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CHRISTOPHER JOHN SHOLDIS RIBA Part I Qualified Architectural Assistant / MLA Landscape Architecture

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Having recently completed my MLA Landscape Architecture qualification at the Edinburgh College of Art, I am looking for the opportunity to further my landscape architecture education within the practical setting. My landscape architecture experience so far has dealt with projects of various scales and complexity. I have developed the ability to balance numerous projects simultaneously and work with colleagues to meet imposed deadlines when required. My architectural experience has provided me with the opportunity to work in the practical context. Although the focus was different from that of landscape architecture it provided me with the opportunity to work on a number of projects, corresponding with relevant consultants, clients and regulatory bodies to produce successful design proposals. My personal motivation and my ability to find solutions to varying challenges, linked with a fundamental desire to enhance my knowledge within the architecture and landscape field has lead to my achievement so far. I am looking to develop my landscape architecture education and I believe that I have the skill set, the motivation, and the drive to add genuine value to your team.


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BELFAST EMERGING RENAISSANCE

The city of Belfast has a population of 300,000. The ship builders Harland and Wolff made the city globally renound at the start of the 20th century when they became the largest ship builders in the world. Many remnants of this industrial era are still entirely evident within the city. These present opportunities for urban pioneers to establish these former industrial sites as the catalyst to regeneration within the city. Until now Belfast has been avoided for investment opportunities but the renaissance of this once pioneering city is beginning. Sirrocco Quays site epitomises all these values and due to its location in the heart of the city it seems like the best place to kickstart this regeneration. 1


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URBAN FABRIC The site sits at the apex of established nodes within Belfast. It presents an excellent opportunity to create a central point that links this network of spaces. 2

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Sirocco Quays is a sixteen acre site with adjacent post-industrial land in the heart of Belfast city, Northern Ireland. The site has played a significant role in the industrial development of Belfast and at one point was one of the largest ropeworks in the UK. Most recently it has been a glassworks, and as a result has left the topsoil of the site contaminated with lead. The site sits at the apex of a number of developments in Belfast and presents a unique opportunity to create a hub that links this urban fabric. The waterfront hall sits on the opposite side if the river Lagan and by linking the site to this area it presents the opportunity to establish this part of Belfast as a cultural centre.


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ACTIVATING EDGES

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The existing boudaries of the site will be broken down and reinvented in a way that engages these elements that are currently detrimental to the site.


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PRODUCTIVE LANDSCAPE / WATERFRONT PARK In the initial phases of development of this urban park the main aim is to establish an areas of parkland adjacent to the river that will allow public access to the site from the offset. The area of the site farthest from the river will be established as a tree nursery and access will be limited in the initial stages of development due to the role that this area will play in the remediation of lead contaminated soil. 4

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This image represents the urban parkland in its final phase of development. An urban woodland has been established from the productive tree nursery that this part of the site was initially programmed as. Ecologies will be developed on site, especially those that have a connection with the river and waterfront. Siroccos Quays will become an iconic urban parkland in the centre of Belfast that kickstarts regeneration of this waterfront and creates links between east and west Belfast. 5

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URBAN PARKLAND


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ADDRESSING THREE SCALES

CONNECTING FRAMEWORKS Part of my approach to the design of this site is to look at the existing framework in the surrounding urban context. The centre of Belfast is designed on a grid system. I aim to extract the smallest urban unit from this grid and use it as a framework to begin space making on the site. This immediately creates a link between the site and its surrounding context.

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In order to create a successful urban parkland it is necessary to address issues at three scales. At a regional scale it is important to integrate with the river Lagan and use this as a medium to connect this site with the Lagan valley regional parkland and wider region. At a city scale the site sits at an apex between cultural, retail and educational sectors. It can therefore connect these spaces. At a site scale there is an opportunity to develop the relationships with existing boundaries and adjacent post-industrial land.


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EMERGING ECOLOGIES / PROGRAMMING Due to the phased nature of the design there will be stages of programming and ecologies emerging through the development of this parkland. As native flora and fauna begin to establish on the riparian riverbank and islands this will lead to the development of programming such as wildlife observation and fishing. The interlocking nature of ecology and programming is integral to the design ethos of this urban park.

