Light it up! Bench

MYND Workshop 2012
Status: Unbuilt

A conceptual design for an interactive leaning bench that senses individuals’ motion and pressure to visually signal a person’s usage of the bench. The concept can be applicable in both interior and exterior situations with the exterior application utilizing mini-solar panels to provide power during the day.

Gotham Mini Storage

Daniel Goldner Architects 2011-2012
Status: In Process

Our task is to design a storefront on an existing building that would striking and modern that would act as a strong sign for the mini storage business our client maintains. Located near the entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel on 10th Avenue between 38th and 39th Street in New York City, we are looking to capture the attention of commuters as they move through the surrounding area and promote the storage facilities popularity. Further work on this project includes producing storage locker layouts within the upper floors of the building as well as the business office interior.

Meditation as Spectacle
Degree Project: Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
Critic: Yael Erel, Eric Wong

Meditation : it is deep thought without the act of thinking; it is being aware of the present self while being free from the past, and the slightest preoccupation of the future; it is  a constant flow of obtaining and losing attention; it is to be completely aware of the surrounding physical world, but discard it and abstract oneself in the mind and in the conscious; and it is to become immersed into another dimension of space and time.

Although there are infinite methods of meditation, the idea of isolation of either the individual practitioner or the collective body begins the inquiry of this thesis. Spiritual architecture such as monasteries, ashrams, temples, and hermitages provide space for contemplation and prayer typically within sites disconnected from society. It is an attempt to escape worldly interactions that may deter practitioners from their ultimate goal of enlightenment.

This investigation began as a reinterpretion; to view the idea of meditation not as an isolated program but as a new typology of spectacle or performance.  It would be an attempt to expose the individual’s spiritual intent for other individuals’ entertainment. Situating within a site that has a long history surrounding performance arts and constantly populated with heavy traffic, Times Square creates a complex dichotomy in which an intervention can be introduced.

The site has been a place where individuals congregate to see and be seen, whether it is to perform on Broadway shows, or to act as an audience to the site itself. Every individual reflects upon Times Square in their own way but the site itself also reflects the spirit, mood and priorities of the time. This constant flow of awareness and reflection within the site suggests it also is in meditation.

The project is a public performance space for meditators that would operate within the privately owned office building of 1500 Broadway. The architecture would be a series of thresholds within the site that spectators would navigate through different levels of spatial conditions; bringing attention to specific moments of view, light and sound, as well as specific moments of interaction between the meditators and spectators.

Forum
PROJECTS Design Associates 2011
Status: Completed

Forum (formally known as VOX Populi) wass a well established French Bistro, restaurant and bar with a strong local following that was
looking to improve and update its service and appearence. Located in the within the historic district of Boston, the existing interior is deeply rooted in history. However, the impracticality of spatial division called for the need of restructuring. Working closely with the clients, we established an overall service and materials concept to improve the quality of the restaurant.

Ponte Rotto
Roma Tre Design Workshop: Spring 2010
Critic: Fabio Di Veroli
In Collaboration With: Hilda Duque, Sophia Chen, Natalya Shimanovskya

Ponte Rotto, also known as “the Broken Bridge”, was the site of the design workshop. The broken bridge itself is an ancient Roman bridge that has been destroyed and restored several times in history. Today, there is only a fragment of the old bridge that has no connection to either side of the Tiber River and a newer bridge (Ponte Girabaldi) had been constructed to replace its function as a bridge.

The program is a temporary bridge and recreational space  that deals with the broken bridge and Ponte Girabaldi. The idea behind the design of the bridge is to give the Ponte Rotto a new life in which it acts as not only a historic artifact to experience, but also as a platform to connect to the Tiber Island.

The design of the bridge is that of a suspended bridge that cantilevers inches over the remaining fragment of the Ponte Rotto, in order to keep its structural integrity intact.

The design of the recreational space triangulates from Ponte Girabaldi and Ponte Rotto. It is a small triangle piazza which connects the two bridges and also connects the bridges to Tiber Island. This temporary bridge is then a interface between the three elements: Ponte Rotto, Ponte Girabaldi, and Tiber Island.

