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Sen Peter Zhang





Sen Peter Zhang 3147 Broadway, Apt 6 | New York, NY | 10027 518-618-6150 | |

Education: Columbia University/Master of Science in Advanced Architecture Design + + + +

New York, NY | Jun.2016-May.2017

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute/Bachelor of Architecture

Troy, NY | May.2012-May.2016

AIA Henry Adams Award, 2016 George T.Droste Scholarship for structural engineering study, 2015 Faculty Selection Award, General Academic Proficiency and Promise of Excellence in Architecture, 2013-2016 Dean’s List, 2012-2016

Tongji University/Major in Urban Planning (transfered from Tongji University to RPI) + Freshman Achievement Grand, 2010

Shanghai, CN | Sept.2010-May.2012

Experience: Plasma STUDIO/Internship

•Calculating the occupancy load based on infrastructure distribution code for assembly group•Designing entrance and viewing points using Rhino•Rendering with Maxwell and Photoshop•Drafting analytical drawings using grasshopper•Drafting early construction details in AutoCAD.


•Studying a variety of fabrication technique for tire material•Designing Post-Carbon-City installation structural component using Rhino•3D printing iterative Mycelium chair models•Digital constructing the chair using Maya for massing and Grasshopper for structural joint detail•Final shop drawing in AutoCAD.

SOM/Researcher at Center for Architecture Science and Ecology

Jun.-Jul. 2015 UK Firm, Beijing Office

May-Aug.2014 US Firm, New York Office Feb.-May 2014 US Firm, New York Office

•Research assistant of Urban Air Flow Edge Control System. •Flow simulation with Grasshopper and Ecotect. •Researched a proposal on a beehive-inspired domestic thermal system.

Ballistic Architecture Machine(BAM)/Internship, Assistant to Senior Project Manager

•Conducting client meeting regarding the progress of the project•Designing many iteration for a facade renovation project with the manager, using Rhino and Maya•Presentational physical modeling by hand•Rendering using Vray•Drafting early construction documentation with AutoCAD•Creating project animation using Rhino script and Premiere.

Jun.-Aug.2013 US Firm, Beijing Office

Activity: Publication of School of Architecture/Editor, Curator Assistant

•Editing for several school book graphic design and printing project under supervisors using InDesign•Managing student works archives•Assisting school-Schenectady commissioned public exhibition and installation•Photographing school events. •Book editing, Building Futures: Re-Envisioning The Misci At Schenectady •Book editing, Jiao-Zhi:Tectonic Interworkings At Shanghai’s South Bund with Tongji University.

Studio Teaching Assistant

•Conducting technical tutorial for 2nd-year students in digital modeling and rendering with Autodesk Maya, Rhino, Vray and Photoshop•Structure consultant•Shop fabrication•Criticing review.

Off-Campus Study Program

Design researcher. Public installation Reinterpreting Baroque Membranes at Palazzo Taverno. Assistant. Black Hole Horizon sculpture designing, fabrication,video editing, presenting.

2012-2015 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Spring Semester 2016 Fall Semester 2013 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rome, Italy | Sept.-Dec.2014 Thom Kubli & EMPAC, RPI | Aug.-Sept.2012

Competition: 2015 2016 2016 2012

NiuZhaiShan Public Park Competition at Plasma Studio, 2nd Prize Archasm Int’l Competition: Liberty Museum, New York: Freedom To The People,Top 50 Int’l Contemporary Furniture Fair at NYCxDesign week, Lounging in mycelium chairs with TerreformONE Urban Planning Exhibition Center competition for the city of LanZhou at Evan Douglis Studio


Professional Skills:( * = proficient) * Revit * Auto CAD * Rhino/VRay/Grasshopper * SketchUp

Python * Maya * Adobe InDesign * Adobe Photoshop

* Adobe Illustrator * Adobe Premiere Adobe AfterEffect * 3D Printing

Reference Contact: Galia Solomonoff: Mariana Ibanez:

* CNC Milling * Laser Cutting Plaster Casting Microsoft Office Suite

Mandarin English

Personal Website:


A Museum of Verbs. or a Performing Art Center in the power of ten.



