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CARSTEN

SCHMIDT


DESIGN MANIFESTO SPECIFIC

we cannot predict what will happen in the future; but our designs can be made to work in either one

LIMITED

design is not for one specific group, design is for everyone

it only works in the place that it is situated in

constrains guide us through our process and can challenge us to think where we otherwise would have dragged and dropped

LIMITLESS

CRITICAL

nothing lasts forever; however our designs should last for everything we can account for

INCLUSIVE

if we do not design for the people who are using our spaces who are we designing for?

it is easy to stick with our assumptions; it is necessary to leave them behind to create something truly new

OPEN ENDED

EXHAUSTIVE

we learn from our mistakes; evaluating the impact of our work is the best way not to repeat them

USER CENTRIC

COLLABORATIVE

in a field that is defined by its interdisciplinary the best design carries the signature of more than one designer

if you take a piece away the design starts to crumble

RESILIENT

INTENTIONAL

every piece of the design needs to withstand this question: why?

REFLECTIVE

GOOD DESIGN IS...

start with the unimaginable and then go to the place where it becomes possible


CONTENTS

STUDIO PROJECTS Terra Fluxus

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Quilted City

p.6

Next ATL

p.8

Remember the Drought

p.9

Island Under Threat

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ANALYTICAL DRAWINGS

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FREE HAND SKETCHES

p.18

CURRICULUM VITAE

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STUDIO

PROJECTS


TERRA FLUXUS

For the Beyond the Centerline Competition, two students and I attempted to rethink the medians on Park Avenue in New York City. Our conceptual entry focuses on the idea of blurring the lines between static and non-static, nature and human, natural and artificial. By creating an always changing landscape, through the use of movable concrete pillars and by imitating natural processes through the use of man mad-material we challenge the users assumptions about their relationship to their environment.

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QUILTED CITY This project was our entry for the 2018 Better Philadelphia Competition. Our team of five people created a comprehensive design to connect the Kingsessing neighborhood to the cities existing green spaces.

PHILADELPHIAINNUMBERS 6 TRAFFIC DEATHS PER 100,000 [HIGHEST IN THE US]

11.4 VIOLENT CRIMES PER 10,000 CAPITA PER MONTH

45% OF THE PEOPLE KILLED ARE PEDESTRIANS OR BIKERS

1 IN 8 RESIDENTS DO NOT LIVE WITHIN 10 MIN OF A PARK

4 CHILDREN ARE INVOLVED IN CRASHES EVERY WEEK

1 OF 6 SIX RESIDENTS EXPERIENCES FOOD INSECURITY

85% PHILADELPHIANS DO NOT THINK THE CITY’S TRAFFIC IS SAFE

5,262 PEOPLE IN KINGSESSING ARE CURRENTLY UNEMPLOYED

7,811 PEOPLE IN KINGSESSING ARE LIVING IN POVERTY

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11 BILLION GALLONS OF SEWAGE DUMPED INTO WATERWAYS IN 2015

290 COMBINED SEWER OVERFLOW EVENTS IN ONE YEAR

6 ENDANGERED ORGANISMS WITHIN THE PROJECT AREA

97% OF THE POPULATION IN KINGSESSING IS COMPRISED OF MARGINALIZED MINORITIES

UNDERSTANDING PHILADELPHIA Streets with 3 or more people killed/ severely insured a year

Neighborhoods with no walkable access to healthy food

Percentage of residents living below the poverty line (dark=poor)

Racial segregation Dark = Minorities Light = White Residents


GRAYS FERRY CRESCENT TRAIL PARK

SCHOOLS

GREEN SPACES

SAFESTREETS&SIDEWALKS

URBAN FARMS

Philadelphia profits from a variety of existing park and trail systems. However, links between these systems are missing. Our design aims at stitching together the existing pathways; this network will connect diverse neighborhoods across Philadelphia and important infrastructure within neighborhoods. In addition, our proposal strives to provide new wetlands and riparian corridors filtering the combined sewer overflow and also providing valuable habitat for endangered species.

38 FEET

38 FEET MAXIMUM HEIGHT

B A N K S

B O A R D W A LK

CONNECTINGEXISTINGPATHS

S C H U Y LK IL L

2027: APPLYING PATCHES/CULTIVATING COMMUNITY

50% FAR BONUS

ECONOMICNODES&SAFESTREETS RESIDENTFOCUSEDREZONING Connecting Philadelphia’s neighborhoods requires addressing current safety and social issues. By creating sets of safe streets RESIDENTIAL residents will be able to RESIDENTIAL safely commute between different parts of the city. In RESIDENTIAL RESIDENTIAL addition, nodes of rezoned RESIDENTIAL AFFORDABLE WETLANDS mixed use residential areas POLLINATOR DEVELOPMENT GARDEN RETAIL RESIDENTIAL will draw economic growth URBAN FARMS and stability to the struggling GREEN SPACE Kingsessing neighborhood. PATCHWORKPARK -- CLEANINGDIRTYWATERS COMMUNITYCOMINGTOGETHER With over 11 billion gallons of sewage being dumped into Philadelphia waterways every year, storm-water management is a pressing issue for the community. New terraced wetlands on the south end of Kingsessing slow the flow of storm-water as it filters through a series of reservoirs that progressively increase water quality through natural methods. In addition, these wetlands mitigate overflow to create a habitable environment for wildlife and community members.

