Smog has contributed largely to the environmental problems of many cities in China. On the other hand, China has gone through a period of rapid infrastructure growth in the urbanization process. People have noticed the potential of infrastructure in mega-cities as part of the built environment. The paper presents three infrastructure-oriented proposals from a summer school project named “Design against Smog: Air through the Lens of Thermodynamic Architecture”, which aims to deal with the problems in Lujiazui area of Shanghai. The proposals show their systems thinking on urban functions, use different types of infrastructure as bridges to connect the air to urban activities and give their possible strategies for purifying smog.
Keywords: infrastructure, smog, urbanism, high-rise, thermodynamic architecture