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portfolio Urban Design 2012-2014

QI SHENG


Visual Imagination


CONTENT I, II

Introduction

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Open Source Urbanism

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Secret Flows

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Tactical Urbanism

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Retrospective Modernism

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Multi-culture and Multi-media

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Hand Drawings

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Contact


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Location: Los Angeles, CA

Year:

Master program study 2012-2014 01/2014

05/2014

To make flexible places that can adapt to current times, respond to the users' behaviors, and open to evolutionary rules instead of close and strict codes.

Hollywood Tailor Beverly Hills

Silk Roads

Multi-center city Los Angeles is probably one the most disperse city in the United States. It has many different centers, which have different cultures and characters. Those centers are always competing with each other by grabbing the resources to make themselves stronger. So will there be a winner in the future? I don't think so. This is a game with no reward.

Downtown

Santa Monica

Inglewood

Torrance

Long Beach

1 Open Source Urbanism

Open Source In the perspective of the whole city's development, the diverse cultures and identities of different places are great assets. If I can find a way to let different centers share their unique products instead of competing with each other, the collaboration could greatly improve each centers' development, and people will no longer need to drive far away for a particular product, because that product could be moved to their center.


Travellers (People from other centers)

Caravanseria Therefore, this incubator, which is a mixed use place with maximum possibilities could be a stop for different products from other centers. It shouldn't be just cheap copies, but something that can increase the value of that products, as a tailor. Silks will be moved to here, and be fabricated. A place like caravanserai is a good example. A caravanserai is a roadside inn where traders (commerce) and travelers (cultural pollinators) can rest and recover from the day's journey as they do business. Its value isn't the center space for marketing, but the circulation created by the traders lived here.

Citizens (People from Downtown)

Open Source Urbanism 2


Skateboard Since this is a place for both the locals and the users from other centers, it should be flexible for various users. A skater, unlike typical pedestrian, experiences space just as intensely and consciously, albeit in a different way. He/she is alive to the possibility of space, not in its totality, as an architect would be, but as a collection of tactile surfaces to be jumped on, grinded, and conquered.

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People's consciousness changes with speed. Therefore, the activity's projection can be applied with the speed of pedestrains, bikers, commuters, and drivers.

Consciousness

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One of the methods of changing the speed of pedestrains is to control the height-width ratio(HWR). As the vision of the site is decreasing with the lower HWR, people may walk faster due to less attraction of the site.

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By analysing the speed around the site, I figured out the major task of this project, to overcome the high speed arterial roads on the connection between chinatown and a small neighborhood. In this case, changing the speed of the connection will be necessary to bring a lively life back to this old industrial area.

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Accelerate/Decelerate I rotate the normal buildings to a more random shape, and give the access from ground level to another level. In this way, the speed of the locals and the others will be changed. By changing the speed, I can have more opportunities to play with 2 kinds of flows here. Lower speed of pedestrian flows can increase their consciousness, and they will be more open-minded to the surroundings. Considering the skater's actions, 3 kinds of forms come into of my mind: lines, edges, and barriers. I can get 6 units from those forms. Since every form, connection, and activity can find an appropriate speed, speed is a common measurement for them. Therefore, the speed in this place is the foundation of the project. In this way, the connections will have their own combinations of 3 units, and those units will give them particular forms to control the speed. The attractions for other centers can also be applied to the connections. Cooking school

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Public arts

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Cosplay stage

Film music bar

Everyday street

Attractions for travellers

Local connections

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To promise the connection between LIVE and other functions, third places are playing an important role in this game. These places are arranged along the connections between higher level (LIVE) and ground level, creating interactions between people from the local and the other centers.

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Black and White blank map of Europe Credit: worldatlasbook.com


International Studio Paris Rotterdam Amsterdam

Secret Flows Location: Paris, FR

Year:

Master program study 2012-2014 09/2013

12/2013


TIME How to identify this place as Paris?

Ignorance of quality Disconnection Modern Development of economy(Safety for the city)

Highrises

Changes of dwelling i.e. Hôtel de Beauvais

New “city wall”

More space

Demand of fresh air, open space and infrastructure

Congestion History

More building styles

Increasing population

Attraction

European architecture trends

City wall

Safety

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Multiple What does modernism mean to Paris? This diagram shows the analysis from 2 dimensions: time and scale. Green line means positive, red line means negative.


“OPEN BLOCK� from Christian De Portzamparc The work foucu on research and concerns the quality of living space and the understanding of the city. From buildings to urban re-think, the town is a founding principal of his work, developing in parallel and in crossover along three major lines: community oriented buildings, towers, and neighborhoods (from the block to the major city development)

Grid context

Paris context

Connection Identity Space

Dark color means more private space, even though they maybe public space. Paris structure has more openness, because it hides the private space.


