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The Museum of the Other

Portfolio for the Application to S.M.Arch.S. Program Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wu Yue Email: Phone Number: 86-185-1653-4965

The Museum of Innocence by Orhan Pamuk

The Museum of the Other Reflecting on my passing years studying and practicing as an architect, I realized my greatest interest in engaging the world by promoting mutual understanding between architect and others, architecture and others, by means of empathetic input with real and deep understanding of others. Aristotle sees every object an expression of a this-now-here—the linear time connects every indivisible moment. I have always been interested in everyman’s everyday experiences. Collecting objects whose that-past-there intertwines with personal history of their owner. Those moments in the life of an object induce my senses and imagination towards an understanding of their owners at certain time of their life. The habit of collecting others’ objects benefits for my dream of building the museum of the other, preserving exhibits concerned with time and memory within, and sincerely touching the world between illusory and reality they create. During my studio review at National Cheng Kung University in 2013, Mr. Huang Sheng-Yuan, the chief architect of Field office Architects in Taiwan, told me that the highest social pattern might be one without architects. I now realize how that is possible. I am not denying the value of architects. In contrast, it is precisely the expression of architects’ imagination—the ability to imagine themselves as others that values. In this sense, they could speak for the time and land which are unable to speak and individuals whose voices are suppressed. When the profession begins to be obsessed with self-construction and self-expression, its possibilities are gradually narrowing in reality. Only when the profession begins to acknowledge that the life it illustrates has the potential to happen to the other and his world is also the world of the other—one related to time, land, and the bottom of society — could we acquire sustained and innocent imagination. Just as what President L. Rafael Reif believed in, as an institution, MIT do some of its best work when it turns outward to the world. I am attracted to MIT not because of its reputation, but the value it encourages — a constant pursuit of ways to listen to one another. If I were admitted into MIT, I would definitely benefit from MIT’s openness to diverse talent, culture, and ideas, and would be able to contribute more to the discussion of humanity and sensitivity to the academic community. Therefore, I am applying for MIT SMArchS program of architecture and urbanism to continue my research on how to invent live and warm architecture and environments, taking advantageous of MIT’s cross-disciplinary context and resource in urban study, science, and sociology, and how to use architecture to solve real-world problem, to reveal basic human nature — with sympathy, humility, decency, respect, and optimism.

Contents The Grand Mansion Gate




Back Street


By Your Side






Supplement and acknowledgment


Micro community center in Beijing Hutong

Infrastructure architecture / urban regeneration design in Sendai

Urban complex of Yule Street in Tainan

Cafe of submerging area in Fushun

Bamboo Wabi-sabi space design

Aylan Kurdi memorial in Bodrum

Pan-architecture design, graphic design, urban research

The GRAND MANSION GATE Micro Community Center Design of No.36 Qianliang Hutong

Type: Studio work Instructor: Peigen Chai, Tianxing Dai, Boyi Sun Collaborator: Wei Huang Site: Beijing, China Completion Date: September, 2014 Third Prize of TEAMZERO Award Student Design Competition Selected for Exhibition of Confronting - informality, TU Delft

An Electricity Meter My first exhibit is an electricity meter. An electricity meter is a manager of everyday life. However, during people’s collective life of compound yard, an electricity meter gradually becomes the only material link which relates to local’s personal life. I came across this group of electricity meters in No.36 Qianliang Hutong. It was like a manifesto of privacy. No one could intrude other’s personal possession, even personal space. Whereas, the more residents care about their own life, the more they ignore the public environment they are living in. Therefore, I take the electricity meter in this Museum of the Other. As an observer, it reminds me of how other people care about their privacy.


06:30 Getting up and out for marketing

09:45 | a.m. Rubbish Newspaper







10:26 10:36


11:00 Back home lunch

Continuation of old habits

A mixture of new lifestyle

Constant demands of life


13:30 Working in daytime

Strolling around the Hutong, encountering a grandpa enjoying the opera on the radio in his pocket, or a grandma reading the newspaper at the entrance to share the news with her neighbors, you will never find life colorless, even if it is restricted within the confined Hutong.

