PORTFOLIO Vincent Mai, B.Arch Candidate 2016
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ABOUT ME I believe the future of the architectural profession lies in our ability to collaborate across disciplines and to generate visions that enhance the built environment. As a research assistant I have cultivated strong analysis and synthesis skills. In every project I seek to identify latent potential through rigorous research across disciplines that help synthesize a clear design approach. As a graphic designer I learned to use simple and effective graphics to articulate relationships between humans, the built environment and nature. As a logistic leader I have enhanced my communication and team management skills. I have learned to navigate through constraints and leverage resources in order to maximize the productivity of the team. Through my education and traveling I have come to pursue good designs that always enrich life beyond the vessel of architecture.
关于我 我相信建筑业的未来，取决于建筑师能否把握在跨领域中的沟 通与合作，从中提取出能改善人类生活以及自然环境的设计精 髓。我把每一个项目都看作一次机遇，让我努力发掘项目的潜 能，创造客户和用户价值，以及塑造人类与自然的和谐。成功 的方案源于对设计问题的透彻理解，对设计元素的精巧布局； 对提升设计的不懈追求，以及在跨领域中的紧密合作。通过我 在建筑教育中的所受的锻炼以及在旅行世界各地的经历，我深 刻体会到好的建筑设计永不止步于创造建筑物的本身的价值， 而是对充实和改善人类生活与自然环境的不懈追求。
CONTENT TIMBER INTERFACE
STRESS PARAMETRIZE CONCRETE PROTOTY Concrete Prototype, Eugene, Oregon 2015
WHEN ONE THING CONTACTS AN OTHER Timber Interface
You LevoglucosanSee Cellulose?
Design Studio, Copenhagen Denmark, Summer 2014 Integrate Softly
THE is a point of contact Every architecture startsAMPLIFYER with an An interface Releasing flammable gases Underline Performative Architectural Association: Marking the Forest idea, a concept, a thought that upon which two Canopy Concrete or more things Design-build, Eugene OR, Summer 2013 reflects history, responds to the interact with each other. presence and envisions the The richness of Copenhagen lies future. When architect thought- in the complexity of its urban fully compose design elements, fabric. Such complexity is consticarefully iterate design process tuted by a network of interfaces and thoroughly communicate and that channels human interactions collaborate across disciplines, an and urban life. The proposal for a architecture is manifested in a pavilion in King’s Garden is physical form. Such manifesta- inspired by Copenhagen’s rich tion itself is a tool, a form of interfaces and attempts to manimedia, a work of public art that fest the physical interface 44 realize latent potentials and between the public and King’s values; a form that stages, facili- Garden. tates, and even construct meaningful relationship, across society and nature; a product of a continuous process of adaptation, The Amplifyer marks the transition between the forest and the meadow reuse and evolution.
Super Block Design Competit
Competition, Barcelona Spain, Fal in collaboration with R. Ryan Ki
hola , ¿Què és llegeix?
mira m les flo bonita
TIMBER INTERFACE A PAVILION IN ROSENBORG GARDEN Design Studio, Copenhagen Denmark, Summer 2014
Southern view of the pavilion
Offset existing baroque plan
Lift plane to create new ground
Push outside in, inside out
Dissolve bounding box
Despite the rigidity of the Renaissance plan, visitors occupy the Rosenborg garden with ease and flexibility. The formality of the garden precludes no spontaneous interactions. The simplicity of the garden layout clearly contrasts the complexity of the occupancy pattern. Thus the design of the pavilion attempts to materialized such contrasting relationships by juxtaposing the rigidity of the structural framework and the fluidity of theâ€˜timber interfaceâ€™ in order to facilitate a wide range of spatial experiences.
existing urban ‘interfaces’ in Copenhagen
An interface is a point of contact at which two or more things interact with each other. The richness of Copenhagen lies in the complexity of its urban fabric. Such complexity is constituted by a network of interfaces that channels human interactions and urban life. The proposal for a pavilion in King’s Garden is inspired by Copenhagen’s rich interfaces and attempts to manifest the physical interface between the public and King’s Garden. using models to explore the concept of “interface”
re kar nd urr ou os wt vie view to larger garden
view to Rosenborg Castle
The site is situated in Rosenborg Garden, which was once King Christian IVâ€™s private garden. It was open to public in 1710, and has been the oldest and most visited public park in Copenhagen ever since.
View to Rose Garden
View to surrounding karre
inside View to Rosenborg Castle
in-between View to larger garden
Sheltered v.s. Exposed
Plan diagrams illustrating spatial complexity
The timber wall simultaneously provides spatial enclosure, seating area and stair access to the rooftop.
