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PORTFOLIO Shuailin Wu


Shuailin Wu

Master of Landscape Architecture Candidate

2015-2018 Washington University in St. Louis

e: shuailinwu@wustl.edu c: 314-602-1649

Bachelor of Agriculture Major in Ornamental Horticulture

2011-2015 Beijing Forestry University

Content Chouteau's Landing Underpass Park 2015 Fall

Post- Petroleum Landscape 2016 Spring

“Reclaiming" the I&M Canal 2016 Fall

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Chouteau's Landing Underpass Park Chouteau's Landing is an abandoned industrial area in St. Louis, which is close to the Arch Grounds. This project is located at the entrance of Chouteau's Landing. Surrounded by buildings and overpassed by viaducts, this area was a forgotten and derelict remnant. The project sought to transform the remnant into an active public park that connects the neighborhoods, and provides the public with a place for community. The idea of Jazz music was integrated into the design. Jazz music has a series of looping chords in the background while different instruments jump in and solo. The context of the site was complex, spatial feelings varying through the "journey". By using a basic and varied paving/lighting palette, the "journey" becomes coherent and full of surprises.

Historic Buildings on Site

Spacial Analysis

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Connection Study

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Post-Petroleum Landscape Horizontal drilling is a technique used to develop larger oil and gas resources from a single well. Fewer wells are drilled overall and the environmental impact is thus reduced. As this drilling technique matures, and the demand for oil is reduced, the pump jack and its platform are likely to be abandoned. In Logansport, Louisiana, a small town heavily dependent on oil drilling, has more than 200 pump jacks. Each pump jack has a concrete platform to provide a flat surface on which it operates. These concrete pads affect infiltration and the micro-climate of such sites. Since they are abandoned, the idea of the project is to reclaim them by digging ditches on the pads and planting vegetation in them to let the roots themselves crack the pads. It would become a control variables experiment to identify the best dig method and plant selection for each site in the different environments. Hence each site would generate its own unique ecology. However, the concrete pads and method of intervention will be common framework and language. Therefore, similar technique can be applied to a similar context outside Logansport, all through the country.

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"Reclaiming" the I&M Canal

Long after the transport along the I&M Canal has ceased, new agents have emerged as they always do. We consider these agents to be somehow altering and steering the canal corridor to a new stage. In the abandonments of those solid, engineering structures, the technologies still contribute to the environment, making them from infrastructures for transportation, along with other agents, to landscape machines. Our method is to read the interaction among canal agents and the new canal ecology through symptoms in the landscape. Studying these agents to understand their mechanisms, helps us to understand how the offline canal is still in function in a number of ways. This project is a collaboration between myself Shuailin Wu and Nona Davitaia.

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Floating tree branch as a surface dam, which stops the duckweed from spreading

Weeds spring up a dried lock

Beaver build their dams for living and hunting 15

Reed sweetgrass slows down the water spped in shallow banks


Duckweed Study

Altering existing structure: Turning an abandoned lock into a duckweed incubator

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Duckweed incubator proposals

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exhibition layout

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Shuailin Wu's Portfolio 2017 SP