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  • 1. p o r t f o l i o | MARCUS H. PULSIPHER 950 clarkson st. #17 denver, co 80218 801.580.3717 pulsipher.marcus@gmail.com
  • 2. i n t r o d u c t i o n | MARCUS H. P U L S I P H E R Landscape architecture is more than a job for me; it’s a passion. I discovered this passion in Rexburg, PORTFOLIO CONTENTS Idaho. At the time I was finishing up a degree in graphic design and on a whim, I decided to take an 02 | INTRODUCTION introductory course in landscape architecture. Quickly, I found myself engaged in the most interesting and challenging projects of my academic career. The idea of using my design talents not just to make 03 | RESUME shapes, but to shape space, quickly captivated my mind. Landscape architecture gave me the oppor- tunity to create the stage on which life’s dramas are played. 04 | PROJECTS 05 temixco Upon completing my degree in graphic design I transfered to Utah State University and pursued a BLA. 13 the domain Through my studies I began to understand the power and purpose of quality environmental design. I 20 logatec quickly learned that landscape architecture has the power to effectively create environments that facili- 27 additional projects tate and encourage healthy social relationships while maintaining environmental integrity. It’s the power to shape the world, both literally and figuratively. Yes, that may sound idealistic. And it is. But it’s why I’m a landscape architect. In the following pages I present six projects that I feel represent my professional interests and abilities. In doing so, I hope to take you along a portion of that road I’ve traveled from that small town in Idaho. |2|
  • 3. r e s u m e | MARCUS H. P U L S I P H E R |professional accreditation |professional skills & interests LEED Accredited Professional Landscape Architecture Street & Plaza Design Open Space Design New Community Planning Ecotourism Resort Planning |work experience Water Efficient Landscape Design Grading Stormwater Management Visualization Sept. 2008- Landscape Architecture and Graphic Design Consulting Presentation Graphics Model Building Present • Contracted with Dunn + Kiley to help in the design of a ski resort and village base outside of Beijing, China. Computer Programs • Contracted with Design Workshop to work on the AutoCAD Sketchup planning and design of a new city in Temixco, México. Adobe Creative Suite Adobe Flash • Designed residences in Texas, Utah, and Wyoming. Microsoft Office • Contracted with Consortium West to help design a Vietnam War memorial exhibit at Hill Air Force Base in UT. Foreign Language Fluency in Spanish Partial fluency in Italian April 2009- The Galileo Initiative - Salt Lake City, UT Aug. 2009 • Responsible for all product design – Corporate training workbooks, supporting materials including Powerpoint |educational background and Flash presentations, book layout and design. • Collaborated on the design and implementation of 2007 Bachelor of Landscape Architecture marketing materials including website design Graduated with Honors, Cum Laude Utah State University Aug. 2007- Design Workshop - Denver, CO Sept. 2008 • Designed a high-end retail street and plaza spaces. 2004 Associate of Applied Science in Graphic Design/Illustration • Directed and coordinated all site grading efforts with the Brigham Young University-Idaho civil engineer for a 175 acre mixed-use development. • Managed all digital files for the design and preparation |awards & honors of a large Schematic Design Package and the subse- quent Design Development package. 2007 ASLA Honors Award Recipient • Elevated the quality of presentation materials for all 2007 USU LAEP Senior Faculty Award projects worked on. 2006 Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship 2003 John C. Clarke Leadership Scholarship |3|
  • 4. p r o j e c t s | MARCUS H. PULSIPHER 05 temixco - urban master plan & design project 13 the domain - mixed use urban design project 20 logatec - urban redevelopment project 27 additional projects 28 estación belgrano - reclamation project 30 public lands center - water efficient demonstration garden 33 utah state botanical garden |4|
  • 5. t e m i x c o - n u e v o c e n t o r u r b a n o m o r e l o s | T E M I X C O, MÉXICO |5|
