Landscape Architecture Portfolio


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Landscape Architecture Portfolio

  2. 2. No house should ever be on a hill or on anything. It should be of the hill. Belonging to it. Hill and house should live together each the happier for the other. -Frank Lloyd Wright
  3. 3. contents 01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 - Gateway Natural Area Equinox Bike Garden Berkana Rehabilitation Garden Behavioral Sciences Rooftop Garden Lory Student Center Green Infrastructure 5 Points Revitalization Morgan Library Courtyard Additional Work
  4. 4. 01 - Gateway Natural Area The Gateway Natural Area is located in the Cache La Poudre Canyon, just northwest of Fort Collins, Colorado. At the site, an island has been sculpted by the river, which acted as the study location for LAND 241 - Environmental Analysis. The final project involved designing a public space on the island that would act as a launching point to the many trail systems that accompany the area. Although the end result was important, the emphasis of the class was on site analysis. Analysis of the site included: triangulation to determine the overall site dimensions, location sketch studies to understand the spatial characteristics of the site, and photo-collaging to document materials and experience on the site. materials photo-collage - 4” X 6” photos glued to matte board river experience photo-collage 4” X 6” photos glued to matte board
  5. 5. These location sketch studies depict various aspects of the site. Top Left: View facing southeast of the island’s western bridge from the river bank. Top Right: View from the island facing north to a large rock formation. Bottom Right: View of the island from the large rock formation, facing south. charcoal on paper
  6. 6. new additional pedestrian bridge observation deck and picnic area stone paving and stone post and lintel dwarf spruce river boardwalk gateway plan - east gateway plan - west existing bridge stone paving interactive rock sculpture observation platform and picnic area colored pencil and watercolor existing bridge
  7. 7. gateway model pictures top left: view facing southwest top right: view facing west bottom right: eye-level view facing southwest to the stone post and lintel
  8. 8. 02 - Equinox Bike Garden Equinox is a small, locally owned brewery in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins. Owner, Collin Westcott, saw an opportunity to give back to the community by converting the alley parking on the south side of the building into a public bicycle parking area. This served as the first design location for LAND 362 - Form and Expression in Garden Design. Part of the design process for this site involved developing a conceptual idea from an analysis of the site and creating a conceptual construct. This conceptual construct was then used to develop design ideas. My initial thoughts on the site led me to think about bike mechanics, particularly gears. To me, gears represent interdependence, connectivity, and discipline, as well as individuals working with others to achieve a common goal. These ideas were directly reflective of Collin’s goal of developing an area to help benefit the community. From my conceptual idea of gears, I developed a conceptual construct of interlocking “gears” made from bottle caps. The conceptual construct was instrumental in developing design ideas for the site. I attempted to convey the conceptual ideas by designing inter-connected gear shade structures. These shade structures are equipped with solar panel fabric on top that allow the gears to slowly rotate during the day. Bicycles are parked vertically around the poles supporting the gears, helping to free up space and open up circulation. Along with bike parking, there are several seating locations including bar-style seating that doubles as a bike repair station. Equinox intends to place a grain silo on the site in the future; this area has been defined by a circular planting bed. The paving on the site is intended to match other alleyways in Old Town that have been recently renovated. conceptual construct
  9. 9. These bicycle parking details illustrate the locations of the racks along with the vertical placement of a bike on the rack. The rack itself has room to fit the front wheel and hold it in place while a slit in the paving accommodates the back tire. The rack is designed so that a u-lock will fit around the frame of the bike and the rack. autocad
  10. 10. autocad and photoshop
  11. 11. 03 - Berkana Rehabilitation Garden Berkana is a rehabilitation institute based in Fort Collins that is dedicated to optimizing the health and well being of adults with physical injuries and disabilities. Berkana has plans in the making to build a much larger facility than the building they are currently occupying. Included in the building plans is space for two gardens, one on the roof of the first floor and one on the main floor in the center of the building. These areas of the building acted as the second study area for LAND 362 - Form and Expression in Garden Design. The design for the site evolved much like that of Equinox; we were tasked with coming up with a conceptual idea that would be represented in a conceptual construct. My conceptual construct for this site was a large origami crane folded from newspaper. The newspaper is something that has lost its use, yet when it is folded into a