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taubman college of architecture + urban planning university of michigan • fall 2010


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AMANDA H. IRVINE

Masters candidate of Urban and Regional Planning University of Michigan - Taubman College

ahirvine@gmail.com (818) 515-0057

Influenced by the issues of southern California urbanism, Amanda grew up interested in the art community and the spaces around her. While she has a background in critical urban thinking, she is currently focusing her efforts on representation through design, considering in her work how spatial design impacts the social, cultural, and environmental landscapes.

Related Projects

Education

2011 Master of Urban and Regional Planning (currently a candidate) concentration in urban design and physical planning University of Michigan, Taubman College 2009 Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies and Planning minor in Art History and Criticism University of California, San Diego

Skills + Qualifications Software proficiency- Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe InDesign and Illustrator, Google Sketchup, on Mac and PC Effective time management and organizational skills obtained through leadership experience Experience working as part of team initiatives and independently Quick and ambitious learner of new techniques and adaptable to challenges

Work Experince July-August 2010 Researcher, Green LA Coalition o Worked independently and efficiently to provide research o Studied case vital to new green-related policies in Los Angeles o Wrote an extensive document for the use of local policystrengthening June-August 2009 Junior Planner/Intern, Reid Planning o Assisted in planner’s studies of Navy Reserves bases o Created and critiqued Basic Facilities Requirement plans o Learned quickly worked independently in a fast-paced environment November 2008- Intern, San Diego Architectural Foundation June 2009 o Involved in the Built Environment Education Program to express the importance of the built environment in San Diego classrooms o Worked autonomously to create lesson plans on city planning o Designed the lessons according to California Education Standards June 2007- Intern, North Park Main Street, a Business Improvement District Office August 2008 o Worked with community development related initiatives such as a local Farmer’s Market and Urban Art Walk o Interacted in an office environment and with the public o Executed tasks independently and took on projects individually

May-June 2010 Iceland Summer Design Studio o Studied the Swedish, Danish, and Icelandic urban development o Independently designed a new physical layout and plan for an entire city block in Reykjavik, Iceland o Interacted with various Scandinavian architecture and planning firms, port authorities, and local people January- Pedestrian Network Plan o Created an entire non-motorized plan through a graduate course for April 2010 Macomb Township, MI o Worked with a team to design a plan balanced with our many skills o Designed graphical, literary, and presentation elements while working with the team and township September 2008- Senior Research in Urban Sprawl, Land Use, and Design o Designed and developed a research proposal, formulating June 2009 compelling research questions o Considered many designs of redevelopment to relieve effects of sprawl o Completed a comparative city analysis and determine the best urban designs and land use decisions related to sprawl alleviation September 2002- Los Angeles Urban Studies Competition. ULI June 2005 o Competed in the redevelopment of a hypothetical city-center, holding positions of CFO and CEO, respectively o Involved in creating of plan response to the RFP, model, renderings, and marketing plan o Presented to a panel of architects and planners from ULI

Award and Honors 2007 Keynote Speaker and at the Urban Land Institute’s annual award ceremony for Los Angeles Urban Studies Competition 2003, 2004 1st and 2nd place in the Los Angeles Urban Studies Competition 2003, 2004, 2007 Three time scholarship recipient, Urban Land Institute of Los Angeles 2004 1st place in HOSA Biomedical debate team competition, California State

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Mapping the Train Line

Train Line RIVERVIEW LAND 41 PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI Designs District SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

_399054 / MID980608657 CITY OF RIVERVIEW

Site Legal Name

CITY OF RIVERVIEW, RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE

Location Address:

20863 GRANGE ROAD RIVERVIEW, MI 48193-7600 WAYNE

Site Name CITY OF RIVERVIEW

Org Type Municipal

Active 1/1/1970

Owners / Operators Yes Yes

c The Constructed Landscape

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Wolverine Train Line, LAND PRESERVE, Ann Arbor

5%The Context of Waste

wood  7%

county / landll location

8% metals 8%

rubber + textiles

county disposing MCW in 2009

county disposing MCW previously

12%

plastics

1.5

mi

les

trucks required/yr

31%

physical model

Plan View Wayne County, of the Station

MI

g Visualization of the Station

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160 feet

10

RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

The Use of the Land

2,300 lbs/year

Contour lines every feet

Roads Primary

43 lbs/week

Secondary

Land Use

scale 1: 43,200 [1: 3,600´]

Tertiary

Buildings footprints color-coded

Cultural, Outdoor Recreation, and Cemeteries

4.03% Agricultural Area

The Uses of the Land

Living Around: theWetlands Forest/ tree canopy population

Commercial

Extractive

Office

Institutional

Forest Water

Wetland

Landfill

Aerial image and data comparisons

Under Development

Grass and Shrub Land

6.3 lbs/day

scale 1: 43,200 [1:3,600´]

