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Wenfei Chen Portfolio M. Arch, University of California, Berkeley


Space Cloud

26 Trash Monuments around Bay Area


People’s Park

CED Commencement Canopy Design and A Case Study of Multiple Publics and Their Installation Spaces


Renovation of Historical District



Restoration of Factory - Information Center Design

Photography Mirror of My World




26 Trash Monuments around Bay Area Studio One Thesis, collaborated with Yuchen Lai, 2011-2012 Instructor: Nicholas de Monchaux





1. Victory of Bitva u Slavkova

2. Arc de triomphe de l’Étoile

3. 1889 EXPO 5. Soviet Union’s Victory of WW2 7. China’s Victory of Anti-Jan panese War and WW2 9. Capitalism 11. Landfill

4. La Tour Eiffel 6. Monument of WW2 8. Monument to the People’s Heroes

Form Research

10. Sin City--Las Vegas ??????

Recycling Symbol Flipping Space


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The museum has two system, One is the flipping trash system, the oher one is the flipping exhibition space. Two systems are two concentric circles with different radius. The trash ciecle is connect to the trash sorting system, which would deliver the trash to the circle after sorting. The exhibition system is connected to underground museum, which would transfer people to the flipping exhibition space.

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When people go into the flipping space, they will see the trash in different position around one hour rotating period, from under their feet to above their head.









26 Landfills around Bay Area 10


Site 1 Section Plan

Ground Floor


1-1 Section

1st Floor 1




CED Commencement Canopy Design and Installation Instructor: Lisa Iwamoto Group Project of ARCH 269: MIN/MAX, Special Topics of Construction and Materials, 2012



It is a group project of the ARCH 269 which aim to design and install the commencement canopy for CED. The canopy is supporsed to be used for about 15 years which require that the design would be in fashion for a long time. After trial of different materials and modules, we finally choose MYLAR and TRIANGLE as the materials and module. Use the module to construct a cloud above the CED couryard. The semitransparent mylar would also creat increadible shadow appearence.

Except for the top layer, the other layers are use the grommet to assembly the modules and washer together.

Unroll all the layers’ module and washer.


layer D

layer C


layer B

layer A

The top layer would be attached to the wire rope to hang above courtyard.




A Case Study of Multiple Publics and Their Spaces Instructor: Margaret Crawford

Research Report of ARCH 219 Publics and their Spaces, Collaborated with Jiong (Abingo) Wu, Amna alrueili, Wilasinee Suksawang, 2011


QUESTIONING UNIVERSAL DEFINITION OF PUBLIC SPACE “A public space is a social space that is open and accessible to all, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age or socio-economic level.” --Definition of public space from the Wikipedia Apparently, this definition of the public space has two underlying concepts: a universal concept of “Public”, which constitute of all the people in the world; an abstract concept of the “Space”, which accommodates the “public”. However, as what we have gone through in the class, both concepts have the limits when projecting them into the physical environment.

“A PUBLIC” & “MULTIPLE PUBLICS” As Nancy Fraser points out in her article “Rethinking the public sphere: A contribution to the critique of actually existing”, the notion of the public has the limit. The contemporary definition of the “public” is based on the concept of citizenship of the state, and associated with the bourgeois conception of the public sphere. But it has been never successfully represent “all” in realistic. It suggests, in contemporary society, there’s an ideal concept of “A public of all” in one hand; there’s a realistic picture of certain “publics” which constituted by specific bodies of people in the other hand.

“FROM “PUBLIC SPACE” TO “THE PUBLICS” & “THEIR SPACES” Followed by Fraser’s arguments, Margaret Crawford pointed out in her article “Blurring the boundaries: public space and private life”, that “no single physical environment can represent a completely inclusive space of democracy.” It suggests that if we want to discuss “Public space” in the physical environment, we need to shift the focus from the ideal “A public” and its absolute “Public Space” to the realistic “The Publics” and “Their Spaces”.

