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MARIA DING


CONTENTS

MARIA DING

[ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO] 2014-2018

UNDERGRADUATE WORK


02 THE MAGIC HEDGE Arch 4101: Design VII / November 2017

ARCHITECTURE PROJECTS

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ROME HOUSING COMPLEX Arch 3102: Design VI / May 2017

HIGHLINE HOTEL Arch 3101: Design V / November 2016

DESIGN PROJECTS

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BRIDGE AT ECOLODGE WATERS Arch 2613: Structural Systems/ November 2015

WHARTON STUDIO MUSEUM DEA 2500: Design Strategy / November 2017

FUTURE WORK SPACES Summer Internship /August 2017

PERSONAL PROJECTS

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PINK ON SUNDAYS Graphic Design Project / February 2018

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DESCENT OF BIRDS Sculpture Art / November 2014

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CONSTRUCTED AND THE UNCONSTRUCTED Drawings and Paintings / November 2014

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THE MAGIC HEDGE ARCH 4101: DESIGN VII INSTRUCTORS: BEN NICHOLSON ERIN PELLEGRINO Cornell University // November 2017

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There are some locations on Planet Earth whose ground is so saturated with ‘goings on’ that they plead for attention. Such a place is the Montrose Magic Hedge, a man-made spit of land in Chicago that pushes out into Lake Michigan. Once a base for Nike nuclear missiles defending the megalopolis, it is now a safe haven for over 400 species of birds on their semi-annual migration on the Mississippi Flyway. The pastoral setting, crisscrossed by eager-beaver bird watchers, also makes a perfect cover for illicit sex. The studio seeks to create a project for the intersection of Nukes, Migration and Forbidden Love. The studio begins by making a deep study of the life of a bird and its nest, utilizing the Cornell Ornithology Lab, the world’s center of bird study. An Everything Drawing, a new form of architectural representation, is created that demonstrates the figurative, technical, textual and diagrammatic aspects of understanding the complexities of space. The one sheet drawing of the great egret shows the rich interconnections between predator & prey, materials & construction, systems of camouflage, gender roles (of who-does-what), site & weather, migration patterns and the immutable form of eggs.


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The Operational Imposter is a physical form of the ideas represented in the Everything Drawing. The model further demonstrates the rich interconnectivity of all that constitutes a construction, be it emotive, practical, political or global. 5


The second project addresses the site. The studio combs through its nuclear history, and study Chicago’s underground of illicit love. Boystown, once considered one of the oldest gay neighborhoods in the US, is recently becoming gentrified due to changing tastes. As a result queers gather at the Magic Hedge, but conflict with bird watchers makes the cruising scene outlawed. The program seeks to 6

provide a sanctuary away from straight couples and bird watchers, applauding cruising culture. The solution is a social gathering place for the queer community that is discreet and protected by word of mouth, using the building as a medium of escape. A similar Everything Drawing is made of the rich politics & practicalities that compose rustic parkland within a pulsating urban fabric.


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The third aspect of the project is an architecture proposal. Using the abandoned Nike missile launch site, this project seeks to create a nightclub distributed within three towers that changes shape from day to night. Hidden in these towers are walls that shift up and down, rooms that rotate, roof that slides. The transformative qualities of the project allow the nightclub to change from open to closed, and to offer spaces that respond to different climate conditions. The aim is to include a variety of spatial experiences for the local and queer community in an exaggeration of the change from day to night. 9


Day Time Plan

Night Time Plan

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ROME HOUSING COMPLEX ARCH 3102: DESIGN VI INSTRUCTOR: WERNER GOEHNER Cornell University // May 2017

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The semester studio abroad in Rome seeks to design and develop complex architectural projects situated in urban contexts and developed with regard to program, site, building, and representation. The focus of the semester is integrating an urban intervention sited in Flaminio in Northern Rome along the Tiber River. A proposal for a block complex on the site of Flaminio’s Piazza Mancini connects several major urban axes and reconnects the public to the Tiber waterfront. A combination of housing, retail, theater, office and underground parking activates the area along the river as well as bringing vibrancy and foot traffic to the areas above.


