Chen Siqi Portfolio 2022

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CHEN SIQI ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO


“Architecture is a way of thinking about the world whereby differences are recognized, respected and feed into forming the basis of an alternative society.”


CONTENT

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Thesis

Year 4 Semester 2

Year 4 Semester 1

The Production of Fortune

Unlikely Plans for the Greater Bay Area

An Alternative Singapore Story of Lives and Sites


01 The Production of Fortune Thesis

During Chinese New Year, routines and practices centered around the production of fortune unfold. Confronting the crisis of waste and inequality generated from the material pursuits of fortune, this thesis reimages how a different understanding of fortune can play out in the contemporary city, as revised traditions inculcating new meanings and practices concerned with the environment. My thesis reframes ideas of ‘Fortune’ and its traditions that are now distant to contemporary livelihoods, grounding them within our every day consumption practices. Through this, my project reimagines a more relational idea of fortune formed by enabling people to act as stakeholders and stewards of the environment. Set within my hometown of Guangzhou, China, a network of temporary architectural interventions and festival landscapes imaginatively span across the city. Structured as a parade, the thesis follows the spatial and temporal movement of people preparing for and participating in Chinese New Year celebrations within familial homes and neighbourhoods, right up to their departure at the train station. The project relates these key spaces through collective pursuits of environmental ‘health’ and ‘wealth’. On the streets, mobile dragon floats collect discarded household objects and sunlight, wind and rain, transforming these elements into education resources, free energy, and a cleaner city. The Guangzhou Train Station turns into a seasonal orchard, producing fresh air, with an abundance of fruiting trees and wild ecology, thus safeguarding the happiness and health of the home-returning travelers. Through this festival landscape, the thesis transforms the production of fortune into a collective consciousness of the urban environment.


Thesis Prep - A Study of CNY Journey in Guangdong New Year Almanac Calendar on Journey and Home


Thesis Prep - A Study of CNY Journey in Guangdong The Auspicious Schedule at Home during Spring Festival

SPRING FESTIVAL DAY 1 子時 (23:00-01:00) Sleep – Auspicious for: Worshipping the Deity of Wealth, Guanyin 丑時 (01:00-03:00) Sleep – Not Auspicious for: Young Couples 寅時 (03:00-05:00) Sleep – Auspicious for: Specialists in Medicine, Artist 卯時 (05:00-07:00) Wake up, Breakfast, Worshipping Deities – Auspicious for: Politicians and Work 辰時 (07:00-09:00) Preparations for Ancestor Worshipping – Not Auspicious for: Sleeping 巳時 (09:00-11:00) Men: Ancestor Worshipping Women: Cake Making – Not Auspicious for: Using water 午時 (11:00-13:00) Lunch, Rest – Auspicious for: Dining 未時 (13:00-15:00) Visiting the others – Auspicious for: Worshipping ghosts and spirits 申時 (15:00-17:00) Visiting the others – Auspicious for: Arranging files and

documents


Thesis Prep - A Study of CNY Journey in Guangdong Creating a Space for Women when Home turns into a Place for Rituals


Thesis Prep - A Study of CNY Journey in Guangdong Designed CNY Travel Toolkit for a Healthy Festival


The New Spring Festival Calendar for Guangzhou


Spring Festival in Guangzhou

The scroll drawing references “Along the River During Qingming Festival” (清明上河图).










New Year Almanac Calendar Queue Back Home at Guangzhou Train Station During CNY In the Queue

万事如意

大吉大利

红红火火

恭喜发财

心想事成

年年有余

岁岁平安

“Gong hey fat choi!” “Sun nin fai lok!” Words of Fortune condense with the cold air and form the fog of Fortune floating above the crowd.

万事如意

大吉大利

红红火火

恭喜发财

心想事成

年年有余

岁岁平安

Fortune transforms into umbrellas and in the belongings. The bucket is a chair, a bag and the belongings become the happiness to endure the queueing.



Scent and Soil Expansion of the Orchard of Health

The soil, fresh air and scent at Guangzhou Train Station will eventually spread and expand to the city.


