Nicolas Lee

Within The Frame: The Countryside as a City

Within The Frame identifies the issues of the city through the investigation and redefinition of the connection between its architecture and its landscape. A multiplicity of scalar relationships is created through the use of housing as a framing device for a diverse landscape. From the personal spaces of the interior gardens to the communal spaces of the cornfields, there exists a relationship between the dwelling, the landscape, and everyday activities. By learning about the history and the dominant type of Chinese countryside, we can start to reevaluate the role of rural urbanization by providing a basis for new solutions and alternatives to the conventional way of living. We challenge the social and spatial implications of the Chinese government’s goal and attempt to find an alternate model for a dense urban core through the lens of framing the landscape.

About The Designer

Nicolas Lee holds an M.Arch from the Harvard GSD (2015), and a B.Arch from Syracuse University’s School of Architecture (2012). Nicolas is the recipient of the JCHS Outstanding Housing Design Prize, ASLA Student Honor Award, Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Thesis Design, and Runner-up in Europan12. Previously, Nicolas worked at OMA and MVRDV in Rotterdam, Netherlands and at the MIT Design Lab in Cambridge, MA.