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HIGH LINE HOTEL ARCH 3101: DESIGN V INSTRUCTOR: HENRY RICHARDSON Cornell University // November 2016

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At a glance, the project outlines a mixed-use complex nestled into the gaps and interstitial spaces along the highline. Located in Manhattan, the High Line as we know it today is a major pedestrian park elevated above the streets of the Chelsea region. It excites urban renewal at every opportunity, bringing life to its surrounding locations. The multi-purpose structure for retail, guestrooms, apartments, leisure seeks to engage the High Line’s pedestrians, offering them the opportunity to see New York from an entirely new viewpoint. Derived from a series of vertical planes, the hotel is penetrated by glass windows and walkways. A gradient of private to public spaces leading to the High Line brings intrigue and foot traffic to the areas it touches. Moments such as roof top gardens and outdoor terraces provide a smooth transition from the liveliness that is the High Line to private living quarters.


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Ground Level

Highline Level

Apartment Level


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BRIDGE AT CROSS WATERS ECOLODGE ARCH 2613: STRUCTURAL SYSTEMS INSTRUCTOR: MARK CRUVELLIER Cornell University // November 2015

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An award-winning project hidden in the Nankum Mountain Reserve in China, locates the town’s first ecolodge and wellness center. My partner and I picked the Crosswaters Ecolodge for our structures model, inspired by its use of environmentally friendly material and vernacular style. Designed to inspire residents to learn more about the environment while giving back to the local community, architect Simon Veleze adopted a structural system consisting of a unique combination of material, joinery system and scale. Bamboo was chosen as the primary material as it is able to resist lateral loads and torsion due to its hollow circular cross section. Velez developed the “fish mount joint” to uphold his structure in which members are attached perpendicularly to each other by metal threaded rods. Our model incorporates similar materials and joinery systems by connecting wood and Rockite with pins.


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SITE

Assesses how the site and bu meet WSM

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USER GROUP B- STEWART PARK VISITORS PARTICIPANTS J. Thavorn, Cornell Student T. Chung, Cornell Student C. Shone, Cornell Student V. Amankwa, Cornell Student

E. Radley, Cornell Student Parent at Stewart Park Visitor Bureau Assistant

KEY INSIGHTS Nature continues to draw them to Stewart Park, especially the scenic lake views and open space. Users visit the park with other people, whether it be with their children or college friends.

INSTRUCTORS: DENISE RAMZY Cornell University // November 2017

The Wharton Studio Museum is a silent film museum to be located in Stewart Park in Ithaca, NY. Not yet built, the museum partnered with our four person team to create a marketing plan totaling 48 pages, which focuses on how design can orchestrate an organization’s success in the 21st century. We provided an extensive analysis of the function of organization and providing a series of recommendations and guidelines for Wharton Studio Museum through each phase of its construction and operation. We looked at a diverse range of strategic design applications including branding, identity, user experience, scenario planning, health and safety, workplace strategy, operations and maintenance.

Only permanent residents of Ithaca from this group were familiar with the Wharton Studio Museum and Ithaca’s silent film history.

DESIGN IMPLICATIONS Would like the new Wharton Studio Museum to incorporate the outdoors, like an outdoor seating/eating and screening area. Suggest the museum offer interactive and engaging workshops for artists (filmmakers) and community bonding. Market future Wharton Studio Museum Stewart Park events to college students (temporary Ithaca residents) that highlight performance arts.

I like Stewart Park cause it’s by the lake and it feels like a place to re-energize and relax. It’s also a nice location for picnics and walks. People in Ithaca especially love the outdoors so Stewart Park provides a great scenic atmosphere.

DEA 2550: DESIGN STRATEGY AND MANAGEMENT

The park acts as an escape from busy areas of Ithaca like the commons, and is much more relaxing than hiking near the gorges and on trails.

I would visit Stewart Park more often if there were more events here to draw larger groups of people such as live music, food vendors or boutique shops. I would make more of an effort to come here if the scene was more lively.

WHARTON STUDIO MUSEUM

Group coordinated events initially drew them to the park, such as concerts, festivals, greek affiliated events, and picnics.

