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PORTFOLIO LANDSCAPE DESIGN | ANIMATION | PHOTOGRAPHY

AARON KING

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ABOUT ME

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am an MLA candidate at the University of Pennsylvania pursuing a career in landscape architecture. My passions are research, problem solving, and making beautiful, data-driven images. Landscape architecture allows me to fulfill those passions.

I came to UPenn after receiving a degree in history and later serving as a multimedia producer in Washington, DC. Over that time, I have developed a body of work that demonstrates the versatility and novel thinking resultant of a multidisciplinary background.

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NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, PA

DESIGNING A SMARTER EASEMENT

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n a survey conducted by the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission, residents ranked both farm preservation and water quality as high priorities. An opportinuty exists to reconcile these

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competing desires, and the mechanism for doing so already exists: the agricultural easement. By leveraging easement funding to plant buffers that absorb agricutural

runoff, farms can do more to protect water. By designing those buffers to provide agroforestry products, farmers benefit as well. And by incorporating recreation, residents can better


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Comparing buffers to parcel data in Northampton County

EXISTING BUFFER

ADDING BUFFER

Testing trail network organisations

ADDING AGRO-FORESTRY

A D D I N G R E C R E AT I O N

Intervention goals

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Plan

Trail as it relates to property boundaries

Change over time on the trail 6

Trail as it relates to topography

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Density Diagram


Planting in areas of existing water flow nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment

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nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment

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nitrogen, phosphorus, sediment

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Planting strategy

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Section through farm park

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Connecting the trail to a larger network

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PHILADELPHIA, PA

THE SAME RIVER TWICE

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n the historic Philadelphia district of Pennsport lies 20 empty acres of riverfront property, with access to dilapidated but ecologically rich piers. These piers, and the Delaware River itself, are invisible to those

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traveling past the now empty lot. My design, which transforms this lot into a park, diversifies its edge in order to draw people in. The design employs topography and vegetation evocative of the river in order to lead

visitors to the Delaware, the protagonist of the site. Visitors experience the Delaware's attributes upon first entering the park and again when arriving at the river itself. Hence, they experience the same river twice.


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Organizational studies

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Iterations

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River Birch

Betula Nigra

Witch Hazel

Hamamelis

Cryptomeria

Cryptomeria japonica

Italian Cypress

Cupressus sempervirens

Eastern Cottonwood

Marsh/Wetland Plants

Flower Fields

Trees and Woody Plants

Virginia Sweetspire Sweetbox Snowdrop Butterfly weed Sweetbox Queen-of-the-prarie

Itea virginica Sarcococca hookeriana Galanthus elwesii Asclepius tuberosa Diaspore Filipendula rubra venusta

Iris Red Chokeberry Purplestem Aster Swamp Rose Arrow Arum Fringed Sedge American Sweetflag

Freshwater Plants Mock Rush Meadow Foxtail Reed Canary-grass Creeping Bent Water Hyacinth

Pennisetum glaucum Alopecurus pratensis Phalaris arundinacea Agrostis stolonifera Eichhornia crassipes

Managed Lawn Hedges Winterberry

Populus deltoides

Decorative Grasses Feather Grass Pampas Grass

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Iris versicolor Aronia arbutifolia Aster puniceus Rosa palustris Peltandra virginica Carex crinita Acorus americanus

Stipa tenuissima Cortaderia selloana

Natural Natural Occurence Occurrence

Ilex verticillata Buxus


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A study of the underside of Interstate 95

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PHILADELPHIA, PA

B R E W E RY H I L L PA R K

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rewery Hill Park in Philadelphia is framed by commuter rail to the north, Girard Avenue to the south, freight rail to the east, and Kelley Drive to the west. It is a small scrap of lawn and wooded hillside made smaller by the

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constant sound of traffic and trains.The lawn serves as an ideal canvas for land art related to the site. My primary intervention is the interfacing of plants and train cars at the foot of the hill. Each train car hosts a different landscape

typology. The typologies are representative of the commodities that these cars once hauled. In addition, a new path system enables the extreme sensory experience of standing next to passing freight


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ELEM ENTS OF INTERVENTION

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Elements of the intervention Section A

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Proposed landart intervention and planting scheme A'

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Conceptual Model

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A N I M AT I O N

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he moving image is to a large extent neglected in the field of landscape architecture. Animation could have several applications

to the field: to help tell a story, to explore a space, to generate rapid iterations, and to give a sense of change over time. Animation remains a

hobby of mine, and I stay up to date on trends in the field. I hope to continue to apply animation as a design tool throughout my studies and career.

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Valley of Fire National Park, Nevada

PHOTOGRAPHY

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hotography and videography are two passions of mine. Besides offering me a reason to get outdoors, I have found photography extremely useful as an ingredient in representation.

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All types of photography appeal to me: longexposure, timelapse, macro, street, and wildlife. I have been fortunate enough to visit some beautiful parts of the world over the last few years,

and these places appear in many of my photos. More recently, I have been learning to hybridize my photographs with sketches, producing novel results.


Itsuka-Shima Shrine, Japan

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda

Bartram’s Garden, Philadelphia

Portsmouth, NH

Valley of Fire National Park, Nevada

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CONTACT

ONLINE

EMAIL

WEBSITE

aaronkin@upenn.edu

aaronrossking.com

PHONE

TWITTER

609.937.5235

@_AaronKing

ADDRESS

YOUTUBE

4508 Walnut St. Apt. 2 Philadelphia, PA 19139

www.youtube.com/user/arkingeight



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