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Uplift | Designer, 2014

Uplift is an entry for The Architectural League New York Call for Proposals: Folly 2014, which aims to explore the interactions between architecture and sculpture. An architectural folly magnifies even the most minute and most hidden details of the site for our sensation, and through our elevated perception of the environment, we shall begin to discover our role as a participant in nature and our community. Uplift amplifies the relationship between observers and the park by exposing its past as a landfill. The 14-feet tall rectangular prism represents a section of the land carved from the earth and elevated for our examination. Waste – the intrinsic contents that supports the beautiful landscape, is emblematized by the thousands of disposed coffee cups and a sequence of reclaimed fishnets that are stretch and draped across the 6 wooden box frames in checkerboard arrangement. From afar, the Uplift appears dense, yet it’s seemingly solid façade fragments with our shifting perspective. Inside, one is guided to the back of the green alcove by sense of uplift as the fishnets free the structure from the cup’s rigidity. The flowing nets draw our sight to the surrounding nature, allowing us to ponder on the beautiful coexistence between human and the natural landscape.


Women in the Design World: Work in Progress, an exhibition presented by the Sam Fos School of Design and Visual arts in conjunction with the Women in Architecture Symposium 2014.

Freda Chu, Laura Wang, Ray Chau, AIA, LEED A.P. -BD+C / Master of Architecture, 2013