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XIANG ZHAO MASTER OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE RHODE ISLAND SCHOOL OF DESIGN


CONTENT 01 LANDFORM DESIGN - GREEN RIBBONS

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According to site analyses, this project aims to create a co-habitat for both human and animal.

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ENVIRONMENTAL DESIGN - TIDAL CLASSROOM

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Utilizing the landform design, students would have a strong feeling of the transition of phenomenon.

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CONSTRUCTION THRESHOLD

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Part I of Advanced Studio. It's a group work of how to definite the meaning of "Threshold" and a full-scale installation.

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CONSTRUCTION THRESHOLD -- LOSS PAVILION

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Part II of Advanced Studio. It's an individual work of the site in Fort Point Channel, Boston.

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URBAN DESIGN - BROADCAST CITY

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Use Urban Farm as a rejuvernating method for post-industry city --Pawtucket.

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RESPONSIVE STRUCTURE WORKSHOP

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Group work of full-scale model costruction.

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INTERNSHIP AT Z+T STUDIO

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Work samples during internship.

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CONSTRUCTION DRAWING OF ROOF GARDEN

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Work samples of elective course --- Technology and material III.

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MARKER RENDERING

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Work samples of Marker Renderings

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JEWELRY DESIGN

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Work samples of elective course --- Jewelry Introduction.

RESUME

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PERSPECTIVE OF GREEN RIBBONS

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01 GREEN RIBBONS Constructed Ground Studio at Rhode Island School of Design Time : Jan. 2016 Place : Providence, RI, USA Duration : 3 Weeks Instructor : Adam Anderson Collaborator: Individual Work This design is the final work of Constructed Ground Studio during 2016 wintersecssion at Rhode Island School of Design. The goal of this studio is to use landform as a tool for landscape creation. The site of this project is located along Providence River, which was the territory of Highway I95. Since Highway I95 changed its direction, this site has become an abandoned open space. In my design, I make use of landform to create different space for both animals and human beings. The landforms act as boundary of spaces and at the same time, they could offer habitats for animals and resting areas for human. According to the physical context of this site, these landforms will have different directions, so that visitors could experience a lot when they are lying on the slopes. The concept of this design is to ribbon the co-habitat. At first, a green ribbon, built along the riverside, acts as the habitat for animals. This ribbon is composed of 4 different landforms, at the same time, it offers 2 kinds of habitats for animals --- wet land and semi-wet land. Another ribbon grows in the middle of this site. This ribbon is composed of 3 landforms which create multiple activity spaces for human. These landforms face to different directions to make people rest there enjoying different views. The last ribbon locating along the road would give this site a private place. The landforms in this ribbon with the geotextile technique would be the planting bed for vegetation.

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1. CONTEXT ANALYSES

DOWNTOWN PROVIDENCE

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SITE

POWER PLANT

January

Februrary

March

April

May

June

July

August

ANALYSES OF SITE CONTEXT AND WIND IN PROVIDENCE 6


COLLEGE HILL

S SUNFLOWERS

Wind from October to March Wind from April to September

According to the analyses of wind direction in Provicence, I could choose how to set resting area for human beings. September

October

November

December

——— GREEN RIBBONS

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2. CONCEPT PROCESS The concept of this design is to build an abstract green ribbon to connect human beings and animals. The green ribbons are composed of a lot pyramids that lying along both the riverside and the upper land. I want to utilize these pyramids to provide different functions for both human beings and animals.

CONTOUR DESIGN OF GREEN RIBBONS 8


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Resting Area

Kayak Centre

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MASTER PLAN OF GREEN RIBBONS

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NORTH ENTRANCE

BIRDS' ISLANDS

SOUTH ENTRANCE

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3.GREEN RIBBONS' CREATION PROCESS

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A'

BIRDS' ISLANDS Geo-textile

Stone wall

Low tide

2 ft rise

4 ft rise

High tide

Geo-textile

A-A' SECTION

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RENDERING OF BIRDS' ISLAND IN GREEN RIBBONS


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Two kinds of spaces

Only one kind of spaces

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HUMAN ACTIVITY SPACE

Three kinds of spaces

Eco-bank

Geo-textile

Four kinds of spaces

Geo-textile

B-B' SECTION

RENDERING OF HUMAN ACTIVITY IN GREEN RIBBONS

——— GREEN RIBBONS

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SITE MODEL OF TIDAL CLASSROOM