Design Development, Cultural Center in Groningen


Gravity Rises BMX Bike Factory


Negative Memory Or Cast Urban Interior As Library Of Refugee Diary


Bank of 15mins Fame


And a slaughterhouse in the other 11 month.


A Museum of Verbs.

or a Performing Art Center in the power of ten.

What is a performance? What is a Verb? For performance artists that centralize the issue of time, a simple action can always be deconstructed into secondary procedure sequence, which are often lost when the play is summarized as a verb of ‘fighting‘ or ‘eating’. The repetition of same actions estrange the familiar understanding of the same verb. The repeating layers divides the space and time, thus cut the understanding of the continuity of space and time. The performing center is no longer a stage, but a live archive of verbs. Every visitor is the learner as well as the exhibition for someone else. Studio: Mariana Ibanez GSAPP Summer 2016 Master Plan Design: Anthony Zampolin Architecture design: Individual Work + Researching contemporary performance art. + 3D modeling prototypes and programs arrangement using Rhino and sketches. + Developing master plans using Grasshopper. + Drawings plans and sections in Rhino, AutoCAD and Illustrator. + Rendering raw interior using Vray, photomontaged in Photoshop. + Rendering animation with Illustrator + Physical Modeling using 3D printed structural joint, prepared with Rhino.

Animated Video.



Unscripted act happens naturally when simple performance is elongated over hours.

Unscripted act in the repeating scenes. Each program is not predefined room, but a type of action. Eating, climbing, swimming, reading are recurrently performed by those who are attending the events. The center become a live collection of Verbs. People could see the basic verb being deconstructed by those performers into a sequencing procedure. Whereas the very action they are performing, the Seeing/Filming/Spying/Peaking, become part of the art as well. Delirious Fins


Multiple Vanish Point Section. Perception of sample object changes when perceived from different directions.

Section along Hudson river.


View From Hudson

Site Axo

View From Manhattan


The two levels that defined by the natural geographical difference on the riverside park enables a dual directional of multiple layers that distort the perception of depth and transparency. On the large scope of the park, a series of pavilion insertion on different locations fulfill the program demand for both local residence and museum visitors. Those insertions are formally in the same repeating fins language extension from the main verb museum.



Upper Level Plan



Parallel World in the Parallel Walls. The local topography difference is treated as an opportunity to incorporate two axis at each level. The riverside park, waterfront, highway and the train tunnel are interiorized as part of the precession at lower level, while the upper level aligned to the city street. The parallel fins allows transparent view from the city to be maintained, while the variation of each layers allows each program to be individually facilitated between the layers, and within the layers.

Lower Level Plan


Detail Plan


Power of Ten, Inward upward. Vertical voyager enforce estrangement. It expands and compress each participants experience, creating elongation of time and rapid motion though the structure simultaneously. It enables abrupt changes in program within the layers that appear solid from outside. Detail Section



Design Development Studio for Cultural Center Groningen, Netherlands In the original design of the old forum, the city piazza and interior space are separated by a flat glass wall. Our team reconsidered the facade as a thick folded oppuciable programs zone that can bridges the city piazza and the back-house of the forum, where art gallery, education center, cinema and fine art studio will be located under a ceiling that varies in height. Sloped circulation are embedded with the sloped program, where the visitors can enjoy the great view of both interior and exterior. Studio: Mark Mistur, Eric Churchill. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Spring 2015, 4th year Partner: Kun Zhang

Position in team:

+ Legal study and building code study with International Building Code(2015) standard. + Researching critical reviews on the unbuilt project. + 3D iterative design using Rhino and blue foam modeling. + BIM modeling using Revit. + Fire evacuation plan and fire safety analysis. + Calculating occupant load results with Microsoft Excel. + Facade performance analysis using Autodesk Ecotect. + Diagram drawings in Illustrator + Drawings plans, elevations and sections in Revit. + Detailing facade elements in Revit. + Rendering with Rhino/Vray + Physical Modeling with CNC milling and Laser Cut.

