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Rhyme of Latterns and Flowers of the Sea

Rhyme of Latterns and Flowers of the Sea:
A Homage to the Gouqi Island

Nominee for the “Hello Zhoushan” International Installation Design Competition

This installation artwork is located on the beach of Kuqi Island, Zhoushan Archipelago, facing the sunset over the sea. The design draws inspiration from the local long-standing fish lantern and flower lantern culture. The fish lanterns symbolize the fishermen’s loyalty and joy towards the sea god, while the flower lanterns symbolize the longing and hope towards loved ones. The installation integrates fish, flowers and waves into a blended “sea of flowers”, through which visitors can stroll and see flower patterns up close, while the overall fish shape can only be observed from afar. On one hand, the work expresses the harmonious symbiosis between human and nature. On the other hand, it visually connects the emotional bonds between people, and between people and their hometown, symbolizing the timeless hometown nostalgia and charm.

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Seaside Abode

Seaside Abode:

Reverberations of Roots in Shengshan

Nominee for the “Hello Zhoushan” International Installation Design Competition

What exactly is home? Perhaps a house, perhaps hot food on the table, perhaps aimless footsteps, or perhaps the view outside the window. Shengshan Island has witnessed many stories in the ebb and flow of tides. Amidst the impermanence like tides, what is it that binds together the lives on this island? The meaning of “home” transcends time and space, not just a physical form, but also contains a spiritual dimension.

Inspired by the vacant houses covered in vines, this installation is situated in an uninhabited village. Wooden stakes are inserted into the beach with the walls woven from fishing nets. The fishing net walls on one hand reminisce the past, and on the other hand foresee the future inhabitation of marine life. As time passes by, microorganisms and plants will cling onto it, and the colors will fade for the installation to eventually return to nature. At the center is a huge dining table half-sunk into the beach, as if awaiting the return of owners. Will the long-lost footsteps approach again? The installation seeks a sense of belonging in flux – in the river of time, the meaning of “home” is no longer just houses, but the bond of all memories.


(dis) order

Collaboration with Phang Lim

Interviewed and Published by KooZA/rch

Finalists of the Archisource Drawing of the Year 2020

The project aims to create a superblock that empowers the residents by providing them with a basic 10’x10’x10’ framework for mass customization and construction over the years. Within the grid structure are voids that were being designed for various activities such as vertical circulation and interaction. Residents will have full freedom in deciding the size, program, and aesthetic of their units. The contradiction in space between programs creates disorder within the order, chaos within the calm, lawlessness within the rigid.


Analysis of the Microrayon plan in Makeyevka, Soviet Union

The Analysis of Microrayon

Interested in learning about the history and future of massed-develop housing typology, this research project looked into the planning of The “Microrayon” Plan in Makeyevka, USSR, as an example of a highly efficient residential block system. Carried out by Ernst May and his colleagues, this was an attempt of them trying to take on their successful experience of mass-constructing housing units from Frankfurt to the Soviet Union. The residential area comprises multiple "microcrayon" as a basic unit for building the "Sotsgorod" or socialist city. There are different configurations of block layout, but they all are approximately the same size and follow the same ratio between construction roads, greenery, and population density.


This research project also inspired the former project mentioned, (dis)order.

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The Nameless

The Nameless

Collaboration with Phang Lim

Competition Entry, featured on Competition Website

The project title “The Nameless” emphasizes the theme of hope by representing the stories of the immigrants, the poor, the homeless, the marginalized, and the rejected of New York City. The chosen site was Hart Island, which serves as the city’s potter’s field, and more than a million nameless were buried here. Shared by different religions and races, a Spiritual Center was created where everyone can have a conversation with their own divine and oneself.

The Analysis of Lambeth Tower

The Analysis of Lambeth Tower

Collaboration with Stella Dai

Lambeth Tower Diagram
The Analysis of SOAS

The Analysis of SOAS

Group Member: 

Dhvani Doshi, Suren Sivaram, Yunji Seong, Iris Yee

As Above: So Below

As Above: So Below - A New Florence

Group members: Katrina Abad, James Wang

A New Green Belt

A New Green Belt

Group member: Stephen Marinelli, Timothy Tamulonis

This project reacts to a hyper-densified London city. It reinforces the M25 highway as an infrastructural "green belt" when London's downtown has sprawled all the way to its rural edges. The project's form in created through a collating of Brutalist architecture found throughout London. The components of the collage are then repurposed to house an agricultural production center providing fresh produce for the city.

Casa Qualcosa

Casa Qualcosa

Group member: Suren Sivaram, Evan Elliot, Iris Yee