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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...

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...

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...

Stormwater Mitigation for Big Boy Restaurant Parking Lot

Posted By on 3 April 2013 in analysis, design process, native planting, site planning + planting design, stormwater mitigation, technical skills |

Stormwater Mitigation for Big Boy Restaurant Parking Lot

An owner of a Big Boy Restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan was fed up with the many challenges associated with stormwater runnoff (such as increased maintenance costs due to continued parking lot re-paving, unappealing aesthetic condition of the asphalt, and the wastefulness of all that water going down the drains!), so approached my Planting Design studio to ask for advice on how to best mitigate the stormwater on his site.    Numerous site visits were conducted to: + survey the lot’s topography, + assess...