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ARCHITECTURE PORTFOLIO

YUYI SHEN PRATT INSTITUTE


[DUMBO, NY] FALL 2017 (ARCHIVED)

DORMITORY PROPOSAL Intersection of Natural and Artificial Light Professor: Len Leung Partner: Marie Park Description: This project is a dormitory for St. Francis College, inspired by the natural phenomenon of light tunneling through a thick layer of clouds. We started from a series of light study, exploring different conditions light can create when going through a thick mass. Then we incorporated the light hole in the design of the duplex dormitory units, which has a glass tunnel going through both levels. After aggregating various types of unit into a whole, the glass tunnels that run through the project vertically allow natural light to come down during daytime and artificial light to come up during night time. Students eat, study and sleep around the light hole. With the tunnel extruding out on the rooftop, it naturally sucks hot air out, thus providing natural ventilation.

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SUN AND SHADOW DIAGRAM Gap between 2 Units

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FACADE LIGHTING DIAGRAM

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FACADE LIGHTING DIAGRAM Jun/ Aug 21st

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• 4 People Unit Pinwheel • 4 People Unit Interior Render

• 8 People Unit Interior Render

Light hole with study and dining tables around it that grabs both

Centralized light hole with dining tables around gives students an ex-

side light and top light provides a view out.

perience to keep a certain distance with people within the dorm unit.

• 6 People Unit Skylight

EAST ELEVATION

NORTH AND SOUTH ELEVATION

• Elevations

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• 8 People Unit Centrality

The big volume of the dormitory program creates top heaviness, which fully draws naturally light down into the units. The public programs on the bottom is very light with mostly glazing, welcoming the pedestrians from the streets.


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OPEN TO BELOW

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AMPITHEATER

MECHANICAL

OPEN TO BELOW

DINER

DINER

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LONGITUDINAL SECTION SCALE: 1/8” = 1’

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OPEN TO BELOW

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OPEN TO BELOW STUDENT LOUNGE

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BOOK CAFE NEON PARK

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Arcade

DINER

FLOOR 6 SCALE: 1/8” = 1’

LATERAL SECTION SCALE: 1/8” = 1’

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[CHINATOWN, NY] SPRING 2017 (ARCHIVED)

LIBRARY PROPOSAL Duality between Terror and Hope Professor: Ran Oron Description: This library is an archive of the work by Raimond Abraham. Starting from a precedent study, the Austrian Cultural Forum designed by him, I took away the philosophical meaning behind the building and related it to both the history and the current status of the Chinatown in Manhattan.

Philosophy: “Death must express itself and its meaning somehow, just as do hope and desire. If I didn’t include the anticipation of terror in my architecture, it would not be worth anything.” -- Raimond Abraham

Interpretation through architecture: Rather than rising from the ground, Raimond wants to show the falling nature of gravity. Thus, the building is squeezed laterally, which indicated the crowdedness of the Manhattan city.

•Terror: The square shape which is a metaphor of guillotine, falls from the very top. The three following geometries: a T shape, a trapezoid and a rectangle articulated the motion of falling.

•Hope: The fire emergency stair at the back of the building, which I defined as an anchor of the building, ensured safety and opened up the front of the building for programmatic space.

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• Analytical Drawing of the Austrian Cultural Forum Analyzing the angle of the slanting facade in relation to the building across the street. Studying how a falling guillotine’ being translated into geometries Learning how the idea of terror and hope is assigned to certain programmatic uses.


Terror in the Old Chinatown: Due to the Chinese Exclusive Act( prohibiting all immigration of Chinese laborers) enacted in California in 1880, Chinese moved to the east side of the US and established Chinatown in Manhattan in 1890.

• Diagram of Chinese Population in the US- Shifting and Growing over Time

But people were then facing the choice of either stay alone in New York or reunite with their family back in China but wouldn’t be able to enter the US again. Therefore, the Chinatown in Manhattan at that time was a town of bachelors, who were cooped up in there. Issues quickly arose, two gangs, On Leung and Hip Sing, each oc-

Jail

cupied one main street in Chinatown, And where the two streets

Office

intersect, is the spot of fierce conflicts. Only the street in between is considered a neutral street, where a little peace can be found. Nar-

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row alleyways and underground tunnels are built as faster escaping routes. People died from the fights between the two gangs, they lived in great terror.

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• Old Chinatown 1. A town of Bachelors- an elevated train is looming in the back-

• Map of the Old Chinatown in Manhattan

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1. Showing the Intersection of the two main streets and the small tunnels and alleyways in between. 2. A police station that has a void space separating the jail and the office.

