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angela fortino

visual communication of urban planning + design taubman college of architecture + urban planning | university of michigan


take a flip through, you might like what you find. about 0.0

angela fortino welcomes you 0.1 personal statement please, review my credentials 0.2 resume + experience

rail user experience 1.0 focus 1.1 six degrees of separation focus 1.2 detroit encounters of the first kind focus 1.3 enhanced stations + amenities

page i page ii

pages 1-2 pages 2-4 pages 5-6

municipal waste 2.0 focus 2.1 the constructed landscape focus 2.2 the wast-e-scapes focus 2.3 living around

pages 7-8 pages 9-10 pages 11-14


angela fortino welcomes you. sprawl. i hate it, you dislike it, your mother might enjoy it and well grandma doesn’t know anything but it. but we can all agree the traditional form of sprawl and the american dream has become a nightmare. funny thing is majority of us either grew up in it or live there now. even funnier is that many of us may not realize our supposed city, town, or country side home is indeed another structure adding to suburban sprawl. i know i didn’t.

tending to one of five of our mother’s gardens, getting lost on our parent’s 5 acre plot and having to travel 15 minutes by car to get anywhere that defined me. a few years ago i learned the name of this place. 5467 nichols rd wasn’t city, wasn’t town, and wasn’t quite country. it was just another 1970s house in the harris subdivision. rural sprawl is what defined me. crisis over. well sort of...

sprawl = placelessness = crisis it all started in middle school. i had spent elementary school in the village of lennon, lived in what i thought was the rural country side of gaines township while venturing into swartz creek after school to hang out at the family grocery store. middle school came and it was off to another town, this time durand. where did i identify with? i wasn’t technically a “lennon rat,” as i was there only between 8 am and 3:30 pm from kindergarten to 6th grade, but i wasn’t a city brat from swartz creek since i lived in the country. yet i wasn’t even a country kid since i did not live on a farm! certainly, i wasn’t a “durand dirty” being that i couldn’t tell you which street was main street or where south side actually was. where was i? who was i? place i•den•ti•ty cri•sis (noun) a period of uncertainty and confusion in which a sense of where a person is from and how it has shaped them is insecure; typically due to a location’s lack of identity and uniqueness, compounded by the need to travel to various locations for necessities and daily activities.

college came and it was off to kalamazoo. finally i could escape my place identity crisis, or so i thought... new friend: “where’d you grow up?” me: “well....i went to high school in durand but lived in the country side of swartz creek.” new friend: “where?” me: “oh, some little towns outside of flint.” new friend: “oooooo. flint. that sucks.” lennon, swartz creek, durand, flint. all these places i was associated with but none defined who i truly was. but if one of these cities did not define me what did? it was my sisters and i playing in tall trees,

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today i study cities and everything in between. our surroundings inform our views and experiences...the built environment is extremely powerful yet dependent on the people who live in, care for, and manage it. as an urban planner i will help bring stability to places be it flint, durand, or even harris subdivision. (i have yet to come to terms that i am just another suburbanite.) no place should be a nightmare but many are. it is my generation’s job to pick up the pieces left behind by others and imagine something new, something that will mitigate placelessness and all the various crises that plague america’s built environment (be them personal or collective). throughout my portfolio, you will find class explorations in various environments. i acknowledge that every place is important; as cities are revitalized we must not allow the suburbs to become slums; we must protect rural land for future generations; we must strive for stability, equality and balance. expectations are high but my generation of urban and regional planners can handle it, that i do know.


. please, review my credentials. master of urban + regional planning candidate focus of community development + urban design taubman college of architecture + urban planning @ the university of michigan bachelor of science in geography, cum laude focus of urban planning + public history college of arts and sciences @ western michigan university

involvement + memberships american planning association student member michigan association of planning student committee chair

past presenter

urban planning student association professional development chair gamma theta upsilon honor frat past president + treasurer mi academy of arts science & letters student member

past presenter

honors

2009 gtu excellence in leadership 2009 map scholarship 2009 wmu outstanding urban planning senior 2008 wmu history fellow emeriti scholarship 2008 wmu outstanding geographer 2005-09 deans list and scholarship 2005-07 meap scholarship

arcgis, tntmips, google sketchup, multispectral digitization adobe creative suite, microsoft office suite, iwork for mac

education

4.11 (expected)

4.09

skills work experience

planning intern | beckett & raeder, inc. researched, compiled, and edited planning documents served as planning team member for mshda’s 7 downtowns of promise research assistant | dr. june thomas, faicp collected qualitative and quantitative data regarding detroit landuse strategies conducted interviews, researched archives, and assisted in book editing intern | michigan association of planning (apa-mi) designed presentations, advertisements, awards, and conference materials maintained aicp certification maintainence submissions assisted in conference and workshop planning technician | w.e. upjohn center for the study of geographical change improved and simplified data input; analyzed and manipulated data using gis monitored scanning techonology and trained new employees