SEMAPA is developing the whole area. The character of this place is that new buildings will cover the existing rail. So the level of the new buildings will be the same to the boulevard next to it. But there will also be a level change between the new buildings and the existing warehouse. SEMAPA's plan for the warehouse is to turning it into an incubator. Now some buildings have been built or under construction. The new plan for that area is still under review. My objective is to design the open space between the new buildings and the incubator and to make them being connected as a whole project.

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Incubator

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Tolbiac Chevaleret

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Proposal area Incubator

Promenade To build connections between neighborhood and seine river

Bird view of the site Existing vision of incubator

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Les Halles 1183 FLOW

La Defense 1960 FLOW

L'ouvrage Dalles 2013 FLOW

Tolbiac Chevaleret 2016

existing program by semapa

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section of proposed promenade

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Tolbiac Chevaleret plan proposed by semapa

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BEND

DIVERSION

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HOUSING HOUSING HOUSING

OFFICE

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OFFICE

COMMERCE PUBLIC PROMENADE COMMERCE PUBLIC COMMERCE

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Public Flexibility Private

Some of the programs on the promenade can share an entrance to private properties. In this way, this passage overlaps with the private programs. More local people can use the entrances on the pedestrian street, increasing the pedestrian flow. The space can be easily changed by just closing the entrance. Public and private space can be interchangeable. It is a safer entrance than the one on the backyard.

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A street temporarily transformed. Credit: Art Monaco Portland via my.parkingday.org


“The lack of resources is no longer an excuse not to act. The idea that action should only be taken after all the answers and the resources have been found is a sure recipe for paralysis. The planning of a city is a process that allows for corrections; it is supremely arrogant to believe that planning can be done only after every possible variable has been controlled.� - Jaime Lerner Architect, urbanist, former mayor of Curitiba, Brazil

Tactical Urbanism Location: Phoenix, AZ

Year:

Master program study 2012-2014 03/2013 05/2013


HOT AND COOL AREA Midtown, Phoenix 25Tectical Urbanism


peripheral views

inner views

94 ℉ 64 ℉ U.S. cities average temperature in summer

Phoenix

Tectical Urbansim 26


Camelback Rd

Uptown

Indian School Rd

Midtown

Thomas Rd

Museum District

I-10

Arts District

Washington St

Downtown

Jefferson St

TOD( Transit Oriented Development ) project along the Central Avenue in Phoenix Midtown is searching for a solution for the extension of TOD project in Phoenix. We think it's an opportunity to achieve a new character for this conventional financial district. People can work here, but more importantly, they will also be able to live here and play here. A network can be applied. The private properties should have a liability to frame a community friendly environment.

Proposals: Applied Dignostic Transportation Choices Equitable Housing Economic Competitives Support Community Build Community 27Tectical Urbanism


Division of teamworks

Alba Systems design

Ruchita Midtown center - mixed use building design

Qi Midtown village - affordable housing and landscape design

Cory Overall strategies, tactics design

Mathew Activating a node - central mall design

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APPROACH MATRIX

livability principles 1. Provide more transportation choices Develop safe, reliable and economical transportation choices. 2. Promote equitable, affordable housing Housing choices for all to increase mobility and lower the combined cost of housing and transportation. 3. Enhance economic competitiveness Reliable and timely access to employment centers, educational opportunities, services and other basic needs as well as expanded access to markets. 4. Support existing communities Increase community revitalization, improve the efficiency of public works investments. 5. Coordinate policies and leverage investment Increase the accountability and effectiveness of all levels of government to plan for future growth. 6. Value communities and neighborhoods Enhance the unique characteristics of all communities by investing in healthy, safe, and walkable neighborhoods.

Skyline of midtown


Nearby office buildings Planning process

Parking garages and transit systems New Business Current business

Create a park as a new node

Drivers/ Passengers

Park

Housing

Provide more affordable housing to trigger further development


Tactic

BEFORE

AFTER

Traditional planning could have great impacts on the district. New projects, which follow general strategies, will frame the city's context. While overall strategies come out through cautious considerations and countless meetings, we cannot disregard the possibility of failure. Small-scale improvements are increasingly seen as a way to stage more substantial investments. In this project, I start with 3 tactics to allow local people to test the several events. All of the events refer to the possible land uses from planning. This approach provides feedbacks from users, testing new concept before making any political or financial commitments.