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Outdoor Cinema Atlanta Falcons Live Stream

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Warm-Up Fitness Programs Art Square Christmas Market Art Square Charity Run Art Square Beer Festival

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APR

B2

JAN

45° 43° 4 2°

53° 61° 7

22.22%

Existing Garage

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DEC

MAR

Increase in Site Value

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12 p.m. 2 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m. 8 p.m. 10 p.m. 12 a.m. 2 a.m.

Group Fitness Programs Barefoot Trail Farmers Market Food Trucks Pop-Up Graffiti Walls Atlanta Jazz Festival Open Air Theater Live Concerts

EB

40.8

B1

8 a.m. 10 a.m.

APR. - OCT.

SEP

Leveraged IRR before Taxes

UG

West Peach Street

Spring Street

12.93%

4th Street

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$1.12 Billion

This entry for the ULI Hines Competition I created together with a team of four graduate student from three different graduate fields. This project was located in Midtown Atlanta and ArtSquare Ownership Mod focused on redeveloping a large swatch of mostly unused Built viparking lots into a mixed-used district, connecting multiple Given brant parts of the city. The graphics here show our proposed Maintained new circulation system and our proposed building footprint. JUL

Projected Site Value (End of Year 10)

CORE

Unleveraged IRR before Taxes

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$27.4 Million

WAL KA BL E

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Current Site Value (Start of Year 0)

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NEXT ATL E X PANDI NG M IDTO WN‘S

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Retail (Super Market) + Office + Upscale Apartments

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Retail + Affordable Housing + SRO

B2

Retail + Student Housing

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Retail + Office + Affordable Housing + Upscale Aprtments

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Peachtree St

West Peachtree St

Spring St

D1

Cypress St

Interstate 85

New Street C

F2

0.5mile

St

0.4mile

4th St

0.3mile 0.2mile

D1 Retail + Office

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Tech Square

D2 Hotel

0.1mile

North Avenue

2

3rd Street Pedestrian Tunnel

E

Parking + Senior Housing

3

Public Stage

F1

MARTA Station + Retail + Office

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ArtSquare

F2

Affordable Housing + Upscale Apartments

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Barefoot Trail

G

Bank of America Tower

5

LifeSquare

3rd St

6

G

New St 0

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100

200

400

PHASING 2018-2027

Ponce De Leon Ave

North Ave

0.5mile 0.4mile

North Ave

Phase I 2018-2020

1,460,473 SF

Phase II 2021-2023

Residential 821,748 Hotel 237,400 Office 185,743 Retail 139,686

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Existing Street

Redesigned Street Proposed Street

Proposed Building

reetscape

1,069,967 SF

Phase III 2024-2027 625,379 SF

Residential 720,563

Residential 149,047

Office 189,263

Office 66,202

Retail 160,140

Retail 66,202

Green Space 126,696

Parking 28,561

Parking 75,894

OPEN H

Residential 2,006,725

Office 441,209 1,281,858 SF

Stormwater Collection

Solar Energy - Photovoltaics

Green Roofs

Area Covered

System Output

Area Covered

425,662 SF

TOTAL BUILDOUT 3,155,820 SF For Sale 35.11% Upscale Apartments

SUSTAINABILITY STRATEGIES

64.89%

For Rent

Retail 366,030

Hotel 237,400

Parking 104,456

+

Green Space 126,696

Water Collected

108,292 Gallons per Year

1,838,029 kWh per Year Energy Value

$ 213,212 per Year

335,664 SF Water Collected

117,177 Gallons per Year

Bio-Retentio Area Covered

13,193 SF


REMEMBER THE DROUGHT

This planting plant was created for a bioswale on Cornell University’s Tower Road. Having experiencing the most severe drought the city has ever faced the planting plan focused on using plants that have proven to withstand tremendous temperature changes in the region including very dry and very wet periods. Being located next to a major street and parking lot the plants were also selected to be very salt resistants. Parts of the plan were realized in 2017.

Amorpha fruticosa

Baccharis halmifolia

Hypericum prolificum

Rhus copallina

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BOARDWALK EMPIRE FINDING NEW GROUND RAISING STRATEGIES

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This studio project explored the possible impacts of climate change on Coney Island NY, through a large scale lens. It was the objective of this project to conceptualize ideas that could deal with the uncertainty about the climate of our future and to see if Coney Island as the “amusement park of the world” could become a case study for possible climate adaptation strategies. My design proposal argues to leave ideas of how our coastal neighborhoods used to work behind and to re-imagine our assumptions on how we move through space.


