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Mengyu Zhang State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry Master of Landscape Architecture mzhang19@syr.edu +61 406-800-129 (Australia)


SELECTED PROJECTS 1-6

URBAN DESIGN / STORMWATER MANAGEMENT (MLA Capstone Project)

7-10

SITE DESIGN / STORMWATER MANAGEMENT (Internship Project)

11-13

PRESERVATION / COMMUNITY DESIGN

14-16

GARDEN DESIGN

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PLANTING DESIGN

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SITE DESIGN / ARCHITECTURE

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CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENT

22-23

HAND GRAPHICS


RETHINKING RIVERFRONT from BINGHAMTON & COLONIAL PLAZA to OTSININGO PARK, NORTH SIDE NEIGHBORHOOD, BINGHAMTON, NY

Levee is constructed

two major floods

Site is referred to as ”Stowe Flats” or “Stowe Park”, and used as parkland and fairgrounds

Site is used as municipal landfill

In 2006, the Susquehanna flooded again in Binghamton causing massive amounts of damage in the city and the entire metropolitan area.

Incinerator constructed

2012

2011

2006

1972

1965

1958

1955

Circa 1940

1938

1936 1865

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Address stormwater problem, improve environment, ecourage social activities and increase economy Provide recreational, commercial and residential funtions. Develop the site into a ecosystem community

Plaza buildings constructed

In 1972 the remnants of Hurricane Agnes flooded the entire Susquehanna basin downstream from Binghamton, but the damage in the city was minor.

ENVIRONMENTAL HUB Otsiningo Regional Park

COMMERCIAL AND SOCIAL HUB Binghamton Plaza and Colonial Plaza

Statement of Intent

COMMERCIAL HUB Downtown

-Establish Binghamton Plaza and Colonial Plaza into a social and commercial hub, connected with downtown and Otsiningo Park by green network and gray network

ENVIRONMENTAL HUB Otsningo Regional Park

which are composed of riverfront trail, Chenango Street and

REVIER STREET BRIDGE connect trail with Otsningo Park

West State Street corridors. -Revitalize the site by providing more social activities, commercial and residential functions. The social activities may include art studio and art classes, ecological exhibition and class community center, tutoring class, community affairs, recreational activities (riverfront trail & parks). The diverse services

Chenango Street Corridor 1

SPORTS PARK Cheri Lindey Park Trail Corridor 3

COMMERCIAL AND SOCIAL HUB Binghamton Plaza COMMERCIAL AND SOCIALHUB Colonial Plaza

provide people daily needs and sense of community. It also provides commercial development here, such as retails and restaurants etc.

West State Street Corridor 2

-Establish green infrastructure to address stormwater problem, reduce environment impacts, lead people to riverfront, Cheri Lindsey Park & Otsiningo Park and enhance aesthetics.

COMMERCIAL HUB Downtown


Binghamton Plaza, Colonial Plaza and Riverfront Redesign

Process

Master Plan

-History and existing conditions research and site visits -Provide goals, objectives and methods to the design -Analysis vacancies, land use and survey data from community -Provide strategies for North Side Neighborhood vacancies coordinating with goals -Based on the strategies, redesign riverfront site

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in three phases Phase I Short-term GOAL: Increase environmental performance and attract / Pedestrian Bridge -connect two neighborhoods -pedestrian circulation

Riparian Restoration -provide habitat -stormwater management

III

Phase II Long-term GOAL: Attract more commercial and residents to this site

Bank Stabilization-checker block paver -aesthetic value -stormwater management

Phase II

Further-out-term

GOAL: Satisfy more residential and commercial needs

Streetscape -aesthetic value -stormwater management

Cheri Lindsey Park

Multi-use Building -1st layer commercial -2nd,3rd and 4th layer residential Multi-use Building -1st layer social -2nd,3rd and 4th layer residential

Terrace -contact water -riverfront view -fishing

Multi-use Building -1st layer parking lot -2nd,3rd and 4th layer residential

View Deck -riverfront performance -festival celebration -riverfront view Observation Elevator -bird eye’s view of whole city