The young people narrowly dwell here. The high density living environment for underclass integrates multiple life styles. You can find diverse expresses of each company showing up gradually observing through the gateway of the courtyard.

It can be easily found some twisted Chinese characters carved on the mottled red-painted wooden gates in the Hutong. That is the way how the kids draw their dreams.


13:30 Nap on weekend


17:30 Back for supper




11:08 11:11

Wechat Wechat

Aunt dressing

Dating Old for toilet



Back home

Toilet Out

Out Cleaning rubbish

Sweeping Girl sending M a n b i k i n g o u t and back home message

20:00 Back home


Woman for shopping


Aunt making calls



Out for rubbish

Cleaning 19:00 Wandering in park Message


Aunt going out Chatting with neighbor

A woman's day

Girl back home

Dogs barking

Catch scenes

Using people as a clue

11:27 Rubbish Back











Girl back

15:00 p.m.

Back home

Man back home

Man for nap





Aunts chatting


Woman chatting Man for shopping


Man with music Old biking with kid

Bicycle Woman cooking

Cooking Chatting


Girl out for rubbish

Reading express and sharing news

Lunch of home Dropping in barber

Man calling



Record different activities happening in Hutong Distribution of compound

Mail Box


No.36, Qianliang Hutong No.30, Qianliang Hutong Jiaozi Hutong No.6, Lianfeng Hutong West Lianfeng Hutong

No.36, Qianliang Hutong Jiaozi Hutong

Electricity meter

Milk box and express


No.36, Qianliang Hutong No.30, Qianliang Hutong Jiaozi Hutong No.29, Lianfeng Hutong West Lianfeng Hutong

No.36, Qianliang Hutong No.28, Qianliang Hutong Jiaozi Hutong No.10, Lianfeng Hutong West Lianfeng Hutong

No.36, Qianliang Hutong No.30, Qianliang Hutong West Lane, Renmin Bazar

Back to the place


No.36, Qianliang is the most vivid site when overlapping different Hutong activities.


The significance of Hutong

Define the site

No.36, Qianliang Hutong is a 24-resident compound.

Beijing Hutong is part of the traditional block space structure. Old trees, clotheslines, meters, people meet in the alley, creating a variety of Hutong life scenario.


Courtyard house Hierarchy/spirit place/deity space The courtyard gate is the boundary

Housedoor Courtyard Hutong

Traditional Beijing courtyard

Courtyard house




Compound Privacy of the courtyard was broken The boundary went disappeared Core spirit place disappeared

Inspiration from traditional Beijing courtyard In the traditional Beijing courtyard, each yard connects all the rooms to integrate them together and also leads themselves public functional. We inherit and develop the original space system to adapt new design purposes.

Housedoor Courtyard Hutong Growing compound The variety & quantity of residents increased Extension buildings nibbled public space The spatial quality decreased

Adding buildings

Living room of compound Establish public awareness Redefine the boundary Reintegrate public space

Decentralization of conventional public place The conventional community center is a proper “isolated center”, requiring people to visit specially. It is a space of heroism, which is set as a center isolated from the community to build a center-toward “center”. There is no direct relationship between it and resident behaviors and routes home. Therefore, we expect to change the rigid status quo and dispel the sense of center.

Reintegrate public space Redefine the boundary

Public vs. Privacy 03

Renovation steps

Minimize intervention I show great approval and respect to existing situation, which is the living dependence of local residents. I hope to improve their living condition and minimize disturbance to original life through following steps:

Steel frame; Easily constructed timber material

[1]Keep the existing brick walls. [2]Build the public area by steel-timber structure. [3]Protect privacy by glass bricks. [4]Strengthen the sense of public sphere by combination of new and old brick walls to restrict expansion building privately. [5]Arrange doors and windows, heating and ventilation and barrier-free facilities. [6]The reshaped landscape of pavement and planting.

