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TOC_00 Table of Contents:
Hobbyist: Zen Garden
P Street Plaza Design
Gering, Floating Forest
Construction Documents Interdisciplinary Design
Hobbyist Garden: Zen Enthusiast For Project 3 our studio’s task was to design a small scale “townhouse” garden for a specific hobbyist. The space given measured 40’ long, 25’ wide and was linked to the exterior of a residence that contained a door and window facing out. From the options of hobbyist’s, I volunteered to take the meditation hobbyist due to my interests in the subject. After receiving my hobbyist I immediately began to develop characteristics and background for whom I would be designing for. By doing this as well as completing iterations of Journey Maps and Eidetic images I was led to Zen Buddhism and meditation.
Site_Plan The Design:
After determining the user and identifying their needs for the project, the design process began. Through many iterations of organizing, aligning and determining the spatial needs for programmatic function, the form began to emerge. The project is split into three key zones: the observation zone, the rock garden, and the reflection zone. The three zones flow into one another so the user can have their own personal meditation journey through them. One is intended to sit and observe at first, slowly walk the path and admire the subtle and elegant beauties of the vegetation, koi pond, and dwell deep in thought over the rock garden. Then lastly sit and reflect on their experience in solitude. To help create a peaceful atmosphere, a waterfall is incorporated into the koi pond to reduce outside noise. The overall program for the design is for the user to be able to escape the chaos and quickness of life and to be able to use this garden as an oasis of solitude and peace.
Section B Rock Garden
Design_Process + Section
Design Iteration 1
Design Iteration 2
Design Iteration 3
Figure Ground Study
Planting bed Water
P Street Plaza: The P Street Plaza project goal was for our second-year studio to develop a design concept, and apply principles and goals to a proposal in which we were supposed to re-design the existing site ofTower Square. My concept for the project was to develop a site that served and provided public space, as well as more intimate private space. I wanted to create a surreal plaza that reflects the Nebraska landscape in an abstract way, by incorporating gradual hills and native plantings.
Site_Analysis Larson Building
13 th Street
For the analysis of P Street, our studio broke up into teams. We studied the existing site the pros and cons of it and determined what features people would want from the space. Another group looked at the context of the site. Analyzing the transportation corridors, economic opportunities located in the area as well as existing amenities and features that could be designed for. Other things brought into consideration were the demographics of the downtown district of Lincoln, which would be primarily young business professionals. And lastly, a multitude of precedents was looked at and analyzed in depth.
From the analysis, I developed a framework and organizational structure that responded to the context and circulation of the area around it to accommodate and engage pedestrians into the plaza.
civic recreation parking
Diagram Done by Austin Arens + Jacob Jurgens
Site_Diagrams + Site_Plan Ideal Diagram
13 th Street
Program Tree Grove
Section C P Street
Site_Sections Section A
The Floating Forest was a design project for the city of Gering, NE. The site assigned is a 1.75-acre brownfield that was priorly used as a salvage yard. The site is adjacent to a large Union Pacific rail line and has been polluted and contaminated with toxic elements such as lead and arsenic. It is located in an under-served community within the city that has a dense Hispanic population. The objective of this project was to cap the site and rid it of the toxins and to generate a design that brought new life to the community and to serve their needs.
Site_Analysis Analysis: Our studio for analysis looked at a large variety of elements to understand the ecologies, and dynamics of the city as well as the surrounding area. Some of the key factors we looked at for the region were watersheds and site hydrology to understand the existing drainage of the site. The geology and soils of the site and surrounding area to realize what vegetation would be able to grow, as well as to realize the areas with the most contamination on site.
Tri-City Transportation (Brendan Schartz)
Gering Transportation (Brendan Schartz)
Gering Land-use (Darby Buckley)
Site Geology (Jacob Jurgens)
My task for analysis was to look at the transportation of the tri-city area and to identify and analyze key corridors and access points of the city. I compiled diďŹ€erent layers of GIS and average daily traďŹƒc for the cities roads. On top of this I uncovered historically significant passage routes of the area such as the Oregon Trail, to reveal and understand the history of the site and landscape to have a better sense of place.