The rooftop of the pavilion serves as a viewing platform for the Rosenborg Castle and the rest of the garden.
sectional diagram explores the variety of spatial experiences
fritted glass roof panel
CNC Plywood Frame HSS columns
Steam Bending Veneer
steel roof joist
YOU SEE CELLULOSE? ILLUSTRATION OF THE COMBUSTION OF CELLULOSE In collaboration with Joanna O’Conell & Wesley Miller, Winter 2015
The artifact illustrates the molecular process of the combustion of wood cellulose. It can be view in three different scales. The linearity of the artifact and the gradual charring of wood implies the process of burning. The film strip mounted in-between two walnut pieces is designed to represents the molecular changes of cellulose under combustion. The spinning view inside the kaleidoscope captures the dynamic motion of the chemical process and adds cinematography to the viewerâ€™s experience.
The molecular structure of cellulose is represented using a geometric pattern.
The acrylic gear and track spin the kaleidoscope as the viewer moves it along the track.
Burning of flammable gases
The view inside the kaleidoscope illustrates the molecular changes that happens in each stage of combustion.
THE AMPLIFYER Architectural Association: Marking the Forest Design-build, Eugene OR, Summer 2013
The Amplifyer marks the transition between the forest and the meadow
Marking the Forest program is a ten day design-build program hosted by the Architectural Association. Situated in Bauman Tree Farm, Eugene Oregon, the program seeks to engage students in the process from forest to architecture. This yearâ€™s project, â€œThe Amplifierâ€? explores ways to enhance awareness of the forest ecosystem. Located between a meadow and a forest, the design of the structure aims to mark and amplify the otherwise ambiguous transition between the two ecosystem. Dimensional 2x4 lumber were used to construct the primary structure, meanwhile, thin purlins were orderly inserted in between gaps on the wall. They gradually converge towards the top of the structure, forming an abstracted archway that celebrates the entry of the forest. The structure is permanently built as an educational pavilion that engages middle school students from the local area to study forestry.
From site selection to design, mocking up, purchasing materials, construction, the entire pavilion was design and built in 10 days.
Right: Construction (top) Design Charrette (bottom)
The Amplifier heightens visitorâ€™s curiosity through its zigzag form, amplifies the sound of their footsteps through the gravel paving, and engages them through the tactility of the purlin sticks.
The Amplifyer in the snow
UNDERLINE CANOPY A NETWORK OF MULTI-MODAL TRANSIT HUBS Royal Society of Arts Student Design Competition, New York, spring 2015 Techmer PM Sustainable Design Practices Award
MORE INTENSIVE STORM
INCREASING DEMAND ON PUBLIC SPACE
RISING SEA LEVEL
SALT WATER INTRUSION
The Underline Canopy is a sequence of proposed human-scale hubs to connect the urban hydrology, ecology, public space, and sustainable transportation of Miami. With growing populations and a finite space of developable land, Miami needs a new transportation infrastructure. Climate change’s effect on Miami’s hydrology is causing the water table to rise resulting in major salt water infiltration into Miami’s largest water supply. The effect of the increase in population and environmental changes extends beyond the city limits of Miami and into proximal ecosystems like the Everglades National Park. A viable solution to to these problems must be a design that serves as an interface between hydrology, ecology, transportation, and urban planning. The space below the Miami metro rail is largely underutilized thus we are proposing that our intermodal transit nodes take advantage of this “underline” space. We envisioned the future of University Station as a part of an interconnected system that supports transit oriented development as well as provides a variety of “third spaces” for social interaction within the community. A vibrant canopy structure would not only provides shade and shelter, but also collect rainwater into a modular wetland filtration system to treat runoff from proximal roads and buildings. The modular wetland planter can be easily transplanted, thus encourages local communities to participate in ecological restoration. The Underline Canopy builds off an existing infrastructure to create a connected system of sustainable transportation that supports the densification of the city, encourages social interaction, and restores the hydrology and ecology of Miami.
OVERFLOW CATCHMENT SYSTEM
PROVIDE RAPID FILTRATION AND REDIRECT STORM WATER TO STORM WATER TREATMENT PLANT
TO THE NEAREST STORM WATER TREATMENT PLANT
WETLAND FILTRATION SYSTEM
PRE-TREATMENT CHAMBER FILTERS OUT SOLID WASTE AND OTHER SEDIMENTS.
COLLECTED BY THE CANOPY AND STREET MANHOLE, STORM WATER IS TEMPORARILY STORED AND FILTERED BY THE WETLAND FILTRATION SYSTEM, THUS ALLEVIATING THE PRESSURE FROM CITY STORM DRAIN SYSTEM. TREATED STORMWATER WILL BE INJECTED BACK TO THE BISCAYNE AQUIFER, REPLENSHING DRINKING WATER FOR MIAMI.