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Identifies the six opportunit and explores the scenario

The design criteria outlines the key elements that shoul

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SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT Provide interactive and engaging events and workshops to allow for community bonding, as all user groups favor social environments involving friends, music, and food (especially younger users). Incorporate family-friendly educational installations to accommodate children in particular, such as playgrounds or recreational games that educate users about silent film, to attract a younger audience to learn about silent film’s local and international significance. Establish a lively, cozy, and safe ambience that allow users to simply lounge around and enjoy being immersed in the historical sense of nostalgia and the beautiful natural landscape. Incorporate simple light shows and outdoor string lights to establish a colorful and lively ambience for special events that would bring the community together for gatherings and socializing.

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HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE Highlight that the physical space used to be a dance studio and film production studio to emphasize the historical value of the space. This will allow users to recognize that they are in the space that was a crucial part of silent film history. Provide F&B options to be themed specifically to silent film. This will be give users a stronger sense of place, history, and nostalgia.

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DIGITAL PRESENCE Have consistent branding and designs throughout all platforms of social media, to ensure brand recognition of the organization. Produce regular content and provide platforms for users to discuss, debate and engage with silent film content, to cultivate conversations surrounding silent film and build an online community that is interested in this art.

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WHARTON STUDIO MUSEUM ITHCOMMONS

PARKING

CULTURAL FACTORS E STATE STREET

ITHACA COMMONS

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TOMPKINS COUNTRY PUBLIC LIBRARY

Gathers key insights and design implications from interviews of key stakeholders such as the administration and community members.

PROPSPECT STREET

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SITE ANALYSIS ITHACA PARK RESERVATIONS ITHACA PARK RESERVATIONS

VALUE

Cornell University PHD Student #2 Visitor from Brooklyn Visitor from Canada

ATTRIBUTES Museum mentioned in Ithaca tourism and university pamphlets

Types of users

EDUCATION

Children centered workshops

Random sampling of community members: ask if they're aware of Ithaca's silent film history.

NOSTALGIA

Documentation of past events

FINGER LAKES

METRICS

FINGER LAKES

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Food and beverages are the major attractions that draw people to Commons. Visitors’ favorite events involve vendors where food or groceries are freshly served, such as Applefest or the Farmer’s Market. Visitors are interested in learning more about Ithaca’s local history considering that there are limited cultural events hosted in Commons. Commons is favored as a communal area that is not overcrowded by undergraduate college students. Commons serves as a place for people of all ages to relax and socialize. It is also considered a popular destination for the nightlife.

WHARTON STUDIO MUSEUM

WHARTON STUDIO MUSEUM Retaining original elements/features

REPURPOSED

Number of documents Savings in construction costs (as opposed to a new-build)

NATURE Lake view

User satisfaction

Cayuga Waterfront Trail

Number of users from the trail

Programmed events

Turnout: number of attendees

LANDSCAPE

VISIONING

STEWART PARK

Performance plaza

GATHERINGS

STEWART PARK

Number of attendees

Cafe facility

Number of customers

Interaction between staff and users through hands on workshops

Number of DIY silent films created during workshop events

Digital presence (e.g. publicizing events through Facebook and Instagram)

Number of followers on each social media platform

COMMUNITY

Hosting events that focus on the local history of Ithaca will appeal to people who want to learn more about the community, as cultural events are currently not reinforced enough anywhere in Ithaca

CASADILLA BOAT HALL

CASADILLA BOAT HALL

Market future Wharton Studio Museum Stewart Park events to college students (temporary Ithaca residents) that highlight performance arts.

SOCIALIZING

FALL CREEK

INDUSTRY

Gathers findings from our visioning workshop to determine the key aspirations and goals for WSM.

