Experiments on
urbanism, architecture, and landscape

Cuckoo Works is a design and research platform based in Boston, managed by Zhicheng Xu

Building the Last Landscape in Baja California

This project for a winery in Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe proposes a new parametric method of construction which utilizes networks of inhabitable beams to span between existing boulders on very steep hill sites.

Steep slopes are areas of the last refuge for wild ecosystems in the Valley. Rocks cast local shadows which capture precious moisture in the soil: vegetation and wildlife thrive here in the “last landscape.”
However, they are under threat by current building practices that include excavation with dynamite, chopping of mountain tops to make level ground, and unbalanced cut and fill strategies. Overstory investigates how the architecture and roof canopy of a sustainable winery might conserve moisture for plants and animals, create local microclimates and regions of dappled shade, and construct visual experiences of the hillside that mediate –and perhaps remediate—the native ecologies of the steep landscape...


LAF: The Layers of Time / 2014年第1期

全球超过半数的人口居住在都市环境 中,而我们现在所见的都市则是自然和人 类上千年来相互影响的结果。随着人类社 会进程的推进,我们所居住的都市空间也 发生了改变。城市改变自己的形态,以接 受社会意识和观念的不断变化;通过将自 身变得更加多元化,以适应增长的人口; 通过扩张和密集化,以适应工业和资源的 兴衰……而这一系列的变化正构成了现代 文明的基础...

Moving Together
Venice Architecture Biennale 2020 Research Station / with Prof. Sheila Kennedy and the KVA Team

Strategies of Conciliation:
Campo de la Cebada

The consequences of the 2009 economic crisis affected the development of the city as a stage for augmented inequalities. In the Spanish context, it changes the politics and hierarchy in the use of public space while
increasing social asymmetries. Over the past decade, in the historical center of many cities, the urban environment's growth was influenced by new economics such as tourism that removed the authenticity of the communities, submitting their inhabitants to a less affordable reality..

The CincyStitch

ULI Anual Urban Design Competition 2019
ASLA Honor Award 2019

"The CincyStitch" is a multidisciplinary project that repositions a pivotal stretch of Cincinnati's waterfront not as the city's edge, but as the center of a connected region, allowing people to have a place to live, work, and play. Through four threads—Culture and History, Public Realm, Transportation/Infrastructure, and New Economies, the proposal strategically links and develops a formally vacant downtown site to create connections and break down barriers across geography, time, demographics, and perception...

The Fiction of the “Y”

In 1969, Archizoom proposed the nonstop city, an infinite grid with elemental programs, subdivided by partial lines of walls, and interrupted only by natural features, as an instrument of emancipation to free the residences with its blankness, its featurelessness, and its endless connectivity...

Natural Water as Cultural Water
A 30 Year Plan for Wabash River Corridor in Lafayette

ASLA Award of Excellence 2013

Time, space and culture have tremendous impacts on landscape. The power of them is so impressive that people would be amazed by things they can do to nature. In the meantime, it raises the question, in the field of contemporary landscape architecture, what is the balancing point between culture and nature? What gives a place its identity? How can we provide programs that fulfill pubic desires with minimum disturbance to existing natural system? Even further, I wonder if it is possible to use public infrastructure as an opportunity to solve these questions and restore the original ecological integrity. This project seeks answers to these questions at a specific site by analyzing and planning for the future of the Wabash River corridor in Lafayette, Indiana...

2015 National Olmsted Scholar Finalist 

The LAF Olmsted Scholars Program recognizes and supports students with exceptional leadership potential who are using ideas, influence, communication, service, and leadership to advance sustainable design and foster human and societal benefits.
Named for Frederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape architecture, the LAF Olmsted Scholars Program is the premier leadership recognition program for landscape architecture students. The program recognizes four outstanding student every year from each accredited landscape architecture program in the U.S. and Canada. Students are both honored for past achievements and recognized for their future potential to influence the landscape architecture profession...