Entropic Infrastructure

Entropic Infrastructure

NATURAL WILDERNESS + CULTURAL WILDNESS The thesis project originates from the idea of entropy – the power of the time and the fourth dimension of architecture. Chouteau’s landing, as a typical post-industrial site in downtown St. Louis, has been abandoned because the existing infrastructure isolates the neighborhood from the Arch grounds. However, the power of …

Garden Townhomes on the Park

Garden Townhomes on the Park

Citing a lack of neighborhood connectivity, a deficit of affordable housing and a need for improved recreation and open spaces, the City of University City joined with Washington University in St. Louis and the Parkview Gardens Association to initiate a long range partnership to facilitate the redevelopment and revitalization of the Parkview Gardens neighborhood. This …

Lost in Pasture

LOST in PASTure

Located in the flood-plain of the Missouri River Basin, lies an uncovered inland shipwreck – the final resting place for its crew and undisclosed cargo and passengers. The project seeks to develop a remote and protective shelter for the significant archaeological site, which will likely be deemed a national memorial. Early researches include hydrological studies …

The View

The View

HOU.SYS ALONG THE RIVER DES PERES The River des Peres was a small urban river in St. Louis burdened with heavy industrial uses and sewage disposals. The river was treated as an unwelcomed guest in many neighborhoods until recently when the government initiated the “Greenway Project”. Through Public-Private Partnership, this riverfront residential project re-envisions the …

Shift Housing

Shift Housing

Within the residential fabric in downtown St. Louis, Shift Housing breaks the traditional urban living experience with limited outdoor space by offering each unit a private roof terrace. It is achieved by a simple strategy of shifting volumes, which also strikes a balance between solids (buildings) and voids (public spaces). The 30 units, ranging from …

Spiral Aluminium

Spiral Aluminium

The spiral aluminum is a wall decoration project based on the aesthetic form as well as the material characteristics of sheet aluminium. The form was composed of descending coupled 3D spiral modules assembled by a customized framing. The spiral shape was designed in the 3D modeling program of Rhinoceros and was tested by several physical …

Systemic Sections

Systemic Sections

The International Center for Advanced Renewable Energy Research (ICARES) Labs is proposed to be located in New Orleans, LA. This project began with exploring a geometric order of an organic natural pattern and its response to the climate change. Lichens were selected because of their interesting biomorphic forms, rich sectional quality and flexible mechanism in …

Flexible Wire Net

Flexible Wire Net

As part of the core studio 318 tracks, the project of Flexible Wire Net was inspired by the open/closed capability of lichens. Each module was composed of four 3D wire frames, made from piano wires, bent and connected with each other in a specific geometric order by silver beads. The wire frames held each other …

Urban Theatre

Urban Theatre

The Urban Theatre project is located in downtown St. Louis. It was an one-month project to conclude the core studio 317. The project started with a comprehensive study on the sectional quality of numerous theatres around the world. The project was followed by mapping the pedestrian flows and window views within 9-block radius from the …

Dynamic Terrain

Dynamic Terrain

Dynamic Terrain was developed upon the completion of the Material Organization project, using the same modular design and programming as a children’s park in the Demun neighborhood, St. Louis. Dynamic Terrain was a multi-functional system which was developed into canopies, walls, steps, ground conditions, etc., providing unique sequences and moments within the park. INDIVIDUAL WORK …

Material Organization

Material Organization

The Material Organization project was to explore a geometric field created by pieces of modules with only physical connections allowed. Cut and folded by paper, each module was designed to split in both ends and locked with other pieces of modules. As a result, the field grew like a tree and the flexible physical connection …

Draftings and Paintings

Draftings and Paintings

Artichoke Section, 24″×36″ drafting on mylar ↓ Artichoke Micro-section, 24″×36″ drafting on mylar ↓ Transformational Cubes, 24″×36″ drafting on mylar ↓ Contouring Axonometric Surface, 24″×36″ drafting on mylar ↓ Lotus, 2005, 10″×10″ ink drawing with customized Chinese seal stone ↓ Watercolor Plan of Shifting Housing, 2011, 12″×18″ watercolor ↓ The Lake, 2008, 24″×36″ oil on …