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EVOLUTION PORTFOLIO OF MINGJIAN SUO Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts Washington University in St. Louis Email smj08642@outlook.com Tel +1 314-229-7831


Mingjian Suo

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The theme of this portfolio is evolution. As ecosystem or human society, architecture or city also has an intrinsic rule about evolution. More or less, elements of a design are transformed from the simplest geometry in nature. In ancient days, this transformation seemed extremely obvious, but the progress of technology gives people more ways to create chromatic spaces. We could even put some complex representations such as emotion, philosophy and computer programming into a building, which make spaces exceedingly different. Therefore, the process of design is exploring how to manipulate the evolution, which is worth learning for a very long period.

PERSONAL CONTACT

EDUCATION BACKGROUND Aug. 2018-Dec. 2020

Washington University in St.Louis, Missouri, US Master in Architecture

SCHOLARSHIP AND HONOR Chair's Scholarship, Washington University in St.Louis

Aug. 2018

Creative Award, Chongqing Jiaotong University Bridge Design Competition

May. 2017

Honorable Award, Guyu Cup Architecture Design Competition

Sep. 2016

First Award, Jiangheyuan Oil Museum Design Competition

May. 2016

Second Prize Scholarship, Chongqing Jiaotong University

Oct. 2015

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MEETING

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KNOTS

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THE CHAIN OF CITY

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OTHER WORKS

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[Cemetery Design]×[Emotion,Culture,City,Life]

Sep. 2013-Jun. 2018

Chongqing Jiaotong University, Chongqing, China B.E. in Architecture

ELAPSE WITH GREATNESS

[Unit]×[Courtyard]

[High-speed Rail Station Design]×[Tree]

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

May. 2017

Mapping of Hanyu Road Primary School, Shapingba District, Chongqing Tsinghua Architecture Summer School Parametric Design Workshop

Jul. 2016

Mapping of Jingyuan Dormitory Area in Chongqing Jiaotong University

Apr. 2016

[Urban Design]×[Axis,Building,Road,Vegetation]

WORK EXPERIENCE Binzhou Architecture Design Institution, Shandong, Intern Architect Concept Design & Graphic Design

Aug. 2016

Chongqing Architectural Design Institute of China, Chongqing, Intern Architect Concept Design

Jun. 2017

[Practical Works, Paintings, Photographs]

SKILLS

Rhinoceros, Limited Grasshopper, Limited Revit, Sketch Up, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, AutoCAD, V-ray, Lumion, Keyshot, Ecotect, Microsoft Office

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The theme of UIA-HYP CUP 2016 Competition is Concept and Symbol. People commonly evaluate a building by its shape,space or meterial but this time I am expected to create spaces showing some feelings of human like smell, taste or emotion,etc. I choose to bring human's emotions into my design: every space used for storing commemorative albums has a theme to show one kind of emotion. Meanwhile, a choice mechanism will give each space different experience while people are touring. In addition, th exterior shape is like a stack of Chongqing traditional houses which represents the reemerging of ruined old town. The cemetery is finally evolved from the prototypes of six emotions and the formation of traditional house.

ELAPSE WITH GREATNESS

UIA-HYP CUP 2016 International Student Competition in Architecture Design Instructor: Ren Pengyu Personal Work Date: May 2016 Location: Yuzhong District, Chongqing, China

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Background of Cemetery

Funeral was an indispensible part of Chinese culture and Chinese believe death means a new birth.

In modern society,more Chinese neglect funeral culture and cemetery is no longer considered in urban planning and design.

On the contrary, cemeteries built in western countries often have connections with people's daily life.

In China, lots of high-rise buildings in cities have occupied almost the whole land, and there is no more space for cemetery.

Site Analysis

It is required to combine urban spaces with burial culture and build cemeteries as centers of memorizing.

Spatial Series of Daijia Lane

Narrow passageways.

Many ladders.

The gallery biside the cliff offers people a platform to take a break and communicate.

Modern sapce can be seen through the old lane.

Yuzhong District is a peninsula surrounded by Jialing River and Changjiang river.Daijia Lane is located on a cliff off the shore of Jialing River.The height of the cliff is about 30m and the cliff is like an obstacle between the upper city and Jiabin Road. I think it is necessary to build a connection with them for people's commuting.

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At the bottom of the cliff, people can feel a sense of volume.

On the top of the cliff, people can overlook Jiangbei District.


Clue 1

Clue 2

Clue 3

Time Line

This area is called the bottom city. Nowadays, the bottom city is extremely chaotic and messy compared with the upper city.

One's life.

The upper city

Traditional cemetery is a place where people dislike to gofor its depressive atmosphere.

