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An Experimental and Multifaceted Project -
Exhibition Design
Forum Implementation
and Publication

New Resilient Ground



International Forum for Architecture Thesis Design in Taiwan and Southeast Asia, 2020 Fall (16 weeks)


Wan-Chien Lin
Shih-Hsueh Wang
Jun-Han Lin (Assistant)
Hui-Chun Li (Assistant)

Advised by Professors Kwang-Tyng Wu, Chee-Kian Lai, Cheng-Luen Hsueh


Exhibition Design
Furniture Design
Construction Supervision
Material Ideation
Forum Coordination
Visual Design
Publication Production




The 2020 New Resilient Grounds exhibition invited talented students from Taiwan and Southeast Asia to share and publicly review their undergraduate architecture thesis design. Our tasks included exhibition planning, display design, and visual design, under the circumstances that overseas participants attended virtually, while Taiwan's counterparts engaged in the event physically. Undoubtedly, it is an unprecedented challenge along with the post-pandemic era. Both the organizers and participants made a great deal of effort to conquer the difficulties. Fortunately, we had shown praiseworthy outcomes and a model that everyone in the future can learn from our experience.

Multiple Layers of the Honeycomb Cardboard
(Photo credits to Kuan-Heng Chen)


Design Objectives -

​Create an indefinable and fluid-like experience in space and visual design to reflect the theme - New Resilient Ground

The New Resilient Grounds evoke resilience as common grounds where we practice architectural and urban design in polyvocalities and collaborations that are allied, layered, juxtaposed, interactive, and adaptive. The projects are collected here as assemblages and reflections by 20+ universities in the Southeast Asia region on the thesis designs. They are extended on topics of changing and dynamic factors of resilience as they interact with contemporary Asia environments.

The New Resilient Grounds explore not only the “resilient”-related designs but also those dynamic social, cultural, historical, and technological practices in the built environment to suggest more flexible and adaptable design approaches and frameworks instead of fixed, disjointed, rigid models for architectural and urban design in the next generation. Five categories/subjects, including “Liquid Perception,” “Timeformation,” “Circularity and Productivity,” “Mitigation and Adaptation,” and “Interdependency” are introduced to the exam and re-frame the thesis design projects as responses in exploring the ASIA resilience, especially in-/post- pandemic outbreaks.​

- Prefaced by Cheng-Luen Hsueh

Design Objectives
Exhibiion Design

Exhibition Design -

​Build a poetic and aesthetic visiting experience by applying unprecedentedly experimental materials

Space and Materiality

​The space for the exhibition was linear and divided by several Y-shaped structural pillars into segments that made the space not an ideal place for displaying. Our solution was to use multiple layers of honeycomb cardboard core, which is usually used as packing materials and temporary structures, to cover the pillars and form a wall-like divider with thickness but lightness.

Space before and after designed

Visitor Journey on Layout Plan

The wall not only served as a guide for the visiting route but also as an installation to display the architecture models vividly. The honeycomb cardboard core has two appealing characteristics, which are elasticity and penetrability. By placing the carboards in multiple layers, the audiences can perceive the borderless and gradually changing features in visuality when viewing the displayed works in different positions with different see-through levels.

Interestingly, its elastic nature creates an impression of something constantly growing based on the law of gravity, which exactly demonstrates the topic, "New Resilience."

Honeycomb cardboard cores as spatial materials

Device Design for Displaying

​Due to pandemics' impact, we noticed that Southeast Asia students are extremely familiar with online presentations and video-based project displays. In contrast, students of Taiwan are lack practice in a virtual mode when Taiwan was not intruded by the virus yet back in 2020. Given this phenomenon, “New Resilient Grounds” aims to build a conversational platform for all the participants from various places in a hybrid model, such as displaying projects through thoroughly designed films that shows how the artists and designers expect the audiences to understand the projects, rather than a heavy pile of text and still graphics in a conventional way. Therefore, we devised groups of reusable displaying boards consisting of metal structures and fabric skins with cork boards inside that allow pinning any drawings and installing suspended wires for holding tablets.

Customized reusable pin-up device for drawing sheets