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Aquaculture and Community Learning Center
This thesis derives from the current ocean crisis, which is the overexploited fishery. We have already consumed half of the ocean's resources, which will finally run out in 2050 if the situation continues. To solve this, aquaculture, which is the farming of fish and other organisms, was created. Yet, with many farms are doing it destructively, this project aims to show the new aquaculture methods that are sustainable for the local community. The project creates a community learning center whose primary objective focuses on providing knowledge about the Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) to local farmers, tourists, and students. It will also act as a new landmark where people go not only to learn but also to do other activities to create an informal learning and fun experience based on the space designs that combine aquaculture and recreation programs. It will provide a new form of space design to serve the aquaculture's learning, but still give a familiar and local atmosphere by choosing appropriate materials and respecting the vernacular architectural design so that the local people will feel comfortable while approaching this place. Besides, the project also emphasizes sustainable innovation, both passive and active systems, by concerning ventilation and natural light, materiality, and circular economy of the aquaculture system.
Tondo Community School: Education as a Catalyst for Community Development
Within the affluent and concentrated urbanized cores of the cities of the world lie the many voids of excluded communities, constantly trapped in the hands of poverty without any means of escape. Included in the many impoverished voids of the Philippines is the Vitas Community of Tondo. This informal settlement community is mostly known as the scavenging community of Manila, whose main source of income is collecting and sorting wastes from nearby dumpsites.
In the pursuit of aiding these communities towards development, the role of education, amongst all approaches, proved to be most effective catalyst for community development. However, a thorough study of the educational situation in Tondo shows that, contrary the common notion, the presence of a large number of traditional educational institutions alone, cannot stop the proliferation of the high index of out-of-school youth (OSY) and low literacy rate in Tondo. Therefore, a shift to a more appropriate educational model is needed to cater to the unique needs of its impoverished constituents. With this, the idea of the “Redefined Community School” was conceived.
The “Redefined Community School” is an alternative community-based educational model, distinctly focused on providing the appropriate learning opportunities for individuals of impoverished communities, as the critical foundation towards their community’s development. It differs with the existing public schools and international community schools, in a way that it is: all
inclusive (caters for every member of the community of all ages, from daycare to livelihood programs), accessible (open and not isolated from the community) and adaptable (conforms to the local community’s unique needs & resources).
In the crucial process of reaching out and learning about the community members of Tondo and how they want their community school to adapt to their needs, project-based learning, or learning through real-world problems instead of traditional teacher-based instruction, proved to be most appropriate approach for their school. As a result, the school was designed with the main concept of “Bottom-Up Educational Influence”, where educational influence roots from the bottom community level towards the upper formal school levels, through (1) creating a learning network with different community partners on the ground level, (2) blurring its borders to let the outside community into its upper levels and (3) inserting various shared learning areas all over the school to create a dynamic and continuous learning corridor.
The design output of a community school model in Tondo is a cluster of buildings with flexible modular units, resembling a micro city with the spatial compositions of the urban landscape. The network of buildings is open and diversified with typological places, such as plazas and courtyards, to encourage the community into the site and to nurture a familiar feeling from everyday life. These buildings are connected with a labyrinth of ramps, that are displaced into different learning areas, increasing opportunity for both students and the community to learn together in a real world setting; hence, propounding a school-to-city or city-to-school communication.
Metabolist Regeneration of a Dementia Nation
Architecture has long been a common and prevalent means of giving a commemorative presence to memory. Today, when new digital technologies render the nineteenth-century dichotomy between hand and the machine obsolete, where does craft lies in architecture? These significant changes in the nation’s life, whether social or political, alter the collective minds of its citizens. This is especially so when that nation is Singapore. With an aging population and an everchanging built environment, existing forms of remembrance of the past may be left with just photographs and videos. Therefore my project searched for the redefinition of craft beyond digital form-finding, using narrative and story-telling to address conservation, memory and performance; allowing hybrid practices between architecture and film-making to blur the boundaries of craft and experiences through the conservation of Golden Mile Complex.
Singapore’s Golden Mile Complex would be celebrated in many other countries, as an important icon of 1970’s Metabolist urbanism, yet in its home city - it faces imminent demolition. More than eighty similar sites have already been destroyed, as part of a progressive nation building programme. I speculates on an alternative vision for this huge residential block, that not only saves the building, but allows it to absorb physical artefacts from Singapores threatened urban infrastructure. A prototype for an alternative pattern for future development and craft-making in architecture; capable of allowing new and existing residents to forge new memories, whilst giving space for the past to breathe. The animated film documents the lives of a series of Golden Mile residents, urging us all to resist the power structures that would see our urban memories so readily erased.
Lower Northeastern Thailand Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Center Ubonratchatani
In a world that constantly changes and fast growing industries, Thailand Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Organization was built by Her Majesty the Queen's initiation with the purpose to promote and make sustainable income for people so as to propel Thai arts and crafts products towards local and international recognition.
To supporting and developing Isan arts and crafts, Lower Northeastern Thailand Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Center Ubonratchatani will have established by intend to use architectural desing getting involved in sustainable development that cover whole products cycle; organizing raw material, managing the production process, and creating market opportunities, which make Thailand handicraft stroger and resilience.
