A bosom friend afar brings distant land near. The Oversea album shares the lives of Chinese living abroad with all. The No.99 episode is about Shuyang Wang who graduated from University of California, Davis and University of Pennsylvania.
Why going abroad?
In high school, my parents persuaded me to study abroad, and I started to apply for colleges in the States. At that point, I am not sure why I am studying abroad. I even looked at it with panic and resentment. However, the world and my mind are both changing. I have been abroad for eight years since 2012. Now I feel I can experience different lifestyles in foreign places. I wish to have more adventures.
What impressed you the most when you are abroad?
I have to face problems, accept imperfections, digest emotions, and propose new ideas by myself.
What do you miss the most about China?
Cultural atmosphere. I really miss fresh lychee (Litchi chinensis), hairy crabs (Eriocheir sinensis), the landscape of the West Lake, and my hometown Hangzhou’s fragrant osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) that blooms now. I also miss the high-speed rail and metro systems in China.
Will you come back China? Why?
I’m not sure. Living in the States makes me feel like a vast pasture. It’s free but sometimes monotonous. While in China, it’s like a flower nursery. I could get more resources but feel restricted in the meanwhile. Whatever choice you make, there will be a “road not taken”. However, the boundaries between countries are becoming blurred.
Is it more distinct to view China in a different environment after going abroad? Any thought?
I like to compare the different ways of thinking about the same issue or topic. Why people from different cultural backgrounds think differently is quite interesting. Learning to think critically is important. Sometimes you have to keep distance since those closely involved cannot see clearly. Prejudice builds up easily when you are involved.
What makes the curriculum of your school different from other architecture schools?
At UC Davis, plants, ecology, and small-scale stormwater management are featured topics.
At UPenn, I get exposed to projects in diverse scales. Students are talented and productive. Instructors come from various backgrounds with totally different points of view and attitudes towards design.
What are the characteristics and interesting points of your firm?
SWA has a mature management system and graphic standards. I have been working on various international projects with a decent schedule. I appreciate the process that concept evolving to construction through times of negotiations and modifications.
Who is your favorite artist (in wider range such as art, music, movie)? What is the influence?
时装设计师亚历山大·麦昆Lee Alexander McQueen。天马行空，鬼斧神工。熟稔传统又推翻传统。在他身上学到了设计要大胆，要不怕犯错，要敢于质疑。
Li Shangyin (813 – 858), a Chinese poet of the late Tang Dynasty. He has an innovative approach to bring myth and anecdote into his poems to build an illusion of memories and imaginations. It is classical surrealism. I think the environmental design is like poetry which creates infinite in limited space.
British fashion designer and couturier Lee Alexander McQueen (1969 – 2010). I appreciate his boundless creativity and motivation to create beauty overcoming brutality. He knows the tradition and breaks it. I learn to be a brave designer. Do not be afraid of mistakes and authority.
Leslie Zhang (1992 – ), a contemporary Chinese Photographer who has a special taste of color and artistic conception. His works are touched by a nostalgia for the past, even in his most modern pictorials. It is a combination of vogue and vintage, beauty and romanticism.
What fascinates viewers the most in your portfolio in your opinion?
Exquisite and meticulous. I try to view design and representation in various lens.
When did you start to follow gooood? Any suggestions?
Since 2017. I hope to see more interdisciplinary content.
W O R K
The Journey of Metamorphosis
The New Medici’s Garden: McQueen’s Realm
701 Studio | UPenn | Fall 2019
Advisors: Valerio Morabito and Richard Weller
Site: Florence, Italy
项目背景 | Project Background
The site is an iconic circular space in the Historical Centre of Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance. The city walls surrounding Florence have been widened and rebuilt six times since 60 B.C to protect the growing city. Unlike other popular scenic spots and parks in Florence, the site, like a pupa attached to the outermost layer of the city walls, is an empty suspended area throughout history. Located in Tuscany’s hilly landscape, the site has a natural urban continuity with the historical-critical Boboli Gardens and Pitti Palace. The morphology of the area is characterized by a central depression, while its boundary follows a constant elevation.
Instead of replicating conventional Italian landscapes, imagining a contemporary Renaissance version of a park for this important iconic historical city is more meaningful. Inspired by the Medici family’s pursuit of art, my peers and I identify a “Medici,”—a metaphor for a contemporary client from the field of modern and high-end fashion to transform the site with unexploited potentials.
设计概念 | Design Concept
I choose Lee Alexander McQueen (1969 – 2010) as my “Medici” for his dramatic expression and melancholic aesthetics. McQueen is famous for his sophisticated tailoring and unrestrained imagination. He is talented at hybridizing fabrics and techniques to express the juxtaposition between the feminine and the masculine, tradition and modernity, strength and lightness, intensity and serenity. Rebirth or metamorphosis is one of the natural motifs he frequently referenced in his fashion creation. Inspired by McQueen’s romantic narration and the metamorphosis of the butterfly, I create my manifesto drawing to explore the experience of seeking light in the dark.
