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Portfolio Zhan Xu

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The structure of the urban, made of different networks and connections, supporting the cluster of architecture to function as group, as neighborhood , and as city. Public architecture is inside this loop, playing as a part of it. What if, architecture itself becomes this structure, a structure of urban, supporting the future city? Architecture will become a network complex. It provides urban function, permanent public shelter, and potentially, a framework for the urban.


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Reflow/Revivify (Summer 2016) Cemetery design Pair work (With Jae Han Bae) Instructor: Karla Rothstein Site: Central Park Cemeteries are considered conventionally as space of isolation, for its special function in urban environment. However, the number of death is still rising in the New York City, indicating more cemeteries to be built. This trend challenges the nature of cemetery: should it continues its autonomy, or, should it embrace the urban life? The property of space is decided by users. Both densities and the approach of occupying define the tension of space, as publicity or privacy. All these movement and distribution can be understood as flows. Where flows are interfered by obstruction with different degrees, spaces are varied. How the urban flows shift and gather, shape the characteristics of spaces.

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Datascape - Flows & Obstruction The flow of people’s movement and obstruction of the flow are studied. A datascape of Central Park flow/obstruction is mapped to show how the urban flow shift from periphery of Central Park into the center of reservoir. Differenr pattern of spaces are form by the tangling of flows as well as tensions between groups of movements.


The Material Swath Zipties are used to discribe the groups of flows forge the different properties of space. Flows are tied to form groups of movements, the tensions between groups form the space, then all together into a systerm and pattern.


The Study of Woodlawn Cemetery To study the movement and the flows in a real cemetery, Woodlawn Cemetery in Bronx is chosen as an example. The patterns of the flows are flow the footprints of the tombs, gathering around function, private or urban


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Site & Strategy Unrolled Then the site-strategy datascape is unrolled to be more assemble to the real context in Central Park, as flow enter in both way. Programs are inserted into the reservoir with public function and cemetery at the same time, in the geometric pattern closed to the nature movement in Central Park


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Train Station design Individual work Instructor: Tatiana Bilbao Site: New York City

The future train station in vertical urbanism should redefine the meaning of “infrastructure�, refusing the mere compression of rapid flows and intense efficiency, but evolving itself as a structure of iconicity to embrace the growing city. The iconic station will support the city with physical structure and transportation network, also a place of multi-function for various destination. Besides, a convenient connection happens vertically to connect the layers of open public space, commercial areas and thresholds of neighborhood to forge a new meaning of identity of the station.


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The studio focus on the possibility of vertical urbanism in the future expanding New York City. Every students choose their own typology of city function to study and design and collage them into a 12-feet-high model at final.

The study of my urban typology is transportation, begining with the anlysis of two train station in NYC, Grand Central & Penn Station. One keep its identity and city structure over time while the other was over whelmed bt the city expanding.

So the infrastructure should not only be a mere tubes or passage way for the city, but to go further, as a structure to embrass the city growing, rather than compromised for the expantion.


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To transform a horizontal train station to a vertical form. The first step is to translate the density. As stacked railways form the exact height of open public space, here comes the possiblity for the infrastructure to evolve into a mega structure to support the infinite growing of the city.


The railway also provides horizontal connection on the interurban level. Inspired by the current layout of railway from suburban NYC to midtown. Different elevations are distributed trough out the urban networks.

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01 Urban Attractor (Summer 2016) Cemetery design Individual Work Instructor: Galia Solomonoff Site: City of Beacon, NY City is an artifact constructed by collective memories over time. The neighborhood within has evolved from singular idea of zoning to a complex structure where people’s life accumulate as part of historical value. The project will “accumulates” on the context, as three “extensions” but create more intimate interaction with the existence. It brings the public (neighborhood) back to the area as its realization of complexity and celebrates citizens’ life and memory in an open space.


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Dia: Beacon Dia's most recent conversion, its museum in Beacon, is located in a former printing plant built in 1929 by Nabisco (National Biscuit Company). The museum is sited on thirty-one acres on the banks of the Hudson River, and is adjacent to ninety acres of riverfront parkland. It is a five-minute walk from the Metro-North train station in Beacon, 60 miles (80 minutes by train) north of New York City.