crane it takes on a new purpose. In this way the newspaper crane represents the meaning of Berkana, “The transformation of beings into their new form.” The forms of the crane are carried over in the design through the shade structures which take on the shape of the crane’s wing and the interconnected hard-edges through out the site that resemble folded paper. This design involved deciding what type of injuries to cater to and developing a set of therapeutic gardens that would assist in rehabilitation. My design was created to assist people with amputations and people in wheelchairs. Programmatic amenities that help assist in rehabilitation include a therapeutic pool, climbing wall, and a rehabilitation terrain park which is incorporated throughout the area of the rooftop garden. A terrain park for rehabilitation involves creating a variety of paving surfaces and obstacles for people learning to use a wheelchair, crutches, or a prosthetic. In the rooftop garden there are several ramps with varying paving surfaces, a sand pit, a gravel pit and grass with pavers. Along with these features, the upper part of the fountain that connects the upper and lower garden is wheelchair accessible, allowing a patient to walk or roll through the water. The final touch of the design is in the materiality of the shade structures which would be made of canvas stretched across a metal frame. The canvas allows for virtually anything to be printed on the shade structures such as inspirational quotes, images and soothing colors. conceptual construct
  12. 12. autocad and photoshop
  13. 13. 04 - Behavioral Sciences Rooftop Garden The Behavioral Sciences building at Colorado State University served as the site for a green roof system for LAND 368 - Landscape Irrigation and Water Conservation. The objective of this assignment was to understand the difference between an intensive and extensive rooftop garden and incorporate both types into the garden design. The types of plants to be used determine the soil depth and ultimately what type of system must be used. Extensive systems are much easier to install because they require less soil depth meaning less weight per square foot. Intensive systems typically need additional structural support in order to hold the soil and plant weight. My design for the site incorporates a series of stone slabs that ascend to the edge of the roof to the west toward the mountains. The stone slabs define the planting areas for the two types of systems. Two dwarf blue spruce trees frame the view of the mountains while varying types of sedum and alpine plants fill in the spaces between the stone slabs. Movable chairs and tables provide an area for students and faculty to eat, study, and relax.
  14. 14. Planting List Extensive System: -Sedum spurium ‘Voodoo’ -Sedum spurium album ‘Superbum’ -Sedum spurium oppositifoliu -Sedum sichotense -Pycnanthemum species -Salvia officinalis -Echinacea purpurea ‘Maxima’ -Lavandula angustifolia Intensive System: -Picea pungens ‘Sesters dwarf ’ -Lavandula angustifolia -Pycnanthemum species Behavioral Sciences Building Roof Garden Colorado State University Jonathan Noyes Land 368 March 26, 2012 autocad and photoshop
  15. 15. 05 - Lory Student Center Green Infrastructure The final assignment for LAND 368 - Landscape Irrigation and Water Conservation involved choosing an area on the CSU campus to redesign using three different types of green infrastructure elements. I chose a sight in between the northern end of the Lory Student Center and the Engineering building where a series of awnings covers a pedestrian pathway leading to a series of steps that descend to a bus stop and large student parking lot. I was immediately drawn to the awning structures which could be turned into a green roof system. While investigating the site, I came across a plaque that honors Ralph L. Parshall, the inventor of a device called the Parshall flume, an irrigation tool used to measure flow rates in a channel. The plaque also marks the site of the original Colorado Agricultural College Hydraulics Laboratory where Parshall carried out the experiments that lead to his invention. This discovery affirmed my site selection and served as a conceptual idea for my design. I chose to implement permeable paving, green roofs, and rain gardens into a cohesive system that would increase the efficiency of rain water usage. The awning structures have been designed to be extensive roof garden systems. These extensive systems collect rain water from the roof of the Lory Student Center along with falling water. The extensive systems are sloped in such a way that excess water moves toward three flumes. These flumes then allow any excess water to move into the small rain gardens. Excess water from the rain gardens as well as water along the permeable paving permeates through the soil to an underground trough that allows excess water to flow to the final rain garden which runs the length of the northern staircase. *archival photograph
  16. 16. green infrastructure plans left: master plan with section lines right: hydrology plan showing direction of run-off autocad and photoshop
  17. 17. autocad and photoshop
  18. 18. autocad and photoshop