Staccato Tower
High Rise Studio: Fall 2009
Critics: Michael Trencher, Kathleen Dunne

“Architecture is ‘frozen music’….Really there is something in this; the tone of mind produced by architecture approaches the effect of music.”
        - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The site of this project is situated across Lincoln Center, in New York City on Broadway between 64th street and 65th street. Due to the performance and musical nature of the context, the opportunity to utilize music as a translation into architecture seemed fitting.

There is a rigidity and structure to music that can be reflected upon the discourse of architecture. The ideas of intervals, frequency, harmony, counterpoint and many others have logics of organization, spatial qualities, and structural relationships.

In this project, the musical typology of serialism was explored as a generator of organization and spatial relationships. In conjunction with the “core game”, which challenges the positioning of egress and building cores against occupiable space, a systematic method was used to strategically structure the building.

Utilizing these ideas, the overall final form of the design suggests a staccato and disjointed condition. However, just like serialism, which aurally sounds random, it is highly organized and structured.

Icelus Field
International China Program: Summer 2009
Critics: Eric Wong, Richard Sarrach, Che-Wei Wang
In collaboration with: Nathan Abbe, Tae Yoon Lee, Carla Lores, Michael Yarinsky

Icelus - eye-SELL-uss - genus of small, bottom dwelling fishes, mainly found in the North Pacific. They are characterized by a large, laterally compressed head and small spines. The lateral line is present and the dorsal fin base are dotted with plates.

Field - 1. a broad, level, open expanse of land. 2. a cultivated expanse of land, especially one devoted to a particular crop: a field of corn. 3. a portion of land or a geologic formation containing a specified natural resource. 4. an event space. 5. An area or region where business activities are conducted: sales representatives in the field. 6. a region of space characterized by a physical property, such as gravitational or electromagnetic force or fluid pressure, having a determinable value at every point in the region.

Icelus Field is a proposal for the Chong Kneas flood plain community on Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. Visiting sites in Cambodia, Vietnam, and China, studies in plastic forming, bicycles, site, water collection, mechanical connection, cycles, mobility, and deployability begin to form a solution tailored to the people of the flood plain. The design is a moveable marketplace, populated by both land and water dwellers and activated by the pressures of the tides. The proposed market is designed around used bike frames while the roof of the structure is plastic formed material that are used to harvest water for the much needed population that dwell there.

Analog-ic Housing
Graduate Student Housing: Fall 2008
Critic: Lawrence Blough
In collaboration with: Jin Hyung Kim

The primary focus of this design project was that of a jointed skin system. Since the introduction of pre-fabricated technology into the field of architecture, it has been proven to be not only an cost effective method of production, it has also been proven to be an efficient means of construction.

Initially derived from an analog study of a puzzle game, the joinery took its form after iterations of tests that dealt with aperture and porosity in relation to program. By ergonomically sizing and organizing the apertures, they become performative, reflecting the programmatic needs as well as create unique corner conditions.

The development of modular units as well as their organization was also rigorously tested. Utilizing a skip stop system of circulation, the double L modular units wraps central double loaded corridors that occur every four floors. This resulted in a densely packed housing complex.

Due to the unique double L form of the units and their organization, 40 feet tall “airways” emerged through the entire depth of the building which allows for both light and air. Within these airways, public lounge and balcony spaces were suspended.

Photography

This series represents the locations and people that have seen or met throughout my life. It is a personal photographic journal of my experiences and my creative thought processes. It is my attempt to capture moments of daily life and existence.

It is an ongoing project that documents my personal journey  through the things I encounter.

Hand Sketches

Throughout my time as a student, I have been keeping a continual interest in freehand drawing. The ability to sketch out ideas and developing schematic studies is an essential skill in the field of design. Freehand drawing allows me to think with my hands and satisfies my desire to explore forms and techniques.

Light it up! Bench

MYND Workshop 2012
Status: Unbuilt

A conceptual design for an interactive leaning bench that senses individuals’ motion and pressure to visually signal a person’s usage of the bench. The concept can be applicable in both interior and exterior situations with the exterior application utilizing mini-solar panels to provide power during the day.

Gotham Mini Storage

Daniel Goldner Architects 2011-2012
Status: In Process

Our task is to design a storefront on an existing building that would striking and modern that would act as a strong sign for the mini storage business our client maintains. Located near the entrance of the Lincoln Tunnel on 10th Avenue between 38th and 39th Street in New York City, we are looking to capture the attention of commuters as they move through the surrounding area and promote the storage facilities popularity. Further work on this project includes producing storage locker layouts within the upper floors of the building as well as the business office interior.