The property was originally part of the Matteawan Manufacturing Company, a textile manufacturer and one of the first factories in Beacon. The property later housed the H.N. Swift Machine Shop, which reportedly manufactured the first lawnmowers in the US.

The museum, which opened in 2003, is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. Dia pioneered the conversion of industrial buildings for the installation of contemporary art, a practice and aesthetic now widely adopted by museums and galleries internationally.

Debway Hat Company By 1940, the company moved to larger quarters at One East Main Street. During World War II, Debway landed a large contract from the government to manufacture hats for the Women's Army Corps, and thus earned its place as one of the most important hatting concerns in Beacon's history.

Hudson Valley Brewery For the past two decades, the graffiti'd, boarded-up brick building at 7 East Main Street in Beacon, NY has gone relatively unnoticed. Hiding in plain sight, covered in ivy and underneath large canopies of trees, it actually sits right off of Main Street, just down beyond the old train tracks in the town's popular East End.

In the early 2000's, it nearly lost its chance. Plans circulated that the building had been slated for demolition. Brand new townhomes would take its place. Then, for one reason or another, those plans were scrapped. 7 East Main breathed a small sigh of relief. A few extra branches stretched themselves out across the roof. And in the back, some boards fell off a window, letting in a little extra light.

The Study of Two Cities In order to reveal the relationship between the city and art, both the model of City of Beacon and Wuhan, a city in central China, are studied. These two cities share some same similarity of once decayed industry and using their historical relics as a way of introducing art into the city. Inspiration raised from the studying of the case of Wuhan.

Roundhouse After an incredible combination of construction, restoration and design, many of the historic buildings on our property were given new life. Working with many local businesses and artisans, we created the new and modern world you find at The Roundhouse today.

One East Main Street A rare opportunity to rent a commercial condo in historic building in a fantastic location between the Roundhouse and new Hudson Valley Brewery. Corner unit with huge windows, just under 13ft ceilings, polished concrete floors, period details including exposed beams and brick. New promenade in front of building. High end retail use; 975 sq ft. No food. (building currently under construction)


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The Chinese imperial examinations were a civil service examination system in Imperial China to select candidates for the state bureaucracy. The exams were based on knowledge of the classics and literary style, not technical expertise.

The Qing dynasty, officially the Great Qing, also called the Qing Empire or the Manchu dynasty, was the last imperial dynasty of China, ruling from 1644 to 1912 with a brief, abortive restoration in 1917.

"Second Opium War" refers to one of the British tactical objectives: legalizing the opium trade, expanding coolie trade, opening all of China to British merchants, and exempting foreign imports from internal transit duties.

The Self-Strengthening Movement was a period of institutional reforms initiated in China during the late Qing dynasty following a series of military defeats and concessions to foreign powers.

The history of the People's Republic of China details the history of mainland China since October 1, 1949, when, after a near complete victory by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Chinese Civil War.

First five-year plan are a series of social and economic development initiatives. The economy was shaped by the Communist Party of China through the plenary sessions of the Central Committee and national congresses. The party plays a leading role in establishing the foundations and principles of Chinese socialism, mapping strategies for economic development, setting growth targets, and launching reforms.

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The Xinhai Revolution also known as the Revolution of 1911, or the Chinese Revolution (though this term may also refer to a number of other events), was a revolution that overthrew China's last imperial dynasty (the Qing dynasty), and established the Republic of China (ROC).

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Structure and Art Generalizing from the case of Wuhan, how art is introduced to the city can actually be linked back to the deeper city structure. This structure has been formed and transformed overtime as the consequence of the accumulation of history events. Art utilizes this structure to relate itself to the city.


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People's Republic of China details the history of mainland China since October 1, 1949, when, after a near complete victory by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in the Chinese Civil War.