9.10 - present

9.09 - 8.10

6.09 - 11.09

6.07 - 8.09 p ii


rail user experience | six degrees of separation. Methodology chi

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pro•ject de•scrip•tion

000 miles

Hammond-Whiting

016 miles

Michigan City

052miles

New Buffalo

062miles

Niles

089 miles

Dowagiac

102 miles

Ann Arbor

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wolverine 350/5 : travel rhythms

Dearborn Kalamazoo

138 miles

6˚ Battle Creek

160 miles

Albion

184 miles

Jackson

205 miles

Ann Arbor

243 miles

10.13 miles

281 miles 292 miles 296 miles 304 miles

2’ reading

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Dearborn Detroit

Detroit Royal Oak Birmingham Pontiac

Detroit

Dearborn

Ann Arbor

p1

10

Wolverine Segment

Pontiac

angela fortino. fall 2010. up 516. communication + representation.

Chicago

wolverine line : station locations

Translate

rn r bo

de•sign•er

Wolverine Line

Straighten

Ann Arbor

a combination of arcgis, photoshop, and illustrator was used to create the maps, and of course, my ti86 calculator came in handy for calculating degrees proportions.

Measure

Chicago

pro•grams ex•plored

Select

Dea

passenger, commuter, and light rails are hot topics these days in michigan. to gain a better understanding of the existing rail routes in the state, a trip on the wolverine line from ann arbor to detroit was taken. data for travel speeds, distance, and scenery was recorded. using mecanoo’s “fun road” mapping concept, data was plotted along the rail route. the route was then straightened and using 6 degrees as a benchmark, the route and data was then translated onto a circle.

arb

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Graffitti - Location - 9/20/2010 overpass - ann arbor

Graffittipark - Location 9/20/2010 fuller - ann -arbor

Graffitti -arboretum Location - 9/20/2010 nichols - ann arbor

Graffitti transformer - Location - 9/20/2010 power - washtenaw

depot town - ypsilanti

m12 - belleville

junk yard - canton

detroit river - dearborn

rail yard - detroit

vacant land - detroit

illegal dumping - detroit

city vista - detroit

1.3 miles

det

wolverine 350: scene-o-graphy wolverine 350: scene-o-graphy

p2


rail user experience | detroit encounters of the first kind.

pro•ject de•scrip•tion

as amtrak riders exit the detroit station they are greeted by two things: concrete and motorized vehicles. while many people, including myself, know woodward is a wide thorough fare connecting detroit city to the suburbs, the expansiveness of this avenue is not truly realized until it is sectioned. a second section depicts the varied levels of access to the amtrak station. these sections expand the visualization of a rail user experience.

pro•grams ex•plored

a combination of google earth, photoshop, and illustrator was used to create the sections.

de•sign•er

angela fortino. fall 2010. up 516. communication + representation.

12ft

16ft

18ft

91ft

18ft

5ft

22ft

Woodward Section 10’

p3

woodward: existing conditions


woodward: existing conditions

p4


rail user experience | enhanced stations + amenities. e Lin M1 sed po Pro

pro•ject de•scrip•tion

the final section of a rail user experience, consists of a group project that looked at enhancing the existing ann abor and detroit amtrak stations, as well as, envisioning what the future m1-rail stop at woodward and e. baltimore avenues may look like. a symbology map showing added ameninties was created to accompany renderings and plan views.

pro•grams ex•plored

det bus

taxi

park

public space

Ann Arbor

in e L e n i er Wolv

share

a combination of illustrator, photoshop, and indesign was used to create the amenities map icons, rail lines, and rendering shown to the right and page 6.

taxi

LRT - M1

public space

share

food

housing

Grown in DET

food

DELI

share

culture exhibit

Detriot

arb bus

park

share

wifi

wifi

culture exhibit

amtrak stations: wayfinding

de•sign•ers

angela fortino. amenities + m1 render alysia giatas. arb plan + render amanda irvine. det plan + render (partner’s work shown bottom left)

fall 2010. up 516. communication + representation.

plan view of the re-imagined ann arbor amtrak station on depot st.

visualization of the re-imagined ann arbor amtrak station on depot st.