FROM “LAND OWNERSHIP” TO “SPATIAL PRACTICES” In addition, Henri Lefebvre argued in his book “The production of the space” that the meaning of the social space shapes and being shaped by the social process and spatial practices. This suggests that the meanings and the characteristics of the so-called “public space” are framed by spatial practices there, but not determined by land ownership--the public owned land property. In sum, if we want to discuss, understand, and even define a so-called “public space”, what we need to examine are the spatial practices there, which embody the specific notion of “public(s)” and “space(s)”. 19


The multiple weak publics & Public space as marginalized land In our observations, we found out the center actor of the park today are the so-call “homeless people”. As shown in our research, the presence of the charities group, Churches around, Food Not Boom NGO and UC Police to large extent is because the “homeless people”. We adapted Nancy Frasier’s definition on “weak publics” (Fraser, 1990) to describe this “homeless ”group. Because to large extent, as Fraser pointed out that they are hard to make collective decision, and as Don Michell pointed, they are lacking of the rights to the city(Mitchell, 1995) But meanwhile, we do not agree to generalize them as merely a group “weak public”. As indicated in our interviews, they are very varieties. To leave without home is due to different factors. We try to reveal this aspect by correcting the term to describe them as “the multiple weak publics”.


Thought the park located in the central area of Berkeley, yet it becomes a marginalized land that create the perception of exclusion. “Exclusion” is reciprocal. When the other group of park users reduce the use of the park and said the homeless people occupied the park, they exclude themselves from the Park but not being excluded by the “homeless group”. In another word, a space as such being marginalized is not because its location, but people’s perception.




Renovation of Historical District Instructor: Hongyi Lv Group Project of Urban Design Studio, Collaborated with Yujiao Shi, Xueru Guo, Yao Yao, 2009


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Restoration of Factory Information Center Design Instructor: Xing Liu Personal Project of Undergraduate Thesis, 2011



Mirror of M



My World


Staying , Moving

People in front of Sleeping lily Photographed in Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012/04


Element of Architecture



Master of Architecture, University of C ley, College of Environmental Design,

Bachelor of Architecture, Zhengzhou U of Architecture, P.R China, 2006-2011

Name: Wenfei Chen Date of Birth: April 18th, 1988 Address: 1519, Hearst Ave, Apt 6, Berkeley, CA, 94703, U.S Tel: +1 510.541.2398 E-mail:


Good hand-drawing skill to do the des nicate design concept with others;

Good physical model-making skill, ab ser Cut file; Software: 3D Modeling: Auto CAD, Rhinoceros, basic

Programming: Grasshopper, Process ino basic Analysis: ArcGIS, Design Builder

Graphic: Adobe Photoshop, Illustrato Video: Adobe Premiere, After Effects Rendering: V-ray

Language Fluent in English,

Native in Mandarin Chinese and Canto


Working Experience

California, BerkeU.S, 2011-2012

Teaching Assistant, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, US, 2012/06-Recently Intern Architect, Shanghai Xiandai Architectural Design,

University, School

Shanghai, P.R China, 2011/02-2011/03 Intern Architect, Pei-Zhu Studio, Beijing, P.R China, 2010/07-2010/08 Intern Architect, Shenzhen General Institution of Architecture Design& Research, Shenzhen, P.R China, 2009/07-

sign and commu-

ble to prepare La-


Selected Honor & Awards 1st Prize, Zhengzhou University Energy-saving and Emission-reduction Social Practice Competition, 2009/04

Sketch Up, Maya

sing basic, Ardu-

or, InDesign


Excellence Award, “Revit� National University Outstanding Architecture Design Work Competion, 2008/09 National Inspiration Scholarship, 2007/09 Zhengzhou University Scholarship, 2006-2010 (4 times)

Reference Nicholas de Monchaux Assistant Professor, University of California, Berkeley +1 510.642.4908;

Gregory Hurcomb Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley +1 917.548.1350;

Jiantao Zhang Dean and Professor, Zhengzhou University, P.R China +86 13523525739; 43

portfolio version: 2012-07 address: 1519, Hearst Ave, Apt 6, Berkeley, CA, 94703, U.S e-mail: phone: (510)-541-2398

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