02 Unlikely Plans for the Greater Bay Area Year 4 Semester 2

Critical Thinking: In Jacque Tati’s film Mr.Hulot’s Holiday, humour as an attitude of kindness, accepts individual oddness and differences through the story-telling of everyday life. Grasping the humour and dynamic individuality in comedies and embodying the architecture with a sense of humour, there is a possibility in which idiosyncratic personalities and unexpected encounters can bring us enlightenment in everyday life. Synopsis: Disappointed by the current socio-political and natural environment in Hong Kong, Hong Kong talents are fleeing Hong Kong seeking a place with a better society and environment. The newly elected governor from the Greater Bay Area has prepared unlikely plans to persuade them to stay. Targeting on six locations and building prototypes that best represent Hong Kong, the six proposed tectonics each acts as a strategy to a critical Hong Kong socio-environmental issue. Collectively, the network of the unlikely plans promises the Hong Kong citizens a sustainable future to live in. Through using the everyday objects that can be found in the daily lives in Hong Kong, the project challenges conventions with the unlikely tectonic proposals, and celebrates the positives that come out of it.


Study Assemblages from movie “Mr.Hulot’s Holiday” The Fireworks

The Unexpected Wind

The Missing Ball

Stop Motion Video (1 min) : https://youtu.be/lrcd3PF1Rxc


Hong kong’s social & environmental problems 2021 Education

Air

Food Security

Water Supply

Health

Social Equity


THE SIX LOCATIONS Education

Air

Bonham Rd Government Primary School

HSBC Headquarters

Wong Tai Sin Temple

Water Supply

Health

Social Equity

Department of Justice

Hong Kong Children’s Hospital

Central Government Complex

Food Security



Unlikely Plans for the Greater Bay Area

END OF BROADCAST: UNEXPECTED PLANS FOR THE GREATER BAY AREA


ENERGY PRODUCTION BILLBOARD WITH READING GARDENS “Sustainable Hong Kong, starting from me.”


Electricity Production Billboard

Location

Bonham Rd Government Primary School

Cable Connections to nearby residents

The Everyday Objects

Cables

Rooftop Billboards

Technology

Electrostatic force

Electrostatic Air Precipitator

Tiny Wind Turbine Electricity Generator


Energy Production Billboard

I N S T A L A T I O N

BATTERY

TURBINE CONDUIT

turbine

BAG TYPES

BAG

P1

P2

P3

P4

P5

P6


Reading Garden

Heath Robinson Reference

Chinese Speed-Reading Competition

Sky garden

SERVICE DROP


THE WHEEL OF HEALTH

“I will watch, let’s do more exercise!”


The Wheel of Health

stabilizer

safety cusions

spinning wheel


Everyday Reference

The HSBC Weekend Gathering

FRESH AIR LUCKY CAT MARKET FRESH AIR LUCKY CAT MARKET The Green Economy of Air Exchange The Green Economy of Air Exchange


Fresh Air Lucky Cat Market

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4 5 6

7 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

PROPELLER AIR INTAKER SOLAR BALLOON FRESH AIR BALLOON AIR PUMP AIR FILTER FRESH AIR PACKAGING BALLOON LANDING PLATFORM MARKET STORAGE TRANSPORT BELT FRESH AIR MARKET

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PROPELLER SOLAR balloon

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AIR INTAKER

fresh air balloon

Air pump AIR FILTER FRESH AIR PACKAGING

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Everyday Reference

The HSBC Lions: Stephen

WATER WATER LIONS LIONS

Stitt

Water Water Justice Justice andand Independence Independence


Water Lions


THE CENTRAL HOUSING COMPLEX

“My family are very satisfied with our lives here!”


The Central Housing Complex


THE FOOD TEMPLE

Quality local food production guaranteed with blessings


The Food Temple


03 An Alternative Singapore Story of Lives and Sites CBD Amusement Park: Amenities of Entertainment for the next century Year 4 Semester 1