Screenings

Number of attendees

Historical artifacts

Number of artifacts available to display

Local and international celebrities

User recognition of celebrities

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LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL SIGNIFICANCE

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Limited accessibility Only attract certain age groups Currently limited workforce Relocation of Ithaca Public works Security control Vandalism control Limited artifacts from the era to showcase in museum

Key Points: Wharton Studio has an excellent location with its proximity to nature

Key Points: Stewart Park is difficult to access without a car, and the niche focus may make attracting a wider audience challenging

THREATS

OPPORTUNITIES

Extreme weather Remote location Low resurgence in silent film industry Lack of public interest in silent film

Provide food and beverage vendors Host cultural evens and contribute to Ithaca’s local history Increase online presence Target new audience Park Wifi Preservation of Ithaca’s history in film Attract tourists interested in film Offer different activity in Ithaca Partnerships with local organizations and academic/cultural groups Key Points: Entice target audience by tailoring events and increasing Wharton’s online presence

KEY TAKEAWAYS A value tree identifies the main values of an organization, in this case based on the visioning session. It breaks down these main values into sub-values, which are more specific values within the main value categories, attributes, which define how these values may be manifested, and metrics, which serve as a method of understanding how and if these attributes have been fulfilled. History and Nature stood out as the overarching themes that should carry emphasis through the rest of the project.

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W T WEAKNESSES

Family friendly (e.g. picnic tables, playground) Waterfront view Walking and bike paths Open fields Movie screenings Available free parking Cayuga Waterfront Trail proximity Stewart Park revitalization projects Alternate location within Tompkins Center of History and Culture in Ithaca Commons

Number of performances and attendees

Museum facility

Incorporating vendors that offer food and beverages will attract a large variety of people.

I love the Commons for its food. The farmer’s market and the coffee shops here are some of my favorite. Events or festivals with food vendors would be something that I’m definitely interested in visiting.

GARDEN PARKWAY

COMMUNAL HALL

Negative Factors

STRENGTHS

GARDEN PARKWAY

COMMUNAL HALL

DESIGN IMPLICATIONS

Positive Factors

SUB VALUES SENSE OF PLACE

HISTORY

KEY INSIGHTS

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DEA 2550/Design Strategy & Management/FA17/Cornell University

Internal Factors

ZONING

CINEMAPOLIS

ROUTE 13 E GREEN STREET

External Factors

SPECIFIC SITE/LOCATION CHARACTERISTICS The area is zoned as CBD-100 (Central Business District) for any commercial facility, allowing for offices and spaces for public assembly.

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HISTORY CENTER IN TOMPKINS COUNTRY

PARKING There are three parking garages nearby, since street parking is limited.

INTERVIEWS

DOWNTOWN ITHACA ALLIANCE

STREET

The Ithaca Historical and Scientific Society was founded in 1863 to encourage research into local history and to preserve objects and documents of historical significance. Now, the History Center will relocate to the Tompkins Trust building along with other non-profit organizations like the Wharton Studio Museum, Historic Ithaca Library, the Community Arts Partnership, the Dorothy Cotton Institute, the Discovery Trail, the Sustainability Center and the Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation, and so forth.

Festivals and events held in Commons are family friendly, making the neighborhood a popular destination amongst the local community and visitors of all ages.

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AGE,HISTORY ETC.

CAYUGA

GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF BUILDING

USER GROUP C- COMMONS VISITORS

Ithaca is like a cultural wasteland. I wish there were more cultural or art events that talks about the indigenous or local people here. I feel like the minority group in American history is underappreciated.

STEWART AVENUE

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SENECA WAY

SCHUYLER PLACE

The Heritage Center will be around establishments tourists and students frequent, such as restaurants and boutiques. Also, with entertainment venues (e.g., State Theatre, Cinemopolis) and educational organizations (e.g., public library and Downtown Ithaca Alliance) nearby there’s opportunity for partnerships and collaborations.

S AURORA STREET

TRANSPORTATION A popular method of transportation to this location is by TCAT Route 13 and Route 79 buses. Route 13 travels to and from Ithaca Commons and Stewart Park.

PARTICIPANTS Ithaca College Senior #1 Ithaca College Senior #2 Cornell University PHD Student #1

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RELATIONSHIP TO IMMEDIATE SURROUNDING

Heritage Center is anticipated to be located on 110 North Tioga Street, adjacent to various retail, cultural and entertainment destinations in Ithaca Commons.

