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a portfolio of selected works

Seattle- Wa:

directed attention

when trying to solve the issues of Public Housing the focus has historically been on the structure with little attention paid to the space the structure inhabits, often treating it like a forgotten space.

With my final project I wanted to use techniques that focused on ecological design to redevelop a public housing development. The site I chose to redevelop was Yesler Terrace in Seattle, WA, the oldest public housing site in the city. This site afforded me many opportunities, as the proposed redevelopment by the Seattle Housing Authority calls for only two of the current structures to remain. The focus of my design was on a spine located in the center of the development that contains three important areas: a mixed-use apartment development, a large central park space, and a connecting staircase to the retail district on the souther border of the neighborhood. The design of the site is intended to create connections, both internal and external, deal with the topography on the site, and use components of ecosystem services in the creation of community space. The resulting design transforms a public housing development that is disconnected from itself and the surrounding neighborhood into a highly connected space that uses natrua and its topography to create a mixed income and mixed use neighborhood that people will want to move to.

Extremely Low Income 30% ($18,200)

Very Low Income 50% ($30,350)

Low Income 80% ($38,850)

Market Rate ($60,665)

% of Population (16)

% of Population (8)

% of Population (17)

% of Population (57)

% of Units (11)

% of Units (5)

% of Units (19)

% of Units (63) Yesler Terrace FEIS/HUD 2013 Income Limits

Yesler Terrace: Proposed Population


Cultural Services Ground Cover 12th Avenue

9th Ave nue


Bor nue Ave

Yesler Way

Cultural Services Tree Canopy Inte te rsta 5

Main Street

Jackson Street



Yesler Terrace







Neighborhood Retail


Light Industrial

Single Family


Circulation Route


Yesler Terrace: Land Use Broadway 12th Avenue

9th nue


Stormwater Tree Canopy


Bor Ave nue

Yesler Way



Inte 5 Main Street

Jackson Street


Bus Routes

New Building Footprints





Habitat Tree Canopy

Buss Stop

Street Car Route


Yesler Terrace: Public Transit

12th Avenue : 14,800

Broadway : 17,00

9th nue

Ave en

Bor nue

Ave 00

: 18,0 Yesler Way : 7,900

Water Quality Groundcover te


Inte 5 Main Street

Jackson Street : 12,800

Route 60 : 4500


Bus Routes

Major Pedestrian Circulation

Entrances Into Site

New Building Footprints

Major Roads

Secondary Pedestrian Circulation

High Impact Circulation Areas






Yesler Terrace: Circulation and Connections 3500


3000 2500 7


Stormwater Infrastructure

1500 2



8 1

500 4



5 6 8

Green Roof

4 Plaza

7 Community Garden

2 Services Center

5 Open Play Space

8 Pocket Parks

3 Community Center

6 Play Ground

9 Farmers Market

Very Low Income Housing

30% AMI

50% AMI

(561 units)

(290 units)

Yesler Terrace: Units by Tenure

9 7


Extremely Low Income Housing

10 Vietnamese Cultural Center

Low Income Housing 80% AMI

(950 units)

Market Rate Housing (3199 units)

Average Car per Condo/House

100% 90%


Yesler Terrace

80% 70%

City of Seattle



Average Car per Apartment Yesler Terrace


40% 30%


City of Seattle



10% 0%

City of Seattle

Yesler Terrace: Average Vehicle per Household

Yesler Terrace

Proposed Development

Yesler Terrace: Means for Travel to Work

MinneapoliS- Mn:

the grove

a grove can be defined as a small wood, or stand of trees, lacking dense undergrowth.

A grove of trees is a multi-functional tool that can be used to create space. In this park, groves of trees are used to create multiple spaces around the site, turning an empty field into external viewing galleries. These spaces can be informal spaces used daily by patrons of the Walker Art Center, or the residents of the neighborhood. In addition, they can also be programed by the Walker Art Center for formal uses. Such uses can be the Open Field Events, or Rock the Garden. Another Feature of the site is the change in elevation and the use of terraces from the lower portion of the site to the upper. These can be used as seating elements, creating a destination space. A supplementary use for this portion of the site is that it serves as an area of focus for the Vineland Place entrance to the Walker Art Center.

eden prairie- Mn:

afford this

affordable housing has a negative connotation in many circles in the United States, and especially in well off suburban cities.

The Golden Triangle in Eden Prairie is a vast landscape of industrial buildings and office space, deteriorating natural green space, and unconnectedness. The future implementation of the Southwest LRT affords us the opportunity to provide an exciting future for the Golden Triangle, but also not forgetting its past uses. With this opportunity we would like to focus on a future that includes a mixed use development near the light rail station, and then a mix of mid rise apartments, row houses, and office space as we move away. Within the housing we plan on implementing a mixed income dynamic, this addresses a need in Eden Prairie for affordable housing, and it will take advantage of the proximity to the LRT station. The housing portion of the site will include three different row house developments totaling 284 units mostly two and three bedroom, nine mid rise apartment developments, ranging from one to three bedroom units, totaling 630 units, a mixed use area that consists of ten buildings to house a mix of retail and food establishments and a plaza area that can accommodate a farmers market or other activities that will help bolster the appeal of the area. In addition to the housing component, there will be a focus on improving and reestablishing the natural environment in the Golden Triangle. This will be accomplished by reestablishing a wetland, the gradual elimination of most of the turf grass, and the implementation of Green Stormwater Infrastructure.




laKetoWn toWnSHip, carver coUnty, Mn:

environmental planning

the purpose of environmental planning is to create an integrated environmental protection framework that protects the water quality, addresses biological diversity through habitat protection, and provides for amenity resources.

The purpose of this project was to use GIS in identifing priority areas of protection for water quality, biological diversity, and amenity resources in Laketown Township. Once these areas were identified, a framework for environmental protection was recommended. To identify the priority areas objectives needed to be established. Water quality issues were addressed in terms of surface and groundwater contamination susceptibility within the watersheds. In terms of biological diversity, the focus was on habitats preferred by neo-tropical migratory birds, aquatic birds, and wetland waterfowl. These species will serve as an indicator of habitat quality, and biological diversity. Amenity resources were identified in terms of their recreational, historical, archeological, agricultural, and mineral context.

100-year floodplain Wetland core Wetland edge Major Roads

Groundwater Contamination Susceptibility of Laketown Township

Amenity Implementation Framework Proposed in Laketown Township

Water Quality Implementation Measures Proposed in Laketown Township

Open Spaceand Recreational Opportunities in Laketown Township

Detailed habitats of Laketown Township

Habitat Protection Implementation Proposed in Laketown Township

The frameworks were recommended in a series of statements that defined a particular set of concepts and issues. Then they discussed the methods used to identify key areas for protection, and the types of protection to be accomplished. It also listed the proposed implementation tools that would provide the recommended protection.

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