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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...

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,...

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...