Visualization of the Reimagined Detroit Amtrack Station at Woodward and Baltimore

Plan View of Reimagined Detroit Amtrak Station at Woodward and Baltimore

elements enhancing existing environment:

a = AATA bus stop • dropoff area b = benches c = crosswalks g = green space • green roof k = informational kiosks m = model train • childrens’ play area p = parking lot shuttle • shelter s = bikeshare rentals t = taxi wait area z = zingerman’s cafe • outdoor dining

elements enhancing existing environment:

a = AATA bus stop b = benches c = crosswalks d = Grown in Detroit stand g = green space • green roof l = light rail line p = permeable parking lot r = student art gallery s = bikeshare • bike rack w = water feature

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a b w b b b g

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c

c p

c

b b

c g

g = 40 feet

ann arbor station | a.giatas p5

l c

detroit station | a.irvine

160 feet


Proposed M1-Rail Stop at Woodward and E. Baltimore Ave

woodward: light rail proposal

p6


municipal waste | the constructed landscape. pro•ject de•scrip•tion

land is cheap in michigan so why not fill it with trash? afterall, trash IS a commodity...sold and traded as if it was a stock on wall street and we all know michigan could use an economic boost. unfortunately while landfills create cash flows they also cause contamination, hazards and are quite unsightly, especially for those who live and work near them. municipal waste: the constructed landscape is part one of a group project that explores landfills from a planners perspective. specifically, development and demographics around eagle valley landfill were explored.

pro•grams ex•plored

a combination of arcgis, autocad, photoshop, and illustrator were used to create the maps shown to the right and page 8.

de•sign•ers

angela fortino. constructed landscape part 2,3. michelle lam. constructed landscape part 1. (not shown here) full project presented in class can be found on page 8. fall 2010. up 516. communication + representation.

p7

scale 1: 43,200 [1: 3,600´]

buildings footprints

scale 1: 43,200 [1: 3,600´]

landuse

Residential

Cultural, Outdoor Recreation, and Cemeteries

Under Development

Agricultural

Commercial

Grass and Shrub Land

Industrial

Extractive

Transportation

Forest

Utilities

Water Wetland

scale 1: 43,200 [1:3,600´]

aerial image + data comparisons 1788 residential buildings in study area

16% h2o 46% urban

26% natural 11% ag

6% of total land covered by buildings in study area

eagle valley landfill: landscape


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!

!

scale 1: 71,035

number of households per block

household income $32,121 -34,554

scale 1: 71,035

classified using natural jenks

273 - 321

classified using natural jenks

scale 1: 71,035

density classified using natural jenks

277 - 594

$34,555 - 70,188

322 - 514

595 - 971

$70,189 - 85,216

515 - 652

972 - 1,871

$85,217 - 101,512

653 - 878

1,872 - 3,828

$101,513 - 142,132

879 - 1657

3,829 - 6,991

median hh income for michigan $48,606

total number of households: 16,070

population by age: age under 5 3,604

5-17

18-21 22-29 30-39

40-49

50-64

over 64

8,288

1,986

7,201

6,079

2,354

total male: 21,724

5,231

8,044

total female: 21,063

eagle valley landfill: demographics

p8


municipal waste | the wast-e-scapes.

pro•grams ex•plored

1,679 Ibs per year

140 Ibs per month

a combination of illustrator and photoship were used to create the infographics and collages shown to the right.

de•sign•ers

angela fortino. wast-e-scapes part 1 michelle lam. wast-e-scapes part 2

9,678 per year

in this section of the group project, we asked how much trash is coming in and from where? in 2009, eagle valley landfill took in a little over 500,000 yd3 of municpal waste from oakland county and a few surrounding neighbors. now that’s alot of trash! how is this possible? the wast-e-scapes infographics provide some dirty answers.

242 per week

why?

pro•ject de•scrip•tion

american consumption... 4.6 Ibs per day

(not shown here)

full project presented in class can be found on page 10. fall 2010. up 516. communication + representation..

p9

average amount of trash produced per american.

why not?

trucks needed to transport waste to eagle valley.

40yd3 / truck

waste: infographics


EAGLE VALLEY LANDFILL, Oakland County, MI

The Constructed Landscape

EAGLE VALLEY LANDFILL, Oakland County, MI

The Constructed Landscape

EAGLE VALLEY LANDFILL, Oakland County, MI

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The Constructed Landscape

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Type II Landfills in the SEMCOG Area [Arc Map base]

scale 1: 43,200 [1: 3,600´]

Contour Lines Every Three Feet

buildings footprints

Building Footprints Roads Primary Secondary Tertiary Water Wetlands Forest and Tree Canopy scale 1: 21,600

scale 1: 43,200 [1: 3,600´]

landuse

Residential

Cultural, Outdoor Recreation, and Cemeteries

Under Development

Agricultural

Commercial

Grass and Shrub Land

Industrial

Extractive

Transportation

Forest

Utilities

Water

scale 1: 43,200 [1:3,600´]