  • 6. t e m i x c o - n u e v o c e n t r o u r b a n o m o r e l o s | T E M I X C O, MEXICO DESIGN WORKSHOP As part of a government social housing initiative to help Illustrative rendering produced by others build the middle class of México, several “new cities” are being planned and built throughout the country. Design Workshop was brought on to play a central role in the planning and conceptual design of one of these new cities in the State of Morelos. An 1,800 acre parcel of land between the cities of Temixco and Cuernavaca was chosen as the loca- tion of this new development. On top of creating the master plan of this new city, Design Workshop also did schematic level design of some significant areas, most importantly of the new state government district and urban center. PROJECT RESPONSIBILITIES: • Integral part in designing the urban core • Plaza space design • Visualization Graphics • Illustrative Graphics • Presentation materials design • Support on Design Guidlines preparation • Model building • Translation services • File Management |6|
  • 7. t e m i x c o - u r b a n c o r e d e s i g n | T E M I X C O, MEXICO DESIGN WORKSHOP I played a central role in designing the urban core of the new city. By following an existing drainage bed, we created a pedestrian spine that links the city’s two major parks. Govern- ment, office, and retail uses abutt this pedestrian way creating a vibrant and active public space that sets it apart from more traditional Mexican city centers. Two challenges faced us in desiging the pedestrian spine: integrating our design with the extreme topography of the site and unifying the distinctive characters of the spine’s three different spacial typologies: The Nature Preserve, Urban Plazas, and The Pedestrian Street. In order to address the first issue, I created a 3D working model in Sketchup that helped us understand the grading issues we were fac- ing and ultimately informed the design to accomodate them. The issue of unity was addressed by celebrating the existing stream bed through the use of linear forms that move along the spine in direction of the original drainage. Consistent materials and plant types are Illustrative rendering produced by others used to interpret these forms which helps to tie them together despite their different uses and characters. |7|
  • 8. t e m i x c o - u r b a n c o r e d e s i g n | T E M I X C O, MEXICO DESIGN WORKSHOP The Nature Preserve helps to bring the existing natural conditions of the site into the urban center and also provides a physical connec- tion to the park on the other side of the highway. Users are given the opportunity to interact with the natural environment by either observing it from the raised plaza spaces or by directly accessing it through it’s trail net- work. An amphitheater also acts to bring people down into the natural area by using the existing environment as a beautiful backdrop for concerts or theater productions. The dramatic forms of the walls interpret the natural course of the stream and help give a distinct yet intuitive form to the Nature Preserve. |8|
  • 9. t e m i x c o - u r b a n c o r e d e s i g n | T E M I X C O, MEXICO DESIGN WORKSHOP One of the most challenging designs I’ve worked on, the Main Plaza balances the need for daily functionality and large-scale event use. The main plaza acts as the primary gathering space for the city. From here the Governer addresses the masses and political demonstrations and protests are staged. Consequently, it was necessary to balance the need for the plaza to be failry open and unobstructed while also providng a comfortable environ- ment for its daily users. In order to accomplish this we used linear forms to create “garden edges” that captured a more intimate feel and scale while maintaining an open center for gathering. |9|
  • 10. t e m i x c o - u r b a n c o r e d e s i g n | T E M I X C O, MEXICO DESIGN WORKSHOP The Pedestrian Steet brings the urban shopping experience and the natural environment together. By following the winding course of the existing stream bed, the pedestrian street takes on an almost european character with the distinct experience of having a sunken garden run through the center of it. The sunken garden unites the natural and urban environments and allows users to get a taste of the exist- ing site conditions. A combination of retail, dining, and office uses abutt the pedestrian street making it a vibrant and active public space. |10|
  • 11. t e m i x c o - d i s p l a y m o d e l | T E M I X C O, MEXICO DESIGN WORKSHOP I also played an integral role in producing a display model of the Government and Urban Center. The client asked us to produce a display model of the urban center that would be used as part of their marketing efforts. I helped not only to build the model but also to come up with the strategy of how to build it and what materials to use. |11|
