to this type of new building, whoes height is doubled. Meanwile, the add-on facade provides more public space, such as reading space, kitchen, bars and observation decks within the residential building to improve the life qualities in surrounding area.

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02_URBAN AMAZON: Corporate Headquarters as Catalyst Of City Life -Nov.- Dec. 2018 -Collaborator: Jichao Sun -Instructor: Linda Pollak -Site: East Boston, MA -Harvard GSD|Elements of Urban Design -Nominated for PLATFORM 12

This project proposes a new Amazon Headquarter in East Boston/Revere, which not only meets the requirement for Amazon but also paybacks to local neighborhoods. Most Corporate Headquarters develops condenses at the center of site, surrounding by oceanic parking lots. They are isolated islands with no contact with local context. In this proposal, thickened edges with different active public programs— active commerce, wetland park, recreational fields and waterfront park— serve as buffer zones between Headquarters and neighborhoods. The concentrated buildings will be redistributed into moderate block scale. Corporate Headquarters usually damages the local commerce. To solve this problem and make the headquarter more permeable. We inserted local commercial developments into the Amazon blocks. An interactive public space is created between Amazon headquarter cluster and local commerce, where Amazon employees could walk out of the private courtyard at break, eat or relax in this flexible open space. With all the benefits to public life and local commerce, this corporate headquarter will be a generator of local urbanization and a catalyst of city life.

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TYPICAL CORPORATION HEADQUARTER:

PROPOSED CORPORATION HEADQUARTER:

• campus surrounded by parking lots

• dispersed across the site

• isolated from context, creating barriers

• porous edge allowing access from local neighborhoods


A series of comparison study has been conducted including headquarters of Apple, Google and Facebook, which have similar space arrangements. condenses at the center of site, surrounding by oceanic parking lots. They are isolated islands with no contact with local context. A porous and active Headquarter is necessary to benefit the surrounding

neighborhoods. In this new headquarter proposal, thickened edges with different active programming will substitute the parking lots as edges. The concentrated buildings in most headquarters will be redistributed into moderate block scale.

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The active edges are connected by linear parks in the middle of four main boulevards, which also divide amazon core into small parcels. Some anchor points developed by amazon are set at the ends of each boulevards, including an amazon store, a convention center/theater, a visitor center of park as well as some waterfront facilities (hotels). Local dwellers and Amazon employees could meander back and forth on the linear parks and anchor points, thus creating an active community at this large scale.

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Even through applying thickened edge and pedestrian corridor, amazon headquarters still concentrates at center as a hard core. In most situation, with its own internal economy going well, corporate headquarters usually damage local commerce. To solve this problem and make the headquarter more permeable. We inserted several local commercial developments into the amazon blocks. As is shown in the typical block(typology), one side sits the amazon headquarter cluster, while on the other side, there is local retails and offices.

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03_CO-WORKING HOUSING: as VIRTUAL as it is REAL

-Jan.- May. 2017 -Critic: Lawrence Blough -Site: Venice Beach, Los Anglos -Pratt Institute|Option Studio II

This project is a co-working house in Venice Beach area, Los Anglos. The “Hacker House” inspired the settings of program. This house is designed for people who want to work in a group or who wants to share their experience with other people. Typically, technologists and start-ups would be more interested in this house. It could be used as a Hacker House, a Maker’s Space or also an Incubator. In this co-working house, A filter system is created, which in the private living space, people could see and hear what other people was doing in the entral void space, but from the void, people are not able to find out what is happening inside the private space. In addition, there are some platforms on the circulation, where visitors can see the library or see other people’s working space, but they cannot get in to that space. By this system people can always have a sense of what other people is doing but protected their privacy at the same time. Furthermore, the whole house is organized in a nested order, which also helps in construction virtual social network logistics. Private spaces are on the outside layer, while the public spaces are in the center. Each group have a shared working space on the top floor and they can communicate with each other through the platform in between. The “filter system” oriented space order is similar to the relationship between people in the Internet social network. This design project is a physical embodiment of such relationships. How people feel each other online? How people unconscious influence each other online? In the virtual social network, information are published and everyone could get access to it, like people post their life on Instagram and see what other people is doing by looking at their Facebook. On the other hand, people are also hiding behind the Internet. No matter what one says or does, he or she‘s privacy is protected, which makes them feel safe.

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Gap Observation Joint Circulation in the Void Public Space

Gap

Public Space (Working or for Street) Circulation in between

Gap Public Space (Working or for Street) Observation Joint Circulation in the Void

Gap Private Space Circulation to Public Space Observation Joint

Gap Public Space (Working or for Street)

Circulation in the Void

Observation Joint Circulation in the Void Public Space

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A system to classify the private-public levels is created. Residents are divided in to three groups located on three sides of the house around a nested central void. The hierachy of privacy is as follow: private bedroom cells—semi-private living room—group working space—central void space and other public programs. The goup settings is also convenient for the leasing of the house. People can rent from 3 months to 12 months according to their projects duration. And

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this house could accommodate 3 groups, which is 10 people, at the same time. Therefore, this house is a public house. The consultant, the client, and colleagues would always walk in to work with the residents. Sometimes, there might be an exhibition of the residents’ works. Moreover, there are hundreds of high-tech companies or start-ups located in Venice Beach nearby, so there is a large chance for people to gather together holding certain events.


