Entropic Infrastructure

Entropic Infrastructure


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 time starts to show up as untamed nature breaks apart the existing industrial wastes and the graffiti art on the flood wall illustrates the change of the site. The project regenerates the blighted area from the interplay of the two powers – the natural wilderness and the cultural wildness. It intertwines the existing infrastructure with the wild landscape in a fragmented while traceable way, allowing the cultural wildness of man-made infrastructure coming from the Arch grounds to collide with the stream of natural wilderness from the other way. From the Arch ground one sees the flow of cultural wildness of graffiti while facing the Arch grounds one sees the transition of natural wilderness to manicured landscape. The impact points of the two powers form several analogical two-side folding concrete structures, inside as graffiti walls and outside as untamed vegetations. The repetitive rhythm and the metaphor of the two powers evoke the awareness of time.


Concept and site impression collages ↓

Concept models, handcrafted ↓

Site strategy model, handcrafted ↓

Site plan ↓

Site section ↓

Study models, handcrafted ↓

Site concept model, handcrafted ↓

Plan of summer time ↓

Exterior rendering of summer time, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk 3ds Max ↓

Plan of winter time ↓

Exterior rendering of winter time, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk 3ds Max ↓

Section ↓

Rendering of looking south from the Arch Grounds, towards MacArthur Bridge, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk 3ds Max ↓

Rendering showing the concrete pavilion gestures towards the tangle of interstates, Autodesk Revit, Autodesk 3ds Max ↓

Final model showing the relationship of inside and outside, handcrafted ↓


Tagged as: cultural wildness, natural wilderness, entropy, events, graffiti, post-industrial regeneration, public-interest