Space Sequence

Glass bricks; Lighting and privacy

Part of brick walls built hollowly, the others built with glass bricks

Housedoor: identify place, commemorative place

Road: bricks & white sand

Corridor: management & Service

Doorway: privacy

Brick wall: integrating original addings

Pavilion: open space for communication

Strengthen sense of entrance; Meet management requirement

Brick pavement; White sand pavement

Flower: rearrangement of landscape

Sand: flexible pavement for activities

Leaking window: privacy & landscape



Use alley as the vector to define the public area. Moreover, build a empty cavity to carry public activities and to make a buffer space between the public and the private.


Public space

Empty cavity


Fallow plot Compound New wall

Design process

Empty cavity

Original wall

Arrangement / Detail of boundary Openings of interfaces in alley like doors and windows were unattractive and cluttered. The design hopes to improve the quality of alley by integral design.

Fallow plot Micropark Chess


Negative space plan

Inside - outside

Inside - cavity - outside

At past, the experience was boring and direct from alley to the house door, lacking humanistic concern.

Now a lot of public behavior and positive psychological feeling can be inspired by increasing the buffer.


Outdoor theatre Screen movies at different Hutong irregularly. Let the residents be active to visit each other and see movies initiatively, by virtue of the media notice in each Hutong.

The route: home -- communal center

The route: communal center -- home

Micro scale Micro communal center should serve local residents conveniently for their daily life. It is inlaid on necessary path to home for everyone, which is an ordinary way from Hutong to the gate of house. Maximum connection has been created between community miniature center and the community itself, owing to the concept of compound public living-room.

Chess corner The micro communal center provides a platform for each independent community to communicate and compete.

District Community Living room


Alley Qianliang

Chess area


Open-air cinema


Micro park

Fallow plot

Children’s area

Liuniao The micro parks leave places for the old to “Liuniao� (strolling with pest birds).

District scale A macro communal center is a system consisting of many micro communal centers. The micro ones in each Hutong serves for the living behavior of residents. And they also implies the residents that, once they want to do any activity, they can easily realize it considering the nearest community, and these continuous spatial activities can really become an indispensable part of life.


S,M,L,XL‌ Can design be unlimited while design itself is visually limited? ¡Eliminate the discontinuity of not lifelized heroism. Construct the lifelized anonymous building blending into the city.


INFRATOPIA Infrastructure Architecture / urban regeneration

Type: Competition Instructor: Yung Ho Chang, Zheng Tan Collaborator: Xin Zheng Site: Sendai, Japan Completion Date: July, 2016 Selected for the Student Design Competition of AIJ

A Merry-Go-Round Toy I met a merry-go-round toy on the seashore of Shoubuta. After swept by the Great East Japan Earthquake, the beach of Shoubuta has become a wasteland where nobody would come by. In order to protect people’s life and possession, government has launched policy to build embankment along beach. Nevertheless, locals are worried about the ecological side effect and are sorrowful of being unable to return the sea. The collective memory of residents are all about happy time with beach. The barriers are not only physical ones defending disaster but also obstacles between human and sea. The merry-go-round toy is a special exhibit, telling the joyful laugh on this land. Therefore, the infratopia is designed for getting the lost happiness back for locals meanwhile providing a secure life.




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Residents moved away Name: Pickwick Landing Dam Location: Tennessee River Landing dam Type: Function: Sloving flood

Problem with dam / embankment

Fish migration was blocked Chief Joseph Dam Columbia River Run-of-river Dam Power generation

Modern dam and embankment still share many similar underlying typological traits: dislocation from human and collective memory, segregation and imposition from context and ignorance of publicity and safety.

Lack of safety Tokyo and Nagoya seawall Name Location: Tokyo and Nagoya Tsunami wall Type: Function: Resisting tsunami 1980s




Name: Location: Type: Function:

Typology study

Specialization of ownership Name: Hamaoka Nuclear Power Plant Location: Hamaoka Tsunami barrier Type: Function: Resisting tsunami


Name: Lorentzsluizen Afsluitdijk Location: North Holland Sea barrier Type: Function: Sloving flood

Environmental disaster Name: Karakuwa seawall Location: Karakuwa Peninsula Defending dyke Type: Function: Preventing tsunami


Lack of scale

Great East Japan Earthquake 2011

Clearly, there is a discontent for the current model. The public memory could be recalled by rebuilding the human-sea relationship via embankment.


