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BLAKE WOODRUFF URBAN PLANNING PORTFOLIO


ABOUT Introduction I’ve always had a strong passion for Urban Planning and Design. However, I wasn’t aware that I was interested in Urban Planning till someone defined it for me. I wasn’t sure if I should go into the field of planning or focus more in the field of design, but after dialogue with planners I learned I could have both. I was humbly and joyfully accepted into the School of Planning. I plan to obtain a Master’s in Landscape Architecture or Community Planning. I want to work with neighborhoods to create community through strategic design and planning. I love the large spread umbrella of opportunities and fields accessible through Planning. I have interests in all aspects of Planning, really. Economics, transportation, design, zoning, law, revitalization, politics.

Future Urban Planner, Urban Design Cincinnati, Ohio

Contact 107 E University Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219 (513) 302-8653 woodrubd@mail.uc.edu https://www.linkedin.com/in/blake-woodruff/ 2


RESUME Education

Work History

Skills

Interests

Bachelor of Urban Planning GPA 3.53 University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH Expected Graduation April 2023 National Society of Collegiate of Scholars (NSCS), Dean’s List, DAAP Ambassador, Cru UC Clermont College Batavia, OH Dual-enrollment program for college-ready high school students. College-Credit Plus (CCP), Dean’s List, LOOK to Clermont Leadership Program Terrace Park Country Club, Milford, OH • Greenskeeper/Grounds-crew • General Work: Greens maintenance, bunker maintenance, weeding, mulching, etc. • Skills: Driving, minor mechanical knowledge, customer-service, problem-solving.

GPA 3.83 September 2016-April 2018

May 2019 – August 2019

Bad Omelet Screen Printing, Cincinnati, OH • Graphic Designer • General work: Creating digital art and logos for companies and events. • Skills: Adobe Illustrator — self-taught, vinyl printing, and hand-pulled printing.

January 2015 - Present

Kingdom Productions, Inc., Cincinnati, OH • Scenic Department Artisan • General work: Creative signage and facades for amusement parks and zoos. • Skills: painting, carving, sculpting, sanding, and maintenance.

February 2018 - June 2018

Advanced: Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Microsoft Word, SketchUp Intermediate: GIS, Microsoft Power-point Basic: AutoCAD, HTML, Microsoft Excel Cognitive: Big-picture, organized, team-player I have passionate interests in Graphic Design, Urban Design, Community-Focused Design and Historic Preservation. Working closely with communities to improve the community therein. I love the scenery and rest National Parks provide. I also, have an interest in politics and world issues. Clifton Strengths: Relator, Deliberative, Restorative, Intellection, Context Enneagram Institute: Type 6, wing 9.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Overview

Projects

About

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Comfort on Campus at the University of Cincinnati 2018

Resume

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Over the Rhine as a Living Neighborhood 2019

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Graphics

Personal Projects

Steeples of Over the Rhine 2019

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Renderings with SketchUp 2015, 2019

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Imageability Map | Over the Rhine 2019

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Photography 2014-2019

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Mapping 2018

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COMFORT ON CAMPUS Introduction

Process

Overview Individual project Bachelor of Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati Description Process of putting together a presentation which highlights the problems and solutions to comfort and enjoyment on campus. Objective Learn what aspects of campus are comfortable or enjoyable and apply those aspects to improve uncomfortable areas on campus, Process Sourcing, interpretation, and application of crowd-sourced information on University of Cincinnati’s campus. Digital Skills Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign

Sourcing Students circle areas as comfortable/uncomfortable by color to create a source map. Green-comfortable Brown-uncomfortable Hand-drawn

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Interpretation Three visual maps were produced to show the results of map (top).

University of Cincvinnati Thematic Map Blake Woodruff | PLAN 1055 | Assignment 3

Legend Enjoyable Uncomfortable Both

Visual 1 Most literal interpretation of the source-map. Hard to read and visually too busy to convey the information.

Visual 2 Most generalized interpretation of the sourcemap. Only buildings that were important were included. Easy to read, but too generalized

Visual 3 Utilizes a system ranging from light blue to dark blue, light blue representing least comfortable and dark blue representing most comfortable.

Blue-comfortable Red-uncomfortable

Green-comfortable Brown-uncomfortable

Easy to read, keeps the information in-tact while simplifying it.

GIS, Adobe Illustrator

Hand-drawn, edited in Adobe Photoshop

GIS, Adobe Illustrator 7


COMFORT ON CAMPUS Final Presentation

29 High Comfort

12

Less Comfort

18 Low Comfort

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Main Street | Natural Design

How do you take what makes Main Street highly comfortable and apply that to College Drive to improve its comfortability? 1. A path with a flowing natural design reminiscent of Main Street. This would begin to allow College Drive to open up and feel more walkable and pedestrian friendly. 2. A shared brick roadway, no sidewalk, like that of Main Street so that cars, bicycles and pedestrians feel safe sharing space.