The site’s topography and vegetation represent a spontaneous duality: light versus dark; open versus hidden; high ground meadow versus low ground grove/thicket. Through the design of circulation, critical spaces, and thresholds, the landscape journey of “metamorphosis” will gain more richness and theatricality.
“Designer’s Studio” is one of the major programs of the project. These studios are distributed in the circular site, providing the growing fashion designers with spaces for study and show. “Pupa” is the spatial prototype I invent in the first stage. It’s a complex of a building and its garden, a transition from interior to exterior, from accumulated to relieving. “Pupas” are located on hilly terrain, and I refer to the terraced Renaissance villas that fit perfectly into the hillside for views.
方案表达 | Design Expression
In the design proposal, three “Pupas” attached to the site’s periphery set up the framework of McQueen’s realm. The “Pupas” are corresponding to three main contiguous factors: the high ground, the Boboli Gardens, and the urban interface. Each “Pupa” has its own entrance as well as the main gallery building and public space in the front. Visitors then can enter a series of designer’s studios and attached gardens through an iconic entrance gateway. Eventually, the “Wings” of these “Pupas” merge into the existing landscape in the center.
Four representative studio gardens resemble the journey of metamorphosis through spatial contrast and the transition of scales, materials, and planting strategies. Inspired by the Stourhead garden in England, where the narrative sequence of experiences around the lake meant as an allegory of Virgil’s poem Aeneid. The itinerary on how to see the gardens are essential. Like many genres of arts, especially theatrical art, the design of a plot can evoke tension and surprise of experiences. From warrior princesses to mythical creatures, McQueen frequently referenced myths and fairy tales for expressions of emotion. I organize the experience of the landscape journey as plot development.
I believe landscape design is an expression of a sympathetic attitude toward the environment. The designed space and experience can inspire people through metaphor and story-telling. As ancient Chinese scholars imagined in their artworks, the garden is the “little world” to express humans’ fantasy of nature and art.
Living with Manufacturing
602 Studio | UPenn | Spring 2019
Advisor: Yadiel Rivera-Diaz
Collaborator: Yutong Wu
Site: New York, NY
“The Loops” is a transit-oriented urban design project that invents a new urban framework on a future station site along the proposed Triboro Line in New York City. Our proposal strategically reconnects the site with local communities under the constraint of transportation infrastructure and socioeconomic gap. The project rethinks the manufacturing function of an urban site while creates landscape architecture strategies of a highly-active public realm.
场地分析 | Site Analysis
The Triboro line
The proposed 24-mile Triboro Line is a fast, reliable, and direct transit connection between Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, which serves 6.6-million people residing in the outer boroughs of New York City. The new stations on the Triboro Line, including our site, will create opportunities for transit-oriented development that offers affordable housing and reduces the need to accommodate personal vehicles in these developments.
制造业：衰退与转型 | Manufacturing: Decline and Transformation
Manufacturing used to be a critical part of New York City’s complex economy, which provides much-needed services to residents and is a source of well-paying jobs for people of color, immigrants, and those with limited educational attainment. However, 21.4 million square feet of manufacturing-zoned land has been rezoned between 2003 and 2019 due to the development pressure. In the meanwhile, the city has lost 66,000 manufacturing jobs, half of the total employment.
Today, the industrial sites mainly concentrated along the railroad corridors in the outer boroughs. As manufacturing activity declined, these areas are left with auto-oriented development patterns that are incompatible with sustainable urban growth. In our site, next to the St. Michael Cemetery, the existing manufacturing footprint, mainly automotive-related business, is isolated by transportation infrastructure including the Brooklyn–Queens Expressway and the Grand Central Parkway.
The local neighborhoods, mostly characterized by mixed-race and low-income, are in urgent need of access to efficient mobility systems, job opportunities, affordable housing, and public open spaces. With the proposed Triboro Line and the proximity to the LaGuardia Airport, the site has the potential to leverage these flashpoints and speed up its transformation.
设计提案 | Design Proposal
Framework: “Duo Loops”
With the challenges and opportunities identified, our proposal invents a new dynamic between manufacturing and urban growth. We focus on three main aspects: an active TOD subcenter, an innovative manufacturing hub, and a compatible neighborhood. The “duo loops” framework promotes the manufacturing function, reconnects the site to the surrounding urban fabrics, and increases the accessibility of the public realm. The framework is a weaving integration of two loops: the manufacturing loop and the public realm loop.