The proposed multi modal transit hub serves as an integral part of a vibrant public space in Miami. It promotes Transit Oriented Development, increase urban density with mixused buildings and enrich the city fabric.
MODULAR WETLAND PLANTER MODULAR PERMEABLE PAVER
Modular wetland and pavers alternate, simultaneously providing walking surfaces and wetland habitat.
The vibrant canopies shelter the metrorail platform from Miamiâ€™s tropical sun and rain.
The canopies filters and direct daylight into the mezzanine level while celebrating the movement of water.
INTEGRATE SOFTLY TOMORROW’S AGING CITY TODAY Lyceum Competition First Prize, New York, Fall 2014
THE REALITY OF AGING The existing reality of aging, whether people or city, share one thing in common - isolation. Within an institutional environment, senior citizens can easily become isolated, depressed and inhibited from living up to their full potentials. The increasing aging population and a wider variety of lifestyles bring new possibility for aging. Buildings, once solely designed to create an isolated and homogeneously conditioned environment, consume resources faster than nature can ever reproduce. Our urgent needs to reduce carbon footprint and mitigate climate change, push us to rethink the connection between the built environment and nature. Therefore, the proposal for the 2015 Lyceum competition examines ways that an iconic, aging skyscraper can become a framework for social and natural system integration.
aging in isolation
how can old buildings and seniors be re-integrated?
a vertical city fabric 2015-2050
MAIN DECK PUBLIC EXHIBITION SKY LOBBY + DINING NYC CONVENTIONAL CENTER
RESIDENTIAL SKY LOBBY + DINING DAY CARE
SKY LOBBY + DINING
RESIDENTIAL SKY LOBBY + DINING
SKY LOBBY + DINING
OFFICES SKY LOBBY
RETAIL/ BUSINESS/ TOURIST
typical elevator for workers
express elevator for tourist glazed elevator for residents
Unit A 300s
suitable for singles, col young profes travellers.
Typical Residential Floor
Unit A+B 8
30th - 81st Floor typical elevator for workers
express elevator for tourist
Each typical floor consists of residential units on the southern half of the building and a narrow band of office on the northern part, with consideration glazed of heating of the residence and cooling of the offices. elevator for residents
Every four residential floors make a unique community. Each floor is interconnected via a common space which bridges the exterior wall to the interior core and staggers each floor to allows for visual connection throughout the entire community.
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Unit A 300sf
Unit A 300sf
suitable for retired couples, singles, college graduate, young professionals, frequent travellers.
suitable for retired couples, singles, college graduate, young professionals, frequent travellers.
Unit B 500sf Unit A 300sf
suitable for retired couples, graduate, young professionals, frequent singles, college graduate, merged fromtravellers, two smaller both for living and young professionals, frequent units, suitable for couples, working travellers. family, and those who have guest sleep overs. the sliding wall also allows for live-work scenarios.
college Unit A+Bfor800sf Unit Bsingles, 500sfcouples, suitable retired
suitable for retired couples, singles, college graduate, young professionals, frequent travellers, both for living and working
Unit D 700sf Unit A+B 800sf the most
luxurious unit with ample daylight and views. merged from two smaller suitable for single, couples, units, suitable for couples, family, particulately those who family, and those who have are willing to pay a little more. guest sleep overs. the sliding wall also allows for live-work scenarios.
Unit A+B 800sf
merged from two smaller units, suitable for couples, family, and those who have guest sleep overs. the sliding wall also allows for live-work scenarios.
LIVING UNIT LIVING UNIT LIVING UNIT LIVING UNIT
Section through Residential Community 30th - 81st Floor Each 4-story-residential community is paired with a large community program that serves as the focus. Such program encourages not only interaction between residents, but also allows the public to freely interact with the residents.
double facade (southern portion only) shades the most vicious sun in July and august and allows for passive ventilation
LIVING UNIT LIVING UNIT LIVING UNIT LIVING UNIT operable facade opens during rainy season, allowing for the building to collect, filter and manage storm water of the city.
The Time line of Integration The Time line of Integration
1950 - 1986
2009 - 2014
The Empire State Building served as a public monument and symbol of New York.
The building went through major retrofit, including glazing replacement and building system renewal.
The building enclosure shrinks while the building open up its skin to interact with solar, wind and precipitation.
The build continue to mid facade removed to tion with na
ding enclosure o shrink while the e is completely allow for integraature.
Integrated City 2046 - ?
