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housing first, adeline street, new haven

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ferry terminal, clason point, the bronx

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ski n sh i p re v i va l public bathhouse sujin, kyoto YSoA third year advanced studio instructor: Yolande Daniels spring 2019 individual work

The Takasegawa canal facilitated the hustle-bustle of mercantile Kyoto in the Edo period. Modern industrailization decomissioned its purpose as a transport medium, and with it a culture of intimate interactions with the water. Moreover, the introduction of an arts university campus threatens to erase the site’s history as living quarters for burakumin (“untouchable” citizens forced into impure industries) as well as its local community. The proposal unites disparate needs of preserving heritage and welcoming new development through a program mix of public bathhouse and capsule hotel. Conceptualized as a series of viewing datums, the splitlevel platforms create varying relationships with the canal, seeking to reconnect the site’s inhabitants to the water. This is furthered by low hanging eaves which frame views downwards and also provide zones satisfying different lighting, privacy, and sound penetration requirements. The splits and cuts of the building in all three axes ultimately serve as thresholds producing greater continuity with the surroundings.


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Conceptually the project beings by thinking about the way people interact with the Takasegawa canal. As a defunct piece of infrastructure, the canal is often seen as a nuisance or environmental hazard, and its course has been altered numerous times in the last century (left). How can a building act to re-engage the canal, and what sectional relationships are at play? The proposal takes from research into historical or existing urban conditions as a starting point. a. historical usage as a transport medium b. historical usage as a water source for residential and temple gardens c. present usage as backdrop for outdoor cafes d. historical usage as living quarters for burakumin, the outcast social class e. future usage as a community center anchor


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The proposal is an addition to the collection of buildings on the site catering to the local community. It seeks to link this existing fabric to the university campus that surrounds it from the west, south, and east. The addition of a park serves as a commons for campus activities and entrance to the sento below-grade and its community center component above. Sectionally the building annex blends into its surroundings by mimicking its neighbors at streetfront in height and form, but swells and grows towards the heart of the site where it meets the canal. The morphing and splitting of the roof seeks to unite the programs on three ends of the site while the split levels allows for coexistence without homogeneity.


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fall 2018 | culinary nostalgia | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | 18

c ul i n a r y n osta l g ia hybrid hotel jing’an, shanghai YSoA third year advanced studio instructor: Lyndon Neri & Rossana Hu fall 2018 individual work

Jing’an district exudes the heritage of the city known as “Paris of the East,” with its idyllic foliaged lined trees and foreign influenced lilong residences. However, this singular image overshadows the ensuing narrative of industrialization in post-war years. Monolithic factory relics hidden within the residential fabric beg to be rediscovered and injected with new energy. The adaptive reuse of the Shanghai Aviation and Machinery Factory into an alternative model of the hotel typology is part of a crucial mode of cultural production intent on synthesizing collective memory with projected futures. Furthermore, Hotel Epicurean deviates from the typical formulas of the hospitality industry by proposing hybridization with the process of culinary preparation and education. The insertion of a double cantilevered volume housing the culinary institute proper proposes a series of new grounds; below an open-air farmer’s market and above a productive garden. Views towards these datums are maintained throughout the building with the strategic positioning of apertures within the central void converging all shared cooking and dining spaces adjacent to hotel suites and capsules in a lively conviviality exemplifying the essence of Shanghainese culinary culture.


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jim vlock b ui l d in g p ro j ec t housing first adeline street, new haven YSoA first year building project instructor: Alan Organschi and Andrew Benner

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Team D Winning Entry Collaborators: Jennifer Lai, Zelig Fok, Winston Yuen, Lani Barry, Ethan Zisson, , Sunny Cui, Ray Wu, Dan Whitcombe

The long-standing tradition of the Building Project enters a new era as it begins collboration with Columbus House, a New Haven homelessness service provider. The brief calls for a prefabricated house for a single tenant and a small family. Team D’s proposal utilizes horizontal banding to negotiate layers and scales of privacy from the street to the interior. The two units are bridged under one gable roof that defines an in-between spatial territory. The design incorporates varying layers of visual and circulational privacy mediation through subtle separation from the street. All building photographs are by Zelig Fok and Haylie Chan


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top ground floor site plan right, opposite page key design elements 1heavy vs light program bands 2 bridge mass above central space 3 central access puncture 4 entrance court w/ facing units 5 gable roof and side yards 6 apertures for transparency

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top, opposite page front model elevation bottom, opposite page interior side featuring light programmatic wall right The front wall of the house features built-in furniture elements in conversation with the apertures of the house, encouraging occupants’ interaction with the neighborhood.


