Residential / Urban Design

Fall 2018

Group Project with Yanning Cheng and Aaron Weaver

The project was based on the proposal for an urban renovation of  North Corktown in Detroit, as the theme of System Studio at the University of Michigan, in fall 2018. The project was lead by Professor Kevin Adkins, and then was been viewed by the Planning Department of Detroit as an orientation for a futural urban development proposal, in winter 2019. The design started with urban designing in a form-based code methodology followed by an intersection-scale design. The design then developed into a detailed-driven design of a residential high-rise tower, with focuses on cross-program circulation, floor plan efficiency, building technology and comprehensive building systems.

The renovation of Detroit will be driven by younger generations, who need living places of high-quality decoration, convenient surroundings, friendly communities, multiply amenities, and sharable working space. These requirements would contribute to the concept of vertical community: higher density, better views and more flexible common space. This live-work lifestyle will activate the entire North Cork Town with modern lifestyles for young people.


The facade is installed by black aluminum frames with low-e glass and insulated bronze panels. Panels of different materials are  all in 5’ or 10’ width scales, designed to coordinate light, shadow, and privacy. The entire structural system is based on concrete core with grid-extending columns, and supported beams to connect the facade frames and cantilevers of common space. The demising walls are all coordinated by grids and beams, to form several standardized units or bedroom suites, in order to provide future extension for combining units with flexibility.


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