Meditation as Spectacle
Degree Project: Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
Critic: Yael Erel, Eric Wong

Meditation : it is deep thought without the act of thinking; it is being aware of the present self while being free from the past, and the slightest preoccupation of the future; it is  a constant flow of obtaining and losing attention; it is to be completely aware of the surrounding physical world, but discard it and abstract oneself in the mind and in the conscious; and it is to become immersed into another dimension of space and time.

Although there are infinite methods of meditation, the idea of isolation of either the individual practitioner or the collective body begins the inquiry of this thesis. Spiritual architecture such as monasteries, ashrams, temples, and hermitages provide space for contemplation and prayer typically within sites disconnected from society. It is an attempt to escape worldly interactions that may deter practitioners from their ultimate goal of enlightenment.

This investigation began as a reinterpretion; to view the idea of meditation not as an isolated program but as a new typology of spectacle or performance.  It would be an attempt to expose the individual’s spiritual intent for other individuals’ entertainment. Situating within a site that has a long history surrounding performance arts and constantly populated with heavy traffic, Times Square creates a complex dichotomy in which an intervention can be introduced.

The site has been a place where individuals congregate to see and be seen, whether it is to perform on Broadway shows, or to act as an audience to the site itself. Every individual reflects upon Times Square in their own way but the site itself also reflects the spirit, mood and priorities of the time. This constant flow of awareness and reflection within the site suggests it also is in meditation.

The project is a public performance space for meditators that would operate within the privately owned office building of 1500 Broadway. The architecture would be a series of thresholds within the site that spectators would navigate through different levels of spatial conditions; bringing attention to specific moments of view, light and sound, as well as specific moments of interaction between the meditators and spectators.

Forum
PROJECTS Design Associates 2011
Status: Completed

Forum (formally known as VOX Populi) wass a well established French Bistro, restaurant and bar with a strong local following that was
looking to improve and update its service and appearence. Located in the within the historic district of Boston, the existing interior is deeply rooted in history. However, the impracticality of spatial division called for the need of restructuring. Working closely with the clients, we established an overall service and materials concept to improve the quality of the restaurant.

Ponte Rotto
Roma Tre Design Workshop: Spring 2010
Critic: Fabio Di Veroli
In Collaboration With: Hilda Duque, Sophia Chen, Natalya Shimanovskya

Ponte Rotto, also known as “the Broken Bridge”, was the site of the design workshop. The broken bridge itself is an ancient Roman bridge that has been destroyed and restored several times in history. Today, there is only a fragment of the old bridge that has no connection to either side of the Tiber River and a newer bridge (Ponte Girabaldi) had been constructed to replace its function as a bridge.

The program is a temporary bridge and recreational space  that deals with the broken bridge and Ponte Girabaldi. The idea behind the design of the bridge is to give the Ponte Rotto a new life in which it acts as not only a historic artifact to experience, but also as a platform to connect to the Tiber Island.

The design of the bridge is that of a suspended bridge that cantilevers inches over the remaining fragment of the Ponte Rotto, in order to keep its structural integrity intact.

The design of the recreational space triangulates from Ponte Girabaldi and Ponte Rotto. It is a small triangle piazza which connects the two bridges and also connects the bridges to Tiber Island. This temporary bridge is then a interface between the three elements: Ponte Rotto, Ponte Girabaldi, and Tiber Island.

Staccato Tower
High Rise Studio: Fall 2009
Critics: Michael Trencher, Kathleen Dunne

“Architecture is ‘frozen music’….Really there is something in this; the tone of mind produced by architecture approaches the effect of music.”
        - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The site of this project is situated across Lincoln Center, in New York City on Broadway between 64th street and 65th street. Due to the performance and musical nature of the context, the opportunity to utilize music as a translation into architecture seemed fitting.

There is a rigidity and structure to music that can be reflected upon the discourse of architecture. The ideas of intervals, frequency, harmony, counterpoint and many others have logics of organization, spatial qualities, and structural relationships.

In this project, the musical typology of serialism was explored as a generator of organization and spatial relationships. In conjunction with the “core game”, which challenges the positioning of egress and building cores against occupiable space, a systematic method was used to strategically structure the building.