Kindergarten Playground -green playground

Bioretention Strip -stormwater management -create a commercial park

Rain Garden -stormwater mangement -aesthetic value layer residential

Roof Garden -ecological class/exhition -bird eye’s view of whole city

Bus Station Park -waitfor bus -have a rest -wait for people

Riverfront Park -green activity space

large impervious vacant parking lot

riverfront side of buildings in

in Binghamton Plaza

Binghamton Plaza

green strips along riverfront trail

before design

Multi-use Building -1st layer commercial -2nd,3rd and 4th layer residential -good view of commercial green roof for residents above -view of the park Park -connection -have a rest -low point bioretention

(picnic, camping,)

-riverfront view -performance terrace and fountain -circle bioretention

Bank Roughen -stormawater management] -habitat revitalization

Legend

green roof 100ft 500ft

pedestrian

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bring people to use riverfront site

URBAN DESIGN / STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

Mengyu Zhang

road

Sand Filter -stormwater management in hot spot Multi-use Building -1st layer commercial -2nd,3rd and 4th layer residential -good view of commercial green roof for residents above -view of the park

green roof bank stabilization

after design

trail

streetscape

bioretention

multi-use building


Green Matrix & Strategies

I-1 Stabilize river bank(terraces/matting/checker-block) 12 Riparian restoration II-2 Initiate beautification of the river’s edge 3 Improve accessibility to the river at key locations along its edge 4. Connections between local, city and regional open space networks 6. Trail-create a variety of recreational offerings

I-7 Plant street trees 6. Develop neighborhood sidewalks, streetscapes and greenways to link residential, commercial and recreational spaces

16 Initiate seasonal festivals and sporting events 6 Sports-Different recreational activity

before design 14 Hold a cultural festival celebrating the North Side’s unique heritage 15 Riverside performance venue (host concerts, festivals and theatrical productions)

II-5 Kindergarten playgroundDifferent fuction parks

3 Ecological exhibition and class 13 Organize a walking tour II-5 Bus station ParkDifferent fuction parks 1 Tear down old abandoned houses for other uses

I-2 bioretetnion II-2 Initiate beautification of the river’s edge

view deck

I-2 Bioretention II-4 Connections between local, city and regional open space networks 5 Rest-Different fuction parks

pedestrain cross (Binghamton Plaza Centerline)

outdoor cafe I-2 bioretetnion II-2 Initiate beautification of the river’s edge 6 River View, under canopy grass field Different recreational activity 15 Riverside performance venue

after design

1 Community center 3,4,5 educational programs 8 Commercial, public services residential multi-use buildingsReplace old buildings I-11 Green roof/roof garden

(host concerts, festivals and theatrical productions)

roughen surface

checker block pavement

BIO-RETENTION reduce surface runoff,

BANK STABILIZATION

manage stormwater and pipe to sewer system

fiber matting combined with soil

URBAN DESIGN / STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

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trail

fountain

plaza

grass field

after design sewer system

after design

vehicle roof garden

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circulation

parking lot

rain garden

lawn

green roof


sidewalk

sidewalk

grass field

grass field

after design

bio-retention

trail

permanent water level flood level

trail

streetscape

connection path way

roof educational garden

Not to Scale sewer system

permanent water level

green roof bus station park

flood level

trail

view deck

Not to Scale

outdoor cafe

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Bird eye’ s view after design. The view is from the other side of the river to see the site. It shows the water level fluctuating because of flood. People can contact water on the terrace no matter how high the water is. Binghamton City Planning Department is going to relocate highway because the big curve alignment is not safe. And then they will use the abandoned highway as pedestrian bridge. So it is a good connection of the two sides of the river.

This perspective shows streetscape along the river. There is a perdestrain across the road connecting riverfront trail and Binghamton Plaza.

step view deck after design

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flower border This section shows streetscape along

bio-retention

the river. There is a green swale along the road to collect and manage stormwater.


