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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...

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,...

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...