Rethinking the Piazza In the old city of Groningen, piazza are not only a formal typology but also a place for a variety of outdoor and indoor activities. Through study models we test some ways to represent this interior/piazza relationship, and was satisfied at a split folding scheme that hold depth and sloped programs on top. The folding implies a formal connection to the rest of city piazza. The spatial conditions emerges from a surface as a whole, so a continuous formal connection to the very ground plane can be maintained.

Final Models

Study Models


Massing Open for Publicity.

Circulation at Facade The circulation is mapped from one pulling move to follow the same zigzag vertical movement. The opening faces city in different alternation and reduce the massive impression on the piazza side. At the same time different views to the city can be achieved with the same opening being created.


Schedule and Program Locations.


Urban Living Room The mixture of different functions is intent to attract as much citizen population as possible though out every portion of the day and night. But their visit will also be extent to related programs because the spatial dialogue among them in the atrium space and the urban exterior.


Interior Render

From City To Atrium The hard landscape in the front take its shape from both the existing buildings gaps and the zig-zag elevation on front side as if the ground is a relief of the building massing. The landscape sinks as visitors approach, people enter from underground. Once in, the continuous atrium guide one’s eye upward, following the natural light from above and side aperture. Following either escalator for fast circulation or stair for slow one, life along the program slope and city is always visible.

South Elevation West Elevation, with Revit


Unique Levels. Unique Lives.

The back-house has less dramatic floor level changes, yet, they are not same in clear height. Either it is a hanging cinema box or a double height gallery space, each floor has a unique experience that goes along with the program setup.

translucent. Even when close to the surrounding site buildings, it does not block the view, but actually provides an interactive facade live show of the interior, informing the gallery, the cinema and studio performance to the city at night.

Despite its massive rectangular impression section, the side of the culture center is cladded with channel glass that is blurry



Typical Plans, with Revit.


South Section with Revit



Facade With Depth The facade uses channel glass to introduce as much natural day light as possible. At the night the translucent facade broadcast information to the city, as well as people’s circulation action behind the glass. In certain area the translucent glass is replaced by the clear glass for additional interaction between the city and the culture center.

Wall Section with Revit


Sectional Model, 60x200x155cm/23x78x61in




Gravity Rises BMX Bike Factory

BMX has seen an increasing popularity in New York city in recent years. But the production facility of this sport is still distant from the players. There could have been better engagement between the sport as culture and sport as commercial activity. Our factory is proposing a new business model that integrates ’4P’: Production, Promotion, Performance and Publicity, with the architecture being the brand for its production. It invites local player to join in the development of customized bikes by providing public space in the factory courtyards, where both designing and production are happening along the continuous slope surfaces. Studio: Lise Anne Couture GSAPP Fall 2016 Partner: Ruizhi Wang

Position in team:

+ Researching BMX history and generic factory layout, managing results with Microsoft Excel Sheet. + 3D modeling prototypes and programs arrangement using Rhino and Maya. + Detailing structural and facade elements using Grasshopper and Python Script. + Drawings plans and axonometric sections in Rhino, AutoCAD and Illustrator. + Rendering and fly-through animation with Rhino/Vray + Physical Modeling prepared with Rhino and Laser Cut.






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Site plan


The aged industrial zone at the Newtown Creek separate Queens and Brooklyn, but it also separates the local residence from the water front. But separation will not stop BMX biker who defines their own boundary as they use their body to map the urban environment.

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Three production lines The current production mode for BMX bikes involve displaced producers. Many parts are made in different factories to maximize production efficiency. Our design questions if that mode is the most efficient for the design cycle, a cycle involves highly customized parts for each individual customers. To resolve such problem, all three production lines are located under the same roof: body frame, rubber tyre and wheel frame.