ISLAND UNDER THREAT Coney Island’s future is characterized by uncertainty. The current issues of the Island are widely known and became shockingly evident when hurricane Sandy hit the Island in 2012. The site analysis revealed that the island will be under an increasing threat for similar catastrophic events in the future. In its current state it is not equipped to face the climate change imposed challenges of sea level rise and salt water intrusion. A design approach to Coney Island has to consider these future events while realizing that there is an immediate need for change that will help to protect the island until further measures will allow for continued inhabitation of the island. HURRICANE SANDY INUNDATION

875 0 FT

4 FEET SEA LEVEL RISE

875 1750

0 FT

6 FEET SEA LEVEL RISE

1750

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Long-Term Strategies: Rethinking the Shoreline It is evident that due to the drastic environmental changes that we anticipate, conventional short-term solutions will fail in the long-term. In order to assure the possibility of life on the island, it has to be assured that interventions work with a new baseline in regard to water-levels. I propose that this new datum is to be based on the height of sea-level rise (6ft) plus the average height of hurricane sandy on the island (12ft). Every new development will have to work with this datum while existing buildings will have to be flood proofed to this new level. To further protect residents I propose to reestablish a natural dune system that also accounts for the loss of beach due to sea-level rise. SECTION OF THE CURRENT BEACH

BOARD WALK

875 0 FT

1750

SURF AVE 0 FT 300 SECTION OF THE NEW DUNE SYSTEM 150

BEACH LOSS DUE TO SEA-LEVEL RISE

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OCEAN

BOARD WALK

875 0 FT

BEACH

1750

NEW DUNE FOR PROTECTION AND RECREATION

150 0 FT

300

BACK DUNE

FORE BEACH DUNE

OCEAN


Long-Term Strategies: Connecting Across Water

The character of the island will drastically change once the sea level has reached a certain point. The current street system will become obsolete as vehicles will be unable to use them and the building fabric itself will drastically change. To allow for residents to be able to freely move around, a deck system will be established that connects the new and existing buildings with public transport and thereby the borough and the city.

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ANALYTICAL DRAWINGS


UNDERSTANDING PROCESS Production

Cardboard Amoeba

40”

=

Possibilities

Properties

30”

1”

A

B

40” x 1”

40” 40” x x 1/2” 1/4”

Braid

Weave

Crush

C

A,B

A,B,C

Mix

C

1/2” 1/4”

Malleable

Structural

Porous

Light

Dense

Squeeze

Stretch

Twist

Kick

Hit

More...

Poke

And more...

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UNDERSTANDING CONTEXT

These two idea-grams were made for a conceptual studio project in Ithaca, NY. My team focused on finding ways to better integrate the channelized urban Six Mile Creek into the neighborhood by making it more visible and accessible. These two idea-grams were created to explore possible ideas and to capture the intent of our design ideas in a visual way. |16


UNDERSTANDING SCALE

This analytical drawing was created to explore the concept of scale. Every drawing contains an L-Shape of a specific size. Beginning with the largest scale this L-Shape can be found as part of the boardwalk leading up to a temple complex. This shape is repeated on the next smaller scale while the new L-Shape takes on the form of a courtyard. Both elements are repeated in the smallest scale drawing with another L-Shaped emerging flipped in the largest courtyard. All drawings were done with pencil, pen, and marker. |17


FREE HAND SKETCHES


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PAGE 21: Water color pencil 7 x 10

PAGE 20 LOWER: Pencil 11 x 17

PAGE 20 UPPER: Pen & Water color pencil 7 x 10

PAGE 19: Pen & Marker 7 x 10

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CURRICULUM VITAE


CURRICULUM VITAE PUNCTUALLY

without commitment you will never start but without consistency you will never finish

ENGAGED

the curious person cannot afford to be a specialist; I am interested in how things relate to each other

my time is rarely more valuable then the time of the person waiting for me and I am very respectful of that

if I am part of something I want to be fully emerged in it; it is better to shape the framework than work in it

UNFINISHED

OPEN MINDED

sometimes things need to happen fast but being able to wait is the more important trait in our time

GENERALISTIC

everything is interesting if one asks the question why?

everything is up for debate; changing your mind on something you strongly believe is difficult so I practice it often

CONSISTENT

COMMUNICATIVE

the meta-level is there to understand why we are who we are that is why I write about it every morning

CURIOUS

PRECISE

if you do something do it right; there is a level of precision that is hurtful but there is also one that’s needed

what moves us is the possibility to share and debate our ideas; listening is equally a part of communicating as is speaking

PATIENT

RELATABLE

we interact with people every day; making people feel comfortable around me is most important to me

REFLECTIVE

WHO AM I?

life never stops teaching and I plan on never stop learning


THANK

YOU

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