• Week 1 - Defining Ideas For a Shifting Shorline

    Week 1 - Defining Ideas For a Shifting Shorline

    The first week of the Summer Program focused
    on inventory, analysis, and visioning for the Sausalito waterfront.
    Students were working as a group, the students will examine the
    area’s natural and man-made systems to understand the dynamic
    forces that shape the Sausalito waterfront (approximately 100
    acres). These systems include historic, socio-economic/cultural,
    transportation, land use, topographic form & building massing,
    hydrologic, ecological, and climate (including sea level rise). The end
    result will be an analytical framework that considers stakeholder
    concerns and documents systemic forces, and provides a base of
    information for each student to generate an initial reaction/vision
    for the site’s next 100 years.

  • Week 2: Urban Design

    Week 2: Urban Design

    TETHERED ISLANDS Fan Qi started with the treasures of the site, including the houseboat community. With his history and cultural values, his scheme explores how, with slow water level change, residents will notice the sea level rise and connect the houseboat community to the variable shoreline.
    The overall urban design concept builds a floating deck along the original shoreline, keeping the housboat community, creating a floating wetland belt along the deck and developing five new ‘islands’ for the future. The houseboat community is a valuable treasure of Sausalito and a worldwide example of sustainable response to sea level rise.

  • Week 3: SCI ART Discovery Center

    Week 3: SCI ART Discovery Center

    Fan Qi focused on the urban design of the new water community this week, questioning what happens when sea levels rise and the new shoreline becomes closer. Fan’s proposal is to let the water enter the site and built over it, continuing his previous proposal. He tried to create a new water community living style which would be futuristic when compared to the old houseboat community. He concluded the following strategies to this site.

  • Week 4: Object Design

    Week 4: Object Design

    Fan focused on the very important fl oating
    boundary between the old houseboat
    community and new developed water
    community. To provide shared service and
    recreational facilities for the old and new
    houseboat communitutes, he designed
    the fl oating deck as not only a linear
    traffi c corridor but also a public space of
    entertainment and communication with a
    beautiful landscape vision. He organized
    restaurants, swimming pools, bike paths,
    an urban balcony and functional wetland
    belt to create a creative urban space on
    the water along the original shoreline,
    changing the old houseboat community
    and attracting people from the new
    water town. His goal is to allow people
    to communicate and enjoy the new
    landscape .

Fan Qi


“ I am currently a graduate student in the MLA program at the University of Pennsylvania. Before coming to the US, I worked as an architect in China and attained a Bachelor of Architecture degree at Zhejiang University.

I grew up in the Chinese metropolis Chongqing, nicknamed “Mountain City.” It is located in the mountains on the upstream of the Yangtze River with spectacular urban and natural juxtapositions. These twisting images of my childhood heightened my awareness of how human beings live and overlap with nature.

After several years of studying and working in the architecture field combined with memories of my Mountain City, I realized the gap between nature and human structure. The challenges in their integration lead me to pursue landscape urbanism with a new perspective and with my own approach to the urban issue.”