“制造环” | The Manufacturing Loop
The industrial programs are consolidated and directly attached to the manufacturing loop that connects the site to the LaGuardia Airport. Optimized vehicular circulation improves logistics efficiency and maximizes productivity. Instead of replacing the manufacturing programs with real estate development, the new zoning strategy accommodates manufacturing activities while adding new values. Strategic up-zoning and increased vertical density provide additional programs such as training centers, office space, and staff accommodation. The “manufacturing incubators” provide spatial and operational supports to startup companies and thus accelerate their growth. Within the “manufacturing incubators”, shared workshops, design studios, affordable working space, and showcase space are integrated with other commercial uses such as retails, restaurants, and cultural institutes.
“制造混用”类型模块 | Manufacturing Mixed Use Typology
From an architectural standpoint, the innovative building typology transforms the traditional low-rise manufacturing factory into a mixed-use complex. Manufacturing activities are secured at the lower level and integrated with the manufacturing loop. The support for startup companies goes beyond space. The manufacturing incubator coordinates connections to network, market, and capital throughout the city. Small business owners of various racial, social, and economic backgrounds are able to access resources and opportunities equally. People of color, immigrants, and those with limited educational attainment can find well-paying jobs and get further education and skills training. Rooftop farming programs promote sustainable living and community engagement through food, education, and celebrations. Community kitchen and classrooms provide training programs year-round and prepare low-income neighbors with essential skills that could stabilize their economic and social well-being.
“生活环” | The Public Realm Loop
The public realm loop creates a continuous public realm that improves the pedestrian flow across the site. Public spaces of various scales and functions are carefully designed to increase economic, environmental, and social values.
The core station area, including the commercial street, the station plaza and the terrace plaza, can accommodate large human traffic flow and serve as the main gathering space like an urban living room. The walkable streetscape allows pedestrians to move freely from the station area to the surrounding neighborhood, minimizing pedestrian-vehicular conflict.
The civic plaza connects the future development to the St. Michael Cemetery as event and leisure hub. The Deck, an elevated platform connecting buildings separates vehicle circulation with the pedestrian flow and provides a continuous public space for a variety of activities.
The anchor plaza serves as a transition space between the commercial street and the residential area and provides a pedestrian overpass across the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway, connecting the cemetery open space. The exhibition pavilion provides showcase space for product display and launch events.
New open spaces attract private development, which will bring new residents, businesses, and industry, all of which increase the tax base for the city and contribute funding for ongoing maintenance and programming at public spaces. On a larger scale, the public realm loop becomes a significant part of the greenway and slow traffic system.
分阶段开发策略 | The Phasing Strategy
A phasing strategy allows flexible implementation of the design. The new station is a trigger point for attracting new tenants and investors. Tax revenue from the manufacturing programs will be used to retrofitting the communities, advocating affordable housing, and improving the streetscape and public open spaces. Eventually, the 70-acre site has the potential to create 5300 direct jobs, 610 affordable housing units, and $1,195,373,547 total capitalized value.
结语 | Conclusion
In 2040, the proposed 24-mile Triboro Line links people and goods moving between Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx. “The Loops”, as one important node on the Triboro Line, demonstrate a new model of urban design that improves socioeconomic inequalities by creating greater access to jobs, new opportunities for the construction of affordable housing, and improvements to public space and streetscapes.
Recharging the Shore
Imagining the EnergyScape
601 Studio | UPenn | Fall 2018
Advisor: Todd Montgomery and Ellen Neises
Site: Atlantic City, NJ
The Green Stimuli studio takes on design problems where soil, terrain, geology, mineral resources, climate, water, plants, wildlife, and living systems interactions are major drivers. Studio projects explore one or more of these dimensions in depth to reach high levels of design exploration, strategic thinking, and technical resolution. The studio’s topics intersect with a broad universe of practical concerns, including land use, local and regional economies, real estate development and public policy, as well as philosophical and artistic questions about nature and ecology. The intent is that designed stimuli make new connections between the material of landscape and the eco- nomic, infrastructural, scientific, social, cultural and creative attributes of a region. The Green Stimuli studio emphasizes rigorous regional and site analysis, the strategic organization of living material, and the potential of design to produce a wide range of effects.
I rethink the energy infrastructure and the logic of energy production and distribution in the post-fossil era. 87% of New Jersey’s nuclear generation capacity will close by 2040, causing energy shortage in the near future. Coastal energy infrastructure is vulnerable to storm surges and sea-level rise. The transition from centralized mega-energy production to clean, distributed, and sustainable systems are urgently needed.
Base on my research, and iterations of digital and physical modeling, I invent an alternative regional framework that addresses energy crisis and flooding challenges. I introduce the EnergyScape, the spatial and temporal combination of the supply, demand, and infrastructure for energy within landscapes that the public can interact with.