ROUTE 13

uilding affects WSM and its ability to provide value, M’s needs and fulfill its mission.

PEDESTRIAN CIRCULATION

SURROUNDINGS

NEIGHBORHOOD DESCRIPTION

CAYUGA

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GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF SITE/LOCATION

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SELECTED SITE

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Key Points: A large challenge will be generating enough interest in the topic to attract people to the museum

Programming at the Commons site should create cohesion between the two locations, encouraging visitors to Stewart Park An overall lack of publicity means that many people don’t know about the Wharton Studio museum The Stewart Park location provides an excellent opportunity to draw in Ithaca residents and visitors

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SCENARIOS

This timeline shows the current gaps in the user experience from the organizational values and mission. The organizational values that was identified at the visioning session was Nature, History, Community, and Industry, and the organizational mission is to “preserve and celebrate the role Ithaca and the region played in the history of American film.”

OPPORTUNITIES SACRED SPACE

01 Provide vibrant and comfortable atmosphere: attract the local community, including the younger population, by providing a social environment involving friends, music, and food

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LACK OF INTEREST IN SILENT FILM

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As a non-user interviewee expressed that “I’m just not that interested in silent films, and have never watched one.” This is one of the many users that lack knowledge of ithaca’s significance in silent film history, as well as displaying a lack of interest in the silent film industry in general.

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There needs to be a way to excite all users about coming all the way to Stewart Park to learn about silent film, as one interviewee stated that “I would visit Stewart Park more often if there were more events here to draw larger groups of people such as live music, food vendors or boutique shops.”

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A: HISTORICAL INSTITUTION This scenario underscores Ithaca’s pivotal role in the silent film industry that leads to the influence of other genres of film. History and education is a main component of this scenario.

LACK OF DIGITAL PRESENCE LOCAL

A non-user expressed that she “didn’t know about Ithaca’s silent film history and never come across silent film in everyday life,” therefore, without a strong digital presence, potential users are not compelled to learn more about the silent film industry, learn about its historical significance to Ithaca, and interact with an engaging online community with similar interests in silent film.

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LACK OF SIGNAGE There is no sufficient signage indicating where the museum is upon entrance of the park and building, which is reiterated by the front desk employee of the Ithaca Visitor’s Bureau expressing that she “didn’t even know what that building was for.” Visitors are unable to get the historical significance and nostalgia of the building.

NATURE

VISITORS

There is also a lack of compelling content on Facebook to attract users to the actual website and learn more about the silent film industry and the organization.

ISOLATED LOCATION

02 Reinforce historical significance of building: the building itself is a historic attraction of interest because it’s now one of the only original silent movie studios in existence in the country

03 Reinforce online presence: the younger audience is more likely to learn of events

B: STAPLE DESTINATION This scenario focuses on the Wharton Student Museum as an attraction to visitors. Since the museum is already ingrained into Ithaca’s history since 1911.

The current website lacks a user-friendly interface that does not clearly communicate the services of Wharton Studio Museum.

SIGN BRIEF

LACK OF INTEREST IN SILENT FILM

through social media

LACK OF DIGITAL PRESENCE

C: COMMUNITY HUB This scenario enables the Wharton Studio Museum to function as a community space. It promotes relationship building between staff and community members.

04 Provide more signage: direct Stewart Park visitors to Wharton Studio Museum

05 Establish connection between the Stewart Park and Ithaca Commons locations: to unify D: CULTURAL HUB

LACK OF SIGNAGE

This final scenario positions the Wharton Studio Museum as an open and leisure destination, utilizing its placement in Stewart Park to foster all types of recreational activities for visitors and the community.

both locations as one entity

06 Reinforce natural scenery: the waterfront location acts as an attractor for people wishing to enjoy the scenery

The two locations are quite far apart and do not have any connecting features at the moment.

ties that can help solve the key challenge of WSM, of WSM moving from a historical institution to a cultural hub.