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02 TIDAL CLASSROOM Design Priciple Studio at Rhode Island School of Design Time : Nov.-Dec. 2015 Place : Providence, RI, USA Duration : 3 Weeks Instructor : Suzanne Mathew Collaborator: Individual Work This is the final project of Design Principle Studio. In the beginning of this project, I went to the site and had a interesting class about soil. After that, I used charcoal to make a drawing of soil profileďźŒwhich guided me to build the model of soil profile in the next step. I chose fabric mesh, hot glue and piano wires as my building materials. With the layering of mesh and the texture of hot glue, I had shown the soil profile, using only 3 materials, from the organic layer to the water table layer in my model. After this study of soil, I started to learn about the phenomenon on the site. The site is located at Tillinghast Farm which is along the sea. I first did a charcoal drawing of the long section for the site in order to depict its spatial experience. Next, I did some other phenomenon charcoal drawings that I thought were useful to my analyses. The classroom was required to be an open space but have a function of education of phenomenon. For my classroom, it will let people feel the tidal change on the site through the appearing of wall surface and the transforming of classroom area.

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1. SITUATION ANALYSES

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SITE CONTOUR PLAN

Sea

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Site

A-A' SECTION


N OF SITE PHENOMENON

O Horizon Loose and partly decayed organic matters A Horizon Mineral matters mixed with some humus

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C Horizon Partialy alerted parent material

Water table

Soil profile in the Hole 5 which locates along the A-A' Section. After visiting TIllinghast Farm, digging the hole in the site, we find the current soil layers of Hole 5. With technical drawing of charcoal, I want to show the different phenomena in different layers.

With a lot of experiments of materials, I choose to use mesh as my major material to make a soil profile's model. Through testing of mesh, I found a way to show the different layers of soil.

SOIL PROFILE STUDY

Road

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View

Vegetation

Slope

Moisture

View, Vegetation, Slope and Moisture are the four obvious phenomena on this site. According to the analyses of these four phenomena, I want to utilize them to create my classroom on the site, which could provide multiple experience for people when they go through this area.

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2. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT - MASTER PLAN

Pathway B'

Entrance of classroom

Main classroom

Second classroom

B

MASTER PLAN OF CLASSROOM ——— TIDAL CLASSROOM

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3. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT - DETAIL DESIGN

Main Classroom

Second Classroom

Second Classroom

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B-B' SECTION OF CLASSRO


OOM

Pass through the forest, people will come to the classroom and have a experience about tidal change there. Along the way to the classroom, there are a lot of spatial change. From close space to semi-open space and then to a totally open space. I like to utilize plants to create this kinds of different natural space which could bring more fun to people.

Entrance

Pathway

Main Classroom

Entrance

Pathway

——— TIDAL CLASSROOM

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03 CONSTRUCTION THRESHOLD Advanced Studio Part I at Rhode Island School of Design Time : Sep. 2016 Place : Frazier Terrace, Providence, RI Duration : 2 Weeks Instructor : Kathryn Foley, Yugon Kim Collaborator : Rebecca Ladd Ana Morataya Quan Angelica Carvajales This structure construction was done during the beginning of Advanced Studio. We worked as a group and discussed the definition of threshold. After that, we tried to build this fullscale model which shows our concept about threshold. Our main concept is " What you see is different from what you feel." We try to use the blind-point to create this threshold that could change people's feeling when they go through it. After this discussion of threshold, we began to visit our site in Boston and did an individual design of pavilion on site.

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1. CONCEPT PROCESS

Line

Surface

Volume

Our concept comes from the different feelings that people have to line, surface and volume. We think the threshold is composed of these three elements, and the transition involved in threshold is a series change of line, surface and volume.

