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Plastic Tree Park

Posted By on 9 April 2013 in conceptual design, design process, models, site planning + planting design |

Plastic Tree Park

An important part of the healing process is having access to and views of outdoor green spaces. The developers and staff of C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor, Michigan understood this need, and therefore proposed the creation of a Children’s Park on a vacant 2 acre site next to the hospital grounds. Numerous design charrettes were held with local elementary school student to ensure that proposed park designs were appealing to children, and appropriate to healing, as well as healthy visitors. Children chose their...

Site Design + Construction Docs for Saginaw Forest Conference Facility

Posted By on 8 April 2013 in native planting, site planning + planting design, stormwater mitigation, technical skills |

Site Design + Construction Docs for Saginaw Forest Conference Facility

Saginaw Forest is an 80 acre parcel of land owned by the University of Michigan, located 5 miles west of Ann Arbor, Michigan. The majority of the site is currently undeveloped, and used as a field research area. The University is interested in developing a small facility on site (approximately 5 acres), which would provide an off-campus venue for meetings, retreats, and other University events. Proposed plans for such a facility must be conducive to the property’s size and character, impact the ecosystems as minimally as possible,...

Landscape Sustainability + Usability Consulting Project for the U-M Biological Station

Posted By on 7 April 2013 in analysis, conceptual design, landscape planning + design, native planting, stormwater mitigation |

Landscape Sustainability + Usability Consulting Project for the U-M Biological Station

The University of Michigan Biological Station (UMBS) is one of the most blissful places on Earth. Located on the shores of Douglas Lake, in northern Michigan, this 118 acre satellite campus has provided students, staff, and faculty with spring and summer opportunities to take courses and conduct research for the past 100 years. After teaching an Environmental Planning during the summer of 2011, I realized how much assistance the Station could use from the perspective of a landscape architect. The campus landscape is minimally...

Design within constraints: 10’x10′ native planter box

Posted By on 7 April 2013 in native planting, site planning + planting design |

Design within constraints: 10’x10′ native planter box

One of the most challenging parts of design are the constraints that inevitably come along with each project. One of the best parts of being a designer, however, is being able to see such “problems” as opportunities, and offer unique solutions that are also sensible. This project exercises one’s ability to design within constraints–exploring the possibilities for a native planting design in a 10’x10′ planter box located on the University of Michigan’s Central Campus.   I can’t think of a more restricting space, can...

6 Ways to Skin a Site Analysis…

Posted By on 6 April 2013 in analysis, technical skills |

6 Ways to Skin a Site Analysis…

The first step(s) to any solid design is analysis. It’s essential to identify current site conditions, assets, uses, etc in order to inform and deliver the most fitting design. Analysis comes in the form of site visits used for sketching, photographing, and getting a feel for the sights, smells, and character of a site; technical GIS analysis of a site’s soils, topography, hydrology, demographics, etc; sun-shade analyses; on-site soil testing and surveying; online research; and even talking to folks who know or live in...

Making Modern Art Into a Landscape: A Creative Process

Posted By on 5 April 2013 in conceptual design, design process, News, technical skills |

Making Modern Art Into a Landscape: A Creative Process

Sharpening one’s creativity is essential for designers, especially landscape architects. Our work aims to excite and engage audiences in their surroundings, and requires designers to sharpen and drawn from both the technical as well as creative parts of our brains. This project seeks to sharpen the skill sets associated with quality design generation by converting a famous piece of modern art into a 3-dimensional conceptual landscape. See the steps taken to achieve this outcome:    Step 1: The original artwork was replicated in colored...