College Drive | Cramped Space

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OVER THE RHINE

AS A NEIGHBORHOOD

Introduction

Historical Time-line

Overview Individual Group project project Bachelor of Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati

1788

Cincinna� founded.

Roles Description Process Blake Woodruff: of putting Lead together Communicator a presentation whichGibbs: Kyle highlights Leadthe Designer problems and solutions Ryan Collingwood: to comfortLead and enjoyment Research on campus. Description Objective An in-depth look into Over the Rhine Learn what through the aspects years, data, of campus and possibiltes are comfortable versus problems. or enjoyable and apply those aspects to improve uncomfortable areas on campus, Objective Providing context to Over the Rhine as Process a neighborhood, essentially a context Sourcing, interpretation, and application of analysis. crowd-sourced information on University of Cincinnati’s campus. Process Research, compile, present. Digital Skills Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign Digital Skills Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, GIS

1827

Construc�on of the Miami-Erie Canal.

40

German migrants begin arriving.

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Findlay Market opens.

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U.S. Civil War ends.

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Music Hall begin opera�ons.

1900

Miami-Erie

Canal remo History A time-line showcasing the major events within Over the Rhine Adobe Illustrator, 10

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Music Hall begin opera�ons.

1900 Miami-Erie Canal removed. Underground subway begins construc�on. Subway abandoned. Central Parkway paved.

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The German popula�on declines during World Wars.

Arrival of Appalachian migrants.

I-75 construc�on through West End neighborhood displaces African American households. Many find housing in OTR.

Neighborhood leader, Buddy Gray, successfully fought to keep investment and preserva�on out. Concern of police brutality spark riots. Non-profit development company, 3CDC, begins inves�ng in neighborhood.

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OVER THE RHINE

AS A NEIGHBORHOOD

Contextual Maps

Linkages

Figure Ground

Cincinnati Neighborhood: Over-the-Rhine

Cincinnati Neighborhood: Over-the-Rhine

Major Intersection: Arterial Roads

Pathways and Open Spaces

Connector Roads

Intermediate Intersection: Arterial or Connector Road and Local Road

Building Footprints

Minor Intersection: Local Roads

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Figure Ground Highlighting open spaces in Over the Rhine via white-space.

Linkages Highlighting street-network and intersections. As well as 5 minute walking buffers.

GIS, Adobe Illustrator

GIS, Adobe Illustrator


Land Use

Imagining

Cincinnati Neighborhood: Over-the-Rhine

the Rhine

The map is a broaden perspective on land use classifcation. For each major block (defined by connector and local roads) the dominate use represents the entire space, with the expection of mixed use.

Residential

Shopping and Office Space

Pathways Ma jo r

Industrial

Mino r Edges

Institutional and Entertainment

Ma jo r Transportation

Mino r Nodes

Park and Recreation

Ma jo r Mino r Mixed Use

Landmarks Ma jo r Mino r Districts Developed Inherent

Imageability mapping highlights spa�al features that display a strong character of the area.

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Imageability Applying Kevin Lynches f5 aspects of spaces to Over the Rhine to provide context to how the neighborhood functions.

Land-Use Utilizes a system ranging from light blue to dark blue, light blue representing least comfortable and dark blue representing most comfortable.

Adobe Illustrator

Easy to read, keeps the information in-tact while simplifying it. GIS, Adobe Illustrator 13


OVER THE RHINE

AS A NEIGHBORHOOD

Demographics & Statistics Exploring the Data Over the Rhine is split into four census tracts which almost perfectly correspond to the four “districts” of Over the Rhine.

Digital Skills GIS, edited in Adobe InDesign. 14


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OVER THE RHINE

AS A NEIGHBORHOOD

SWOT Analysis

SWOT Map

Our group conducted a SWOT analysis to gather details on Over-the Rhine’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats. Topic questions included: What are Over the Rhine’s greatest strengths and inherent advantages? What are the existing disadvantages that prohibits growth in the neighborhood? What does OTR lack, and what qualities can be improved? What imposes resistance to the neighborhood thriving? Digital Skills GIS, edited in Adobe Illustrator