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The phasing of this urban park begins before I come to address it as a design issue. The past is as important as the present, and future realisation of this park. The aspect of the past in which I took most stock was the dynamic nature of the river before the installation of the Lagan weir.


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WATERFRONT Tidal islands and infrastructure supporting islands make this new waterfront a more engaging place to explore within the centre of Belfast. The visual connections between the parkland above and the waterfront below make for a very interesting appreciation of these spaces. 9

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EXPLORING THREE DIMENSIONS

LEVEL CHANGES

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This site model of the proposed works at the sirocco site highlights the level changes on site. The acrylic buildings represent the new start up business area on site that draws commercial development from the west of the Lagan to the east. The level changes towards the river and the connecting bridge can clearly be seen in this model. The level changes play an important role on site, they draw the public towards the river where there is most dynamic interaction with natural processes, and they also create visual connections between different levels.


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DYNAMIC EDGES RIVER ISLANDS

LAGAN ISLANDS

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fromother variousriver directions. The islands support infrastructure such as boardwalks and bridges. They facilitate interaction with this dynamic river and enable pedestrian access to the site from various directions.


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2.Glass balustrade in stainless steel channel 3. Black silicone extending from top of non shrink grout to finished paving level 4. Non shrink grout packing 5. Neoprene strip 6. Cast-in stainless steel pocket for glass balustrade

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7. Structural Bridge Deck 8. Waterproofing membrane 9. Protection course 10. Root barrier 11. Drainage layer 12. Aeration layer 13. Moisture retention layer 14. Reservoir layer 15. Filter Fabric 16. Engineered substrate

1. 2100mm x 3500mm glass panels, each panel is made up of three smaller panels. These panels are made from two 19mm thick layers of glass with an 80mm air gap. One layer is printed with a transparent enamel half-tone that is within the laminate and the other is printed with a half-tone ceramic etch 2. 50mm thick basalt pavers, sourced locally 3. 80mm base course 4. Concrete foundation 5. In ground luminaire 6. Steel shoe

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These panels act as tools for space making and will be illuminated at night to splay ambient light into the surrounding area.

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the river, will be etched into the glass. The use of glass as a material is a direct reference to the history of the Sirocco site and its former use as a glass works.

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WATERFRONT BOARDWALK Enabling a new level of interaction with the dynamic nature of the river. Engaging with this edge condition is key to creating an urban parkland that addresses issues of social, economic and physical change within the city of Belfast. 13

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Landscape Architecture Portfolio Glass panels rise 2m from ground level at various points throughout the square. Illustrations of the history of Belfast, primarily the river, will be etched into the glass. The use of glass as a material is a direct reference to the history of the Sirocco site and its former use as a glass works. These panels act as tools for space making and will be illuminated at night to splay ambient light into the surrounding area. 1

1. 2100mm x 3500mm glass panels, each panel is made up of three smaller panels. These panels are made from two 19mm thick layers of glass with an 80mm air gap. One layer is printed with a transparent enamel half-tone that is within the laminate and the other is printed with a half-tone ceramic etch 2. 50mm thick basalt pavers, sourced locally 3. 80mm base course 4. Concrete foundation 5. In ground luminaire 6. Steel shoe

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PUBLIC PLAZA An upper and lower plaza providing a focal point for people to gather. Space making that suitably addresses the new building development on site. 14

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REMINISCENT CULTURE

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1.8m glazing panels will be used to create human scale spaces within the large plaza areas. They are reminiscent of the industrial heritage of the site, as it used to be a glass works. Images of historic Belfast will be etched into these panels as a way of recalling the past.


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Glass panels rise 2m from ground level at various points throughout the square. Illustrations of the history of Belfast, primarily the river, will be etched into the glass. The use of glass as a material is a direct reference to the history of the Sirocco site and its former use as a glass works.