To follow the main idea, supporting arts and crafts simultaneously, both relations between “people and nature” or “people and people” have been given precedence by creating main circulation and courtyard that connect all of the buildings in this project. There are 4 courtyards representing different feelings base on their functions; Metal and Earthen ware, Wood carving and bamboo weaving, Silk dying, and Exhibition space.
The axis of the whole setting is related to the several main buildings around, maintain a continuous of major circulation. The identity of Isan traditional architecture also used for designing all of the building to incident Isan cultural as an image of the project. More over, project's site zoning divided into 3 main parts in linear form; workshop area, gallery area, and shopping area, are settled by the process of manufacturing.
Tide and the cinema. Moon and the sea. They share something in common. As the tide gets high, water flows into the man-made structure, holding up the volume, stretch out the canopy, and the moon would appear right in the middle of the night sky.
I created an architectural system. However, the walkway and lighting are controlled by nature. A cinema varies with daily lunar phases and tide levels.
Capture the movement of nature, and make them into poetic scenes.
That is the intention of my graduation design
Regional Tectonic of Farmhouse Sustainability
Quan-Jing Ranch is a livestock ranch under the times policy. Its biggest feature is the use of the entire hillside area to achieve a balance between artificial breeding and the natural environment, and the development of three major operating systems: animal husbandry cycle, fecal water purification cycle, and natural ecological cycle. And I have established a design strategy according to the context of the base, and used environmental education to highlight the value concept of the recycling of pasture resources. Try to use the natural resources in the base as much as possible in the construction materials, such as cow dung, plants, pebbles, etc., which are obtained and built through the activities of the workshop. There will also be different degrees of difficulty in construction methods, open to tourists of different ages to participate, and establish an emotional cycle.
Republic of Music
How do we experience music, get close to it, and feel it in our daily life? In today's society, the popularity of music allows people to hear music anytime, anywhere. However, too common music, so that people in real life on the music of the cognition and feeling gradually disappeared, how can music through the daily place to re-enter people's lives? I try to re-establish the space for the music experience by positioning the music line in a place where daily behavior occurs frequently.
FengShan Cultural City 10x10: Display Images of Modern Society
Not only use "semi-permanent" intervention in the daily space text ,but also to "add value"to the space, superimpose and construct 10 steel towers on the existing texture of the site, and become a new "propogation carrier." Those who come here must explored slowly, discover and understand the Japanese authority and navy white terror. Put together the circular texture of the site and the historical significance of the historical monument group to make it gradually clear. In the end, the images of modern society was spread by Instagram, and leading people to an island-like "Fengshan Cultural City" adventure.
Scaffold House: An Urban Disaster Transitional Shelter
Scaffold House is a transitional shelter program designed for the projected number of victims of the Magnitude 7.2 movement of the West Valley Fault, a worst-case scenario earthquake model created to prepare for the so-called "Big One." The west valley fault intersects the major cities within the capital region of the Philippines. The country has prepared for the immediate response shelters and some relocation projects for residents in hazardous areas, however, evacuees that require a prolonged temporary stay; and away from the hazards during their physical, mental, and economic recovery from the trauma of a disaster are left out.
That is where Scaffold House comes in. This project is for the residents that require better shelter conditions than tents and open stadium evacuation centers.
With the temporary nature of the project, and having environmental protection as a top priority, the project is requiring a material that is reusable, available in the market to lessen production, easy to assemble and disassemble, flexible in design and measurements, doesn't require extensive site intervention, and very lightweight, therefore concluding to scaffolding.
The project provides a shelter not limited to a house but also other aspects of disaster recovery and rehabilitation such as education, economic, mental and physical health, community engagements, and the overall post-disaster growth of not only the evacuees but every stakeholder as well.
The Narrative of a Sisyphean Land
This is a narration of a pice of land, located at the end of Zhuoshui River. After the establishment of the Sixth Naphtha Cracker Complex on the other side of the bank, the agricultural land have been facing its fate of declination. However, on the extremely polluted dying land, farming and river ceremonies continue; residents hold river rituals to pray for a good harvest, while farmers plant in the contaminated soil only to harvest inedible crops . The daily farming and ritual routines seem to be in vain. Comparing to the fading land, what anchors people's unchanging persistence and beliefs? The people here have accepted the fate of the land they are attached to, meanwhile despising the harshness of the environment. With the attitude of “rebellions”, they sustain their daily planting and rituals. The seemingly meaningless attachment to the land and the absurd futilities, are the counteraction against the fading of the land. The meaning of fading has since lost its meaning on them. While the land fading, how to preserve the emotion and identity toward the land? The relationship between people and land is transformed into a modern farming method; there is a 50-year restoration and replacement among the life cycle of the people, dwellings and the land. people plant decontamination plants in contaminated land, waiting for the field to be purified; as a substitute for the land, the newly built greenhouse will be integrated into the village context. When all the brick houses collapse, steel and glass become the preservation of the space memory. The bricks and tiles will eventually buried in the fields with the ancestors. When the new generations of farmers moved in, at the other side of the field will be the eternal resting place of the predecessors and space memories.