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top floor plans right, opposite page For a month, all 50+ members of the YSoA class of 2019 worked on prefabricated components inside a warehouse, then transported parts onto site where the building was completed in 3 months with a student construction crew.


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m oti o n p ar al la x ferry terminal clason point, bronx, nyc YSoA second year core studio instructor: Peter de Bretteville fall 2018 individual work

Clason Point is a peripheral harbor adjacent to a quiet park and residential area. In the distance, airplanes from LaGuardia Aiport emerge from the silhouette of the coastline. The programmatic coupling of the new ferry terminal with a market and kitchen incubator meet the demands of this fooddesert region. Parallax Terminal is composed of a series of terraced open platforms linking the three disparate program types with their common denominator, seating and resting space. Meanwhile, semi permeable membraneous walls allow peeks into the processes of food storage and processing, generating cross-pollination of interests. The public is invited to wander through the high-vaulted spaces with multidirectional columns framing shifting views as the angle and perspective changes with each turn and intersection between volumes. The ferry terminal is not only a means to the end as it focuses on the experience of movement and perception of the journey throughout.


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top conceptual idea stemming from warping exploration of IPMS (infinite periodic minimal surfaces) structures and their spatial implications right, opposite page rendering of southern entrance looking towards ferry embarkation point


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Developed under the lens of material exploration and narrative, the new “moon rock” prototypes were developed to embody contradictory properties of being artificial yet natural, flexible yet brittle, and diaphanous yet solid. Excerpts of the narrative include:

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m yth o l o g ies : m oon ro c k installation rudolph hall, new haven YSoA first year visualization III instructor: John Eberhart spring 2017 partners: Jacob Schaffert, Sunny Cui, Mengi Li

“The resulting synthetic materials, despite the intensively artificial processes divined to create them, had elements mimetic of more naturally occurring materials long since abandoned by humanity. The calcetrites are commonly referred to as “moon rock” despite being neither rock nor from outer space, referencing both naturally occurring geologic phenomena and its otherworldly, celestial appearance; a thing simultaneously terrestrial in appearance but not of this earth. Despite its mineral appearance, these so-called “moon rocks” share more in common with ferrous metals in material behavior, being both cold and hard to touch, yet malleable under heat and pressure; more likely to bend than shatter or crack, although rarely ever heated due to the highly toxic off-gassing.”


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al te re d (e )sta t es high-density housing repulse bay, hong kong HKU third year housing thesis studio instructor: Dylan Baker-Rice spring 2014 individual work

Repulse Bay is arguably the most iconic and photographed beach in Hong Kong, and at the apex of its skyline is the Repulse Bay luxury apartment complex. Built in the 1980s at the apex of the podium tower typology boom, its insensitive relationship to the site as well as its dated apperance make a strong case for intervention. Altered (E)states (of mind) proposes a sculptural mass which turns and tilts to maximize variety of vantage points. Central to the proposal is the splitting concrete structural system that emerges from the slope of the mountain, connecting to the leaning tower mass in a fluid gesture. Abrupt existing 10-story retaining walls become part of an artificial parking mountain. Courtyard town-houses and recreational facilities form a valley condition that rests above a shaded public atrium, replacing the podium to better accomodate visitors and residents alike in the constant glare of the sun. Exteriorized cores further heighten the senses.


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top atrium rendering right, opposite page key design elements 1splitting structure 2 underbelly with skylights 3 parking mountain 4 viewing ramp & deck 5 elevator cores & amenities 6 cascading townhouse valley


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bottom, opposite page The long courtyards in the largest units provide elongated views and establish an intimate relationship with the mountain. Tall concrete walls ensure privacy across each bay.