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1. 2100mm x 3500mm glass panels, each panel is made up of three smaller panels. These panels are made from two 19mm thick layers of glass with an 80mm air gap. One layer is printed with a transparent enamel half-tone that is within the laminate and the other is printed with a half-tone ceramic etch 2. 50mm thick basalt pavers, sourced locally 3. 80mm base course 4. Concrete foundation 5. In ground luminaire 6. Steel shoe

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7. Structural Bridge Deck 8. Waterproofing membrane 9. Protection course 10. Root barrier 11. Drainage layer 12. Aeration layer 13. Moisture retention layer 14. Reservoir layer 15. Filter Fabric 16. Engineered substrate

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1. Stainless steel perimeter framing angle 2.Glass balustrade in stainless steel channel 3. Black silicone extending from top of non shrink grout to finished paving level 4. Non shrink grout packing 5. Neoprene strip 6. Cast-in stainless steel pocket for glass balustrade

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CONNECTIVITY A proposed pedestrian bridge will connect the two proposed areas of urban parkland, facilitating the flow of both people using the park and the native wildlife through this connecting greenway. 16

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LINEAR GATEWAY PARKLAND

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A linear parkland that acts as a transitional space with points of density that allow pedestrians to find seclusion from the manic pace of the urban environment surrounding them. Reclaimed timber and shipping containers form the material for these points of density as they provide a durability that can withstand an urban context.


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POINTS OF DENSITY Estabishing points of density within this urban parkland is integral to its success as a transitional space within an urban context. Reclaimed timber forms the centre of these points of density and shipping container edging links these spaces to the proposed shipping container elements within this park. 18

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TYPOLOGIES

CAFE / SHOP

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TICKET OFFICE

Semi-permanent retail units at designated Semi-permanent units where you can buy points throughout the gateway park. They Temporary exhibition spaces that can be tickets for city tours or hire kayaks etc. establish points of density within this parkland utilised on weekly or monthly basis where people can gather. They will be linked closely with the new comercial development on site, providing areas to lunch etc.

EVENT SPACE Temporary event spaces that can be transported to the site on a monthly basis or whenever required.

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Shipping containers are made in five standard sizes, each with different height variations. The use of these containers is strongly linked to Belfast’s history as a ship building port, a focus that has now partly changed to shipping.


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This visual is to demonstrate one of the points of density in the linear gateway park. Reclaimed timber forms the focal point of these spaces with concrete seating elements that are durable enough to withstand this urban context. Recycled shipping containers form points where people can gather within this environment.

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The German capital has a population of 3.5million. Located in the north east of the country it straddles the river Spree, a tributary of the river Havel. There have been significant changes to Berlin since the post-war era, yet there still remains significant areas of ‘forgotten landscape’ within this urban fabric. Berliners capitalise on this situation, and have become renound ‘urban pioneers’, adapting programming to the current urban situations. 21


SITE DESCRIPTION: Tegel Airfield Tegel airfield lies in the north west of the Berlin. The 450 hectare site is currently fuctioning as a commercial airport but is soon to be closed down, bringing to an end of 50 years of operations. The airfield was operated by the French in post war Berlin and played a significant role in the Berlin airlift. The majority of the site is currently fenced, and therefore restricts the movement of native flora and fauna. As a result the majority of the site is a vast grassland.

WATER FRAMEWORK The network of rivers and canals in Berlin act as ‘green corridors’ to facilitate movement within the city and to the surrounding areas.

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INTEGRATING EXISTING FRAMEWORKS It is clear that water is a powerful tool for characterising a landscape. The network of waterways within Berlin have a significant impact on the programming of the inner city spaces. I aimt to connect Tegel to this established network and develop it as a primary patch within this network. The Hohenzollern kanal provides the most obvious opportunity for this connection.