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SWOT Overview

Strengths

Weaknesses

Street art murals

Historic Landmarks

Monotonous commercial

Low community involvement

Walkable fabric

A�rac�ve architecture

Minimal ordinary neccessi�es

Nega�ve percep�on

Community gardens

Proximity to downtown

Clustered vacancy

Segrega�on

Well distributed public parks

High mixed use ac�vity

Clustered development

Built barriers

Access to public transporta�on

Opportunities

Threats

Vacant spaces to grow

Street car access

Demand for vehicles

Private development

Inherent popula�on

Growing popula�on

Public organiza�on shortage

Declining inherent popula�on

Development demand

Pedestrian focus

S�gma�za�on

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OVER THE RHINE

AS A NEIGHBORHOOD

Overview of SWOT Analysis Issues & Opportunities The objective is to present the five most significant issues or opportunities found in Over-the-Rhine from our research. The conclusion for each field is briefly described, and complimented with supported figures. Digital Skills GIS, Census Data, Microsoft Excel, edited in Adobe Illustrator.

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Vacancy

An abundance of empty space decreases vibrancy, surrounding uses, and safety, while providing available space for community growth.

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Condemned Vacant Properties

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Development

Clustered pockets of development produces a vacuum of tourism, and raises the cost of living for areas outside of new investment.

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historic properties redeveloped

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new construction buildings

Available Average rent in Cincinnati

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974 1613

$ is the average rent in Over-the-Rhine

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Walkability

Liber ty Street is a physical barrier; limiting fluidity and perception through the neighborhood.

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Accessibility

Limited distribution of ordinar y ser vices and facilities, low-income amenities, and inclusive employment.

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Create a strong inclusive indentity; driven by the diversity of histor y, architecture, ar t, and the people.

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art murals

Largest collection

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Population of

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STEEPLES

OVER THE RHINE

Introduction Overview Individual project Bachelor of Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati Description Absractation of steeples in Over the Rhine. Objective Minimal map of some aspect of Over the Rhine. Process Map out religious centers in Over the Rhine, pull out those with steeples. Digitally recreate the steeples from images. Digital Skills GIS, Adobe Illustrator

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Steeples

Over the Rhine Blake Woodruff


IMAGEABILITY OVER THE RHINE

Imageability Map Over the Rhine

Introduction Overview Group project Bachelor of Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati Role Lead Designer Description Imageability map of over the Rhine. Objective Visually provide context to what surrounds the neighborhood, contributes to it’s aspects. Process Group compares findings and agreements to decide which aspects are concrete. Digital Skills GIS, Adobe Illustrator, InDesign

Legend: Major | Minor Edges Landmarks Nodes Pathways *Districts

R

C

* R - Residential, C - Commercial/Recreational

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MAPPING Introduction

Mapping in GIS

Overview Individual project Bachelor of Urban Planning, University of Cincinnati

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Description A collection of maps focused on certain aspects of the University of Cincinnati’s campus.

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Objective Communicating certain aspects of campus through different methods. Digital Skills GIS, Hand-drawn, edited in Adobe Photoshop.

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Base-map Visually showing keys aspects of a base-map as simply as possible. GIS.

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Pathways Topography


Hand-Drawn Maps Three maps exploring building footprints, pathes/linkages, and imageability on campus.

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Legend:

Paths Major: Minor:

Edges

Node

Landmark

Districts

R, A, H

Building Footprints Detailed outline of building footprints on campus based off of GIS base-map (left).

Paths/Linkages Very literal interpretation of paths/linkages on campus.

Imageability Implementing Kevin Lynches 5 aspects of place on campus.

Hand-drawn/traced, edited in Adobe Photoshop.

Hand-drawn/traced, edited in Adobe Photoshop.

Hand-drawn/traced, edited in Adobe Photoshop.

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RENDERING

WITH SKETCHUP

Introduction Overview Personal Project Description Rendered theoretical mixed-use community. Bird’s-eye view, section, and overview in the view of a parallelogram. Objective Explore the tools and possibilities in Sketchup and V-Ray Digital Skills SketchUp, V-Ray.

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Renderings


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PHOTOGRAPHY Introduction Overview Individual project Personal Project Description Photos mainly featuring National Parks, towns, and nature. Digital Skills DSLR Camera, edited in Photoshop

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Acadia National Park


Nature | Landscape

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PHOTOGRAPHY Landscape

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Nature | Macro

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THANK YO U

107 E University Avenue Cincinnati, OH 45219 (513) 302-8653 woodrubd@mail.uc.edu

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Urban Planning Portfolio | 2019  

A collection of assignment/projects through 2019 from the Bachelor of Urban Planning (BUP) at the University of Cincinnati, College of Desig...

Urban Planning Portfolio | 2019  

A collection of assignment/projects through 2019 from the Bachelor of Urban Planning (BUP) at the University of Cincinnati, College of Desig...

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