Site Hydrology (Jared Tommeraasen)
Regional Watershed (Jared Tommeraasen)
Climate (Keely Anderson)
Ecology (Ashley Rexroth)
-NE I-80 , 1974
-WNRA Built, 1939
-Transcontinental RR, 1900
-Pony Express ,1860-1861
-Mormon Pioneer Trail, 1846-1868
-Oregon Trail, 1811-1840
-Fur trading routes established, 1800
-Native American Population prior to 1800
H PLA TTE R
SCOTTS BLUFF NATIONAL MONUMENT
10 th St
Five Rocks Rd
Country Club Rd
H PLA TTE R
HW Y 26
LEGEND union pacific ROW railroad crossing
public park ADT 8,000-10,000
ADT 6,000-8,000 primary roadway
secondary roadway tertiary roadway HW Y 92
railroad tracks primary river secondary river urban area monument site boundary
Site_Diagrams + Site_Plan
Figure Ground Prairie
Private Plaza Parking
Section B Prairie Picnic
Uni on P acifi c Ra ilroa d
Compilation Section A
Isometric_Palette The Design: After meeting with the community and reviewing results from surveys submitted possibilities for the site began to emerge. The information from the community combined with the studio’s analysis of the area as well as our site visit inspired the ‘Floating Forest’ concept. By reviewing maps of the community it was apparent that there was a clear disconnect between the neighborhood and Gering. To solve this problem the idea of a bridge between our site extending across the railroad track to Hamilton park adjacent to the tracks was proposed. My proposal for this was to use the abandoned cranes on the existing site to display and help support an elevated canopy walk throughout the site to achieve the 23.5 foot vertical right of way necessary to go over the railroad tracks. My intention behind this was to create a strong sense of place by embracing and celebrating the prior industrial components of the site, as well as creating floating ecologies that display and emphasize the beauty of the regional vegetation. The ground plane of the site consists of a variety of programs derived from the community survey. These include picnic space, event space, and a playscape. 21
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Site_Section + Moments
Construction Documents: The objective of the required Site Systems III course at UNL was to generate a complete construction document set for our previously designed P Street Plaza proposal. The course demonstrated the process of organizing, generating and compiling AutoCAD files in a professional manner to produce a customized set for our individual projects. Displayed in the forth coming pages is some excerpts of the course.
Rolling Hills: The objectives of the Rolling Hills grading project was to take an existing orchard and to incorporate a parking lot, grade the accessing road, and to drain the site. Requirements were to balance cut and fill, keep all water on site, and to save as many existing trees as possible. The project presented a multitude of challenges. The process of grading the complex site was highly educational and provided numerous learning outcomes in terms of grading.
Final Grading Plan
Interdiciplinary Design: Our studio collaborated with the ARCH graduate students in the college for one week in a charrette. The task of this charette aimed to generate designs and ideas located outside of a former grocery store in Rushville, NE. The store had been purchased by contemporary artist Mel Zeigler, who is in the process of renovating the store. His intention is to open a contemporary art gallery and cafe to host events and artist visiting the town. Mel was seeking out design proposals to utilize the barren space adjacent to the store. In one week, the teams of 3-4 mixed discipline teams collaborated to generate designs for the space and presented them to Mel. 33
Site_Plan The Design:
To respond to the context around the site, our group developed a fence that incorporated the aesthetic qualities of a barb wire fence. The fence was designed to have varying densities and heights to screen out unattractive sights while framing visually appealing aspects around the site. It is also intended to create a sense of place, ranching is a large economic component of Rushville and the surroundingareasotocreateasenseofplace the design incorporates a flexible space for the owner to host gallery presentations, or for people to recreate while grabbing a cup of coďŹ€ee or while working in the community garden. Other design elements include a private seating or gathering space to have a more intimate experience when attending a show or visiting the cafe. The design also extends the gallery to the outdoors by creating spaces to frame art pieces and extends a patio out from the main gallery.
Flexible Space Intimate Space
Primary Path Tertiary Path
My group initially began designing the site by taking inventory of the area around it. We identified what aspects around the site are visually appealing and what ones are an eyesore. Another aspect we considered was the fact that the site and the curb have no physical separation.
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Published on Mar 11, 2018