Binghamton Plaza parking lot

URBAN DESIGN / STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

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After Design

SITE DESIGN / STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

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Section 1

POND 3

(depth≤ 6” )

Vegetative Swale

Sidewalk

period 1

period 2

High Point

18” Soil Media 6” Washed Gravel Subsoil

Pond 1, 2 and 3 are big enough to store 1 year storm. When rainwater overflows in pond 2 and 3, stone and grass work as a filter and slow down it. Section 2

POND 1

POND 2 Sidewalk

(depth≤ 6” )

(depth≤ 6” )

period 3

dam

period 2

period 1

18” Soil Media 6” Washed Gravel Subsoil

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SITE DESIGN / STORMWATER MANAGEMENT

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Herbaceous Symbol ai an aqc ba co cr em gm iv lp md mf

ps tc

Scientific Name Asclepias incarnata Aster novae-angliae Aquilegia canadensis Baptisia australis Chelone obliqua Cimicifuga racemosa Eupatorium maculatum Geranium maculatum Iris versicolor Lupinus perennis Monarda didyma Monarda fistulosa Narcissus pseudonarcissus Phlox stolonifera Tiarella cordifolia

Symbol Cp Je Pv

Scientific Name Carex pensylvanica Juncus effusus Panicum virgatum

Symbol

Scientific Name Dennstaedtia punctilobula Osmunda regalis

np

Common Name Swamp Milkweed New England aster Columbine Blue false indigo Pink Turtlehead Black Cohosh Joe Pye Weed wild geranium Blue Flag Iris Blue lupine Oswego tea Wild bergamot

Creeping phlox Foamflower

Space 24" 24" 12" 24" 18" 24" 24" 12" 18" 18" 24" 24"

Quantity 17 25 11 11 31 24 4 20 41 39 16 5

12"

100

12" 12"

75 73

12" 24" 24"

Quantity 51 16 11

These graphics show planting design. According to blooming time, mature size, space, lighting, soil and unit cost, I designed plant quantity and plant furnishing and estimated total price. There are different colors of flowers blooming every month from April to October. Diverse scenes improve streetscape and also address water issues. Each rain garden parcel decreases the burden of city sewage treatment and contributes to urban environment. In addition, they constitute a green network which contributes to solving global environmental problems.

Grass Common Name Sedge softrush Switch Grass

Fern Dp Or

Common Name

Quantity

Hay-Scented fern

24"

29

royal fern

24"

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Shrub Symbol Scientific Name AA Aronia arbutifolia RI Rubus idaeus SA Spiraea alba ST Spiraea tomentosa VA Viburnum acerifolium Physocarpus PO opulifolius VD Viburnum dentatum IV Ilex verticillata

Common Name Red chokeberry Red raspberry Meadowsweet Hardhack Mapleleaf viburnum

Quantity 4 5 6 2 3

Eastern ninebark

3

Arrow wood Common Winterberry

3 3

Planting Design

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Inventory Factors: ďż˝

Project Goals: ďż˝

Soils and Drainage Patterns Climate Vehicular Circulation andTraffic Volumes Ecology Land Character Structures History Current Uses

Priority Goals Community: Strengthen the importance of Zenda Farm Preserve as a symbol of the Clayton community as well as a place for community engagement and social interaction. Educational: Establish a setting that is conducive to educational activities based on the agricultural practices, cultural history and evolving ecology of Zenda Farm Preserve. Ecological: Improve the ecological health and diversity of Zenda Farm Preserve habitats and agricultural character. Secondary Goals and Master Plan Alternatives Historical: Reveal the social and agricultural story of Zenda Farm Preserve. Recreational: Encourage year-round use of Zenda Farm Preserve and foster connections to surrounding natural and cultural amenities. Model Farm: Continue the tradition of Zenda Farm Preserve as a model farm using progressive and economically sustainable practices to set a positive example of responsible farming.

adjacent storage facility View 1: route 12 deciduous tree planting

native grassland

trail node and picnic area

courtyard terrace overlook

line of sight

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PRESERVATION / COMMUNITY DESIGN

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View 2:

View 4: Recreational corridor reveal of Zenda

View 4:

existing evergreen hegerow hedgerow trail

Christmas tree production

Christmas tree trail

primary trail

PRESERVATION / COMMUNITY DESIGN

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route 12

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NIGHT GARDEN

Original appearance of Aromatic Path

Location:

Beijing, China

Background:

Shuangxiu Garden is a community garden

Goal: - Redesign the garden and make the garden available and safe at the night - Combine design with the five senses - Provide space for people to relax and do activities after a day at work

Aromatic Path(after design) Create an aromatic path connecting the entrance with Moon Plaza by using aromatic plants and lighting.