  • 12. t e m i x c o - p r e s e n t a t i o n m a t e r i a l s | T E M I X C O, MEXICO DESIGN WORKSHOP One of my primary roles on the project team was to produce presentation materials including planning and sys- tems diagrams, illustrative sections and plans, and 3D visualization graphics. I’ve been fortunate to have a background in graphic design as it has given me the abilitiy to quickly produce simple and concise graphics that clearly communicate ideas to both the project team as well as to the client. Recognizing that, the project manager put me in charge of producing the majority of the project’s presentation materials. |12|
  • 13. t h e d o m a i n | AUSTIN, TEXAS |13|
  • 14. t h e d o m a i n | AUSTIN, TEXAS DESIGN WORKSHOP The Domain is a 175 acre mixed-use development in the outskirts of Austin, TX. Formerly a corporate campus, the site is currently be- PROJECT RESPONSIBILITIES: ing turned into a vibrant, urban center that will service the greater Austin area. Design Workshop, along with Gensler Associates and • Comprehensive design of Palm Way Bury+Partners, are responsible for the planning and design of the project. As an employee of Design Workshop, I was brought on in • Concept design of Kramer Lane order to assist in street and plaza design as well as head up and coordinate all grading efforts for the consultant team. • Plaza space design • Comprehensive site grading • Detailed street grading • Document set preparation • Visualization Graphics • Illustrative Graphics • Presentation materials design • Consultant Coordination • File Management |14|
  • 15. t h e d o m a i n - s t r e e t s c a p e d e s i g n | AUSTIN, TEXAS DESIGN WORKSHOP I designed Palm Way to be a pedestrian promenade that has a look and feel driven by the pres- ence of luxury fashion retailers. The feel of the street is that of refined elegance. In order to capture this feel, Palm Way was designed using a layering approach combining simple, clean forms and high-end materials. A strong sense of unity and rhythm is created through the consistent placement of trees and planters that run the length of the street. Variety is introduced by breaking that pattern to create garden rooms and plazas. The street has lush planting and a high, arching tree canopy in order to create a gardenesque quality that provides a comfort- able shopping experience for its users. Illustrative graphics created using AutoCAD and Photoshop |15|
  • 16. t h e d o m a i n - s t r e e t s c a p e d e s i g n | AUSTIN, TEXAS DESIGN WORKSHOP The result of the design is a unified, yet var- ied garden street that reflects the character and refinement of both its retail establish- ments and its expected patrons. The use of refined materials and simple, clean forms helps to tie the architecture in with the street while the introduction of lush planting makes it a decid- edly unique, garden-like experience. Palm Way cuts a swath through the project’s urban fabric without disrupting it. It is a street designed for comfort and refinement. Visualizations created using Sketchup and Photoshop. Architecture provided by Gensler Associates |16|
  • 17. t h e d o m a i n - s t r e e t s c a p e d e s i g n | AUSTIN, TEXAS DESIGN WORKSHOP Palm Way’s design is held together by a series of repeating rectangular planters used to unify the entire street as well as act as a buffer between pedestrians and cars. The design of Palm Way is dominated by the idea of “unity with variety.” Fol- lowing this concept, the planters were designed to alternate between three different types: raised, at grade, and inhabitable. This allows the street to maintain a sense of harmony and unity while avoiding the potential feel of sterility or monotony. Illustrative details cre- ated using AutoCAD and Photoshop RAISED AT-GRADE INHABITABLE |17|
  • 18. t h e d o m a i n - p l a z a d e s i g n | AUSTIN, TEXAS DESIGN WORKSHOP The Domain was designed to include a variety of spaces, or “gar- den rooms” both on and off the street. Each has its own charac- ter and function. In order to break up the strong patterning along Palm Way and other streets, we designed several “garden rooms” that served as intimate courtyards, outdoor din- ing or entertainment spaces, or efficient, yet pleasant, pedestrian through ways. I was given responsibility to design several of these spaces and was encouraged to use a variety of styles and approaches in doing so. Spatial study created using Sketchup |18|
