ScenesLab is a design collective dedicated to placemaking. Through research and experimentation, we examine the responsibilities, explore the possibilities, and push the boundaries of design in the built world while dedicating a responsive attitude towards our environment. Working with creatives and experts across the field, we seek a balance between nature, space, and people. Grounded in a human-centered approach and interdisciplinary practice, ScenesLab is determined to bring visionary projects to life.
Wendy Yifei Wang (RLA) is the founder and director of ScenesLab. With a worldly mindset rooted in her global upbringing, Wendy is a landscape architect working between urbanism and details.
Cy Chengzhe Zhang is a multidisciplinary designer and urban strategist.
Passionate about creating spaces that reflect cultural identities, Wendy uses landscape as the primary medium to enhance site characteristics and imagine cities' futures. She worked for leading design firms such as Sasaki Associates and Reed Hilderbrand, executing complex projects that span multiple scales in both the United States and China. She has led design on urban projects including Boston’s One Kenmore Square, working alongside Jeff Speck, Stantec, and Studio Gang to deliver a comprehensive improvement plan for traffic and pedestrian flows through the historic square and proposing a new plaza space to significantly increase the total public realm area. She has also worked with The General Services Administration and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Investment Management Company on the new Volpe National Transportation Systems Center and the master plan of Volpe MIT Campus in Kendall Square. It is one of the most complex and expensive real estate development projects in the history of Greater Boston.
Wendy works hand in hand with planners, architects, and engineers, taking projects from the planning phase through concept design and construction. Her projects have taken her on journeys across different regions of the world, ranging from cultural studies in Morocco to critical community engagements in America. Wendy has collaborated with award-winning designers across the field, such as Aziza Chaouni Projects and HECTOR to name a few. She is currently working with HECTOR on Mifflin Square Park, designing an inclusive open space for immigrant and refugee communities in the South of Philadelphia.
Wendy's work has been featured on publications such as Urban Infill and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) Platform Series. Projects in which Wendy has played significant roles have been recognized by the ASLA, BSLA, Cleveland Urban Design Collaborative, and various other organizations. Wendy received her Master in Landscape Architecture from the GSD . She holds a Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture with Distinction from Purdue University, where she was awarded the ASLA Indiana Chapter Merit Certificate and honored as the University Olmsted Scholar upon graduation. She is currently practicing in Boston, Massachusetts while teaching at the Boston Architectural College.
Wendy is an enthusiast of art, film, fashion, travel, and food.
Cy is invested in placemaking processes that reflect strong cultural identities and a sense of community. He believes design values and creative methods should be emphasized during decision-making processes for cities.
Cy built his experiences working on large scale urban projects with AECOM, SWA Group, and InVisibleCities, where he developed strong data-driven analytical and planning skills. He was a lead designer of Shimizu Corporation Field Four Design Office’s proposal for Tokyo Roppongi Driverless City Architecture and Urban Design Competition. While working at Arrowstreet Inc, Cy directed and led the effort and data visualization of “City of Millennial, Data-Driven Urban Density”, a research project focusing on student influx’s impacts on Boston rent prices.
His independent research projects have been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architecture national(ASLA) and local (BSLA) chapters. Bloom! A Dynamic Landscape Biological System won the National ASLA Student Honor Award of Analysis and Planning in 2018. This project aspires to explore how problematic levels of algae in waterways might be addressed through innovative landscape design strategies that move beyond reductive engineered solutions to productive spatial agents within urban environments. Oasis+ Productive Settlement 2030 took home the BSLA Merit Award for Student Work in 2019. He was also the co-editor of the “Alternative Futures for Al-`Ula, Saudi Arabia” studio publication. His design work has been featured in various publications of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Cy graduated from Tunghai University with a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture, with distinction. He holds a dual degree of Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban Design from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Cy is an amateur drone pilot. He enjoys reading and watching films of all genres in his free time.