Brake Cable. Handlebars. Brake Level Grips. Stem. Headset. Fork. Tire. Hub. Spoke.

Frame. Saddle. Seat Post. Seat Clamp. Rear Brake.

Rim. Cog.

Sprocket. Crank. Pedal. Chain.


A typical bike factory is studied to analyze the spatial requirement of the industrial interior. Particular attention was paid to the machine types: how are they occupying the space and how are they transporting the intermediate materials.



Frame Production Line

Tyre Production Line

Wheel Production Line



Typical Parallel Layout Parallel production line, creating a long span industrial building space. Time and space are not optimized to transport intermediate products.

Centralized Layout By bringing the input point and export point closer between each production segment, the factory can be more efficient.

Elevate The Start Point Lift each segment’s input point on a higher level, so the rest part of the process could utilize gravity to transport products between each steps.

Beneath The Elevated The assembling line and fine tuning process is placed flat beneath the slope, where the ceiling is filled with storage and machinery equipments.

R&D As The Forth Corner Research & design center is placed on the north side of the factory, where it overlooks to the city and sees the production lines as backdrop.

Stretch To The Context The basic layout fit itself into the irregular site line. The geometry forms into multiple courtyard that invite occupation from the public.

Rethink the factory typology The site sits at the border of Brooklyn and Queens borough, between a large residential area and an aged industrial zone. To revitalize the large scale industrial urban-scape while providing new public water front for the residence, the BMX factory position itself as large urban landscape that invite public to come closer to the production. Unlike typical bike factory where all assembly lines are placed parallel to each other for maximum cost-efficiency, we redesign the factory typology in a centralized layout where the designers, workers and players are all closer connected for maximum design-efficiency because BMX bike have been a very customization-drive products.


Study Model Top View 1:200


Massing Study.


Architecture as a Brand. The design of the factory is the branding for the company. The continuity attracts BMX biker to play on roof top, on wall space, on stairs and ramps, on every possible surface more than flat floors. The absence of corner and end point on the urban integration reflect the very culture the factory is designing and producing.


West Plaza



View From Queens



Assembly Line Atrium



Level 1



Research&Design Center



Level 2 and 2.5



Production Line



Level 3



Produce along the slope For all the needed machines for the production for the bikes, the continuous space is shaped to fit, not the other way around. The bending of the massing forms multiple courtyard that keep the interior naturally lit and different workshop visually connected. The usage of the bikes should not be separated from the production. Occasionally the continuity of the space is abrupted by the straight view channel that run through the factory, so the floating stage and the public park are visible through the production line.




Aerial View



Aerial View


Negative Memory,

Or Cast Urban Interior As Library Of Refugee Diary In recent years the incoming of the refugees to Europe is phenomenal. To physically write down this special history, a cast of urban interior is made. The exterior of the interior is then revealed while demolishing the original, linking the memory of a past to the memory of the future generation in the program of a library of diary. The diaries that document the tragedy feeling of the refugees will be archived and view in a location in Berlin where in the past were built by Nazi who separate the races. The detail of the past is preserved and displayed on public, holding the books as shelves. The shape of ‘X‘ becomes an abstract urban annotation that defined boundary within while blurry disappear from the city. Studio: Stefano Passeri. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Fall 2015, 5th year thesis Individual work. + + + + + +

Researching demolishing history and the art of negative casting. 3D modeling iteratively in Rhino. Generating urban-scape model using Grasshopper and Python Script. Drawings plans and sections in Rhino, AutoCAD and Illustrator. Rendering with Rhino/Vray, photomontaged in Photoshop. Wood Physical Modeling with laser cut and hand cut.

