MIT Master of Architecture Thesis
Not So Correct ⏤ Rebuilding with the Fragments of Memories
Question for world heritage sites in danger
In the reading of by DeSilvey, the author suggests that “rather than deny or deflect change, we need to find meanings in transition, transience, and uncertainty.” Things from the past retain stories that we could not see, hear, touch or experience in our time, and the efforts to deliver those stories relays on generations.
Yet, can this be applied to world heritage sites in emergencies, where a transition is ongoing, and where people live with the fear of uncertainty of historical and cultural assets being eradicated?
How do we as creative agents initiate stamping both past and present to preserve our world heritage sites?
Safeguarding the Old City of Shibam
This project takes the Old City of Shibam, one of the earthen architecture heritage sites in emergencies, as a study site for its speculative future.
Safeguarding the Old City of Shibam
Drip is about a construction of concrete dripping, and centering production around ideas of its unique material gesture. Concrete works are usually focused on fixing or avoiding surface imperfections, but this project celebrates the fluidness of concrete before the curing stage, and the form shaped from its material movement becomes the MATTER in this project. This creates constraints that aren't rational when transforming into DATA but it broadens the scope of exploring engineering opportunities playing with the MATTER.
Through iterations, I found the act of dripping forming an architectural expression of dispersion. The drips scatter easily and have created a variety of shapes, which enriched the process of form finding. This can't be achieved or ever designed from human kind, but only the MATTER itself can create its form. And, irregular or imperfect shapes can be anything - small objects, furniture, floor, façade, and ceiling.
Site photo with a footage of the Talaliot sitting in the center of the photo
The musuem is surrounded by the most abundant prehistoric monument on the island of Menorca. The site is hugging the architectonic remains, which are scattered over the site and gradually the stones gather around the Talaiot. The stones are the traces of the history of this cyclopean prehistoric site and scattered stones were inviting people to Talaiot.
Scattered architectonic remains around Talaiot
Drip ⏤ Matter to Data
E+W Residences are located in the middle of the East Boston residential area, Jeffrie’s Point. The project forms part of a masterplan for the development of four vacant lots that stay abandoned for years. The masterplan calls for five residential buildings, and each building has its open-view deck situated in the same level height between each other residences. The open view decks aim to achieve a visual connection and unify the five distinct residences into one coherent residential community. The decks offer views to Boston Logan Airport and Downtown Boston across the water. Considering an old tunnel that runs below one of the four lots (lot #3), the project aims to open an outdoor mini-park and an underground parking lot serving a maximum of 28 cars. With a long linear open space that stretches view to the waterfront, E+W Residences will define a new streetscape of Jeffrie’s Point and provide comfortable dwellings, further embedding new communally sustainable development in the neighborhood.
Bailey Island Seaweed School(BISS) is a creator's school where prospective seaweed farmers learn and personalize their farming strategy. The whole design is a ‘tidal workshop’, which borrows the power of nature to create distinct experiences during high and low tide. We aimed to diversify the learning experience through a 'shear' form to promote mutual caring between different user groups and leveraging the landscape experience distinct between high and low ide. More detailed work progress can be found on the website .
Find the resources you need to get started at BISS and personalize your farming strategy. There are three main educational programs at BISS : Farm Edu, Food edu, and Sell edu. At Biss, students are trained to farm, and build their own seaweed recipe. BISS connects the prospectives to the local farmers and encourages to strengthen the local community.
We are designing programs at BISS with different user profiles to fit the need of a larger community. These are the three signature users that we are thinking: Local lobstermen who can teach life skills about the ocean in BISS during the farming season / Young farmers and also mothers who needs to learn running a seaweed farm and take care of children in BISS daycare center during education / Immigrant farmers who are already running farms and need to develop the skills in marine food business. We are hoping these user groups could benefit from our lab facilities, business lessons and through networking.
Here is how we grow and produce foods at BISS.
Bailey Island Seaweed School
1. Lobby 13 Performance
2. Theater Design - Individual Work
- Type: Cultural
- Location: Jamaica Pond, Boston MA
The project aims to focus on how to curate sensual environments and how to amplify individual audience experience within the performance itself. Lobby 13 performance was a theatrical experiment going back and forth from spectatorship to interaction. This theatrical experiment expands to aiming to see how a particular spatial system affects the user experience.
In reflection of the interactive performance, Jamaica Pond Immersive Theater manipulates and affects audience’s attention by impeding one’s vision with continuous stairs, trail, seating floor plates and intersecting wood beams. Since the performance is scattered in many places, the audience depends on the sound of the performance, which can’t be seen well from where they stand. Throughout the exercise, users can consume space as their own experiences and imaginations, serving as a self-conscious and self-interpreted theatrical environment.
Dark Forest Theater