Jonathan Feng Sun
The Liquid Threshold Between Order and Chaos
This seminar explores the design of complex three-dimensional structural systems. Through discussions on existing projects, including some of the instructors’ own, and also modeling and testing new systems to destruction, both physically and digitally (using tools such as Karamba 3D), the seminar intends to foster a deeper intuitive understanding of structures. At what point do you know a structure is at its limit?
The Campus Ward of the Hai River Master Plan
Nomination, H.I. Feldman Prize
The Campus Ward of the Hai River Master Plan takes the existing industrial fabric of the site and reconfigures it in a series of individual courtyards. Each courtyard is framed by a different combination of building types and programs. The courtyards are formed by architecturally combining existing and proposed buildings in unique and site specific ways. The courtyard model allows us to combine a typological study with preservation constraints. We propose that each courtyard is to be rented and occupied by a different entity suited to each place. As such, the ward becomes a site for a number of collaborative satellite campuses for education, research, and technology development.
The ward is centered on the existing shipyard area which is turned into a shared common zone for all of the campuses, comprised of a commercial building, an art zone, a sculpture park, and a recreational facility. Additionally, the south-east courtyard adjacent to the central area – previously the site of a large industrial warehouse – becomes a shared facility which serves as a combined workshop and convention center, taking advantage of the existing warehouse’s scale. The four east campuses of the ward are defined programmatically as: educational, performance, research, and the aforementioned shared workshop and convention center.
The Olympic Game
"The Olympic Game" is an athletic hyper-world, designed as a diverse urban environment, specialized for use by Olympic and recreational athletes. The athletic loop, a symbol of the athletic program, is used as the circulation unit on the site, creating an organizational framework for city-making based on the human scale. Defining each loop with a different program and architectural identity, this framework allows for the opportunity to create a diverse urban fabric by taking advantage of the variety of intersections created by the loops across the site. The loop is inherently specific to the human scale, and the series of intersecting loops creates a variety of urban experiences tailored to the human scale, all while articulating the athletic program by doubling as a site for athletic training.
The loop-based framework is replicable and expandable, allowing for the village to be fully integrated into the city after the Olympics. By recoding the city such that its organizational structure moves away from the traditional grid, the project tests the nature of the city and the plausibility of creating a new urban fabric.
The generation of a hypothetical, exponential massing strategy is documented as a ribbon wrapping around a core. The axonometric progression is overlaid onto a two-dimensional graph of the unwrapped ribbon. The drawing is an exploration of the ability that graphic representation has in representing generative and geometric concepts.
Chapel St. Fire Stair
This project heightens one's experience of the Paul Rudolph stairwell by both contrasting and emphasizing the existing characteristics of the space. The step runs are irregular and the stair defies gravity through the brute force of monolithic concrete walls. This installation creates an ephemeral continuous shaft which contrasts with the materiality of the structure and the uneven cadence of the steps. Its light and airy structure is constructed out of layers of trace paper which demonstrate the effects of gravity as they stretch towards the ground. The installation reacts to these gravitational forces by displaying more structure at the top, where the tensile forces are the greatest. It was produced through a rapid digital fabrication technique in which stacks of trace paper were glued together and cut on the laser cutter. These parts were glued together and then unfurled to fill the open core of the stairwell.