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affe c t ive m assi n g alteration & addition repulse bay, hong kong HKU third year housing thesis studio instructor: David Erdman fall 2013 partner: Osama Arif

In this alteration project for a luxury residential tower situated between mountain and sea, two concepts were introduced - plan arrangements allowing double sided views and large voids punctuating the flat spaces - to maneuver around heavy structural walls and columns previoiusly restricting the the space to monotonous and repetitive units. The project started with massing analyses of the overall building, the tower, and the relationship of the facade to the interior. This led to experiments on reconfiguring unit types based on existing structural restraints. Finally, sculptural apertures break away from the streamlined approach of its neighbors and articulates the voids in a way that animates the facade and twists views from the oceanfront towards the mountain side.


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RESIDENTIAL GFA: 996,790 sq. ft. COMMERCIAL GFA: 62,904 sq. ft.

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b e twe en si ste r c i t ies housing urban study hong kong – shenzhen HKU third year advanced history research instructor: Joshua Bolchover fall 2013 individual project

The New Territories region of Hong Kong was exclusively composed of small indigenous villages and rural landscape throughout the first half of the 20th century. It was not until the post-WWII population boom, exacerbated by refugees of civil unrest in China that authorities would start the planning of New Town public estates in attempt to address urgent squatter issues. The creation of the Shenzhen Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in 1978 would bring about change in the generally undesirable character of the New Territories, facilitating an ever growing ring of luxury housing enclaves serving a niche group of wealthy Hong Kong or Mainland families who capitalize on the unequal distribution of resources and opportunities across the SZ-HK border. The following study details the naissance of selected luxury enclaves in relation to the time-line of economic exchange between SZ-HK and infrastructural support as planned and executed by the Hong Kong government in response to the evolving housing situation. The mapping of their locations around key points of interest and internal organization principles reveals the progressing needs and aspirations of their inhabitants throughout the last few decades. Recent developments in housing and infrastructure illustrate the ever growing prosperity of the cross-border exchange, clearly paving the road to equilibrium between the two cities as the border ceases to exist in 2047.


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2002 tai po 81 units 2790-3960 sq ft “Rare Resort Style Clubhouse and 800,00 sq ft Garden

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2007 tai po 372 units 2635-6000 sq ft “Extensive Children’s Playground Facilities No Cars on the Ground!”

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2007 yuen long 160 units 2800-5200 sq ft “100,000 sq ft Grape Vineyard and Wine Cellar”

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2010 sheung shui 330 units 2626-8053 sq ft “Prime Location between Hong Kong and Shenzhen Large Garden Plots per Unit”

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time legend for highways and luxury enclaves built 2000-2010 built 1990-2000 built before 1990


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NYS Brownfield Opportunity Area Industrial Pollution Site NYS Brownfield and Voluntary Cleanup Program Site Greenpoint Oil Spill EPA Superfund Priority Boundary NYC Ferry Service Proposed Ferry Path

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i n tr a n s it : p rot o c o l urban proposal newtown creek, brooklyn YSoA second year core studio instructor: Keller Easterling spring 2018 partner: Orli Hakanoglu

The Link is a project about developing protocol that seeks latent opportunity within the existing problematics of the city. The advent of the L train shutdown is coupled with environmental crises of pollution in Newtown Creek to generate unexpected potential, that being a large influx of diverse visitors and a robust funding network or mechanism, providing opportunity for design intervention. The link is composed of locally adapted interventions couple public services and green infrastructure, atomically spreading at different scales across the site. These interventions exist symbiotically with the particulars of the site’s architecture, infrastructure, and transit. The goal isn’t to create a singular commercial street, but rather a district. Instead of condensing services, activities, etc. into one single architectural structure, the strategy is to disperse them throughout the node to give it the identity of a district that acts not only a thoroughfare but an extended pause-point, or even a destination.


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Our protocol of interventions span a variety of scales and functions to match the heterogenous population that is being pulled through the site. Additionally we form coalitions with existing population condensor entities, including restaurants and cultural, recreational, and hospitality slash residential programs.