30% conditioned Skyscrapers became the main structural support for an eco-mesh system, which allows the urban environment to be integrated with natural system. The eco-mesh demonstrates potential to mitigate air pollutions, manage storm water, and revitalize the urban ecosystem, while the intact spire of the Empire State Building continues to demonstrates its â€˜newâ€™ monumentality.
a city of in
seniors re-connect w cities fuse with the meta
with society abolism of nature
PERFORMATIVE CONCRETE STRESS PARAMETRIZE CONCRETE PROTOTYPE Concrete Prototype, Eugene, Oregon 2015
two-way, continuous supported shell prototype
load + support
penalization + design module
von mieses stress
principal stress path
stress variables (d)
+ daylighting variables (a)
Initial stress analysis and parameter generation
wooden dowels gap
top mold mortar pour hole bottom mold
CNC low density foam mold
proposed mock-up fabrication
3x low-density foam 4â€™x8â€™
contact cement (30 Oz)
mortar (60 pound)
vegetable oil (200 liters)
EPYTOTORP LANIF oitacirbaf yrotcaf .1 1. factory nprefab
2. site assembly ylbmessa etis .2
3. site cast tsac etis .2
4. curing gniruc .4
ETERCNOC EVITAMROFERP || 704HCRA proposed construction methods
tension and compression stress paths
stress data was remapped on the thickness and depth of each pre-cast element
finite element analysis exports tensile and compressive stress paths
TOP MOLD generate waffle ribs at the bottom of the shell
BOTTOM MOLD holds mortar mix and forms the smooth surface for the top of the shell
MESH LAYER provide reinforcement for the shell structure
tabs at the perimeter helps level the top mold
different sizes of dowels are used for creating variation of openings on the shell
holes trimmed on the mesh layer correspond to the various openings
CNC routing top and bottom mold out of low-density foam
cleaning molds and applying vegetable oil for mortar release
mixing and pouring mortar between the top and bottom molds
failures from two previous attempts
final prototype mock-up and exhibition
daylighting and structural expression define the spatial quality inside the shell prototype
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GRASSHOPPER FINAL OUTPUT VORONOI LANDSCAPE
PARAMETRIC IDENTITY Super Block Design Competition Competition, Barcelona Spain, Fall 2014 in collaboration with R. Ryan Kiesler
PARKING ARKING AFFIC TRAFFIC PUBLIC DISPLAY ECOLOGICAL REVITALIZATION SHELTER SHADING VEGETATION WATER SEATING RECREATION FOOTPATH
hola , ¿Què és llegeix?
mira mare! les flors són tan bonitas.
THE PROBLEM Cerdaâ€™s plan imposes a homogenous grid that provides the identity of Barcelona on an urban scale but omits the individual identity of streets and their critical role as public space.
Google arial and street view of the Cerdaâ€™s Barcelona Plan
existing block programs
primary supports secondary supports
potential street programs
BUT WHAT IF.... recreational educational
foot path walkway vegetation
streets at a superblock level are much more supportive for its existing block programs. can all these happen in an economic, adaptable fashion that is applicable to the rest of the city?
governmental access to water health transit thirds pace
A predetermined set of relationships between block programs and street programs direct the generation of the new public right-of-way. in the meantime, these relationships are opened to modification by citizens and city planners over time.
ecological revitalization recreational equipment installation seating surfaces shelter
retail shading office
VISION FOR THE SUPER BLOCK RIGHT-OF-WAY
the proposal for the super block right of way is constructed based off the vision of the Barcelona Urban Planning Department: that is, to locate vehicular traffic on the periphery of the super block and increase the walkability and livibility within the super block. the proposal attempts to provide a digital parametric tool for constructing streetsscapes that enhances the identity of a street. in turn it benefits both the pedestrians and the existing super block programs.
a couple benches would draw more customers
ice-cream shop owner
...where are we?
PRIVATE SERVICE 2
HOW CAN STREET DESIGN SUPPORT THE SUPER BLOCK ECONOMICALLY AND SOCIALLY?
MEASURING THE SUM OF THE AREA OF EACH PROGRAM TYPE
1. CURRENT STREET CONDITION
2. DATA INPUT
the lack of street identity creates homogeneous street infrastructure that does little to support the exiting block programs
existing block programs are put into categories of service type. the gross area of each program type is used as data input.
ecological revitalization recreational equipment installation
health access to water
access to water
I can use some shade
some benches please
i got you covered!
i need some shade
RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN EXISTING BLOCK PROGRAM AND POTENTIAL STREET PROGRAM
RELATIONSHIPS AMONGST THE POTENTIAL STREET PROGRAMS
5. EXTERNAL FORCES
6. INTERNAL FORCES
a force field based off a set of pre-determined relationships allows each proposed street program to be attracted or repulsed by the existing block program.
similarly, each street programs also attracts and repulse based off their internal relationships in order to enhance the street environment.
