Maya Lin designed the museum of Chinese Americans in 2009 in New York City. Lin enjoyed designing this museum because she got to reflect on the past of Chinese Americans. She designed the main exhibition to be surrounded by brick walls with some windows. Her exhibit was a traditional Chinese American courtyard where immigrants used to tell stories out the window to each other and share the struggles of daily life as an immigrant. The windows in the exhibit have videos that talked about Chinese American History.
Maya Lin was asked to build the MLK memorial in Montgomery, Alabama, in 1989. The monument consisted of two elements: a curved black granite wall inscribed with a quote from Martin Luther King Jr’s “I have a Dream” speech and a 12-ft disk inscribed with the dates of major civil-rights-era events and the names of 40 martyrs to the cause. Lin stated, “The minute I hit that quote I knew that the whole piece had to be about water,” Lin said. “I realized that I wanted to create a time line: a chronological listing of the Movement’s major events and its individual deaths, which together would show how people’s lives influenced history and how their deaths made things better.”
Maya Lin entered a nationwide competition to design a monument to honor the soldiers who had served and died in the Vietnam War. As a 21-year-old senior at Yale, she won the competition and designed the memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial is polished, V-shaped granite wall, with each side measuring 247 feet, with the names of more than 58,000 soldiers killed or missing in action listed in order of death. This memorial caused uproar with the public when it was designed and caused Lin a draining experience.
One of her works of art was the Grand Rapids park project, which consists of an ice skating rink. When she first took the job she did not know that the city would make her include a few buildings in the park as well, so she had to act as an architect while building the bathrooms and lights. One of the neat things about the park is on the ice rink she built in lights to make it look like the stars in the sky.
The pictured building is the Central China Television headquarters, designed by Remount Lucas “Rem” Koolhaas located in Beijing, China. The project took 8 years to complete, with construction spanning June 2004 to May 2012. The noticibly irregular shape of the structure has been the topic of some discussion. Locals refer to the building as “big pants”, and one critic suggested the building was modeled after an image of a woman on her hands and knees, which has been officially refuted by Koolhaas. The building is considered a clever combination of Chinese ingenuity and European creativity, Koolhaas himself called the building a hybrid, stating the building “could never have been conceived by the Chinese and could never have been built by Europeans.” In 2013, the CCTV Headquarters was awarded Best Tall Building Worldwide from the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat.
Nicknamed “Coach Tower”, this skyscraper sits at 10 Hudson Yard, in NYC. The building was designed by Kohn Pederson Fox, and is a part of the Hudson Yards urban renewal project, a plan to redevelop the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s West Side Yard. The skyscraper is named for it’s main tenant, Coach, Inc.. I have worked for Coach for the last five years, and spent my last spring break on the eleventh floor of this building, vying for a corporate internship. The trip represented my first step into the “adult world”. Walking the forever crowded streets of New York City, in the midst of St. Patrick’s Day festivities, I came to this gleaming skyscraper and realized just how much my path had changed, how every decision I’d made had lead me here.
Cottoneyed Joe’s Snowcone Stand was my first job. Before I turned 16, I had done some babysitting for my parents’ friends, but as soon as I turned 16, I was ready to go out and get a job. I had applied a few places, but I wasn’t that interested in them. One of my friends was a manager at Cottoneyed Joe’s, and she had let me know they had some spots open. Working here was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot.
Lawson Court Apartments at the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma is the first place I lived on my own. After I graduated high school, I went on to attend the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma. USAO did offer traditional dorms, however, I thought Lawson Court would suit me better. Here you have your own bedroom and only share a bathroom with one other roommate. These apartments also have a kitchen and living room that is shared among four people. I enjoyed my time here, and I made a lot of memories. I really liked the feeling of being on my own and having my own space.
Festivities Event Center in El Reno used to be a post office. We had attended a wedding here a couple years prior to when we began to plan our own wedding, and we thought it was beautiful. When we began searching for a place to have our wedding, I had gone through many different venues throughout the Oklahoma City metro area, and I could not seem to find a place that would be the perfect fit. Then, I stumbled upon Festivities Event Center and remembered going to a wedding there and how beautiful it was. We went to take a tour with my parents to get more information and look around the inside, and we all knew it would be perfect. This place holds many beautiful memories from our wedding day and will always have a special place in my heart.
This is the house that I grew up in. My family moved into this house the summer before I started second grade. It may not be a very large home, but it is filled with many memories. My family has celebrated many holidays, birthdays, and other occasions here, but we have also spent many hours just spending time together or watching movies. Now that my brother and I have both moved out, this house is a place for the family to gather on the weekends and share a meal or watch a football game.