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POP-UP

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Retrospective Modernism Location: Gilbert, AZ

Year:

Master program study 2012-2014 01/2013

03/2013


VISION OF GENERAL PLAN The Heritage District will be a destination to visit, shop, work and live. It will be a place where new residents can visit and connect with the Town’s origin. The Heritage District will again, be the vital center of the Town. MY VISION Modern forms, simple lifestyle 35Retrospective Modernism


Retrospect

Retrospective Modernism could be the solution of Gilbert Village. My motivation is to transform the old town, and to maintain the old lifestyle. Simplicity can hardly survive in a big city, but it is the native symbol of a small town. People may appreciate the symplicity here. It won't be a quiet town, but it can let people focus on their daily life.

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gilbert heritage village center

Circulation - Car and Bike

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Pedestrain gilbert heritage village center

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bike friendly street

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gilbert heritage village center

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Walking system gilbert heritage village center

Open Space gilbert heritage village center

Residential

gilbert heritage village center

pedestrain friendly street

open space

open space and pedestrian flows

open space and pedestrian flows

shade

pedestrain friendly street

residential

retail

Retail and Mixed Use

mixed use

Collaborative Results

gilbert heritage village center

Land Use - 6 years phase

Area

gilbert heritage village center

12.7 acres

Total investment

$2.4M -Improvements $1.65M -Land purchase $0.75M

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MultiFamily

Institutional

Neighborhood Commercial

Single Family, Detached

Parking

Office

Open Space

Mixed Use

Sports/Recreation Outdoor

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state eveloper

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Phase 1

Area

5.4 acres

Total investment

Community Commercial

Land Use - 10 years phase

$0.95M -Improvements $0.4M -Land purchase $0.55M

Community Commercial

MultiFamily

Institutional

Neighborhood Commercial

Single Family, Detached

Parking

Office

Open Space

Mixed Use

Sports/Recreation Outdoor

Phase 2


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Amazon core values Customer Obsession Ownership Invent and Simplify Are Right, A Lot Hire and Develop the Best Insist on the Highest Standards Think Big Bias for Action Frugality Vocally Self Critical Earn Trust of Others Dive Deep Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit Deliver Results


Multi-Culture and Multi Media NEW AMAZON CAMPUS DESIGN Location: Seattle, WA

Year:

Master program study 2012-2014 09/2012

12/2012


Seattle's festivals from Jun. to Dec. 1

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Cultures in Seattle are disperse. Different cultures celebrate their festivals in different locations and different dates. Even though, people are living in the same city, they can hardly share the identities from their various backgrounds. How to make a hybrid place that can include the culture resources in the city? In this diagram, I list 2 symbolic festivals in each month and identify them with the Lewis Model. Next step is to re-arrange them. Rule 1: diversify the festivals in each month Rule 2: increase the festivals in warm seasons. The new arrangement of festivals could be the attractor of this new place. By creating places that are flexible for different events, people may experience the interactions of different cultures. Amazon will have chances to engage the community by providing services to trigger this process.

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orkers from downtown area will have a small plaza near the park to spend their lunch break. Evening movies will be a new attractor.

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esidence from South Lake Union neighborhood could enjoy the new community center and market made by Amazon.

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isitors from seattle center could enter the gateway corridor. By entering a media crossing, the festivals happen.

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south lake union neighborhood seattle center


EXPERIENTIAL NETWORK

belltown

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AMAZON GATEWAY

MOVIE CONOR

NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET


Media is a way to break barriors between different cultures


See the world with ideas. Have fun with my pen.

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Education

Work Experience

2012 to 2014

Master of Urban Design 2-year graduate program overall GPA: 3.6/4.0 Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University

2007 to 2012

Bachelor of Urban Planning 5-year undergraduate program Overall GPA: 3.0/4.0 School of Architecture and Urban Planning , Shandong Jianzhu University

2011

2008

Skills

Digital Technical

Internships full-time, Changsha, China Hunan Provincial Planning and Design Institute •As an auxiliary for some planning task •Worked on some research such as the overall plan for Pushi town, regulatory plan of industrial park, special planning for tourism in Xiangyin County part-time, Qingdao, China Qingdao Municipal Planning and Design Institute •Interviewed graduates and investigated their employment situation •Finished a report about this research AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite(Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign), ArcGIS, Sketchup, V-Ray, Rhino, 3dsMax Hand drawing, Team management

Activities

2012 2011

Contact

7dreamagic@gmail.com 480.283.5440 1329, E ORANGE ST, TEMPE, AZ - 85281

Become a New Environment Arizona member Research report of Sociological Field Research in Cities-Housing Problems of Ant Community in cities won a National Excellent Award in China

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