ACCESS TO WATER
PRIVATE SERVICE NO.1 EATING NO.2 HERE WE COME!
PARKING MEASURING THE PERCENTAGE OF OCCUPIED AREA OF EACH STREET PROGRAM
3. OPTIMIZING STREET PROGRAMS
4. PROGRAM POPULATION
two primary programs are identified through ranking of program area. they demand certain programs and impact the entire street program mixture.
based off previous optimization, an optimized amount for each street program is proposed and randomly populated in the public right-of-way.
SOME COLORFUL NETS WILL BE GREAT FOR SHADING
COULD THIS SEATING AREA BE... SOME SRUBS HERE MAKES A PERFECT PLAYGROUND FOR KIDS
COMMUNITY AND PLANNERS CAN MAKE BETTER INFORM DECISIONS NOW
7. INTERVENTION MAPPING
the optimized proposal for all the street program (both locations and the amount of each) is mapped onto the existing right of way.
the mapping of the proposed program is subsequently abstracted to a voronoi landscape in order to inform, but not dictate design decisions.
data input geometry of block programs
ranking area 1. retail 2. food
3. recreational 4. residential 5. health
food retail rest
optimization fountain vegetation
recreational foot path
fountain vegetation recreational foot path
street program param
ACCESS TO WATER
amount amount amount
Galapagos plug-in optimized the program mixture base off the weight of each program.
x coordinates y coordinates
GRASSHOPPER FINAL OUTPUT VORONOI LANDSCAPE
The result of the computation process is a street zoning map that indicates locations and quantity of street programs which potentially benefit the existing store fronts. The map itself is not a reflection of the design of the street, but a planning tool that informs urban designers.
PARKING ARKING AFFIC TRAFFIC PUBLIC DISPLAYY ECOLOGICAL AL REVITALIZATION TION SHELTER TER SHADING VEGETATION TION WATER TER SEATING TING RECREATION TION FOOTPATH TH
kangaroo physics simulate external forces via which the block program attracts respective street program. Subsequently, Kangaroo simulates the internal forces that attract and repulse among the street programs
randomly populate the street with the optimized mixture of program
abstracted voronoi landscape informs design decisions
process of computation
VEGETATION VEGE SEATING PUBLIC DISPLAY
ECOLOGICAL REVITALIZATION SEATING SEATING VEGETATION PUBLIC DISPLAY
69 design potentials with informed street programs
Practicum Internship Pivot Architecture | July 2013 - August 2013 Participated in the schematic designs, design workshops and client meetings for LCC Central Building and Glenwood affordable housing project. Co-Editor-in-Chief + Design Editor KTISMAjournal | September 2013 - present Directed the curation and publication for KTISMAjournal Issue 6, Unsettled. Collaborated on graphic design for Issue 4: Inevitability, and Issue 5: Lick Your Buildings.
Logistic Leader + Webmaster HOPES Conference | September 2013 - April 2015 Responsible for logistic coordinations for HOPES 21 Conference. Responsible for the design and maintenance of HOPES 22 website. Project Collaborator Marking the Forest (Design + Build) | August 2013 Collaborated with a 15-person-team on a design+build timber pavilion. Research Assistant Urban Interaction Lab | April 2013 - present Researched on urban social interaction and cohesion in Barcelona and Portland, OR. Assisted in developing computational methods for urban data processing and visualization.
Visualization Sketching Conceptual Imaging Diagramming Stylistic Rendering Data Visualization
[award + publication]
Design Programming Schematic Design Computational Design Design Development Graphic Design
Programs Adobe Suite Auto CAD Revit Rhino 5 Grasshopper
2015 Lyceum Competition First Prize (U.S. + Canada) 2015 Royal Society of Arts (U.S.)Techmer PM Sustainable Design Practices Award 2015 University of Oregon A&AA Intersection Design Competition Second Prize 2014 AIA Southwest Oregon Student Design Award: Transporting Miami 2014 Danish Institute of Study Abroad Summer Academic Excellence Award 2015 ACADIA Conference: Social Interaction and Cohesion Tool: A Dynamic Approach for Barcelonaâ€™s Superllies
Bachelor of Architecture | Graduating Class of 2016 University of Oregon | Eugene, OR Cumulative GPA: 3.99 (Deanâ€™s List) Architecture & Design | Summer 2014 Danish Institute of Study Abroad | Copenhagen, Denmark
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