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A Series of Influences on People and Society

WORK SAMPLE 2014 - 2017 Ruosen Du

Architect with Secret Political Intentions Copula Hall Critics: Stephen Cassell & Annie Barrett Individual Work Spring, 2017

Two oppositio in an interwov deep cultural s lay of opposin codes and pro These impossi procedural no

onal city states partially occupy the same geographic territory. Citizens of both nations coexist side by side ven crosshatch of overlapping boarders, yet are forbidden to acknowledge one another’s existence due to strife. These irreconcilable conditions yield an encrypted urban fabric, a conflicted, yet coincident overng architectural languages ancient and modernist, east and west that conveys the rigid set of behavioral otocols required to maintain the tenuous political conditions of the city/cities. ible architectural, cultural, and geographic circumstances are the setting for China Mieville’s noire police ovel The City and The City, which will serve as the site, program, and universe of the studio.

Mapping the world described in the book

Abstract City Map: Beszel

Abstract City Map: Ul Coma Ruosen Du |

When present to the two cities’ governments The form enables the space to exactly describe the relationship between these two cities. The government of these two cities will exist on the same land and their circulation is kind of intertwined, but they can never touch each other. The curvy wall will always separate these two citiesone city on one side while the other city on the other side.

Floor 1

Floor 2

Floor 3


Floor 4

Floor 5



Floor 6

Floor 7

Floor 8

Beszel Ul Coma Unificationist In-between

Floor 9

Oversight Committee

When present to the Unificationists / Breach The curvy wall that divides the governments of two cities can be made thicker and become an in-between layer. Since most of the space is curvy, it is hard for the normal people to notice the thickness of the wall even they have the chance to experience the space on both sides. Our members inside two cities can take advantage of this layer and exchange information. The space in-between will also become our working space and will connect to our world underground.

Plan +116’ | Floor 7

Plan +80’ | Floor 6

Plan +57’ | Floor 5

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South Elevation

Lobby and Cafeteria

Unificationist’s Layer

Relationship with the city Ruosen Du |

The Intertwined Interests Commercial complex Critics: Zhen Xu & Nadong Zhao Individual Work Spring, 2015


Originally, it is an urban public space which serves everyone. All the people have access to this field and can easily pass by.

Insert features of traditional commercial street

If we build a standard commercial complex, it will turn the public places into “NoGo-Zones�, restricting the access of many for the interest of few.

After connecting the inside and outside space by dismembering this huge complex, with inserting space of circulation, museums and park, all the citizens can benefit from here. Ruosen Du |

Upper Street

Lower Street

To the capitalist: Park and museums are means while stores and restaurants are ends.

To the citizens: Stores and restaurants are means while park and museums are ends.

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Plan +6.0M

The floors at altitudes of 2 meters, -2 meters and -6 meters have a direct exterior access to the ground floor, ensuring enough pedestrian flow to all these three floors. Ruosen Du |


Experimental Theater and Tianjin Folk Art Museum share one entrance hall.

Ramps The natural light, plants and art sculptures on the roof garden could naturally attract citizens to walk along the ramp. According to Le Corbusier, the ramp “creates a totally different sensations than those felt when climbing stairs. A staircase separates one floor from another; a ramp links them together�. The existence of ramps enables citizens to enjoy a continuous spatial experience when entering the volume and going to the park on the roof.

Dinning Area

Green Area

Art Zone

Functions above +6.00 M

Many r These traffic

Outdoor Passageway: Enable citizens to see some performances through windows without buying tickets.

Section of Experimental Theater

A-A’ Section

restaurants and art exhibition places are located on the roof. surrounding volumes could separates people from strong wind, toxic air and noise from the road, providing a comfortable place for people to get fully relaxed. Ruosen Du |

Towards a New Brighton Beach Maximizing its visibilities and invisibilities Critic: Andres Jaque Collaborator: Yijun Wang Summer, 2016

The residents in Brighton Beach ... are order

are poorer

need a strong community

Born abroad (some are undocumented immigrants)

The median age of residents

Average Income of Households

Percentage of people that lives below the poverty line

Do not speak English

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Maximize the invisibility of the love shelters and strengthen the capacity of the Brighton Beach as a love accelerator

Accelerate the process of lifeguard rescuing

Maximize the vis and strengthen the capac

sibility of Tatiana Restaurant city of the Brighton Beach as a nurturer Strengthen the capacity of the Brighton Beach as a site for treatment of bodies

Design Strategies

Brighton beach is a territory where certain regimes of observation are constructing its community. This community deploys the strategies of hiding or maximizing visibility in order to operate within Brighton Beach.