A Cast as Memory Demolition as Creation

Rachael Whiteread, House

When a negative cast is made, it is a newly born object. But the inevitable trace of the original piece make it looks like it is aged already. The conflict between the two leads early case study of cast. From large to small, from monumental to ordinary, the input and outcome of the procedure is surprisingly unfamiliar but recognizable. Because the new is created by killing the old. New face is born, so is the new threshold, the new border. Both of which leads to the rethinking of national borders. What is that thick line physically mean?


Larger. Smaller.

Less Defined Program.

More Defined Program.

Scale-less VS Biggness-less Architecture as Physical Annotation

Urban Annotation

Scale is a measurement for the logic, but bigness is a measurement for the eye. Even when placed as same size, the scale of objects can be very distinct. Consequently the program types that it enables are very different. In this sense, the scale-less graphical annotation can be resized to any program as it is translated from a flat annotation to physical annotation. Clue-less refugee contractor takes advantage of this by physically build a urban annotation from a small X-shaped mark on the map based on its scale.


Mistake. The leader of the refugee asked Berlin mayor where to go, whom replied “Here.�while randomly draw a X shape on the map. The leader meassure the map with a ruler and located it here.


Divested. Above the border line, building as border object start to develop revealing what was hidden inside, under the ground the infrastructure is digged out to reveal the hidden network within.

City Sick by the History. The mayor of Berlin decides to finally give a piece of land to the refugee in the city, a land that historically is associated with Nazi immigration alienation. A reversed building becomes the seed of a urban illness and the affect expends to the larger context.




Infrastructure. The underground infrastructure is exavatted and exposed to the open plazza as to provide essential water, sewer and gas support for the refuges.

Circulation. The sink plaza is not a closed space for the refugees, but a knot that encourage connections and movement within and outward the complex.

Facility. The different culture and life style of the two types of people can be resolved by common usage of facility that involve sport and commercial activities, the only two functions that is non-culture.

Regenerate. New business moved in at the sink plaza.



Healed. The negative urbanism is now fully functional. The only indicator is that it disappears and blends in.



Phased Axo Berlin Transforming into the Negative Memory


Library Axo


Transforming Window Norm to Shelves. The windows of the city is no longer used for looking out, but to be sprayed in concrete vessels that could hold books for the library. The annotation brutally cuts from city and makes a scar that blocks all traffic and breaks all understanding of the old Berlin, creating a sinking plaza that bridge the oblivion with nothing but reading space and social space, which is beneath the heavy memory above.

Phase I. Original.

Phase II. Casting.

Phase III. Library.


“Invisible Manipulation in X-shape.�

The oblivion of the Nazi building in Berlin would happen again to the new public library carve as time moves forward. At certain moment in the future, the creation of this long run demolition will blend in to the city fabric as if nothing had happened and the only disjunction between the old and new is the gaps between

Exterior of the Interior.

them, marking the evidence that a thick wall used to be there separating each space. Now the space would be free by its own by paralyzing itself into concrete form work.

Original Exterior.


“Reading Space Plaza.�

The reading space below the heavy cast of library is much less heavy but equally intense. The multiple stairs in the plaza can be loosely programmed as reading space, but also auditorium and exhibition. The pla-

za reaches out to other part of the cross that further connects to the city via passageway, shops and subway station.


Detailed Axo of the Library


Street View, No One Noticed.

Study Model, Library and Reading Plaza.

Street Elevation, New Meets Old.


Bank of (15min) Fame. and a slaughterhouse in the other 11 month.