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Of our interventions, the largest in scale would be the adaptive reuse of the abandoned warehouse at 82 Bogart street into the Link center.The preservation of the structure yields a framework that we plug in programs requiring a host.


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ki n e st het ic i mag e r y visualization siteless Yale School of Art introductory graphic design instructor: Julian Bittiner spring 2019 individual work

The disparate projects collectively explore the sensual potential of 2D imagery. Abstract compositions embody emotional qualities that become temporal when laid out in space. “Sounding Sacred” poster design is evocative of its subject matter, the study of sound travel in sacred spaces. “Sand/Soda/Lime” explores the diaphanous attributes of ordinary glass vessels through novel methods of documentation.


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summer 2017 | reimagining kunsthaus bregenz

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visualization course instructor: John Blood & John Eberheart summer 2017 partners: Sunny Cui & Ray Wu

The project fantasizes upon the Kunsthaus Bregenz by Peter Zumthor as an ethereal ruin. The diaphanous light qualities created by the innovative building section and facade are explored through successive drawings, each exploring a differenct aspect of the building in varying environments and situations. Experimentation with composition techniques such as warping orthographic projections and change in scale across the page serve as narrative tools. Kunsthaus Bregenz’s material and organizational qualities manifest in a sensation of ephemerality and infinity, which is emphasized throughout.


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dre am ho u s e performance pavilion suzhou, china architectural assitant massing studies client: Dreamhouse tv show members: Dongyul Kim, Zeqi Liu summer 2018

The project is a temporary cultural performance pavilion slated to appear in the Dreamhouse reality TV series popular in China. Duties included massing studies through computer and physical modelling, schematic floor plans, and facade component studies.


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the peak g al l e r ia commercial alteration the peak, hong kong year-out arch. assistant alteration & addition client: Hang Lung Properties members: Manfred Cheng, Amy Wang, Youyi Wang spring 2015

A substantial facelift operation was needed to rectify the fading popularity of the Peak Galleria, part of a famous landmark and tourist hotspot. Job duties included extensive 3D modelling, presentation materials for client meetings, as well as participation in mock-up tender and spandrel detail design in later stages.


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rol l i n g vau l t s laboratory & storage science hill, new haven YSoA first year core studio instructor: Joyce Hsiang fall 2016 individual work

Science Hill is heavily trafficked by students as thoroughfare from the old to new campuses at Yale. The tabula rasa state of the slope is imbued with a new science-forward initiative by means of a seed vault hidden underneath with ancillary research or educational facilities peeking at the surface. The proposed seed vaults bore into the existing landscape, differentiating the expanse of smooth, neutral ground into ridges and valleys. The series of folds contain possibilities for outdoor programs, including a learning amphiteather, planting areas, and multiple entries down into the seed vault, research lab, and exhibition rooms. Overlapping spaces visually connect through gaps in the striations that allow sparse light to permeate.


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top The series of hills and valleys on Science Hill become grounds for studying, relaxation, events, as well as planting yards for research and development purposes. Below is a seed vault exhibition space and lab with archives hidden deep underground for the preservation of seeds. bottom 1/8� model section


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center cross section studies of program adjacencies and relationships


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c or p o rea l l abyr in t h public library bushwick, brooklyn YSoA first year core studio instructor: Joyce Hsiang fall 2016 individual work

In the digital age, what can the library offer that cannot be achieved with a Kindle at home? Asserting the public library’s experiential edge, the reading rooms of the library engage with the body, encouraging movement or repose with convex/ concave spaces. The structural delamination of the typical column-slab relationship is paralleled with the metaphoric delamination of the library as we know it into a procession of contradictory landscapes oscillating between vast atriums and tight niches. The public plaza is wrapped by the inner facades of the splitting building which display events within while inviting visitors inwards through a collection of ascending slopes of varying speeds. Topographic contours of the atypical floor plates manifest in terraced seating or shelving.


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top to bottom 1 convergence point of quiet library, ramp, and reading space reception 2 main reading space and rooftop movie theathre 3 maximum delamination point of all disparate libraries 4 cafe, conversation lounge and lecture room center, opposite page 1/8� fragment model of delaminated surfaces


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