Joanne Cheung (张涓) is an immigrant artist and writer.

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The City’s Book of Play

Architecture and activities to make deliberative democracy a part of the city’s social infrastructure.  

Project report and activity worksheets can be downloaded here.
This was an IDEO project in partnership with the City of San José Mayor’s Office of Tech & Innovation, Gehl, and the Knight Foundation.

A New Town Hall

Reimagining historic architecture to support democracy in the 21st century.

This project investigates democracy in the age of social media through the lens of the rural New Hampshire town hall. As a place of assembly, the architecture of the town hall has not evolved beyond its colonial meeting house origins to support the scale and speed at which people communicate today. What should the contemporary town hall—and the practice of everyday politics both online and offline—look like in a networked society?

Collaborators: Aimilios Davlantis Lo (fabrication), Hanna Kim (illustration), Mindy Seu (graphic design) 


Photographs of the ocean collaged into a book of poems.

“Shifting the ‘Horizon’,” The Harvard Gazette.

“‘Postcards from the future’: Joanne K. Cheung envisions what design can reveal about our planet,” Harvard GSD News.

Exhibited at Harvard Global Health Institute’s Sustainability Showcase. Production support from the Harvard Visualization Lab and a Sustainability Grant from the Harvard Office for Sustainability.


A pavilion materializing 200 crowdsourced designs that have never been built.

“Class Act,” Wallpaper.
“This Year’s Design Miami Pavilion Has Odd Looks—and Unexpected Creators,” Wired.

“The Most Interesting Projects From a Newly Inclusive Design Miami,” T: The New York Times Style Magazine.
“A Pavilion of Tiny Pink Buildings,” Azure.

Commissioned by Design Miami. Named Finalist in Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Award.

Collaborators: Jenny Shen, Steven Meyer, Yiliu Shen-Burke, Douglas Harsevoort

Filmballad of Mamadada

A feature-length biopic of a Dada artist made by playing a game of exquisite corpse with 50 people.

“Body Politic,” Artforum.
Trailer & Full List of Collaborators

Produced and directed Lily Benson and Cassandra Guan. Screenings include Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, International Film Festival Rotterdam, and Athens Avant Garde Film Festival.

A Landscape By Any Other Name

Landscape as seen by a human and a computer.

Exhibited at Machine Experiences II: Art Perspectives on Artificial Intelligence, Rainbow Unicorn, Berlin.

Vanishing Point

Self-portraits taken with a daguerreotype camera where the artist disappears.  


Exhibited at Jaffe-Friede Gallery, Hopkins Center for the Arts at Dartmouth College

The Cloud & the Kite

Experiments with color, perspective, and space through the digital screen. 

Exhibited at Bard Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts.

Users v. Muses

Musings on the century of the user.

Presented at Honoring All Expertise: Social Responsibility and Ethics in Tech, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.