Some people are powerful enough to determine if a work is an art or not. The young artist has little control over this art dictatorship. The 798 art district in Beijing has failed under this, where young artists moved in the cheap studio space, wishing to be well-known soon by a few critics. But once fame is established through judgment, that fame attracts wealth and rises the rent, putting an end to affordable studio space. In spring 2017, at the east north of Beijing, a secret meeting is held among three directors in the ring village: the mayor of the pig farm village, the curator of the young artist community from 798 and the supervisor of the ring track train-testing facility. They propose a annual carnival event where the public and the jury pick a winner, boosting the career of the artist, as if lending a fame through a bank. The increased value of the artwork through this process benefits the bank, and so as to the local communities. The ‘bank’ is designed with a dual-function: a slaughterhouse for local pork industry, as well as a periodically display venue for art community. The artists display their creation on the train car, enjoying their 15 mins of fame. The winner drive slowly back to the museum archive in a small loop, and the losers disappear over horizon. Studio: Galia Solomonoff GSAPP Spring 2017 Individual Work + Researching in Rio Carnival economy model and 798 art district real estate + 3D modeling with Rhino and Maya + Rendering with Vray and Photoshop + Drawings plans and sections in Rhino and Illustrator. + Animation with Premiere + Physical Modeling using 3D print

Commercial Campaign.



Tao, Recent Graduate 2009-2014, Chinese Fine Art Academy. Sculpture Major/ 2006-2009, Haidian Artist Collage. Water Color Major/ 12 years of training in oil painting and water color/ 2013-2015, Apprentice at Pang Chi Studio/ 2008-2010, Internship at LCK Design Firm/ He is struggling to get a taste of fame at 798, hope to be heard from the critics, but is not working out. The rent has increased six times, but Tao is anonymous.


Beijing Metropolis


~45 km

Starbucks tall Latte needed to pay for Jeff Koons puppy sculpture, 100 sqm.

9.5 2000

12 2003

24 2004

59 2016

~12m 2000, 0.8 RMB per sqm per day, 24 RMB per sqm per month or 0.27 USD per sq ft per month. 2003, 30 RMB per sqm per month or 0.34 USD per sq ft per month. 2004, 60 RMB per sqm per month or 0.67 USD per sq ft per month. 2016, 150 RMB per sqm per month or 1.68 USD per sq ft per month.


* $2.85 Per Cup of Starbucks Tall Latte

Ring Tracks

~4.2 km

~3.2 km


The 798 critic dictatorship The pig village is slow on is so wrong! pork product sales!

The tracks are aging!

We need a fresh start...

We need funding...

We need promotion...


In the future, everyone will be able to become famous for 15 minutes

The Bank will give every artist a chance of fame in a 15mins show time

--Andy Warhol

--Art Banker

The three directors ally as an ‘art bank’, and give artist a chance of 15 mins of fame. the public and the jury pick a winner, boosting the career of the artist, as if lending a fame through a bank. The art bank benefit through the auction of selected art. Pig farm agree to investigate money to promote ham products, a popular spring festival food. The track infrastructure is reused to provide mobile studio on train car that travel on ring so no rent of studio will be affected by a fixed real estate. The train car is also the stage that they will display the creation.

They learn from the highly commercialised Rio sambadrome, where art event encourage a positive competition of reputation among local communities, and in the process encouraging artist to pursue their dreams under capital input. Interestingly, the local beer factory sponsors the entire renovation fee for the place in exchange for high exposure in public advertising. The product is associated with the event.



Fame of art drives economy, making unaffordable art district


artist prepare for the judgement day over 11 months


artist never leave mobile train loop to avoid real estate impact to local


local pig farm village, new art district close to 798, train testing facility

pig grow 154 days to mature to be slaughtered

pigs ready to leave at night to avoid civil traffic


the fate of artist will be put with a price tag


visitors see the art work after the judgment


gallery formed with curtains



the fate of pig will be put with a price tag

gallery formed with curtains


pork hang to be deacid treated


pig circulate to the electric shock path

jury making decisions


cook making cured pork meals


pork hang to be deacid treated

feast is served


feast is served


1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14.

Waiting Electric Killing Cleaning Blood Draining Boiling Dehairing I Dehairing II Cleaning Gut Cutting Split Cutting Meat Slicing DeAciding Packaging and Processing Ham Drying


Between the Pig Slaughtering and the Art Visiting The mayor of the pig village demand the slaughterhouse must be operational, and the curator demand the art bank to be able to display works with interesting perspective. The solution is found with the floor offset of slaughterhouse. The platform is raised to get easy access to the pigs, but also can be treated as sink floor path. The same path could provide unusual viewing angle for the visitors around the arts next to the path.