2. The bulletin board on the neu-

3. A funeral house at the intersecting corner of the two streets that has a tunnel on the back where only one per-

tral street- have posters of the

son can pass at a time.

percentage On Leung wants from the gambling table.

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Hope in the New Chinatown: However, in 1965, the US enacted the Immigrant Act, allowing Chinese and other previously restricted immigrants to enter the country, so Chinatown started its expansion. In 1974, the Confucius Plaza, with a 40-floor high residential building encircled the plaza, was built at the heart of Chinatown, anchoring Chinatown’s territory in Manhattan, representing the spirit of Chinese, and provides safety to people.

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• Longitudinal Sections 1. Focusing on vertical circulation. 2. Showing the suspension of the programs and the notion of narrow alleyways in section.

• Plans Starting from a skinny plan of 16 x 50 ft at the bottom, the plans ex-

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pands laterally.

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• Perspective Street View • Facing the Confucius Plaza, the building serves as a second anchor in Chinatown.

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[STATEN ISLAND, NY] FALL 2016 (ARCHIVED)

KINDERGARTEN PROPOSAL Weaving of Nature and Urban Professor: Scott Ruff

Manhattan

Description: This project is inspired by a weaving system, which is one of the occupation on the Froebel gift list for kindergarten students. The site is located on the edge of Staten Island in New York, facing Manhattan. By ana-

Staten Island

lyzing the transportation system and the natural aspects in both Manhattan and Staten Island, I discovered that Staten Island has abundant green areas but comparably meager transportation. For my kindergarten, the heavy earth is considered as the natural aspect and the light steel structure as a symbol of modern Industry. The dimensional weaving of the two different materials shows the intersection and merging of suburban and urban.

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Highway Subway Ferry

• Site analysis- Transportation and Park

• Floor Plans- Level descends from left to right


Since the site is facing north, all the courtyards are arranged on the south of the classrooms to allow sunlight shine in. All three classrooms are open to both the view towards Manhattan and the view of the courtyards.

• Longitudinal Sections

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• Courtyard- Creating visual connection between different levels.

• Entrance- Looking towards Manhattan


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[BROOKLYN, NY] SPRING 2016

HIGGINS PROPOSAL

Sound Track

Professor: Michele Gorman Description: This project is located on the plaza in front of Higgins Hall, architecture department of Pratt Institute. Syntaxes are found through analytical drawings of the existing facades and are used as components throughout the design. Developed from a setup between a distracted worker and a cautious blind girl, the proposal requires to translate their personal needs into architectural language.

Distracted worker • Wants quiet and closed space for concentration • Needs proper light for working • Doesn’t want to be seen to avoid disturbance

Cautious blind girl • Hopes to be visually and acoustically noticed by people for protection • Wants to move from one facade to another with a shortcut • Needs 5 to 6 feet wide passageway with clear boundaries for searching

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• Body Mapping- Distracted worker in motion

Syntax- West Solid & Void: Contains two rectangles that are connected to each other by edge and midpoint. The component is morphed by scaling and rotating. And it is extruded to create certain void space within a solid.

• Body Mapping- Distracted worker in stasis

Syntax- North Planar & Linear: Consists of two squares resting on the end of the L shape. The component is morphed through stretching one leg of the L shape which crosses another leg and also elongates one of the 17 squares.


Longitudinal Section Scale:1'-0"= 5/16" • Longitudinal Section

• Lateral Section

Lateral Section Scale:1'-0"= 5/16"

The design floats above the plaza, allowing people to travel underneath, and providing the occupants privacy and selective visibility. The blind girl is visible to the public and also audible through a sound amplification that drops from the floating volume to the plaza.

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• Floor Plan


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SPRING 2017

17SP/ Arch-211-02

Representation 3

Yuyi Shen

ORNAMENTATION STUDY Professor: Adam Dayem Description: This is a representation class project, in which I studied from the book Pugin’s Gothic Ornamentation. By reconstructing one of the ornaments with circle, I discovered the underlying rules behind Gothic patterns.

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Representation 3

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• Ornamented Interior Space: This drawing is constructed from layers of contour lines of an Interior space ornamented by Gothic pattern. 21


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Fall 2015

STRUCTURAL MODEL Professor: Michael Chen Description: In this technics exercise, two people were required to hold a watermelon with different positions and different body parts. And after analyzing how the weight gets transfered down, we made structural models that hold watermelon 1.5ft above the ground.

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