CONCEPT MODEL

2. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT

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Threshold acts as an important connection between two spaces, which I think it should have characteristics of both spaces. From the first view, our threshold shows a 2D plane that connecting with ground , however, you would have different experience when you are walking around it.

——— CONSTRUCTION THRESHOLD

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SITE MODEL OF LOSS PAVILION

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04 CONSTRUCTION THRESHOLD - - LO SS PAVILI O N Advanced Studio Part II at Rhode Island School of Design Time : Sep.- Dec. 2016 Place : Boston, MA, USA Duration : 6 Weeks Instructor : Kathryn Foley, Yugon Kim Collaborator : Individual Work This project is the development of last project which is a real threshold construction in Boston. In this individual work, I use "loss" as the topic for the constrction threshold on the site to create an pavilion which will not only express the "lost" on the site but also the "lost" in our minds. Loss is a feeling that we may sometimes have. However, this feeling of loss is happening subtly that we may not notice that in our daily lives. A lot of stuffs are so common to us, but one day when we notice we have lost them, we will really miss them. But what leaves to us is a blurry memory of their shapes and we can never see them and touch them again. They just evanesce in the air like smoke. In this project, I chose to design this forgotten place located at the end of Fort Point Chanel in Boston offering place for people to contemplate. When going through from the outside into the pavilion, there are 3 kinds of spatial design aiming to provide a series of contemplation spaces, moving from the noisy urban environment into the quiet forgotten place. With the utilization of the sunken topography on site, Loss Pavilion can direct people’s view on some specific stuff, such as sky and water. The unique material choice and landform design could help people clear their minds and contemplate on themselves.

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1. SITUATION ANALYSES

+25.00

RAILWAY

SITE OBSERVATION

+14.00

14 FT

+0.00

Through the transection of the site we could easily find the site is so subtle in this area, and it could b notice of this place, this site may could reconnect to the city again.

DOW

SOUTH END HIGH WAY

SITE

THRESHOLD

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HIGHWAY

+49.00

49 FT

be one of the reasons that people may not come to use the site, while if we change it into certain shape that could make people

WNTOWN BOSTON SOUTH STATION

FORT POINT CHANNEL

RAILWAY

SOUTH BOSTON

——— CONSTRUCTION THRESHOLD LOSS PAVILION

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2. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT 1) WATER WALKWAY

CONCEPT MODEL

Topo change

Plants change

Spatial experience change

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The zig-zag shape of water walkway guiding people from the top to the bottom could create a series of spatial experience along it.

NEW TOPOGRAPHY ON THE SITE

During their walk down there, they could see the transition of the vegetation because of tidal change and at the same time, they will experience what would it be like when sea level rise happen --- an inundated place.

PERSPECTIVE OF WATER WALKWAY ——— CONSTRUCTION THRESHOLD LOSS PAVILION

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2) MEDITATION PLACE

TALK TO THE SKY

With the displacement method, this secondary pavilion could direct visitors’ view only on the sky or water that provides a quiet place to think.

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PERSPECTIVE OF LOSS


KISS GOODBYE THE WATER

Kiss goodbye the water

PAVILION

Water Walkway

Talk to the sky

——— CONSTRUCTION THRESHOLD LOSS PAVILION

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3) FLOATING ISLANDS

The shape allows itself to rotate smoothly.

Extended deck give more space to floating island.

People may have chance to occupy the island.

9 ft 5 ft

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A-A' SECTION


3. DESIGN DETAILS

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Railway

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Wood Deck + 5 ft

B'

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Floating Island

Meditation Pavilion --- Kiss the water

Water Walkway

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Highw

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Meditation Pavilion --- Talk to the sky

MASTER PLAN OF LOSS PAVILION

W 4th

Street

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Corten steel wall

SOUTHWEST ELEVATION ( VIEW FROM THE ENTRANCE)

Noise from the railway

+9.00 ft

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B-B' SE


ECTION

Stainless steel envelope

Black transparent glass

NORTHEAST ELEVATION (VIEW FROM THE BACK) Noise from the highway

+5.00 ft

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In this subtle area of Boston, the Loss Pavilion could attract more attention on this place. People would not ignore this place any more and change the attitude towards this place. I want it to be a great space for people to feel quiet and peaceful especially in this busy and noisy city life. I want to give people a space to think more about gain and loss, at the same time, find what they really need in the future.

