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PROJECT: pick a square, take a sheet.

Curation of the installation, “Place by Displacement” for the exhibition Mapgames. Exhibited in Beijing,China Birmingham,UK and Terni,Italy.

STATEMENT:

The installation features a map approximately 2m by 2m of Beijing within the second ring divided into 71 20cm by 20cm square game pieces. Each game piece is a stack of map squares on a tear-away pad. Most of the sheets in the stack will be identical pieces of the current Google Earth satellite image of Beijing. Other urban fabrics (in this case, Manhattan’s) of the same scale will be inserted randomly throughout the stack. Historical map of the same location in Beijing will also be inserted in the stack. All the game pieces will be mounted directly on to the wall. At the opening of the exhibition, the game pieces will compose a complete map of Beijing. Throughout the exhibition, participants are invited to tear away any square of their choosing, and discard the square to a trashcan placed near the installation. As more people participate, the map will change; Manhattan’s urban fabric will appear and disappear around the map throughout the game, but the map will remain undeniably Beijing.

URBANUS Architecture and Design Beijing, China July 2008

The purpose of this “map game” is to test how the Beijing city map has mutated and will continue to do so while maintaining its own identity. No matter how many layers Beijing sheds as it grows to compete in the era of globalization; the city’s history is inevitably ingrained in its character. Beijing’s powerful ability to adapt will never compromise its iconic identity.


PROJECT:

Design and Construction of a lobby addition in the XuJiaHui International Building, Shanghai, China

CONCEPT: Privacy in open spaces. Two very different functions share the same three-story

high lobby, a bank on one side and a mobile phone store on the other. My addition creates division without enclosing the height of the space. Movement. Addressing the lobby’s most basic function, connecting the main entrance of the office tower to the elevators for a high volume of people, I introduced the concept of fluidity and motion.

Frederic Rolland International Atelier d’Architecture Shanghai, China May 07


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the silk road desert, mountains, karez (underground waterways), silk worm eggs

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the exploration of intertwined routes and dramatic topography

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Research, Concept, and Analysis - Master Plan of a new civic centre in Kalamay, Xinjiang, China. The centre includes an opera house, a concert hall, a library, an outdoor stadium, a gymnasium, a five star hotel, a museum, and a science center.

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Frederic Rolland International Atelier d’Architecture Shanghai, China Feb07


Approach Architecture Studio Beijing, China Nov07

PROJECT: Master Plan of a commercial center in a historic area of QingHuangDao, China. It is part of a city-wide effort for urban re-generation. CONTEXT: a wide avenue of one-story concession era storefronts. many buildings have been altered, severely damaged, or destroyed. HISTORIC PRESERVATION: enhancing the historic look along the boulevard while finding solutions to increase the scale of massing.

ANALYSIS: structures chosen to be preserved open spaces created by the dense historic block structure a new, more organized circulation system inspired by the block pattern and feel of the area’s historic past.

THE “FEEL”: the west side modern large scale block structure featuring a large covered open space

the east side historic elements of way finding, low dense block structures opening up to courtyards


Approach Architecture Studio Beijing, China Dec 07

PROJECT: Exhibition Design - “Transportation Vehicles” and “One Oil Two Functions” exhibits at the Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture & Urbanism. SITE: An empty abandoned warehouse near the art district of the Overseas Chinese Town, Shenzhen, China MATERIALS: Vinyl canvas suspended between ceiling beams and the floor with wire cables. EXHIBITS: “City Portrait” - Continuous animation projection with sound art documenting the routes of 10 Shenzhen taxicabs over a 24 hour period. “Facts” - Printed vinyl canvas sharing statements and projected statistics on the topic of transportation and urbanism. “One Oil, Two Functions” - Video installation documenting the process of converting waste vegetable oil into bio-diesel.


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