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As Beacon embraces her revival after the industrial depression, the historical heritage of Beacon is transforming into new structure. One East Main Street is a typical block with historical value which is now under renovation. The old hat factory is changed to a luxury condo. The warehouse is renovated to a brewery with music events.

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For Beacon residents visiting the World's Fair in 1939 in New York City, the cap being worn by every female tour guide and attendant at the fair was a prideful reminder of what their hometown was noted for--the hat manufacturing capital of New York. The official uniform cap of the 1939 fair was designed and manufactured here by the Debway Hat Company.

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Train Jumps Tracks Destroys History, 1976. Train wrecks within our city's limits are rare. The most memorable of recent times was when an 80-car Conrail freight train derailed near the East Main Street crossing.

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On Saturday July 31st 2010, OPEN SPACE gallery and Burlock Home presented Electric Windows 2010. 30 artists converged in Beacon, NY to create live artwork and have their work installed on the exterior of a 19th century factory building.

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In the early 2000's, it nearly lost its chance. Plans circulated that the building had been slated for demolition. Brand new townhomes would take its place. Then, for one reason or another, those plans were scrapped. 7 East Main breathed a small sigh of relief. A few extra branches stretched themselves out across the roof. And in the back, some boards fell off a window, letting in a little extra light.

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One East Main Street Luxury Condo A rare opportunity to rent a commercial condo in historic building in a fantastic location between the Roundhouse and new Hudson Valley Brewery. Corner unit with huge windows, just under 13ft ceilings, polished concrete floors, period details including exposed beams and brick. New promenade in front of building. High end retail use; 975 sq ft. No food. (building currently under construction)

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The museum, which opened in 2003, is situated on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York. Dia pioneered the conversion of industrial buildings for the installation of contemporary art, a practice and aesthetic now widely adopted by museums and galleries internationally.

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When art is introduced into this neighborhood, related to this value as a new urban attractor, it is not the building that should be preserve/highlight, but the collective complexity. Art should evoke the community memory, follow the same pattern of accumulation, and serve as a new RT Zoning B which will unite the pieces of information on the site as a new civic space, with accesA linkage, sibility and flexibility. Then, art will be a part of complex structure of the city.

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The west side of the site is facing the main street, while the east side is near a creek that runs along the margin of City Beacon. So the project should deal with different urban elevation.


To answer this variation of topography, the building creates different linkage both to the river and the urban, embracing the neighborhood and bringing the public life into the site.


Two layers of ground level attract the urban to the site and the building. First level opens to the creekside, making continuous serial of public green space on the creek.


The second level connect to the other way to the main street, welcoming the urban flows to the 2F of the project, attracting them to several platform on another level. This level also becomes urban.


Section B is trying to build up an intimate relationship between the project and the public. The boundaries of each program - gallery, artist apartments, workshops and commercial are blurred. This flexible organization provides the opportunity for the artist to communicate with the public, and strongly relates the production and exhibition at the same time.


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Surface facade design Group work (With Zhenwei Zhong, Lin Wu, Siyu Zhang & Hong Li) Instructor: Joseph Vidich Site: New Museum Surface, or facade, is not a singular sheet, it could be more than a structure. The defination of interior and exterior used to be divided by surface. But when surface become double-sided, the boundary no longer exists. Besides, as the surface folded from a sheet to a structure, the urban fix surface becomes flow, incubating the new idea.


Adjacent to the new museum, the proposed New Inc can be used as future museum as well as incubator. Compared to the special facades of the New Museum, the surface of New Inc takes its own position, which dissolves the ration and even of the former one, changing the surface into a motion of flow. The faรงade is assembled by prefabricated steel panels, with joints to connect and anchor them onto the existing wall.

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The surface also blur the boundary between inside and outside, with double faces material challenging the idea of interior and exterior. The shape of the folding panel also let the light come in relevant to different function of inside.


Adjacent to the new museum, the proposed New Inc can be used as future museum as well as incubator. Compared to the special facades of the New Museum, the surface of New Inc takes its own position, which dissolves the ration and even of the former one.