Terraced Barrier

I moved to the hillside after tsunami. thinking it could be safer. I never come back again.

Wave Barrier I used to live near the beach, doing some fishing jobs. However, after tsunami, I feel it is dangerous to continuously stay here. I move away.

The side of embankment near community is designed as a terrace, making flood flowing step by step.






Effective Vortex

Vortex Generator The top of Infratopia uses vortex to expel tsunami from hitting the embankment.


Ample Reservoir

There used to be an amusement park near the beach, However, it now disappears due to tsunami. It is hard to recall the happy memory.


After supper, I with my family would take a walk along the seashore. It is always the a leisuring moment after one day's tiring work.

I used to play near the beach. We dismiss the class very early in the afternoon. Running on the beach after class is always the best time of mine.

The remaining water which is not expelled by vortex generator could penetrate from roof and gather in reservoir.




Valid Height Difference

Combination The final infratopia needs combine three different strategies together to make highest efficiency resisting tsunami.

North Higher


South Higher

Terrace Shape Void

To find the lost memory

Different individual has different memory about sea, beach and amusement park.

People's memory about sea

Therefore, the design need to build a practical embankment meanwhile call back these memories.

Space Occupancy

Form generation

Lower Occupancy

Higher Occupancy



Vortex generator


The vortex generator uses its curve-shaped formulation to expel the tsunami from directly hitting the embankment.

The shape of seawall is designed with a curve line, making it more appropriate to resist the direct damage from tsunami.

Plug - ins Plu g - in s with differen t functions are inserted in the steel skeleton, satisfying people's various need.

Water amusement park The water amusement park is inserted in the truss, hinges and columns - the steel skeletons. It could provide local with happiness and recall their previous memory.

Wave barrier The step - by - step terrace could decrease the flowing speed of food, thus decline the harm it made to people living downtown.



Water could come down from atrium to the reservoir tank.

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Traffic core Elevators and stairs are used for daily vertical transition. Market

Storage Storage underground is used for store supply for emergence with low temperature.

The market underground sells goods which is well preserved with the environment the embankment provides.

Pump The water pump located underneath is used for pumping the rest water out of embankment itself.

Water reservoir The water tank is located at the bottom of the embankment, storing the water from the fresh water resource beside site. Also, it can be used as storage to absorb water dropping from vortex generator.

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The different infrastructure pipes are buried together in the common duct, which supports the basic need of the embankment.

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Recently, a new complex embankment has been established between the seashore and beach, which gradually became the focus of Shoubuta.

The local residents gradually come over the beach for recreation again, where they never appear since tsunami happened. Since my friend has told me that the interior of the embankment is totally another different world, I would like explore it now.

Different changeable Plugins with various functions are inserted in the structural frameworks. Sitting in the restaurant-plugin, I could witness the happiness of children playing in the opposite amusement park.

Other plugins consist the boutique stores, the museum, the education and exhibition pavilion, the barbecue kiosk, the public toilet and bathroom, the aquarium and the greenhouse. Local residents could always find their appropriate plugins.

Going downstairs, children are playing various entertainment programs, such as water slide and Ferris Wheel.

People taking activities could look and be looked in the atrium.

When earthquake comes, the embankment could resist tsunami for some degree, leaving people time for escape.

Go with the people flow in tunnel, I could finally go outside without any harm.


17:10 p.m.

Fresh market is located underground, taking the advantages of cool temperature.

17:00 p.m.

In Embankment

The micro hotel-plugins are also available in the embankment. Bridges connect the different two sides.

The doors facing sea are closed for safety. People use traffic core to leave the embankment .


Back street Urban complex design of Yule street in tainan

Type: Studio work Instructor: Keung Lok Ching Site: Tainan, Taiwan Completion Date: June, 2013 Exhibition Hall

Excellent Prize of National Architecture Student Design Competition Selected for National Architecture Exchange Student Design Exhibition

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A vendor in Taiwan slid three areca-nuts in my hand.