  • 19. t h e d o m a i n - g r a d i n g | AUSTIN, TEXAS DESIGN WORKSHOP DETAILED STREET GRADING STUDY OVERALL SITE GRADING DIAGRAM One of my primary responsibilities was to carry out and/or direct all grad- ing efforts on the project, including those of the consultant team. My responsibilities included overall site grading as well as detailed streetscape grading. Part of this effort entailed extensive coordination with the civil engineers and the architects, through which, we were able to take on a leadership role in ultimately determining the general street grades, top of curb elevations and the finished floor elevations of all proposed buildings on site. |19|
  • 20. l o g a t e c u r b a n r e d e v e l o p m e n t | L O G AT E C , SLOVENIA |20|
  • 21. l o g a t e c u r b a n r e d e v e l o p m e n t | L O G AT E C , SLOVENIA While studying for a semester at the Uni- versity of Ljubljana in Slovenia I had the chance to create an urban redevel- opment plan for a small town named Logatec which was located twenty minutes south of the capital city. Logatec was having problems with a dramatic rise in unplanned residen- tial and commercial construction. The catalyst of such development was due to a sudden shift in the town’s identity from an agricultural town to more of a bedroom community for the capi- tal city. Other issues facing the town included a deteriorating and undefined city center, increasing commuter and industrial traffic and sprawling industrial development. |21|
  • 22. l o g a t e c - a n a l y s i s a n d c o n c e p t d e v e l o p m e n t | L O G AT E C , SLOVENIA Extensive research and analysis of the city lead to the creation of both general and detailed concept plans. DESIGN CONCEPT In order to come up with a viable solution for Logatec I began by researching and visiting the city. Using the information and impressions I gathered I was able to develop a design concept indicat- ing my desire to create two structured centers for the town as well as delineate and preserve open spaces. I then analyzed essential connections between various important city elements. This allowed me to develop a more detailed concept plan which led to the more structured plan shown on the previous page. CONCEPT PLAN CONNECTIONS ANALYSIS |22|
  • 23. l o g a t e c - u r b a n r e d e v e l o p m e n t p l a n | L O G AT E C , SLOVENIA NEW RESIDENTIAL Through my analysis I established the Low Density (single-detached) Med. Density (semi-detached) following goals: High Density (large housing estates) GREEN SYSTEM 1. Enhance the imageablity of the city Structured Park Serknica Recreational Area 2. Define and reinterpret the city center Urban Green Connections Existing Vegetation 3. Maintain, or enhance, the natural INDUSTRIAL qualities of the surrounding landscape New Industrial 4. Increase, restructure and organize Old Industrial recreational opportunities CIRCULATION Existing Vehicular 5. Unobtrusively integrate new residen- Proposed Vehicular Pedestrian tial zones Railroad Industrial Bypass 6. Regulate industrial development OTHER Public Parking Areas By developing an integrated green system, Water Buildings mixed density housing, a restructured circula- tion system and regulation of industrial growth, I was able to create a plan that will allow for the sustainable and controlled growth of the city for decades to come. Land use plan created using AutoCAD and Illustrator |23|
  • 24. l o g a t e c - c i t y c e n t e r r e d e v e l o p m e n t | L O G AT E C , SLOVENIA Upon completing the general redevelopment plan for Logatec I was then able to move to a more detailed level. At this scale I could address the issue of redefining the city center as well as look at alternative residen- tial development options and design an urban green system. My goal was to solidify the city’s image by developing or restructuring unused open space within the city and also by defining limits to the expanding construc- tion into the surrounding hills and farmland. Illustrative plan created using AutoCAD and Illustrator |24|
  • 25. l o g a t e c - h i s t o r i c c e n t e r d e s i g n | L O G AT E C , SLOVENIA In designing the historic city center I understood that the most important thing to accomplish was to make downtown Logatec a destination for people. In order to do that I proposed closing off all through roads and instead provided access to the downtown by means of a ring road. With roads closed off, I was able to capitalize on the medieval structure of the historic center and cre- ate a vibrant and interesting dining and shopping district complimented by vari- ous open spaces and plazas of differing character and function. A large center square would serve as a town gathering place as well as a space for local festivals and markets. |25|
