Exploration of Chinatown urbanism and aesthetics
through research, drawing and narrative
With Ray Wu
and Winston Yuen
Chinatown Stories is a research and design project investigating the unique urbanism of Chinatown in Manhattan. The project analyses oft-ignored artifacts of architecture and urbanism such as take-out menus, pop-culture representation, stories, fictions and street signage.
The project explores the past, present and future of Chinatown through unconventional methods of representation and analysis, such as mapping of chinese signs, sections that collapse fictional and real information from multiple timelines, as well as intuitive explorations for the future of Chinatown.
The project was presented through a narrative, culminating in a fictional exhibition at the Museum of Chinese in America, and addresses issues of identity and culture in architecture.