They were hawking in the alley. Residents lived along the alley on the second floor. An old block of Taiwan like this is going to be regenerated. People growing up along old alley are forced to move out due to the deteriorating living condition. In a huge city, we might hide behind the crowd, and it is why the city is called a city. A city has a lot of people, an enormous amount. However, the people might still feel lonely. On the contrary, when we are in rural places, or just in a small habitat like an alley, we -might never feel lonely. Modern life makes n air Ope loneliness. us realizing the However, it also provides us the a m e cin possibility to create friendly space, people and community.

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Medium Urban Park


Remove illegal alteration and addition

Step 1

Self regeneration

Step 2

Interrupt boundary appropriately

Step 3

Insert new and respect old context

Step 4

Slow Campus

The beginning of intervention The site-Yule street block, located opposite the Kuangfu campus of National Cheng Kung University in Southern Taiwan, is a hybrid itself, containing different types of geographical feature, various imprintings of various history period, the correspondingly different dwellers, and abundant kinds of space.



Study Life

Commercial behavior Qing Dynasty map 1840

Japanese barrack 1935

The recovery period map 1945

Historical condition The site experienced complex historical ages. It has a living form of long-house and street space from Qing Dynasties, which has influenced the current consuming ways. Meanwhile, the Arsenal grocery market during the war period has transformed to commercial space. In every historical period, the site exhibits different characteristics of commercial space which reflects the business characteristics under different historical backgrounds. The design extracts memorial elements from historical and geographical conditions of site and use modern architecture method to re-translate it.

Local commercial behavior shows great differences from surroundings.





3m Alley

5m Alley

City prints Spatial characteristics Alleys play an important role of media space as it hosts various events. Based on the inheritance of old street texture, the design aims to activate street life, complicate and diverse the behavior that occurs in commercial space and create integration of multi-consumption patterns by using prints of city.

Every fingerprint is unique, so is the alley. The marks make fingerprints different from each other are Core-point, Delta and Type-lines. What if alley has these marks.

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Overhang The facade is an abstract expressionism of overhang.



Skyline Although the height of the alley is low, the skyline is complicated. So is the roof parapet.

Micro park


Elevation regeneration process

One point of the cultural is the LED signs. Therefore, this is how it comes out into the elevation. Library

Terrace Planting Sports Exhibition Tea

1F plan Studio






Historic Interpretation Studio

Apartment Expo Diet



The function of the old alley is simple. Now it’s a college practice center, where students can start their business with what they have learned. At the first glance, the site might seems to have changed in an unexpected way, one we might not have expected previously. Nevertheless, the result have come from a logical thinking method, which means that the dissimilarity is merely displayed on form, and that the site have preserved the feature intrinsically.

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By Your Side Cafe






Type: Competition Instructor: Bin Qi Collaborator: Wei Huang Site: Fushun, China Completion Date: May, 2014 Top 60 for the UED International Young Architects Competition

An Hourglass Previously, coal mines were discovered in Fushun, attracting various businessmen, labors and dreamers. They crazily grabbed from the earth. The land has its own revenge. When coal mines are used up, large quantity of pits appeared on the ground surface. The households are sinking altogether with the soil. An hourglass is a symbol of time shift. We all admit that the past would never represent again. Still, we use our own methods to represent it. When an inverted house is located on the water pits, the reflection it projects in some moments confuses me of the dream and reality. It is a lesson told by land, making us return the land to land itself and consistently warning us that the past would never appear again.







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Water tank



Auto-blowing system

Form generation

Toilet section and plan


Bridge Land Cafe

Site plan

Abandoned households

Water pits

Bulb Metal

Table detail

Lamp detail


Support Polyurethane enamel

Climbing plants

Foundation Anchor bolt Fill cement mortal under plate Laminated Rubber

Foundation Adjust bolt

Adaptive foundation detail

Levelness constraint component

Alaska cedar Floor joist Belt

Brace cable

Lauan Plywood Floor joist

Joist Steel cable

Stud Polyurethane enamel

Polyurethane enamel



Foundation Concrete sub-slab


Cable detail

Boardwalk detail


Galvanized steel sheet

Roof detail

Waterproof membrane Structure plywood Insulation sheet Rafter

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Interior perspective The whole building with inverted roof picks up the right side slope roof building. Via characteristic structure in the lateral mass reflecting Dougong structure, the building forms a symbol of visual intentions, and archives the "upside down slope of the roof houses". In the aspect of inside structure, it uses the similar structure as exterior one to create a continuous space interface.





