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Strategy and design in a new industrial era

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When overlapping population change from 2000 to 2080 with other indexes such as PPP, job opportunity, virtual water exchange and climate change vulnerability in the global scale, few  region has enough natural resource, capital and manpower all together to sustain a comprehensive growth by itself. Growth juxtaposes with declination regionally and globally. 

The imbalanced distribution of material, capital and manpower is essential to reshape industrial development and the flows of exchange. It melts many cultural boundaries on a global scale, but redraws controversies on a micro-scale. It may revert the regional trend from urbanization to de-urbanization, or vice versa. It stimulates design of controversies: urban, farming, industry, and landscape preservation.


A new industrial era, A series of design approaches

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From "The Saline De Chaux" to Apple's new "spaceship" campus in California, industrial city and design of industrial city have evolved from massive production to intellectual creativity, from "factory" to "campus". A new relationship between production, environment, creativity, and visual branding,  is defining new industrialization.  In this era, development of 3D print, new materials and various network will change the size of production and make "create" and “produce" come closer to daily life and go farther to the space. In this era, the continuing technology development in micro level changes the way we see the world and ourselves further, which influences how to design.  Industrial city will not agglomerate on the edge of cities. It is becoming the center of emerging city and scattering into the existing urban fabric. In both ways, it can not be neglected. Will it be a new cultural icon? Will it be new urban phenomena? They are not questions. They are happening.

E A U create is exploring the new era of industrialization. In different conditions of geography and context, by working with genuine entrepreneurs and professionals, we are making efforts to identify a new industrial culture evolving into each particular environment.



"Industrial Arch off the mainstream" Feb 11th - May 28th 2016

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We'll continue to design for those forgotten by the mainstream, with individuals who are compassionate, and with good will to make the world a better place.


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A series of research and design has been implemented by the model of Dissolving.City, to reshape fragmented sites, to dissolve controversial elements, to encourage creativity and various engagements, and to bring improvement together.


Dissolving.City Model in New York

Dissolving.City Model in Vienna




R&D Campus model within high-rise and high-dense urban circle

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The site of R&D campus is right at the center of a 1-hour traveling circle connecting three skyscraper cities. 

Instead of competing height, this design seeks to reconcile horizontal and vertical, leisure and speed, and to share the prospect of landscape through a campus.

Entrance to the industrial site

"A journey of Mountain, Water, Wind and Snow"

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Fountain with no Water

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Water was soul to the site, reminiscent of a time being that never comes back. 

It’s a “watery city", although the original delicate network of canals has gone with a wind of high-tech industrial urban competition in a decade. People miss what they’ve lost.

The site is one of those industrial campuses, segregated by empty green gentrification and linear plantation as territory lines. The emotionless, bold cutting lines of landscape embody an ideology, being cut off from the past.  Longing for reminiscent of the past becomes an emotional search for familiarity and security in an unpredictable, ever-changing world. People look back and look for water feature to fill in the gap of buildings and the emptiness of the past.

The entrepreneur wanted a fountain at the border of his site, fronting the other segregated industrial campus.

I asked him if he liked Carl Bohm’s “The fountain”. 

"As a kid, when my piano teacher told me about it and how the performance could be, I was attached to it at once". I said, “ In the eyes of a seven-years-old, my teacher is elegant, strong, with soft voice." I continued, “She graduated from National Conservatory of music in the 1940s. Since 1957, she had left her favorite fountain garden, her favorite river, her hometown, and never returned, like your father.”

There's an image echoing in my mind: She made the music visible and I could see such a fountain in her childhood garden, secretly being revealed and alive with her bluish memory of her hometown. She said to me, “search deeply for one perception in another.” “ They always connect each other at some point, which channels to heart.” She inspired me to be aware of the surroundings, especially in chaos, and use perception to create the new order. 

“May we leave the melancholy of missing part in the past? And move on to create something new, something that evolves from current situation, something that echoes your perception of the past in a different way.” I chatted and he understood. There's resonance.

A land sculpture is drawn on edge of the industrial campus. Rhythm of water flows in visual sense. The order of fountain’s melody and its visual variety compose an open end. It welcomes constant changing surroundings to be part of the site’s evolution. It is an open language to the segregated industrial campuses.

Sense and Sensibility

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They are standing parallel. One is wrapped in an attitude to reach out for expression and connection. The other leads to elaborate inwardness, which is a reflection with natural light and natural ventilation, which is an inadvertent discovery into contemplation of space. Sense and Sensibility are two sides of space, of man and of life.

MRI R&D Center I 

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The factory site intervenes with existing landscape fabric, new industry booming and the influx of young educated migration fleeing from metropolitan for a life style with tranquil environment, more respect, and less stress.

To transform border between industrial site and existing landscape fabric, to define the undefined interaction, to invest continuing and symbiotic vitality in the place with time-lapse process, are clues to design. Roof is interface to overlook a canal flowing into the longest River in the region one block away. Soft path extends on the edge of industrial growth, while shadows involve ivy growing.

Space of workflow is orchestrated along the central axis. All R&D laboratory space surrounds it. Skylight cascades through the 3-story high opening space. Shadows draw time changing on columns. Breeze flows through both ends of the axis, and also comes from operational skylight windows. The local weather is steamy in summer. The passive design of natural ventilation largely cools down inside working environment.

Looking out through frameless glass, landscape blends the view of a transforming city. White frames, sands and shadows extend the edge of factory for ivy growing, people strolling, communicating, resting and meditating. And walking up to the rooftop,  the canal and transformation on site offer a view to both past and future.

The building speaks with users, light and environment, with sensitive and humble voice to the surrounding and each individual.

The growth of construction and occupancy is art of each delicate transformation by individuals involved. 

 MRI R&D Center II .

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Moments of the growth will be recorded, Sense: MRI R&D Center II .

Pavilion office & Reflection garden 

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A space circled by mirror curtain is reflective autonomy, where viewer sees self in wholeness and in thousands of reflect glass "kaleidoscopes". 

Mirror curtain wraps and defines this space. Three curved walls embedded with thousands of "kaleidoscopes" deepens the wholeness space and distributes the image of object-viewer. 

Standing in between mirror curtain and curved walls . "I" glimpse at mirror. "I" see "myself" in wholeness, and "I" also see thousands of pieces of "myself" scatter into "kaleidoscopes". 

The same person can be different from different perspectives. It's an opportunity to see truth: Those pieces are facts, but they are all just part of truth. 

The garden is reflective between viewer and object.

Fabric Proposal 1: "Kaleidoscope" on concrete walls are eyes of both pavilion and garden. (construction)

From one side, they are eyes of building; from the other side, they are eyes of garden to reflect the world between viewer and object. 

Fabric Proposal 2:

Convex and concave, by weaving bricks with shadow, weather and plant, track time story.

Walls : Open Eyes

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~When is the last time you looking into others' eyes? 

~What do you see?

Museum: go back to future

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This very, very, very young design in 2006, with a brave concept to provide various space and view points to meet art in wandering experience, is a sequence of nonstop and nonconforming exhibition spaces, along with changing vistas, and surprisingly ending in an overlooking spot to look upon all discoveries behind the moment, just like rediscovering beauty of life.

To celebrate "naïve" which invigorates vitality about design, is to keep approaching "boundaries" in design, with courage, passion and persistence.

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