Process: - Visit several gardens which have nightscape and evaluate factors and elements - Visit Shuangxiu Garden, figure out existing problem and evaluate existing lamdscape elements - Develop questionnaire - Complete surveys with community members, analyze the data and make conclusions - Redsign the garden based on the conclusions

Original appearance of fountain place

Main entrance fountain (after esign).Increase streetscape and attract people by sound, color and dynamic

According to the survey most people like body of water with sound, thus I use fountain and cascade at the main entrance to attract people., also I use lighting to decorate them.

Park entrance. Add lights on terrace and roof for lighting and attract passersby

Original pond view

Add lighting to water falls to attract people and create a different view from day


Original Appearance of Moon Plaza

Original Appearance of the bamboo forest

After Design

Perspectives The bamboo forest was not safe because there was no night lighting. The redesign has lights and I placed small garden ornaments to increase fun.

Hanfan Teahouse. There is a corridor connecting the teahouse and pavilion together. I designed a lotus leaf sculpture which has falling water outside pavilion and teahouse. The sculpture shape coordinates with teahouse and Chineses style. And the people drinking tea can hear the sound of the falling water.

Moon Plaza for exercising. It is set up with exercise equipment

GARDEN ESIGN

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Extended the terrace into the water so people can play in the water. Created shell-pearl fountains in the shallow area so it is safe for children. Set up lights at the edge of the terrace to attract people to the water to warn and provided a safety feature.The lights shine like stars under water.

Bird eye’s view of zone 6 Star Picking during the night

Aerial view of zone 6 Star Picking during the night

Created a pavilion above the water. There are star-shape holes on the floor and ceiling and lights under the floor enable people to reach “star” in the day and the nightt. The pavilion ground is covered with glass at some areas so people can walk “on the water”. The changing elevation and walls increase the interest.

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GARDEN DESIGN

Mengyu Zhang

Head of the water


(1) Flower border is located near a stream and in different seasons there

FLOWER BED & FLOWER BORDER

are always blooming colorful flowers.

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(2) There are two different plant compositions of flower bed, one for spring and the other for fall.

No. (1) context

No. (1) plan Flower Border Plants List: 1. Antirrhinum majus L.

16.Dianthus chinensis cv.Heddewigii

2. Viola tricolor L.

17.Coreopsis lanceolata

3. Petunia hybrida Vilm

18.Delphinium grandiflorum

4. Osteospermum

19.Iris tectorum

Flower Bed Plants List:

5. Platycodon grandiforus

20.Dahlia pinnata Cav.

Spring

6. Narcissus pseudo·narcissus

1.Viola tricolor L.

7. MuscaribotryoidesMill.

2. Hedera helix

8. Matthiola incana

3. Petunia hybrida Vilm

9. Dicentra spectabilis

4.Antirrhinum majus L.

10.Polianthes tuberosa

5. Bellis perennis

11. Aquilegia vulgaris

No. (1) perspective

No. (2) plan

Fal: 1.Verbena hybrida Voss 2. Hedera helix 3. Salvia splendens Ker-Gawler

6. Dianthus chinensis cv.Heddewigii

12.Gladiolus gandavensis

7. Matthiola incana

13.Papaver rhoeas L.

8. Callistephus chinensis

14.Senecio cineraria

4. Tagetes erecta L. 5.Dianthus chinensis cv.Heddewigii 6. Lobularia maritima (Alyssum maritimum)

15.Yucca gloriosa L.

7.Gomphrena globosa 8. Callistephus chinensis

No. (2) perspective

No. (2) dimension No. (2) elevation No. (2) context

PLANTING DESIGN

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TEAHOUSE DESIGN 20

North Elevation

South Elevation

The graphic above shows hand drawing skill.

East Elevation

This is a combination of architecture and landscape architecture design. This teahouse is located at the lake, and when people drinking tea they have a good view of lake. Also there is an outdoor teahouse and two view decks outside. And the out appearance shows Chinese word ” 茶” and English letter” T(tea)” . West Elevation

The graphic shows SketchUp drawing skill.


INTERIOR DESIGN

SITE DESIGN / ARCHITECTURE

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HAND GRAPHICS PEN & WATER COLOR

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Examples of pen hand drawing and water color rendering skills.

Design Description:

(1) Flower-border is located nearby a stream and in different seasons there are always blooming colorful flowers.