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Instantaneous Bamboo wabi-sabi Space design

Type: Competition Collaborator: Yu Yan, Feng Zhu Site: Shibuya, Japan Completion Date: October, 2015 Excellent Prize of Circos International Architecture Competition

A Bamboo Lantern The bamboo contents everything because of its empty as inside, receives ‘ki’ as outside because of its joint, and mottled shadow because of its verdancy as poetic imagery. The beauty of Wabi-Sabi is based on years and texture and creating transparency between inside and outside phenomenally as the mottled shadow reflects on the gauze. The bamboo is light and easy to assemble, making the establishment of instantaneous inside possible——to create a utopia of transience beyond city, which is the thinking of inner peace among chaos in a modern busy city. The bamboo space hanging on the urban façade is as light as lantern, which could be stored on balcony after use and be expanded to a multilayer micro space through the control of layer via pulley. The characteristics of bamboo materials—— light, beautiful and dreamy are extracted and reorganized to the bustling city cement forest, bringing a fragrance of tea, a piece of silence, a moment of thinking. People in such heterotopia space full of Zen could drink, look, meditate and cultivate themselves. What is outside? Real outside is hiding in inside authentically, vice verse. What is inner peace? Real inner peace is hiding in the very chaos.


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The space between-inside

The path between-inside


Outside-in Inside



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Concept generation

Shibuya Crossing

Ok... Then what is chaos/peace?


Steps for usage

Step 1

Step 2

Outside Step 3

Outside Step 4

Outside-in Step 5


Iron loop fastener Suspension rod Pulley shaft

Cable sets


Cable 1/4 Teahouse Cable sets Knob Rod Hinges Rod




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lIFENS memorial design for AYLAN KURdI

Type: Competition Collaborator: Yu Yan, Feng Zhu Site: Bodrum, Turkey Completion Date: June, 2016 Selected for International VELUX Award of Architectural Students

A Magnifier Aylan Kurdi was the very boy found died on the beach of Turkey. He was the tragedy caused by war. A magnifier has distinguished physical features. With the distance between the observer and the object changing, the figure appears behind magnifier would correspondingly change. It experiences the stages of blur - clear - blur, representing that the hope arises while finally fades, showing that the opposite bank - the destination becomes a place out of reach forever. A magnifier also focus the daylight, projecting facula on the beach side. It inspires different memorial behavior of people passing by. A memorial of an ordinary people is nothing. A memorial of an ordinary people is everything.


A synonymous with hope

Stage 1: hope

The refugees' escape route after Syrian civil war

Wrecked refugee ship bound for Greek island of Kos

Aylan Kurdi was washed up on the beach

Event: Kurdi's death Since the Syrian civil war breaks out, more than four million Syrians have escaped from the country in all directions. In September 2015, two boats full of Syrian refugees departed for Greek island of Kos from Bodrum, Turkey. Unfortunately, both of them capsized in route. The 3 year-old boy Aylan Kurdi's body was washed up on the beach of Bodrum, Turkey, with his face buried in sands and his body constantly beaten by waves. I would like to use light to commemorate Aylan Kurdi on the Bodrum beach where his body was found.

A subverted and remote illusion

Stage 2: subversion

An image out of focus

Stage 3: the opposite bank becomes out of reach

Suhrawardi's Islamic philosophy of illumination provides inspiration

Theory: philosophy of light Islamic philosopher Suhrawardi proposes that the purpose of human is to be illuminated and return to his/her origin in the end in the book philosophy of illumination. Taking Suhrawardi's theory as a cultural background, we choose light as a medium to commemorate this event at the ship's source, Bodrum, in order to let the boy return to his origin, to inspire people to spontaneously commemorate under the light and shadow, to heal the pain of heart, to reflect on the suffering the war brings to mankind.