As one student expressed that their “favorite event space/area in Ithaca is the commons” due to the surrounding restaurants, therefore the attraction to the commons location can be leveraged to attract users to the Stewart Park location as well. The draw to Stewart Park can the natural scenery and historical significance of the building. This would allow WSM to reach a larger and more diverse audience (attracted by two different locations and its surrounding communities) to learn about the silent film industry.

ISOLATED LOCATION

COMMUNITY SPACE

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Other park infrastructures should not be built in close proximity to the museum. Since the park land is flat, the museum building should not be visually obstructed by other facilities.

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CONNECTIVITY Unify exhibits and events between the Commons and Stewart Park locations and have consistent design and branding across all social media and print media platforms. This is to unify both locations as one entity through cohesion of events/exhibits and branding/design. Provide adequate information about the other location (programming, services, etc.). This is to attract users from one location to the other.

General lack of interest in silent film primarily focused on the younger audience

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Ithaca residents and visitors are unaware of the museum’s presence and Ithaca’s significance in silent film history

BUSINESS CASE

COHESION

The Commons and Stewart Park’s user experiences should act as an extension of one another for balanced visitorship. Reinforcing a connection between both locations through consistent

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Furniture Exhibits

Ithaca Commons: Nearby organizations and facilities, student and tourist audience, and intimate atmosphere

NATURAL SCENERY Entwine Stewart Park’s natural elements and scenic views to the

brothers to start their film production company in this space.

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

Listing required furniture to support art and user experience

Lack of space for a variety of furniture

Planning preferred materials

Outdoor furniture vulnerable to vandalism

Envisioning a “Wharton Studio Museum” style

High maintenance cost for expensive materials

Create a comfortable and welcoming environment to invite visitors to roam around the museum longer.

CHANGE MANAGEMENT A.

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

WSM should plan an interior vision before purchasing furniture and fixtures. Additional front of house employees to manage the museum’s exhibit space.

Increase appreciation toward Ithaca’s natural scenery. Foster conversation between visitors and staff in an intimate setting.

Stewart Park: Furniture for socializing and dining should be placed outside and/or facing Cayuga Lake to emphasize the natural scenery and open space.

Increase navigability for visitors.

Ithaca Commons: Minimum and flexible seating to increase walking space to view wall art and promote fluid socializing in the intimate space.

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PROGRAMMING

Special events and exhibit opening receptions should reinforce a common theme in both locations through Designing one type of promotional materials Dividing exhibit showcases into the two locations

Stewart Park: Daytime programming, family-friendly hands-on workshops and activities involving a large space.

Allow for flexible outdoor programming so visitors are able to appreciate Stewart Park’s beautiful backdrop of Cayuga Lake.

VALUE ANALYSIS A.

Consistent interior aesthetic and appeal to visitors.

Programs should utilize the sites’ physical attributes and settings when planning activities to ensure there is no overlap that will cause higher visitorship over the other.

museum’s programming. This is to celebrate the natural scenery that originally attracted the Wharton

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

High initial cost for duplicate furnitures and fixtures

Furniture configuration should match the desired behaviors for the distinct locations.

DISTINCTION

Stewart Park: Natural scenery, family and local audience, and open atmosphere

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Planning a color theme

Nonetheless, the distinct locations should capitalize on their surrounding amenities and demographic.

Trail.

INTERIOR ELEMENTS

Furniture and fixtures should be the same across locations by

Branding

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Provide information about transportation routes to the other location (bike, walk, bus, drive). This is to attract users from the walking, biking, and driving paths such as the Cayuga Waterfront

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RISK ASSESSMENT

APPROACH

SOLUTION

PROBLEM SUMMARY

The museum should incorporate signage to allow wayfinding to the museum from the entrance of the park and nearby trails. This is to ensure users find their way to the museum (or stumble upon it).

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PROGRAMMING Popularity in one location over the other causing imbalanced visitorship. Low attendance if there is insufficient demand for the event. High initial cost to host events

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PROGRAMMING Promote inter-generational socializing. Capture the attention of the younger audience to increase interest. Increase appreciation toward Ithaca’s role in silent film.

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PROGRAMMING Additional staff required to plan, promote and manage events. Increase communication with Ithaca organizations to create new ties strengthen old ones.