▼组织/布局模型与地形干预，Organizational model and topographic intervention
▼初步设计研究(剖面) ，Generative Studies in Section
▼区域框架，Regional diagrammatic plan
▼能源网络与应急系统，Energy network and emergency system
▼阶段，系统与能源原型，Phases, layers, and energy prototypes
The venues of the EnergyScape, integrated with urban and natural fabrics, can be multifunctional – generating and transporting energy, serving as open space, educating the public, while lighting as beacons and evacuation routes during emergencies. The EnergyScape makes energy infrastructure no longer remote and static but becoming a public engagement which is dynamic, reactive, and interactive. In the long-term, the EnergyScape can protect coastal communities, revitalize local economy, and bring new tourist attractions.
▼节点设计1，Design Articulation 1
▼节点设计2，Design Articulation 2
▼节点设计3，Design Articulation 3
Perceiving the Site
Discovery is the first step in the design process. In the first year’s curriculum at UPenn, we spent a lot of time outside to observe nature, ecology, and site dynamics.
In my 501 studio “Drip and Seep”, I record and represent these invisible traces of the decommissioned Upper Roxborough Reservoir by various mediums.
▼场地感知符号图，Notation drawing of site visit
▼框架地图与要素叠加：坡度、阴影与湿度；手绘连续剖面，Armature mapping and gestural overlays: slope, shade, and humidity; hand-rendered sequential sections
▼使用“滴水”技法表达场地各部分湿度，I use the “dripping” technique to represent humidity in different parts of the site
▼记录/解读场地的多种表现形式：抽象与演绎、讲故事与拼贴，Multiple representation examples of site reading: abstraction and variation, storytelling, and collage drawing
In my 702 studio “Harvesting Urban Flows”, I map out urban flows in New York City. The city is like a big container and various flows such as water, energy, human traffic, and materials happening in a three-dimensional grid matrix. Like pipes and wires buried underground, these flows support the operation of the city, however, they are usually invisible or imperceptible.
By synthesizing GIS data, historical maps, literature, and new media data, I get 6 analytical maps in distinct themes including topography, hydrology, and human activities.
By overlapping selected layers, I get a “composite map” that represents the accumulated flows. By abstracting memories of site visits, the “mind map” expresses my perceptual understanding of the site.
Mapping is more than simply show the information collected; it is the digestion, extraction, and reinterpretation of information. New patterns and clues can be discovered through overlapping layers. Through mapping, I can see the capabilities and potential of the land, and capture the nuance, especially the invisible and ephemeral al dynamics, and reinvent perceptible spatial experience for people. With observant eyes, landscape designers play an important role in the creation of new relationships among the environment and people.
Manipulating the Terrain
Topographic manipulation is a key aspect of Landscape Architecture. The land is the base layer of space, plants, and the water. In the summer institute before the first semester started at UPenn, we created a “hand hill” to learn the fundamentals of topography.
▼“五指山”练习作业，The “hand hill” exercise
▼手绘等高线图，Hand drawn contour plan
In my 502 studio “Shifting Edges”, I use clay and rhino modeling to study the topographic strategy of a waterfront park design.
▼粘土研究模型，Clay study models: form making iterations
▼终期展示模型——激光切割白卡纸，Final representation model made by laser cut white cardboards
▼纽约Long Dock Park案例分析地形模型，研究地形与水位变化、种植策略与微气候的关系；合作者：邓文欣，王韵
Case study topographic model of Long Dock Park for analyzing water level change, planting, and microclimate. Collaborators: Wenxin Deng, Yun Wang
Model-making is the process to craft the terrain as a piece of art to pursue beauty in form. It’s the combination of precision, elegancy, and design intention.
Plants, Planting and More
With a minor background in environmental horticulture in my undergraduate study at UC Davis, I have developed special interests in planting design. Two plant related elective courses and workshop exercises at UPenn inspired me a new version of plants and planting design.
Scientific illustration of animals and plants has been one of my hobbies for a long time. These pieces are not only elaborate artistic drawings, but also, more importantly, help me learn the inner structure of organisms and explore nature’s beauty and logic.
A hybrid medium planting plan and enlargements based on a conceptual terrain model. Collaborators: Lujian Zhang, Mengyang Li, Yutong Zhan.
In “Seeds and Weeds”, I study the global colonization, taxonomy, and lifecycle of the citrus family and gained a new perception of plants. They are not only landscape materials but rich in history and potentials.
In “Plant Future”, I invent a novel plant, aloft kelp, and address climate-adaptive issues through ecological drawings and an imaginative planting plan.
When: 2012 to present
Where: Davis, CA; San Francisco, CA; Philadelphia, PA
Who: Shuyang Wang
From: Hangzhou, Zhejiang
School: University of California, Davis; University of Pennsylvania
Firm: SWA Group
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