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Escape from Models Narrative HUST Work Wuhan & Shanghai, 2011-2016

Models are designed to help the mass production in factories. By simply copying the prototype, a huge number of products with same appearance are made. What an efficient and convenient way to make profits! But when the models are used for architecture, which means the same rules or methods are used to design in an environment of complexity, the architecture will lose the connection with the surrounding and lack the ability to meet multiple needs. The Architecture of China are facing this problem. The urgent need for developing forces the architects to copy existing methods without thinking during their new design. In other words, they are relying on the models, some of which are out of date and not suitable for their projects. Even worse, they become thinking in models. Same architecture is existing in different place, like the products of mass production. Escape from models, escape from traditional ways and conventional ideas. Discover the new possibility from existence. Or least, stop simply copying.


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Hanging Hostel Container hostel design Individual work Instructor: Ting Zhang Site: Shandong, China

Architecture should suit well to the environment and brace itself in an efficient way at the same time. When a youth hostel made of containers is required in the mountain, the great view of the nature and the durability of the containers should be both made the most use of. There is an intriguing solution, which is, “hanging” the hostel under the bridge across the valley, which provides the visitor an easy access and an exciting view of the valley below. The containers, the units of the hostel, also meet their most reasonable way of structure- like themselves hanging when transported in the port. In addition, this new construction will do the least harm to the nature, since it takes no ground to “stand”.


1. The site consists of several valleys and hilltops, which are main scene in the mountain.

2. An existing road connecting some hilltops as a “U�, but not completed.

3. A closed loop should be created to provide visitors with a complete scene.

4. To finally close the loop, a bridge is designed above the valley.

5. The bridge will be the center of the new landscape planning, where the hostel hangs.

6. Accompanied by series of landscape designs, the site will be more attracting.


Unit + Hanging + Bridge + Mountain In the ports, we can see containers lifted swiftly and steadily by cranes, which suggests that “Hanging� is a safe and efficient way for the hostel of containers to brace itself. So it is possible to hang the hostel under the bridge in mountains. Nature will be preserved, users will enjoy the great view of the valley. Also the hostel can be easily transported into mountains in containers after produced in the factory, overcoming the short of supply in the mountains.


The bridge is mainly for hikers and cyclers. Arbors made of containers are inserted in the road, as a part of landscape design. Containers hang under the bridge, making up the hostel, some of which are converted to rooms and corridors. Others are merge to creat a bigger public spaces and entrances, located in the middle of the plan for an easy access from the bridge. Following the structure of the bridge, the organization of containers is symmetrical so that the, which also makes the bridge more steady.


To make the most use of the containers, the scale of which is studied. The potential function of 20’ and 40’ container is listed, based on the relationship between the size of human, furniture and containers. When the hostel is no more needed, it can be moved from the bridge. So the units need to be prefabricated, which is convenient for construction and replacement. Prefabricated utility tube 1. Prefabricated doors & windows 2. Prefabricated wall with installation 3.

By putting different furniture and compare their scale with container's, units of different functions are developed. And the combination of several containers will provide large space. So containers under the bridge can also serve the functions require by a hostel.


Bridge

Truss

Lookout

Boom

Container


Composition A

B A

Composition of Boom

The bridge is mainly for hikers and cyclers. Arbors made of containers are inserted in the road, as a part of landscape design. Containers hang under the bridge, making up the hostel, some of which are converted to rooms and corridors. Others are merge to create a bigger public spaces and entrances, located in the middle of the plan for an easy access from the bridge. Following the structure of the bridge, the organization of containers is symmetrical so that the, which also makes the bridge more steady.

Composition B


Floor Section 1:5

Ceiling & Wall Section 1:5


Urban Fragment (Autumn 2014)

Complex design Individual Work Instructor: Yuan Wang Site: Wuhan, China

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The new-built architecture need to be adjusted and limited to converse with the context, and provide open space for the high-dense district, however the volume rate of which should be high enough to compensate the density. So the complex should be the union of fragments of information from the context and needs.

