The project entry was selected by RIBA’s open-call Beyond Borders to be exhibited in Elephant and Castle as a part of London Festival of Architecture. https://www.architecture.com/whats-on/beyond-borders-architecture-open-at-elephant-and-castle
This kinetic installation aims to interpret the theme of Beyond Borders by empowering autonomy. People are able to define and divide borders by themselves as there are no impassable barriers within this autonomous realm. Sliding panels and red cloth can be manipulated by occupiers to create their own semi-public spaces. The idea was using the installation as an agent to encourage the public to think about and reflect the shared boundaries by involving them into this procedure of making space. The installation was designed to provide a multifunctional communal space with its five-level-high adaptable frame, which could be used for seating, chatting, having lunch, drinking coffee, meeting each other, etc.
This two-week course in Bartlett started from a merman mummy displayed in the Horniman Museum. The project focused on creating synergy with special meanings from mundane elements. It was about using human intervention to trigger a sparkle of innovation from the tedious and ordinary life. This idea was developed through the model-making process and consequently turned out to be an outcome of building a fake archaeology scene to convince people that the merman does exist by planting in relevant evidence of his occupation.
The final model was built upon a plan of a Merman House, with the scale of 1 to 10. The house is divided into some basic living spaces, including threshold, living room, bedroom, dressing room, toilet, kitchen, and dining room. Taking the habits of monkey and fish into consideration, I designed the house with a canal and scaffolds as circulations. Origami technique was employed to create ‘evidence’ showing the merman’s occupation, such as beds, table, and cutlery in yellow.
This three-week project was curated as a part of 2014’s ‘Unbuilt London’ summer school theme. Using origami and projection, the output was a diorama map of 15 square metres of London, approaching a culture, political, and social transformation of London.