The bottom city

I want to reestablish the old town to connnect the upper city with the bottom city. Life contains different emotions and experiences. The upper city The bottom city

I want to change the traditional cemetery form into the center of memorizing, to make it more meaningful.

Reverse the prototype of old building.

Shelf The upper city The bottom city Cremains Reservation

Cremains is stored under sinking spaces and shelves are used to store commemorative albums about one's whole life.

One makes different choices which would lead to a unique life experience.

Reverse the prototype of modern building.

The upper city The bottom city

1 2 3

New type of cemetery will be a place to attract more people to get there and to do some public activities.

Combine the two mirror images and create a new pattern between modern and tradition.

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In my design, people make different choices to enter different spaces, but finally they will go to the same room, finishing their visit.


Elements Picking from Traditional Chongqing

Master Plan Jialing River Jiabin

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Stair and ladder

Double pitch roof

Pillar

Lane

Space Corridor

Daijia

Lane

Nowdays, Daijia Lane is a place which is not fit for the modern surrounding environment because it has a lot of old and shabby houses. The composition of Daijia Lane's population is quite mixed and the income of people here is very low. Therefore, Daijia Lane is like a slum in Yuzhong district of Chongqing.

Combination

The old town is like a container of mutual memory and past.

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Linjia

The old town is also similar to a person's life because they will disappear eventually.

I Reestablish the old town in Chongqing to represent the reborn life.

I build a tridimensional traffic system to form a unique public space pattern to reflect the interralation between people and city.

Different spaces bring various spatial experience to people by choosing different ways.

Formation

Make full use of the cliff to support the whole structure

Establish the primitive frame of the cemetery

Adjust every prototypes and make them fit for the cliff

Rotate each prototypes to make the whole building seem lively

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Establish pillars to support the building,like old houses in previous Chongqing.

Use ramps and platforms to connect every part.


Routes of The Cemetery & Chioce Combinations Pr es en t Line 1

Line 2

Past

Choice 1

Transformation

The space prototype is based on double pitch building.

Choice 2

Reverse the prototype and make a sinking space.

Sections The Ring of Time The Ring of Time

Choice 3

Hallway Depression

Passageway Entrance

Enlightenment

Platform Hallway

Hallway Brightness

Cofusion Yearning Space for Family

Delight

Making Zero Office

Old & New

Ladder Ladder

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Ending


Memorial Symbol Series

Outside The Entrance. It provides people with a platform to enjoy the view of city.

Theme: Pain

Theme: Delight

Narrow passageways and waterways, vertical rough walls and dim atmosphere make this space full of contradiction and pain.

Plant vegetations are in rounded sinking spaces and the sunlight can come into the room through glass boxes to illuminate the whole space, which means delight and happiness.

Theme: Confusion

Entrance. It is the beginning of this cemetery.

Theme: Enlightenment

The arrangement of shelf is like a maze which symbolizes confusion and lost while sparks in shelves will guide people to go ahead.

A large piece of glass, symmetrical geometry and a sinking part of floor mean enlightened experiences of life.

Theme: Depression

People make their first choice in the hallway.

Some trees are rounded by glass columns which means immortality life cycle.

Water falls down along the arc-shaped wall and that symbolizes periodicity.

Theme: Brightness

The limited number of window prevents sunlight into the space.Those shelves are all in order and the sinking spaces mean a feeling of depression in one's mind.

Broken windows produce lively shadows which symbolize a bright period in one's life.

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Ending with an angle of modern city. People will see the new city from an old building which means a transition from the old to the new.


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Dublin is a city which is damp, gloomy and cold during the winter. People in Dublin want to experience outdoors whenever there is any sunlight, so a lot of activities can happen outdoors when the weather is fine. Therefore, I tried to design a building more than a normal apartment. It is a community for people to meet each other, creating more possibilities about life.

MEETING

Studio Work Instructor: Sarah Cremin Personal Work Date: Dec. 2018 Location: Liberty Market, Dublin, Ireland

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Strategies of Courtyard

Prototype Site

Rotation and Recombination

Unit 1

Site

Insert Public Functions

Division

Unit 2

River Liffey

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2nd Floor

Unit 3

1st Floor

2nd Floor

Unit 4

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1st Floor

2nd Floor


1-1 Section

South Elevation

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KNOTS

In this design, I want to make the hign-speed rail station seem transparent in the environment, to reduce the visual impact on nature. Thus, I get inspiration from forest because trees can fit for the nature perfectly.

Studio Work Instructor: Lei Yi Personal Work Date: December 2016 Location: Guang'an, Sichuan Province, China

The entirety is made up by many hexagonal units. The evolution is completed through elements picking from nature.

