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MASHUP CHARRETTE 10/2017 An early assignment in Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture studio. Using any medium, develop a fictional landscape by hyrbidizing typologies identified in a real-world study site (Port of Oakland). “Mussel Bound Beach” imagines a future coastline and economy based on aquaculture and eco-tourism. [Original size 18”x48”]

HAND DRAFTING 9/2017 - 11/2017 Assorted work from Walter Hood’s Fundamentals of Hand Drafting. Practiced various techniques from exploded axonometrics, hybrid plan/sections, and constructed one and two-point perspectives of buildings on UC Berkeley’s campus. Utilized analog methods of modern photoshWWop drawings - such as photo collage, mylar layered drawings, and use of stickyback and transfer markers to add texture.

Clockwise from left: 1. BAMFA (Berkeley Art Museum) - pencil on vellum 2. Anthony Hall (Berkeley Campus) - pen and stickyback on vellum 3. Music Library (Berkeley Campus) - pencil and stickyback on mylar

REVERSE ENGINEERING 11/2017 Second assignment from Fundamentals of Digital Drawing. First foray into AutoCad - this exercise was to develop a illustrative plan of an existing park - using only a grainy Google Earth photo as a guide.

URBAN SOLITUDE 10/2017 First exercise from Karl Kullman’s Fundamentals of Digital Drawing. Brief was to use only photoshop to create a surreal urban image without any people in view.

DOCK AS PARTI 10/2017 Intro to “parti” design - brief was to build a chipboard model of a ferry dock for the new Richmond Terminal. The ferry dock needed to support ferry commuter traffic and incorporate ecological interaction. Vertical tidepools puncture the floor of the dock and reveal intertidal life as the dock rises and falls throughout the day. Supporting drawings accompanied the model at semester mid-review.

Chipboard model at 1”=16’

Section/Perspective at 1”=8’

SITE DESIGN PROCESS 11/2017 Rough sketches transitioned to more polished drawings during my design development for studio final project. The brief for final design is to adapt the big ideas from the dock parti into the landscape - a three acre space to be used as a ferry terminal in Richmond, adjacent to the historic Craneway Paviliion building. I explore the idea of creating a plane that “floats� above the land and reveals underlying ecological processes. Portals perforating the human ground plane open windows of habitat patches for plants to grow and birds to seek shelter.

PORTAL PARK 12/2017 Portal Park invites visitors to discover the unique biodiversity of the Bay Area coast. Apertures through this highly perforated surface reveal intimate views of ecologic processes reminiscent of historic natural conditions. At the same time, the east-west orientation of the site juxtaposes the new environmental vision to the industrial human history, with views of the active shipping route to the west and the Craneway Pavilion to the east.

Clockwise from top left: 1. Portal Park “Big Idea” piece: Capturing Wildlife in a Looking Glass. The portals allow the exchange of light and gas through the human occupied space to support a sheltered ecosystem under the surface. They also focus views to the underlying marsh ecosystem that has been historically overlooked in the Bay Area. 2. Rendered plan (original size 1”=40’). Series of out-and-back walks provide the opposite experience to the field of portals - people can occupy a small platform surrounded by the tidal zone. 3. Diagram overlays 4. 1”=20’ chipboard model

SUPPORTING DRAWINGS 12/17 SITE IMPRESSION After an initial visit to the Richmond Ferry Terminal site, I was most struck by the lack of an ecological experience for visitors - the riprap wall created an interactive disconnect. My design aimed to mediate this condition by allowing people to get closer to the water.

EAST BAY WILDLIFE ANALYSIS Analysis piece with partner Julia Prince MLA 3D ‘20 as a supporting piece for final studio, illustrating the relationship between elevation and potential habitat.

DANCING BRIDGES 2/2018 Dancing Bridges is a site design inspiration for the Dwinelle Annex building on campus. Containing the offices for the theater and performing arts department at Berkeley, the brief was to use notational design to develop a site design that improves the existing courtyard for performance use. I derived a simple line notation from capoeira dance as my notation inspiration and used it to design a series of bridges that reflect the performative nature of the building, increase pedestrian access, and provide a stage for performance.

Each of the five bridges was formally inspired by one of the dance notations. The bridges encourage impromptu performance and a unique relationship to Strawberry Creek. Perspectives utilize the ‘Hockney joiner’ method as requested by studio Professor Walter Hood.

MODEL WORK 1/2018 In my second Fundamentals of Landscape Architecture studio, Walter Hood focusses on case study projects. The following models are case studies of landscape typologies: studying plazas, parks, gardens, waterfronts, and streets. All models are constructed from wood with partner Julia Prince (MLA ‘20).

1. Louiville Waterfront


2. Gasworks Park 3. Satellite Towers 4. Unter den Linden


5. Kaiser Rooftop Garden

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GRAPHIC ILLUSTRATION AND CARICATURES 1/2015 - 12/2017 Prior to my entry into Berkeley’s MLA program, I worked as a freelancer for the film industry. I worked on drawings for TV shows such as PARKS AND RECREATION on NBC, THE YOUNG POPE and INSECURE on HBO. Below are caricatures and drawings done for the listed TV shows.

TOP LEFT AND BOTTOM: Commissioned by NBC to produce “bitmoji” style drawings of the main characters for the series finale. FAR LEFT: Part of a New York Observer cover for THE YOUNG POPE. MIDDLE: Screenshot from INSECURE - commissioned to produce stickers of influential rappers used as mugs and decoration in the main character’s apartment. Pictured are Kendrick Lamar and Chance the Rapper.


Alex Broad  

UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design MLA Candidate

Alex Broad  

UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design MLA Candidate