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BIRDS EYE VIEW OF LOSS PA


AVILION

——— CONSTRUCTION THRESHOLD LOSS PAVILION

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BIRDS EYE VIEW OF BROADCAST CITY

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BROADCAST CITY - - WO O D L AW N N EIGH B O RH O O D Urban Systerm Studio at Rhode Island School of Design Time : Apr.-May. 2016 Place : Pawtucket, RI, USA Duration : 8 Weeks Instructor : Elizabeth Dean Hermann Collaborator : Individual Work This work was done during 2016 Spring semester. In the beginning of the semester, I had a group work in this studio. In my group, I choose "Broadcast City" as the concept for my design. “Seeds” , emerging as forms of urban farms, will act as the important element in this urban re-development. In the new Pawtucket, all the “seeds” will grow up to be a , they will create a network which could to the city. A good living environment could attract more people to live there. At the same time, more people would bring more business to this city. Pawtucket used to be an industrial city. Its old textile industry has ended and a new form is needed for promoting this city's economy. In order to unite all the neighbothoods as a single unity, we could set up community centers that offer better service to the neighborhoods. Woodlawn Neighborhood is in the southeast of downtown Pawtucket. According to the investigation of this site, I find Woodlawn neighborhood has the same problem with other communities in Pawtucket. They all lack a place for people to gather. So I build a community centre for this site in order to create a gathering place, at the same time, this community centre will play a role of Urban Farm Centre which will have a function of teaching, marketing and exhibition.

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1. SITUATION ANALYSES AND CONCEPT PROCESS Wo o d l a w n N e i g h b o r h o o d c o n n e c t s t o D o w n t o w n Pawtucket(Historical Area) on Main Street where a lot of important functional buildings locating on.While this connection is broken by the current land use and road system there. In order to reunion this broken land use. I decide to re-design the road system, at the same time, re-arrange the land use in this neighborhood.

Urban Farm will be used as the developing method for this urban updation.With the broadcast of urban farm area in Pawtucket, we could build a new form of industry which could help people use the vacant lots.

Seperated Spaces

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Old Form

Recommended Form

Concept Model

New Commercial Space


Library Mill Place The Old Mill Museum

HIstorical Area Apex Building

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MASTER PLAN OF WOOD


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Marketing and Exibition Center Green House Community Garden

Community Garden

Roof Garden Community Center

Community Garden

DLAWN NEIGHBORHOOD

Community Garden

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3. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT - COMMUNITY CENTER

Marketing and Exibition Center used to be a vacant lots which is used as a parking space now. I choose to keep the trees in this part and utilize them to create different activity space.

Marketing and Exhibition Center

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Green House

A-A'SECTION OF COMMU


Roof Garden provides not only urban farm program but also some other entertainment and educational program which could improve the popularity of the site.

UNITY CENTER

Roof Garden

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4. DESIGN DEVELOPMENT - COMMUNITY GARDEN

Original Landuse of Backyard

United Backyard

Permeable Surface

New Lan

Private Garden

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PERSPECTIVE OF COM


The original backyard was occupied by diffferent family and had a low efficient usage. With the dismantling of the old fence and no use buildings, we can create a new community garden, which would offer both public and private space for residents. This design could improve the efficience of usage of the land, at the same time, this public space could provide a good place for people to communicate.

Trees

Urban Farm

nduse of Backyard

Public space

Private Space

New Backyard

Public Space

MMUNITY GARDEN

Urban Farm

——— BROADCAST CITY WOODLAWN NEIGHBORHOOD

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Design Principle Studio at Rhode Island School of Design Time: Oct. 2015 Place: Tillinghast Farm, Providence, RI

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OTHER WORKS Work samples of internship, elective courses and other projects.