Greece island of Kos

Bodrum beach Real image

Virtual image

Subverted image

Solution for telling story Distance

Shipwreck and memorial

Lens cut from sphere


Physical light properties of lens

Strategy: design a memorial lens Therefore, a monumental lens, Lifens, is designed to respond to people's memorial behavior. It takes advantages of two physical properties of light, namely lens' fraction and focusing effect.

On the one hand, the Lifens uses light's fraction to tell story. It expresses three memorial stages from far and near via the refraction of light: 1) when people walk towards the monumental lens on the beach, the destination seen in the lens, the Kos Island, gradually becomes clearer. The opposite bank becomes synonymous with hope. 2) For that the focal length of the lens is shorter than the distance between the Bodrum and Kos, as people walk closer, they find it just a subverted and remote illusion the moment the image of destination could be seen clearly. 3) As people arrive in front of the lens, the image of island in lens finally becomes out of focus, while the opposite bank becomes out of reach.


The trajectory of sun

The refraction of sunlight

The trajectory of facula 05:51 AM A wandering woman

09:24 AM Two playing kids

12:36 PM A thinking old

13:32 PM A meditating woman

16:48 PM A girl mourning with flower

20:33 PM A praying girl

Facula and memorial behaviors changing in a day

Knocking head to light

Joining hands together in light

Memory with hand-made toy on light Writing down Kurdi's name in facula

Dancing with Islamic song in light

Laying flowers on facula for memorial

Mourning at light

Putting candles in light

Different Memorial behaviors 12:36 09:24

05:51 Sunrise

Solution for guiding memorial behavior On the other hand, the Lifens uses lens' focus function to guide memorial behavior. With the change of solar elevation angle and azimuth angle during the day, from sunrise to sunset, between rising tide and falling tide, a time-varying facula appears on the beach due to Lifens' focus of daylight. People coming by spontaneously carve the boy's name in the facula on the illuminated sands, place flowers, write mourning poems down, commemorate the boy in their own ways, wishing the boy's life could last eternally in the light.

The change of solar angle

13:32 16:48

20:33 Sunset

The rising and falling tide N

Bodrum: 17E, 37N

The time-varying facula focused by lens 27

SUPPLEMENT pan-architecture design

Design: Booth design, kiosk design, graphic design Research: Urban research, rural research Collaborator: Columbia University, etc Completion Date: June, 2014 - August, 2016 Supplement exhibits other collections in the museum of the other

Microcity of Shanghai

Future Mall

Booth 05 of Shanghai Urban Space Art Season 2015

Third Prize of Futurizing Breaks Architecture Design Competition

Booth Design, Shanghai, Sep. 2015

Acknowledgment I did begin to build my own museum of the other several years before when I met my tutor Peigen Chai. I had not quite decided to become an architect later. I had come to suspect insisting being an architect, lost in various self-expressions by others, but I was not yet sure what path of my life would prefer. He took me to the Hutongs of Beijing, presenting an interesting people’s living scenario in front of me. I spent one month commuting between my dorm and the Hutongs, gradually realizing that architecture is not something that merely expresses yourself but to document the authenticity. Being the other means that you need to take the position of others. I first found it frustrated because it is sometimes even hard for one to understand the other. However, Chai told me that the basic nature of people are the same. I could finally achieve the same emotional connection with them. I have to thank him, introducing the sympathy and identification into my personal architectural world.

Urban research, China, Jun. 2015


Graphic Design, Japan, Jun. 2014 Poster design of the rookies' award for architecture student 2015


Rural Development in China

Selected for the Oslo Music Festival Pavilion Proposal

Collaborator: Columbia University, Future + Academy, Shanzhai City

Kiosk Design, Norway, Jun. 2014

Rural research, China, Aug. 2016

I would also thank my parents. For years, I could get consistent supports from them. December, 2016


Urban research, Japan, Oct. 2015


Graphic Design, China, Jan. 2014

East Bank of Huangpu River Urban research, China, May. 2016


Wu Yue - The Museum of the Other  

Undergraduate artworks portfolio for applying graduate schools. Admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Wu Yue - The Museum of the Other  

Undergraduate artworks portfolio for applying graduate schools. Admitted to Massachusetts Institute of Technology.