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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...

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)...

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...

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...

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...