Architectural And Urban Design

PARAMETRIC CITY GENERATOR

GSD, Computational Design, Urban design

The project is written in C# in Grasshopper.
The tool takes in the urban boundary and primary roads and generates the network of roads in 3 classes as well as buildings in various density. It simulates the density variation by scaling blocks and controlling building type and height according to the location block by block.

Riverfront Trail - Rocket City

GSD, Huntsville, Urban design

This is an urban design project for envisioning the future of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center at Huntsville, AL.
The entry point of the project is the hydrological characteristics of the site. The site is modified as a dynamic plan for both flooding and dry seasons. The master plan integrates the site as part of Singing River Trail of the city, and expands the campus along four parallel corridors - mountain bike trail, riverfront walk, central boulevard and service drive. Each corridor addresses various modes of travel and forms part of the phasing plan for the future.

Equity in the Access to Medical Resources During COVID-19

Big Data, Visualization, New York City, D3, Python

The project is aimed at telling a story to the public on what’s happening in the communities’ access to medical resources during the past period, and revealing some possible blind spots based on the social and economic context of NYC.
The project starts with some background reports on case and death rate by race during COVID-19. It dealt with data on informational and physical accessibility by ZCTA codes and visualized the data in the scale of the city. To conclude, the two new accessibility index were synthesized in an interactive map and chart with current SVI (social vulnerability index), letting the public check which of the three index might be related more to the inequity reflected on the death rate for some districts.
The project uses Python in data analysis, and D3 in visualization and interaction.

PrismBot - Bio-Inspired Robotics

GSD, Fabrication

This is the final project of the course SCI-6478, meant to be a synthesis of work in kinematics, fabrication, controls and application.
In the early stage, the concept was developed through the mimic of millipede with modular segments. The concept was carried on by several rounds of fabrication tests. In the later stage, due to the remote-learning policy, the project was tested via Autodesk Fusion 360. In the finishing stage, the robotic was consist of two pairs of legs. The direction of rotation determined its direction of motion, and the speed of rotation determined its steering system.

HOUSING IN URBAN CORES

Housing, Boston, Urban Design

The project is an extension of the existing grid and transportation system, which overrides the mostly underwater site in the future.
It deals with the risks of rising sea level and annual flood by chronological design in the short-medium-long term.
It contains a mixture of three house types from the local, which are arranged according to the site condition facing the risks of rising sea level and annual flood chronologically.
The housing buildings show a transition in demography from the South Boston neighborhood to downtown Boston.
Public buildings are proposed and reserved according to the distribution of existing brownfields, which also contains the progressive design with the brownfields being treated gradually.

HIGH-TECH CAMPUS IN SUBURBAN

Campus, Boston, Urban Design

The campus focused on outdoor gear industry, which is one of the largest economic sectors in the states. The site and neighbor form an attractive leisure landscape thanks to the combination of the natural resource and its strong transportation infrastructure.
The campus acted as a catalyst for reconfiguration of the surrounding suburban landscape by overlaying green infrastructure and concentrated campus core.

URBAN INTENSIFICATION

Beijing, Urban Design

The project is located on the void space between the entrance and administrative building at Tsinghua, aimed to intensify the functions here and to explore the relationships among each building, activating the space, inviting people onto the site, and offering daily service for students, tourists, and professors.
Parking Intensification - Solve the parking problems. Professors can park right underground the teaching buildings.
Circulation Intensification - Allow cars and people into the site, which used to be separated for landscapes. More space experiencing with denser circulations.
Functional Intensification - Introduce daily service on the first floor. Add space for class, hotel, and recreation.
The Relationships Intensification - Connect the new buildings with the existing ones with roof gardens and ground yards.

Study On The Development Of TOD

Boston, GSD, Urban design, GIS

Intented for studying what makes the development around a station transit-oriented, and how such development shapes some part of Boston, the project is part of the GIS workshop. It’s consist of two parts, both through comparison and data visualization: Overall status quo of TOD in Boston; Key elements of TOD when zoom in to neighborhood scale.

STAGE FOR CITIZEN - MALIANDAO RD RENOVATION

Beijing, Urban Design

Up to the scale of the city of Beijing, a city greenbelt is designed to connect the vestige of the capital of Jin Dynasty.
The newly constructed buildings serve as the stage for citizen, compensating the shortcoming of the life online.

PARLOR OF VIL. WANGMA

Shanxi, Architecture, Completed

The building is used for wedding, meeting and everyday activities for villagers.
The project mainly considered 3 aspects if input conditions.
The mountain-water axis - The north-south leg of the T-shaped site is used as a corridor through the center, ending with a small stage in the south. Plus, there are viewing platforms on each floor facing south or north.
The historical conditions - Old tiles, bricks and beams are used to recall the villagers' memories of the live before relocating.
The open space - There is open space on each floor for both activities and sightseeing.

THEATER DESIGN AT WUDAOKOU

Beijing, Architecture

The project located in Wudaokou with several schools, IT centers, government offices and malls around. People here only went out of the office at meal and were squeezed onto the road by the massive pedestrians.
In the compact urban space, the project aimed to offer not only a traditional theater, but a system of the open space for everyone's experiecing, exhibition, communication and performing. The activities expand the timeline in which the workers, students and residents use the space.


Work Pieces

CHINESE ANCIENT TEMPLE MAPPING

Mapping, Architecture

Yan Emperor Temple lies in Gaoping, Shanxi Province. It was repaired as early as Yuan Dynasty according to textual research, while the year it was build is not clear.
The group of temples are typical Chinese traditional sacrificial buildings.
I was required to finish the measruement with a partner and draw detailed evelations by myself. Here is some pieces of my entire work.

WEAVING

Computational Design, Grasshopper

Computational Design with Grasshopper.