Chapter 1 Brighton Beach as a Nurturer

6PM - 11PM 10AM - 6PM

Case 1 - Tatiana Restaurant Tatiana Restaurant is the most popular Russian restaurant in Brighton Beach. Located in the middle of the boardwalk, it draws a lot of attention. It is a regular restaurant in the daytime and it will turn into a dancing club at night with tables and lights rearranged.

Case 2 - Russians who secretly go fishing and drink alcohol Even though fishing and drinking are forbidden in Brighton Beach, many Russian residents will secretly do these and take full advantage of the sea and the beach.

Fish Display Restaurant Adaptable Deck


Fish Catching Machines

Seafood Market

1. Fish Display: Fish is displayed in glass balls for customers to choose. 2. Restaurant: Chef cooks the fish that chosen by the customers. 3. Aquarium: Rare fish will be displayed inside when caught. 4. Fish Catching Machines: Fish will be attracted by sound wave machines and then captured by glass balls. 5. Adaptable Deck: When tide is high, part of deck will be pulled up. 6. Seafood Market: Fish that captured by the machine will also be transported to the local market. Customers can see the fish moving inside the transparent tubes and then choose which one to buy.

Fish farms Local community can breed the fish fry inside, using the waste from Tatiana Restaurant, in order to keep the balance of ecosystem. When the fish grows big enough, the fish farms will sink into the sea and fish will be released.

Shuttle The shuttle will put down its wheels when driving on sand. There is a bar inside, which allows people to have a drink on the beach. It will put away wheels and stretches out its tentacles to move inside the water. Tentacles can be nailed into the ground in order to help the shuttles be stable when people want to make a stop.

Design Strategies:

1. Maximize the image of Tatiana restaurant 2. Maximize and visualize the seafood process procedures Ruosen Du |

Chapter 2 Brighton Beach as a Site for Treatment of Bodies

“ In the waters of Jamaica Bay, Yuri Shelkaev, 62, performed a recommended exercise to help with his heart and varicose vein problems. He worries that he won’t be able to get treatment from a free clinic because he does not have the documents to prove that he is living in the United States legally. ” -- In Brighton Beach, a Bittersweet Peace By David Gonzalez

Case 1 - Seawater as Cure

There are 14 informal clinics hidden in the community, providing medical service to Russians who don’t have legal documents.

From outside, people will not notice anything other than a normal residential building. However, An informal clinic actually is hidden inside.

Case 2 - Informal Clinics

Design Strategies:

1. Maximize the capacity of beach-front as invisible love shelters 2. Maximize the capacity of Brighton Beach as a healthier body incubator by adding more usages 3. Expand the territory of informal clinics Ruosen Du |

A Win-win-win Situation Youth Commune Critics: Zhigang Wang & Ying Zheng Individual Work Spring, 2014

Chinese Quadrangle

Typology Study

Dwelling Space

Courtyard get in touch with people and nature

Three Interfaces


(1) People & City: Put the residential rooms in the surrounding, guiding the view outward and creating a bigger chance for people to interact with the city.

(2) People & People: Converge the residential rooms and then courtyard appears, creating a bigger chance for people to communicate with each other. 1. Traditional residential room interior space includes two parts: private space and space that less private and can be shared. 2. Separate the private space and shareable space in residential rooms and then reorganize them, giving more significance to the shareable space. 3. There are two kinds of arrangement which lead to different types of interactions inside the youth commune.


First Floor

Second Floor

Third Floor

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Circulation Ruosen Du |

Link 52 The connection between the landscape and the city Critics: Richard Plunz & Patricia Culligan Engineering Adviser: Mycheal Crafton, AndrĂŠ Fuqua Collaborator: Jingxuan Wu Fall, 2016



Site Analysis

1. These two parks are detached from the city. The Hudson River Park lacks an iconic image. 2. Because of the highway, the access to the site is limited. 3. The neighborhood has a strong art atmosphere.


son River Park


Bus Stop High Line


Museum/ Gallery

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Providing an east-west link between the city and the landscape

Detail Design of the Structure

When driving on the highway, drivers can see trees are grown inside the mushroom pillars, which creates an iconic image for the Hudson River Park.