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OPEN SPACE NETWORK Berlin’s strategy is to connect areas within the city to recreational coutryside at the city limits. This is done through the use of ‘green corridors’ that link open space within the city to the major recreational areas. 22

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SITE INVESTIGATION Having established that water plays a key role on a city scale, I began to look to develop this relationship on a site scale at Tegel airfield. It is clear that varying forms of water facilitate a huge variety of programming and have an extremely high ecological value. In the context of Tegel, water seems to be extremely prevelant, the scale of Tegelersee in the northe west cannot be ignored as it will have an impact on the programming within Tegel. On visiting the site I found that the most diverse place in terms of programming and visual impact in this vast landscape was the Flughafensee to the north. This affirmed my desire to investigate the role that forms of water can play on this site. 23

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WETLAND WALK

OBSERVATION DECK

TREE NURSERY

Existing perimeter path retained and manipulated to form a walkway over the proposed wetlands.

The end of the existing runway will provide an area for viewing the wetland area.

The tree nursery will supplement the succession of woodland on the site through the use of seed islands. The wetland enables trees adapted to wet conditions to be grown here.

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CANAL PROGRAMMING AQUACULTURE

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Watercress will be farmed on site, the water levels in the beds controlled by sluice gates at the entrance to the canal.

Introduction of a waterbody will provide a focal point for new residential and commercial development.

The proposed new canal into the site will immediately connect this vast landscape to the ‘Berlin Open Network’ strategy. It will also provide a node within the site for the development of programming. 25

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The new wetland will facilitate recreational activities such as wildlife observation. It will also enable the growth of trees that are suited to wet conditions.


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SUCCESSIONAL WOODLAND Interrupting the process of successional woodland through the use of seed islands. 26

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TRANSITIONAL PARKLAND This proposed parkland acts as a transitional space between the hardstanding around the terminal and the linear lake.

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MULTI-PROGRAMMABLE RUNWAY / WILDSCAPE The existing runway is retained and is now utilised for a wide range of programming. The wildscape beside the runway is loosely designed with points of density sited within the landscape to appeal to the pioneering nature of Berliners. 28

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BOUNDARY PATH / RUNWAY EARTHWORK A boundary path provides a continuous circulation route round the site. A proposed earthwork at the end of the runway enables people to rise above this vast landscape in a metaphorical way similar to planes landing and taking off from the runway. 29

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WETLAND OBSERVATION DECK Existing runway axis runs through the proposed wetland area. It is ideal for wildlife observation and ecological research programs. 30

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LINEAR LAKE A rowing lake that accentuates the linear axis of the landscape. This is the focal point of the site and is open to the public, and yet is designed to be at an olympic standard for potential future use as an olympic venue. 31

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COMMERCIAL / RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT This model investigates the three dimensional qualites of a proposed commercial / residential development built up around the new canal. This focal point will inject life into this new parkland, by creating an influx of start up businesses and live work residences. The iconic terminal building will be developed as a centre for expositions and exhibitions. The airport hangers will be adapted for use as environmental and educational research spaces.

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TRADA: Jesmond Dene Pavilion This small scale project addresses the issue of creating a focal point within an existing public space.

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This pavilion would primarily act as an open air theatre space while also accommodating a series of securable exhibition spaces at one end of the pavilion. These exhibition spaces are designed in a way in which they can be secured at night without obstructing the established public bridleway that traverses the pavilion.

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BENSHAM GROVE COMMUNITY PROJECT This project is an expansion of an existing community centre in Gateshead. The brief for this project was to establish a place that remains socially neutral while providing a stimulating environment for the wide range of people living in the local area. This required an approach that enabled connections to be created within the community without forcing it upon them. Transparency and lines of sight are key in creating visula connections between spaces and encouraging an interest to discover more. 34

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Bensham Grove These sections demonstrate the relationship of the intervention to the street and existing park. This detail section shows the environmental strategy for this design. Stack ventilation allows warm air to rise throughout the building and escape high up in the space while fresh cold air is drawn in at ground level.

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Bensham Grove Optimising light in the main spaces of this design was integral. Significant areas of glazing allow light into these spaces while timber shutters prevent spaces overheating from direct sunlight.

These are some of the visual graphics created for this project. They aim to demonstrate the character of these spaces, and to show the relationship between the indoor and outdoor environments. The relationship between the building edges and the external space was an area of significant focus. Of particular importance was the relationship of the new design to the existing parkland to the south.

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