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Site Analysis

Normal Pattern

Inspiration

Normally, architects design a station with a enomous form in order to offer sufficient spaces to meet the demand of people. However, the pattern will lead to a nagative impact on surrounding environment because the huge body is a visual barrier.

I get inspiration from forest due to its transparency and penetrability. The sunlight and the wind can penetrate it through the interspace of leaves to make interchange of material. Also, people's sight will not be blocked because trunks are relative slender. I think these characteristics can be use in building design, to break a huge body into pieces.

Concept

Wind

Sunlight

Sunlight Wind

Site

Lan-Yu Line

The site of this high-speed rail station is located in Guang'an, Sichuan Province. Due to the far distance to the downtown of Guang'an, the local government plan to build a new town here with a rail station. Previously, there were many natural resources especially forests, but modern buildings would substitute most of them.

Xixi River

Downtown

Qu River

The central pillar of a basic unit is evolved from a trunk and the celling is like a tree crown, so the sunlight and the wind can go through it.

Basic Form Selection

In all plane geometries, only triangle, rectangle and hexagon can complete seamless combination because the angle in a circular segment is 360°.

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In these three options, if one of them has more edges, its ratio of area to perimeter is bigger and can save materials. Therefore, hexagon is the best choice.


Explosion of Basic Unit

Explosion

Steel Trusswork

Roof Structure Membrane Material

Rainwater Collector & Light

Skin of The Third & Fourth Floor Diffusion Membrane

White GRC Material

Separation of The Fourth Floor The Fourth Floor

LED

Separation of The Third Floor Hinge The Third Floor Steel Trusswork

Downpipe Skin of The Second Floor

Transparent Membrane

Separation of The Second Floor

The Second Floor Skin of The First Floor

Steel Pillar Plantation

Separation of The First Floor

Drip Device Railway & Platform Downpipe Concrete Foundation

Supportive Structure

The First Floor The whole station is made up by a lot of tree-like basic units showed above. The unit consists several functions: construction support, rainwater collection, drainage system, drip system and illumination.

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The First Floor

Master Plan

The Second Floor

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Bus Parking Lot Taxi Parking Lot

Parking Lot

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Platform Parking Lot

367.15

VIP/ Contemperary Parking Lot

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1.Waiting Room 2.Universial Hall 3.Ticket Office 4.Ticket Lobby 5.Medical Room 6.Cloak Room 7.Office 8.Devices 9.Commerce 10.Passenger Transport Office 11.Public Security

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12.Fare-Adjustment Office 13.Barrier-Free Waiting Room 14.Military Waiting Room 15.Smoking Room 16.Broadcast Room 17.Tool Room 18.Server Room 19.Shift of Duty 20.Toilet 21.VIP Waiting Room 22.Store Room

The Fourth Floor

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359.70

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Bus Stop

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Universial Hall

Details

ETFE ETFE Steel Beam Waterproof Layer Reinforced Concrete Waterproof Layer Air Tempered Glass Tempered Glass Inert Gas Tempered Glass GRC

Platform White Coating Cement Concrete

White Terrazzo Steel Tray Decking I Beam PVC

Section

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Waiting Room I

Waiting Room II 19

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THE CHAIN OF CITY

The theme of this urban design is TOD City because a high-speed rail station will be built in this site. We have to find a solution to deal with the relationship between the station and the rest part of this site.

Studio Work Instructor: Liu Jie Team: Deng Yuwen Work:Anlysis 50%, Design 50%, Drawing 50% Date: July 2017 Location: Fengjie, Chongqing, China

We design several axes to dominate the area and all the planning is based on these axes. In the urban design, buildings, roads and trees can be regarded as foundamental prototypes which construct the whole city together. Thus, city is a result of evolution.

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Location

Space Apart

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The Center of Zhuyi Town

Arc hite

Ecological Development Area Fengjie County

Turnpike

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Metropolis Function Extention Development Area Metropolis Economic Development Center Ecological Preservation Area

Long River

Map

Xiangsi Ditch

Sys tem

Fengjie County is in the northeast of Chongqing,near the Witch Mountain and Enshi city in Hubei Province.

Wa ter

Chongqing is an important city and center of the southwest China as well as the upper area along the Yangtze River.

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New city Development Area

Site

The old town Fengjie The Site

The site of design is to the west of Fenjie old town and to the east of Western District.

Scope of Site

The old town is in the north of Fengjie County.