After researching the urban texture and analyzing the needs and context. "Fragments" are converted into diagram to interact with the formation of the new volume. With respect to history, economic needs satisfied and the new open civic space is provided, the complex becomes the union of the “fragments�


When the core cube is moved to the periphery of the plan as a huge framework, space incide can be freely organized, with open space and green. Then space can be flexibily divided, rented to companies with different needs for space. Plans are no longer monotonous.


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(Spring 2014)

Garden School

School of architecture design Individual Work Instructor: Ting Zhang Site: Beijing, China The project of the school of Architecture is surrounded by green and series of schools and universities. How to provide students a close relationship with the nature and provide them with comfort when they are studying? How to let them enjoy open spaces with high quality? A slope of green merges the inside with outside, giving an answer. Green joins the open space in the building, expanding the place for public. Voids are added within the classrooms and work shop, creating the space for light, wind and communication. The school is finally drew into the nature.


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In-Between (Spring 2015) Housing design Individual work Instructor: Mei Jiang Site: Wuhan, China


Public spaces are inserted in between the housing units to unite the community with the urban. They exist in different layers of the condo, but connected to the ground with continues stairs, so that the public space could infiltrate into the neighborhood. The groud level is also opened as commercial space with lanes going across and connecting to the street.


Preserving the existing textures as the structure of new project

Changing texture into new roads and allies

Increasing the density

Inserting gardens and squares

In order to build a new neighborhood on the structure of the existing city, the textures is studied and used as methodology to direct the distribution of the new housing. Old lanes’ positions are preserved, some of which are transformed into the circulation system, others keep the nature of the old allies, as new form of commercial streets.


car

parking

pedestrain

urban green

housing green

square

commercial

community

education

cluster

The landscape system in the community is also designed to redirect the urban flow, dividing the public and private regions. Affordable housing are placed outside while the codos are located inside, to form the hybrid clusters.

affordable

condos


To meet the various need of the neighborhood, the units are also designed into different typologies, while mixed up in one construction. Gaps are created by the combination of different units, extending to hallway and public space in each floor.

Floor Plan

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Ensuring each floor gets enough light, the public spaces are opened to the north while the units are facing the south. The public spaces are connected as stair-shape distribution inside one buliding, attracting public from the ground floor to the top.

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From the Ice

(Spring 2017)

UltraReal Group work (With Lin Wu & Ye Yuan) Instructor: Joseph Brennan Site: North Pole

The project located on a iceberg in the ocean of North Pole. It’s in the state in between the sky & the earth. It’s a monumental gesture to connect the elements of nature, forging the conversation between the ice & the aurora. Creating a balance between the extreme environment (ice) & picturesque scenario.


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Fold-Unfold

(Summer 2014)

The urban installation design Pair work (with Jianshuang Li) Site: Prince Harbor, Shenzhen

An installation made of steel is required in the square in Prince Harbor to serve as a place for newsstand, stall or temporary exhibition. The scale of the volume is limited under 5*5*5m. When paper is folded, the area covered by it can change as the paper unfolded. So we use "folds" as the concept of the installation. The steel is folded when produced, unfolded on the site to a surface covering the space of exhibition and stalls. It is temporary, efficient and multifunctional.


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Changning Kindergarden Intern Work, UDG Part: Concept & site plan design, rendering Site: Shanghai

(Summer 2014)

After the original design was proved to be unqualified due to the insufficient sunlight for the classroom, I was asked to redesign the whole project from massing distribution. Doing the layout that meet the sunlight need, I continued to detail the design of the whole projects and using renderings to convey the new idea. The work also included design and drawing of site plan and master plans.


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Commercial Design Intern Work, UDG Part: Rendering Site: Xinjiang

(Summer 2014)

I took part in the early concept design, basically using rendering to show the idea of this new commercial area where water is used in the regional way that express the specialty of Xinjiang. The rendering includes main scenes rendering and site rendering.


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Campus Design Intern Work, UDG Part: Translation Site: Shanghai

(Summer 2014) UDG cooperated with a foreign company to attend the design contest in Shanghai University new campus. My job is to translate the design material from US, including the texts in the narrative and notes on the master plan.


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