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Urban Ecosystem Services: Detroit, MI

Posted By on 15 April 2013 in conceptual design, landscape planning + design, models, native planting, site planning + planting design, stormwater mitigation |

Urban Ecosystem Services: Detroit, MI

Located on a 115 acre site in Detroit’s Lower East Side (LES), this design envisions how ecosystem services can be incorporated into urban development across scales in a dynamic metropolitan setting. Working in collaboration with Detroit’s Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP) as the client, the following design envisions what Detroit could be like in 2030 under, under an “Ecosystem Services” scenario. This scenario assumes a reduction in City services to the focal area, a population decrease of 25%, and uses the site as a key stormwater management...

Refined Residential Design-Build: Rain Garden + Shoreline Plantings

Posted By on 14 April 2013 in analysis, design process, native planting, site planning + planting design, stormwater mitigation, technical skills |

Refined Residential Design-Build: Rain Garden + Shoreline Plantings

I thought having my parents as clients would make the process of designing a native rain garden and shoreline habitat simpler and less stressful. I was wrong. Come to find out, proposing the removal of sacred suburban front lawn in order to make room for a rain garden planted with “messy” looking native plants posed quite a challenge, and required a significant amount of collaboration and design iteration, until the perfect blend of environmentally sensitive AND aesthetically appealing design came to fruition. I presented...

Canyons in the City: Urban Redevelopment Master Plan for Ypsilanti, MI

Posted By on 13 April 2013 in analysis, landscape planning + design, models |

Canyons in the City: Urban Redevelopment Master Plan for Ypsilanti, MI

A 32 acre site sits vacant in the heart of the City of Ypsilanti, Michigan, waiting to be re-imagined and re-invested in. The City of Ypsilanti’s Planning Department approached landscape architects at the University of Michigan for assistance developing a Master Plan that would feed life back into this “Water Street” area.   Site Context + Analysis Water Street is primly located along the Huron River, which cuts through the City of Ypsilanti and provides recreational opportunities for residents. This location makes the site a...

Management, Access + Education Plan for Mud Lake Bog

Posted By on 12 April 2013 in analysis, conceptual design, landscape planning + design |

Management, Access + Education Plan for Mud Lake Bog

Mud Lake Bog is a unique 250-acre collection of natural communities in southeast MI that is owned and managed by the University of Michigan (U-M). To the south of U-M’s property is Independence Lake County Park (ILCP), a 312-acre multi-use facility with dry-mesic forests, remnant prairies, Independence Lake, and various other outdoor recreational opportunities and facilities. Together, this contiguous 562-acre pocket of green space has the potential to serve a large number of urban, suburban, and rural residents in the densely-populated Metro Detroit area,...

Conceptual Design Process for Peninsular Park

Posted By on 11 April 2013 in conceptual design, design process |

Conceptual Design Process for Peninsular Park

A 10 acre pocket park located along the Huron River in Ypsilanti, MI is underutilized and in need of a face lift to attract users. This project explores creative processes that can lead to conceptual design generation of spaces, such as Peninsular Park. Starting with research and analysis of the area, I then selected two different sources of site inspiration to draw from: trees and graffiti, both of which dominated the landscape.  I use different forms of media (2D collage and 3D clay modeling)...

Stretching the Status Quo: Native Garden Design for a Campus Building

Posted By on 10 April 2013 in analysis, native planting, site planning + planting design |

Stretching the Status Quo: Native Garden Design for a Campus Building

The Samuel T. Dana Building is a Gold LEED-rated building on the University of Michigan’s Central Campus. Home to the School of Natural Resources and Environment (SNRE) this facility seeks to educate about the importance of the environment–not only to students enrolled in the School, but also the greater community. One way that SNRE does so is by taking education outdoors, and maintaining a native garden in front of the building, rather than the standard grass lawn. Being planted back in the early 2000’s,...