3D print site model




Parallel Worlds


The space for the slaughter house and the museum display share the same physical space. They encounter the other world in a variety of ways, each encouraging the visitor to see the connection between the killing of a pig to the creation of an artist.






Urban Bridge, physical and functional. On urban scale, the slaughterhouse is sited over a segment of tracks, bridging the north and south side urban context that have been cut off. The subway station of the south of the plaza provide sufficient public transportation in the event of carnival. The two ends of the factory matches the simple massing of the neighboring factory, while the middle crossing over is centralized completely around the tracks. The world of art and pig collide in the middle. The subway station is integrated in the design so Once stepping outside one

could immediately see the main cantilever with latest live streaming voting data projected. The two function shares space under one roof in different seasons, so the plans are designed with ambiguity to satisfy both programs. The bridge of viewing is chosen over conventional sloped seating because the usage rate is much less and bridge over provides a closer viewing point to the display below. The winner will slowly drive back to the archive zone in a small loop where the artist will receive cheers and even closer examination

Urban elevation matches the context buildings.


from the audience when placed along the galleries spaces inside, before either sold in the auction house or permanently collected by the bank. Tao should be happy, the fame he receives here put a price tag on his work. The mayor is happy, as the association of art festival and his pork product is a commercial success. The art is consumed, so are the cured pork.

Reconnect the two urban fabric separated by the tracks.


Carnival Program (Dec)

Slaughterhouse Program (Jan-Nov)


Cantilever Structure Analysis


Artist receiving crowd cheer as the train drive through the center.



Facade Details



Section Perspective



The selected art in the permanent collection.


The selected art in the auction house, value to be recycled by the bank.

From the Fame to Auction The ‘bank’ is designed with a dual-function: a slaughterhouse for local pork industry, as well as a periodically display venue for art community. During the 11 months preparing for the carnival, artists work and live on train cars that travel on the abandoned train ring track. The mobility ensures that no local real estate economy will be crashed due to the association with art fame, a lesson learned from the 798 art district. Meanwhile, the local pig farms in the village send the pigs to the slaughter factory where it is killed, packed and cured to Chinese prosciutto over the final months. In the 12th month the slaughter house is transformed into a temporary gallery that host the carnival. Visitors circulate through the path that transforms live pig to flavored ham,


thrilled by participating the voting and collective appreciation. The artists display their creation on the train car, enjoying their 15 mins of fame. The winner drive slowly back to the museum archive in a small loop, and the losers disappear over horizon, to the ring track traveling for another year. As people enjoy the cured pork feast after the auction for the winner and take home cured meat for the Spring Festival, it seems that they have put a price tag on everything as it is consumed, eventually.

Plan Level -1



Plan Level 1



Plan Level 2



The winner receive reputation as the train drive back to museum archive.



The art bank celebrating the carnival.



Internship Works

TerreformONE, PlasmaSTUDIO, Ballistic Architecture Machine(BAM), thomkubli

Python/Grasshopper Installation Samples | 2016

Parametric Fabrication Samples | thomkubli | 2012 Role in team: Designing, joint detail design and CNC fabrication


WuDaoKou Mall Facade Renovation | BAM | 2013 Role in team: Designing, digital and physical modeling, renders, animation, conducting client meeting


Post Carbon City installation | TerreformONE | 2014 Car tire is the hardest to degrade by nature or recycle by human. Decades of usage of automobiles leaves behind millions of tons of tires that embeds carbon footprint inside. In current rate of tire disposal, by the 30th century the Manhattan island will be surrounded by used tire filling both the Hudson river and East river, where new urban-scape will form. The original Manhattan island will be the new central park, a resort for the mankind. Team leader: Mitchell Joachim, Nurhan Gokturk Researching multiple usage of recycled material Designing prototypes with Developing fabrication drawing with