  • 26. l o g a t e c - r e s i d e n t i a l i n - f i l l d e s i g n | L O G AT E C , SLOVENIA In providing new housing models I focused on designing three dif- ferent residential areas of varying character. These areas not only serve to bring more of the population close to the city center but also to help define the edge separat- ing the city from an already established recreational area. SERKNICA Each residential area serves a different RECREATIONAL function for the city. The three apartment AREA blocks on the left strengthen an important intersection and help define the entrance to the city center. The central high-density housing area adds variety in height and character to the surrounding blocks. The semi circle of blocks to the right mark the entrance to the city from the west and, being the tallest buildings in the city, serve as a landmark for way finding. |26|
  • 28. e s t a c i ó n b e l g r a n o | S A N TA FE, ARGENTINA FIGURE GROUND STUDY USES Santa Fe, Argentina was once a major railroad hub servicing most major cities in the country. However, with the proliferation of personal auto- mobiles and overland truck transport, many of the city’s rail yards have been abandoned and have fallen into disrepair. CIVIC/CULTURAL Two classmates and I were tasked with designing a multi-functional COMMERCIAL complex that would help dissolve social barriers found within the area. MIXED-USE Working together we produced a design that sought to integrate and EDUCATIONAL celebrate the culture and heritage of all classes and backgrounds INDUSTRIAL found within the city. This would become a place of cultural connection RESIDENTIAL and intersection. All graphics created using Sketchup |28|
  • 29. e s t a c i ó n b e l g r a n o - a n a l y s i s a n d c o n c e p t d e v e l o p m e n t | S A N TA FE, ARGENTINA In creating the proper form for INITIAL CONCEPT SKETCHES the development we deemed it imperative to encourage cir- culation in and through the site. Amenities were to be enjoyed and shared with the surrounding neighborhoods. Finding the proper form and function of the site was a challenge. We sketched out many different ideas both together and separately until we found the right concept. The challenge from there was interpreting that concept into a workable form that was both intuitive and mean- ingful. Once we felt comfortable with the form we focused on defining the func- tions and uses of the site. We decided REFINED FORM AND USE STUDY upon adding a mixture of commercial, EXAMPLES OF FORM STUDIES residential, and cultural uses while main- taining existing industrial institutions. |29|
  • 30. p u b l i c l a n d s c e n t e r | MONTROSE, COLORADO EXISTING SITE Montrose, Colorado is found in one of the most arid regions of the country. With an average rainfall of only 9 inches per year, reduction of water use is an imperative issue for all of the regions inhabitants. This is especially true in the context of land- scape irrigation. For my Honors Thesis Project I worked with BLM staff in order to create a more sustainable landscape for their Public Lands Center found in Montrose. The ex- isting site consisted of large expanses of PROPOSED SITE DESIGN turf as well as thirsty shade trees. In order to educate the public and demonstrate their own commitment to sustainable land use, the BLM wanted to redevelop the Center’s landscape into a water-ef- ficient demonstration garden. Illustrative plan created using AutoCAD and Illustrator |30|
  • 31. p u b l i c l a n d s c e n t e r - c o n c e p t d i a g r a m s | MONTROSE, COLORADO Regional native plants were used PLANT COMMUNITY GARDEN LAYOUT along with hydrozoning to cre- ate an educational garden that teaches about regional plant NATIVE FLOWERS communities as well as water- MONTANE RIPARIAN conserving landscape practices. MOUNTAIN SCRUB TURF It was decided that the site should be SHRUB PINYON JUNIPER STEPPE divided into two functioning areas: recre- ational and educational. SALT DESERT The recreational side would incorpo- rate limited turf for active play as well as HYDRO-ZONING PLAN some picnic areas and information kiosks. The educational area would reflect ZONE 6 ZONE 6 the BLM’s role in wilderness management through the medium of a native plant ZONE 4 communities garden. All of the major ZONE 2 ZONE 5 plant communities found within the BLM ZONE 4 ZONE 5 field office’s jurisdiction were to be rep- ZONE 1 ZONE 6 resented. Interpretive signage would be used to teach visitors about native plants ZONE 7 and how they can contribute to water- ZONE 6 efficient landscapes. |31|