1. Observation Joint Group A

2. Bathroom 3. Bedroom Unit 4. Double- Height Living Space A 5. Bedroom Unit

Group B

Group C

6. Bathroom 7. Bedroom Unit 8. Double- Height Living Space C 9. Bedroom Unit 10. Bathroom 11. Bedroom Unit 12. Group-Shared Living Space B 13. Bedroom Unit 14. Relaxing Space 15. Observation Joint (Balcony)

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04_URBAN GRADIENT: Transition by Weaving

-Sep.- Oct. 2018 -Collaborator: Jichao Sun -Site: South Boston, MA -Instructor: Linda Pollak -Harvard GSD|Elements of Urban Design

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The site of this project locates at South Boston next to Mass Port and Innovation District, right next to the urban core of Boston. The surrounding area has various programs, including commercial, residential, park and industrial port. This project creates an urban transition from residential respectively to industrial and commercial on two directions. With open spaces in between as buffer zones, this matrix system generates a urban form through weaving.

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Through analysis of adjacent programs around the site, a matrix system is developed along two axis to build up a urban transition of programs. The program transits from residential to industrial from west to east, , while from south to north, it transits from residential to commercial (innovation district). By over laping and weaving, a urban gradient is established both in program and in urban form. At the same time, public spaces are inserted as buffer zones inbetween programs to construct a consistent public space.

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In terms of urban form, linear elements such as elevated corridors and plinths are built in both axes to make the space consistent. At the same time, these linear elements produced courtyard spaces within the residential area. With lines as the base, building scale varies in different program zones, which brought about certain diversity to this design. In transition from commercial area to industrial prot, a maritime economy is in between with both factories and markets that serves fresh fish for local people.

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We encorporate programs and pavements in points, lines and surfaces are our basic tools in this design. with linear pavements cutting through the blocks, pedestrians are separated from cars. Along the linear corridors, some green surfaces are put aside the lines, which creates a great experience for pedestrians. Even in design of the landscape and play ground, we also used the same geometical tools, in which we play with wood paved linear paths, tile paved surface as plazas, surface with grass, and box with trees to composite a rich public space.

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05_COLUMBIA BOATHOUSE: Idle Program

-Jan.- May. 2016 -Critic: Giuliano Fiorenzoli -Site: New York, NY -Pratt Institute|Comprehensive Design Studio II -Nominated for INPROCESS 22

The Boathouse is located in uptown Manhattan, in a quiet neighborhood connected with Inwood Hill Park. It is designed for the Columbia University racing boat team. As I Learned from the coach, the team only use this building for training from June to December. The rest of the time this building would stay empty. So I included an additional set of program for the public rowing club, which is open to this neighborhood. However, due to the climate condition. this building would still remain unused in winter, late fall or early spring. Therefore I decided to include the landscpae connected the water front as a substitute program, which would make the project half boathouse and half public landscape as an addition to the local green space as well as a compensate for the boathouse in the unusable season.

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Considering the sloped topography of the site. The enterance is located on the second level of the building with a flat access to the training spacing, fitting room and classrooms, whcih makes it convenient for the athletes. The boat storages, loading area and staff offices are located on the ground level as service space and with an easy access to the water front. The ground decking is also connected to the park on the side. Landscape is mainly on the roof, which is connected to the ground decking and water front though a steeped terrace. At the enterance showing left, people could choose to go inside the building, walk up the the roof garden or step down to the water front. In term of this, people can walk through the building without entering it.

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The boathouse structure is cast in place concrete to fit in the landscape and designed to achive long spans for the boat storages. The facade has a horizontal stripe pattern to enhance the volumetic character and make it changable though time——the rain will leave its trace on the horizontal stripes. The pattern is casted with round wood stickes on the mode and the windows has a clear frame exposed on the facade to stress the opennings.

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Left UP: Charge Entanglement, Algorithmic Design, Dec 2017 Left Down Wriggle, Installation Design, May 2017 Right: Capture the Wind, Evolo Competion, Mar 2015

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A. VERTICAL AXIS WIND ENERGY TURBINE Permanent Disk Motor

Resisting Force

Wind

Adjustable-Vanes System

Shell Stator Core

Rotating Force Lifting Force

Rotor Core Rotor Pallet Bearing

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B. VANADIUM REDOX BATTERY

Electrolyte Tank Maintenance Platform Electrode Membrance Discharge Pos. Electrode Side

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Neg. Electrode Side

One Tank Unit

Pump Chemical- Reaction Tank

Pump

Charge

AC/DC Converter AC/DC Converter Transmission Line

Pos. Electrode Side Neg. Electrode Side

C. WIRELESS POWER TRANSMISSION VIA LASER

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Transmission Line Electric Energy

Boost Converter

Wireless Power Transmission via Laser

Luminous Energy

Laser Driver Silicon Photocell

Electric Energy Laser Transmitter

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