The project explores Foucault’s ideas of heterotopic spaces through the reconciliation of three main issues: social status, private and public spaces, and Singapore’s architectural icons. Through a reading of Bernard Tschumi’s Manhattan Transcripts, three distinct layers resulting from site analytical studies as well as new iterations for space, event and movement are used to set-up the key design principles. Sited at the southern part of the reclaimed land of CBD, the alternative Singapore story devised as a cinematic set and anchored through the notions of ‘amusement’ is argued through two existing events, the F1 race and the Chingay parade. At present, both events temporarily transform the CBD into amusement parks, creating new boundaries as defined by their routes. Inspired by the ideas and in-between private-public characteristics of the public toilet, usage as intertwined with arguments concerning space, status and location are explored. Through this narrative for amenities and entertainment, the story of CBD where the aforementioned temporary events demand high levels of services and a post-pandemic city where cleanliness is foregrounded, the proposal to reclaim and showcase a basic necessity such as the public toilet is revisited. Hence a future-looking urban plan template regarding a new typology for amenities that is grounded within ideas of entertainment and connectivity is devised. Through a system of grids, three locations with different types of intersections within the site extent are chosen to form designs for amenities within the discussions of Space, Event and Movement. The typology for ‘amenity and movement’, selected as the design focus is further derived from studies of films about, and in architecture. The movement patterns of the selected protagonists are extracted and conceptualized into a series of programs, objects and events. Through designing the Amenities of Entertainment, the project creates an alternative heterotopia of practical absurdity, reclaiming the facets of entertainment embedded within the CBD, at present, across time and, even as we progress into the centuries ahead.



THE RAFFLES HALL TRANSCRIPT The transcript is a study of Foucault’s heterotopia in the Singapore context, analysed through the layers of Space, Event & Movement.

PROJECT REFERENCE

Bernard Tschumi, The Manhattan Transcript (1976-1981)



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ALTERNATIVE SINGAPORE STORY OF LIVES & SITES

Two Singapore stories are created to set up the issues on site. The stories revolve around a migrant worker who took part in constructing the Singapore Flyer, left the city and comes back years later as a consumer. Both stories are set in iconic regions in Singapore and discussed the issues of social status and the idea of a public and private space in an iconic region.


CBD AMUSEMENT PARK: AMENITIES OF ENTERTAINMENT FOR THE NEXT CENTURY

Central Buisness Amusement Park

District

(CBD)

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CBD devised as a cinematic set and as notions of ‘amusement’ is argued through two existing events, the F1 race and the Chingay parade.


Project Feature Overview (2 min) : https://youtu.be/Li-_mqyLLU4


Choreography Drawings Usage of the Amenity & Movement in the day.

Amenity and the City During the day, the absurdity of the programmes in the amenity contrast with the ordinariness of the city.


Choreography Drawings Usage of the Amenity & Movement during the afternoon.


Choreography Drawings Usage of the Amenity & Movement at night.

Amenity and the City Events During the events, the normality of the toilet amenities contrasts with the craziness in the events.


Amenity Feature: The Maze of Movement


The Maze of Movement

Amenity Organization Concept High Dive

The movement of diving into the pool determines the passage, and the touching of the water surface forms the space.

Existing Movement on Site

This is juxtaposed into a series of routes connecting the existing spaces, buildings and roads on the site.


Amenity Feature: The Runway of Loos

The feature serves as a metaphor for the parallel routes taken by the two social classes and also as a new program of the amenity with the idea of amusement to the essential toilet functions.


The Runway of Loos

The Swimming Pool Water from the swimming pools serve as one of the sources for the water usage in the amenity facilities.


The Swimming Pools On Site Through the swimming pools in the amenity, a contextual dialogue is created that correspond to the existing pools on the site.


Amenity Feature: The Platform

Reference from the Raffles Hall Transcript

The form of the platform is inspired by the part of my Raffles Hall Transcript when chaos started to take place.


RESUME

EDUCATION

CHEN SIQI

M.ARCH (Architecture with Honours)

2022

National University of Singapore

PROFILE B.ARCH (Architecture) A highly ambitious person curious about the pluralistic cultures, hoping to understand, experience and see the world with design. A fast learner of any given task and a confident, efficient and responsible designer with great communication skills.

CONTACT

2021

National University of Singapore

EXPERIENCE GENOME ARCHITECTS

JUN-JUL 2018

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Tender Drawings & Authority Submissions

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On-site Photography Shooting Assistance

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Compiling Documents

ÉCOLE SPÉCIALE D’ARCHITECTURE

TECHNICAL SKILLS ADOBE

Photoshop Illustrator Indesign

AUG-DEC 2019

Architecture Exchange

BLANK SPACE FAIRY TALES COMPETITION

2019

Participation

Premiere Pro After Effects

3D MODELLING

DRAFTING

Sketchup Rhinoceros 3D AutoCAD

ACHIEVEMENT NUS DEAN’S LIST B.ARCH Project: Unlikely Plans for the Greater Bay Area

2021