(2) There are two different plant arrangements of flower-bed, one for spring and the other for fall.


HAND GRAPHICS

Mengyu Zhang

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11 Summit Close, Marsfield, NSW 2122, Australia +61 (0)406 800 129 丨 mzhang19@syr.edu

Mengyu Zhang EDUCATION State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, NY, USA Master of Landscape Architecture May 2012 GPA:3.602/4.00 (MLA ranks top 20 in the US) Related Courses: Community Design & Planning | Seminar in Urban Design | Planting Design & Practice | Stormwater Management | Construction Document | Comprehensive Land Planning | Behavioral Factors in Community Design China Agricultural University, Beijing, China Bachelor of Agronomy in Landscape Architecture GPA:3.47/4.00 (211 Project and 985 Project University) Related Courses: Landscape Architecture Design | Architectural Design | Landscape Planning | Ornamental Trees | Landscape Ecology of Gardens | General Genetics | Plants Nursery Color, 2 dimension and 3 dimension design | Floriculture CERTIFICATE Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control-In Training, February 15th 2012 It is a certificate offered to people who pass the stormwater management test.

RESUME

SKILLS & STRENGTHS Design: Site design | Community design and engagement | Planting materials and design | Process design | Construction documents | Storm water management Drawing: Computer drawing: AutoCAD, Photoshop, SketchUp+Vray, 3DMax+Vray, Illustrator, InDesign | Hand drawing Analysis: Environmental analysis | Ecological analysis | Site and area analysis Others: Microsoft Office | Fluent Mandarin speaker INTERNSHIP 02/2012-05/2012 Atlantic States Legal Foundation Inc (ASLF): Environmental Benefit Program Rain gardens are proposed along part of West Onondaga Street to collect and manage stormwater to reduce surface runoff and improve water quality. My duty is to design the front yard of ASLF from grading design to planting design, including stormwater volume calculating and pond size design. The goal of this project is to use Green Infrastructure for environmental improvements and to enhance the streetscape. It's included in the portfolio.

SELECTED PROJECTS Rethinking the Riverfront-From Binghamton and Colonial Plazas to Otsningo Park, Northside Neighborhood, Binghamton, NY. Capstone Project (for the MLA). This site suffers from flood problems every year. The purpose of this project was to address stormwater issues, improve the economic condition of Binghamton and create a sustainable community by redesigning vacant and underutilized properties to attract new residents and new business along the Chenango River waterfront in the Northside Neighborhood. Based on the analysis of vacancy map, land use map and Vision Plan, I provided strategies to create a sustainable green neighborhood. Took riverfront site as a design example to revitalize the community by redesigning commercial plazas and riverfront trail. Enhancing the streetscape, restoring raparian and reducing urban heat island effect are also considered in this project, 09/2011-05/2012. Zenda Farm Preserve Master Plan. Studio and Office Project. Worked for Center For Community Design Research of SUNY-ESF with Thousand Islands Land Trust (TILT). Provided TILT with three Master Plan alternatives for the Zenda Farm Preserve to discuss and consider as a step towards the preparation of a final Master Plan and Management Plan. I worked on Recreational Master Plan team and we got the most praise. Most of our ideas were considered in their final plan, 01/2011-05/2011. Night Garden. Undergraduate Final Project. Based on the conclusions from Nightscape Research, take Shuangxiu Garden as an example and redesigned it with consideration of people’s five senses. The goal was to make the garden accessible and safe for people to visit at night, 09/200906/2010. Nightscape Research. University Research Program. Mastered the features and requirements of nightscape construction through analysis of current nightscape strategies in Beijing’s gardens. Concluded strategies and methods in designing nightscape through reading, investigation, questionaire, site visiting and professionals consulting. I worked as a leader in a five persons team. My research duty is water feature design, 05/200905/2010. HONORS The Honor Society of Sigma Lambda Alpha, membership 2011-2012 (Only one university per State is qualified to offer this honor, and graduate applicant's GPA must be higher than 3.500) 45% tuition scholarship (SUNY-ESF) 2011-2012 University Research Program scholarship 2009-2010 Excellent Third-grade scholarship for academic excellence 2008-2009 “Triple A” student award for excellence in academics, sports and good character 2006-2007 Excellent Third-grade scholarship for academic excellence 2006-2007

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