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Edge 1

Edge 2

Edge 3

Edge 4

Edge 5

The collage of edges: enables people to interact with water in different ways

Welcome Center

Edge 1

Water Purification System Observation Platform

Edge 2

Ice Skating Field

Memorial Bridge

Urban Beach

Edge 3


Swimming Pool

Edge 4



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Area that might be flooded

Hill & Bridge


Bridge Level Plan

Ground Level Plan

Water Purification


Welcome Center

West Street

High Line

Section A-A’

Urban Beach


West Street

Whitney Museum

High Line

Section B-B’


Central Playground

Swimming Pool

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The Prelude to the Future Vertical City Multi-functional growing skyscraper Critics: Zhen Xu & Qiang Sheng Individual Work Fall, 2014

Strategy : Simulating Plants’ S


Increasing population in megalopolis caused by birth and immigration

More space for living and working

Congestion inside the megalopolis

Multiple layers of transportation

Alienation of people from nature Long commuting hours for people

Better arrangement of functions

How can we get the vertical city in the future? I think the high-rises, which are potential for developing into a part of vertical city, should have these three essential features: 1. Function: be inclusive. This means that people needs could be met within a short distance. 2. Space: has “Multi-Ground Levels”. This means there are many floors that have the attractions which the ground level usually has. There are more walk through, communication and natural space inside the building. So citizens do not need to go down to the actual ground floor to get what they want. Also, the space cannot be dense so that it can leave out some “small openings” for the connection between buildings. 3. Structure: has the ability to extend according to humans needs and could be connected with each other.

Connection with another building Central Park

Vertical transportation

Due to the high-rises nowadays don’t meet these requirements, they cannot naturally develop into vertical city, even within a long time. If we do not take any measures, even with population density increasing and technology developing, there will only be more and more higher buildings, but no vertical city. On the other hand, we cannot only study the final form of the vertical city. It is also necessary to research on the birth and growth of the vertical city. In this way, we can guarantee that the space can satisfy the people needs all the time and ensure that the vertical city can be naturally formed as the time goes by.

Structure Generation Basic Principle Joints



1. Build basic framework 2. Add curvilinear structure 3. Put platform on the curvilinear structure


The basic strategy of structure is to join two vertical pillars, naturally forming a connection curve that has a part could bear horizontal platform. The curve is tangent with the vertical structures when they meet. This results in an sense of natural extension when the structure grows, which suggests that the transmission process of the force is more proper.

Merits 1. The force transmission The connecting area is larger around the nodes. The direction of the force corresponds with the direction of the structure. Old


2. The formation of the space Private Space is on small platform which has a altitude difference between each other. With the smaller arc, the space has a sense of enclosure. Public Space is on big platform, promoting the communications of people. With the larger arc, the space has a sense of permeability. The density of structures causes and shows the feature of the space: public or private.

3. Generation process : the arrangement of the units

Structures can be divided into three parts: pillar units, platform units and curvilinear structure units. People can combine them freely according to the need of certain space or functions. In this way, the building can gradually grow under control.

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Dwelling Area

Activity Square for Residents

Dwelling Area

Central Park

Commercial Area

Office Area

the Growth of Architecture

With the increase of population and needs for living space, the structures will grow vertically and horizontally. When reaches a certain level, multiple buildings can be connected with each other, which makes the buildings gradually grow into a vertical city. Ruosen Du |

Perspective of Residential Area

Perspective of Central Park

Perspective of Residential Area

Gas Circulation System

Heat Circulation System

The carbon dioxide released in the residential area will be transmitted to the botanic area and the oxygen released in the botanic area will be transmitted to the residential area.

The excess heat emerged in the loose and open space will be stored by the central solar panels and transmitted along the structures to the areas that has less direct sunlight.

Water Circulation System The rainwater is captured by the container and distributed to every residential area. The slightly contaminated water after cleaned by the filter will be transmitted to the park and absorbed by plants.

Circulation Systems Ruosen Du |

Momentary Wonderland Shelter for relaxing Critics: Mingyu Zhang, Suhong Teng Collaborators: Yushan Huang, Zhuoyue Lin, Weihan Chang, Yancheng Feng Spring, 2012

Formation Process Analysis

Forming an extensible triangle

Substitution: Increasing overall size and smoothness

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Professional Works Gallery in Beijing Sou Fujimoto Architects Role: perspective illustrating, CAD drawing, Rhino modeling Feb, 2015

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Professional Works House in Sao Paulo Sou Fujimoto Architects Role: perspective illustrating Feb, 2015

Port of Kinmen Passenger Service Center Junya.ishigami + associates Role: research, case study, physical models making Aug, 2014

Migration and transformation of the Beijing Zoo Wholesale Market China Architecture Design & Research Group Role: research, design, AutoCAD drawing, perspective drawing, model making July-Aug, 2015

Other Works Revit Modeling Youth Commune Individual Work Aug, 2014

Underground Space Network for Commercial Development in Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong Research Project Role: field research, data mining and analysis, diagram illustrating, paper writing, final presentation Feb, 2015

Hydroponic Experience Community Center Green Building Design Project Role: research, design, perspective drawing, model making Aug, 2014

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Photography Works Critic: Erieta Attali Manhattan, New York Fall, 2016

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Selected works done in Columbia University and Tianjin University. It is still in progress. Thank you for your interest.

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