Development Pattern

Small cities and towns in China are facing a severe peoblem that most young people would not like to stay here but choose to leave their hometowns for big cities because the transportation in small town is inconvenient and the local government does not exactly know how to make full use natrual and cultrual resources to attract young people. However, if there is a high-speed rail station, locals can integrate all available resources and then create a complete chain of industry due to the convenient transportation, appealing to more people, especially for the young. We think it will offer vitality to the old city. Fengjie has abundant natural resources and a facinating cultural backgound. We want to make Fengjie a place where people can not only see beautiful scenery but also learn about some Chinese traditional cultures such as poem. Meanwhile, locals will find a way to earn more money and young people will stay here. Transportation

Demand of People City Update

Children

Orientation

The Young

Orientation

Tourists

Orientation

Better education, clean and safe environment are always concerned by childrens' parents. Meanwhile, children need more spaces to play. Young people like a lively and creative city more, so we want to create a unique brand and culture for the city in order to attract young people. They need convenient transportation and a complete travelling system to get where they want to go immediately.

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Transportation

Orientation

Attraction for Talents

Residential

Complex

Oppertunity Talent

Senior Citizens

They need a comfortable living environment after retirement, which offers beautiful gardens and a good platform for communication.

Transpartation

Creativity

Complex

Tourism

Landscape Development


Formation Logic

Zhengwan-Line crosses the site and divides the site into two parts.

We want to make the railway a generator of daily life and attach many functions to it.

Introduce main axes and accessory axes in to the site.

High-speed rail station is the center of city and there are also many accessory centers.

We design the space like a chain above or under the railway to connect the two parts.

The extension of the chain can form some enclosed spaces.

Build a block in the north along with an accessory axis.

Most public functions like transportation and commerce are arranged along the main axis.

Establish space corridors to connect every tower on the main axis.

The pedestrian system is like a net to improve the transportation in the site.

Functions of The Chain

6.Sky Hotel 3.Motor Station Hub 2.Sky Commerce 1.High-Speed Rail Starion 4.Space Corridor 5.Business Office 7.Amalgamated Dwelling 2.Commertial System

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Residential District

Riverbank Landscape

The Chain of City Complex

Space High-s

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High-Speed Rail Station & Commerce

The Chain of City Complex Height Control-----30m(Station) 20m(Commerce) Characteristic-----Huge

Height Control-----24m-165m(Tower)

Elements-----

Elements-----

Spatial Organization

Spatial Organization

Characteristic-----Huge & Tall

Building Form

The complex is connected both sides of the main axis, made up by several towers and space corridors, and it is the front gate of this site which provides a great place for people to relax and communicate with each other.

The entity of High-speed rail station complies with the main axis and form a big square by the set-back model, which imitates the shape of mountain.

Park

The waterfront park is created by many foundamental units,designed according to the scale of human body. Meanwhile, we make full use the height difference in this area to build different connections and courtyards.

SOHO Cloud Community

SOHO Cloud Community is aimed to offer young people a place to start up their business. Due to the height difference, we design some pedestrian bridges and make full use lower parts of the hillside building, which facilitates sharing, publicity and communication.

Building Form

Cultural Building Group Height Control-----6m-9m 18m

Height Control-----6m-20m

Characteristic-----Courtyard & Lane

Characteristic-----Irregular & Open

Elements-----

Elements-----

Spatial Organization

Spatial Organization

The forms of cultural building are converted from traditional sloping roof and rock. The continous roof is a metaphor of natrual mountains. Every two squares are connected by a pedestrian bridge.

Building Form

Building Form

Residential District

Height Control-----24m-63m

Height Control-----15m-81m

Characteristic-----Chromatic & Intermix

Characteristic-----Irregular & Open

Elements-----

Elements-----

Spatial Organization

Spatial Organization

The residential district is located on an accessory axis and we introduce landscape into this axis. Ladders, pedestrian bridges and waterfulls make the space comfortable for people's daily life, fitting for the land characteristics.

Building Form

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Building Form


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CONCEPT PLANNING OF PING'AN HOSPITAL Practical Work Team: Xin Zhou Date: October 2016 Location: Peng'an, Sichuan, China

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A HOUSE AT SOUTH MOUNTAIN IN CHONGQING Studio Work Team: Hengling Xiang Date: December 2016 Location: Chongqing, China

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FOLDING CHONGQING

CLOUD ATLAS

[High-Rise Building Design]

[Bird-Watching Base Design]

CHONGQING STAGE

WANDERING IN MELODY

[Urban Renewal]

[Parametric Design]

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COURTYARD OF RANGE [Museum Design]

LOFT

[Interior Design]


OTHER WORKS

Watercolor Painting

Pen Sketch

Photograph

Shangli Acient Town, Ya'an, Sichuan Province July 2015

Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet March 2014

Chrysler Building, NYC, US February 2019

Shangli Acient Town, Ya'an, Sichuan Province July 2015

An Apartment in Europe August 2014

Fulton Center Subway Station, NYC, US February 2019

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