Yan Zhuang

Yan Zhuang

New York, NY, US


The Iceberg

Project : Housing, Infrastructure
Location : Dumbo, Brooklyn
Critic : Jonas Coersmeier,Emilija Landsbergis & Alireza Kabiri
Year : 2018

The iceberg is a contemporary design process of dealing with flooding, densification, and infrastructure issue in Dumbo, Brooklyn. I start with material casting, and I use cooking foils, plaster, and pigment to create an urban fabric model. The material gives me intelligence: the cracking effects provide me topological logic. When the material reacts with buildings, the cracking impact becomes finer. It becomes thicker and thicker into the water's edge.The iceberg islands start from small to large. The flooding islands in the front row are designed as a buffer zone to prevent flooding and rising water. The medium size islands and large island are built for housing towers. A new mode of creating a multi-leveled infrastructure platform is connected between each island. The urban canyon voids allow light and air to penetrate into the underground culture centers.

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Status: School Project
Location: Dumbo, Brooklyn
My Role: Designer