Stronger ties with community through co-sponsored events. Enhance collaboration with other non-profit organizations and institutions.

Ithaca Commons: Evening programming, partnership workshops, intimate receptions that may involve alcohol and educational panels to engage students.

Presents our recommendations for different approaches to solutions that WSM could implement to solve the key challenge identified.

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Partnerships that assist in reaching a global audience

Content that may attract customers who usually do not understand the appeal of silent movies

SOCIAL MEDIA According to the “three-second rule of the web,” websites have three seconds to capture the attention of users before they exit out. The new site’s design elements will ensure easy navigation and text legibility. Information regarding the museum’s history, upcoming events, and ways to support will be focal points.

Partnerships that assist in reaching a local audience

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STEWART PARK VISIBILITY Situated along the walking, biking, and car paths

COMMONS

NATURAL SCENERY

CONNECTIVITY

Outdoor seating; outdoor walking trails

Events happening in unity with the Stewart Park location and pamphlets given on Stewart Park location

CONNECTIVITY Events happening in unity with the Commons location and pamphlets given on Commons location.

SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT Flexible seating and ample space for people to walk in and vintage lights to evoke nostalgia

Portion of exhibit is showcased in WSM and Commons

SOCIAL ENVIRONMENT Comfortable outdoor seating, vintage lights to evoke nostalgia, and hands-on workshops (i.e. making a zoetrope)

HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE Vintage-themed artifacts, theater snack-themed food truck, and documentation of what the building used to be used for

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HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE Vintage-themed artifacts and screenings Utilizing partnerships with Downtown Ithaca Alliance

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EXPERIENCE MAP WHARTON BROTHERS FILM EXHIBIT OPENING RECEPTION Name: Maya K. Age: 20 Occupation: Junior DEA Cornell student Interests: photography, hiking, water polo

ENTICE

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Signage visible to pedestrians

Theme colors and logo are apparent upon entering the spaces

Social media event post

ENGAGE Daytime (Stewart Park): Wharton brothers film outdoor screenings with views of Cayuga Lake

Vintage-themed artifacts are showcased upon entrance

Outdoor cafe and food truck serving classic concession stand snacks with silent film themed packaging

Informational brochures and prints provided

Historical artifacts present throughout the museum Workshop making miniature zoetropes

EXIT Take exhibit memorabilia/pamphlets Leave signature and contact information in guest book Shop at gift stand

EXTEND Invitation to WSM’s next event sent via email Images from the event posted on WSM Facebook and Instagram handles

Evening (Commons): Silent film screening projected on wall Film expert panel in partnership with Ithaca College professors Historical artifacts present throughout the museum Opening reception cocktail hour mixer

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FUTURE WORK SPACES SUMMER INTERNSHIP EMPLOYER: WESTON BAKER BEN KESSLER Weston Baker Creative Group// August 2017

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In a world of constant technological change and increasing automation, we ponder the future that lies ahead. As cubicle spaces and designated seating are replaced by open conversation and creative freedom, what would workspaces look like in 20 years? During my summer internship I designed and modeled futuristic office buildings for an anonymous client. The audience will be able to view the model in virtual reality, grasping the technological possibilities that the future has to offer. 37


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PINK ON SUNDAYS GRAPHIC DESIGN PROJECT Personal Project // February 2018

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GROUP THERAPY


Colored in various shades of pink, the Pink on Sundays project is a series of posters advocating for program and activity. From flamingo palm trees in Hollywood Boulevard to cotton candy cloud swimming pools, each poster is its own fantastical and whimsical world.


DESCENT OF BIRDS SCULPTURE ART Personal Project // November 2014

A series of sculptures crafted out of recycled plastic cutlery, attached to wire frames then spray painted, the art project evoke ideas of sustainable art and unique form composed out of unconventional materials.

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CONSTURCTED AND THE UNCONSTRUCTED DRAWINGS AND PAINTINGS Personal Project // November 2014

A composition of mechanical drawings, portraits and landscapes using sketching pencils, color pencils and watercolor.