$32,121 -34,554

16% h 2o 46% urban

26% natural

1788 residential buildings in study area 6% of total land covered by buildings in study area

11% ag

Wetland

Landfill

scale 1: 71,035

household income

aerial image + data comparisons

classified using natural jenks

scale 1: 71,035

number of households per block

classified using natural jenks

273 - 321

scale 1: 71,035

density classified using natural jenks

277 - 594

$34,555 - 70,188

322 - 514

595 - 971

$70,189 - 85,216

515 - 652

972 - 1,871

$85,217 - 101,512

653 - 878

1,872 - 3,828

$101,513 - 142,132

879 - 1657

median hh income for michigan $48,606

3,829 - 6,991

total number of households: 16,070

population by age: age under 5 3,604

5-17

18-21 22-29 30-39

40-49

50-64

over 64

8,288

1,986

7,201

6,079

2,354

total male: 21,724

constructed landscape part 2 | a.fortino

constructed landscape part 1 | m.lam

5,231

8,044

total female: 21,063

constructed landscape part 3 | a.fortino

600000

why?

242 per week

EAGLE VALLEY LANDFILL, Oakland County, MI 500000

1,679 Ibs per year

400000 300000

140 Ibs per month

9,678 per year

1

municipal & commercial: 440,977 yd3

american consumption... 100000

4.6 Ibs per day 0

industrial, construction & demolition: 62,299 yd3

remaining Series12,158,000 yd

average amount of trash per american.

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0.2

Lapeer OAKLAND

Macomb

Wayne

1 2 3 4

NEIGHBORING SUBDIVISIONS

E OFFICES orion lakes

landfills + residential

eagle valley landfill

wast-e-scapes part 1 | a.fortino

Used 187,000 yd3

oakland county 461,316 yd3

SURROUNDING WETLANDS AND BODIES OF WATER

CURRENT WORK AREA

0.6

Series2

3

other 41,960 yd3

1

why not?

40yd3 / truck

origin of waste 2009

landfill capacity as of 2010

200000

0.8 trucks needed for landfill’s waste.

waste received 2009

The Waste-scapes

estimated capacity ≈ 10

1.2

92% originates within county

The Waste-scapes

total = 503,276 yd3

EAGLE VALLEY LANDFILL, Oakland County, MI

ENTRANCE

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wast-e-scapes part 2 | m.lam

focus 1 and 2 : group representation

p10


municipal waste | living around. pro•ject de•scrip•tion

living around looked at an area immediately south of eagle valley landfill. 2-D data was transferred into a 3-D model to gain better understanding of the built environment. it is shocking the close proximity of industrial and residential uses; however, upon closer investigation, the residential area with the worst location is orion lakes mobile home park. sadly, we send our poorest residents to the least desirable areas, coincidence? i think not.

eagle valley landfill built environment

orion lakes mobile homes

pro•grams ex•plored

natural environment

photoshop was used to create the context map shown immediately to the right. using autocad, the model section was created then transferred to a laser cutter to create layers for the physical model. orion lakes mobile homes

de•sign•ers

angela fortino. model section and physical model

physical site

fall 2010. up 516. communication + representation. context

p11

oakland heights landfill

residential and industrial: model section


the process materials used: 7 one-ply chip boards 2 three-ply chip board 1/2 roll drafting tape 1 bottle super 77 glue 1/2 bottle elmer’s glue cut

secure

place

wate produced: 2 one-ply chip boards 1/2 three-ply chip board 1/2 roll drafting tape super 77 glue fumes 7 hrs pvc laser fumes

glue

the product

residential and industrial: physical model

p12


municipal waste | living around.

in the final part of municipal waste: living around, orion lakes mobile home park was further investigated. the park is a residential development located between eagle valley landfill and oakland heights landfill. the position of the park creates a less than desirable situation for residents as a landfill lingers in the horizon both to the north and south. a shadow study was first completed to understand the shadow patterns cast on the park. a second excercise involved renderings to visualize the juxtaposition of life and waste.

9:00 am

pro•ject de•scrip•tion

September 1

June 1

March 1

December 1

pro•grams ex•plored

the autocad file was imported into sketchup to complete a shadow study and as a base for renderings of the site. photoshop was then used to create the illustrative map and renderings.

angela fortino. shadow study and visualization fall 2010. up 516. communication + representation.

p13

4:00 pm

de•sign•ers

context

oakland heights landfill

orion lakes mobile home park: shadow study


illustrative map + render views

b b. view of oakland heights landfill

a. view of eagle valley landfill

a

orion lakes mobile home park: visualization p14


Angela Fortino 516 Portfolio  

Portfolio for UP 516 Representation + Communication for Urban Planners, Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning at the University o...

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