Author : Khoa Vu

University : University of California, Berkeley

Status : BArch, 2015

Advisor : Jay Atherton

Title : In Between | The New Urban Condition

This project focuses on creating a new [ urban condition ] by developing a formal design system capable of responding to emerging complexities of a new urban context in San Francisco. By introducing the artificial landscape on the second to top level, the building spatially informs a new urban public space. This new landscape aims to redefine the  [ spatial conditions ] of an urban environment as well as contribute to the urban forest development of the city.

The grid system in the project is developed to challenge and redefine the conventional post-and-beam structure. The system, going beyond structure standpoint, acts as the  [ spatial field ] that organizes and connects all the programs together as a network. It is meant to maximize the public zone and encourages an irruption of events, social encounters, as well as creates spatial connection in both vertical and horizontal direction.


S//A : What’s the most important aspect of this project that we should be aware of?
Khoa Vu_ The project investigates in the recognition of artificiality of the urban landscape, distinguishing the difference from the suburban and countryside condition. Also, the project focus on the relationship between public and private zone in architecture, attempting to redefine the boundary between them to form the “in between” – medium condition.

S//A : What other fields outside of architecture interest you?
KV_ Graphic Design, Computer Science, and Photography.

S//A : Most important thing you learned in architecture school?
KV_ Challenge your creativity and define what architecture means to you.
“I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright

S//A : Describe your dream project
KV_ I see each project that I have been working on as my dream project.