  • 32. p u b l i c l a n d s c e n t e r - p l a n t c o m m u n i t y r e s e a r c h | MONTROSE, COLORADO I also developed diagrams with information, obtained SHRUB STEPPE PLANT COMMUNITY through research, about the six dominant plant communi- SHRUBS Shrub Steppe communities generally occupy the fringes of the Mountain Scrub and Pinyon Juniper Symbol Botanical Name Common Name forests. They usually range between 3,000 to 6,000 feet in elevation and tolerate fairly low precipita- Artemisia tridentata Big Sagebrush tion levels (12-16 inches) along with hotter temperatures. Generally devoid of trees the Shrub Steppe Atriplex canescens Fourwing Saltbrush ties found within the region www.tarleton.edu is dominated by Big Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentata). Other drought tolerant shrubs and forbs exist Chrysothamnus nauseosus Rubber Rabbitbrush in clumped arrangements along with a variety of grasses. Despite it’s lack of trees Shrub Steppe com- Purshia mexicana Cliffrose munities usually have a moderate to moderately dense coverage (50-75 percent) (Mee, Wendy, et al., These communities were to be represented in the educational garden. 2003; Clements, 2007; Austin 1995). FORBS MIX Eriogonum umbellatum Sulphur Flower Narratives, plant lists, representative photography and plant relationship Penstemon lentus Handsome Penstemon TYPICAL SHRUB STEPPE PLANT ASSOCIATIONS Senecio multilobatus Lobeleaf Groundsel diagrams were created in order to aid in the installation and execution of Sphaeralcea coccinea Scarlet Globemallow the design. www.picturethis.pnl.gov GRASSES MIX Achnatherum hymenoides Indian Ricegrass Bouteloua gracilis Blue Grama Elymus elymoides Bottlebrush Squireltail Hilaria jamesii Galleta Grass Koeleria macrantha Junegrass MOUNTAIN SCRUB PLANT COMMUNITY Stipa comata Needle and Thread TREES Symbol Botanical Name Common Name The Mountain Scrub plant community occurs between elevations of 4,000 and 7,000 feet. It is www.fws.gov generally found anywhere along these elevations where 14-18 inches of precipitation falls each year. Amelanchier utahensis Utah Serviceberry It is typically covered with stands of Gambel Oak (Quercus gambelii) however both Chokecherry www.mvgazette.com (Prunus virginiana) and Utah Serviceberry (Amelanchier utahensis) are also commonly found. Sev- Prunus virginiana Chokecherry eral shade and sun loving shrubs and forbs are found in the understory amongst a wide and varied pallet of grasses. Plant cover is moderately dense (60-80 percent) (Mee, Wendy, et al., 2003; Cle- SCALE: 1” = 20’ Quercus gambelii Gambel Oak -23- ments, 2007; Austin 1995). SHRUBS TYPICAL MOUNTAIN SCRUB PLANT ASSOCIATIONS Cercocarpus betuloides Birchleaf Mountain Mahogany Mahonia repens Creeping Oregon Grape Rhus glabra Smooth Sumac www.mycolorado.org Rhus trilobata Squawbush FORBS MIX Allium cernuum Nodding Onion Artemisia ludoviciana Prairie Sage Penstemon strictus Rocky Mountain Penstemon Solidago canadensis Goldenrod www.sportsfun.com GRASSES MIX Bromus marginatus Mountain Brome Carex geyeri Elk Sedge Elymus elymoides Bottlebrush Squireltail Poa arida Mutton Grass SCALE: 1” = 20’ Pascopyrum smithii Western Wheatgrass -21- |32|
  • 33. u t a h s t a t e b o t a n i c a l g a r d e n | LOGAN, U TA H A piece of land adjacent to the Logan River is owned by Logan City and is set to be incor- porated into the city’s parks system. I was tasked with first, finding a suitable use for the site, and second, designing it in a meaningful way. I drew upon on the city’s rich history as the agricultural capital of Utah as well as the home of Utah State University, a significant contributor in agricultural sciences as well as in horticulture and botany. Reflecting on this history I felt that it would be appropriate to develop the site as a botanical and educational garden. The garden would be set against a backdrop of native plant groups. The site would include sensory gardens, a children’s Illustrative plan created play garden, a formal garden, an amphitheatre, and a re-created wet meadow (the original habitat on site) complete with using AutoCAD and Photoshop an interpretive boardwalk trail. The garden would also have an upscale restaurant incorporated into the visitor center. |33|