Utilizing these ideas, the overall final form of the design suggests a staccato and disjointed condition. However, just like serialism, which aurally sounds random, it is highly organized and structured.

Icelus Field
International China Program: Summer 2009
Critics: Eric Wong, Richard Sarrach, Che-Wei Wang
In collaboration with: Nathan Abbe, Tae Yoon Lee, Carla Lores, Michael Yarinsky

Icelus - eye-SELL-uss - genus of small, bottom dwelling fishes, mainly found in the North Pacific. They are characterized by a large, laterally compressed head and small spines. The lateral line is present and the dorsal fin base are dotted with plates.

Field - 1. a broad, level, open expanse of land. 2. a cultivated expanse of land, especially one devoted to a particular crop: a field of corn. 3. a portion of land or a geologic formation containing a specified natural resource. 4. an event space. 5. An area or region where business activities are conducted: sales representatives in the field. 6. a region of space characterized by a physical property, such as gravitational or electromagnetic force or fluid pressure, having a determinable value at every point in the region.

Icelus Field is a proposal for the Chong Kneas flood plain community on Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia. Visiting sites in Cambodia, Vietnam, and China, studies in plastic forming, bicycles, site, water collection, mechanical connection, cycles, mobility, and deployability begin to form a solution tailored to the people of the flood plain. The design is a moveable marketplace, populated by both land and water dwellers and activated by the pressures of the tides. The proposed market is designed around used bike frames while the roof of the structure is plastic formed material that are used to harvest water for the much needed population that dwell there.

Analog-ic Housing
Graduate Student Housing: Fall 2008
Critic: Lawrence Blough
In collaboration with: Jin Hyung Kim

The primary focus of this design project was that of a jointed skin system. Since the introduction of pre-fabricated technology into the field of architecture, it has been proven to be not only an cost effective method of production, it has also been proven to be an efficient means of construction.

Initially derived from an analog study of a puzzle game, the joinery took its form after iterations of tests that dealt with aperture and porosity in relation to program. By ergonomically sizing and organizing the apertures, they become performative, reflecting the programmatic needs as well as create unique corner conditions.

The development of modular units as well as their organization was also rigorously tested. Utilizing a skip stop system of circulation, the double L modular units wraps central double loaded corridors that occur every four floors. This resulted in a densely packed housing complex.

Due to the unique double L form of the units and their organization, 40 feet tall “airways” emerged through the entire depth of the building which allows for both light and air. Within these airways, public lounge and balcony spaces were suspended.

Photography

This series represents the locations and people that have seen or met throughout my life. It is a personal photographic journal of my experiences and my creative thought processes. It is my attempt to capture moments of daily life and existence.

It is an ongoing project that documents my personal journey  through the things I encounter.

Hand Sketches

Throughout my time as a student, I have been keeping a continual interest in freehand drawing. The ability to sketch out ideas and developing schematic studies is an essential skill in the field of design. Freehand drawing allows me to think with my hands and satisfies my desire to explore forms and techniques.

About:

JEFFREY LUONG received his Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute in Spring of 2011. Having experience designing various building typologies, he has also worked as a freelance designer on various hospitality projects professionally.

EDUCATION:
Pratt Institute - BArch 2011
International Rome Program, Sp. 2010
International China Program, Su. 2009

EXPERIENCE:
Wid Chapman Architects, April 2012 - Present
Daniel Goldner Architects, Nov. 2011 - March 2012
Projects Design Associates, May 2010 - Oct 2011
B.O.D. Fabio Di Veroli, Mar 22-26 2010
Pratt Institute, Jan 2010 - May 2010
K&K Construction, Jan 2009 - May 2009

SKILLS:
AutoCAD, Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Bridge, Lightroom, Rhino 4.0, VRay, Maxwell, Revit, Microsoft Office, Photography, Photo Editing, Compositing, Graphic Design

Languages: Fluent in Cantonese and English, Knowledge of Mandarin, Hainamese and Italian

For more information feel free to contact me.

Email : jjck1988@gmail.com
Phone : 1-917-816-7812
Website: www.MYNDworkshop.com
www.morlov.com
www.linkedin.com/pub/jeffrey-luong/22/92/b66

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