Residential

Water

Agricultural

The Constructed Landscape

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scale 1: 43,200 [1: 3,600´]

scale 1: 125,000

30.18% Natural Area 13.07% Water and Wetland 52.65% Urban Areas

Industrial

total residential building footprints= 11,447,511 sqft

Transportation

% building footprints in total area surveyed= 10.5%

scale 1: 125,000

Utilities

Study Area- The southwest corner Experience of Place, Household income LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI Number of households per block A Closer PerspectiveRIVERVIEW Through the Seasons 0 - 128 $0

Water

2 miles

11 between

riverview land perserve houses

272 ft

Previous Site Names RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE

+ landfill Scaling Down: Data Layering + the Model

Living around:

g

Building footprints

RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

Residential Industrial Commercial Social-educational

c

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

scale 1: 21,600 [1¨:1,800´]

PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

b b

p

Land Use + Demographics

yard + food waste 26% paper The Waste-scapes Infographics

c

indivudal contribution

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The Landfill Landsape

The waste-scapes

RIVERVIEW

materials within misc.  3% glass

5

c

40,552,240

b w b b b

s g

Permitted Capacity: RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

Cross St, Ypsilanti

Re-imagined Detroit Amtrak Station

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3

Built v. Open

Visualization of the Reimagined Detroit Amtrack Station at W

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Table of Contents

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 Street Sections: r = student art gallery Working with + Elevation s = bikeshare • bikeTexture rack w = water feature

Study Area- illustratrative map

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1 4

scale 1:60

RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

Study Area- illustrated

$0.01 - $41,346

In-Active Date 08/21/2002

$41,346.01 - $57,554 group area $57,554.01 - $75,194

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$75,194.01 - $103,566

Compare with MI: $22,168 study area Illustrative Street Section + Neighborhood Map Shadow Studies Summer/Spring Spring Equinox

a.m.

0 - 1,890.8

129 - 325

1,890.9 - 3,813.6

326 - 439

3,813.7 - 5,190.0

440 - 703

5,190.1 - 6,966.7

704 - 1293

6,966.8 - 10,988.9

Total number of households: 35,634

Summer Solstice

p.m.

Density of population Study Areaillustrated

a.m.

p.m.

Population share over age under 5 5-17 5,422

Street Section + Shadow Studies Autumn/Winter

18-21 22-29

15,863 4,140

Autumn Equinox

Winter Solstice p.m.

a.m.

p.m.

a.m.

8,783


Mapping the Wolverine Train Line We traveled on the Wolverine Train Line between Ann Arbor and Detroit, each mapping a different component of the experience. I mapped the dichotomy of the built against 1 the open spaces along the train line, comparing the viewsheds and land uses in a 1/2 mile buffer

Photoshop InDesign GIS

TrainLineDesigns


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TrainLineDesigns


Street Sections: Texture + Elevation

In creating my street sections, I chose two locations in close proximity to the Wolverine Train Line. In the first, I utilized realtsic textures to reflect my previous work on built against the open 3 spaces. For my second section, I experimented with creating a section in an area with many elevation changes.

Photoshop Illustrator InDesign

TrainLineDesigns


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TrainLineDesigns


Reimagined Detroit Amtrak Station For the final portion of the rail line study, we formed groups. Our concentrated on a redesign both train stations as better transit oriented developments (TODs). Focusing on the Detroit 5 Station, I created a plan view and rendering of a reimagined train station, with greener attributes, such as grass pavers in the parking lot, bike lanes, and brick sidewalks. Photoshop InDesign Google Earth

Plan View of Reimagined Detroit Amtrak Station at Woodward and Baltimore 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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160 feet

TrainLineDesigns


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Visualization of the Reimagined Detroit Amtrack Station at Woodward and Baltimore

Enhancing Rail User Experience @ ARB and DET Amtrak Stations

Detriot Ann Arbor

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arb bus

taxi

park

det bus

public space

food

park

culture exhibit

taxi

LRT - M1

public space

share

food

housing

DELI

share

wifi

Grown in DET

share

share

culture exhibit

wifi

Icon map of all added amenities by Angela Fortino

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

= 40 feet

Plan view of Ann Arbor Amtrak station by Alysia Giatas

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

Render of Ann Arbor Amtrak station by Alysia Giatas Proposed M1-Rail Stop at Woodward and E. Baltimore Ave

Render of M-1 Proposed LRT by Angela Fortino

TrainLineDesigns

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GIS Illustrator Photoshop InDesign Google Earth

Permitted Capacity:

District SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN

Site Legal Name

CITY OF RIVERVIEW, RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE

Location Address:

20863 GRANGE ROAD RIVERVIEW, MI 48193-7600 WAYNE

Site Name

Org Type

Active

Owners / Operators

CITY OF RIVERVIEW

Municipal

1/1/1970

Yes

40,552,240

The waste-scapes

Yes

indivudal contribution

materials within misc.  3% glass

5%

wood  7%

county / landll location

8% metals 8%

rubber + textiles

county disposing MCW in 2009 county disposing MCW previously

2,300 lbs/year

12%

plastics

les

trucks required/yr mi

This project exoplored the landfill, considering those in southeast Michigan. In the largest group of the class, four of us studied Riverview Land Preserve in Wayne County, 7 MI. In order to understand the context, I created a series of infographics about the waste, and a context map to understand the area.

RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI 41_399054 / MID980608657 CITY OF RIVERVIEW

1.5

The Context of Waste

yard + food waste 26% paper

31%

43 lbs/week

6.3 lbs/day

Residential Industrial Commercial Social-educational Water

2 miles

between riverview land perserve houses

272 ft +

Previous Site Names RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE

landfill

In-Active Date 08/21/2002

group area

study area

TheLandfillLandscape


RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

The Constructed Landscape

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

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Contour lines every feet Building footprints Roads Primary Secondary Tertiary Water Wetlands Forest/ tree canopy scale 1: 21,600 [1¨:1,800´]

TheLandfillLandscape

Landfill


Land Use + Demo graphics

In further exploration of the Riverview area, our group created GIS maps of the land use patterns within a 1.5 mile buffer. To grasp the local demographics, we chose to expand the buffer to any 9 census tracts that connected with those within the initial buffer, in order to get a real sense of the people who may experience the area

GIS Illustrator InDesign

RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

scale 1: 125,000

Household income

Living around: the population

scale 1: 125,000

Number of households per block

scale 1: 125,000

Density of population / mi 2

$0

0 - 128

0 - 1,890.8

$0.01 - $41,346

129 - 325

1,890.9 - 3,813.6

$41,346.01 - $57,554

326 - 439

3,813.7 - 5,190.0

$57,554.01 - $75,194

440 - 703

5,190.1 - 6,966.7

$75,194.01 - $103,566

704 - 1293

6,966.8 - 10,988.9

Compare with MI: $22,168

Total number of households: 35,634

Population share overall: age under 5 5-17 5,422

18-21 22-29 30-39

15,863 4,140

8,783

male

female

43,032

46,062

40-49 50-64 65 and up

13,109 14,458 14,736 12,583

TheLandfillLandscape


RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

The Use of the Land

10 scale 1: 43,200 [1: 3,600´]

Land Use

scale 1: 43,200 [1: 3,600´]

Buildings footprints color-coded

scale 1: 43,200 [1:3,600´]

Aerial image and data comparisons

Cultural, Outdoor Recreation, and Cemeteries

Residential

Agricultural

Under Development

Grass and Shrub Land

Commercial

Extractive

Office

Forest

Institutional

Water

Industrial

total residential building footprints= 11,447,511 sqft

Wetland

Transportation

% building footprints in total area surveyed= 10.5%

Utilities

TheLandfillLandscape

4.03% Agricultural Area 30.18% Natural Area 13.07% Water and Wetland 52.65% Urban Areas


A Closer Perspective

RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

ScalingStudy Down: DataThe Layering + thecorner Model Areasouthwest

physical model

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In splitting off into individual projects, I chose to take a closer look at the southwest corner of our initial group area (see the small circular diagram). I created a physical model, on the 11 principles of layering buildings and natural areas with circulation. Focusing in closer yet, I created an illustrative map on the area highlighted in green

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TheLandfillLandscape


RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

Neighborhood Map StudyIllustrative Area- illustratrative map

scale 1:60

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TheLandfillLandscape


Experience of Place, Through the Seasons The closer neighborhood perspective led to section and rendering visualizations of the area. I chose to combine mine witha shadow study, displaying how different parts of the 13 neighborhood, highlighted in blue and red, would appear throughout the seasons

Summer/Spring RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI Street Section + Shadow Studies Study Areaillustrated

RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

Study Area- illustratrative map

scale 1:60

Summer Solstice

Spring Equinox a.m.

p.m.

a.m.

p.m.

Photoshop Sketchup Illustrator InDesign

TheLandfillLandscape


RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI Street Section + Shadow Studies Study Areaillustrated Autumn/Winter

RIVERVIEW LAND PRESERVE, Wayne County, MI

Study Area- illustratrative map

scale 1:60

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Winter Solstice p.m.

TheLandfillLandscape

a.m.

Autumn AutumnEquinox Equinox p.m.

a.m.


Portfolio Fall 2010