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DING EDUCATION AUG 2014-MAY 2019

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE MAJOR BACHELOR OF DESIGN AND ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS MINOR

CORNELL UNIVERSITY Ithaca, New York

Cumulative GPA 3.649 SEP 2011-MAY 2014

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA PROGRAMME

AUCKLAND INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE Auckland, New Zealand

Grade 41, Dean’s List

RELATED EXPERIENCE JUNE 2017-AUG 2017

CREATIVE ASSISTANT AND JUNIOR DESIGNER Created brand identities, marketing materials, websites, visualizations for a variety of clients ranging from tech startups, real estate developers to financial institutions. Produced 2D and 3D content such as virtual reality models, renderings, graphic illustrations and logo designs.

JUL 2016-AUG 2016

ARCHITECTURE AND URBAN PLANNING INTERN

KOHN PEDERSON FOX Shanghai, China

Collaborated on the schematic design phase of the Yu Yuan Garden urban renewal project in Shanghai. Engaged in site visits and historical research. Assisted with concept diagrams, daylight analysis, conceptual framework and digital site modeling using Grasshopper and Rhinoceros. JUNE 2016-JUL 2016

ARCHITECTURE AND INTERIOR DESIGN INTERN

JIANG ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS Shanghai, China

Constructed SketchUp renderings for an office interior design project in Shanghai. Researched and contacted material suppliers. Assisted with construction drawings and site visits. JUNE 2015-AUG 2015

WESTON BAKER CREATIVE GROUP New York, New York

BUILDING CODE FACILITATING ASSISTANT

J.C. MODERN LIMITED Auckland, New Zealand

Acted as intermediate between architect and the Auckland Council Building Department by checking possible building code violations and altering designs accordingly. Fabricated presentation models for clients. Analyzed precedents, site details and assisted in creating massing studies and renders.

AFFILIATIONS AUG 2017-PRESENT

VISUAL REPRESENTATION TEAM MEMBER

CORNELL JOURNAL OF ARCHITECTURE Volume 11

Collaborated with other editors in the Department of Architecture at the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning in soliciting and editing texts and drawings for the new issue of the journal. Assisted with theme selection, precedent research, layout design and printing. AUG 2017-PRESENT

DESIGN ASSISTANT DIRECTOR Directed and executed the design for the Gala Event at HEC. Transformed the venue into a space that aligned with the chosen theme through designed elements. Strategized how to best utilize existing materials within the design storage in order to minimize additional costs.

JAN 2017-MAY 2017

WEEKLY BLOGGER Published weekly writings and photographic images highlighting student experiences, guest lectures and field trips during a semester abroad in Rome. Edited text and photographs.

AUG 2015-DEC 2015

CREATIVE AND ART TEAM MEMBER Worked with other members in publishing a fashion, lifestyle and art magazine showcasing student work at Cornell. Assisted in conceptualizing themes for photoshoots and editorials. Designed and edited the layout in preparation for final printing.

HOTEL EZRA CORNELL 93rd Annual Event

CORNELL IN ROME Spring Semester 2017 CORNELL THREAD MAGAZINE Fall/Winter 2015 Issue

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ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CC

MICROSOFT OFFICE SUITE

AUTOCAD

SKETCH APP

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CC

AUTODESK REVIT

GRASSHOPPER 3D

MODEL BUILDING

ADOBE INDESIGN CC

SKETCHUP

RHINOCEROS 3D

HAND SKETCHING


Born in China and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, I am a fourth year student pursuing a major in Architecture and a minor Design and Environmental Analysis at Cornell University. I welcome challenge in all fields of design that fuel my passions for architecture, branding, design research, user experience, marketing and graphic design. I’m ideologically oriented as I’m always working on and refining a set of ideas that are about my interests. I like to strategize and excel at the intersection of technology, design and culture A daydreamer at heart, I am intrigued by unconventional use of material and aesthetic appeal in everyday life. I enjoy conceptualizing about fantastical and whimsical worlds and incorporating those ideals into my designs. My primary interest is in forward-looking projects that speculate on a more fun and resourceful tomorrow.

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