Zoning and Density




Parametric Furniture Fabrication | TerreformONE | 2014

Lounging in mycelium chair, design and fabrication

Mountain Top Museum of NiuZhaiShan, Render(below) with


AutoCAD Detail Drawings | BAM | 2013

Landscape Drawing, Design and Drawing using

Rhino Modeling | PlasmaSTDUIO | 2015

NiuZhaiShan Park Competition, Design and Render using


New Museum in Motion | GSAPP Tech Series | 2016 The New Museum by SANAA is conceptually composed by a pile of boxes that shift and offset as the level goes higher. We are proposing an newer version of New Museum in the similar logic by raising the gaps between each level according to the scope of the additional exhibition curated. The dynamic truss system pins on one end and slides on the other end, so a level can be any position between entirely hidden or full story tall. The weight of the building is accumulated from top to bottom, so the lower portion requires more structural support than the upper portion. This can be achieved by a few stronger structural members, or many weaker members. The number of members needed is determined by the structure type, strength and loads. And the resulting number count, unit price

and clear height will ultimately determine the cost of each structural level. The clear height factor is placed to keep the height of the building in control. Intuitively, the four different type of structural members from our selection list will results in a diverse range of structure spatially and economically. The first goal of the galapagos process is to find the most economical selection of the structural system under a given budget, while keeping the selection of each level independent. The large open area created is desired, whereas shadowing from boxes above should be as less as possible. So the invert shadow calculation puts an economic factor that prevent the gap level from being too low after the structural evaluation. A similar method of solar radiation analysis is conducted using DIVA for grasshopper.

Expandable lift structure change the gaps between floors.

It can achieve higher precision, and it provides a more visual solar radiation map. But the impact for other factor evaluation from DIVA is not very obvious. The final result of the galapagos selection enable us to quickly pick the most desired combination of structural elements within the limited budget and structural requirement from a large variety of solutions. The ability to estimate and control the cost and benefit of such design could be very valuable in the next phase of design as it moves from schematic to design development. Role in the team: +Grasshopper script writing +Detail joint design Partner: Shuying Mi, Qi Zhang

Expandable Floor Gaps.


Expandable New Museum

Grasshopper definition for structure optimization, solar exposure optimization and cost control.


Unversity Island | Competition | 2016

Physical Calendar

View from Island

There are never a final stage for a clock, nor for Venice. So why should architecture have one? The city of Venice is dynamic with its periodical tide and flood schedule. And the island with ruins are very beautiful in relationship to that special Venetian schedule. By setting the new campus as a clock next to it, the campus will never be in finished condition. It turns some of the land into water, and some of the water into land in a dynamic and fragmental pattern, so the physical space of the university could be as fragmental as the preserved ruins next to it. View from Canal

The programs of the campus sits on five ships, each cruising on its own direction and speed. Over the time some programs may overlap and then separate. The frequency of those special overlaps becomes the physical calendar for the school. The campus plaza is constantly engaging with the changes of the programs shifting in the university. Facility can be brought closer or more apart, not only changing the spatial relationship among those programs, but also changing the island perimeter profile by engaging with the water, sometimes inviting them deeply inside, sometimes push them off completely, but for most time the complex water front become part of the circulation within university island and even to the main island of Venice.

Center of Campus



1 Reading Room


2 3

Ceiling Fan






Roof Beam

7 Original Campus Key:





Classroom Column

1, Outdoor Sport 2,Classroom, Office 3, Gym 4, Office 5, Cafeteria 6, Small Gallery 7, Lab 8, 9, 10, Dorm 11, Multi-Purpose

Library Arches

Classroom Glass Wall Library External Stairs Study Room Stacks

Reading Room Classroom Outdoor Event Space

Small Theater Roof Bar Art Display Large Auditorium Dock Water Slope Dock

Mechanical Room


Engine Room

Center Of Rotation

Axometric View


Sen Peter Zhang


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