Entropic Accumulation

Date of Award

Spring 6-1-2024

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Architecture (MArch)



First Advisor

Chris Bardt

Second Advisor

Stephanie Choi


What would occur if system deviations were epicenters for accumulation? With every layer of paint, trimmed branch, welded corner, and poured sidewalk, we reaffirm current systems and participate in an ever-developing palimpsest. Maintenance and care is not only a preservation of flawed systems, but also a collection of deviations. We often ignore the latter for the comfort of control and semblance of simplicity. If the pattern is a flat sheet of metal, every trimmed edge and connection point is an alteration in the original system. We admit these deviations because of their apparent minimal impact and accepted connection to the original system. If we truly embrace this collection of deviations, we participate in entropic accumulation. Entropic accumulation consists of and is shaped by change, inching ever-closer to complete dissolution and unpredictability. As we support this reshaping and reconfiguration in the present, we support an unknown entropic future. This mode of working expects constant shifts in scale and perspective, and is rooted in empathy and curiosity. We cannot understand everything, but this consideration and adaptation is care.