  19. 19. 06 - Five Points Revitalization The semester long project for LAND 446 - Urban Design involved working in small groups to redesign five points and the Welton street corridor in downtown Denver. We began our research individually by studying a city outside of the US; this involved creating a figure/ground study of an area in the chosen city along with creating diagrams based on Kevin Lynch’s The Image of the City. The five categories that define a city according to Kevin Lynch are: Districts, Edges, Landmarks, Nodes, and Primary Pathways. As a group we created a figure/ground of the study area in Denver which we spliced with various figure/ground studies created by individuals in the class in order to begin developing new ideas for Denver. After this, we were tasked with creating a figure/ground of a programmatic element that we thought helped create a successful city. These ‘program prototypes’ were then spliced into the Denver figure ground to develop ideas for program in our redesign of the area. During this time we also studied various urban design theories such as transit oriented design, new urbanism, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre city, Disney’s Epcot center, Masdar city, car-free cities, campus plans, neo-traditional planning, and Paolo Soleri’s Arcosanti. We were encouraged to think about these theories and incorporate them into our new design for the area. As a group we began drawing conceptual plans for the area which we refined over the course of several weeks. As individuals we decided which area we thought was the most interesting in our conceptual plans to design at a larger scale. I chose the area that defines five points along Welton street. As a group, we toyed with the idea of turning Welton into a car-free, pedestrian corridor. I embraced the idea of the pedestrian corridor and connected Welton street to a newly designed pedestrian plaza in the heart of five points. The light rail runs along Welton street and presented the opportunity to create a light rail stop in the heart of the area, as well. The covered light rail stop I designed in the heart of the area is intended to have multiple uses such as a gathering area for the community and an area for musical events and festivals. Other considerations for the site included implementing multi-use buildings for retail an residential, a network of linear parks that runs the length of Welton street, and creating circulation that prioritizes the pedestrian over the automobile. JEANNE-MANCE COMMUNITY GARDENS UNIVERSITY OF QUEBEC AT MONTREAL ST JAMES UNITED CHURCH VAUQUELIN SQUARE GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS MONTREAL CITY HALL PLACE DES ARTES PERFORMING ARTS AND SHOPPING CENTERS CHURCH OF THE GESU MONTREAL CONVENTION CENTER CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL NOTRE DAME BASILICA MONTREAL PIERS ST LAWRENCE RIVER MARIE-RIENE-DUMONDE CATHEDRAL PLACE BONAVENTURE INTERSECTION OF AUTOROUTE VILLA-MARIE AND UNIVERSITY STREET MONTREAL CANADIENS HALL OF FAME RESIDENTIAL DISTRICT N N N ARTS RESIDENTIAL OLD MONTREAL EDGE N DISTRICTS N N PRIMARY PATHS NODES LANDMARKS MONTRÉAL MONTRÉAL MONTRÉAL MONTRÉAL MONTRÉAL MONTRÉAL montreal figure/ground and diagrams ink on trace, adobe illustrator JONATHAN NOYES COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY - LAND 446 JONATHAN NOYES COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY - LAND 446 JONATHAN NOYES COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY - LAND 446 JONATHAN NOYES COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY - LAND 446 JONATHAN NOYES COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY - LAND 446 JONATHAN NOYES COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY - LAND 446
  20. 20. figure/ground exercises* left: Denver middle: Denver/Paris right-top: Denver/Singapore right-bottom: Denver with program prototypes ink on trace paper *group work done with two other classmates
  21. 21. DAY IN THE LIFE CHARACTER AND EXPRESSION DRAWINGS 25 * Sketchbook exercises were helpful in creating ideas for our conceptual plans. Once the conceptual plan was developed, further sketching exercises allowed me to pinpoint and come up with ideas for an area to design in greater detail. *conceptual plan developed with two other group members 30
  22. 22.                 From the process drawing exercises, I developed this plan for the five points area. First, I hand drafted a plan using the conceptual plan as a guide. I then used this drawing to create a sketchup model of the site. left: ink and colored pencil right: sketchup following spread: sketchup and photoshop
  23. 23. 07 - Morgan Library Courtyard The Morgan Library Courtyard at CSU served as the study site for LAND 365 - Construction Documents. The objective of this project was to come up with a design for the courtyard and develop a set of construction documents including layout and grading plans, planting plans, and a set of detail drawings. Much like previous designs, I first came up with a conceptual idea for the site. My initial thoughts lead me to the idea of larger than life book sculptures that could be used for seating and as shade structures. I hashed out some ideas in my sketch book and eventually developed a rough plan drawing. These sketches inspired a working model which I then used to develop a sketchup model. While developing the sketchup model, I added some final details such as turning one of the stacked book sculptures into a fountain and adding more honey locust trees in and around the central book sculpture.
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  28. 28. 08 - Additional Work