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RESPONSIVE STRUCTURE WORKSHOP

Design Principle Studio at Rhode Island School of Design Time : Nov. 2015 Place : Tillinghast Farm, Providence, RI Duration : 3 Weeks Instructor : Jun Sato, Beverly Choe Group Work This workshop was done during Design Principle Studio. We had two teachers whose background are architecture. At the beginning, we made modules in the studio and tried to find the strongest modules consisting the units and structure.After that, we went to the site and studied the phenomenon that could "response" to our structure.

MODULE A

UNIT 1

SITE OVSERVATION

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MODULE C

MODULE B

UNIT 2

UNITS INSTALLATION

MODULE D

UNIT 3

FRAM INSTALLATION


FINISH CONSTRUCTION

OCCUPANCY

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INTERNSHIP AT Z+T STUDIO

续后 2 入口区域

休息平台

台阶

中心广场

台阶

496.965

495.675

496.00

493.330

493.25

491.63

491.55

490.04

497.15

494.55

494.545

489.777

495.75

FS497.35

490.065

SECTION - ELEVATION OF LU HU COMMERCIAL PLAZA PART 1 续前 1 中心广场

活动广场

台阶

497.10

497.15 496.60 496.00

494.85

492.30

车库

SECTION - ELEVATION OF LU HU COMMERCIAL PLAZA PART 2

498.07 497.10

2.2%

496.975 496.30

496.18

496.18

495.60

494.155

2.3%

494.01 492.93

492.92

491.435

491.408

491.00 489.923 卫生间 488.50

SECTION - ELEVATION OF LU HU CENTRALL PLAZA

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489.896

操作间 488.50

488.681


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CONSTRUCTION DRAWING OF ROOF GARDEN

——— OTHER WORKS

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MARKER RENDERING


——— OTHER WORKS

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JEWELRY DESIGN

This pair of earrings is made of silver and stone. The color ful stone surrounded by the pure silver color gives a shining feeling especialliy when the silver circle routating around it.

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EARRINGS

EARRINGS

I like the shape of triangle which expresses a feeling of sharp but owns a special beauty with women. With the use of metal sheet, such as brass, bronze and silver, I develop my triangle concept into a series of jewelry design.

NECKLACE

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This pair of earrings is made of two brass triangles. With the design of hanging on each other, the smaller ones could swing when you wear them.

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XIANG ZHAO Cell: +1(401)473-8589

Email: xzhao02@risd.edu

Address: 16 East Transit Street, Providence, RI 02906,U.S.A.

Education

2015 — Present Rhode Island School of Design, USA 2013 — 2015 Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, CHN 2007 — 2011 Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, CHN

Experience

Landscape Architecture Intern

Master of Landscape Architecture Master of Landscape Architecture Bachelor of Urban Planning

2016.06 — 2016.08

Company: Z+T Studio, Shanghai, CHN Description: 3D Model Making, Section and Detail Drawing in AutoCAD Achievements: 1) Lu Hu Commercial Plaza Landscape Design - AutoCAD Section Drawing, 3D Model Making 2) Zhong Hang Real Estate Landscape Design - 3D Model Making

Landscape Designer

2013.09 — 2015.06

Lab: Nanjing Forestry University, Nanjing, CHN Adviser: Zhao Bing Achievements: 1) Teaching Base of Nanjing Forestry University , Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China 2) Plants Design of Lianyungang Highway Toll-gate, Lianyungang, Jiangsu Province, China

Real Estate Consultant (Management Trainee)

2011.03 — 2012.03

Company: China Real Estate Information Corp. (CRIC), Shanghai, CHN Description: Real Estate Planning and Consultation Achievements: 1) The Qingbai River Tourist Real Estate Planning Project, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China 2) Tianshan Cement Plant Reconstruction Project, Urumqi, Xinjiang Province, China

Skill

Software

AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, Rhino, Sketchup, ArcGIS, Microsoft Office

Personal

Proficient in Marker Rendering and Hand Sketch Strong responsibility in teamwork Ability to work in fast-paced environment Language English(Fluent) / Mandarin(Native)

Exhibition

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2017.01 PRECIPICE, Sol Koffler Gallery -Drawings and model of Advanced Studio on the show


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Landscape Architecture Portfolio2015-2017  

RISD Master of Landscape Architecture Candidate,2017

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